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Weekly Round-Up #31: Beat Procrastination, Look more professional and How to be positive

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Hello and welcome to the end of another week. We’re well over half-way through the year right now but we shouldn’t let that put us off being all productive! In this post I’ve pulled together quite a few different articles that I think you’ll enjoy – if you have any comments on them please let us know in the comments!

5 Ways to Simplify Your Life Right Now – Living well Spending Less

Okay, so this post may be a bit of a simplistic answer to a problem but there may be a few hints here that will at least give you a reminder of what we need in place to have a stress free life.

How to manage your time like a boss – The Next Web

This post is about how you are in charge of your own time and tasks. It relies on the 80/20 rule – or Pareto Principle that I’ll be looking into soon – but you need to know when to test thoughts, act and delegate.

You aren’t just lazy — these 7 psychological theories explain why you procrastinate – Business Insider

I don’t know about you but I always have such good intentions and then… well, you know the rest. I’ve been a lot better recently but it’s nice to know that there may be some underlying reasons why I put things off – one of them being that I’m afraid to fail… Basically if you don’t start you can’t mess up, right? If you’re not sure whether you’re setting yourself up to fail or not this post may help.

How To Push Through Procrastination – Fast Company

So once you’ve figured out why you may be procrastinating, this post might help you to get over it. There are a few tips in this post that might sound familiar but if they help, so what?!

17 Simple Habits That Make You Look More Professional – Inc

Would you trust a pilot that asked you whether you wanted to carry on your journey or not? Me either! This post looks at how you can appear to be professional (and one of those tips has got to be “don’t ask you passengers if they want to die or not”). This article is in answer to complaints that the article 10 Bad Habits That Make You Look Really Unprofessional wasn’t fair, in fact they’re right: The article isn’t fair as it’s missing one important thing: don’t wear stupid trousers that show your pants thank-you-very-much!

8 Ways To Turn A Horrible Day Into A Positive Day -Pick The Brain

We’ve all had “one of those days” where all we want to do is give up and curl up under our duvet and forget about it all. This post helps you look at life’s difficulties and hopefully find a silver lining from the cloud.

Habit Creep: The Gradual and Reasonable Way to Improve Yourself – Lifehacker

There’s a thing in technological circles called “Feature Creep” where the product you start to develop descends into some horrendous mess due to lack of clear focus, too many cooks spoiling the broth and general ignorance. This post however is about mastering personal “creep”: understanding that if you apply this “creep” in other ways it can be beneficial.

4 Popular Productivity Tips That Should Be Ignored – Make Use Of

I’m not sure that I agree with all of what’s said in this article. Although some of it does make sense Point 3, I think, misses the idea in terms of a “master to-do lists” in that most task management methodologies (including Getting Things Done) doesn’t get you to put them in any semblance of order straight away, you need to sort through it later which, when you’ve already expended energy getting the information out of your head seems like twice the work! What you should be doing is sorting your tasks into sections, contexts or whatever as-and-when they strike rather than having to go over them time and again. Do you agree? Let me know in the comments.

Overwhelmed? Here are seven research-based strategies for taking charge of your time – Washington Post

How do you know where your time is going of you don’t track it? do you ever “zone out” and wonder where the past hour has gone? This article looks at a few factors that are under your control that you may be missing when it comes to organising your time.

11 Insanely Powerful and Motivational Videos For Your Team – SnackNation

To bring you up from the possible downer I’ve given you from saying you should ignore (almost) all the productivity tips that you’ve been told and that after reading one of the posts above you may realise you’re simply lazy, I thought I’d end on a positive note! SnackNation contacted me and pointed me in the direction of this blog post they wrote which I think you will agree has something for everyone it’s worth looking through even if it’s just to see what “Kid President” has to say!

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