Need to get more done? Try taking a lunch break.

Lunch Break

 

Do you walk around with the mentality that there aren’t enough hours in the day? Do you often choose to work through lunch, or multitask while you’re eating, just to be able to keep your day going?

According to Psychology Today, breaks are crucial to your productivity. They have the ability to boost productivity, increase motivation, empower innovation, and have a lot of health benefits too.

While it may seem counterintuitive, taking breaks doesn’t take away time from our day. It actually increases the quality of our time because it allows our brain to take a breather and come back to our tasks more focused.
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Are you an Upholder, a Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel?

Upholder, Questioner, obliger, rebel

 

I’m a big believer in habits. I believe habits have the ability to transform the way we live — professionally, personally, physically, and spiritually.

But where do you start when trying to identify what habits you need to replace? Gretchen Rubin, who wrote and article for the Harvard Business Review, recommends identifying your motivations in order to form successful habits. Before you’re able to develop the habits you want, you have to identify your relationship with the idea of habits, and our “aptitude for forming them.”

She starts with the question: How do you respond to expectations?

We all do it differently. But Gretchen breaks our responses down into four categories: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels.

Do you know which one you are? (more…)

Criticism is Crippling Your Influence

 Criticism

 

How do you respond when someone around you messes up? Is it with grace and compassion, or frustration and condemnation?

In his world-renowned book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie lays out fundamental techniques for “handling” people. In it, he helps readers learn how to communicate in a way that will cultivate influence in whatever they do. First released over 80 years ago, leaders since the 1980s have used this book to transform the way they lead and interact with people.

In the first chapter, Carnegie makes his case for criticism — and why it just doesn’t work.

In it he says, “Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment.” (pg. 5)

Harsh criticism will cripple your influence, and the people you’re trying to influence. But that doesn’t mean you have to be afraid of providing feedback or correction when it’s necessary. (more…)