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Be More Productive – Starting Today!

First of all, if you’re anything like me, you’re used to having many distractions and queries thrown your way at work. “Can you re-arrange that meeting?” “Can you send that updated report to me at some point this afternoon?” And there I am flapping around trying to clear my inbox and meet these never ending requests so that I can finally – yes, finally focus on my priorities. At the same time, I have my e-mails open, in a constant state of switching out of what I was doing so that I can quickly read the new incoming email and address it before getting back to what I want to work on. I’m switching tasks so often that I forget what I was working on […]

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Why Harry Potter is Nothing Without Voldemort

Harry Potter is one of the great characters created in the history of fiction writing. We all know about the commercial success J.K. Rowling duly experienced from the Harry Potter series (over 450 million copies sold, and over $6 billion at the box office). Sometimes the commercial success overshadows the beauty and depth of the characters and story. Harry is a repressed young boy, treated poorly by his parents, who’s called to action as he discovers he is a wizard. He attends a school to develop his talents, facing obstacles not only as most young adults do, but also in facing a powerful villain in Lord Voldemort…who intends to take over the world and bring evil upon it. Harry grows into a powerful wizard, with […]

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4 Things Experts Do to Learn Faster Than You

Let’s learn how to play Bizaroo. The fictional game invented by me, five minutes ago. How would you start? Your first attempt would naturally be followed by immediate failure and maybe amused laughter from experienced onlookers. We would then probably say,”Wow! It’s hard”, followed by a healthy dose of self deprecation. From there we would seek some help, and it would definitely be useful. As long as you don’t have some serious mental handicap, most people would experience a lot of initial growth. Then eventually a plateau. More than likely a plateau that lasts most of their lives. Quick basic skill acquisition and than long period of plateaus are the norm for most people learning anything. Plateaus are where dreams of mastery go to die. […]

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Fitter, Happier and More Productive in 5 Simple Steps

Many people complain that they lack the energy to meet all the demands of their day. Human beings are not equipped by nature for the modern pace of living, so you must adapt, managing your input and output of energy carefully. Once you have this down pat, you’re well on the way to thriving as a happier, more innovative and more resilient person. This is how I do it. 1. Eat well There’s an old saying passed on to me by my grandmother: “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”. Eating sensibly is the starting point of success. Breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day; you need enough calories to keep you going from morning to afternoon. […]

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Six Things Your Mom Forgot to Tell You About Adult Budgeting

Your mother did her best to prepare you for the real world. Unfortunately, her lessons in money management may have been slightly off-base. As well-intended as these lessons were meant to be, your mother probably forgot to tell you these six details about adult budgeting. Budgets Take Time to Work Your mother may have led you to believe that your budget would work the first time, and all would be smooth sailing from that point on. Budgets take several months to perfect and to work as planned. If your budget fails your first month on your own, do not despair. You have another month to learn how to improve it. Work on it continuously until you can find a balance that works for you. You’ll […]

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The Job Hunt: Starting Off With A Strong Cover Letter

Suffice to say that your cover letter is one way for a company to get a sneak peek of what you’d be like as a potential employee. Before they even get to your resume, prospective employers read cover letters first, so consider these points on how to write a cover letter and make an effort to prepare a brilliant cover letter! 1. Know to whom you’re talking. Think of your cover letter is a letter of intent. Don’t use the typical “to whom it may concern” and go the extra mile by addressing it to a specific person. Do your research to find out the name of the HR manager or the name and position of your potential boss. 2. Be specific. State the position […]

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Theory of negativity: 5 cheers to the cheerless

Born-negatives may or may not be the bloody Rh-negative. In other words, their identification marks are not exactly organic, but rather a set of loosely coupled behavioral symptoms. While expecting outcomes, making assumptions or predicting future, they usually hover around with a negative bias. They may border on maniacs or depressed souls, but cannot be called a burden on mother earth in entirety. Enough has been said to glorify theories of positivity. Leaders in every sphere of life have overwhelmingly advocated the ‘be-positive’ principle; often hailed as one of the foremost contributing factors to success. I feel the urge to speak for this minority community, my community. We accept marginalization by the optimists of this world, but refuse to be condemned. Those who believe that […]

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Five Inspirational Must Read Books for 2015

What better time than the beginning of a new year to make some positive life changes? The challenge is in figuring out where to begin and how to stay motivated. Here’s the good news: anybody who wants to become healthier, better organized, happier in their relationships, more effective at work, or more financially secure can look for inspiration and guidance in inspirational books. Here are five inspiring books suitable for anybody wishing to make some positive lifestyle changes. 1. The Fit Bottomed Girls’ “Anti-Diet” Anybody who is tired of the diet industry pushing a one size fits all, body size ideal is going to love this book. It isn’t about obtaining a size zero physique or a six pack. It is about adopting an overall […]

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Perfect At Your New Job

I had no experience when I was hired for the first time as a copywriter. My boss decided to give me a chance. I had no skills or knowledge, except how to write correctly in English. I was so nervous about losing this job! I thought, “If I’m just good enough, they will fire me. I need to be perfect.” People want to be perfect because they are sometimes convinced that their own skills and potential are not enough. Here is what I’ve learned on the subject of perfection at work: 1. You don’t need to be an expert When I started my job, I was worried that I could be replaced by someone more experienced. I was concerned that I couldn’t offer my company […]

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Does Working From Home Really Work?

Every side has its own arguments when it comes to working or not working from home. But if the boss and the employee alike take a look at this issue from the eyes of the other person, they can sooner find a suitable and pleasing outcome for both sides. More and more people demand flexibility in their lives or look for a work-life balance. Companies started to listen, allowing staff to work from home either permanently or a few days per week. But there is still some tension between employees and their bosses, when speaking about home office. Employees: The bright side to “home office” I feel comfortable and relaxed: You generally feel best while at home so doing work from home can make you […]

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