Productivity & Procrastination

6 ways to stop working too hard

Working hard can bring great satisfaction and rewards, and a little pressure can make us perform better. But, asks Hilly Janes, when does working hard turn into working too hard?

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13 ways to take the stress out of commuting

Most people see commuting as a necessary evil. Hilly Janes explains how you can turn your daily commute from a chore to something to look forward to.

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12 ways to cope with too many emails

Does an inbox stacked with too many emails confront you every time you switch on your computer or phone? Dealing with email stress is now key to working efficiently and avoiding email overload. Here are 12 ways to improve your email management, based on academic research and advice by experts.

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13 tips on how to deal with exam stress

Exam stress, like most stress, mainly comes down to feeling out of control. Do I know enough? What questions will come up? What if I do badly? This triggers reactions from feeling irritable to being unable to eat or sleep properly, feeling tearful or even panicky. Here are some tips on how to deal with exam stress.

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7 quick fixes for stress

If you cope well with pressure and only get stressed occasionally, these quick, simple techniques will help your mind and body relax and get back to a ‘normal’ state. Here are seven quick fixes for stress that almost anyone can use.

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Make ‘firebreaks’ of clear time in your working day

I meet many people who are frantically busy. They wear their diaries as badges of honour, proud to be indispensable and wanted by everyone. Every now and then they will say to me,’ You have no idea how busy I am,’ and then look puzzled …

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50 ways to get better organised

Learning how to be organised is crucial if we are to live a less-stressed life. Lisa Freedman presents her 50 top tips for how to get organised.

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The seven habits of highly stressed people and highly stressed relationships – and what you can do about them

We all need supportive relationships to get through challenging times, but sometimes the people we love the most can cause us the highest levels of stress. If your partner, family or children are getting you down, why not check through our list of stress-inducing habits and see if any of them sound familiar?

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Could life coaching save your life?

Stressed out and don’t know how to sort it out? Getting a ‘Life Coach’ might be the answer, says Lisa Freedman. WHAT IS LIFE COACHING? Life coaching is a practical, problem-solving technique to help you move forward in all areas of your life. Life coaches …

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Get a life, get a flexi-life

Flexible working is the buzz phrase of the 21st Century. Lisa Freedman discovers how taking control of your office hours could put the balance back into your life.

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