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Improving Productivity

Exercise For ProductivityFurther to Monday’s post on productivity, I thought I’d include this video on improving productivity. He talks about achieving one major item on your to-do list before doing anything else and also mentions how the most successful people are often the ones that do exercise before they start their day. Both of these tips are in line with my top ten tips – which was interesting! Exercise first thing can skyrocket your productivity as you stimulate your mind and release all the right chemicals. It means you start off your day successfully – by looking after your body – and what follows success? More success. Check out this video: [Read more…]

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How To Increase Productivity Instantly

Boost ProductivityIn today’s era of ‘hyper distraction’ productivity has taken a slump on a global scale. Most people are living in reactive mode as opposed to proactive mode. If you would like to learn how to increase productivity instantly, then look no further! I’ve tried to keep this brief. These are my personal top ten..

1)      Don’t turn on your computer before you know exactly what you’re going to be doing for the day, or at least that morning. If you don’t have a plan, then you’ll waste time before you start. It’s so easy to get lost in distractions when you start your day without a solid plan. The best time to plan your day, is at the end of the previous day. Or rather, plan your following day at the end of your current day! An added bonus is when you plan your following day at the end of your day, then this frees up your mind which helps you relax and sleep. [Read more…]

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The Power Of Goal Setting

Goal SettingDo you ever get to the end of a week, a month, or year (or heaven forbid, longer than a year) and wonder what on earth you’ve achieved or worse still, what you’re doing with your life? Have you ever been on a long drive and got so lost in your thoughts when it suddenly occurs to you that you haven’t remembered a certain section of your journey? It’s a scary feeling isn’t it? This is what happens to our lives when we don’t set goals and have something to aim for. What tends to happen is that we unknowingly put ourselves into a reactive state, rather than a proactive state. The power of goal setting  (and hitting them), enables us to take control of our lives so we end up doing what fulfills us most, so we live the life that we want to lead, rather than one as a passenger (so to speak).

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How To Be Creative

How To Be CreativeCreativity is a topic that most people associate with people in the arts; namely musicians, actors, painters, designers, architects, chefs and other professions within music, film and TV. If you would like to discover how to be creative, then you’ll be pleased to learn, it is already within you.

Some people are lead to believe that they’re either creative types, or they’re not. Without sounding harsh and alienating you right now, this is a common misconception. Having said that, it’s the majority opinion and it is understandable why it is so which I will explain in just a minute. [Read more…]

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12 Ways To Focus At Work

Bored at workWhether you run your own business or are an employee, these 12 ways to focus at work will definitely help you to step up your game. It’s so easy to lose attention, particularly if you have some form of ADHD. It’s even easier to lose focus if you don’t enjoy the work. If you’re an entrepreneur, if you’re not sold on what you’re doing then you will certainly struggle with focus, as I have found a lot in the past! Whatever your struggle with focus is, check these tips out by Amanda Gardner from Health.com. [Read more…]

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Manage Your Focus, Not Your Time

Focus on goals, not timeManage your focus, not your time, says Ariel Diaz, CEO of  Boundless. This really caught my attention as most of us focus on time management and how to manage our time with the help of fads such as to-do lists and day plans. Now whilst they’re useful to a certain degree, they lack a ‘why’ for the entrepreneur – or anyone for that matter. If your day is filled with ‘to-dos’, it’s easy to lose motivation and sight of what you’re aiming for – and before you know it, a whole heap of time has flashed past your life. [Read more…]

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Productivity Tips For Entrepreneurs

If you own your own business or are thinking about starting your own business then these productivity tips for entrepreneurs are definitely worth a read. I resonated completely with first the tip below that I have excerpted. On a personal note, I have found that I have plenty of ideas but my weakness has been focusing on just one of them, and when you try to do too many things, nothing gets done! Check out this article from BusinessTime.com written by Lauren Simons.

Productivity Tips For EntrepreneursDon’t Get Distracted

No shortage of ideas for your business? Oddly enough, that can be a liability if you lack the ability to focus. Too many ideas, even good ones, can slow you down or even prevent you from reaching your goal. You’re better off selecting the three most important priorities and focusing on them exclusively for the next year.

Don’t Scare Off Investors

Protecting your business idea and the intellectual property it requires is important. However, don’t cloak yourself in paranoia and non-disclosure agreements to the point where you frighten off the very people whose help you seek. According to Alison Johnston, CEO of InstaEDU, “Discussing your startup with others will give you greater insight into where there are holes, what does (or doesn’t) resonate with people, and the strategies you could utilize as you’re getting started.”

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The second of these productivity tips for entrepreneurs is also an interesting one for newbie entrepreneurs with a fresh new idea. In the past, I’ve kept my cards pretty close to my chest, out of fear that someone will steal my idea. I recently launched a new online dating concept in the UK (www.MomentMissed.com in case you’re interested!) and for a few months after I had the idea, I didn’t talk to anyone about it. It wasn’t until I started to talk to people about the idea, that I was getting positive feedback, and I decided to pitch it to a friend who’s a software developer.  He loved the idea, we partnered, and together we launched the site. In fact, 10 years ago I had an idea which I kept to myself, didn’t take action, and a few years later, someone else launched my concept. You may have heard of facebook? Kidding. But it could have been!

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3 Tips To Boost Your Focus And Productivity

If you think you’re being efficient by multitasking, then think again! These 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity are brought to you by Daan Harmsen.  The 3 headings he uses are focus, disconnect and controlled chaos. The first is self-explanatory, disconnect is about removing yourself from distractions, such as social media, phone calls, emails etc and the last is about managing your time effectively. Some people use systems to plan their days, but end up spending more time managing their systems than they do doing the work itself!

