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In today’s business environment, growing demands for efficiency and performance, coupled with technology that makes you contactable 24/7, more and more people are finding themselves exhausted and overrun. Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter and Gillian Coutts of The Potential Project offer five simple but effective “mantras” to help you be more mindful in your work life and your personal life. The authors clearly explain how to focus on the present, declutter, avoid “action addiction” and meaningless “busyness,” and behave more compassionately. getAbstract recommends this article to business leaders and everyone feeling stressed from the demands of modern life.

About the Authors

Rasmus Hougaard is managing director of The Potential Project. Jacqueline Carter is director of The Potential Project North America. Gillian Coutts is a partner with The Potential Project Australia.



In today’s fast-paced business world, effective time management is paramount. To stay focused when faced with information overload, practice and apply five “mantras” in your daily life:

  1. “Be here now” – Stay in the present moment. Focusing on what is happening right here, right now is the best way to ensure you’re making good decisions for your organization. If you are about to go into a meeting, be sure you aren’t still thinking about the task you were working on previously. Finish answering one email before you start on the next one. When you go home, be...

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