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Get Organised! Or, clean up the clutter in your life!

My article on productivity and cleaning up the clutter in your life was carried by Life Positive magazine in their June 2013 issue:

Keep stress at bay and increase your productivity by organising your life

It might be a cliché to say that modern-day lifestyles are full of stress, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Caught between the competing demands of home and work, we often overreach ourselves and get overwhelmed by all that we ‘need’ to do. Many of fall prey to this at one point or another: We find ourselves drowning under a pile of responsibilities that just keep on increasing, and soon, missed deadlines and broken commitments become a common occurrence. This isn’t just a recipe for stress and worry – let it fester too long and it’ll become a ticket to chaos, confusion, and inefficiency.

Taking the time out to simplify and organise your life might seem to be yet another of those tasks competing for your limited time. However, putting in the effort to come up with a streamlined workflow will pay off dividends in the long term. Let’s take a look at where to start cleaning up the clutter from your life:

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It’s Never Too Late

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Mid-stream career changes can be terrifying, but sometimes we don’t really have a choice… My article on how it’s possible to recover from what seems like a devastating career setback was published in the May 2012 issue of Life Positive. An excerpt is produced here and the complete article can be viewed at:

http://www.lifepositive.com/Mind/Personal_Growth/Shift_your_stream52012.asp

We are what we do. For most of us, our job defines our life. On the face of it, this does not seem so surprising – after all, we dedicate a large chunk of our lives to our career. Not only is this accepted, it almost seems admirable. I am sure we can all relate childhood experiences of being told how studies and career are the most important part of life. Study, study, work, and work – we grow up internalising this belief, and having placed our career on a pedestal, move into adulthood.

This emphasis on career does have its benefits. We gain motivation, are inspired to do better, and occasionally even find a sense of beauty in our work. Unfortunately, this also has a flip side. Major job changes are regarded as amongst the most stressful experiences one can undergo even if it involves positive changes like a major promotion or transfer to a dream location. The simple fact is that if something is important, any change will be highly charged too!

If that is when things are going well, what about when something goes wrong? If we define ourselves by our work, what happens when we are forced into a job change, or worse, hit by a spell of unemployment or business loss?

Time Marches On

My article on time management was published in the January 2012 issue of Management Compass. An excerpt is published here and the complete article can be viewed at:

http://www.mediamates.biz/archives/e_magazine/2012/january/management_compass/feature-2.pdf

Time management’s not just about maximising your free time. It’s also about ensuring that commitments are met, that your priorities are in order, and that the stress on you is reduced to the bare minimum. It’s a way of maximising your working – and relaxing – efficiency. You’ll still have to study, of course, but pacing yourself over the academic year will ensure that come exam-time, you’ll be relaxed and unhurried. Mess this up, and the price could be confusion, panic, and an inability to perform well.