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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, 2014 9:23 AM

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

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 12, 2014 1:01 PM

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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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 6, 2014 7:37 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, 2014 3:46 AM

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

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What Gets in the Way of Listening

What Gets in the Way of Listening | Personal Development | Scoop.it

As your role grows in scale and influence, so too must your ability to listen. But listening is one of the toughest skills to master — and requires uncovering deeper barriers within oneself.

 

While tactically there are many ways to strengthen your listening skills, you must focus on the deeper, internal issues at stake to really improve. Listening is a skill that enables you to align people, decisions, and agendas. You cannot have leadership presence without hearing what others have to say.

 


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daniel peled's curator insight, April 17, 2014 3:07 AM

להקשיב...זה שם המשחק

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, June 5, 2014 4:33 AM

This HBR blog post presents 4 Listening Skills necessary for good leadership. "You cannot have leadership presence without hearing what others have to say."

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How to break the ‘Never Enough Time’ habit

How to break the ‘Never Enough Time’ habit | Personal Development | Scoop.it
how to invest your time

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Rhana Pytell's curator insight, February 20, 2014 3:56 PM

Developing time management skills is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.  It is essential for getting and staying healthy! Always make sure you have the time to take care of you. 

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9 Public-Speaking Lessons From The World's Greatest TED Talks

9 Public-Speaking Lessons From The World's Greatest TED Talks | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Great TED talks share these 9 essential components.

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Seven Small Business Owner Productivity Tips

Seven Small Business Owner Productivity Tips | Personal Development | Scoop.it

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Tooliers's curator insight, February 20, 2014 9:50 AM

thanks @sage.co.uk

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Manage distractions, not time
Tiffany Crosby's curator insight, February 21, 2014 11:21 AM

Manage your time and energy instead of letting it manage you. You can say no. You can put up limits. In fact, you're the only one that can do so for your life. 

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The Best 10 Motivational Videos For 2013

The Best 10 Motivational Videos For 2013 | Personal Development | Scoop.it
The Best 10 Motivational Videos. Once in a while a video comes along that is powerful enough to transcend language barriers and motivate us to move forward.

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The 7 Ways You're Not Engaging Your Employees

The 7 Ways You're Not Engaging Your Employees | Personal Development | Scoop.it
With all the disgruntled and restless employees out there - a recent study put the percentage of employees who are not fully engaged at 75% - employee engagement is as high a concern as ever.  Company leaders do somersaults to maximize the engagement of their employees and, by extension, their bottom lines. [...]

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9 Signs You’re Going to Die Happy

9 Signs You’re Going to Die Happy | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

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John Michel's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:46 AM

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our attention and gratitude.  How often do you pause to appreciate your life and everyone and everything in it?  How often do you stop dead in your tracks, just to take a deep breath and smile?

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7 Ways to Become a Better Leader

7 Ways to Become a Better Leader | Personal Development | Scoop.it
Leadership is a skill that can be continually strengthened. Here's how.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 21, 2014 10:53 PM

Some studies report that a third of what it takes to be a good leader is inherited, but that just means the other two thirds are up for grabs
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David Hain's curator insight, January 22, 2014 3:07 AM

Even if you just choose one, choose one to develop!  It's a lifetime quest...

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6 Habits Of Resilient People

6 Habits Of Resilient People | Personal Development | Scoop.it
What makes some people persevere through trying circumstances while others begin flailing at the first sign of crisis? Understanding the key qualities...

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Patricia Clason's curator insight, January 15, 2014 12:02 AM

Resilience is critical in leaders! Check yourself against this list to increase your resiliency.

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8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings

8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings | Personal Development | Scoop.it
How to make the most out of every morning.

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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, 2014 7:10 AM

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

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(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, 2014 3:24 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, 2014 9:15 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, 2014 7:56 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, 2014 1:38 PM

Entrepreneur strategies

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How to Stay Fresh and Focused in Business

How to Stay Fresh and Focused in Business | Personal Development | Scoop.it

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Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, April 15, 2014 6:40 AM

Recomendaciones importantes, sobre todo para los trabajadores solitarios, cada vez más numerosos.

Lynne M. Williams BS, MA, ABD★'s curator insight, April 15, 2014 8:39 PM

Great tips to plan each day!

4twenty2's curator insight, April 16, 2014 4:18 AM

7 Tips for keeping focused and relaxed through the day.  It will not only make you more productive, your team will follow suit.  The more relaxed your work environment is the more you can achieve and the more approachable you are to your team.  

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How Assertive Should You Be? The Answers Will Surprise You.

How Assertive Should You Be? The Answers Will Surprise You. | Personal Development | Scoop.it

Google the phrase “assertiveness training” and over 700,000 possibilities will pop up. Thanks to Sheryl Sandberg, “lean in” is the new mantra for women—and judging from the search options, it appears that every second person is either worrying about being a doormat, or working as a life coach.

 

We take it as truth that how assertive or unassertive we are affects every aspect of our lives, including work and relationships. Culturally, we link assertiveness to success, leadership, and getting ahead, but still, there’s ambivalence: Look up “assertive” in the dictionary and you’ll see its synonym is “aggressive.”


