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Caroline Webb

Think Bigger, Feel Better and Transform Your Working Life

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How To Have A Good Day by Caroline Webb is a guide to improve everyday work performances. It explains how to be more productive, efficient and happier at work. Webb’s strategies include prioritizing your tasks, dealing with challenging people, and boosting your energy levels.

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    To have a more productive day, start by clearly laying out your intentions and goals.

    Have you ever found yourself nearing the end of a day and feeling as if it had been completely wasted? Here are a few tips to help minimize that feeling.

    First, clearly set out your intentions for each day and try to eliminate any activities you know tend to distract you from achieving them.

    For instance, one of the author’s clients, Martin, is the strategy director of an aircraft manufacturer. He noticed that whenever he felt overwhelmed with his daily tasks, he would turn by default to distracting habits like checking news websites.

    So, to increase productivity, identify what those distracting habits are for you and put extra focus on avoiding them. Keep your sights on the day’s goals.

    Second, frame your goals in positive language. Goals framed positively can also be called approach goals – that is, goals that state the positive outcome you’re hoping to achieve, such as “make my product irresistible.” The contrast to this would be an avoidance goal, like “stop losing customers.”

    There is research to back up the benefits of this strategy: a 1997 study found that students using approach goals improved their performance, whereas the opposite was true for those using avoidance goals.

    Third, make a when-then plan to prepare for obstacles that could come between you and your goals.

    Take the author, who is not naturally an early bird. When she founded her own consulting business and no longer had a boss expecting her at work at nine in the morning, she was tempted to sleep in and while away her mornings.

    So she committed to a when-then plan to overcome this obstacle: when I wake up, first I’ll take a short walk, then I’ll check my e-mails. This little rule helps get her out of bed and face each day in a good mood.

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    What is How To Have A Good Day about?

    How to Have a Good Day (2016) explains how you can make the most of your working day, with advice based on recent findings in the fields of psychology, economics and neuroscience. These blinks will teach you how to navigate the challenges of the modern workplace like a pro and boost your energy level during nerve-racking or tiring days.

    How To Have A Good Day Review

    How To Have A Good Day (2016) offers practical strategies for maximizing productivity and well-being in our daily lives. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides research-backed techniques that can be implemented immediately, helping us achieve better outcomes in our personal and professional lives.
    • With relatable examples and easy-to-understand explanations, the book offers actionable steps for improving our decision-making, communication, and focus.
    • By presenting a holistic approach to success and fulfillment, the book is anything but boring, capturing our attention from start to finish.

    Best quote from How To Have A Good Day

    We can exert more control and start to enjoy more well-planned luck. And as a result, we can all have many more good days.

    —Caroline Webb
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    Who should read How To Have A Good Day?

    • Professionals who want to be more productive and efficient
    • Procrastinators
    • Anyone who wants to have a greater impact at his or her workplace

    About the Author

    Caroline Webb is a management consultant who worked for McKinsey for 12 years before launching her own company, Sevenshift, which specializes in helping clients increase their productivity, energy and enthusiasm. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and Forbes.

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    The author of How To Have A Good Day is Caroline Webb.