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Meaning and Flow - Why you haven't found your purpose (yet)

5 reasons you haven't found your purpose (yet

Feeling frustrated because you haven't found your purpose? Discover 5 roadblocks getting in the way of finding your purpose (and what you can do).

Meaning and Flow - Stay organized with a personal research database Windows and Linux alternatives to DEVONthink

Stay organized with a personal research database: Windows and Linux alternatives to DEVONthink

Index cards can be an incredibly useful way to organize your thoughts. You can break every idea or piece of information down into bite-size chunks, then re-arrange them until everything flows perfectly. Whether you’re planning a presentation, coming up with a research plan, studying, trying to remember things you’ve read, designing a collaborative project, or organizing content for a course, index cards (or post-it notes) are an incredibly valuable tool. Sometimes, using physical index…

Keep your thoughts organized with index card software

Index cards can be an incredibly useful way to organize your thoughts. You can break every idea or piece of information down into bite-size chunks, then re-arrange them until everything flows perfectly. Whether you’re planning a presentation, coming up with a research plan, studying, trying to remember things you’ve read, designing a collaborative project, or organizing content for a course, index cards (or post-it notes) are an incredibly valuable tool. Sometimes, using physical index…

Even though article after article after study shows that we’re less productive when we work in open offices, the majority of workplaces today are unfortunately still designed as noisy and distraction-prone. If you need to focus and get work done at the office, it can be challenging with the sound of conversations at the cubicle next to you, the whirr of the photocopier and the general hubub going all around you. If you’re not lucky enough to have your own office door that you can close, try…

Trying to concentrate in a noisy, busy office? These apps can help you focus

Why purpose makes you more productive | Meaning and Flow

Why "Meaning and Flow"? The story behind my company name

Why purpose makes you more productive

Why working remotely boosts your motivation | MeaningandFlow.com | "So if you feel like you always manage to get more done when you're working from home? You're not imagining it. Boosting your autonomy increases your motivation and productivity." #work #telecommute #productivity #career

Why working remotely boosts your motivation | MeaningandFlow.com | "So if you feel like you always manage to get more done when you're working from home? You're not imagining it. Boosting your autonomy increases your motivation and productivity." #work #telecommute #productivity #career

I named my company Meaning and Flow because I wanted help improve personal productivity specifically from the perspective of purposeful, meaningful work.

Why "Meaning and Flow"? The story behind my company name

I named my company Meaning and Flow because I wanted help improve personal productivity specifically from the perspective of purposeful, meaningful work.

When lunch time rolls around, it can feel simplest just to grab your lunch from the office fridge, sit at your desk, and work on emptying your inbox. If you’re on top of your email, you might scroll through your Facebook feed. But you spend your whole work day staring at a screen. On your next lunch break, give yourself a real break: get out of the office and try one of these seven energizing ideas that will leave you invigorated for the afternoon. See a show A few enterprising theatre…

7 energizing ways to spend your lunch break (instead of cleaning out your inbox or checking Facebook

When lunch time rolls around, it can feel simplest just to grab your lunch from the office fridge, sit at your desk, and work on emptying your inbox. If you’re on top of your email, you might scroll through your Facebook feed. But you spend your whole work day staring at a screen. On your next lunch break, give yourself a real break: get out of the office and try one of these seven energizing ideas that will leave you invigorated for the afternoon. See a show A few enterprising theatre…

Why is is that the more we want to succeed with a given task or project, the harder it is to get started? Or, if we do manage to start, the harder it is to decide that it’s good enough? High achievers, who are devoted to creating excellent work, often suffer from debilitating levels of perfectionism. It seems like a terrible catch-22. The more you care about a doing a project well, the harder it is to actually get it done. If you’re spinning your wheels in the mud of perfectionism, try…

Three ways to stop perfectionism from getting in the way of your productivity

Why is is that the more we want to succeed with a given task or project, the harder it is to get started? Or, if we do manage to start, the harder it is to decide that it’s good enough? High achievers, who are devoted to creating excellent work, often suffer from debilitating levels of perfectionism. It seems like a terrible catch-22. The more you care about a doing a project well, the harder it is to actually get it done. If you’re spinning your wheels in the mud of perfectionism, try…

Five ways to be your own executive assistant | MeaningandFlow.com | "Wouldn't it be amazing if you had your own executive assistant? Imagine how much you could get done if you had a powerful, talented EA who could take some tasks off your plate." #organized #productive #worklife #career #apps

Five ways to be your own executive assistant

Five ways to be your own executive assistant | MeaningandFlow.com | "Wouldn't it be amazing if you had your own executive assistant? Imagine how much you could get done if you had a powerful, talented EA who could take some tasks off your plate." #organized #productive #worklife #career #apps

Ask yourself this question to feel happier at work | MeaningandFlow.com | "If you're feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, and struggling to make it through another week, you need to carve out a quiet moment to ask yourself this question." #work #career #happiness #purpose #meaning

Ask yourself this question to feel happier at work

Ask yourself this question to feel happier at work | MeaningandFlow.com | "If you're feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, and struggling to make it through another week, you need to carve out a quiet moment to ask yourself this question." #work #career #happiness #purpose #meaning

Want to be an amazing manager? Do this every Friday | MeaningandFlow.com | "One of the best managers I've ever worked with had a secret weapon for making his staff love working with him." #management #leadership #routines #productivity

Want to be an amazing manager? Do this every Friday | MeaningandFlow.com | "One of the best managers I've ever worked with had a secret weapon for making his staff love working with him." #management #leadership #routines #productivity

Harness your secret power: start working from your strengths | MeaningandFlow.com | "We all tend to underestimate the things that we're the best at: since they come easily to us, we think they're of little value to the world. But this is a significant mistake." #work #success #career #productivity

Harness your secret power: start working from your strengths

Harness your secret power: start working from your strengths | MeaningandFlow.com | "We all tend to underestimate the things that we're the best at: since they come easily to us, we think they're of little value to the world. But this is a significant mistake." #work #success #career #productivity

Feel free to shut your door | MeaningandFlow.com | "If you've been given an office, this means that you have the type of work that needs to have unbroken concentration to be properly accomplished." #work #career #focus #gtd

Feel free to shut your door

Feel free to shut your door | MeaningandFlow.com | "If you've been given an office, this means that you have the type of work that needs to have unbroken concentration to be properly accomplished." #work #career #focus #gtd

Are you pushing your most important work to the margins? | MeaningandFlow.com | "Why do we settle for using the most productive, energetic hours of our day-- those ones we dedicate to being at the office-- on pointless tasks? Why do we save the big things for the margins of our day, when we're tired, worn out, and not at our best?" #productivity #worklifebalance #career #happiness

Stop pushing your most important work to the margins

Are you pushing your most important work to the margins? | MeaningandFlow.com | "Why do we settle for using the most productive, energetic hours of our day-- those ones we dedicate to being at the office-- on pointless tasks? Why do we save the big things for the margins of our day, when we're tired, worn out, and not at our best?" #productivity #worklifebalance #career #happiness

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