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The Secret Recipe to Productivity

Productivity is one of the most used words in our vocabulary. It’s a quality that matters to both a business and the individual. Everyone wants to feel like their life has purpose, and productivity is a measure of whether or not you’ve applied yourself and have something to show from your day.

There are apps, books and careers dedicated to getting us to be productive and yet, the average person tends to trudge through their day and force their productivity to come out. It’s a chore, not a habit.

In a recently discovered blog called, TYNAN, the article, Why Obsess About Productivity?, got me wanting to pinpoint the key ingredients for productivity.

  1. Be Excited

This might seem obvious, but too many people are living a life that they simply aren’t passionate about. It’s no wonder why the daily tasks that make up their day are less than stimulating. For instance, if you like writing and yoga, these tasks will be easy. They make you happy, and with some intention, they’ll become habits. If you hate running and coding, these tasks will most likely take forever to finish, and even when you did manage to, it’d most likely be done badly.

So before you can change your day to become the better version of yourself, first decide if the way you’re spending your time is actually the way you want to spend it. Reflect over your day. Are you proud of your work, your hobbies, and your habits? If not, what else would you like to do? Zen Habits Leo Babauta gives this encouragement in his article, Letter to an 18-year-old on the Career Path Less Traveled, “Try a lot of things. When you get good at something, by the way, you’ll like it much more. You’ll suck at everything at first.”

Imagining change is scary, but the idea of doing something that makes you miserable just because it’s available is even scarier. You have one life. Get excited about it.

  1. Make your work a Sprint. Not a Marathon.

This advice comes from Jamie Herzlich’s article, “Small Business: How owners can reduce stress.” The concept is essentially to work hard and stay focused when you’re doing a task rather than attempting to work constantly and running out of steam.

Jeff Haden’s article “The 8-Hour Workday Doesn’t Really Work,” gave this advice, “Instead of thinking, “What can I get done in an 8 hour day?” I’ve started to think, “What can I get done in a 90 minute session?”

Also, Give yourself breaks after you finish a task and clear your head. This keeps you from “multitasking” for the sake of working, which usually equates to scattered, unproductive effort with little product. If you’re bogged down, try to stretch, walk, or laugh rather than sit in your chair and go on autopilot.

  1. Stop Rushing and Get Organized.

Have you ever been to a restaurant where your server was going nonstop? Did you enjoy the experience? Did it make ordering your food easier? Was your server even doing a better job?

Now imagine that your coworker rushes like this hypothetical server. Does working with a manic manager make you a better employee, or a scattered one? Most people would agree that it’s easier to accomplish a task and enjoy yourself while you do it if those involved stay calm and collected. This point is expanded upon in Will Yakowicz’s article, “Stop Rushing at Work: Stress Makes you Less Productive.” “The key is to plan and prioritize instead of being reactive. Being in control instead of being rushed helps your employees to stay calm, avoid stress, and be more productive.” The point: don’t rush your tasks, rank them.

On this same thought, you don’t have to respond to every email immediately. Instead, try to set aside a few times in your day to respond to all your emails at once so that you don’t lose focus on what you have set out to do.

  1. Stay Motivated

Now that you’re passionate, focused, and organized, the only thing you’ve got to do is maintain that energy. This is done by accomplishing the tasks you’ve set for your day and giving yourself the credit for these achievements. Whether it’s making a checklist and steadily eliminating your tasks, or the positive momentum you’ve collected from knowing that you’re having a successful day, recognize your pattern and repeat it with joy. Because you are now doing a job you love, and you’re doing it well.

Living the dream is possible. You just have to enjoy yourself and set your pattern.


Never Let Fear Paralyze You

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.home aloneWe all have our fears. It can be intimidating to move out of and try something new. Sometimes doubt and fear can even affect us when we are doing things we have done many times before.

You cannot allow fear stop you from leaving your comfort zone achieving something new. You will always have fears of some kind but you have to learn how to deal with them in order to be successful. If you don’t overcome your fears, you will have to live with regrets which will last longer and affect you more than the failure did. As a motivational speaker, here is my advice. 

Just do it.

Sure, you may completely mess something up, but so what? Failure is part of the process and if you never fail, then you haven’t done much. It’s much more scary to be boring then it is to be human and potentially mess up.

Believe that You will Succeed.

That being said, don’t assume that you’re going to fail. Put you’re full energy and intention to whatever your goal is and believe that you’ll get there. Remember when you were in highschool or college and believed that anything was possible? Channel that energy now and let that positive energy motivate you to work hard to make it happen.

Find a Partner in Crime.

