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The Now Habit at Work: Perform Optimally, Maintain Focus, and Ignite Motivation in Yourself and Other

Book Description

Increase productivity, efficiency, and full-brain power when you apply Now Habit strategies to your business

What if working harder, stressing more, and putting in more hours aren't the secret to success? What if truly effective managers, entrepreneurs, and businesspeople simply use more of their brain to make creative decisions, work in the zone, and live more fully in the process?

The Now Habit at Work gives you a hands-on manual enabling the resilience and focus of champions-the ability to bounce back from set-backs, to believe in yourself, and focus on solving problems rather than seeing only obstacles. This one-of-a-kind program offers

  • Tools to enable superior quality work that creates work-life balance

  • Strategies to maintain focus and self-confidence

  • Tips to conquer stress through effective time management and goal setting

  • Daily exercises to ignite motivation in yourself and others to tackle projects with creativity and ease

Filled with practical examples that are throroughly tested and easy to implement, The Now Habit at Work will have you increasing your mindfulness while reforming old habits and reducing your stress. You'll be amazed at how soon your new habits will be inspiring and motivating those around you to new levels of productivity!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Introduction
    1. Your Choice: Work Effectively or Just Work Harder
    2. Unique for Business Readers
    3. Early Lessons of a Young Entrepreneur
    4. Unleashing Your True Potential
    5. Time Management Quiz
      1. Scoring
    6. To Improve Time Management and Goal Achievement
  3. 1. The Seven Essential Strategies
    1. 1.1. The Seven Essential Strategies
    2. 1.2. Principle One
    3. 1.3. Principle Two
    4. 1.4. Principle Three
    5. 1.5. Principle Four
    6. 1.6. Principle Five
    7. 1.7. Principle Six
      1. 1.7.1. An Exercise
        1. 1.7.1.1. Part 1
        2. 1.7.1.2. Part 2
    8. 1.8. Principle Seven
  4. 2. Time and Life Management
    1. 2.1. Set Time Limits to Be Efficient
    2. 2.2. Get Things Started—Immediately
    3. 2.3. Just Keep Starting
    4. 2.4. Manage Your To Do List
      1. 2.4.1. Beware of Having to Get Things Done
      2. 2.4.2. Create Alternative To Do Lists
        1. 2.4.2.1. Personal Life
        2. 2.4.2.2. Top-Priority Projects
        3. 2.4.2.3. Low-Priority Tasks
        4. 2.4.2.4. Free Time/Procrastination List
        5. 2.4.2.5. Use Your Schedule to Record Commitments
    5. 2.5. Use Deadlines to Create a Three- and Four-Dimensional Path Back to When You Start
    6. 2.6. Get Feedback Early to Overcome Perfectionism
      1. 2.6.1. Perfectionist's Myth
    7. 2.7. Tips for Making More Time
  5. 3. The Language of Effective Self-Management
    1. 3.1. Choose to Be Where You Are. Choose Reality
    2. 3.2. Choose Your Job Every Day
      1. 3.2.1. Plan Your Escape
    3. 3.3. Choice Can Change Your Attitude and Your Behavior
    4. 3.4. Watch Your Language: Push or Pull Motivation
    5. 3.5. Which Is More Effective: Asking "Why" or "How"?
    6. 3.6. Catch Yourself Doing Something Right
    7. 3.7. Choose What Not to Do
    8. 3.8. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
    9. 3.9. What Metamessages Are You Communicating?
    10. 3.10. The Language of Stress or Safety: Stop Beating Yourself Up
      1. 3.10.1. Exercise
  6. 4. Effective Communications
    1. 4.1. The Power of Active Listening
    2. 4.2. Effective Communication Exercise
