Tag Archives: effectiveness

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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7 Reasons why taking time for reflection really matters

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Why reflection matters

For busy professionals taking time for reflection can often be a low priority. It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of your day and neglect to pause for thought. In fact, when you have lots to do, the very act of stopping may not seem possible, and certainly not the best use of your time! However, taking time to reflect really does matter.

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7 Reasons why making a plan is the key to success

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Planning for success

The well known phrase 'if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail', attributed to Benjamin Franklin, shows great insight.  What's great about this is that we know that by making a good, well-thought-out plan, we are more likely to succeed. We all want to be the best that we can be and planning is key.

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5 Compelling reasons why you should reflect on the past year

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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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7 Effective ways to deal with distractions and stay focused

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Being distracted

We all experience days when it is hard to get focused and there are just too many distractions.  But constantly breaking off and losing your focus will result in taking longer to complete tasks or them simply not getting done! The outcome will be frustration, ineffectiveness and feeling overwhelmed. Continue reading 7 Effective ways to deal with distractions and stay focused

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 be less busy and become more effective

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Most of us are busy. We are constantly navigating multiple demands in our personal and professional lives, which can leave us tired and overwhelmed.

We have a lot to do and it can be tempting to keep going in the hope that we will get everything done. Our personal needs can also be neglected whilst we resist taking time out to deal with our busy lives.

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How spending just 10 minutes each day will keep you focused

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How do you generally feel at the start of your day?

Do you usually feel focused with total clarity about what you are going to achieve that day?

OR

Do you jump straight into dealing with tasks, appointments and emails with a feeling of panic because you have too much to do?

I suspect that for many it is the latter!

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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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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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