Boost Your Productivity

Ah we love a good TED Talk. And we’d dearly like to be more productive – working smarter, getting more done. So this feature on TED Talks to help you become more productive is right up our street. Getting some fresh air, taking time off, banning bad meetings and learning how to fail – these nine talks will help boost your productivity pronto!

Want to reach ultimate productivity? Some of the world’s greatest thought leaders will teach you how. Read more: Business Insider.

Beating Procrastination

Need to get something done? Finding ‘just starting’ your task impossible? Consummate procrastinator? Here’s how to understand – and beat – procrastination and get things done. Hello productivity!

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Sitting down to start a task that requires significant mental energy can often feel like the hardest part of the endeavor. But getting started is about understanding and overcoming the obstacles—be they mental, emotional, or physical—that hold us back from diving right in. Read more: Help Scout.

How To Say No

Do you ever feel like you need to stop saying “yes” to everything? Maybe you’re just a little tired, overwhelmed or stressed out? Don’t get us wrong, it’s GREAT to be a Yes person, but there’s also strength, power – and assertion – in knowing when to say no. After all, saying no frees you up to say yes when it matters most. So how should you been saying “no”? Here’s eight ways to master the skill, and own that “NO”. 

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Sometimes you just need to say “no” to people. Maybe it’s a friend asking for a favour, and you can’t commit. Maybe it’s your boss asking if you have time for another project, and you don’t. Whatever the scenario, here are a few polite ways to turn someone down. Read more: LinkedIn.

Investing In Yourself

Four simple steps that will have a huge impact on your life. Not a lot to ask really. Do you want to “finish school, get a job and then spend 60 or 70 years falling with style?” That’s what most of us do. Jon Westenberg’s four steps might just change your life. You can thank us later…

How To Invest In Yourself

This isn’t a bullshit, head in the clouds, you can do it if you just *believe* post. There’s plenty of those out there. I’m not going to write another one. This post is about how to actually, practically invest in yourself in a way that is going to pay real dividends. A framework for getting places, accomplishing things and living in a way that will make you happy. Read more: Medium.

Magic Mornings

Hands up if you’re not a morning person. Yeah, you’re not the only one! So what if there were seven simple steps you could take to make mornings happier, easier – and keep you smiling all day long. Just seven steps – how hard can that be?

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We read a lot about this or that morning ritual that will make you productive. But what about one that makes you happy? Research shows that being happy actually makes you more productive. So let’s kill two birds with one stone and focus on smiles. What’s the first step? Here’s a little secret: happy mornings don’t start in the morning… Read more: Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Podcast Perfection

One of our go-to blogs for intellectual inspiration, Brain Pickings always serves up interesting fare across literature, science, life and art. This round-up of nine recommended podcasts spans subjects from consciousness to creativity and therapy to thinking will provide hours of stimulating listening.

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A short playlist of intellectual, creative, and spiritual invigoration. Read more: Nine Podcasts for a Fuller Life.

Life Isn’t Fair

Sometimes it just feels like life is unfair, doesn’t it? Well guess what – it is. The reality is understanding the world around us and the life we’re living comes through the realisation that there’s no ‘should’ when it comes to these things. The real rules to life? Oliver Emberton figures he knows – and his viewpoint is pretty enlightening.

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Unless you’re winning, most of life will seem unfair. The truth is, you need to play by different rules. Read more: Business Insider.

The Meaning of Multi-Tasking

Shopping on your phone as your catch up on Netflix and draft a quick work email, all while eating dinner with a glass of wine? We’re all so busy, on all fronts,  at all times, juggling so many balls these days. But is there a cognitive cost of multi–tasking? Should we try to concentrate on just one task at once? What’s the long term effect of spinning multiple plates?

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We are starting to realise that the blessings of a multitasking life are mixed. We feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of things we might plausibly be doing at any one time, and by the feeling that we are on call at any moment. Modern life now forces us to do a multitude of things at once — but can we? Should we? Read more: Financial Times.

Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

What do we like even better than watching a TED Talk? Reading a feature about the best TED Talks, AND THEN watching those TED Talks. So let’s consider emotional intelligence and how to improve it; from stress, sleep and success to compassion, relationships and love – these five TED Talks will give you an instant boost.

5 Brilliant TED Talks That Will Boost Your Emotional Intelligence. These talks will inspire you to think differently about yourself and others. Read more: Inc.

Hormones 101

Suffering from acne. Hormones. Feeling sluggish and tired out? Hormones. Recent weight gain? Hormones. Experiencing mood swings or depression. You guessed it, hormones! So what can we do about them? Here’s how hormones can affect your skin, weight, exercise, mood and energy levels at each stage of your life.

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From menopause to your menstrual cycle, perimenopause to a new study on the side-effects of HRT, here’s how to stop your hormones sabotaging your fitness goals, energy levels and skin. Read more: Get The Gloss.