Multitasking Harmful For Your BrainFocus — One method that many people use to get more done is multitasking. Why do one thing, if you can do two things at one, and get twice as much work done? The problem with multitasking is that humans are notoriously bad at it: our brains are just not wired to be good at it. In fact, when you multitask, your productivity drops so much that you would be better off just doing one task after another. Answering e-mails and talking to someone on the phone at the same time might seem like a good use of your time, but it really isn’t. Focus on one thing at a time, and try to be completely present in the moment.

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Good to see multitasking slated among these 3 tips to boost your focus and productivity. Why? Not only is multitasking proven to be highly inefficient but it’s also proven to be damaging to our brains. Our brains weren’t designed to switch from task to task all day long. A study at Harvard found that those who multitask were less able to concentrate and it affected their memories. You may argue though that it’s impractical not to multitask. Eben Pagan advises to do “enlightened multitasking” – which is about scheduling your multitasking – opening yourself to distractions for a fixed period of time, say an hour before lunch and an hour at the end of your day. Then you can focus for the rest of the day. Genius.

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10 Tools For Creating New Beginnings

As we rapidly reach the end of 2012, you may be wondering where the year went. It may be that you have had a highly successful year and wouldn’t have it any other way, or you may be feeling a little frustrated that you haven’t achieve certain things, and that may be related to love, finance, relationships, health or anything else. If you do fall into the ‘slightly frustrated’ category, it may be worth reflecting on all the positive achievements and progress that you’ve made. And then think how you want to make changes. If you are wanting to make big changes then these 10 tools for creating new beginnings from Psychology Today are well worth considering.

  1. Approaching the New YearStarting over is not the same as recouping from a failure. It is a new beginning, and you have gained experience and knowledge to help you reach your goals. Reignite your passion by imagining what it will feel like when you achieve the desired result.
  2. Moving through life is like climbing stairs. You go up a step or two, and then you level off and you may go down a step, but you are still higher than you were. That’s the process of life (and therapy) nothing is ever a straight shot. Have some patience with yourself and with your newfound direction.
  3. You can create a whole new life if you want it. You just have to approach it in the right way. Sometimes little ideas can turn into big things. Visualize a positive outcome for your issue. Medical doctors recommend visualization to patients with chronic and potentially fatal illnesses. If it can help them, it can do the same for you.
  4. Endings are not necessarily bad things. Even if you lost your job, savings or home, what comes to you in the future may be better than what you had. Sometimes the phoenix has to burn, so it can rise again.

Click here to view the whole article on Psychology Today

I thought the first point of these 10 tools for creating new beginnings is worded slightly unfavourably, as I don’t believe in the word failure – certainly if we’re talking business. I think people make mistakes and have temporary set-backs, from which you can get feedback, learn from and move on. I love the idea of visualising end goals though – and ensuring those end goals are positive. You can go as far as creating ‘mind movies’ of how you’ll feel emotionally when you achieve that goal. When you do this, whatever needs to be completed between now and that end goal becomes less significant, and you just get on and do them. Challenges and obstacles are shrunk, you can break them down, and make them happen. Bring on 2013!

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4 Natural Ways To Manage Stress

Focusing on one task for a significant period of time can be challenging at the best of times, let alone if you’re stressed. Here are 4 natural ways to manage stress written by Erlanger Turner (PhD) for Psychology Today. In the Western World we’re living in a fast paced and competitive world, in an economic climate that can be regarded as unfavourable to say the least. It’s no wonder that cases of stress are on the rise. Stress is harmful to our mental health and our physical health as a whole. It leads to illness and disease as well as unhappiness, which is why it’s so important to learn how to manage it, before it manages you. These tips are great, and will take only a few minutes of your time to digest.

4 Natural Ways To Manage Stress

  1. Manage Stress Before It Manages YouUnderstand how you stress.  Stress is experienced and managed differently by each individual. Some things that may be stressful for some may serve as a trigger for others to become productive. It is important for you to know what types of situations make you feel different than you do most of the time. For example, stress may be related to your children, family, health, financial decisions, work, relationships or something else.
  2. Find healthy ways to manage stress. The ways in which you cope with stress are unique to your personality. Consider healthy, stress-reducing activities that work best for you such as exercising or talking things out with friends or family, listening to music, writing, or spending time with a friend or relative. Keep in mind that unhealthy behaviors develop over time and can be difficult to change. Don’t take on too much at once. Focus on changing only one behavior at a time

Click here to view the whole article on Psychology Today

Unsurprisingly, exercise was featured several times among these 4 natural ways to manage stress. Exercise is the number one activity for emotional renewal according to Tony Schwartz who wrote The Power Of Full Engagement. On a personal level, I cannot think of a better way to alleviate and manage stress. I didn’t start really properly exercising until I was doing my finals at uni in 2003. I’d occasionally play tennis or go for a cycle, but nothing too regular. I got incredibly stressed when revising for these exams and this is when I started running. It was like a miracle cure. I’d reach stalemate when sat at my desk, tear my hair out (those were the days), and after a run I’d feel remarkably refreshed. Exercise is the no. 1 stress reliever for me. It also induces creativity, problem solving, improves your intelligence, makes you happier, slows aging of the brain, slows aging of your organs, fends off disease – to name just a few of the plethora of benefits!

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