Easy ways to look after your wellbeing and reduce stress

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The importance of looking after your wellbeing

For busy people, a typical day has a packed agenda with little personal time for yourself. There will often be missed lunch breaks, working long hours and not spending enough time with family and friends. It is no wonder that the outcome is often feeling stressed and missing out on doing the things which you find fulfilling.

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5 Compelling reasons why you should reflect on the past year

Reflect on your year
Take time to reflect

There is something  exciting about the start of a new year.  A time for new opportunities, good intentions and a feeling of enthusiasm. It can be tempting to get on with the year without taking time to acknowledge the year which has been. In fact, taking time to stop and reflect is important in order for you to acknowledge achievements, recognise your learning, and be in a good position to plan for a new year.

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Simple ways to make self-care part of your busy life

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The importance of self-care

When you're busy, self-care is often something which is neglected and low down on the list of priorities! However, taking time to consider your needs is important in order to be more productive, deal with stress and prevent burnout. Whilst it is important to meet the demands of your job and be there for others, it is also vital to look after ourselves. 

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5 Benefits of learning to say ‘no’

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Do you find it easy to say no?

For many of us saying no can be difficult and we have all experienced saying yes when we really wanted to say no!

For example, your diary is already full, but you have been asked to squeeze in another meeting and you don't know how to say no. You are working on an important task which has to get done that day, but a colleague has asked for your help and you genuinely want to be helpful. Or you have been asked to take on an activity which you would rather not do, but feel flattered to be asked.

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How to understand your personal values and live a more fulfilled life

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Understanding personal values

Personal values are those things which are most important to you. They include what you believe, what motivates you and those things which makes you happy. Your values will influence your behaviour and guide you in your decisions. While we will hold many beliefs and be motivated by a range of values, there will be a small number which are core and more significant for us. When our lives are aligned to what we believe, we are more likely to live a happy and fulfilled life.

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Effective strategies to overcome procrastination and get things done

Procrastination

Do you ever find yourself doing anything except the task you are supposed to be doing? Suddenly you are highly motivated to have a major clear out, offer to run errands for your colleagues or feel inspired to file all of your books alphabetically, by genre! If so, then it is fair to say that you will be experiencing classic procrastination.

Procrastination is when we put off or delay doing something which we should be doing. The outcome is that we waste time doing other stuff, are easily distracted and fail to get the important things done.

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How to effectively deal with information overload

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Information overload

We live in an incredible world with advanced technology and the opportunity to seek information on anything we choose. Our horizons are expanding as we learn and develop our knowledge. Most of us can access information on our smart phones whenever we choose and wherever we are.

But there is a flip side to this. With opportunities to consume more and constant internet access, we can soon find ourselves in information overload!

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8 Steps to achieving your goals!

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Make your goals real

I have had some really positive feedback this week from people who have completed the 'Review your year workbook'. It is great to hear that this resource has helped with the process of review, and with setting goals for 2017.

So, you have spent time reviewing last year and have come up with some amazing goals for 2017. You are full of good intentions and you really do want to reach your goals. 

But what happens next?

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How to find focus and get things done?

 
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Finding focus

Do you ever feel stuck?  Do you find it hard to focus on what you really need to do? Perhaps you feel like you are on a treadmill going through the day's activities without real clarity and purpose?

This has been my experience recently. I struggled to complete a task which I usually enjoy doing and I didn't know why. Instead I got distracted doing other tasks and felt frustrated that I hadn't achieved what I had set out to do.

After some soul searching and reflection, I discovered what was going on for me and how to move forward. The solution was quite clear!

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7 Reasons why you need to review your year

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As we approach the end of the year many of us will be looking forward to the New Year with all of the opportunities this brings. It can be tempting to look ahead, perhaps set some New Years resolutions, and move forward without taking time to acknowledge the year which has been.

We rarely take time to stop and make sense of what has been going on for us when we are constantly busy with our personal and professional lives. It is easy to forget what has been achieved, all that has been learnt and challenges which have been overcome, when we do not take time out to reflect.

Here are 7 reasons why reviewing your year is good for your personal and professional development.

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The power of perspective

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I was talking with a headteacher friend this week, about how she deals with her busy life. We concluded it was all about keeping things in perspective.

For her being busy is a sign that she has a job to do, people who need her and plenty going on in her life and she is thankful for this. She knows that a difficult work situation will not last, and this perspective helps her deal with challenges more positively.

This got me thinking about how important it is to keep things in perspective, especially during this busy period.

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Uncovering the myth of multitasking!

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Are you good at multitasking?

Have you ever walked into a room to do one task, then find yourself starting a completely different one, only to discover a little while later, that you have forgotten about the original task?

Do you regularly check your emails or read notifications whilst writing a report then wonder why you have lost your flow?

If this is familiar to you then you, like me, are a multitasker!

Many of us regularly multitask and the reality is that we live in a world which facilitates this. With constant notifications for our email and social media, and the notion that we should be contactable at all times!

The results are that we are easily distracted and can find multitasking as the norm. 

What happens when we multitask?

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Take control of overwhelm in 7 steps

Take control of overwhelm

For most of us life is busy with constant juggling of our work, life and family commitments. There are times when there is just too much going on. Perhaps work is particularly busy, family activities build up or there are unforeseen events which need our attention.

It is during these times, when there is too much going and we do not feel in control, that we begin to feel overwhelmed, and this causes stress.

When we lay awake at night thinking about what needs to be done, or can't focus on what needs our attention, we are not functioning at our best.

The good news is that there are things which you can do to help you take control of overwhelm and get back on track.

Here are 7 steps you can take to deal with overwhelm and to regain clarity and control.

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10 Essential work and life balance tips for busy professionals

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For many of us the summer will have provided an opportunity to slow down, take a break and spend time doing the things which we enjoy. As we approach autumn and the run up to Christmas, life will begin to get busy again and the relaxed pace of the summer will soon be forgotten.

When we have deadlines looming with lots to do, making time for ourselves will be low down on the agenda. The consequence of neglecting time for ourselves is increased stress and ineffectiveness. Because we do not achieve more by working more, we are most effective when we are rested and happy alongside our work.

Here are my 10 essential work and life balance tips for busy professionals.

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Finding Motivation In Our Stories

 

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When you are busy with the many demands of your job, do you always remember why you do what you do?

It is easy to get caught up with the countless tasks and activities of our jobs, and lose sight of what motivates us. We are often asked the question 'what do you do?', but how often are we asked 'why?'.

I was thinking about this recently. The sun was shining and I was having a productive day. Feeling happy and fulfilled in my work, I was really focused. I am passionate about my job and have the opportunity to work with some incredible people, but it has not always been easy.

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