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What we can control

What we can control

It's easy to feel helpless when things are outside of our control.

This begs the question of what we do have the ability to control and change. Changing a few small things can together have a positive impact on our productivity and general well-being.

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Instead of filling your schedule with work, then allowing yourself to have fun with what is left, reverse it. Flip your relation to work by scheduling play first. Maximize that time with 30-minutes of deep-focused, distraction-free work.

Scheduling breaks first helps you to notice that th...

Mindfulness is the capacity to be aware of what is going on.

When you are doing tasks, try to pay attention to the task. For example, while doing dishes or laundry, ditch the headphones and instead observe things like the temperature of the water, or the smell of the soap. Even just a few...

Remote workers should try to walk around the block before starting work. It is an effective way to transition from home mode to work mode.

Other ways to set up boundaries between work and life is not to take your work into the bedroom, buying a personal PC for personal errands/work, and b...

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Start with a clean plate

If your plate were completely clean, with limited space, what would you put on it today?

Once you’ve figured that out, you know what belongs on your plate. Constantly look at invitations and activities and requests and tasks that pop up, and ask: “Is this one of the ...

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Overcome the tyranny of the present

People who are always "in the moment" don't look ahead and make plans to pursue their goals and dreams. 

There are things you need to do every day, much of what you think you need to do isn't particularly important--especially where your long-term goals are concerned.

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The One Thing We Can Control: Ourselves

Self-control is a necessary and much sought-after skill in this increasingly complex world. There are a million distractions, multiple stress-inducing outlets and a chronic lack of sleep for most of us, and self-control becomes the only bandwidth that we have.

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