Tips for Life & Work

Getting Focused: Choose Your One Thing

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Getting Focused: Choose Your One Thing

As you might remember from my previous newsletter: back in June I was waking up and asking myself: "What are all the things I need to do today?" and this meant I was starting my day feeling harried and already behind schedule. So in July, I started asking myself instead: "What one thing does your body need this week to stay healthy?" and "What one thing matters most today?"  In the beginning, the latter question freaked me out. But I now, it's become so important that my husband and I began incorporating this into another new ritual: a daily morning walk. We bundle up, head out for a walk at 7:30am, ask each other, "What's your one thing...

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GOAL TRACKING

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GOAL TRACKING

Our Goal Trackers are based on the science of goal achievement and motivation. Read below to learn more about the psychology of each section and examples for how to use it towards your own goals.   #1: What's your goal? This one is easy -- write down your goal as specifically as you can, for example, do you want to learn a new skill? Save up for a car? Get that passion project going? Hell, even just clean out your fridge or get 15 minutes of exercise every day? Whatever it is, big or small, write it down. Research shows that writing...

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QUICK-TIP FRIDAY: HALFALOGUE

QUICK-TIP FRIDAY: HALFALOGUE

Want to be a productivity hero?  Do this one small thing to increase productivity and calm for those around you: Don't take calls around them! Halfalogue is when you can only hear half a conversation, such as when you're at a coffee shop and someone is talking on the phone next to you. Researchers have found that being around halfalogue impacts our memory and reduces our cognitive performance. In one study, participants did three times worse on an attention game when they had to listen to someone talking on the phone. Interestingly, this wasn't the case when there were other...

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3 Ways to Take Care of Your Introvert-Side During the Holidays

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3 Ways to Take Care of Your Introvert-Side During the Holidays

Introversion is a spectrum, all of us are on it -- some of us are mild introverts and crave alone time less often than those of us who are strong introverts (who do best with a healthy amount of low-key time). Holidays can be especially hard for those of us on the introvert side of things. Company parties, family dinners, friend events, crammed stores, non-stop social invites -- all of these are designed for the stimulus-seeking extrovert. But what can you do if you feel like the holidays are just a long series of exhausting situations? Don't take it lying down...

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POSITIVE INFLUENCE: A PRIMER

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POSITIVE INFLUENCE: A PRIMER

What do I mean by “Positive Influence”? Positive influence is when we want to convince others to help us make changes that ultimately make our world a little better.  Versus changes that just benefit us, and screw the rest of the world.  Nelson Mandela -- positive influencer.  The creator of the tide pod challenge, just an influencer. Furthermore, leadership guru Stephen Covey says that true influence requires both consideration and courage. Let’s break it down: Consideration means thinking about what others need, what they feel, and why they want what they want. Let’s say you want to ask for a raise...

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