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How to Set Goals: 10 Steps to Stay Focused

How to Set Goals: 10 Steps to Stay Focused | Personal Development | Scoop.it

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 29, 2013 3:38 PM

For most people, creating goals is easy! The execution and application is the struggle. As Diana Scharf Hunt says, “Goals are just dreams with a deadline!” Everyone has dreams, but successful people turn them into goals that they accomplish. In order to ensure you reach the finish line with your goals achieved, here are 10 steps to help you move from dreamer to doer.


So what are you aiming for? If your answer is nothing, then you probably won’t like what you get out of this life. Instead of simply drifting along reacting to what life brings you, take proactive steps to go out and create the future you want. While we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control ourselves by following goals that bring out our passion for life.

Girija Tickoo's curator insight, August 29, 2013 7:13 PM

Receipe for staying focussed!

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Why is Personal Development Critical?

Why is Personal Development Critical? | Personal Development | Scoop.it
The corporate Jungle has shifted and changed. How to focus on your personal development and become indispensable by keeping current, relevant, & marketable!

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70% Of Your Time At Work Is Wasted - How To Change That

70% Of Your Time At Work Is Wasted - How To Change That | Personal Development | Scoop.it

The average tech CEO works about 300 days a year, 14 hours a day. That’s 4,200 hours a year.

 

The stats for most other tech leaders and startup employees aren’t too far off. It sounds like a lot of time, but for most, it’s not enough. Nearly 30% of that time gets sunk into email. Another third gets spent in meetings--and studies show that half of those hours are completely wasted.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 21, 1:34 AM

Streamline time-sucks, like email, meetings and task-running, to get your time back.

Jacob M Engel's curator insight, July 22, 3:44 AM

According to Dr. Stephen Covey, time wasters (quadrants 3&4) are what bankrupts organizations.

Joy Moore's curator insight, July 22, 6:55 PM

Interesting insight into time management with some good tips

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Life is a Storm: Choose to Be Tenacious

Life is a Storm: Choose to Be Tenacious | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Decisions? So hard to make sometimes. And sometimes, the best decision is to just persevere and be tenacious.
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6 Ways to Recover Joy at Work

6 Ways to Recover Joy at Work | Personal Development | Scoop.it

It is hard to find people who do not complain about their work or colleagues. But when probed further, you will find that many want to do work that is fulfilling, and collaborate better with colleagues.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, July 7, 1:03 AM

Simple means to inculcate a sense of joy in your workplace:-)

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How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused

How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Understand how your brain reacts to distractions and use these three tips to help you stay focused and get things done.Get the latest blog articles on...

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Training Spider: Get set, GO! FREE personal goal development series

Training Spider: Get set, GO! FREE personal goal development series | Personal Development | Scoop.it
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Living With Purpose Is The Secret To A Long and Healthy Life

Living With Purpose Is The Secret To A Long and Healthy Life | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Mentally tough people live their life with purpose and meaning. They are an active participant in where their life is going.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 9, 5:47 AM

(From the article) Finding a direction for life and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you live longer. Without goals to anchor us, we find ourselves adrift in life. We may think we know what our goals are, but if we aren’t living our life around them, then we’re not living our life on purpose.

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Great Scoop! Living with purpose!
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How To Make The Perfect First Impression (According To Science)

How To Make The Perfect First Impression (According To Science) | Personal Development | Scoop.it

Can we really judge a book by its cover? When it comes to making snap judgments about others, it turns out, we may be pretty good at doing just that.

 

We've all heard the truism, "You only make one first impression." It's true -- and these impressions may be more powerful than we would imagine.

 

Our brains take in a huge number of verbal and non-verbal cues almost instantaneously when we meet someone (or just look at a photo of them) to calculate powerful impressions that are often as accurate as the impressions we form over longer periods of time.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 2, 4:06 AM

How to make the perfect first impression (according to science).

Graeme Reid's curator insight, June 2, 11:21 PM

Creating trust in the first meeting is so important - let the other person feel understood.

Michael Binzer's curator insight, June 4, 2:15 AM

First impressions DO matter. Interested in tips?

 

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Are We Managing Our To-Do Lists All Wrong?

Are We Managing Our To-Do Lists All Wrong? | Personal Development | Scoop.it
What if I told you that your brain hates the way you manage your to-do lists and there's another way to manage them that guarantees they'll get them done?

