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Do the opposite

Do the opposite of what makes sense.

For example, if you know your commute to work will be on a packed tube and won't give you the right frame of mind for the day, find another way such as a riverboat. It may be slow but it may help you to arrive at work more energised.


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Sit on a bench

Sit on a bench

 In his book In Praise of Wasting Time, Alan Lightman relates a story from a fellow student, Paul, who used to sit on a bench for hours, doing seemingly nothing.

That Paul is Paul L. Schechter, now a famous astronomer and observational cosmologist and recipient of ...


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Wear your red sneakers

Professor Francesca Gino taught two classes at Harvard Business School, where she experimented with her footwear. For one class, she wore dress shoes. For the other class, she put on her favourite red sneakers. She discovered that her students were more attentive and laughed more when she wore th...


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Experiment with a "FriPlay" afternoon

Experiment with a "FriPlay" afternoon

Work from home can mean extended days and tasks that creep into the weekend.

Every Friday, start clearing the decks around 3 p.p. to do something refreshing such as going for a walk, cycling, or reading a book.


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In everyday life, it's easy to get sucked into the prevailing culture of presenteeism where we show up to work, even if we're mentally checked out.

We know what's expected of us at work and what's acceptable and feel we can't take time off for lunch or go for a walk when we need a break. Th...


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Subtract, not add

Research shows that when we want to improve something, we add something.

However, subtracting can be a better solution. Consider what you can remove in your work life to improve it.


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Hold a party for one

When you're working hard, it's vital to pause and celebrate how far you've come.

If you're a freelancer or your company doesn't have an annual party, throw yourself one. Celebrate your work anniversaries, award yourself, deliver an address, or go out for dinner with a plus one.


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Hospital pharmacist

How to get back on track if you feel mentally checked out.

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Do The Thing You Fear

Do The Thing You Fear

Many things you fear now can be faced squarely and eventually enjoyed.

For example, you may be terrified of getting on to a stage to face a large audience and give a speech, but if you face the terror and learn to address a large audience boldly, you may find you have been missing something...

Doing The Opposite

A creative plateau is reached after a while if you follow a habit strictly. It is a refreshing change to do something opposite. Doing something completely different shakes up the body-mind and rejuvenates creativity and innovative thinking.

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