Author: Blaz Kos

Instant messaging can be in your way of building real connections

As human beings, we’re all wired to build deep connections with other people. We can’t survive without being connected. But we need to be really connected, not only communicate superficially. Poor online communication can never replace real connection. Real connection happens when you spend time with people in person (fully present) and you devote your full attention to them. Real connection happens when you open up to people, actively listen to them, when you show you care about them and being available without interruptions and distractions. Instant messaging apps are a good add-on to regular in-person communication when you already have a deep bond with somebody. Otherwise they can be in your way of building real connections.

How to manage social networks to stay productive

Social networks have become an important part of our everyday lives. Around half of the world’s population use social media, with an average of 2 hours and 23 minutes spent per day on social media. Rare are the people who are not yet hooked on social networking. And it's no secret that social networks can be a big waste of time. Thus I have deactivated and reactivated my social networks many times in the past. But at some point, I stopped bouncing back and forth, decided to keep my social networks active, and to take a really smart approach towards social network management.

A boss who constantly interrupts can completely kill your productivity

Constant interruptions from people and devices are one of the biggest productivity killers. The most challenging interruption to manage from a relationship point of view are your superiors (bosses, managers etc.); or your clients, if you are an entrepreneur. It’s hard to say “no”, “go away” or “leave me alone, I have work to do” to your boss or to a client. It also wouldn’t make sense to say anything like that. As always, you need to take a smarter approach. In this video you will lean a few possible approaches to make sure your boss lets you work in peace.

A few core tips to run productive meetings

Research shows that more than 50% of meetings are unnecessary. People do it to socialize, feel important, share opinion, avoid decision making, and so on. Not to mention, you usually have to commute to a meeting destination, make small talk with all the participants, everybody is on their phones during the meeting, and so on. Meetings really can get in the way of you doing real work. Learn a few core tips how to run a productive meeting.

What is email guilt and what to do about it?

One big phenomenon that I notice when people have to deal with email is email guilt. To be honest, even I used to suffer from email guilt. So, let’s look at what guilt is and how it can cripple your email efficiency. Guilt occurs when you feel that you violated your moral standards. Guilt can be a useful feeling, until it escalates out of proportion and becomes overactive. Many people suffer from an overactive conscience or false guilt. False guilt always looks for people to please and rules to keep. You won’t believe it, but false guilt can also be shown when it comes to email.