Checklist: How to hire the best productivity coach for you

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Many productivity coaches make big promises about helping you “unleash your potential”. “Work with me”, they say, “you will eliminate procrastination forever and achieve your goals 10x faster”. But you have read All. The. Time Management Books. You are not new to the productivity game. So how can you know that working with a coach […]

What does a productivity coach do? Should you hire one?

What is a productivity coach? Can they make me more productive?

Productivity coaching is for a) procrastinators and b) high achievers or c) people who manage to be both. Let’s have a look at what a productivity coach does and how they might be able to help you get the right things done with more ease. What does a productivity coach do in general? Simply put: […]

How to stop procrastinating and make work feel less scary

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I’m in the more stressful phase of writing my BA thesis. So procrastination and I are in an intimate relationship right now. The hardest thing to do when you’re procrastinating is sitting down and getting started. And we have valid reasons for delaying work: Did you know that when you think about the thing you’re […]

Hey, what are your strengths?

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Yesterday was a bad day. Not terrible, just one of those days when you feel off. I stared at my Bachelor’s thesis and couldn’t make sense of the statistics part. So of course, by the end of the day, I had discovered a new series on Amazon Prime (McMafia, terrible name, but two episodes in […]

Consistently coming back to your goals is better than perfectionism

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You don’t have to be perfect every day. It’s the consistently coming back to your work that matters. When we commit to a goal, we want to go all in. We swear that we’ll run every night after dinner. We buy a new planner and decide to put in two hours of uninterrupted writing after […]

The kind of productivity I crave

The kind of productivity I crave

I crave the kind of productivity that makes me feel content at the end of the day. I crave a balance between focused work and time to be human; to meet friends, cook a meal and read a book. When I work, I want to … Be in the moment and focus on what I’m doing […]

Kind Productivity

Kind productivity | Iris Barzen

I believe we can be productive without paying the common price of stress, overwhelm and mean self-talk. Kind productivity habits help us do so. When I first started my business I thought differently. I was convinced that discipline was the magic word, that if I could just be ‘more disciplined’ I would get everything done […]

Procrastination-Compassion for when you just can’t get yourself to do it.

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Dear ambitious you, I know you have a lot of things you want to do. There are projects at work, projects with your craft and there’s always that inkling that you’d like to exercise more, too. If someone gave you a free day you’d quickly know what to fill it with – the beautiful things […]

The cycles of productivity

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There’s this belief going round that productivity is something you have to hack yourself into, and once you get it right, you’ll be able to get shit done forever more. It’s just a matter of being disciplined, working hard and finding the right productivity system. Right? Wrong. Why? Because you’re human and us humans, we […]

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