    3. 4.3. Communication Guidelines
      1. 4.3.1. The Message Sent Is Not Always the Message Heard
      2. 4.3.2. Communication Is Not Complete Until the Recipient Acknowledges the Message
      3. 4.3.3. The Speaker Is Responsible for Ensuring the Recipient Understands
      4. 4.3.4. Use "I" Statements
      5. 4.3.5. No Cross-Complaining
      6. 4.3.6. Schedule Cool-Down Periods and Times for Expressing Emotion
    4. 4.4. Communication Styles and Preferences Differ
    5. 4.5. Learning Styles
  7. 5. The Power of Focusing
    1. 5.1. Creating a Magnetic Vision
  8. 6. The Power of a Compelling Mission
    1. 6.1. Write Your Own Mission Statements and Commitments to Yourself
    2. 6.2. Focused in One Breath: Leadership Mission, Vision, and Focus
      1. 6.2.1. Exercise: Focused in One Breath
    3. 6.3. Mental Toughness: The Focusing Techniques of Peak Performers
  9. 7. Ignite Your Motivation
    1. 7.1. Three Great Motivators: Pain, Expectancy, Ownership
      1. 7.1.1. Avoidance of Pain: The Ghost of Christmas Future
      2. 7.1.2. The Power of Positive Expectancy
      3. 7.1.3. Example: You Will Make a Big Sale Today, Guaranteed
      4. 7.1.4. Ownership
    2. 7.2. Lack of Motivation
    3. 7.3. Tricks to Get Yourself Motivated
  10. 8. Effective Goal Setting
    1. 8.1. Typical Goal Setting Creates Unrealistic Goals
      1. 8.1.1. Setting Realistic Goals
      2. 8.1.2. What It Takes to Change a Habit and Achieve Your Goals
        1. 8.1.2.1. What Doesn't Work
        2. 8.1.2.2. What Works
    2. 8.2. What's Keeping You Stuck?
      1. 8.2.1. His Goals
      2. 8.2.2. What Worked
      3. 8.2.3. The Result
      4. 8.2.4. Taking Action Now!
    3. 8.3. Effective Goal Setting: Moving from Want to Action
    4. 8.4. Bottom Line
    5. 8.5. Wish Upon a Star
    6. 8.6. Effective Goal-Setting Quiz
  11. 9. Managing Procrastinators and Difficult Employees
    1. 9.1. Procrastinators Use Ineffective Self-Talk
    2. 9.2. A Manager's Challenge: The Difficult Employee
    3. 9.3. Negative Attention versus Positive Incentives and Recognition for Positive Action
    4. 9.4. Managing the Problem Employee
    5. 9.5. How Can Managers Defuse Violence?
    6. 9.6. Respect Your Employees and Minimize Difficulties
    7. 9.7. Treat Your Employees Like Customers
    8. 9.8. Training, Support, and Control over Work Improve Employee Satisfaction
  12. Conclusion: Applications and Fine-Tuning
    1. Let's Put the Theory into Practice
    2. Applying the Tools and Accessing Your New Skills
    3. Use Old Habits to Switch to More Effective Alternatives
    4. Rehearsing for Long-Term Success
    5. Long-Term Success: Build Resilience to Setbacks
    6. Planning for Recovery from Setbacks: Mental Rehearsal
      1. Exercise: Rehearse Recovering from a Setback
      2. Mental Rehearsal
    7. Applying the Language of Effective Managers
    8. Link Initial Reactions to Corrective Action
    9. Replace Old Patterns with Corrective Action
    10. A Plan for Survival Shuts off Worry
    11. Answering Your Worrying Mind
    12. Mental Rehearsal for Coping with Personnel Worries
    13. Prepare for Ego Rebellion
    14. A Word of Support
  13. A. Simple Solutions to Complex Problems
    1. A.1. Tips for Making More Time
    2. A.2. Time Management and the Art of Balance
    3. A.3. From Overwhelmed to Overjoyed: Multitasking without Freaking Out
      1. A.3.1. Five Ways to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Multiple Projects
    4. A.4. Expect a Surprise: Work Creatively
    5. A.5. Hardy Executives
    6. A.6. Putting It into Action
      1. A.6.1. Action Steps and Commitments