The Effect of Your Environment, Part II

A Fine Mess

Albert Einstein is widely quoted as saying, “If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” If you’ve used his words to defend your own messy ways at school, work, or other parts of your life, you might be hard-wired for disorder. And that can be a good thing. Read more

The Effect of Your Environment

Dazed and Confused

Are your efforts to work at peak effectiveness at school or on the job being derailed by the clutter in your workspace? Try these quick and easy tips to organize your desk.

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Retrain Your Brain

Magnificent Obsession

“Healthy preoccupations,” say Eric Maisel, Ph.D., and Anne Maisel, “aren’t just for people driven to accomplish something out of the ordinary. They are for everyone.”  In their Psychology Today article Go Ahead, Obsess! written with Carlin Flora, they say, “In order to lead a life that makes you proud, you likely need to up the ante and get obsessed.” Read more

Prepping for Success

Smart Moves

Gearing up for a year of studying at university? These tips can steer you toward success!

Be open to new friendships.

“Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are at uni only to study and that clubs and societies are just a frivolous optional extra”, say Patricia McLean and Arthur Tatnall. In their book Studying Business at University: Everything You Need to Know, they explain, “Learning doesn’t happen only in lectures and (tutorials): the friends you make and the experiences of some of the non-study activities will be an important part of your professional growth.” Read more

Achieving Your Objectives

Become a Goal Medalist

Lots of resources are available to help you learn about goal setting. But few are as straightforward – or as applicable to every kind of real life situation – as the approach offered by MindTools.com, an extraordinary site which focuses on “Essential skills for an excellent career.”  In Personal Goal Setting, MindTools explains, “The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that would otherwise lure you from your course.” Read more