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Want Motivation? Do this.

Someone busier than you is exercising right now.

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

Motivation, work-life balance, productivity and stress management all have a common denominator. Exercise.

Researchers at Harvard Business Review found that integrating your work and your life will be easier if exercise is a consistent factor in your life. The better you feel about your work-life balance, the more motivated and productive you will be, which will therefore decrease your stress levels.

It’s a simple answer to your complicated life. Prioritize exercise on a regular basis. Don’t schlef it off and avoid it because you feel overwhelmed or lazy, do it because you feel that way. This one daily habit will change your entire life for the better.

And I’m not asking you to do Crossfit everyday or train for a marathon. Simply choose an exercise you enjoy like yoga or walking, join an intramural team or find a podcast to lead you. The solution is simple. The change is up to you.


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React to a Problem With the Right Attitude. Get Rid of the Problem.

The problem isn't the problem. Jack Sparrow QuoteAndy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

recently spoke with a friend who was  frustrated because his boss would randomly come to him with a project that had to be done immediately without regard to the schedule already set in place.

The situation would go something like this:

Boss: I’ve got something I need you to do for me, and it has get done tomorrow.

Friend: Okay, but I have A, B and C due tomorrow, and I don’t have time to get this done too.

Boss: I don’t care. There are no excuses. I need immediate results and this has to be done now.

For the next hour, my client would spend time pleading his case to the office about how inconsiderate this was to his process and how he couldn’t get it all done. He would go to his supervisor and complain. He would go to his creative team and complain. He would go to his project manager to complain. He spent an hour complaining until a coworker finally said, “Let’s both get it done now.”

So the two of them sat down to get the project done and were finished in less than two hours. Progress was made and everyone was happy, and the following day, all the projects that had to be finished, were finished on time.

This is all well and good, but I couldn’t resist bringing up the point that he made his own day more stressful because he reacted negatively. Yes, his boss was being a jerk, but when it came down to it, everything was taken care of and complaining only hindered, “his process.”

In work and in life, stuff comes up that you’re not expecting. You may face difficulties on a regular basis that require you to sacrifice your process and react quickly.

This story brings me to four core productivity points.

1. Venting doesn’t help. 

Venting is one of worst things you can do if you want to stay motivated and energized. I depletes your energy and makes your attitude toxic. It’s distracting and makes everyone contemplate what negative things they have to think about. Picture a room full of babies and one of them starts crying. What happens? All the babies join in the sob fest. So rather than be that baby, be that awesome person who takes bad news and makes it good. Use this opportunity to be a problem solver rather than a troublemaker.

2. Sometimes you need to ask a teammate for help. 

It’s understandable that my friend was overwhelmed, annoyed and stressed when his boss threw this task on his plate. However, its not understandable that he wasted his and his coworkers time to complain when he could have spent that time to collaborate and finish the task at hand. He ended up getting the job done because of collaboration, because unlike venting, team work boosts energy and motivation. 

3. Go with the flow.

Once you stop resisting the challenges in life, you’ve learned to take the setbacks in stride. You’re day is stablized and you don’t let the emotions of stress get to you. When you do this on a regular basis, your days get better, and when your days get better, your life gets better.

4. No one likes a martyr.

Everyone is busy. Everyone has stuff on their to-do list that they don’t want to do, and if they had the option, would just as well skip. But life isn’t always about things being easy. So instead of giving the woe is me speech, shut up, get it done and mark it off your to-do list like a boss. This takes you from baby to badass in one swift move and that is definitely a better office reputation.


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How to Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity in the Workplace

Remove the negative effects of stress to improve productivity in the workplace

Remove the negative effects of stress to improve productivity in the workplace.

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

A stressful workplace is fraught with tension, and can be a very unpleasant place to be. Productivity in the workplace can seriously suffer. People snapping at one another and pushing themselves to the limit for an extended period of time does little to create a healthy working environment, which will inevitably have a negative effect on your business. Consider taking these steps in order to foster a productive, calmer working environment.

Organize Team Building Exercises

It is becoming something of standard practice, but its importance should not be underestimated. People need to have a bit of time off work to refuel, and team-building days are a great opportunity to give your employees a bit of time off, whilst trying to foster good relationships between them. If you choose the right activity, you will soon see dramatic improvements in your employees’ productivity.

Non-Uniform Day

Many businesses see a great benefit in having one day every week where the employees can dress down. Psychologically, it is a way in which the employees are able to remind themselves that they are human and not just suited robots in the workplace. Your employees will enjoy the chance to show off their unique styles in the office.

Relaxation Time

Clearly, you do not want to give your employees lots of time off. However, allowing them to have a bit of down time during the day is vital to enabling them to recharge their batteries. Consider giving your employees a little bit longer at lunch, or allow them to break up the afternoon and you will see that the levels of productivity in the workplace will remain high throughout the day.

Do not neglect your employees; you want them to be working at a high level of productivity in the workplace throughout the day.

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Leadership Speakers Put Together the Pieces of Increased Workplace Productivity

Leadership speakers help to put together the pieces for increased productivity

Leadership speakers help to put together the necessary pieces for creating increased productivity in the workplace.

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

Businesses must be productive. No matter what size or type the business is, there are a number of key concepts that are discussed by leadership speakers that can enhance the productivity of a work force.

Having a clear vision of where your company is heading and having an eye for new opportunities will encourage higher productivity from your employees.

Workplace Culture

By encouraging good working relationships amongst staff and taking advantage of people’s insights and experience helps to enhance motivation. An increase in motivation in turn will result in higher productivity.

Network and Collaborate

Again, interpersonal relationships are important for motivation, leadership speakers note that they can also inject new ideas into a business and spread out the workload, resulting in increased productivity.

Invest in People

Properly trained staff that is prepared for their role will be much more motivated. In addition, they will be capable of completing work at a faster rate and with less supervision, all resulting in increased productivity.

Be Organized

Giving the workplace a structure that allows it to grow and adapt as the business progresses. If staff can see a clear direction in the business, they will be more motivated and therefore more productive.

Assess the Value of Investments

Leadership speakers also recommend that assessing where investments will make the most impact on productivity is key to maximizing the performance of a company.

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Business Motivational Speaker Highlights Reasons for Low Motivation


Overworking and tiredness is one of the main reasons for low motivation say business motivational speakers

Overworking and tiredness are some of the main reasons for low motivation say a business motivational speaker.

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

A business motivational speaker notes that the performance of any company is dictated by the motivation of its workforce. It is vitally important as an employer, to be aware of the motivation level of staff. A lack of motivation is almost contagious and can spread like wild fire. In order to cure a lack of motivation in the workplace it is first necessary to identify the source and reason. Business motivational speakers describe some common causes:

Insufficient Job Skills

If an employee is to be motivated in their job, it must be something that they feel they are adequately prepared for and can do well. The key to combating this is to provide adequate training before the employee starts the job. In addition, offering more responsibility can boost motivation, but the employee must be prepared for the new position; otherwise, this will destroy their confidence and motivation will plummet.

Unsuitable Goals

An employee is much more likely to be motivated if the goals of a company and their hard work are targeted at giving a benefit to customers rather than just making more money for those in charge. This will result in higher motivation and ultimately higher productivity.


Make sure that employees are not overworked or tired and have some time to relax to avoid the disastrous effect of stress and low motivation. If your business is one that will require a lot of overtime make sure this is planned as far in advance as possible and is distributed fairly, where possible.

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