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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.

 

Fake Confidence- Everyone Does It

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

Want to know a secret? Most people don’t know what they’re doing. Most people are overwhelmed and are forced to fake knowledge about a certain subject on a regular basis.

The secret to appearing confident is two fold. 1.) Don’t talk too much or you’ll give yourself away. 2.) Say what you can at the right time with a composed demeanor. Studies show that speaking at the beginning and end of a meeting impacts people’s perspective on you the most. It’s also important to compliment others more than proclaim your own greatness. Being likable always goes a long way.

Like a professional speaker, when you are nervous try to look confident so that you can you can overcome every difficulty that arises. You can appear confident even though inside, you are very nervous.

In the case of  a presentation, you are supposed to be fully prepared to boost your confidence levels. Preparation will always ease your jitters and that’s what a professional speaker does.

Trying to make yourself look good overall by dressing properly and making your hair will make you have a much greater confidence levels than that of a person who got prepared in a hurry.

When having a conversation with your boss or having an interview, you should stand up straight, looking other people in the eye, and give a smile. Never rush and try to concentrate on what you know but rather concentrate on what you don’t. You should always be friendly and outgoing.

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Embrace Stress and Increase Your Productivity in the Workplace

Embracing stress and putting that energy to work can increase productivity in the workplace.

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

We’ve all been there; a deadline is looming and we have done very little work on the project. Our productivity in the workplace has been lacking. Panic begins to set in; our stomach churns, our mouth feels dry and we begin to sweat. All too often, a person will shut down once these symptoms set in, but in doing so they miss an excellent opportunity.

Do Not Fear Stress

When we feel stressed, it is because we know that we are being pushed to our limit. This is a good thing; once we reach our limit, we have the opportunity to develop further and improve our abilities. The worst thing that we can do, when we feel stressed, is give up, because once we do that, we are rejecting an opportunity to showcase our talents and really push ourselves and increase our productivity in the workplace.

Too Much Comfort Is Counterproductive

It can be painful to push ourselves, and it is very tempting to settle back into our comfort zone and coast through work. However, in doing so we miss the buzz of improvement, the thrill that personal development gives us. If you have a deadline coming up, don’t take the easy way out. Rather, push through the pain barrier, work long hours and complete the job. Proving to yourself that you can do it will give you the confidence you need to fulfill your potential.

Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed by stress; embrace it, extend yourself and feel the glow of satisfaction. Your productivity in the workplace will improve and you can look forward to the next challenge.

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Leadership Speakers: Five Ways to Become a Better Public Speaker

Leadership speakers advise leaving your audience wanting more

Leadership speakers advise leaving your audience wanting more.

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

Leadership speakers remind us that public speaking is a fundamental part of many jobs. Whether you need to engage your employees, persuade a committee to fund you, to sell your product or to educate, the fundamental things that make you a good public speaker will be the same.

1. Believe in Yourself

Self-belief will make you more confident and therefore people will be more willing listen to and trust what you say. After all, the first step to getting others to believe in you is to believe in yourself.

2. Do your Research

Make sure you know your topic inside out. Yes, it may be time-consuming and hard work initially, but “winging it” is not an option. If you are unprepared, you are far more likely to stumble or lose your place and consequently your confidence and authority – best to avoid!

3. Inject Some Humor!

Everybody likes to laugh and this will relax and settle both you and your audience. However, be warned, too many jokes may take away some of the validity of your talk – use in moderation! Leadership speakers remind you not to mistake yourself for a stand-up comedian.

4. Accept that Everybody Makes Mistakes

It’s true. We’re all only human and that’s okay. Chances are, your audience won’t even notice if it’s just a slight change of word or phrase. However, if you feel it was a very obvious or important mistake, acknowledge it, correct yourself and move on.

5. Keep it Short and Sweet!

Leadership speakers tell you that it is much better to leave your audience wanting more rather than send them to sleep!

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Empower Employees to Increase Productivity in the Workplace

Empower employees to increase productivity in the workplace

When you empower employees it will increase productivity in the workplace.

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

A manager can approach their role in various ways. They could take a dictatorial stance; telling their employees what they can and can’t do, shouting at them when they make mistakes and maintaining an air of aloofness. However, the environment that this fosters can hardly be said to be productive. A productive workforce will run through brick walls for their manager, yet a dictatorial manager would struggle to muster such a response. In order to illicit the right response from your employees, consider the following.

Encourage

If a person makes a mistake, they will often feel like they’ve let everyone down. The last thing that they need in such situations is an ear-full from the boss. Out of every mistake, there is an opportunity: empower your employee by giving them the opportunity to rectify their mistake, either on their own or within the team. By doing this, the employee will feel that they have achieved something, rather than dwelling on the mistake.

Be an Equal

It is very difficult to break down the employer/employee relationship. However, even if it remains intact, it is still possible for the gap to be reduced sufficiently. Employees don’t want to be treated like mere components; they want to be respected and treated as individuals. Take the time to get to know your employees; take them for drinks or a meal every so often. By doing such things, you begin to be seen as more of an equal, rather than just ‘the boss.’ A person is more likely to work hard for somebody who respects them, and doesn’t patronize them.

Don’t belittle your employees; empower them through conversations and encouragement and reap the rewards later!

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