BEING PROACTIVE

One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we’re idling in front of our computer screens“. – Joshua Foer

When something is bugging us we’ll naturally put our energy on all of the things we can’t control. Being proactive and placing energy onto our attitudes and actions will influence the outcome though. And because 98% of us are natural procrastinators the only way forward is to take action – even the tiniest step forward has an impact.

What sort of routines do you have in your day that help you do your best at each moment? Whether that’s an app to track exercise or planning a project, today – focus on automating routines to help you work at your best.

The same resolutions every year — get more sleep, eat healthier — we know the drill. Let these talks inspire you to keep with those goals and perhaps add a few more to your list too.

Being Proactive Worksheets

Wheel of Life Exercise
Wheel of Life Exercise

The eight sections in the Wheel of Life are one way of representing a whole life – there’s also a blank template on the next page so you can use your own segment headings.

Proactive Steps Exercise
Proactive Steps Exercise

You should find that this exercise leads to some immediate proactive behaviour that will impact the situation you are dealing with and also make you feel much better about it.

Make your own luck
Make your own luck

Things do not come to fruition just because you really, really want them to happen. You have to make them happen.

8 ways to stay proactive
8 ways to stay proactive

It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor there is one thing we all have in common. Its what we call ‘poverty mindsets”.

More Being Proactive Resources

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating 

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If you are reading this, then it’s likely you may be procrastinating.  Maybe you don’t have a procrastination problem as much as you have a work problem. Here’s 5 ways to get yourself doing the work that needs to be done.

10 Steps to Being Proactive

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Being proactive is a way of feeling more in control of our lives and of our futures.  In a world that can seem out of control, proactivity is essential because proactive people waste no energy worrying about matters over which they have no control.

Take a look at some of our specially curated TED talks and other video resources that have links with being proactive. Whilst you’re here why not also sign up for our Daily Tips – a quote on one of the 7 skills, tip and relevant video clip straight into your inbox each morning – perfect on your commute. 

Secrets to understanding life
Secrets to understanding life

From work and happiness, to love and success (and everything else in between), these talks offer insights on some of life’s biggest secrets.

16 TED Talks that are perfect for procrastination
16 TED Talks that are perfect for procrastination

This post is partially inspired by this Reddit user, who asked for great talks to get him/her over the desire to procrastinate. But we say: what’s the fun in that? Though do check out the thread for ideas, as some good talks are suggested.

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

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