I believe most of you might be able to relate when I say that I have a love-hate relationship with social media. So, in this article, I would like to reflect on my journey with social media and how I reset my relationship with it.

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I signed up to Facebook in early 2007 and used this platform to share photos as well as reconnect with old school friends. Over the years, I also tried many other emerging platforms — Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and even TikTok. Instagram grabbed my attention the most. I joined the platform in 2012. It…


I’m sure all of us have days when everything else feels more important than work, especially if you are your own boss and you are the only one deciding when to work. This can be particularly tricky when travelling and when there are lots of other commitments in your life which are competing for your attention.

I’m going to use my upcoming road trip to France as an example to demonstrate how I’m aiming to stay committed to my work while being on the road for a few weeks.

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1. The stakes must be high

It’s easier to stick to…


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Whenever I used to sit down to do an important piece of work, I often would just launch into it and hope for the best. Hope that if I concentrated and used enough willpower, I would get done what I intended to do. I used this method for many years. It sometimes worked, but more often than not, it didn’t work and I felt frustrated or exhausted after. Many times, a task would just drag on and I would have to complete it by working late into the night to meet a deadline. This started to have an impact on…


Rethinking productivity — Part 2

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In Part 1 of this article, I talked about the problems that we might encounter when it comes to productivity and why it’s important to look for helpful strategies to address our obsession with productivity.

I struggled with it for most of my working life and would therefore like to share with you what has helped me to build a healthier relationship with productivity.

1. Determine your values

I believe that one of the most important things that helped me to be clearer about my work and life goals was to determine my values. They…


Rethinking productivity — Part 1

20 items on your to-do list. 5 calls scheduled for today. Your head is full, you feel stressed and it’s only Monday. Does this sound familiar?

Most of us have probably experienced a similar scenario at least once in our working life, sometimes even once every week. And this kind of scenario often gets glamorised in today’s culture. It feels that we are what we produce. Are we turning into ‘human doings’?

1. Hustle culture

Anyone who is building or has built a business has probably heard of the term ‘hustle’. Nowadays, it is associated…


When did you last work for an hour without any distractions? It’s probably been a while, perhaps you might not even remember. Distractions have become part of our working lives. An email here, a notification there. You are being pulled in so many directions when all you want to do is focus on the work that matters most to you. But how can you fight distractions and stay productive while still remaining balanced?

I’m going to share seven tools that I use to achieve a distraction-free environment and a calmer, more fulfilling working life.

1. Notification settings

Your phone is…


‘If you seek tranquility, do less. Or do what’s essential.’ — Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius’s quote encapsulates what most of us strive for but often struggle with. Instead of being able to work on what’s essential, meaningful, and most important to us, we end up spending many hours of our daily working lives answering emails, responding to text messages, or on social media. This can be an easy trap to fall into, especially if you are a freelancer, company of one, or small business owner and have a lot of freedom in how you spend your time. …

Daniela H. Hofmann

I support people to do the work that matters most. https://mindfulcoworking.com

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