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Testimonials Acknowledgements Introduction: Fast Forward Technology: From 9 to 5 to 24/7 Pace of Work Global Connectivity is Shrinking the World The New World of Work You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks 1: Mind Games: Beware of the Sabre-Toothed Tiger Deal With Your Digital Addiction Overwhelming Open Plan Office Spaces Irritating Interruptions Mindlessly Multitasking Create your Zone of Concentration Declutter your Headspace Focus and Get More Done Chapter Recap 2: Stress Makes You Stupid One Person's Stress, Another Person's Challenge Definition of Burnout The Physical Side of Stress The Psychological Side of Stress Stress and Bad Behaviour Stressed Out is Not the New Normal Chapter Recap 3: Stress Less Exercising Away the Stress Demons Snooze, you Lose - Or Do You? Eat, Drink and Be Merry, Not Weary Psychological Health Hit the Reset Switch with Meditation Mindfulness From Music, Massage and Yoga to Rock Climbing Stressed About Stress Stress Less and Focus More Chapter Recap 4: Get the Right Mindset and Get More Done Living for the Weekend Feel the Buzz of Progress The Glass is Empty Hey Babe, Get into the Flow State Chapter Recap 5: Build a Wall Around Your Castle Home Invasion by Your Smartphone Setting Boundaries Take Control, Set Your Own Boundaries Learning to Say No Take Control Chapter Recap 6: Change and Making It Stick Just Do It Try Anything Not Just Once, But Two or Three Times Make it a Habit Slipping Out of Habits Change of Habit and the Habit of Change Chapter Recap 7: Crazy Cultures and Toxic Workplaces The Crazy-Busy Culture A Game of Thrones - Office Politics in Uncertain Times Finding Your Purpose in Work Finding Utopia Life in the Organisational Vortex Chapter Recap Conclusion: Focus at Work, Switch Off, Enjoy Life Appendix About the Author Endnotes

About the Author

Jane Piper is an Organisational Psychologist who combines writing, consulting and coaching on topics of careers, collaboration and culture. With twenty years' experience in various corporations she is a keen observer of people, careers and organisational culture. She believes that work should be an enjoyable experience with opportunity for people to grow and learn. She advises people how to find fulfilling and enjoyable work, and organisations how to make their work practices and culture more human centric.


Out of 35 golden tips, you will find your solution to combine a career AND a happy life. -- Sabine Orbello, Holistic Health Coach and Founder of Puricious
I've read it. I've applied some of the tips. And I've felt the difference right away! -- Katharina Friedemann, Consultant for Stress & Self-Management, Zurich
Full of useful tips, tricks and techniques to help improve focus where it's needed. -- Claire Kowarsky, Online Enforcement Specialist
As I read Jane's book, many scenarios she describes resonated with me. I found myself evaluating some of the tips and ideas to see if I could incorporate them. That the tips are well summarized and highlighted means I don't have to always remember them. They are a quick to find in the book for the moment I need them! -- Sandhya

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