Positive perspectives and practices for personal growth.

Overcoming Broken Windows & Bottlenecks

Have you ever read an article, or watched a documentary, about some poor, dysfunctional soul who’s allowed masses of rubbish to pile up inside their house; so much rubbish in fact – accumulated over countless years – that they’ve had to move a mountain of bin bags just to get in and out of their […]

Single Tasking: The Key To Reducing Stress & Increasing Efficiency

Living in the present is a truly wonderful thing. It’s when you’re living in the moment that you’re truly released from the insecurities of your past, and when the uncertainties of the future no longer preoccupy your mind. It’s in the moment that you can give your undivided attention to what really makes the difference […]

Limiting Emotional Investment

Nothing is important. We really are insignificant. A post on Universe Today just helped me to appreciate the sheer, incomprehensible enormity of the Universe… and highlighted by contrast, just how insignificant even the most egotistical and megalomaniacal of us should feel. There are, according to that post, 400 billion stars in our galaxy alone, a […]

Monkeys, Raisins and Intrinsic Motivation

I’m not keen on experiments involving animals I have to admit, but one that always tickles me involved some rhesus monkeys, a simple puzzle and some raisins. In 1949, way before the Nintendo DS and Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training came on the scene, Harry Harlow, a Professor of psychology with an interest in motivation, gave […]

Time Mismanagement

I have tried many different ways over the years to organise my time. I’ve tried allocating specific blocks to each task; I’ve tried forcing myself to work like clockwork at the same time every day; I’ve tried working in regimented short bursts interspersed with regular breaks; I’ve even tried loosely allocating entire days to specific […]

Not Your Typical Advice for Overcoming Procrastination

I’m a tremendously accomplished procrastinator. In fact, to coin a well-worn analogy, if procrastination was an Olympic event I’d be a Gold Medallist. But I’d be far more than just unbeatable; I’d leave the competition in the dust. The stadium would have long emptied before the silver and bronze medallists finished the race. I’m not […]

The Motivation to Act: What’s In It for Me?

How do we motivate ourselves to do anything, and I mean anything? Not surprisingly, motivation arises from wanting to do whatever that anything is. But why do we want to do anything in the first place – what is the root cause of that desire that compels us to act? Well, at a fundamental level, desire simply stems from a realisation that there’s some form of positive trade-off for our efforts. But what happens if the reward of doing something isn’t so obvious – hidden deep beneath the surface of a difficult or unpleasant task? How then can you still motivate yourself into action?

A simple tip for getting things done (even daunting, boring and stressful things)

A few weeks ago I wrote about a vicious cycle of procrastination I recently allowed myself to get subconsciously embroiled in; and how my inability to confront what I needed to do head-on left me so stressed that I really wasn’t able to focus on anything else for several weeks. Thankfully, once I was prepared to take responsibility for the situation (that I through my own omission had landed myself in) I was able to break free by using a very simple, practical strategy – one that took me all of half an hour to put into practice.