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Why We Suffer at Work

By Nate Klemp, PhD

Even as I write this post, I am conscious of my desire to be somebody.

I want you, the reader, to see me as intelligent, witty, deep, and impressive.  At the same time, I’m hoping that you also see me as humble and down to earth, like the kind of person you could grab a cup of coffee with and have a great conversation.

I don’t want you to see me as fake, superficial, uninformed, or full of myself. I don’t want you to say to yourself while reading this: “wow, this guy’s writing sucks” or “reading this post was a total waste of my time.” 

I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not alone.  

Just think about how much time energy we all spend playing this game of being someone:  all the rehearsed comments, the time spent in front of the mirror each morning, or the effort that goes into projecting a self that seems polished, flawless, and unflappable. 

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Super-Charge Productivity With 24-Hour Work Oscillation Cycles

By Nate Klemp, PhD

Monotony is the enemy of productivity and innovation.  

And yet it’s so easy to slip into the trap of doing the same things, the same way, over and over.   We eat the same breakfast. We take the same commute. We face the same daily onslaught of texts and emails. We move through the day at the same pace.  Then we wake up and do it all over again.

The deeper I slip into this state, the more rigid I become, both in mind and body.  Mentally, I lose the big perspective of my life and business. Instead, I fixate on small logistical tasks like completing to-dos and getting through my inbox.

Physically, I experience the classic symptoms of white collar repetitive stress: a tight jaw, a stiff neck, and strain in my upper back.

The utter sameness of the average workday freezes the creative flow of the mind and body. Our thinking, our habits, and even our muscles harden.  

 

Melting The Ice of Ordinary Habit

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