Is the Timing Right? Knowing When to Start a Political Campaign

Depending what office you’re running for and where you live, people start campaigning at various different times. The more popular you are, the more likely you’ll be voted for, so you’ll need to get your name out there. When you run for office, it’s likely you’ll be running against big names in the community who have lots of connections, especially if you’re young. Instead of feeling discouraged, here are some tactics you can use that will help you win the election!

Start a year in advance

The sooner you begin a political campaign, the better chance you have of winning your race. Start far enough ahead that you can get your name out there and use many different strategies for your campaign. Even though you have months ahead of you, avoid taking time off! As a first-time candidate, starting to campaign a year before your competition is the best way to blow them out of the water and overcome the odds, even if you’re running against well-known incumbents. Every moment is a chance for you to get the votes you need in order to increase your chances of success.

Have your campaign planned out

Starting a year ahead of time doesn’t mean planning your campaign then. Have everything planned out far in advance so you can easily implement your strategies. Here are various articles that have advice about running a political campaign. Give yourself plenty of time to sit down and do research on how to run an effective campaign and gather a team of trusted and committed people behind you for your campaign, then get started.

A few strategies to include are:

  • Forming relationships with potential supporters before you ask them for help
  • Creating an online presence (social media) to ensure viewership/candidate awareness
  • Establish a campaign bank account for marketing efforts, fundraising, advertisements, etc.

Start with door-to-door

Now, once you have a plan and a team for your campaign, you can finally start campaigning. One of the best tactics you can use, especially in a local election, is going door-to-door and talking with the people in the community. Make sure you have literature you can give them that gives information about your campaign. By starting a year ahead of time and not taking time off, you’ll likely stop at the same houses multiple times. The more you talk to people, the better they’ll remember you and when it comes to election day, you’ll be the name they connect with on the ballot.

Work on fundraising

Depending on the scale of your campaign, you might need to fundraise money. Don’t be shy about asking people for it. They can easily say no; that’s their right. Make plenty of phone calls to people you know and local businesses, and then start calling local numbers. Have a set speech to make that is short and conveys your goals. You can even hold a few fundraising events throughout the community.

5 Ways to Relieve Stress During Busy Work Times

Stress is one of the primary sources of major health problems in our lives: it can cause heart disease, anxiety, sleep deprivation, autoimmune disorders, weight problems, unhappiness, and even deep depression. And unless we’re proactively combating stress, we may fall prey to it.  

As a consultant, my life moves at warp speed with travel, problem-solving, decision-making, and exceeding client needs. And in the process, it’s sometimes hard to take a breath. So while we may not have time for for an hour long yoga sessions or a weekend meditation retreat, we do have time for a few basics.

By following these five stress-relievers, you’ll be sure to feel a lot less pressure during busy work times.

Taking things one day at a time

If you have a bad habit of overextending yourself when deadlines need to be met, then you may want to slow things down and take some time out for yourself. You’ll feel better and less stressed if you do one thing at a time.

No matter if it is at work, or in your private life, stepping away from the stresses of life and getting back to the basics will surely make the days at work less stressful. For those who cannot get away from work during the busy moments, try doing some “mini-me” activities at your desk or during your lunch break.

If you work in a close walking distance to a local cafe, try taking some time out to walk around the block and get something to drink outside of the office then in the break room. Stepping away and rejuvenating yourself goes a long way when things get hectic.

Creating a morning routine

Following a morning routine can help you get your day off to a productive start, thus resulting in a boost of energy and positivity. By creating a morning routine focused around a daily schedule like working out or meditating, you’ll automatically begin your workday on a positive note.  

Take a deep breath

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or are coming out of a tense meeting and need to clear your head, a few minutes of deep breathing will restore balance to your body. Simply inhale for five seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts through the nose. It’s like getting the calm and focus of a 30-minute yoga class in three minutes or less at your desk.

Communicate with your boss

Even if you choose to embrace the extra work and additional responsibilities as a challenge and way to grow your skill set, it’s important to communicate with your boss about expectations such as deadlines and the duration of the project so that you will not have any added pressures.

Exercise (a little more)

If you’re not one to hit the gym, then this step may not be appealing to you. However, exercising has major health benefits which results in a boost of energy, higher self-esteem, and overall productivity.

Regular trips to the gym are great, but don’t worry if you can’t find a large chunk of time to exercise every day. To reap the benefits of exercise, just get more activity in throughout your day such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up those household chores. Consistency is key.

 

Which stress relief technique do you use? Comment below to share your stress-free routines with others!