Success needs a support system. Find a person who will believe in you when you’re discouraged. It could be your boss or it could be your sibling. Whoever it is, verbalize your goals with that person and keep them updated. They’ll be a big part of your success.

Everyone gets scared, but don’t wait until the situation is perfect before you move or you never will. All we have is now. Make it count.

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A Leadership Speaker’s Advice: Your Material Wealth is not that Important

Real friendship can’t be based on money

Real friendship can’t be based on money

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

When I was a young college student, I had this friend with a lot of money that would buy our group all sorts of things. From name-brand clothes to limo rides and free dinners, to hotel rooms and champagne, this guy provided some velvet rope experiences. After a little over a semester, he ran out of money and disappeared.

Even though we never expected this sort of treatment, this guy couldn’t face us without a pocket full of money, and as sad as that is, many people are like him. They put their worth in what they own and how impressive they appear. In reality though, even though my group of friends and I had fun with our random, rich friend. We didn’t have much to say to him because he didn’t much to add. He was a boring person who hadn’t even begun to be genuine enough to appreciate. All he had invested in was surface level with no substance.

Trying to impress other people is generally a waste of your valuable time that could be better spent elsewhere. Your focus should be on the basics such as providing food and accommodation and most importantly on maintaining relationships with the ones you love and who love and care for you. You should also work to develop your passions and interests. If you aren’t your own best friend, then there is a problem. Like yourself- your thoughts, emotions, beliefs, without needing any bells and whistles. Your wealth lies in who you are not what you have.

 You need to look at your life and discover what is most important to you because that is where you will find your true inner happiness. The only people who will judge you on the type of car you drive or the size of your house are shallow, materialistic people who will never be your true friends.

Many leadership speakers have emphasized the point that your personal achievements can be a great boost for your self esteem. However, if you only value people because of the material wealth they have amassed, you will miss out on meeting many interesting people who may enrich your life in many ways. Don’t be quick to judge others based on appearance because we can all be victims of fate and face personal hardship at some time in our lives. Everyone is on their own path, your job is to make sure that you’re the best version within your own.

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Improve Productivity in the Workplace

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

All too often, individuals are inappropriately placed in roles within an organization. Productivity in the workplace cannot flourish when then feel as though they have to persevere with the role, even though they cannot really engage with that role. Consider the following attributes when deciding what role to allocate to an individual within your company.

Problem Solver or Steady Doer?

Not all roles within a team are the same; some people are excellent at solving the problems that the team is facing, whereas others are better at maintaining day to day task. Excellent performance in either of these roles requires a different array of skills. In order to match the right person with the job, it is worth considering setting a short test in order to gage the way in which an individual thinks. This could be a written test or a practical test, depending on time restraints. Seeing how a person thinks allows you to allocate them to a role that they will feel best utilizes their skills, allowing them to engage fully with the task at hand and keep productivity in the workplace rolling along.


Different people respond in different ways to stressful situations. Placing an individual in a stressful role when they are unable to cope with such pressure is a recipe for disaster. The person is unlikely to be productive and eventually the individual will disengage from the role. Similarly, placing somebody in a low-level role when he or she thrives under stress will lead to that individual becoming disillusioned with the role, and so they will also disengage. This is obviously counterproductive.

An employee whose skills are suited to a particular role will engage with that role and feel far more valued, leading to productivity in the workplace. Productivity breeds profit.

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Develop a Philosophy to Maximize Productivity in the Workplace

Having a company philosophy that employees can follow will help to maintain productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance

To attain the maximum productivity in the workplace the employees need a clear vision of where the company is headed. We may hear about certain companies fostering a particular philosophy or culture about the office, but rarely are we presented with any real explanation as to what this means. The result is that many start-up companies underestimate the importance of such a focus, and their businesses suffer as a result. There are two main advantages to a company adhering to a particular philosophy.


The business world is filled with opportunities. The temptation is always there to invest, but the difficulty comes when deciding how to distribute the pot of money. All too often, a company will spread itself far too thin; they will make investments left, right and center without any real direction, and so will step outside of their area of expertise. By adopting a particular philosophy, we are able to bring a degree of structure to this process; we are no longer faced with a random array of options.

Employee Engagement

It is well documented that employees who enjoy their jobs are far more likely to maintain productivity in the workplace. Choosing a philosophy for the company to adhere to certainly facilitates this. When a company has a certain set of aims that are known to the employees, it provides guidance when problems arise. It also enables the employees to buy into the company; they can see the direction that the company is hoping to go in and so will know the role that they are playing.

Do not fall foul of the mistake that perennially affects businesses; choose a philosophy and stick to it! Your company’s productivity in the workplace will benefit from it.

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