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9 Things Really Productive People Refuse to Do


commuting-train-1940x900_34117Being more productive isn’t just about what you do. It’s about what you refuse to do.

If you want to be more productive, don’t start by taking on new habits and routines. Instead, do less. The most productive people know how to stay focused and how to say no–but most importantly, they know how to delegate and outsource.

To get a handle on the time-sucking, productivity-killing tasks you should always hand off to others, I reached out to a variety of sources, including the folks at Zirtual, an online virtual assistant service. Here are the top things you should avoid, if you want to spend your time on what’s really important: [Read more…]


5 Reasons to Make Time for Yourself Right Now

Time To YourselfIt’s instinctive for driven professionals, especially entrepreneurs, to work ’round the clock, making little time for themselves. These ambitious types swear off the New Age folks who spew rhetoric about work-life balance, insisting there are only 24 hours in a day and not a minute can be wasted on activities that don’t include succeeding in business.

While such a high level of inner gumption will take you far, there comes a point in time when burnout sets in. Before this happens to you, consider these five reasons why making time for yourself on a regular basis is not only important to avoid burning out, but is actually a key ingredient for success.

1. It clears and refreshes your mind. Just like sleep refreshes your mind and body, so does taking time off from the day-to-day grind. If your routine is the same day after day, it’s bound to get old, no matter how much a creature of habit you are. When you allow your mind to focus on something other than work, it helps you gain perspective that you can’t see when you’re knee deep in the trenches. [Read more…]


Don’t Let Your Desk Job Get in the Way of a Good Workout

How to turn your office space into a makeshift gym

By Adam Vaccaro

Brain workoutYou probably already know that sitting at your desk hunched over your computer

Crunched for time yet fearing the consequences of a sedentary life, many office workers have begun adopting office workouts to at least give them some activity during the day.

The Atlantic‘s James Hamblin recently gaves a useful, brief, and entertaining rundown of some of his favorites in this video, which is worth the three minutes to watch. [Read more…]


10 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier

Happiness and ProductivityHow do we prepare ourselves to be uber productive in the New Year? By happy of course! There is a clear relationship between happiness and productivity – it transpires that happy people accomplish more. In fact, I can say from experience that this is true. Put me in a warm climate by the sea where the sun always shines, where I exercise every day, engage in my favourite water sports, where there are long hours of daylight and my productivity skyrockets. Put me in London in the cold winter months of rain and shorter days and my productivity takes a massive hit. I almost go into hibernation. Here are 10 scientifically-proven ways to be happier which are well worth 5 minutes of your time to read. I promise you won’t be disappointed. [Read more…]


5 Ways To Avoid Burnout And Be Fulfilled

ExerciseOn the run up to Christmas (I think I’m allowed to say that word now), it’s easy to overwork ourselves and overplay ourselves – which of course doesn’t help with focus and productivity. Here, Nathaniel Lambert, Ph.D, for Psychology Today looks into 5 ways to avoid depression and be fulfilled. The areas looked at are our physical health, intellectual stimulation, self-introspection, social interaction and celebrating our victories.  [Read more…]


10 Things To Stop Caring About To Be Happier

10 Things To Stop Caring About To Be HappierSometimes the words ‘I couldn’t care less’ may actually work in our favour. We live in a fast-paced and competitive world where most of us are stressed out of our minds because of things which when we look at them in the greater picture, really are quite menial. Cases of stress, anxiety and depression are on the up. Stop! It’s time to care less! Do you ever come across people who seem to not have a care in the world and they really seem quite content? There’s a reason for that – they don’t take themselves or things or life too seriously which makes them happier people. Here are 10 things to stop caring about to be happier: [Read more…]


Four Reasons To Exercise For 30 Minutes Every Day

Four Reasons To ExerciseWould you like to feel more vibrant? Have more energy? More drive? More stamina? More of a zest for life? Have you ever heard me quote Tony Robbins’ box life analogy? Here goes again for those who missed it: We all live in a box – we wake up in a box, eat breakfast from a box, drive to work in box, sit in a box in front of a box for 8 hours a day, eat lunch from a box, then we drive back home in our box, eat dinner from a box in front of the box before returning to our box to sleep. No wonder we’re facing an obesity epidemic of stupendous proportions and cases of diabetes, depression, stress and anxiety have sky rocketed, to name but a few of the many negative effects of not being active. We can very easily change that!  [Read more…]


Upshift By Downshifting Your Life

Freedom - Upshift by Downshifting your LifeDo you ever a step back to assess what you’re doing with your life is actually what you want to be doing? Are you spending enough quality time with those closest to you? Are you engaging in your favourite activities as much as you’d like to be? Are you making use of your creativity? It’s easy to get sucked into the societal way of thinking, do the 9-5 grind (or 8-6, or 7-7), and lose sight of what actually matters. A survey last year published shocking statistics revealing that two thirds of workers in the US and Canada were dissatisfied with their working lives. Given that we work 5 days out of seven for 48 weeks a year – that’s a massive chunk out of our lives to be dissatisfied isn’t it? [Read more…]


101 Ways To Feel Happier Daily

101 ways to feel happier dailyGiven that it’s Friday, the chances are that you’re feeling pretty happy right now! We’re all happy on a Friday as the weekend is upon us. Our psychology goes into a peak state (although that may be hindered if you were out drinking last night!), as you look forward to whatever the weekend has to bring. You may witness your focus and productivity has taken an impressive turn for the better. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll have heard me mention that 80% of success in anything in life is psychology and 20% mechanics. We produce great results when we’re in a peak state – and ultimately when we’re happy. So how do you make sure to be happy on a daily basis? Here are 101 ways to feel happier daily brought you by Lifehack.org. [Read more…]


Three Apps To Help You De-stress And Unwind

How To de-stressIt’s pretty common knowledge that stress can be harmful when experienced for any prolonged period of time. It can lead to all sorts of illnesses and disease, it can make you gain weight, lose weight, affect relationships with people closest to you – and it can cause your brain to shrink. Unfortunately unless we learn how to manage it, it can manage us. Something that’s helped me reduce my stress levels is by applying something I learned from Tony Robbins and that is that stress is a code word for fear. It is also a result of making something a bigger deal than it actually is. [Read more…]