Cravings and Productivity

Cravings and Productivity

Surprisingly enough, these “cravings” I’m talking about are our habits and routines – the good habits like brushing our teeth, and the bad habits like watching TV for hours at a time!

We all know that in order to meet our goals, to improve the circumstances of lives, and to achieve our dreams we need to make changes.

The problem with making changes is that the human mind is hard wired to fight against changing habits and routines. There is a smooth biochemical efficiency when our bodies run on “automatic pilot.”  Habitual actions and thoughts save time, they require less body/brain fuel – glucose – and therefore, we unconsciously “crave” our habits! They save us energy, time and effort. They make life a LOT easier! read more…

Defense Mechanisms and Productivity

Defense Mechanisms and Productivity

Think about the last time you looked at a stack of unpaid bills, or a pile of dirty dishes, or an inbox bursting with unread and unanswered emails.

Maybe I’m psychic … but I’m guessing those aren’t very pleasant memories, are they?

Nevertheless I’m asking you to think carefully…because it’s important. How precisely did you feel? What exactly was going on in your mind?

The answers to those questions hold the keys to getting control of the situation – to ending the clutter, the overwhelm and the self-blame. read more…

Exercise Helps You Focus, Follow-through, and Feel Good!

Exercise Helps You Focus, Follow-through, and Feel Good!

“A bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin.”

– Dr. John Ratey

And Dr. Ratey ought to know! The illustrious neuropsychiatrist from Harvard Medical School is the author with Dr. Ned Hallowell of the “Driven to Distraction” series and is one of the world’s leading authorities on the brain-fitness connection!

Exercise elevates your mood – which antidepressants such as Prozac do – and improves attention and concentration – which Ritalin does.

More and more professionals are recommending exercise as a treatment for mood and attention-related challenges of all kinds, particularly challenges such as ADHD, depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. read more…

Organized for Life!!

Organized for Life!!

When you look around your home, or office, or car…how do you feel inside –

Depressed?

Anxious?

…  or Satisfied?

Does it seem that getting organized and clearing the clutter is an impossible dream, never to be? Take heart! You can get organized when you take it step by step and focus on a powerful and effective process. read more…

Productivity Boosting Diet Tips

Productivity Boosting Diet Tips

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”

– Ann Wigmore, natural food advocate

My mom was a nutritionist, so I grew up learning about “eating healthy.” Of course back when I was a child, the ideas about what constituted healthy eating were a lot different than they are today! But nutrition is still one of my interests!

One of the most important things you can do for your brain, and your life is to make informed choices about your diet. Taking charge of your diet is one of the most potent ways you can change your life!

You need to carefully monitor your reactions so you know which foods are giving you more energy, mental clarity, and peace of mind and which are making you foggy-headed, depressed, and miserable. read more…

Resilient People Are More Productive

Resilient People Are More Productive

Have you ever read the story, The Little Engine That Could?

A heavy train needed to be pulled over a tall mountain. The big engines refused to take on the job, but the little engine decided to take on the challenge.

Why did the little engine take on such a huge job? In her own words, “I think I can, I think I can.

The going was rough, at points the Little Engine faltered, but she ultimately pulled the train over the mountain. As she rolled along down the other side, she was heard to say, “I thought I could, I thought I could.” read more…

Self-efficacy Regulates Productivity

Self-efficacy Regulates Productivity

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

– Ayn Rand

The term “self-efficacy” has always excited me! It means knowing that you can “get the job done” in your life.

What I find exciting is the thought that what I do matters; the thought that I can create the results I want; that I don’t need “luck” or “timing” or “permission” – I just need “me.”

The knowledge that I can control my motivation, my behavior, and my outcomes keeps me going when times are hard. So, why did I write about self-efficacy today? read more…

Strategies for Getting Started on Any Task

Strategies for Getting Started on Any Task

How do we get started when we have a task we want to – or need to – complete?  Well, the hardest part is getting started. Once we actually get started, it’s a lot easier to keep going.

But oh, my goodness! Getting started can really suck sometimes, can’t it!!

It’s a lot easier to get going when you “set the bar low” and here’s what I mean by that. The principle is to set small, very achievable goals, and chain them together, one after the other. read more…

Carbs and Mental Clarity

Carbs and Mental Clarity

Everything we consume has an intimate connection with how our bodies function – you can’t get away from that eternal truth! Nothing in the world will completely reverse the negative effects of a “horrible” diet. Nothing.

No one understands that better than I do.

When I was 29 years old I had a complete immune system breakdown. I developed so many severe health problems that I couldn’t leave the house for 5 years…I couldn’t work for 10 years. read more…

Better Sleep Means Greater Productivity

Better Sleep Means Greater Productivity

Everyone and every “body” is unique. Finding the right combination of approaches is the key in discovering how to get to sleep if you have sleep challenges!

Are you dealing with any of these sleep issues:

  • difficulty falling asleep at night,
  • struggling to wake up in the morning and
  • trouble remaining alert during the day.
  • Many also struggle with sleep-related disorders such as restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy.

read more…

Boost Productivity By Mastering the “Habit Loop”

Boost Productivity By Mastering the “Habit Loop”

Last week I boldly claimed that,

“…if we want to achieve meaningful goals, we need to learn how to navigate the turbulent waters of “change”!”

The problem with making changes is that the human mind is hard wired to fight against changing habits and routines. There is a smooth biochemical efficiency when our bodies run on “automatic pilot” that saves precious mental and physical energy. But, changing your habits is the key to getting control of your life!

Let’s first slow down for a moment and answer the question, “Hey, Kari! Why are we talking about habits? I’m having trouble getting work done, I’m having trouble being on time, I can’t seem to get organized! What the heck do ‘habits’ have to do with the things I’m struggling with? I want to follow through, I want to be on time, I want to be neat and organized. What does that have to do with my habits?” read more…

Clutter and Productivity – Some Objects Just Refuse to Leave!

Clutter and Productivity – Some Objects Just Refuse to Leave!

Did you read my article last week about getting and staying organized using a powerful, proven process? I hope so. And I hope you’ve started to put a new habit in place to tame the clutter that is tormenting you! You can read that article here if you missed it!

Are you starting to see clarity in your surroundings yet? Even just one surface that was previously hidden from view beginning to come into its own and shine forth is great progress!

Today’s post is going to help you evict those stubborn objects that, no matter how hard you try, just won’t let you remove them from your physical space!

When you come up against a challenge such as this, there is something more beneath the surface. Until you get to the root of the reason that those objects won’t budge, you won’t be able to reclaim the part of your environment they’re camped out in. read more…

Control Defense Mechanisms and Boost Your Productivity!

Control Defense Mechanisms and Boost Your Productivity!

Did you know that only about 5 – 10% of our decisions are actually made by our conscious mind? The rest of our decisions are being made by our subconscious and unconscious minds!

I don’t know about you, but that makes me think – and think hard – about what’s going on automatically in my brain!

I like to think I’m “driving my bus” toward what matters to me, towards exactly what I want to keep in my memory bank of successes, and who I want to become and leave as my legacy.

In part one of this post we talked about how subconscious defense mechanisms can sabotage your life and cause physical reactions that wreck your productivity! read more…