Less Is More: Decision Fatigue

Bart and I have finally found a house! We couldn’t be happier and excited, but I can’t deny that it has been overwhelming. Of course, I am fully aware that renovation and moving are stressful, but it has made me all the more aware of the number of decisions modern day life demands us to make. It never occurred to me for instance that we would have to choose a color for the front door. Who thinks about these things? Well, not me anyways. I realise that all of these decisions are first world problems. However, decision fatigue really is (becoming) a problem in our part of the world. That is why today I will focus on decision fatigue and what we can do to minimise the strain it lays on us.  

Goals I am not planning to achieve

Here at CAREERLIONS.COM we’re talking a lot about goals and how to achieve them. What we haven’t covered before are the “goals” we are not trying to achieve. As a thought experiment, I have explored what might be goals for others, but won’t be mine. If you’re curious to know why I have un-goals and what I’ve learned from this thought experiment, make sure to read on.

How to be calm in a busy world

We are living in a busy world. Or at least it seems to be. Everything needs to happen right now and therefore we seem to be running. While it isn’t necessarily a bad thing to be busy from time to time, it is important to slow down. I am having a bit of a challenging time lately, feeling overwhelmed a (more than) significant amount of time. Therefore, I have been exploring more consciously how I could slow down a bit and catch up. Today I will be talking you through the stuff that is working for me.

Why We All Need Psychological Safety

Let me start by saying that I am still very much obsessed with audiobooks. This means that it has turned into a habit now and I am well on my way to exceed my goal of books to read/listen to this year. Something that has been on my mind was psychological safety in the workplace. What it means for me and for teams in general. Then I started listening to Dare to Lead  by Brene Brown this week and coincidently this topic was also discussed in detail. This week I will share with you what psychological safety in the workplace and why all #careerlions should strive to achieve this for themselves and their colleagues.

The Happy List 3.0

Oh yes, it is June! That means it is my birthday month. I don’t know about you, but every year around my birthday is when I get mixed feelings about the whole trajectory that is my life. On one hand I am super grateful for everything. On the other hand, I still feel like I am just doing whatever, even at almost 28 years old. My younger self probably had an optimistic (or naïve) perception of what adult life would be. However, let’s just focus on being grateful and what has been making me happy.

How to Make More #Careerlion Time?

As you probably read in my previous blog, I am now obsessed with audiobooks. One of the books that I recently finished is Make Time: How to Focus on What Matter Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky. I think it was a great read with some thought breaking tips for all of us #careerlions trying to do as much as possible in all different areas of our lives. Today, I will share with you my thoughts on the book and some of the key lessons I learned from the book.

Books I am reading at the moment

I love my reading. To me, it’s one of the best ways to wind down while also learning about new stuff. This year I have the goal to read at least two books a month. My favourite types of books are nonfiction (with the exception of Harry Potter, obviously), most of the personal development genre. At the moment, I am reading three books that sparked my interest. Read on if want to know whether it’s something for your reading list.

5 #Careerlion Reasons to Love Audiobooks

Yes, I am fully aware that I am late to the party, but I love audiobooks. The last few months I noticed that I was reading a lot less than before. Especially with my new job, most of my reading time has been more job relate. Then again reading Lonely Planet's also took up quite some time. With my reading challenge of 20 books and having fully finished only 2 new books, I needed to make changes quickly. When people started recommending me audiobooks more and more, I decided to do some research and start off with Audible. Having finished nearly 3 additional books in a month time, I am happy to say that I am hooked. Today, I will share with you all my reasons to love audiobooks. Hopefully, this will get those of you that are not convinced in the game. Making your #careerlion lives that much more efficient and productive.  

Ten fresh foods I have every week

The past few weeks have been pretty hectic. On weekdays, I had days full of meetings, calls, workshops and conferences. Add to the equation some workouts, social events, blogging and the chaos is complete. I feel like I have said it more than once, but combining all I want to achieve at the same time can take a toll on my mental and physical wellbeing.

As my health is the single most important priority for me, I like to keep my food intake in check (and of course sin enough for mental balance). In the last few years I have found a group of fresh foods that consistently end up on my weekly grocery list. As they are all beneficial for your health, especially during chaotic times, I am sharing them today and how I consume them.

10 #Careerlion Reasons to Use OneNote

I am not sure I ever thought this day would come, but I am hocked to OneNote. I have known about its existence for a long time and have frequently used it for our common team meeting notes over the years too. However, I never really got to the point to use it myself on a structural basis until now. Part of the reason is that I only recently discovered certain features that have turned this into a real game changer for me. Assuming that some of you also aren’t regular users yet and may not even know about some of the hidden gems, today’s blog is dedicated to OneNote.

Confessions of a former control freak

Ever since I was a teen I liked to be on top of things. Finals coming up? I will have a study schedule to get me through the exam period. During my time at university it even got worse when I took on a lot of responsibilities at the same time. All of a sudden, I always had somewhere to be and something important to do as I was a full-time student and working a 20 hour plus job too.

After a grueling time (when it also had to be combined with taking care of a recovering mom) I was just sick of the need of being on top of everything all the time. I was tired of my own control freak tendencies. It took so much effort with not always the expected result. It has even been scientifically proven that always trying to be in control only limitedly results in achieving goals. A few years older and wiser I know this is what we call a bad business case. As I am sure I am not the only one dealing with this, I thought it would be nice to share some exercises to tame that inner control freak.