A series of short articles on everything, from practical ways of getting things done, to how to handle your feelings and find peace in a hectic world.

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42. What Are Holidays For?

This can be an unsettling time of year. Although we are used to thinking that holidays are nice, there is something reassuring about the predictability of our normal weeks, the five days at work, the two days at home, or whatever routine it is. Our brains are used to it - they know to get into work mode on Mondays, and to relax on Fridays. They know they need a proper holiday from time to time, a week or more, and when that happens they know to go into yet another, 'I'm on holiday', mode. When suddenly our systems are presented with a long weekend here and a long weekend there, Easter holidays one minute, back at work for a couple of days the next, exams to revise for one day and a Royal

41. Increase Your Confidence at Work

It was good to hear from so many of you following the last couple of tips. Clearly 'being wrong' and 'procrastination' are common preoccupations. This week's tip is about another popular topic: confidence. Many people who come to see me want help in rebuilding their confidence, or say they say that they've always lacked confidence and now they're heading for a more senior position where it will be important to have some. This tip looks at what we mean by confidence, how much of it is healthy to have, and how you can build it. Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are. Malcolm S. Forbes It's great to feel confid