8 04, 2015

Did you brush your teeth before checking your e-mail?

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How you start your day is key. The first hour of your day is critical for the further course of what your day will look like. A mindless start into your day sets you up for failure to achieve. Here is why and how to create mindful mornings that will boost your days. Let's be honest. If you are like many of my clients when they begin a coaching program, chances are high that you did indeed check your e-mail on your iPhone, BB, etc. while you were still lying in bed. You may even feel good about it. It may give you a feeling of being on top of things, replying early in the morning and late in the evening, being on it all the time. After sifting through your e-mail, you may even have succombed the temptation of Facebook, Twitter, reddit, Google+ or whatever social hobbies you fancy. While this may indeed help you to be on top of things, it will certainly not get you on top of your life. Here are the three reasons why you need to stop e-mails in the morning.   e-mail is the social acceptable way of other people to own [...]

24 02, 2015

3 habits to overcome procrastination

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Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill. (Christopher Parker) With this post, I probably risk to gain the image of riding the hype, but maybe it is just me who is more in touch with the topic over the past months. If you believe Google Trends, interest in the topic increased somewhat since 2005. Procrastination has it’s roots in latin and in the human brain. Linguistic Origins It’s latin origins trace back to the word crastinus, that means literally of tomorrow, and the related verb procastinare that means to delay, to put off until the next day, to postpone. That said, it seems that the procrastination habit is not something that struck humanity since the industrial age. Hesiod writes in Theogony and Works and Days: "Do not put your work off till to-morrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work: industry makes work go well, but a man who puts off work is always at hand-grips with ruin.” (405ff). Cicero states in his Phillipics: "In the conduct of almost every affair slowness and procrastination are hateful, […]" [...]

17 02, 2015

Shave that Yak!

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When I entered the meeting room, nobody was there. I took a seat and waited. Waited longer. Patiently. Fifteen minutes after the agreed time, Allen finally entered. He was seemingly breathless and after a brief “Hello” he already started to indulge in excuses. “You know”, he started, “I wanted to bring a print-out with me to our meeting but the printer was out of toner. So I eventually had to change the cartridge, but found that we are out of cartridges. So I had to see the assistant to tell her to order some refill. Then she told me that one of our key clients had phoned for an urgent problem, so I quickly rang the guy back and we had to have this brief discussion on that important topic …" When he had finished his story about how he managed to be fifteen minutes later, another fifteen minutes had passed. While I could have interrupted him politely, and remind him that we had agreed a coaching session on a very specific, pressing topic, I decided to let flow. When he finally paused, I asked: “Looks like you had a very big Yak to [...]