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Being productive should feel good. If you tend to procrastinate and worry about the things you feel you should be doing, it’s a sign that you may associate productivity with pain.

Luckily, you can change your mindset about productivity and implement habits that make productivity enjoyable.

Try these tips to maximizing your productivity:

1. Every morning tackle the top three things you are putting off

Decision-making is the fourth composite scale that contributes to emotional intelligence. This is about how we use the information our emotions provide to make decisions.

These competencies make up the decision-making area of the model:

  • Problem Solving
  • Reality Testing
  • Impulse Control

How do you solve problems when your emotions are running rampant? Well you can’t turn off your emotions like a light switch, but it is important to manage them before and during the solving problem process - that way you are able to use the information your emotions are providing you to help, not hurt the decision-making process.

We know that women entrepreneurs sometimes downplay their strengths and their business successes for fear of bragging – but brag you must.

Although women have made great strides, there is still a confidence gap. Several research studies show that women are less confident and less self-assured.

Growing up in Powell River, Joyce Carlson learned to read in nursery school because she wanted to know what all the squiggles were on the pages. By Grade 7 she hand wrote an entire paper and reproduced it on a Gestner machine. One of the other students had written beside her name that she would be a newspaper editor one day. It’s amazing how predictions can come true.

Where do you work? Currently my ‘office’ is in the middle of a bustling coffee shop in Vancouver. There’s loud music playing, lots of conversation and I can hear the sounds of the espresso machine and cups clashing in the background. Maybe you’re in an office or, if you’re lucky, you’re working from a hammock on a beach.

No matter where your location or what you are doing, you have the opportunity to experience a sense of peace or mindfulness right now by using a simple technique called abdominal breathing. Being mindful is about being aware of your experience from moment to moment.

A song, a dance and inspiring personal stories! Stories of turning weaknesses into strengths, getting empowered, setting audacious goals, and overcoming barriers to reach those goals. This was my experience when I recently attended PowHERtalks in Vancouver, a well-attended event that featured women who spoke on a wide range of topics including leadership, business, sports, arts, community building, physical and emotional wellness.

Do you ever find yourself saying, “ I just can’t explain the way I feel”? Don’t worry because you are not alone. Emotions are a tricky thing and if they are not expressed appropriately; it will affect not only yourself, but also the people around you

Self-expression is the second composite scale that contributes to emotional intelligence. This composite scale is about how we show and express ourselves to others.

These competencies make up the self-expression area of the model:

  • Emotional expression
  • Assertiveness
  • Independence

Let’s begin and discuss Emotional Expression.


There is a myth that we should be able to do it all – grow business revenues by 25% year over year, keep all household affairs in order, bake from scratch, be involved in the community, and look fabulous at the same time, etc. What commonly happens though, is that we only realize we are overextended when something gives – often it’s our health or relationships.

Are you intentional about how you spend your energy and your time? Or are you so busy with short-term to-dos that the truly important, foundational items are getting neglected?

Here are top 3 common issues:

Resolutions rarely last.

Here are the stats:
75% of resolutions last only a week.
14% last a year.

The top resolution is to lose weight. The second is to get better organized. Sound familiar?

So rather than New Year's resolutions that rarely work, let's talk about lasting change and good quality of life.
1) Begin with a clarity process. Get clear on how you want your life to look. Most of us don't know exactly.
2) Start with one category. Categories can include social life, finances, career, health, relationship, family and so on. Make space in your calendar so you're not rushed. Contemplate, get clear, write it down.