If someone asked us what would really make us happy, we would likely say, to be on vacation in a hammock. No stress, no to-do’es.
But that's not the whole picture.
Studies done by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and described in his book “Flow” showed us that our best moments are when we have to concentrate fully to do something that we find hard, but important.
We as humans need to feel productive to be happy.
But it’s not enough to feel productive, we also have to be able to get i…
Imagine you were able to change your smartphone behaviour - change it in the way that you were happy with. In a way where you keep using your smartphone, just that you are now in control.
Imagine feeling satisfied in the knowledge that you did all this - yourself. Of course, with some help from our online program - but ultimately you did it yourself. How would that feel? It would probably feel good. Maybe even really good.
Self-efficacy is the confidence or belief in your abilitie…
How do you accurately measure productivity? It’s hard.
In our work today we wouldn’t even know what we would measure, because so many people work together in creating a product or service.
However, this doesn’t stop us from trying to look as productive as possible.
👉 Answering emails and I.M’s within minutes
👉 Answering on weekends and in the evening
Being constantly available, constantly connected is a very tempting strategy because it’s often the only way your co-workers can t…
Don't follow your heart. Well not when it comes to your smartphone,
What kind of relationship do you have with your smartphone?
It’s almost as if it were an important person in our lives. It comes everywhere with us.
It can connect us, comfort us. It knows a lot about us.
It's a lot like a relationship.
👉 But is it a balanced relationship?
👉 Does it do what is best for you?
👉 Or does it just want you to want it?
Of course the smartphone is not a person but it’s fascinating to see what an…
Most of us multitask our way through work. Jumping from meeting to meeting - task to task.
But if you want to be efficient this could be a problem.
Because even though the meeting has officially ended and you are off to do something else, the meeting still lingers in your awareness as attention residue. Its as if you are still filing away the information from the previous meeting. In essence, this takes away from your ability to focus fully on your next task.
This has less impact if you hav…
If you have read "Deep Work" by Cal Newport you are most likely interested in learning how to work in a more focused way.
In fact what Newport concludes is that the core abilities we need to succeed today is:
1. The ability to learn complex things
2. The ability to produce both fast and in top quality.
The way we do this, Newport concludes, is by being fully concentrated.
I love this idea- and I do feel so strongly about it. But I also remember a time where, as much as I liked the idea, I …
You probably feel that you are less effective on days where you are constantly interrupted by phone calls or texts.
But even if you don’t use your phone at work, spending a lot of time on your smartphone outside of work will affect your ability to focus.
Spending hours everyday surfing different apps, answering texts teaches your brain that if it feels the least bit bored it should seek something new and interesting instead of staying on task.
This means that what you do outside of work aff…
If you are addicted to your smartphone you are more likely to make poor decisions in ambiguous situations. This means that when presented with a choice, where the risks are not clear, you are more likely to emphasise the reward (the gain) and overlook or downplay the negative consequences.
This is what Brazilian researchers found in a recent study with smartphone addicted students.
How does this look in a daily situation? Imagine you are at lunch with your colleagues. You haven’t spoken to the…
Can you spot the difference?
Between these two.
One is a multipurpose tool and the other one is an addictive device.
I have a few Swiss army knives, because they are such versatile tools. Whenever I need to slice an apple, tighten a loose screw or even pull a splinter out of my finger I reach for them. This knife is in my office.
But I don’t carry them everywhere with me.
My smartphone on the other hand comes everywhere with me. It’s also a pretty versatile tool. The problem is I don’…
ladies and gentlemen. That’s what your smartphone says to you, isn’t it? Mine does that. It’s not always loud, but it’s very convincing.
Last week my screen time stats told me I used my phone for 28 hours. About five hours was for navigating and listening to music so pretty much running in the background. That means 23 hours my phone had my attention in the week. Was it worth it, giving it all my attention?
Well there’s two sides to this. I think where I consciously chose to…