Habits of highly effective people 

How often have you noticed that you have been working for the sake of working rather than being really productive? Facetime in the office, constant coffee breaks or long over hours don’t make us more productive. They just stop us from developing a holistic view of the entire picture. If you believe it is time to boost your efficiency read our top 3 favourite habits to be more focused and optimize your time:

  1. Write down every day your top priority of the day. 1-2 things that need to be completed by the end of the day. This helps you prioritize your daily tasks and feel good when you completed them. The rest can wait.
  2. Deactivate your constant email synchronization. Only open the emails at certain points of the day. This helps you focus and not get constantly distracted with every new email coming in. Nina tried it out and says it has changed her life!
  3. Quantify the consequence of possible decisions or errors into numbers. Ask yourself what can happen if you are not available for an entire afternoon. Is it really the end of the world? Or if you got a customer complaint. Instead of feeling extremely stressed try to step back and take an analytical approach. Most mistakes we do can be fixed with a follow up call or will cost you under 100 EUR to fix. Being aware of this will change your life 😉

In a world that gets more and more connected and stressful it is important to set the priorities right. Books such as the “four hour week”, The “E-Myth” and “the hard things about hard things” are highly recommended to those of you who would like to optimize their precious time and become more efficient and productive. Success!

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Happy International Women’s Day!

On March 8 the International Women’s Day is celebrated to felicitate women and their achievements but also to remind us that much more has to be done.

Organisations funding school education for girls, political actions all over the world and global movements such as “lean in” have recently raised a lot of attention to gender inequality. However, it will take much more until we can speak of an equal world for women and men. According to the statistics of the European Union „in 2015, women’s gross hourly earnings were on average 16.3 % below those of men in the European Union (EU-28) and 16.8% in the euro area (EA-19). Across Member States, the gender pay gap varied by 21 percentage points, ranging from 5.5 % in Italy and Luxembourg to 26.9 % in Estonia“ (Source: Eurostat).

To change this gender gap we should support other women and think how we can be role models for our society. In the words of Malala Yousafzai: “Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world.”

This video shows how you can teach your daughters that they can be everything they want and achieve anything they want from – despite being a woman. And all it takes is reading them out a children story with female role models 🙂

Link: https://www.facebook.com/rebelgirls/videos/1596694693691853/?autoplay_reason=all_page_organic_allowed&video_container_type=0&video_creator_product_type=0&app_id=273465416184080&live_video_guests=0

Cheers to us and our future 🙂

Nina & Ilaria

 

(Picture source: http://www.boredpanda.com/inspirational-quotes-womens-day/)