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This time last year I committed to a daily meditation practice that I’ve gratefully been able to maintain thanks to how I’ve stacked my habits and made use of a meditation app called headspace.

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When it comes to declaring year-long commitments, we Americans thrive. Keeping resolutions, however, can be a struggle.

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Dr. Amit Sood, a physician of integrative medicine with the Mayo Clinic, told The New York Times, “In biological terms, melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, as would eating a delicacy, looking at something appealing or smelling a pleasant aroma.”

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Balancing Life Work

How are you balancing life & work? Does taking a break work? I find National Book Award and poetry Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver’s words inspiring for a regenerating day off tomorrow.

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With all the kids in the neighborhood back in school, the yoga teacher I adore reached my heart when she reminded me and a room full of executives of that school time ritual of heads resting on desks.

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Feeling tight neck muscles? Worried about developing a flat butt? Want to reduce stress and anxiety at work? Try stretching exercises at your desk.

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Next week is one of the most popular vacation weeks for Americans. Do you have one planned? No matter, you’re sure to see vacationing friends and family on Facebook and Instagram and to hear tales of upcoming and recently taken journeys in your workplace.

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How did I finally start meditating on a daily basis?

  • I told someone.
  • I paid someone.
  • I dared to be someone.

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Chicago columnist Christopher Borrelli consulted with our own Sue Becker when researching his Chicago Tribune article, How My Media Diet is Killing Me, about creating a less-complicated life with more time to spend with friends.

Like many of our executive coaching clients, Christopher smartly and bravely confesses his struggles with a terrific sense of humor…

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Dear David Allen, The number of ways I treasure your body of work seem countless. Getting Things Done. Your presentation style. The weekly review. Psychic RAM. Deep water of doing. Mind like water. How you dissed me in 2010. The list continues from there. Yours truly, Chicago Productivity Coach

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