Procrastination and the art of dodging work

It certainly makes sense to prioritize your tasks and skip work that offers little overall value. But failing to fulfil commitments won't get you ahead

Procrastination and the art of dodging workI had a hard time writing this article. I’m not sure if it was fatigue or laziness, but I procrastinated even sitting down at the computer until almost the last minute. I had excuses, distractions, a nap and a few squirrels to chase on social media. I even saw something that said Bill Gates, or…

Understanding what causes stress and how to handle it

Ask yourself (and maybe someone close to you) the following questions to get a better understanding of what causes it and how to handle it

Understanding what causes stress and how to handle itStress afflicts us all and is a common precursor to mental distress. While there is plenty of good advice about how to manage stress, I don’t think we spend enough time talking about how to anticipate, and avoid, it. It starts with self-awareness. What is your stress profile? How each of us responds to stress…

The secret to living a pressure-free life

How your state of mind can influence everything around you, and tips that will help you find and achieve the right balance

The secret to living a pressure-free lifeDecluttering your life and being at ease with yourself has more to do with your mind than your environment. Over the years, I've voraciously consumed articles and watched programs about creating a stress-free life through decluttering. For example, they say most of us wear only 20 per cent of our wardrobe – the rest we'll fit…

Workplace financial stress costs economy $16B a year: survey

Workplace financial stress costs economy $16B a year: surveyFinancial stress in the workplace is costing the Canadian economy close to $16 billion a year in lost productivity –and that’s a very conservative estimate, says a survey released on Wednesday by the Canadian Payroll Association. The association's 2019 National Payroll Week Survey of Employed Canadians found that 43 per cent of workers are so…

Money can’t buy happiness, yet we keep chasing it

Will more money mean we sleep better at night, spend more time with friends and family, or contribute more to society?

Money can’t buy happiness, yet we keep chasing itThere’s a story told that about a financial planner who was on holidays in Mexico. He was walking along the beach when he came to a fisherman sitting on a wharf, his feet hanging off the edge as he played guitar. “Is that your boat?” the planner asked the fisherman. “It is,” he replied. They…

Compassion and acceptance pave the way for a better life

But before we find compassion for others, we need firm personal boundaries and strong self-respect

Compassion and acceptance pave the way for a better lifeCompassionate people are happy people, and compassionate people understand that everyone is simply doing their best. They acknowledge there are those who do rotten things to each other, but we have no idea of the internal torment these individuals struggle with. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t have rules in our society or that…

Business traumatic stress disorder is real and devastating

Business leaders are often under extraordinary stress and they need support and counselling

Business traumatic stress disorder is real and devastatingOver the years, I’ve worked with a number of business leaders who have had breakdowns from the stress of owning or running a business or organization. The symptoms they’ve exhibited are very similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, it’s very unlikely that a psychiatrist or psychologist would give them a diagnosis of PTSD. PTSD…

Caregivers mustn’t be afraid to ask for help

While care for those we love creates meaningful experiences, it can also lead to exhaustion, isolation and burnout. We need to welcome help

Caregivers mustn’t be afraid to ask for helpCanada’s 8.1 million natural caregivers frequently hear their friends, family, neighbours and co-workers say, “Don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to help.” The automatic verbal response from the caregiver if often a grateful, “Sure, will do.” But that rarely happens. Instead there’s hesitance, reluctance or even a refusal…
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