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How to Reduce Christmas Stress

Christmas time invites the most festive and lively of all the seasons, full of family, amazing food and beautiful decorations... but the reality is a fast-paced December can also be an extremely stressful time. Our already busy schedules are then overrun with holiday duties. Battling through crowds of equally exhausted shoppers, buying presents for numerous people and filling the fridge to bursting before relatives and friends arrive to celebrate. This can be very time consuming and more often than not the little things we do that perk up our days (making ourselves a delicious breakfast, going to the gym or that class, getting our nails done, baking peanut-butter brownies…) get put on hold- our me time is sacrificed. We force...

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Entrepreneurs Who Keep a Journal, from Richard Branson to Oprah Winfrey

I am a firm believer in writing things down—especially our thoughts, our ideas, and our goals. There are many studies that discuss the cognitive benefits of writing things down. If you don’t believe us, perhaps these famous and successful entrepreneurs will help you appreciate—even convince you to begin journaling. Richard Branson How often have you forgotten things? With our busy days and tight schedules, it is so easy to forget. Writing them down will help you remember them better. At the beginning of 2017, Sir Richard Branson penned an article dispensing his one important tip for the year: keep a pen and notebook, and write your ideas down.   What kind of things does he write down? “Ever since I was...

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How to Journal: What to Write & How to Stick to it

Several studies have already confirmed the cognitive and stress-relieving benefits of journaling. Writing things down helps boost memory and I am a firm believer that writing something down is remembering it twice. Journaling or writing thoughts down also brings you into a state of mindfulness, you’d be surprised how those few minutes of journaling actively engages your subconscious, and at the same time, relieves you of anxiety by allowing you to focus on what matters most at that particular moment.But while many understand the merits of journaling, some may find a blank page intimidating.  What should I write down? Surprisingly, there are a lot of things that you can write down. Your thoughts. Your goals. Your plans. Even just the...

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How to Use the 80/20 Rule in Everyday Life

Do you ever feel as though you spend all your time working just to be able to enjoy the fraction of precious spare time you have? We go to work to earn money so that we can not only survive but get to enjoy life. Perhaps 80% percent of the population feel this way. So what about the remaining 20%? Well, it’s likely they are making money doing what they enjoy, or are lucky enough to only be working 20% of the time. What are they doing differently to the rest of us? They are probably applying the 80/20 principle to their working and personal lives. “Focus on being productive instead of busy” Timothy Ferris The 80/20 prinicle is also...

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10 Ways to Increase Your Productivity

  One thing that really defines successful people is that they are significantly more productive than others. Productivity shouldn’t be confused with working harder. Yes, hard work can pay off but being productive is about making the most of the limited hours in a day – it’s about learning to be efficient, working smarter and getting the important things done. Here are some ideas to help you become your most productive self: Develop a morning and/or evening routine –people who take advantage of the precious morning and evening hours get a lot more done and are a lot more prepared for the day ahead. Limit your screen time – we all know that one of the biggest contributors to procrastination...

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