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Achieving Career Goals Is More Art than SciencePick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

The business world fixates on goal setting. Performance reviews revolve around setting and meeting annual goals. Salespeople and managers continually strive to hit goals and meet margins, and every organization sets goals that it tries to achieve to prove its viability.As individuals, we similarly set goals for our professional lives. We aspire to climb the ranks within our organizations or industry, and hope to progressively attain loftier titles and larger paychecks. But is the same formulaic, figures-driven strategy of goal…

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4 Strategies to Bring Out High Performance From Your Sales Teams – Productivity Article

Let’s not sugarcoat the situation. Even at the beginning of the year, signs were pointing towards a time of economic recession, and that was before COVID-19 came along and dealt the global economy the most superlative kick-em-while-they’re-down blow we might ever have witnessed.  A period of recession looks inevitable and, along with countless other repercussions, it means that life is going to get a lot harder for sales executives out there. These forlorn figures will be tasked with selling their…

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How to Practice Metta for a Troubled Time – Meditation Article

Mushim Patricia Ikeda teaches us how to generate loving-kindness and good will as an antidote to hatred and fear. Illustrations by Tomi Um. Metta meditation is not a magical spell you can cast on the population of the U.S. in order to produce a state of utopian bliss. It is not a cure-all for oppression and the unequal distribution of power and privilege. Metta meditation doesn’t work like that. It’s about being determined, courageous, and patient in purifying your own…

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The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Doer – Self Improvement Article

Sometimes, we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about our ideas, dreams, and aspirations. It is easy to content ourselves with simply having lofty ideas and not realizing their sheer abundance. Anyone who has taken a breath has likely had an idea that could have literally changed the course of his or her life in a revolutionary way. Unfortunately, such ideas rarely get implemented. According to Mark Twain, “the secret to getting ahead is getting started.” If you are…

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3 Ways for Parents to Change the Mood at HomePick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

The coronavirus pandemic has many people feeling stressed or overwhelmed. We’re in a unique crisis situation that can have all of our emotions out of whack. Your children probably have those same thoughts and feelings, but may find it difficult to express them appropriately. We are dealing with unprecedented times across our country and it’s more important than ever for your kids to know exactly what’s going on inside of them. It’s also vital for them to understand and vocalize their emotions, recognize the thoughts…

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Build Back Better: What lessons from disaster recovery can teach us about curating our future of work post-COVID19 – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Joel McInnes, CEO & Co-Founder of FlexCareers, and Maja Paleka, FlexReady Partner, ran an informative webinar yesterday how to Build, Back, Better. (You can watch a recording of the webinar here.) The term “Build Back Better” (BBB) emerged following the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. A notion that opportunity presented itself in the reconstruction process after a disaster, to create a new resilient state of normalcy. Or, as Maja and Joel said, slightly tongue in cheek, “Never waste a good crisis.”…

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How Digital Agencies Can Take Client Pitches Virtual – and Win New Business – Productivity Article

Blame it on Mad Men. Blame it on those bloated Madison Avenue profits. Or blame it on the first agency executive who uttered the phrase, “Why do this over the phone when we can come and pitch you right there?” Whoever caused it, the result is the same: whenever an agency pitches for new business, they’re expected to do so in person and, often, en masse. But as someone who’s been on both sides of this strange equation – both…

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Five Ways to Be a Better Person in 2020Pick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

We often ask ourselves how we can improve, but we don’t always take the steps we must to see those changes take place. That is exactly where we should start.1. Following up, whether with oneself, a friend, or a colleague, is one of the most effective ways to increase productivity and surprisingly, your self-esteem. That’s right, that weekend outing or workout that you so casually offered to make happen could be a catalyst for realizing more important changes in your…

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The Best Tool I Know to Manage Anxiety – Positivity Article

Not being able to predict how something will turn out—a job, a relationship, a health concern, or even a pandemic—is stressful and can be paralyzing. As a patient of mine explained, “It’s the not knowing that makes me miserable and keeps me up at night.” Learning to let go of the things that are beyond your personal control is easier said than done. Telling someone to “stop worrying so much” is useless advice. Here is a tool that can help—the…

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How to Practice Shamatha Meditation – Meditation Article

Shamatha meditation—mindfulness or concentration—is the foundation of Buddhist practice. Lama Rod Owens teaches us a version from the Vajrayana tradition. Illustration by Carole Henaff. Shamatha means “peaceful abiding” or “tranquility.” Also called mindfulness or concentration meditation, shamatha is an important introductory practice that leads to the practice of vipashyana, or insight meditation. The purpose of shamatha meditation is to stabilize the mind by cultivating a steady awareness of the object of meditation. The traditional practice of shamatha uses different kinds…

