Well-being

Waste paper basket
Here are some very valid reasons why it's good to declutter our working and living environments.

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personal crisis
When you work for yourself, you don't have the luxury of an employer who steps in to cover for you or to take up some of the slack. So what do you when a personal crisis arises? Phil Astley shares some tips to help you get through the worst patch, and helps you and your business to come out the better for it.

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Saying no
There's much emphasis today on saying yes - and rightly so. However there are times when it makes sense to say no - or at least not now. As a manager, it is essential you keep in mind the long term picture - although there are many examples of people later regretting saying no. But examples of people saying no when that turns out to be the right decision might get less publicity, but are far from rare.

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How well do your business goals and your life goals match up? This week's guaranteed-under-two-minute-read has tips to help make sure you know which direction you want to be headed in, and tools to help you get there. Plus, there's a little tale which could make a big difference to how you relate to your customers.

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How to break out of the work rut
Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, what comes next is up to us. It's so easy, as seasons change, to drift along, losing sight of what's important - both to us and to our business. Spring is here - and Christmas is in sight. Why not just cruise? Even when you value work / life balance, you really can give more to your business and life by keeping things interesting.

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Are you feeling like the happiness factor has disappeared at work? And productivity, efficiency and absenteeism are taking a real hit? Yolanda Cholmondeley-Smith points out eight steps you can take to make a difference.

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Necktie
You finally made the gutsy move to run your own business. You are the boss, you make the decisions, right? Not necessarily, there is always some bully who will try and throw you off your throne. Here is how to deal with them.

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Running a home business or small enterprise can be very rewarding. It can also be isolating and stressful, and it's all too easy to neglect your own professional development when the work is coming in. Make sure you don't fall into this trap!

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Destructive ways of thinking are not helpful
All too often, we get ourselves into thought patterns that don't actually help us achieve and progress. Janet Lapp identifies five destructive ways we talk to ourselves, and she explains how to replace these with positive thinking.

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Busienessman showing resilience
Resilience is critical if you want your business to survive and grow. An unplanned "aha!" leaves Eileen McDargh reflecting on four key actions which will boost your ability to get back up and carry on when you need to.

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Jumping the hurdle
If you feel out of control over the circumstances in your life, you need to choose to believe in yourself and in the ultimate goodness of life, says Marian Kerr. She shows you how to make a start

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Every cloud has a silver lining
When you hear or see these words, Determination, Persistence, Courage and Adversity; what triggers in your mind? What do they mean to you? Brent Frewen draws inspiration and shares it with you.

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Home office
Running your own business from home can be fun and fulfulling, but what do you do when the cabin fever finally gets to you?

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Are you achieving what you want to achieve in your life? Clare Mann says it all comes down to articulating your dream

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psychic intuition business meditation
We are all intuitive, every one of us – we are born with it. Using our intuition comes naturally to some of us. Just like the muscles we are born with, the more we use them, the stronger and more useful they grow. Each of us has our own unique personal style of accessing and expressing our intuition.

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Conflict resolution
We often think of conflict as being destructive, but if we are able to embrace it and see the opportunities it brings, we can learn to appreciate the constructive and positive insights it is there to teach us.

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In a tighter economy we are all generally looking for a way to lower costs - and those insurance premiums seem to be costing a bit. Stuart Wills explains what you need to consider when deciding if you are getting value for money.

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Cat sleeping in a drawer
There is one perk a small business enjoys that is often forgotten: small business owners can have workplace pets without needing approval from management. Claudia Disney argues there are benefits to having animals in the office.

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Chimpanzee
Civilization: a big word that describes our society. We are regarded as civilized, a society moving forward and improving the world. But are we really? Claudia Disney has some advice for over-stressed business owners.

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Tell me, how many excuses can you think of not to exercise? I stopped when I got to excuse 100, and decided to do something about it: I didn't want to be overweight anymore, I didn't want to feel tired all the time, I wanted my life back. This is how I got motivated.

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