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 26, 6:50 AM

(From the article): The nature of the question drives you into action even while drafting them, pushing you to get answers before you need to perform the task, thereby reducing the associated stress of planning.

 

This provides mental preparation and visualization for your brain before you approach doing the task.  This will result better processing and planning, ultimately, helping you reach the right conclusions regarding your task completion.

 

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How Multitasking Slows Your Brain & Kills Your Productivity

How Multitasking Slows Your Brain & Kills Your Productivity | Personal Development | Scoop.it

It wasn’t long ago when people were consistently praised for multitasking– the parent who, in one night, juggles children’s homework, their own professional work, the laundry, and spinning classes. Or the ultra-connected marketing manager who, in an hour, answers 10 emails, works on a sales pitch, grabs a coffee, and books a plane ticket for a trade show. Both sound like veritable productivity masters. But the mental toll caused by multitasking has been proven to far outweigh peoples’ ability to simultaneously juggle tasks.

 

Multitasking, in fact, is multifaceted. The term can be defined as performing two or more tasks at the same time, or constantly switching from one thing to another. It can also be described as performing numerous tasks in rapid succession– like sending a tweet, then writing an email, then making a call, then checking your messages, then finishing your presentation. Sound familiar?


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Heidi Babcock's curator insight, May 14, 10:29 AM

There is no perfect balance, only balanc-ing!

 

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, May 14, 2:02 PM

I would not be so "black or white" on this... For sure, in some specific moment, we definitely  need to focus and avoid any kind of distractions, then we should avoid multitasking. But, to be fair, these kind of moments, requiring our full attention, are not so frequent in a regular day. We are all able to identify those and isolate ourselves (if not possible within the 2 coming minutes, then schedule some time later on to do so, cf. the famous 2 minutes rule)


In the other hand, multitasking is very close to the way your brain work. It allows you to make connections, relate different things together, mix them and at the end breaking through, while focus only on 1 thing might lead you to a dead end. 


 As often, it is question and balance and knowing him/herself wheel enough to be able to adopt the quite behavior at the right time.

4twenty2's curator insight, May 15, 1:51 AM

Wow .... We have all been taught multi-tasking is the way forward - Men are often derided for their lack of ability in this department and now it seems they have been better at getting the job done all along!  

 

This quote really hit hole "trying to focus on one or more tasks at a time actually reduces your productivity by a whopping 40%. It’s equivalent to missing one night of sleep and has two-times more effect on your brain than smoking marijuana"  No wonder after a day of multitasking we feel exhausted -  a rethink on time management is needed!

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The 9 Essential Habits Of Mentally Strong People

The 9 Essential Habits Of Mentally Strong People | Personal Development | Scoop.it

In 1914, Thomas Edison's lab burned down, and years' worth of his work was destroyed. This could easily be described as the worst thing to happen to Edison, but the inventor instead chose to see it as an energizing opportunity that forced him to rebuild and re-examine much of his work. Edison reportedly said at the time: "Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start again fresh."

"In a world that we don't control, tolerance is obviously an asset," Ryan Holiday, author of the forthcoming The Obstacle Is The Way, told The Huffington Post. "But the ability to find energy and power from what we don't control is an immense competitive advantage."


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David Hain's curator insight, May 8, 4:10 AM

Why can some people overcome any obstacle, while others stumble and give up?

donhornsby's curator insight, May 8, 5:37 AM

(From the article): The ability to cope with difficult emotions and situations is a significant predictor of our success and happiness. The most capable individuals in this way are able to turn any obstacle into a source of growth and opportunity. And while much has been made of what mentally strong people avoid doing -- things like dwelling on the past, resenting the success of others and feeling sorry for themselves -- what do they actually do? What tactics do they use to overcome adversity time and time again?

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How to Simplify Your Life in 5 Minutes a Day

How to Simplify Your Life in 5 Minutes a Day | Personal Development | Scoop.it
The situation for many of us is that life is fast and full of opportunity. The complication is we think we have to do everything. The implication of this is that we make a millimeter progress in a

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John Michel's curator insight, April 28, 12:24 AM

We can Chose to simplify. We can learn to recognize what is essential and eliminate nonessentials. If we do this then we can operate at a higher point of contribution. this great article provides five simple ways to simplify your life so you can focus on what is most essential.

