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What to Do When There Are Too Many Things to Get Done

You know that feeling of having way too many things to do. When you don’t feel like starting to work on them any time soon, and just the thought of all the tasks, projects, housework, school assignments, or else, is overwhelming you. Most of us do know how this situation looks like. And those who don’t are either the most organized people in the world, or have some secret strategies for doing a lot of work in no time and not feeling stressed. Or have just followed some or all of the simple tips I’m offering you here that may put your to-do list in order and make things manageable. 1. Eliminate some of the tasks Not everything you think you need to do is […]

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3 Habits Surprisingly Killing Your Productivity

Yesterday about 6:30 p.m. a gaping sense of panic set in. Did I send that article? Wait, did I finish that article? Hey, did I eat today? Why are the lights off? Did everyone leave? How did this happen to me, again? I was content with my accomplishments that day, never leaving my workstation. At one point, I responded to twenty emails, while answering the phone. In addition, I scheduled five meetings, created a beautiful report with splashy graphics and squeezed in assisting a teammate. Turns out my leg muscles were cramped, two of those meetings were scheduled at the same time and a bewildered client called to inquire why I emailed her regarding my cat, Mr. Whiskers. By the way, I missed the crucial […]

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3 Skills to Future-Proof Your Brain for Tomorrow’s World

“If you are in school today, the technologies you will use as an adult tomorrow have not been invented yet. Therefore, the life skill you need most is not the mastery of specific technologies, but mastery of the technium as a whole — how technology in general works. I like to think of this… as techno-literacy.” – The Technium Applying diverse skills and tools is like breathing for folks like you and me. Most of the time it’s automatic and what makes us feel alive. But why is this so important? For starters, breadth of knowledge means more than specializing to us. Yet intentionally leaving room for new skills and tools is a challenge for people who always tinker. The problem is that we’re often […]

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Increase Your Productivity In 4 Steps With The Prison Workout

‘Hey Bro, how do I get that prison body?’ One of the most common questions I’d be asked by guys when I worked as a Personal Trainer. The body they’re talking about of course is that larger than life look some prisoners have when they go away for a long time. How they can be put away for a couple of years – and suddenly come out looking superhuman at the other end of the stretch. Sadly, there is no formula for the bros to get that prison body though – unless they actually go to prison. No miracle workout or nutrition plan that will suddenly shape them in to it. Because, in prison, they’re left without one fatal flaw the people on the outside […]

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5 Ways To Get Busy At Work – Boost Your Productivity Now

It’s no secret that when you’re in a positive emotional state of mind everything just seems to seamlessly fall into place. “If you smile when you wake up, even if you have to force it, you will be happier for the rest of the day” we’ve all heard this somewhere before! But here are some more practical and scientifically proven ways you can boost productivity and well-being. 1. Your office interior design matters. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working from home or in an office; your work space design play a key role in boosting your productive energy and mental health. There are several things to keep in mind when designing your office; colour, flow, space and furniture all play an important part in creative […]

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Finding the Right Solutions by Asking the Right Questions

“It’s not that they can’t see the solution. They can’t see the problem.” – G.K Chesterton, Writer and philosopher We need to ask the right questions to get the right answers. If you think you have the problem figured out and are convinced that you do, think again. Whether it’s a technical, relationship, or philosophical problem, asking better questions is a key to successful problem solving and to winning any battle. Actress and political activist Vanessa Redgrave was quoted saying, “Ask the right questions if you’re going to find the right answers.” Now, how does one learn to ask better questions? Key 1: Do Not Limit. We so often say to ourselves things like: Why can’t I afford it? Why can’t I ever lose weight? […]

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How to Keep Long-term Focus When You’re Putting Out Fires

Life moves forward, whether you’re on board with the direction or not. If you’re like me, your 20’s was predicated by a lot of fun, a lot of procrastinated growing up and living paycheck to paycheck. When I was 28, I opted for the “lighting round” and met and married my wife within 6 months (which was all well and good), but then had a kid on the way 6 months after that. And let’s not forget I was also starting a business. If you focus solely on the present, your future will suck, hard. And when you’re a parent, it starts to weigh on you that you’ll be the asshole that sent future generations ghost-riding off a proverbial cliff. But, if you focus only […]

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15 Steps to Mindfullness And A Better Work Day

Mindfulness and Focus are hot topics right now among the Leadership and Management communities. I get questions now and again from clients and colleagues who recognize the value but don’t know where to begin. I understand. The word “mindfulness” can conjure up all kinds of images, usually involving people in business attire sitting cross-legged on boardroom tables. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but crossing that chasm from myth to fact can be a bit much to overcome in one giant leap. Luckily, there are some small, deceptively simple steps you can make toward becoming more mindful at work that don’t involve a yoga mat or the skills of a professional contortionist. Here are 15 things you can do starting tomorrow to […]

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Three Reasons I Hate My Facebook ‘Friends’

I hate Facebook – that seems like the best way to start a discussion about my friends. Oh, I use it of course, otherwise how would I know I hate it; but I use it begrudgingly. I resisted it for a very long time, I’ve only been active since about August last year, and there are days that I seriously regret ever succumbing to the pressure. There are a number of reasons that I don’t like the interface, how they capture data, how they manipulate us, or how they are changing their promotional functions and views – but this post isn’t about that. This post is about Facebook ‘friends’; and the loss of common manners when it comes to sharing content on social media. I […]

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5 Apps to “Gamify” Your Habits and Turn Boring Tasks Into Exciting Ones

Work. Is. Boring. Am I right? Just the thought of of sitting down… opening a text page… getting your work notes out… and doing the work… Bleh, not fun at all. And not just at work either; Is doing laundry fun? Or the dishes? Or vacuuming? Nope, no way. Is there a way to make those boring activities a little more… interesting? Is it possible to find a way to be more motivated to do these things? There sure is, and it’s actually pretty fun to do. You find work boring Yeah, we all do sometimes. Even if we love our work, it can get old real quick when we do it day in and day out. You don’t know how to make work interesting […]

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