Productivity

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Break your limits

We’re often advised to know our limits. We shouldn’t over-reach or over-step the mark, but instead operate comfortably within our capabilities. Then we know we’ll deliver and we won’t embarrass ourselves with failure.

The problem is this leads to entropy. Unless we push ourselves, how do we even know what our limits are?



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How to control your emotions

Unless you are a robot, you might not have full control over your emotions at all times. However with some practice and by building emotional awareness, we can learn to select the right emotion for each situation.


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The gift of presence

A victim of multitasking is not just our productivity, but the attention we give to those around us. We’ve all been in meetings where people are working merrily on their laptops; been on conference calls as people check their email; even been sitting face-to-face talking to someone as they check their smartphone. I am guilty of this, even with my kids.


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How not to cope with failure

‘A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.’ – Elbert Hubbard

We’ve all heard about the lessons you learn from failures. Most of us have failed, some of us on numerous occasions. The problem is not whether we fail or not. It’s our coping strategy for failure. And some of us fail at that too. Here’s how:


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It’s not about you

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Many of us are too wrapped up in ourselves to notice what’s happening. We look at the world through ‘me-tinted’ glasses.
How does this affect me? What’s in it for me? What about me?


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How to get fewer emails

Many of us struggle with email volume. It’s a source of stress, interruption and distraction. Taming your Inbox is important. The first step is to get fewer emails in the first place. Here are a few tips:


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The curse of ASAP

When someone tells you a task needs to be done ASAP, how do you feel? Pressured right? This is a task of such priority it needs to be completed as soon as humanly possible. Which…



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What are your posteriorities?

We all know the advice to focus on our priorities. Get the hardest thing done first. But what about the opposite – posteriorities? These are the things you should de-prioritize, focus on the least. Recognizing…