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What High Performers Do When Things Get Tough

What High Performers Do When Things Get Tough | Personal Development | Scoop.it

The last decade of entrepreneurship has taken place within a rapidly changing environment of growth, struggle, triumph and confusion. The cornerstones relied upon in the past for small business stability and growth have crumbled, leaving an expensive hodgepodge of misguided efforts and bipolar business strategies. 

 

Fundamentally, sales and marketing behaviors are no longer the same. Technology changes have made accurate access to complex business answers easier than ever. Data systems are faster and more people have smarter phones with faster access to the internet. Things we used to wonder about are now quickly answered by an audio search on Google. Business is no longer about having inside access to sales information.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 15, 6:15 PM

Creativity is a chaotic place to be and for managers this is not where they want to be. They want certainty, but the real certainty is in uncertainty. This requires conversations and embracing the uncertainty along the way. Consider the way we hold curriculum as a plan that leads to learning. When learning does happen, it is because the classroom is a chaotic places where great conversations happen and bring meaning and life to inert outcomes.

John Michel's curator insight, April 16, 4:56 AM

Social changes make it easier than ever to build and maintain relationships that matter. External boundaries such as time zones, location and means of communication have rapidly evolved. People can now share pictures, video, quick thoughts or even their current location with thousands of individuals with just a few clicks of a button. Business is now about rich conversations with an audience all over the world

Whitney Rhodes's curator insight, April 16, 10:38 AM

Entrepreneur strategies

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The Science of Breaks at Work: Change Your Thinking About Downtime

The Science of Breaks at Work: Change Your Thinking About Downtime | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Taking breaks at work can make you happier, more focused and more productive. Here's a look at the science of why breaks work and how to use them better.

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The Psychology of Motivation: How To Get Stuff Done, Even When You’re Not “On”

The Psychology of Motivation: How To Get Stuff Done, Even When You’re Not “On” | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Learn how to tap into the psychology of motivation to ride "motivation waves" and get more done every day.

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Helen Teague's curator insight, July 21, 11:40 AM

Proactive ideas and  Solution thinking to  help people succeed on the most desirable behavior that matches their current situational motivation   also included is the YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqUSjHjIEFg

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What we learn before we're born

What we learn before we're born | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 7, 11:34 PM

Learning is hard-wired into us from conception.

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How to speak so that people want to listen

How to speak so that people want to listen | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.

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Training Spider: Get set GO! How to motivate yourself with rewards

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10 Public Speaking Habits To Avoid At All Costs

10 Public Speaking Habits To Avoid At All Costs | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Bad habits occur daily in the workplace by presenters who are otherwise smart, accomplished professionals.

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Chuck Devers's curator insight, June 29, 12:52 PM

WE all know how nerves can hurt an otherwise perfectly planned presentation.  But dropping the bad habits BEFORE you start can help chill the nerves, soothe the soul, and make you a red hot presenter!

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5 Skills of Really Amazing Listeners

5 Skills of Really Amazing Listeners | Personal Development | Scoop.it

Most people like to think what they have to say is important. If you or I make the effort to share thoughts, feelings, or knowledge, then we want to believe the intended recipient is listening. But honestly, many people are too distracted to really take it all in when someone else is doing the talking. What's worse is that so many just watch mouths move, waiting for the chance to chime in.

 

Great leaders understand the value of active listening and get the most benefit from what others have to share. They understand that if you want to be heard and understood, the first step is learning how to listen yourself. The following are actions shared by those who truly know how to listen. Integrate them into your conversational behavior and you might be surprised what you learn.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 3, 4:27 AM

Everyone wants to be heard. But not everyone knows how to truly listen. Here's how amazing listeners use those odd things on the sides of their heads.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, June 4, 4:56 PM

Truly listening to someone is a great gift to give.

Edward G. Brown's curator insight, June 5, 7:56 AM

#distracted people just don't listen very well.

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5 Keys to Becoming Indispensable at Work

5 Keys to Becoming Indispensable at Work | Personal Development | Scoop.it

There are times when every business is going through a restructure. Some companies seem to do this every few years, some every year, and some seem to be undergoing one eternal restructure!

 

Have you ever noticed that some people are restructure proof? Fear does not grip their body at the mention of that word. They never leave. They never get demoted. They are important to the company.

