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Want to Increase Your Personal Productivity?

 

Then: Look out the window

Normally when you think of working environment in the context of personal productivity, you immediately envision an organized office layout, ergonomically positioned chairs, desks and computers, private offices or efficiently designed cubicles and meeting areas, and perhaps even a soothing soft green color scheme, sound-absorbing walls and perfume-free air at an ideal temperature circulating throughout.  (more…)

Personal Performance: Are Distractions Depleting Your Energy?

Our brains do not have an unlimited amount of energy to process information and make decisions throughout the day. Nor can our bodies absorb the ever-increasing demands of 24/7 connectivity, multitasking and increasing workloads, without a concomitant reduction in efficiency and compromised health and well-being. But by managing your energy – from its creation to its use – you are able to increase your efficiency and personal performance, more easily achieve your goals, and still, have ample energy remaining for an active and fulfilling lifestyle. (more…)

Managing Stress: Coping With an Illusion of Urgency and a Reality of Stress

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Email, social media, texting and other forms of communication generate an illusion of urgency and a reality of stress. As a result, many of us are in a state of constant anxiety and stress instead of calm and control.  

Digital technology produces a false sense of urgency. Although there is nothing inherently urgent about email messages, phone calls or media postings, our core brain interprets the assaults on our senses as threats and activates the “fight or flight” stress response within our bodies.  (more…)

Why does life seem to go faster the older you get?

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The popular explanation for this is that the brain perceives time as a rough percentage of total life lived. For a 10-year old child, one year represents 10% of their existence to date. That’s a long time. But to a 60-year old, one year represents less than 2% of their life experience to date, giving the impression of it passing much faster. But that’s only part of the answer.  (more…)

Internal Time Management: Using Your Natural Body Rhythms to Increase Your Effectiveness

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Overlooked in most traditional time management workshops are the strategies that take advantage of the internal workings of our body and brain, which I refer to as internal time management. For example, working in sync with your biological clock makes life easier and allows you to accomplish more with less effort.  (more…)

Time Management: Budget Your Time – It’s More Important Than Money!

Time to be productive!  Develop your time management skills. Here is why and how... Time to be productive! Develop your time management skills. Here is why and how…

When you lose all your money, you can always earn more. But when you lose all your time, there is no more to earn. When your time is gone, you’re gone. Time is your most precious resource. Budget it well.  (more…)

Soft Skill Education: Don’t Be so Hard-Headed and Get a Softer Brain

Soft skills versus hard skills. Soft skills versus hard skills.

In this high-tech, digital-crazed culture, schools seem to be emphasizing the hard skills to the detriment of the essential basic soft skills, like time management. For example, as reported in a Toronto Star article, a 2015 study showed “a staggering 83% of educational institutions believe their grads are equipped for the workforce, whereas a mere 34% of employers agreed, and just 44% of students themselves.”

Many of the soft skills can be gained from experience, but it’s a costly way to do so. Students have to get jobs first in order to get experience while employers are looking for experience before hiring. And once employed, they get experience first and then the lesson. It makes more sense to get the lesson first. (more…)

3 Essential Time Management Tips for a Successful Career and Life

Take control of your life, reduce stress and improve both efficiency and effectiveness. Take control of your life, reduce stress and improve both efficiency and effectiveness.

Time management allows you to take control of your life, reduce stress and improve both efficiency and effectiveness – as well as free up time for planning and prioritizing. This in turn helps you to be more successful in your career.

You can learn time management skills the easy way or the hard way. Experience takes time. Gaining from credible professionals is faster. Taking advantage of training sessions and eBooks is in itself a time management strategy. (more…)