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How to Master Time: 5 Steps to Living a Timeless and Powerfully Creative Life

How to Master Time: 5 Steps to Living a Timeless and Powerfully Creative Life | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Mastering the precious commodity of time is not as much about the organization of time, but rather, it's much more powerfully about the attitude you hold about yourself and how this attitude affects every happening in your life....

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craig daniels's curator insight, April 24, 2014 3:22 PM

Number 3. on the list is, Be Present As Much As Possible. When we live hooked to life's distractions the present dissolves and the things of real value are missed.


Each day seems to be gone before we accomplish anything of substance when we avoid mindfulness and instead embrace more and more distractions.


I have a friend who told me with pride that his cell phone either vibrates or dings when he receives a new email. My friend is checking his email many times each hour. I had no response to his good news... Are you hooked on distractions more than you know? Think about it.


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What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't

What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Six research-based strategies to help you overcome barriers to success

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ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:21 PM

Melanie's article is a good reminder of things that many of us forget or neglect

ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:28 PM

Mens sana in corpore sano.  You don't have a vision, the vision has you.  Be accountable. People choose problems they can't solve rather than choices or decisions they do not want to make. Reading the work of Lee Thayer brings much of this into focus especially his first book: Leadership: Thinking Being Doing.  How I think influences who I am, who I am influences what I do. What I do create my habits. And in the end, as in the beginning, my habits create me.  Get right the thinking and the practice of life-long learning and being more competent each day and I may have a chance to "Take a message to Garcia."

John Michel's curator insight, December 2, 2013 7:48 PM

Six tips to work smarter, not harder.

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Where has Your Attention Gone? Unplugging In Order to Connect...

Where has Your Attention Gone? Unplugging In Order to Connect... | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.

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J Ruth Kelly's curator insight, November 15, 2013 2:35 PM

Daniel Goleman reminds us why focus is so critical and how it ties into emotional intelligence. Weighing things such as...

1. meta-awareness

2. meta-cognition

3. and meta-emotion,

this interview digs into the risks and challenges of technological distractions and how they take a toll on our emotional intelligence. The "inner/outer/other" focus descriptions illuminate the hard-wired and learned strengths of the human mind but this interview touches on even more layers of awareness, including the ever-valid ability to unplug or allow your mind to go adrift. 

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Find 5 Extra Hours Each Day - Multitasking NOT Required

Find 5 Extra Hours Each Day - Multitasking NOT Required | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it

When was the last time you complained there just weren’t enough hours in the day for all you wanted to accomplish? If you’re like me, it was recently. And if like me, you regularly run out of day at the end of your to-do list.

 


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:14 PM

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it.

Susan Taylor's curator insight, November 8, 2013 8:29 AM

What would you do with an additional 5 hours each and every day?  Write a book? Travel? Sleep?

 

Well...here's one way to give yourself some more time. Turn off the TV. 

 

The average American watches up to 5 hours of television each day.  By simply turning off the boob tube, you can gain up to 1,768 hours each year. 

 

Even if you pull yourself away from the box for just 1 hour each day, that's still 365 hours of additional time annually.  That's equivelant to over 9 weeks of work. 

 

If your employer gave you a 9-week vacation each year, you'd take it right?

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4 Strategies for Learning Anything in 20 Hours or Less

4 Strategies for Learning Anything in 20 Hours or Less | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
How long does it take to learn a new skill?

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craig daniels's curator insight, October 22, 2013 2:25 PM

Mindfulness goes where you go, it is always available when you want it. Mindfulness doesn't care if you are listening to someone or building a new business, if you want to pay attention to the moment than mindfulness is there.

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Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind

Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It's the quiet mind that produces the best insights.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:11 AM

Build "purposeful" breaks into your day with these 3 quick and easy ways...

Read More:   http://lifehacker.kinja.com/5971173/three-quick-and-easy-ways-to-quiet-your-mind

Christina DePugh's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:02 AM

3 quick and easy ways to create purposeful breaks during day

 

simondcollins's curator insight, January 23, 2014 6:46 AM

Try to build a time that is just for you into your day.

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Mindfulness: an antidote for workplace ADD

Mindfulness: an antidote for workplace ADD | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Some consultants tell me that the number one problem in the workplace today is attention. People are distracted. They're in a state of what's called "continuous partial attention" where

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Anne Egros's curator insight, February 7, 2013 1:01 PM

It takes more and more energy to focus due to the increase in speed and amount of information we receive everyday. Unlesss you live in a cave or an island without connnection, distraction is unavoidable. 

 

Even if we are very good at practicing mindfullness meditation, it is like a red light. it works to stop you in the moment...until the ligh turns green again.

