Archive | January, 2015

Simplify your life

Simplifying your life by getting rid of a lot of the “things” in your life is an important step towards getting organized and gaining control of your time. We are complicating our lives with all the stuff we buy and accumulate. Daniel Pink, in his book, A Whole New Mind, points out that self-storage, where […]

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Action speaks louder than words

Action speaks louder than words, and I mean even little actions like frowns, signs of frustration and grimaces of pain. Since mirror neurons were discovered back in the early 1990s, there has been a plenty of research proving their existence in humans, and the impact they have on communications, training, interpersonal relationships and wellbeing. Neuroscientists […]

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Hygiene theory of time management

I got the idea of a hygiene theory of time management from Hertzberg’s hygiene theory of motivation. I always thought it was a great theory, and when I taught management theories and leadership at college, we were able to bring Frederick Herzberg to Toronto under the auspices of the Canadian Institute of Management and was […]

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How do you develop mindfulness?

Are you mindful every day? Gretchen Rubin, in her book The Happiness Project, relates her experience of driving home with no recollection of going from point A to point B. She said she is sometimes terrified because she has no recollection of watching the road. This is the result of multitasking, where the second task […]

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Control your own life

People have a natural inclination to control events and make things happen. Losing control makes them unhappy and stressed. Stress can induce the release of cortisol, and excess cortisol impairs function in the prefrontal cortex – an emotional learning center that helps regulate “executive” functions such as planning, reasoning and impulse control. Recent evidence indicates […]

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Keep your brain fit

If you want to fully take advantage of your increased lifespan, keep your brain fit. You can do that with physical and mental exercise, proper diet, and lifelong learning. We hear a lot about diet when it involves weight control or diabetes or blood pressure or cancer or dozens of other possible afflictions. But we […]

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Don’t rush needlessly

Just as gulping your food and rushing through meals takes the enjoyment out of eating while doing nothing for your health, so rushing through life has its consequences. If you can’t remember what you had for dinner last night, you were probably mentally absent at the time. And the same thing applies to life itself. […]

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