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Music Matters | Boosting Your Brain with the Science and Power of Music

People commonly stroll city streets in rhythmic cadence to the beats flowing freely from their headphones.
 
With musical choices as wide and diverse as the people themselves, most playlists are based on nothing more than personal taste or current mood.
 
But could the soothing sounds of Mozart, the uplifting beats of Pharrell, or the energetic tones of Eminem make a difference in our health and well-being? 
 
Research has revealed that music choices can have substantial...
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The Importance of Building Your Day Around FOCUS Blocks

productivity success Oct 08, 2019
Have you ever started the week with good intentions about a particular goal or action item, but when you got to the end of the week it was still undone?
 
We’ve all been there. But we don’t need to be again. We can fix this broken system by building our days around FOCUS blocks.

What Are FOCUS Blocks?

Simply put, it’s a block of time, built into your calendar, and devoted to an action-oriented, goal-specific activity. Meaning, it’s time set aside to intentionally...
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The Science and Magic Behind Three Priorities a Day

productivity success Sep 30, 2019

Did you know... 3 is a magic number? 

This well-known fact is prevalent enough that countless business experts write, teach and speak about it.
 
Jim Collins, famed management expert and author of Good to Great and Built to Last, says: "If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.”
 
And J.D. Meier, author of the best-selling book Getting Results the Agile Way, addresses the magic number three when he speaks to “ruthless prioritization”....
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Using Procrastination to OVERCOME Procrastination

I have a confession to make. I am a procrastinator.
 
Okay, not always. But often enough that I know what the signs look like for me...
 
My procrastination usually comes in the form of reading a book when I should be writing, playing a game on my phone when I should be researching, or - and this is when I know when my procrastination is really bad - I’ll do household chores instead of work. Yes, for me, cleaning out my kitchen cabinets is a major form of...
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How the Zero-Space Calendar Method Kills Productivity

Recently, there's been a slew of articles and videos popping up about the Zero-Space Calendar method. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s an approach to planning that says you should schedule every minute of your day with no gaps in between. 
 
Now, in fairness, this includes time for lunch, commute hours, personal grooming, etc. But what the methodology claims is that by leaving no gaps in your schedule you will become more productive.
 
While this may sound great on...
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How to Leverage Goal Planning to Eliminate Decision Fatigue

Have you ever had one of those days where you know you have dozens of important things to do, but you can’t figure out what to work on next?
 
If so, you’re not alone. This is a common challenge with an understandable explanation.
 
Often times, when we’re in the thick of a day that’s underway, or dealing with a multi-faceted project, or working on multiple projects at once, as examples, our cognitive resources become depleted. After kicking off our day with...
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NASA Study Reveals: The Road to Failure is Paved with Success

mindset success Aug 14, 2019
It’s often touted that the road to success is paved with failure… but could that equation be backward?
 
An interesting workplace study, which was conducted at NASA and published in the Academy of Management Journal, evaluated successes and failures surrounding the space shuttle program.
 
Essentially, the study compared and measured whether more is learned from success, failure, or a combination of the two... and their findings revealed some interesting perspectives.
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21 Important Psychology Quotes and the Life Lessons They Provide

Psychologists have devoted their lives to the scientific study of the mind and behavior. They know success leaves clues and their findings and insights have provided fundamental footsteps for others to follow. 
 
The quotes below are from some of the greatest psychologists our world has known, reflecting their individual areas of expertise and the wise words of wisdom they have to share.

21  Important Psychology Quotes and the Life Lessons They Provide

1. "The...

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Top 7 Reasons People Fail to Achieve Their Goals

Have you ever set a goal that you were super excited about? So excited, in fact, that you told your friends and colleagues all about it? But then, over time, your goal setting efforts simply fell flat... and the goal never came to fruition?
 
Somehow, you either lost steam, got distracted, couldn’t get off the starting block, or maybe you’re not even sure where things went off the tracks. If this has ever happened to you, you’re not alone. 
 
Failing to...
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Coach Vs. Mentor - What's The Difference and Which One is Right For You?

coaching mentor success May 12, 2019
"A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” - Zig Ziglar
 
Coaches and mentors can be a powerful addition to your success equation. Find the right one and she/he becomes the cheerleader who keeps you motivated, the guardrails that prevent you from going too far off track, the anchor that keeps you grounded, and the magnifying glass that brings blur into focus. Their presence can become the catalyst needed to...
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