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10 Simple Hacks To Get Rid Of Absent-Mindedness

If you are feeling increasingly absent-minded these days, don’t panic. You’re far from alone, and entertaining fears that your mind is going will only heighten your anxiety and make things worse.[1] The Covid-19 pandemic has done a number on everyone’s ability to focus. In the period spanning February through April of 2020, there was a 300% increase in the number of people going online to search for “how to get your brain to...

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20 Essential Leadership Qualities Of A Great Leader

“Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.”—John Maxwell Whether it’s leading an organization, a team, or a family, leadership all starts with being able to lead yourself successfully first. When we can lead ourselves successfully, then we can have the influence that allows us to truly lead others. It’s always an “inside job” first. After working with thousands of CEOs, executives, athletes, entrepreneurs,...

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6 Most Important Emotional Intelligence Skills To Have

Have you ever considered whether you are an emotionally intelligent person or not? Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to recognize our emotions and those of others and respond to them thoughtfully and effectively.[1] Having emotional intelligence skills is key to connecting with others and forming lasting relationships. If you are struggling with improving your emotional intelligence or assessing your level of...

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How To Identify Addictive Behaviors And Get Rid of Them

There are times when you need activities that bring your relaxation and allow for release. Exercise, writing, playing, creating, and reading are all examples of healthy behaviors that provide an escape—but only to a point.[1] Some pursuits can quickly turn costly if the behavior causes harm or is used as a coping or escape mechanism or if it becomes an unhealthy obsession. If you find yourself engaged in costly addictive behaviors,...

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How Much Screen Time Should Kids Have And Why?

The dreaded screen time debate can feel like a never-ending battle. Kids want more of it, but parents want them to have less. So much of our lives involve technology that it’s almost impossible to avoid. We now rely on it for learning and social interaction, not just for fun. It can be hard to find the right balance or even know what “balanced” looks like. The negativity surrounding kids and screen time adds to the guilt and...

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How To Adapt Flexible Thinking Strategies To Solve Problems

Problems—by their nature—disrupt our current path. They put a roadblock right in the middle of the way we’re doing things. We’re productively doing work until our computer breaks. Or our relationship is running smoothly until there’s a big fight. Or our day is going well until twice the work gets dumped on us. Problems sideline our plans and can make us feel like we’re backed into a corner with only two options—either...

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6 Reasons Why Taking Up Digital Skills And Knowledge Is Crucial

Digital technology has forever transformed every aspect of modern life and will continue to do so. No matter our age or disposition, we may as well admit that we’ll need to acquire new digital skills for the rest of our lives. It may be that part of our ambivalence toward technology stems from the fact that many of us have to learn digital skills on top of staying current in our chosen fields. Whenever frustration grows to a boiling...

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How To Apply the Stages Of Learning (With Free Worksheet)

Are you keen to learn new things but find it hard to do so? Perhaps you lack the confidence to begin learning something new or you’re unsure how to improve your existing skills. Let me state this upfront: Most people find it difficult to learn, so you shouldn’t feel bad if you’re one of these people. And the good news is, in the next few minutes I’ll introduce you to the stages of learning. This knowledge will help you break...

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Reactive Vs Proactive: How To Be Proactive And Not Reactive

For us to know how to be proactive and not reactive, we first need to know what these terms mean. When we are reactive to problems, we react to previous events instead of attempting to anticipate future ones. When we decide to be proactive, we choose to act on a situation before this situation becomes a crisis.[1] Managers must be “strategically proactive,” as I like to say, so they can do their regular day-to-day work and still...