Archive Monthly Archives: December 2010

All I want for Christmas is YOU (and your friends)

All I want for Christmas is for you to have a wonderful time and celebrate your festive socks off.

Spend time with friends, family or even if you are working, have an amazing time.

If I did have just one wish though it would be to have you tell your friends and family about Action Podcast and have them listen to one of our podcasts or browse through our blog posts. Let them know there is a free ebook ready and waiting for them too!


Multitasking Or Are You Just Task Switching?

We often fool ourselves into thinking we are great at multitasking, but actually what we end up doing is simple task switching. Whilst it may feel like we are doing several things effectively but in actual fact we are doing many tasks poorly.

By carefully identifying if you are switching or truly multitasking you can make an informed decision on whether to focus on an important task until it’s completed or to continue really multitasking in its true sense.

Chris and Paul take another tip from the new ActionPodcast eBook and discover a few home truths when it comes to multitasking.

8 questions you must ask at the end of each year

It’s that time of year where I can’t help but start looking forward to the next calendar year. So many hopes and dreams, and a chance to begin anew. A time to reignite my passion and recalibrate my direction. And where do I always start? By looking backwards.

Of all the self-growth practices, perhaps none is more vital than taking the best lessons from the past and using them to design your future.

So as we come of the end of yet another year, here are eight simple yet extremely powerful questions to ensure you capture the most empowering learning from the past year and use those insights and discoveries to propel you into an even more rewarding 2011.

But first, a word of caution and suggestion: Continue reading

Pet Peeves

Becoming self aware doesn’t always mean that you just focus on something you excel at but  also understanding your frustrations or pet peeves. By understanding what annoys you at work or at home you can drill down into what is really bugging you. Only then can you actually do something about it, and maybe even prevent your pet peeve occurring again.

Chris and Sam cover how to identify your own pet peeves and how to turn the situation around convert problem into a solution and often how to even stop it becoming a recurring frustation.

Festive Stress-Buster

If you are anything like me then the experience of going shopping in the lead up to Christmas can be a pretty stressful activity. Aside from the chaos and overwhelm of so many people jostling about, or trying to find the perfect presents without breaking the budget, or organising food for the festive season – there’s also the stress of family get-togethers, dealing with adverse weather conditions and the risk of over-indulgence in food or drink or both!

But there is a simple solution…Continue reading

Time Management Tricks

Time management is always a challenge, but taking the time to use a few tricks to keep you on track can make a dramatic difference.

If you think something should take 45 mins then setting an alarm for that time not only keeps you on track but also serves as a reminder that you need to focus on what you are doing. It’s also great for making sure you take breaks that will actually add to your motivation rather than hinder it.

Chris and Gina reveal many other tips to help you make a conscious effort to keeping on track and on time.

Find Yourself…By Going Within

Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s bestseller Eat Pray Love (now a movie with Julia Roberts) will be just as inspired by her new novel: Committed – A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage.

Part reflection, part research, part essay, Gilbert looks at the institution of matrimony in all its subtle and not so subtle hues. In tandem with her ‘new’ partner Felipe, Gilbert had also eschewed the idea of remarrying, especially since both had experienced messy divorces. Yet her best laid plans were savagely re-written by the US State Department who gave the couple an ultimatum: get hitched – or Felipe would never again get to press his mitts into the ink at Checkpoint Charlie and secure permanent residence in the land of the free.

I’ve not read either book (yet), so this isn’t a review, rather a reflection on one of her quotes:

“We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure – your perfection – is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”Continue reading