Busyness versus Productivity

jugglerOne of the things that I have noticed in my work with organisations, is that many organisations have what I now call “organisational busyness” – where it becomes almost impossible to get important meetings in diaries, where it is hard to get anyone to commit to anything because they are just too busy to give it any thought, and where people pride themselves and see their value in their busyness. Busyness becomes a cultural norm within an organisation – something to aspire to. But busyness does not equate to productivity; it often acts as an impediment. Here are 7 tell-tale signs which can show you the difference between a busy person and a productive person

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How To Beat Procrastination


Procrastination describes the process by which we delay starting or completing a task. We know we are doing it when we make the 10th cup of tea in a morning, check our emails yet again, or for us homeworkers – start cleaning the fridge, or sorting out the plumbing. Procrastination is normal, we all do it to some degree, but it can result in loss of productivity, frustration for colleagues and an increase in your stress levels.

Here are 5 top tips for beating procrastination:

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Brexit and Workplace Mental Health

As we enter this new and unknown post-Brexit landscape, now is the time more then ever for employers to invest in their staff’s mental wellbeing.

The last few weeks have created a seismic shift in British politics, leading to political uncertainty and tension, which for many people have led to personal concerns about financial and job security.

And it isn’t just this shifting landscape that has caused tension in the workplace; the tension was evident even before the result of the referendum was known. You could feel it on social media: friends taking different sides and arguing and persuading from different perspectives. Take that hostility and mix it up with us being hurled into the unknown with what feels like a total absence of leadership, vision or even a plan and you can see how this can impact on our wellbeing and our workplace relationships.

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Tried and Tested Breathing and Muscle Relaxation Techniques

There are numerous techniques that can help you to become better at relaxing. Let’s begin with 3 of the tried and tested breathing and muscle relaxation techniques. All these techniques will become easier the more you practice them.


Deep Breathing
The first time you try this technique try it lying down. Find somewhere quiet and safe where you can lie down and relax. Close your eyes and place your hands on your belly and practice slowly breathing in through your nose and slowly breathing out through your mouth. You should feel your belly rise and fall as you breathe. Many of us breathe much more shallowly so the movement we feel is at the top of our chest. With this technique we are learning to slowly fill our whole lungs. When you are comfortable with this technique you can then practice it sitting down or standing up. Whichever is most comfortable for you.

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Celebrating Our Failures

A professor from Princeton University recently posted a CV of ‘failures’ on Twitter. Johannes Haushofer who is an assistant professor of psychology argued that our failures are often invisible, while are successes are visible resulting in an impression that our success is effortless and that we are lucky.

We often present ourselves in life and on social media as being successful; we celebrate our successes, we don’t advertise our disappointments and failures. But all our successes are built on a foundation of failure; we would not be the people we are today without them. What makes us successful is our ability to pick ourselves up, recalibrate, and aim for our next goal. What makes us successful is our willingness to give thing ago, to put ourselves out there. Without failure how we would know to enjoy our success?