Time & Stress Management

The Perfectionist’s Dilemma: How to Get More Done in Less Time without Lowering Your Standards

I used to be proud of the study system I’d created to achieve mostly A’s in school. But later, I realized that this same thorough approach did not ensure success at work. This came to bear one day when my boss stopped by my desk about 15 minutes before a meeting. We’d been discussing one of my ideas earlier and he asked if I could mention it to our CEO when the meeting was over. With only a few minutes available, I quickly typed up a concise outline of my thought process so I could be clear, printed it – and ran to the meeting.

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How to Change a Negative Behavior Pattern

At Nahid Coaching & Mentoring, one key lesson we keep coming back to is around negative behavior patterns and how they are often driven by a deeper negative belief system. For example, procrastination might be the result of a set of beliefs ranging from, “I do my best work under deadline pressure” to “I don’t have what it takes to do a good job right now” or “other people are not allowing me the time I need to get this done”. On the surface these might sound like lame excuses, but a pattern of procrastination can be very hard to escape, creating a feeling of being trapped in the habit. Regardless of how lame the “excuses” may sound, they are often real enough to control one’s behavior.

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How to Say No with Class

Establishing boundaries on your time is critical so that you can prioritize and stay focused on what’s most important to you. But if you hate disappointing people, saying “no” can be a real challenge. Believe it or not, it is possible to refuse requests with grace. In fact, you can even empower the requester in the process! Mastering this skill will give you the time and energy you need to achieve what you really want. Here are some pointers to get you started.

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