What's my Productivity Style?

We all have the same amount of time.  168 hours per week to be exact.  It is non-renewal, once you spend it you can never get it back, and some argue our most precious resource.

Despite this, it is thought that we “waste” many hours per week by being unproductive, and worse still, regularly give our time away for free at work.

Author of Work Simply, Carson Tate, believes that one size does not fit all when it comes to productivity.  And I couldn’t agree more.

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Embrace chaos!

Chaos – some of us thrive on it whilst others run for the hills.  I love it.  I embrace it, live it, breathe it.  And since last year when I discovered I wasn’t alone and came across the Jim Bright “chaos” approach to career development, I have shared it with clients.  I believe that embracing chaos is a skill that can be learnt and flexed.  Self-awareness is the initial first step in recognising how you deal with the elements of chaos given your ways of thinking. 

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She thought she could and she did

“The greatest pleasure in life isn’t doing what people say you cannot do, it’s achieving what you thought you couldn’t!” – Author unknown

Six months ago I was proudly awarded the 1st Australian to complete the gruelling Amalfi Crossing Lost World 17km race in gorgeous Italy. Climbing over 1,200 metres above sea level, with ridiculously difficult and steep terrain and 80%+ humidity and mid-30s temperatures, on 21st September 2014 I truly tested my limits and mental strength like I have never, ever done before.

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Stay calm and be more assertive!

Lack of assertiveness is very common, particularly when people feel they will be judged if they speak up and express what they really feel and think.

Think about it this way - you were born assertive as a baby – you cried when you wanted something.  What has changed since then in the way that you communicate with others – both in your career and life more generally?

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New year + no fear = your career!

Fear is a normal part of life.  In today’s world however, when the response is often unreasonable to the fear, is it limiting your confidence and ultimately your success?  By not taking action and tackling assumptions around your fears, are you placing limitations on yourself and your career?  What could you achieve in your career this year if you weren't held back by fear? 

 

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Your personal brand = Me Inc.

It constantly amazes me how many people underestimate the importance of a personal brand, with many thinking the ‘concept’ is not relevant to them.

Does this sound like you?

Let me try to convert your thinking.  Your personal brand is a combination of your personality, attitude, values, experience, reputation and even your appearance.  Essentially, it is what people think when they hear your name – what you’re known for and how people experience.

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Is your career fit and healthy?

There’s a new marathon has started to run its course across Australia – the unemployment status.  It is impacting thousands of people across the private, not-for-profit and not surprisingly the government sectors as redundancies continue to take hold.

These days careers can be chaotic with the level of business and government sector uncertainty that’s underpinned by constant reminders that the country’s budget is not in great shape. It’s certainly a nervous time.

The question for those affected is: can you stay in great professional shape, get competitive and ensure that you are in peak form for this race?

Just like running a marathon, your competitive edge comes down to experience, knowledge, insight and expert coaching.  

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