 

This reminds me of a story. Please excuse me; we are a training company, so there is always a story.

 

A big corporation hired several cannibals. “You are all part of our team now,” said the HR manager during the welcome briefing. “You get all the usual benefits and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat, but please don’t eat any of the other employees.

 

The cannibals promised they would not.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 28, 4:01 PM

These are the 5 keys to becoming indispensable at work.

4twenty2's curator insight, May 29, 1:09 AM

Great story about the Cannibals and so true.  Making your self an important part of the business is not so hard.  To be honest, its what we should all do anyway.  Being a "doer", respecting co-workers, focusing on building skills not rank and keeping an open mind to change will ensure that you are not in the firing line for the next set of redundancies.

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, May 29, 11:56 AM

When doing a Organisation Restructure, encouraging employees to think in the ways this article suggests would certainly go a long way in helping any transition anxiety, and help the collective body along the transition.

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The Five Reasons We Give Up

The Five Reasons We Give Up | Personal Development | Scoop.it

Why do we set New Year’s resolutions that seldom last through January, much less for the entire year? Think about the ones you set for yourself. Have you made any progress? What goes wrong – over and over again?


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donhornsby's curator insight, May 21, 5:30 AM

(From the article): Once a goal setter has put in all of the effort needed to achieve a goal, it can be tough to face the reality of what’s needed to maintain the new status quo. One of the first reactions of many dieters upon reaching their weight goal is to think, “This is great! Now I can start eating again. Let’s celebrate with some pizza and beer!” Of course, this mindset leads to future weight gain and the “yo-yo” effect that is unfortunately so common in dieters.When one of my high-potential leaders asked his boss, the CEO, the question, “Do I have to watch what I say and do for the rest of my career?” the CEO replied, “You do if you plan on ever becoming a CEO!”You can either set goals that increase your probability for long-term change, or set goals that may feel good in the short term but lead to disillusionment and giving up in the long term.Here are the cold, hard truths. Real change requires real effort. The “quick fix” is seldom a meaningful one. Distractions and things that compete for your attention are going to crop up – maybe even more frequently. Changing any one type of behavior won’t solve all of life’s problems. And finally, any meaningful change will probably require a lifetime of effort.

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These 12 Habits Are Killing Your Productivity.. Fix Them Today

These 12 Habits Are Killing Your Productivity.. Fix Them Today | Personal Development | Scoop.it

Everyday comes with new challenges you are expected to overcome and tasks you are supposed to accomplish by the end of the working day. 

 

And guess what, it never ends.There is always something to do. And the more you take on, the more there is to do. Your productivity may be suffering in the process and you may not even know it.


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donhornsby's curator insight, May 12, 6:23 AM

Is is possible that these habits are killing your ability to be productive?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 12, 10:01 AM

It is interesting that having hierarchies was not included. The points about to-do lists and constantly meeting is School writ large. Consider the use of curricula as a large scale to-do list.

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Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement

Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement | Personal Development | Scoop.it

Forming a personal mission statement means identifying your purpose. While this may sound like too profound a question on par with the meaning of life Rimm says asking “what am I here to do?” isn’t as challenging as it seems. Here, she walks us through what it takes to make a personal mission statement

 

Fantasize about your perfect day or week

 

What do you need to have in a day to make it joyful? For Rimm, a joyful life meant connecting with people on a daily basis and doing something that made a valuable contribution to someone else’s life. Make a list of all the things you need in your day to make it joyful. Perhaps it’s as simple as spending time outdoors every day or seeing your kids off to school. “It’s not picturing yourself on a beach with a pina colada, but what you need to make your life meaningful to you,” says Rimm.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 6, 4:37 PM

We’d all love to say we wake up in the morning feeling exhilarated joyful even and move through the day with purpose and intention, but the reality is most of us spend the larger part of our day going through the motions, feeling exhausted and wondering what the point of it all is.

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How to cure stage fright: The science behind public speaking.

How to cure stage fright: The science behind public speaking. | Personal Development | Scoop.it

Palms sweaty. Heart racing. You know the feeling. Whether it’s five people or fifty, public speaking is a gut-wrenching experience for most of us.


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Richard Lock's curator insight, April 24, 12:46 AM

Excellent article with really useful tips and strategies for dealing with your nerves when public speaking.