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Why meditation isn’t just fluff (or how science suggests you should start it today)

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What is meditation?

We can all picture what meditation looks like. Serene figure, cross-legged, palms facing upwards, maybe a few ‘Om’s for good measure. In actual fact, the word ‘meditation’ is used to describe a wide variety of techniques to focus the mind inwards, rather than on external factors. Meditation has been part of human existence for centuries, having been practiced in the fifth and sixth centuries BCE in China, Nepal and India.

How to hone in on what is important in the workplace

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Any internet search for ‘productivity’ comes up with a dizzying multitude of results (which provide ironically enough an easy way to get distracted, reducing productivity still further…). This is testament to the fact that millions of us come home from work complaining that however busy we are, our to-do lists remain as intimidating as ever.

How positivity is one of the most important traits you can possess

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The power of positive thinking has had a lot of attention in recent years. But don’t worry – we’re not here to tell you that plastering on a smile and chanting mantras is the secret to that new job or promotion. Instead, we’re talking about how experiencing positive emotions in the workplace, essentially being happy, and being optimistic in the face of challenges, can make your worklife more successful as well as more enjoyable.

Why now is the time to get ahead (whilst everyone else is eating their way through the festive period)

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Winter is coming. And for job-seekers, it can feel like there’s not much chance of anything happening until the new year starts with its promise of new beginnings. As even the employed start to wind down, flitting between semi-hibernation and festive excess, isn’t this the perfect time to put aside the job boards, and for a little while at least forget all about CV-tweaking and interview prep?

Why it is vital to learn digital skills (Or how not to get left behind)

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The robots are taking over! That’s what the press would have us believe anyway. The reality is that as long people are in charge of creating those robots it’s unlikely that will happen (I hope!). It is, however, a powerful reminder of the advancements in tech. It is much closer to the truth to say that if you don’t keep up with tech trends you will be left behind.

How you can leapfrog your peers’ salaries by boxing clever

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Salary is important. Money equals options; it represents how valued you are; and it increases job satisfaction. Some job seekers are extremely money motivated and others less so, but even if you’re sanguine about monetary benefits, it’s worth being familiar a few tips on how to make sure you’re being paid what you’re worth.