Neil Fiore, renowned psychologist, has written The Now Habit at Work as follow-up to his best-seller The Now Habit: A Strategic Plan for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play. According to Fiore, guilt-free play and a strong work ethic go hand in hand. Not just another book about time management, The Now Habit at Work offers CEOs, managers, small-business owners and work-at-home entrepreneurs - who are already busy and productive - tools for becoming more efficient, effective and balanced.
Here is a preview of Fiore's "hot tips" to increased productivity and brain power.
Practice strategic cramming
Give yourself personal deadlines. See how much you can do in 5, 15, or 30 minutes. Commit to simply exploring a new project for 5 to 10 hours per week to see how much energy and curiosity you feel about it and if you're willing to invest another 5 to 10 hours.
Use timers, music and massage chairs to time your work
Music is a great way to ease into a large, overwhelming task. It creates a pleasant, soothing or energizing atmosphere that makes it easier to get started. Timers can also help to limit and keep track of your time worked. A back massager on a chair that works for 15 minutes is a way of knowing how much you can get done in a time that normally would seem so short.
A proactive start
Ask yourself throughout your day: What can I get started for 15 minutes to make it easier for my future self? When you arrive at the task that has been started for you, thank yourself for making today's job much easier.
What works in not the usual advice of "Just have a positive attitude" - which is extremely difficult if you've lost your job or had a major setback - but encouragement to engage in activities that increase your chances of success and correlate with greater happiness and less depression. Most important, engage in life, get up and get out there, and take action.
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