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3 Ways Online Scheduling Can Improve Your Law Firm’s Client Success & Retention – Productivity Article

The legal system is highly dependent on meetings. The largest law firms, for example, can have as many as 2,000 lawyers on staff working across 20 global offices and hold over 50,000 meetings in a single year. That’s no small number.  These can be firm-wide meetings, meetings with administrative staff, meetings with senior partners, introductory meetings with clients, meetings to conduct depositions with witnesses, to name a few. In each of these cases, it’s vital that the meetings are scheduled…

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4 Lessons From My Grandmother – Self Improvement Article

“I am doing fine by the grace of my God,” Shamim Mahipara Kamal. On December 28th, 2018, right after Christmas and my birthday, my precious grandmother passed away silently, in peace. I called her my best friend; she was always by my side. She was living with us, but at certain times, she would often stay in Canada with my aunts and uncle as well. Whenever my grandmother stayed with us, I would have the silliest yet unforgettable moments. I…

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4 Unique Ways to Remain Productive Working From HomePick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

You may be one month into working from home and wondering how you can remain productive or even improve your productivity. Working from home can naturally increase your productivity because you don’t have to worry about a commute. You can now put that time into focusing on the tasks at hand. Second, you may have a natural inclination to be more productive because fewer teammates are asking questions throughout the day.  This may be true.However, on the flip side, you…

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Use this Time to Look Inward as a Way to Manifest Creativity – Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self ImprovementPick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Many of us are finally settling into a place of acceptance about our new reality. One way to use your time while staying at home, sheltering-in-place, or under quarantine is to look inward and explore your emotions. Emotions define us, direct our actions, and express where we are in our spiritual evolution. Emotions affect our energy and make us human. The longer you’re socially isolated the more you’re forced to examine and question and react differently to views and conventions you’ve…

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3 Ways Small Businesses Can Gain Customer Trust Remotely – Productivity Article

‘The customer is king.’ Most of us have heard (and said) this many, many times. It’s also become the mantra of every business today. Personally, I like how Amazon founder Jeff Bezos talks about it: “We see our customers as invited guests to a party and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” Bezos hit the nail on the head.  If you look at the…

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The Ultimate Guide to Office Essentials for Working From Home • The Blonde Abroad – Lifestyle Article

Since I started blogging years ago, my office has always been wherever I’m at. Sometimes it was a hostel, my parents’ house, or elsewhere on the road. While my “office” has changed many times over the years—I now have a permanent space at home where I set to work.For me, creating this office space is crucial as it helps set the mood for getting things done.One of the biggest struggles of working from home is defining spaces and setting hours…

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Nine Buddhist Teachers Explain Suffering – Meditation Article

The Buddha said, “All I teach is suffering and the end of suffering.” Photo by David Gabriel Fischer. The Pali word dukkha is most commonly translated to English as “suffering.” Dukkha presents in an array of emotions — from happiness to despair. While counterintuitive, it is a central concept in the Buddha’s teachings. In these passages, adapted from longer teachings on Lion’s Roar, nine teachers explain what suffering is, how we feel it, and why it isn’t a condemnation — it’s…

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With Meditation We Can Remain Steady Through Any Storm – Meditation Article

  When we meditate it is good to remain as still as we possibly can and here’s why. Our physical stillness in meditation is a metaphor for not moving inwardly. In deep meditation we discover an inner stillness that is not an act of being still as much as it is a discovery of an aspect of ourselves that is always already still. In deep meditation, we find a place in ourselves that has never moved, is not moving now,…

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Digitally Adapting Recruitment and Onboarding to COVID-19 – Productivity Article

Has the COVID-19 pandemic thrown a wrench into how your business operates? Do you still have a large number of ‘essential’ roles to fill right now? Are your HR and operations teams on a time crunch to get these roles hired and onboarded so your business doesn’t lose momentum? Are you feeling overwhelmed and confused about where to start and what tools to use? You’re not alone. Most HR and operations teams are in the same boat.  If the coronavirus…

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3 Steps To Achieve Any Goal in your life – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Have you ever been inspired to reach a goal of some sort and ended up letting it all go before even starting? Have you ever wondered what would it mean to reach any goal in your life? Inside your heart, you get very excited about doing whatever it is you plan. And then your brain starts processing all the energy, devotion, effort, and time needed to actually reach this goal, that is when you give up and leave it all…