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 7, 2014 4:33 PM

Don’t rely on your own perception of how assertive or unassertive you are; it’s not likely to be accurate. New research shows who really gets ahead.

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Why I Think Machiavelli Was Right in the 1500′s and Why He is More Relevant in 2014!

Why I Think Machiavelli Was Right in the 1500′s and Why He is More Relevant in 2014! | Personal Development | Scoop.it

His teachings and theories in The Prince were directed more for those in the office of politics, however it is quite easy to translate those same principles to anyone who holds a position of leadership, management or supervision.

 

Here are my 7 reasons why Mr. Mach is more relevant today than ever!

 

Before I give you those 7 reasons I want to clarify one area I don’t agree with Mr Machiavelli...


1. Plan for the the worst and take action. Risk can never be eliminated, but it can be contained by those who plan ahead and take appropriate action.

 

2. The only reliable allies (partners) are those who benefit from your successes. Team up only with those who truly benefit from your victories or your opponent’s defeat.

 

3. Free time and work time really are all part of the limited amount of time you have at your disposal to succeed at your goals. Do not squander them, not even during periods of rest.

 

5. Passion is the best motivator. It pays to seek out people who believe passionately in what they do.


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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 28, 2014 9:24 AM

I actually did a rewrite of Machiavelli for my book of essays, It Comes Undone.  I came to the conclusion that Machiavelli was talking about the preservation of the State and the individual(s) who represent the state, and also that it was not those who simply ruled over people that mattered, but those who genuinely provided some genuine help and assistance to others throught the use of their power.

 

Consider that Machiavelli's idols, the Ferdinand of Aragons or the Caesars never have had the same sway over humanity as the Jesuses or the Buddhas or the Confuciuses or the Mohammads of the world.  The people you should be trying to emulate in action and consequence, if you're seeking the Machiavellian end of sustained power, are therefore those who served humanity in a genuine and sincere manner and satisfied a need within humanity's individual and collective mind.  It is those who healed, not those who simply destroyed, who we remember and honor the most strongly in the long run of history.

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Prioritize Goals by how They Affect One Another

Prioritize Goals by how They Affect One Another | Personal Development | Scoop.it
We all have goals. Some of us even take the steps of writing those goals down and reviewing them once in a while. But when making your plans, take the time to examine your goals to see how they interconnect.
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3 Speaking Tricks You've Got to Try

3 Speaking Tricks You've Got to Try | Personal Development | Scoop.it
These tips will help you craft a presentation that you can deliver with confidence, no matter how great your fear of public speaking.

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Nelly Renard's curator insight, February 6, 2014 2:52 AM

KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) ! Si vous faites le compte des présentations auxquelles vous avez assisté, on est bien loin des 3 points par slide ...

Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 10, 2014 7:42 PM

Some good advice for making a presentation.  The best advice is keep it simple and remember that you are telling a story not downloading information.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, February 16, 2014 1:36 AM

Always good to remember...


Here is one of the four:


Keep it Simple 

Every speech should be distilled to the simplest points so your audience will be able to retain the information. "When you see someone with 100 different bullet points on the slide," that's boring, says Holman. "Follow the rule of threes ... a simple grouping of things is much more powerful."

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Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It

Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It | Personal Development | Scoop.it

The law of inertia tells us a body in motion stays in motion. And the same goes for projects, creative ideas, daily tasks, half-written emails, and that thing you stopped working on to read this article. When you interrupt a task, it can be difficult to pick it up again.

 

And we are interrupted nearly every three minutes, according to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine. What's telling is that roughly half those interruptions are self-imposed.

 

The result: When you're working on something without a clear deadline, seeing it through to its end can be a huge challenge.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 4, 2014 5:42 PM

Never finishing what you start is more than a bad habit it stems from fears and hesitations. Here's how to get past the procrastinator's paralysis.

Chris Shern's curator insight, February 5, 2014 7:39 AM

Being a big picture person can be a wonderful quality but you have to be able to "see the trees through the forest" in order to get things done. Find some tricks or useful techniques, whatever it may be find one that works for you.

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Learning to Learn: Developing Habits and Prioritizing Actions over Results

Learning to Learn: Developing Habits and Prioritizing Actions over Results | Personal Development | Scoop.it
At the beginning of this month, I decided that I was going to take a different approach to New Years Resolutions.
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How Emotion Shapes Decision Making

How Emotion Shapes Decision Making | Personal Development | Scoop.it
  There is little disagreement that effective decision-making is one of the most important tasks we must master to achieve success in every part of life. If we were to take a survey in the average ...

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Patricia Clason's curator insight, January 16, 2014 7:40 AM

Balance your head and heart when making decisions!

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A Personal Happiness Mentor - PsychCentral.com (blog)

A Personal Happiness Mentor - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Personal Development | Scoop.it

PsychCentral.com (blog) A Personal Happiness Mentor PsychCentral.com (blog) This made me feel better – and happier. I realized I didn't have to wait on big news or big plans or big romance as an excuse to allow myself to feel happy.


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