Posts Tagged ‘Time Management’

Stuck in Procrastination

March 23rd, 2010

Procrastination is defined as “deferring action”. It’s easy to rationalise why we put things off that we don’t want to do – maybe we’re scared of the consequences, maybe we don’t know ‘how’ to go about it, maybe we simply ‘don’t want to’. Sometimes there are even unintended benefits to this procrastination – all sorts of things get done, that wouldn’t otherwise be contemplated – drawers get cleaned out, letters get written, chocolate cakes get baked…. and eventually when the pressure of a looming deadline gets intense enough, and/or the threat of consequences if you don’t do it, get bad enough, the procrastination evaporates and you simply have to take the action required.

But why do we put off doing the things that we DO want to do?

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Your Heart is a Powerhouse

March 22nd, 2010

When you live your life from your heart, you tap into a huge source of energy – energy that replenishes you, recharges you, and makes the work required to action tasks seem effortless.  In contrast, when you are living your life from your head, there is nothing to replenish you, and your energy is quickly drained, leaving you mentally fatigued, exhausted and often with a nasty headache!

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Allow Yourself to Receive

March 21st, 2010

Being fiercely independent is limited and selfish.  A controversial statement perhaps, but as Helen Keller famously said, “Alone we can achieve so little, but together we can achieve so much.”  Even Einstein, known more for his mathematical genius than his philosophies on life, deduced that “when two people put their heads together, it is like a third person has entered the room”.

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4 Quick Questions for the Best Decision Every Time

March 17th, 2010

Are you having trouble making an important decision?  Maybe you’ve tried weighing up the pros and cons, but still can’t decide?

Here’s a strategy that I find very helpful for tough choices.  It’s a simple process involving four questions.  They are known as the Cartesian Questions and were developed by a famous metaphysician called Rene Descartes.  You’ll need some paper to keep track of your answers.  Read More

Take Action!

March 3rd, 2010

As the Nike ads say, “Just do it!”

Knowing what you want and where you are heading is half the battle won, but in order to actually get there, you have to take some action!  You must take the first step and get started, not only to move closer towards your goal, but also to really commit to your intentions and to let the world know that you are serious about this.  The first step can be the hardest but once you’ve done it, it’s easier to keep moving.

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You Can’t Stockpile Opportunities

March 3rd, 2010

Ideas and opportunities can come any time, any place. Often they just start as a thought that pops into your head. They can arrive completely randomly, or be triggered by something you see, or hear. I like to think ideas come from a greater source, something we can’t fully understand, but that is more powerful than just little old us. As such, an idea is a gift and it should make you do something, take some kind of action – but how often do we get great ideas and not do anything with them?

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Under Promise and Over Deliver

February 24th, 2010

Are you one of those people that says yes to everything, tries to please everyone and runs around like a headless chicken trying to be in six places at once? Chances are you are also late for everything and annoy more people than you manage to please, no matter how hard you try to keep everyone happy.  Maybe it’s time to try a new approach.  Warning- it may go completely against your natural instincts at first, but you, and everyone else, will soon see the benefits.

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If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get

February 18th, 2010

In my opinion, asking is the most under-utilised tool for getting what you want.  Kids do it well, but as adults we seem to have lost this tool from our repertoire.


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Trust Your Gut!

February 8th, 2010

Often the most important decisions we make in our lives can be the toughest to make.  There is no end of outside influence that can affect our decisions: friends, family, colleagues, professional experts, the media, the Internet… and the list goes on.  A good decision though, is the one that is right for us, personally.  To help us make our own right decisions, we each have three different internal decision making tools we can consult: our head, our heart, and our gut.  The best decisions are made when all three are in line, wanting the same thing.

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What Drives You? – Pleasure Versus Pain

February 8th, 2010

Every single thing that we do is driven psychologically by a basic desire to either gain pleasure, or avoid pain.  This is very useful to know if you’re trying to change aspects of your life, because if you can change your thinking, then your doing will naturally change as well.

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