Live a harmonious LIFE and forget work life balance

LIFE is too complex to be balanced The idea of work/life(style) balance has been extremely useful to introduce priorities and goals outside of work. It is not surprising that work/life balance has gained momentum when the majority of people started to marry for -real- love, when going back home became a positive experience and staying at work to avoid home became the exception. Work/life balance was … Read More

Do you have a filter for unsolicited or useless work e-mails?

Filter choice

You have a spam filter for the unsolicited advertisement, but do you have a filter for unsolicited or useless work e-mails? This post is about reducing the amount of e-mail triggered distractions by separating e-mails into three groups: e-mails where you are the main recipient (To) and that you need to read. e-mails used by others to offload part of their responsibilities on you (CC). … Read More

FrankContrepois 2015 Reader Survey [Closed]

I want to ensure my blog does the best possible job in helping you. So I need to know more about you! To do that I’ve create the 2015 reader survey Please take some time to fill the survey. By doing so you’ll be helping yourself. Because I’ll be able to create content more interesting and relevant to you. Your feedback is … Read More

Do only what helps you reach your goals

Reaching your goals (4 Steps to set your goals) will unlock new opportunities and successes. But how do you integrate your goals into your day to day tasks? By prioritizing, acting or not and making decisions based on your long term objectives, you will transform every task in a step in the right direction and increase dramatically your chances of … Read More

Old phones to reduce stress and distractions

After the trial (see Rehab from smartphone dependence) planned to last one week with a very basic mobile phone (no camera, no apps, no Internet), I’m glad to report that I’ve not switched back to smartphones. Distractions and stress are down. Try it – instruction at the bottom of Rehab from smartphone dependence

Take a 1h lunch pause

Get out at lunch, invite colleges and friend. Measure the quality of your life/work after… repeat every day for a week

Are you crossing off someone else’s todo list and ignoring yours?

helping others become smarter

Are you crossing off someone else’s todo list and ignoring yours? Do you need to improve your team performance? Do you plan in delegating more but you don’t know how to start? Stop sending immediate answers.  When you deliver immediate answers, what you are really doing is helping people cross off actions from their todo list and procrastinating what is on your todo … Read More

Rehab from smartphone dependence

baby with smartphone

The challenge: one week without a smartphone I want to be smarter, so (as per previous post), I decided to complicate my life a little. I’m experimenting the effects of smartphones on my efficiency by exchanging for a week my two smartphones for a very basic Nokia. Days Setup, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 I invite you to follow me … Read More

Be smarter by complicating your life

Long an narrow foot suspended bridge

You are smarter than you think, but the fear of failing limits your successes. With small steps and some courage you can achieve great improvements and better visibility. Courage comes when you go outside of your comfort zone and this can be done by complicating your life. This post is about courage, trust and discovery.