The Real Harm in Multitasking

You’ve probably heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. It has been found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. Researchers have found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time. Frequent multitaskers performed worse because they had more trouble organising their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one
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Start your own proven franchised business today

In today’s times when the economy is extremely tough and businesses are folding, so too are employees being retrenched. Being employed no longer provides security, as it is happening all around us that doors are closing. Many people decide to go out on their own, in the hope of creating their own sense of security. Thus, the idea of buying into a solid well-established franchise, one that has been tried and tested, provides a sense of security for many people. Buying a CREATIVE MINDS FRANCHISE IS affordable, fun and easy. Having been established for 22 years, our experience has made
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Is Your Boss pestering you after hours?

Technology that once promised freedom from the confines of an office has, for many workers, become a ball and chain, blurring the lines between work hours and, well, any other hours. Employees worldwide are wanting to draw up a proposal that would bar employers from requiring employees to respond to non-emergency emails, texts and other digital communications outside regular work hours. It would also outlaw retaliating against workers who choose to unplug. “Work has spilled into our personal lives,” especially due to mobile devices. “We’re always connected to our phones or to a computer once we leave the office.” It’s
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How to Recognise Leadership Qualities

What comes to mind when you think of a great leader? As so many people are relying on our guidance and inspiration, it becomes important to look at our habits. Most employees feel motivated to do their best work when they have good leadership support. So, how do you recognise a reliable strong leader? Here are some important qualities that make a leader stand out. Leaders know their team Outstanding results don’t just happen, it involves combined hard work for the team and the leader. When working together, a leader needs to know its team. Team collaboration is in the
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‘Reboot’ Your Creative Brain and Refresh Your Focus

In today’s information-obsessed world, our minds are in constant overdrive. Your brain is a living, inventive and rapidly renewing organ that needs all the care and maintenance it can get to function well and deliver productively every day. Brain recharging can help you reset your energy for better focus, creativity and resilience. Harold Kushner once said, “Think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” We can adapt this to making the most of our brains; the further we get into understanding and recharging our brains, the better it
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THE VALUE OF JOB SHADOWING

A valuable, practical concept that has been introduced to high school learners in recent years is JOB SHADOWING​            . It allows​ learners an opportunity to find out more about their future careers. Let’s face it; how many careers are you exposed to as a child, whereby you are exposed to “behind the scenes” work. We may know a bit about the careers that our parents are in; we may know a little about doctors, dentists, hairdressers, waitresses and the like because we are exposed to them on a regular basis. Yet all that is really exposed is the “front face”
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Emotional Intelligence: The Impact on the Learning Environment

Emotional intelligence (EI), also known as Emotional quotient (EQ) and Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EIQ), is the capability of individuals to recognise their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal. Emotional Intelligence focuses on the individual’s ability to process emotional information and use it to navigate the social environment. Studies have shown that people with high EI have greater mental health, job performance, and leadership skills ,although no causal relationships have been shown and such findings are likely to be attributable to general intelligence and specific personality traits
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Deep Thinking in The Age of Distraction

 “Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.” Plato said that. It’s profound. Thinking is the core of our being. In an age of information overload, depth of thinking is becoming less and less valued. The most common barrier to deep thinking is distractions. Distractions simply crowd our minds with inferior thoughts. Modern life is overstimulated, technology-driven, and information-saturated. Information — even good information — can become a distraction if you’re not thinking about it, evaluating it, or analysing it. Instead of making time for thought, our lives are cluttered with shallow thinking habits. Today, the first thing people do when faced with a moment of
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Why buy a Franchise as opposed to starting up a new business!

Of course, words like “tried and tested” and “support system” spring to mind. Undoubtedly, those are two essential factors. Creative Minds © has the edge. It bears the humanitarian factor; the people!  It is a fact that collaboration and synergy have a place in all areas of life. We would go as far as saying that in the workplace, even more so. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller Take a minute to introspect. When you go to the gym, do you have a workout partner? Strangely, most people prefer to work out alone.  However,
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The Power of Positivity

The positive experience of receiving a compliment has become a rarity these days. However, compliments are an important aspect of our coexistence. Studies show that praise stimulates and motivates us. According to a study by Duke University, compliments motivate us even more than money. The power of positivity is often underrated.  Ideally this needs to be instilled from infancy by one’s primary caregiver as that is the person who is the architect, designer and builder of our foundation and formative years. Creating a positive sense of self and a healthy self esteem lies in the hands of our parents, especially our
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