Use technology for good, not evil

Technology. It’s quite incredible when you think about what a major impact it has had on our work and our life over the past decade. It’s opened up communication lines, given us social media, allowed us to have access to emails on the go and so much more. But the question is, are we letting technology control us and is it having a negative impact on our lives? If you look around, you’ll see someone on a phone, another typing away on a laptop and someone else plugged in listening to a podcast. Technology is everywhere and it’s letting us live more flexible, mobile lives. But why do leaders still see their employees being tied to a desk as a sign of being productive? The pressure to be seen working from your office desk is still alive and well, even with the increase talk of work–life integration and flexibility in the workplace.

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How to build a life like an athlete

Athletes. They eat well, they train hard and they have great energy levels. There are so many things we can learn from the way athletes live their lives.

At Next Evolution Performance, we talk about the term ‘energy credits’. Generally, everyone should wake up with 100 energy credits every day (assuming that we’re in good health and get a good nights sleep). These energy credits are spent throughout the day in each activity we do, and athletes are particularly good are managing their energy to ensure they’re performing at their best.

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The secret benefits of stress

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know there’s a strong emphasis these days on how stressed out we are as a nation, and recent research has reflected this fact.

In 2014 a study by the Australian Psychological Society found that 64% of Australians reported that stress was having at least some impact on their mental health.

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It’s time to kill the ‘Time Management’ concept

Managing time effectively has long been drilled into us since high school. If all the things on your to-do list aren’t crossed off by 5pm, it’s put down to poor time management skills — and if, by the afternoon your brain can’t handle anything other than cat videos on Youtube — your concentration skills are rubbish.

But what if this whole idea of time management and concentration was wrong?

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Using your fast pace to increase productivity through distractions

You’ve probably lost count on how many times you’ve heard that to be productive you need to focus for longer, and eliminate distractions. The internet is bursting with tips, tricks and hacks on how to reduce the distractions in your life, from to do lists, encouraging yoga practice, exercising before work, and becoming a morning person.

These strategies might work for some people, but for others it might cause more stress and the endless to do lists and post it notes may be a complete waste of energy.

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