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Who am I? Taking a look at procrastination

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

–Jessica Hische

Today’s aspect of the Who am I? question involves taking a look at procrastination. It’s time to ask yourself the following question: what do you do when you procrastinate?

Do you blog? Wade through multiple social media sites? Call all your friends on the phone? Go to the gym? Read a book? Help a colleague with their work? Write an iPhone app? Play a computer game?

1. Make a list of all the things you do to procrastinate, no matter how small you think they are. Either write this down in your notebook or  journal, or on a piece of paper you can keep with you […]

By |September 30th, 2011|Change, Growth|4 Comments

What do you do when you procrastinate?

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“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

–Jessica Hische

Are you finding it challenging to connect with your life purpose? Not clear on what you want to be when you grow up (this applies at any age)? Maybe it’s time to ask yourself the following question: what do you do when you procrastinate?

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By |July 1st, 2011|Change, Growth|3 Comments

Get agile at work!

Thanks to Rebecca for this path photo! Please click the photo to visit her blog.

So far, I’ve discussed many kinds of life agility, including a general agility exercise, dietary agility, and physical agility. But how about professional agility? What things can you do to make changes, break habits, and try new things in your professional life?

I’m not talking project management or software development here. I’m talking all kinds of changes (large or small) that you can make in your professional life to stretch out of your habits and try something new.

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By |May 11th, 2011|Change, Growth|Comments Off on Get agile at work!

6 Time management tips for students (and everyone else)

 

Have a vision. Be clear about the following three things: Who are you? Where are you? Where are you going?

Who are you?

What is your main motivation in pursuing university studies? Take a moment and consider this honestly. Are you just doing it because everyone else does and “you have to”? Are you studying because your parents expect you to? Are you clear as to which industry or field you want to work in and are you certain that a university degree is the best path to get you there?

This is your starting point. Be honest with yourself about whether you’re in school because you want to be, or because other people want you to be. Know why you are where you are. And don’t judge it.

Life is a path, and if at age 18 you don’t know exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life, let me assure you: you’re not alone. And that’s okay. If you change your mind years down the line, you can always make changes and adjust. People make major career changes every day.

Where are you?

So the reality is this: you’ve made the decision (for whatever reason) to study a university degree. Think about what you’re interested in now. Is your degree in line with your long-term personal goals? Does it have to do with the things you value most in life?

Where are you going?

If you haven’t yet mapped out your goals, take the time to do so. You don’t need to think thirty years into the future. Write down whatever occurs to you, however big or small. Put them in chronological order, if you can, so you can see a path ahead of you. Can you see how your university degree fits into that plan? Your studies now are just one step on that path.

What does all this have to do with time management? If you don’t know who you are, where you are, and where you’re going, then you have no perspective. You won’t know how to prioritise, and how to get things done and when. You likely won’t take as much responsibility for your studies, since you’re not quite clear how they’ll be of use to you, except on an abstract level.

I’m going to repeat a few things here from my previous posts on time management, because sometimes we have to read the same things over again, in different words, before they sink in. Bear with me.

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By |February 1st, 2011|Holistic Wellness|10 Comments

10 MORE steps to improve time management and reduce stress

Thanks so much to the people at WordPress.com for choosing my previous post on this topic for Freshly Pressed! And a huge thanks to everyone who visited and left comments. I found a lot of great tips in there, and since I’m not sure whether everyone went through and read the comments, I wanted to share some here.

1. Listen to music or  nature sounds

This is an excellent suggestion, and one I often do! Having some kind of background music or white noise on headphones can help drown out distraction in your environment. Either load your background music onto your computer, and listen with headphones, or just use your iPod. Different people have different preferences: if songs you’re familiar with distract you, try listening to nature sounds, music without lyrics, or music in another language that you don’t understand.

Michael suggests Naturespace sounds. Check out their website. They look amazing. These or any other nature sounds are excellent distraction busters. And Rtcrita uses background music to reduce stress while working. When it’s time for a break, she’ll turn it up to add a little exercise and dance into her schedule. That’s another great stress reducer! It’s important to get moving during breaks.

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By |January 28th, 2011|Growth, Holistic Wellness|13 Comments