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Five Steps to a To-Do List That’s Actually Doable.

Five Steps to a To-Do List That’s Actually Doable.

Too Many People Write To-Do Lists Wrongly. Here’s HOW to Make a To-Do List that’s Actually Doable. A list of vague wishes. A series of complex tasks or multifaceted projects. Maybe a collection of intentions, goals, or aspirations. If this is what it looks like, there’s no wonder that you’re struggling to see anything on […]

The Two Systems – HOW They Influence Your Decision Making

The Two Systems – HOW They Influence Your Decision Making

How Daniel Kahneman’s Two Systems Influence Your Decisions This is the first of two articles about the Two Systems. The next, on HOW to use the Two Systems in your business life, will follow. In his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, the psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman outlines the conclusions from his decades of study […]

Five Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Five Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Feel the Benefits of Productivity with these Five Tips on HOW to Protect Your Time. In my last article, Want to Stop Getting Distracted?, I outlined the issues related to distraction in the workplace and offered a solution to this problem. That solution is protected time – and here’s HOW to use it effectively. There has been […]

How to Cut Down on Caffeine

How to Cut Down on Caffeine

Swap the Buzz for Zzzzs: How to Cut Down on Caffeine In my previous article, I wrote about the real effects of caffeine on you and your brain. Here, I want to look at how you can turn that knowledge into action: here’s how to cut down on caffeine.  In a culture that seems to […]

How to Quit Your Smartphone Addiction – and Get Your Life Back.

How to Quit Your Smartphone Addiction – and Get Your Life Back.

In my previous article, Technology is Stealing Our Time and Attention, I shared scary facts about the impact that technology has on our lives. Here, though, it’s time to look forward and get serious: here’s how to quit your smartphone addiction. Try to Do Some Proper Work for Once. Here’s How to Quit Your Smartphone […]

Why We’re Probably All about to Fail Our New Year’s Resolutions.

Why We’re Probably All about to Fail Our New Year’s Resolutions.

Ninety Percent of Us Fail Our New Year’s Resolutions. Here are Five Reasons Why. According to a study from the University of Scranton, over 90% of us fail our New Year’s Resolutions. Apparently, few resolutions last for more than a month, even – with eighty percent of our resolutions already dropped by the second week […]

Why Your Change Needs Momentum.

Why Your Change Needs Momentum.

Setting Goals is Not Sufficient. Here’s Why Your Change Needs Momentum. Find out more about why your change needs momentum – and how to achieve it – in my article Five Tips for Building Momentum for Change. What is success? And how do we measure successful performance? These are questions that academics, business leaders, and […]

The Beauty of Moments of Pause.

The Beauty of Moments of Pause.

Try Integrating Moments of Pause into Your Day. Sometimes, random moments in life get you thinking about wider issues. And this happened to me just the other day whilst I was grinding my coffee. This is not something I normally do – grind my coffee I mean. I receive coffee on subscription and, whilst it […]

Why You Should Use a Journal to Reflect on Your Life.

Why You Should Use a Journal to Reflect on Your Life.

It’s Really Important to Make Time to Reflect on Your Life. That’s Why I Use a Journal. Having been away last week – that’s why there was no newsletter, apologies! – and given that there was some long travel involved, I enjoyed a bit of time to journal and to reflect a bit upon my […]

Five Tips to Give Your Life More Structure.

Five Tips to Give Your Life More Structure.

I talked about the benefit of having a defined routine in your day in my last article. Here, I want to show you HOW to give your life more structure, with five simple tips. They’ll make a huge difference. How to Give Your Life More Structure. You’re self-employed, maybe freelance, or your run your own […]

Why You Need Routine in Your Day.

Why You Need Routine in Your Day.

The HOW Skill Set is all about the creation of structure, rituals, and routine in your day. It makes you more productive and enables you to make your implementation plans a reality. Find out more about this in my article on work-life balance. Now, let’s talk about why you need routine in your day. The […]

Five Lessons from Sara Blakely.

Five Lessons from Sara Blakely.

Here are Five Lessons I have Learned from Entrepreneur and Spanx Owner, Sara Blakely. I’ve learned a huge number of lessons from Sara Blakely over the years. She’s a hugely impressive entrepreneur. A curious and extroverted individual. And an incredibly committed and shrewd businesswoman. She’s a bit of an inspiration. Having worked briefly as a […]

Five Ways to Make the Most Out of Fast and Slow Thinking.

Five Ways to Make the Most Out of Fast and Slow Thinking.

Remember the Two Systems – Fast and Slow Thinking – Every Day. In my other article, The Two Systems, I discussed Daniel Kahneman’s ideas of fast and slow thinking. For more information on that, follow the link. Here, we’re looking at HOW we can make the most of them in our daily lives. The Two Systems […]

Want to Stop Getting Distracted? Try Protected Time.

Want to Stop Getting Distracted? Try Protected Time.

Protected Time Stops You Getting Distracted – and Makes You More Productive. In our so-called ‘Age of Distraction’, it feels almost impossible to stop getting distracted. The world around us – and the usual suspects of our phones, emails, and other technologies – seem to be vying for our attention. And doing all in their […]

HOW to Stop Drowning in Your Email Inbox.

HOW to Stop Drowning in Your Email Inbox.

Regain Control of Your Inbox with these Simple Tips. In my last article, Take Back Control of Your Email Inbox, I discussed the problems that email creates for productivity and time management. Here, I want to show you HOW to stop drowning in your email inbox – with some easy tips. One of the main […]

Take Back Control of Your Email Inbox – and Be More Productive.

Take Back Control of Your Email Inbox – and Be More Productive.

Without Control of Your Email Inbox, You’ll Never Get Anything Done. This is the first of a pair of articles on taking back control of your email inbox. Look out for the next one (it’s now here)! These days, all of us in business seem beholden to our emails. From the moment we come into […]

Avoiding Overwhelm: HOW to Prioritise Your Tasks and Habits.

Avoiding Overwhelm: HOW to Prioritise Your Tasks and Habits.

‘Prioritise Your Tasks and Habits’ Sounds Great – But How do You do It? Think Impact and Influence. Change in work and life, as we’ve discussed before, is often construed as something requiring grit, endurance, effort, and endless self-restraint. We’re taught to see it like an endless fight with yourself and the world around. And […]

Five Things I’ve Learned from Yvon Chouinard.

Five Things I’ve Learned from Yvon Chouinard.

Lessons from Yvon Chouinard, the CEO of Patagonia. He’s one of my idols, really. Every book he’s written I’ve devoured. Every time I see an interview with him, a podcast or an article, I track it down and pour over it. I think he has a lot to teach us all about what business can […]

Use Mindfulness to Break Bad Habits.

Use Mindfulness to Break Bad Habits.

The Secret to Breaking Bad Habits: Mindfulness! Habits, to me, are an inexhaustibly interesting phenomenon. But whilst we’ve talked a lot about building new habits, it’s worth taking a moment to gain some perspective on those bad habits – and how to break them. The answer to this question is, in itself, a multi-million-dollar industry. […]

What is Your Zone of Genius?

What is Your Zone of Genius?

Your zone of genius includes those activities that you love and at which you are brilliant. Focus on these and let yourself and your business thrive.

HOW to Thrive through Change.

HOW to Thrive through Change.

Let’s think change differently. It’s time to think how we can thrive in change – how can we can create an image of change that is no longer painful.

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