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Doodle Bot in Slack Gets AI-Powered Boost with Book it! – Productivity Article

In almost every company I’ve worked in over the last few years, there has always been one constant: Slack was the go-to internal communications platform. This is also the case for all of us who work at Doodle too. So if we need to check on project status updates, ask for materials and assets, announce new company and HR initiatives, or simply chat with fellow team members and colleagues, it’s all done on Slack. No one sends emails.  Remote work…

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5-step Formula to (Finally) Creating a Regular Meditation Habit – Meditation Article

Meditation is a desirable habit to cultivate. There are hundreds of scientific benefits associated with regular meditation, and it is a key life habit that also sparks a chain reaction for other good habits to take hold, such as: Quality sleep Enhanced mood Better relationships Increased self-awareness If you’ve been wanting to start a regular meditation practice that will create very visible, real and positive changes in your life, follow this 5-step formula. 5-Step Formula 1) Identify The best way to…

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Permission to Mourn Your Smallest Losses – Happiness Article

Today, my family and I would have been Italy-bound. Instead, we’re… home-bound.We’d been saving and planning for this trip for two years. We’d put hours into pinning down places to see, what order to see them in, where to stay, and even what we’d EAT. #foodloversuniteWe were so excited to see our family that’s living in northern Italy right now—including meeting a brand-new niece for the first time.And because we were lucky enough to do a trip like this two…

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How to Stay In Shape In Just 3 Easy Steps – Self Improvement Article

Whether you’re going through an enforced lockdown or having to report to work while navigating the dangers of a pandemic, the end result is stress on your physical and mental state. Just looking at the social media of friends of family, one can definitely see signs of stress-eating as a coping mechanism. Add to that missing your regular gym classes or walks in the park and the end result is additional inches of body fat and a slugging-feeling body to…

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14 Soothing Thoughts to Give Your Brain—Instead of Your Usual Stressful Ones – Happiness Article

As I write this, here in the U.S. we’re about four weeks into school closures and shelter-in-place ordinances for the COVID-19 pandemic.I don’t know about you, but I’m finding myself experiencing wide swings of emotion on the daily. To be honest, hourly.The Highs and Lows of COVID-19One hour, I’m SO incredibly grateful to have my family safe at home with me.The next hour, I’m feeling despair at, well… having my family (constantly) at home with me!One hour, I’m feeling a…

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Employer brand continuity in times of crisis – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Kellogg’s and Post were two American cereal companies leading the market in the US in the late 1920s. The idea of ready-to-eat cereal was still relatively underrated even though it had been around for years and was mainly the breakfast de jour of the early hipsters. When the Great Depression hit in the US and consumer demand was in flux, Post cut back on expenses. And one of the first things to go was advertising. Kellogg’s, however, doubled its ad…

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3 Tips for Communicating with COVID-19 Frontline Workers Remotely – Productivity Article

As a resident of Berlin, Germany and someone who’s worked remotely full-time for a few years in a previous role, I completely understand how stir crazy many folks are feeling these days. It’s one thing to choose to stay home and hibernate (because you chose to). But it’s another thing to be told by the government that you can’t leave your house, or if you do that you can’t be in a group of more than two people.  But then…

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Improv and the Art of Being Present – Meditation Article

  I have minimal experience acting or performing, and recently I pushed an edge of mine and took an 8-week class in improv comedy which culminated in a showcase performance. My personal goals with taking the class were to spend more time out of my analytical mind and be more fluid and let my natural silliness come out more. I didn’t quite realize how similar the teachings of improv would be to the teachings of meditation and mindfulness. You Already…

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A Recovery Guide for Overexerted Highly Sensitive People – Happiness Article

I know exactly what my breaking point feels like.Probably because I get there more often than most people.Over the years, I’ve noticed that I always describe it the same way (and usually not in the most collected voice).“It feels like THIS,” I say to my husband, while spreading out all of my fingers and pointing them in toward my shoulders and chest. I bounce my hands up and down a few inches while mimicking the sound you’d hear in a horror film,…

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Finding Flow to Escape Stuck-at-Home Captivity! – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“I kind of entered a flow state. I’ve been there before while climbing. You are not thinking ahead. You are just thinking about what is in front of you each second.” Aron Ralston            Feeling isolated or penned in like most of your fellow humans? While you can’t host a party or travel in this era of social distancing and quarantining, you can escape into your mind. When you find a state of flow, concerns and anxieties evaporate. In this subtle form of transcendence, you can…

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