Tag Archives: Managing yourself

  • You’re hijacked

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    Pause for Thought: Your attention is your most valuable resource, and it’s being hijacked by technology companies. Tech companies (facebook, youtube, snapchat, ted) are scheduling our lives for us by steering the time lines of a billion people (insane! the influence in that is incredible). Watch this video from TED. Here are some of the points […]

  • Effective meetings

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    The higher you get in an organisation the more time you spend in meetings. While it’s clear that for some just being in the meeting is their job (!), if you’d like to get the rest of your job done more effectively, these tools on Productive Meetings are a great place to start, and may help you […]

  • Kill Bad Habits

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    It’s one thing to have a bad habit. But if you’re a procrastinator, a gum-chewer, a chocolate addict or a late sleeper how can you make the change you want easily? This Is The Lazy Way To Kill Bad Habits: 8 Secrets From Research gives you some excellent and easy things to do. And if you’re […]

  • We’re our own worst enemies, right?

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    I’ve heard people say that they are their own worst enemies. This research on how we interrupt our own process consistently is evidence of that. We are inefficient animals (and yet we get stuff done, so go figure).

  • Between jobs?

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    Being between assignments is a frequent challenge for consultants and contract workers. Perhaps you’re between assignments, or just between jobs. The same principles apply. A few years ago a client asked me how to keep herself cheerful between assignments, so I wrote this book. Austin Kleon, whose book Show your Work inspires me daily (in both my […]

  • Get some sleep!

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    How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need? And how do you get the right kind? This video summarises sleep research suggesting you need your sleep to function fully. And if you’re jetlagged or depressed, then this NY times article will give you some ideas on how to use sleep and light to make a dent in […]

  • Get messy

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    Mess makes you more productive (but you won’t like it). I notice when helping people change their habits that they’ll often talk about how it feels weird, strange or uncomfortable to do the new thing (and without a little prompting they will just go back to how it was). They have to have a really good […]

  • I can’t say no to my colleague

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    I can’t say no. That’s what it feels like when a colleague asks for help. Saying no to clients is hard, as I’ve discussed before here. Saying no to your colleagues is harder, because there’s that team work thing to take into account. Can’t say no? get ready for generosity burnout Here’s a few tips […]

  • Breathe, unplug, daydream… to be more productive

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    You can be more productive than you are. Here are two different ends of the spectrum: some holistic solutions and a few more practical. Which one appeals to you more? This Inc article offers 5 Tips for Increased Productivity through Mindfulness. They are: Take five to breathe Download a meditation app. Uni-task Let your mind wander […]

  • Improv and Business

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    Improvising teaches you to listen, to build on others’ ideas. To notice the unspoken and bring it to light. To break the routine and value the input of others. Here are some lessons from improvising from Forbes and the Dean of the Management School at Boston College. And a reasoned argument from Eran Thomson about […]