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4 Small Changes That Will Make You More Productive

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Sydney startup Now VR creates virtual reality relaxation experiences

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Recognising Work-Life Balance

Australians are living longer but this doesn’t mean we’re happier. The Organisation for Economic... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Finding balance is important, but one of the main problems is perception. Balance doesn't mean you'll split each day equally among work and family or between work and down time. It means finding an overall balance. Some days may be work heavy and others may be more about your interests or just relaxing. The important part is the rhythm. One day may even be work heavy in morning and all your interests at night. However, it may fluctuate in small bursts throughout a single day. The key is to understand balance in the long term and to recognize when you have teetered one way or the other too far.
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Feel the Fear -- and Then Move Past It

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Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Great inspiration! A healthy dose of fear never harm anyone, in fact I'd argue it's a pre-requisite for success in entrepreneurship - just don't leave it overwhelm and take control of you..
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The Location Independent Work Style - Traps for New Players

For three years I have been working solidly to create a work style that allows me to be productive,... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This was a very interesting write up. I think there are many advantages to this type of working style, however, there are definitely some draw backs people should be aware of as well. - knowing where the bathrooms are is key (but packing your stuff up and lugging it in there with you is not. Sad to say but you can't trust leaving your stuff unattended in certain places. - having people that are creative to chat with is key (whether in person with you or someone you can ping on social media or a chat program. Instant feedback and brainstorming is key (email can sometimes slow things down). I will say, variety is the key to good fluid inspiration. New experiences give you more to draw on when trying to come up with interesting ideas.
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Can Stress Help Us Determine if Our Direction Needs Auditing?

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Miriam, I do have an enjoyable state of mind from keeping myself very occupied. Is it sometimes overwhelming? Absolutely. So why do I continue? Because I don't want to look back with regrets on what could have been. I also have an overly active mind and imagination so I try to use it while it is in "high-gear" so to speak. Some of what is bubbling up for me right now is stuff that I've been working on for a long time (my first children's book that is almost ready to self-publish I wrote back in 2008 but took until last year to connect with a satisfactory illustrator). However, he is now working on book 3 and I have 7 more books ready for him and 2 in the works. I try to squeeze all the productivity out of my "down time". I have notebooks and my mobile near me at all times to capture notes and thoughts related to story ideas or blog articles or just a new business idea. My sarcastic greeting card venture I followed the Lean Startup principles and vetted my early prototypes with potential customers and have started making some modest sales as I begin to scale. One of the keys for me is when I'm "resting" (or sleeping in bursts from 1 to 5 hours never getting more than 5 hours per night). I pass out immediately, my body adjusted. The other 2 important things are my hunger to keep learning (about physics, programming, foreign languages, etc). I never stop because I'm just too curious. The last thing is keeping company with other motivated individuals and mentors that will shoot straight with me. I hope that helps give a fuller picture of how I manage and maintain.
Thanks Jeff, I can see you've got a number of challenges to deal with! Do you get a buzz from being so busy and having multiple projects? How do you ensure you know that the time you're investing in each one is worth the effort? I'd love to know your strategy for maintaining such a diverse collection of tasks.Lina, I think you're right - being able to listen is integral to knowing how to move forward, let alone knowing if you're currently moving in a good direction!
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Leading SMEs: Basic Bananas

Reading up on Basic Bananas, one of the first things that comes up in many places is their focus on... read more

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Thanks Jef! That's an interesting point, I suppose it is highly relative to what your business is/what you're hiring for. It seems the essential thing is knowing your business well before you decide what would work best for you, and that's something the Basic Bananas guys are very adept at. I also think that hiring someone to fit your culture doesn't necessarily mean they will be a yes person; you might have a culture where giving feedback (positive as well as negative) is integral to the culture itself.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Another great look behind the curtain case study. Although, I've vocalized sentiment previously I do not shy away from the fact that hiring on culture fit alone is just as dangerous as only hiring based on skill and/or experience. Sure you want a new hire to jive with your current team but if you do that at the expense of hiring someone that is knowledgeable watch out. Yes, some skills can be taught either quickly or over a short time (learning a new piece of software or app or even improving one's presentation or writing skills). However being a knowledgeable expert takes time, care and effort (hopefully passion as well). If you only hire based on a person fitting your culture you run the risk of having an employee that quickly becomes a "yes" person and drinks the internal kool-aid beyond what is reasonable. Why does this matter? If you don't have people that are passionate and skilled you run the risk of becoming an overly agreeable organization. This often leads to corporate "drifting" or apathy. People need to have passion for what they are trying to accomplish just as much as who they are trying to accomplish it with. Innovation happens through dissatisfaction and people who push for the best, not people that are agreeable.
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Mindfulness in the Workplace: Enhanced Performance and Happier Employees for Small Businesses

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7 Apps to Help Integrate Tech With Self-Improvement Goals

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5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Ease the Inevitable Holiday Stress

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5 Enjoyable Weekend Habits That Set You Up for Success

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5 Ways to Make Your Life Story a Best Seller

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Very true and motivational. The first thing is deciding what you want, without knowing that setting direction is near impossible. A quote that I used just this past week is one of my favorite from the movie "Inception". "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." Small dreams fall back to seeming "safe", but they may still not provide the life you want. I have two other thoughts that I often share on this very matter. 1. The biggest risk you face is not risking anything at all. 2. The world needs more originals and fewer copies. Step out into your own and embrace the journey not just the end result. You'll learn more along the way than you ever will once you arrive.
Preetha Siri
Another great sharing Alicia. As with other articles of yours this one too moves and inspires the reader. Thank You.
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8 Steps to Living Your Passion Full-Time

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An Open Letter To My Past Weight Loss Clients

Dear Past Client, I just want to say…I'm Sorry. I’m sorry, all those years ago, in my naivety,... read more

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Courage To Chase Your Dreams

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Preetha Siri
The way both of you share your experiences inspires me . Courage - we need it to not to lose track of that ray of hope beyond the dark clouds . And to wade through the gloom and to touch that sunshine we need courage - both in our personal lives and in our businesses. Very happy meeting you both. Thank you.
Alicia MenkveldDirector at Alicia Menkveld International
I'm glad the article resonated with you Preetha. Yes, sometimes we get far more than we bargained for, when we move outside of our comfort zones. My husband and I were looking for a new adventure when we moved to Australia, and as they say, "Be careful what you wish for, as you might just get it." All in all, it was so worth it, as I've reached new levels of self awareness, growth and spirituality that I never would have experienced if I stayed in South Africa. Indeed a humbling and empowering experience as you've said.
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Are You Too Busy to be Well?

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A good reminder Kellie - thanks!
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Eat Your Way to Success With These 4 Tips

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3 Ways High Achievers Can Develop Better Habits

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How do you split out your time daily?

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I like to have a routine day to day, but it's hard getting into a routine. I don't sleep much. ~5hours/day. I should sleep more but I like to get up early, get some exercise in, sort out the important emails and prioritise calendar tasks for the day. Ideally, I'll do the tasks that require significant thought early on in the day and do less cerebral work later on as I lose energy, but that doesn't always happen.
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What Does Your Workplace Hairstyle Say About You?

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Gary, we have requests if you can do a male version of this article topic? :-) It would definitely be interesting as well.
Hi Hitesh, Thanks for your comment! Yes, I think how we present ourselves can have an impact on how we're perceived by our colleagues. If you want to win the rat race, you have to look the part ;)