 

I am always annoyed when people use the term "ADD" to describe a lack of concentration. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a medical disorder describe in the DSM IV book. It is described as a neurological condition or a kind of immaturity of the brain, that can be corrected with medication mostly stimulants. Medication is only working when you take it. When you stop you still have ADD and its symptoms come back right away. That is the only common thing between meditation and medication !

 

 

Carla Chapman's curator insight, October 1, 2014 4:47 PM

Are you ever in a state of continuous partial attention?  Read here to have a deeper understanding of how to combat this.

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Learn To Finally -- FINALLY -- Relax

Learn To Finally -- FINALLY -- Relax | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
It seems like relaxing is something everyone should be able to do, but those of us who are constantly stressed, are workaholics, or have certain health issues don't have an easy "off" switch. Relaxation is something we actually have to learn and practice, much like happiness. And, like happiness, learning to relax is extremely important for your health and well-being. Let's take a look at the ways we can beat chronic tension and finally slow down.
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Worry Less...Live More

Worry Less...Live More | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Imagine that you're floating away and viewing a stressful situation as a detached, outside observer, above the scene. From this larger viewpoint, ask yourself whether the situation is worth worrying about.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, November 18, 2013 5:21 PM

There are 10 tips. My favorites are:

Say NO

Say STOP to those bad thoughts running through your head

Rehearse success. Love that one since so often we rehearse what is the worst thing that might happen due to fear.

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:08 AM

Some research shows  worry predicts mental illness more than history of trauma or family history.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:32 AM

Maybe Scarlett had a point after all...

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Enough Really is Enough: Accepting Yourself & Taking Responsibility for Your Expectations

Enough Really is Enough: Accepting Yourself & Taking Responsibility for Your Expectations | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
If you’re anything like me, you’re your own worst enemy, so we could all use a bit more TLC. Reclaim your self-compassion with the following three steps.

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J Ruth Kelly's curator insight, November 14, 2013 11:23 AM

There are times when you can't crawl out of the self-criticism hole. The encouragement in this article hones in particularly on important aspects of self-confidence including...

1. awareness of thoughts

2. responsibility for self-talk

3. realistic expections.

You may find it especially helpful as a reminder to stay aware of how empowered you truly are, minute by minute.

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Is Your Inner House in Order?

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Steve Mundahl, CEO of Goodwill Industries and author of "The Alchemy of Authentic Leadership," was on a fishing vacation in Northern Minnesota when he started pondering his life and asking himself if all its elements were in balance. "I asked myself, do I have enough fun in my life, and enough creative expression?" he says. Although he was on vacation on that moment he realised that in general the answer was no.


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Ivan Berlocher's curator insight, November 10, 2013 4:42 AM

Inner peace begins with making order...

John Michel's curator insight, November 10, 2013 8:27 AM

Smart reflections we would all be wise to heed. 

Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:11 PM

Out of touch? Here's couple of minutes test.

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Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose

Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Misconceptions surround the practice of mindfulness, which is part meditation and part a greater awareness of the things around you.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 23, 2013 2:29 PM

Besides a formal meditation practice the greater idea here is to “take yourself out of autopilot” and really absorb "purposeful pauses" − meaning feel that breeze, taste the nuances of your tea/coffee/wine, smell the freshly mowed grass, etc....


Read More:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/your-money/mindfulness-requires-practice-and-purpose.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


Ann Oliveri's curator insight, March 24, 2013 3:21 PM

Purposeful pauses are the secret sauce of effecitve leaders. This article simplifies your way into mindfulness.

Christina DePugh's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:47 AM

becoming more aware of your surroundings makes you appreciate and love this life, and want to take care of earth so much more (at least it has for me)

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The emerging field of contemplative neuroscience | Mindful

The emerging field of contemplative neuroscience | Mindful | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Richard Davidson, Ph.D., on the emergence of contemplative neuroscience and studies on how meditation affects the brain.

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Gerald P. Kozlowski's curator insight, March 20, 2013 5:09 AM

It's wonderful to have Dr Davidson's input.

Anthony M Crasto DR.'s comment, September 2, 2013 3:37 AM
NICE
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Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind

Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind | Good News For A Change | Scoop.it
Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It's the quiet mind that produces the best insights.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 5, 2013 4:59 AM

We all need this!

ThinDifference's curator insight, January 14, 2013 7:14 AM

It is amazing what 20 minutes can do to settle us, let us create, and refresh us...

donhornsby's curator insight, January 14, 2013 8:03 AM

(From the article): New research from the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging suggests that people who meditate show more gray matter in certain regions of the brain, show stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy. In other words, meditation might make your brain bigger, faster, and "younger". As lead researcher Eileen Luders explains, "it appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain."