Fight for your focus

“Information is power” Or is it?   How much information do you receive during a work day?  Is it empowering or overwhelming? In my last corporate role, I received over 70 emails per day.  As the leader of an international team that covered every time zone from New Zealand to New York, I felt a sense of duty to read all of them, in case I missed something that was important.  I realised this was a problem because I spent the day working with my team and early mornings and late evenings reading and responding to emails. I was exhausted. Technology…

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Why working harder is not good for you or your career

Often when we hear stories of successful people, we hear about the hard work they put in to get there. We’re told of the many hours they spend each day, doing what they need to do, and the sacrifices they need to make. It’s a work ethic many subscribe to, and in fact, many see as a virtuous quality, something to aspire to and to become. Our definition of success is tied up with “putting in” the hours.  Many of us also have a natural bias towards action. We find it difficult to just be, with ourselves, our loved ones…

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How to get a sense of achievement from each day

Think about a day where you finished it with a sense of satisfaction that everything on the task list is completed. How often does that happen? If you are like many people, not often enough. More often than not, you are feeling drained and exhausted but not sure why. Why is it that in a world which is filled with ways in which to complete tasks faster, people are feeling overscheduled, overcommitted and overstretched? It seems almost popular to be in a state of busyness than to be seen to be doing ‘nothing’. Yet research is showing that it’s stopping…

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ABC News Interview: Productivity

When Canadian entrepreneur Andrew Wilkinson made headlines for his ‘not to do list‘, ABC News asked Repa Patel to provide her perspective on productivity. Repa appeared on air to share her experiences with time management and provide inside tips on how reflection is the key to productivity. View the full interview below, first aired on ABC News in 2017.

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