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5 04, 2022

Ever Told You Are a Procrastinator?


Reading time: 2 minutes You’re not alone. Pretty much everyone procrastinates in some way and up to 20% of the adult population are deemed chronic sufferers. There is no doubt that there can be real world consequences if you consistently miss deadlines at work or in life. Business can be lost and fines levied. And yet, if we’re honest, many deadlines are wholly arbitrary, particularly the ones we set ourselves. What’s more, how does labelling people with a problem or telling them they are wasting their lives help? Might there not be less aggressive means of framing what in essence [...]

Ever Told You Are a Procrastinator?2022-04-19T07:05:17+00:00
5 04, 2022

Does Time = Experience?


Reading time: 2 minutesThe question for us all is can we alter our experience of what we see as less meaningful activities and create more positive and memorable moments?How we perceive time has a significant impact on our day-to-day lives and more broadly on public policy. Research suggests that an hour spent on a meaningful activity carries more perceived value than an hour spent on something felt to be less meaningful. As a result, much effort and money is spent on ways of shortening such less meaningful activities. Take, for example, the money spent on infrastructure to shorten journey times. [...]

Does Time = Experience?2022-04-05T10:07:10+00:00
30 03, 2022

Is Your Morning Routine Serving Your Day?


My mother always used to say “Start as you mean to continue”. The wonderful gift we receive each morning is a blank canvas on which to paint our day. So, I’m curious, what are the first things you put on that canvas? In short, what is your morning routine? Some people start with their inbox, others with a favourite book and still others with a morning run! Some people don’t have any. There is clearly no one right routine but there probably are ways of better preparing for whatever a particular day has in store for us. My morning routine [...]

Is Your Morning Routine Serving Your Day?2022-03-31T10:54:02+00:00
22 03, 2022

Can Time be Lost?


The question of “Can time be lost?” came up recently in conversation. The feeling was that once you lose control over how you “spend” your time it is in essence lost. The examples given were being stuck in traffic or kept waiting for an appointment. Clearly very few of us would actively choose such options. And yet, like it or not, we are still living those moments so why not make the most of them? Those traffic lights can be a source of stress (holding us up from whatever we are to do next) or in the words of Thich [...]

Can Time be Lost?2022-03-22T14:37:38+00:00
14 03, 2022

Why Should I be Concerned About My Invisible Workload?


Reading time: 12 minutes Key messages:1) The invisible workload is a combination of:- The mental and emotional load from activities like worrying, planning and coordinating, remembering and monitoring, not to mention managing other people’s emotions and egos; and- The countless microtasks these generate. 2) Unlike regular tasks, the invisible workload usually doesn’t make it on any to do list and yet can take up a significant amount of your life and energy. Most professionals will have some level of comfort managing their to do lists. But what about the workload that doesn't get on those lists and yet takes up [...]

Why Should I be Concerned About My Invisible Workload?2022-03-28T11:54:41+00:00
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