The Key To Unlocking Your Productivity – Map Out Your Habits

I’m a big believer in working smarter, not harder. Improving productivity and optimizing inefficiencies is a mini-obsession of mine. It was Aristotle who said..

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act. It’s a habit.

If we are what we repeatedly do. One could argue then that the key to unlocking productivity then lies in our day-to-day habits. What if, we could “unlock productivity” in ourselves?

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The Power of Going First

I’ve been recently intrigued by this principle of the Power of Going First. 

Practice Going First. Say hello first, If you’re coming across somebody and make eye contact, smile first. Raise your hand and be the first to speak up in a meeting. I genuinely wish people would experiment with that in their life a little bit more: Be first, because – not at all times, but most times – it comes in your favor, people will surprise you. You’ll surprise yourself too.

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An Experiment on Happiness

I recently listened to this really awesome NPR podcast from old Ted Talk videos, it was about the Secret to Happiness. One of the speakers, Matt Killingsworth was speaking about the topic of Staying in the Moment To Be Happier . He encouraged listeners to be part of his experimental app, where it will Track Your Happiness on a daily basis. So I decided to hop on the band wagon and join in on this scientific experiment.

For the past 3 months, I’ve been tracking my happiness. The question was how?

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A Lesson on Leadership

I recently tuned into a podcast from Lewis Howes, on Mastering Confidence, Humility, and Leadership with Brad Lomenick. This podcast really helped me to reevaluate how I define leadership.

“Leadership is influence. Just because someone has a title, doesn’t mean that person is a leader.” – John Maxwell

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How We Should Define Success

Growing up in a 21st century world, often times people’s standard view of success involves having a huge social media following, living in a multi- million dollar home on the beach, driving a luxury car and traveling the world.  To be honest, that used to be my definition of success too.

“Having things isn’t success; living the life of your dreams is.” 

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What I’m Currently Reading…

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends. The most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.” –  Charles William Eliot

I’m making it a new goal to read a new book each month, Here’s my current Book List…

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A Personal Lesson on Learning

We are told from infancy, that we should “Get a good education.” Most people today, associate learning with formal education at school, college, university etc.  While I believe formal education is important; I don’t think we should be defined by our education credentials.

“Musicians don’t retire, they stop when there is no music in them.”                       – Louis Armstrong

I think this quote, goes hand-in-hand with learning. You never reach this point where you’re like, “Yup. I’ve learned it all, I officially know everything.”

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Living A Life Unplugged…

In a world that is so connected, we’re shouting to be heard amongst all the chatter of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.

I stumbled across a TedTalk the other day by MIT Professor & Psychologist Sherry Turkle . She studies how technology is shaping our modern relationships: with others, with ourselves, with it. Lately, she’s focused her attention to social media and sociable robots. She argues that

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