Category Archives: Productivity

The attitude of gratitude

An understanding of happiness and wellbeing In his book “Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being“, Seligman (the father of positive psychology), offers a simple practice that promises to enhance your wellbeing that I found very interesting— the “Gratitude Visit”. Though to the cynical eye the exercise might appear both old-fashioned and overly self-helpy, […]
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Employee motivation

What drives you?   Historically, organizations have believed that compensation is the primary motivator for results, but scientific evidence suggests that the link between money, motivation, and performance is much more intricate. A new UNC Executive Development white paper, Motivation on the Brain – Applying the Neuroscience of Motivation in the Workplace, discusses the science behind motivation and […]
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Work distractions and interruptions

Overcoming distractions and interruptions Interruptions and distractions impose heavily on our ability to organize work schedules. Not only is there the actual time lost through the interruption but, more importantly, the effort of getting back to the original task and re-focusing attention. The extent to which we are distracted from our work has become much […]
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The costs of multitasking

The costs of multitasking Are you a task switcher? This is the quintessential rhetorical question, because we all switch between tasks, and we do so often. While the answer to this question is predictable, clear and almost universal — a more complex and important question is how much time do you think you lose when […]
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Positive planning for a focused week

FOCUSED week Before starting to plan the week ahead we should focus on how do we wish the week to look like. How do we want to perform at work, what do we need to get done during the week? If we don’t know how to measure, we can’t manage our work properly. During my […]
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Thinking Clouds that distract us from CLARITY (03) – Personal attacks

Thinking clouds that distract us from CLARITY – Personal Attacks We talked already about different negative thinking “clouds” that can distract us from our focus and clarity. These were: a) Wrong authority b) Wrong dilemma c) Wrong motivation This week I’d like you to become more aware about those situations when you feel attacked by […]
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Thinking Clouds that distract us from CLARITY

Thinking clouds that distract us from CLARITY – Wrong Dilemma I shared with you last week how can our thinking create clouds of distraction to focus and clarity. Do you remember the main ones? a) Wrong authority b) Wrong dilemma c) Wrong motivation Today we will focus first on how a wrong dilemma can create confusion of the […]
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Work SMARTER, not harder – tips to overcome interruptions

These days, technology is meant to help us to work smarter, not harder. But this is only true, if we have already built up the productivity habits. What does it mean for you to work smarter and being productive?  When I think about productivity, my mind goes immediately in the direction of interruptions. How many […]
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Healthy eating for a high motivation

I am not sure where the advice to eat “three meals per day” comes from, but it’s existed for as long as most of us remember. Indeed we need regular food for energy. Breakfast is often said to be “the most important meal of the day” because, supposedly, it fuels us after an extended overnight […]
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5 useful habit forming tips

Motivation is a major key to sustaining behaviours but other tricks and tips can help. These include: 1. Get the right support from the significant other.  When delivering seminars and workshops, one of the most common comments I hear is this: “I wish my partner could hear this.” We all have this motivation and sense […]
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