When I meet with a client face-to-face, I tend to write notes using pen and paper. When I’m sat at my computer, I usually take notes using my keyboard. But what does the science say about the effectiveness of pen and paper versus keyboard and screen?
Researcher Audrey van der Meer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has run several studies using electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment to scan the … Read more
Surveys repeatedly find that many people report feeling stress as a result of their work.
I have written before about the fact that stress is not something that simply happens to you. You can take steps to deal with the emotional impact of problematic situations.
However, the best way to reduce stress is often to tackle the particular problem that is bothering you such as an individual colleague, a … Read more
Whenever I run a workshop (or give a lecture on Zoom) about stress, I usually start off by explaining that stress is not something that has to happen to you. Yes, certain events such as redundancy, relationship break-ups and illness tend to be difficult for many people. But some people help themselves to cope better.
In stressful circumstances, I’m sure you have heard that some people engage in a coping … Read more
Ask people what they want in life and they often say that they want to “be happy”. But why does happiness matter? And how can you achieve happiness?
1. Being happy may help you to be better at your job
Some people dismiss happiness as inconsequential. For example, I’ve heard a few managers say that they don’t really care whether their employees are happy so long as they are performing … Read more
What are your goals right now? I currently have a variety of professional and personal goals about staying in touch with clients, my eating and exercise habits, reading non-fiction books, improving my Cantonese language skills, staying in touch with friends and family, and so on.
A recent research paper in the journal Behavioural Public Policy by social scientists Samuli Reijula at the University of Helsinki and Ralph Hertwig of the … Read more
How are you doing during the pandemic? A few months ago, I wrote about some behaviours that I have personally found useful in terms of maintaining my productivity and psychological wellbeing.
Here are some other things that I am personally finding helpful in terms of maintaining my mental wellbeing:
Work while standing up
Prior to the pandemic, I used to spend about an hour or couple of hours travelling – … Read more
How cynical are you? Let’s try to estimate your level of cynicism by considering the extent to which you agree with three statements:
- Generally speaking, you can’t be too careful when dealing with other people.
- Most people would try to take advantage of you if they got the chance.
- People are mostly just looking out for themselves.
The more you agree with those statements, the higher your level of cynicism. … Read more
The UK – like many other countries around the world – is currently in lockdown. As a psychologist, I’m used to working mainly face-to-face with people – coaching people one-on-one, running workshops for a dozen or so people, or giving conference presentations to hundreds of people at a time. Clearly, none of that is possible.
Here are some personal methods that I have found useful for staying productive and managing … Read more