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Here are some value judgements:

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | February 25, 2021

Please correct, challenge or completely disagree: It’s boring to plod through life thinking the same way. It’s fun to see things from a different perspective, change your mind, be challenged, realise that you’ve been wrong for a while and need to shake things up. And its ok to feel uncomfortable while you process this stuff…

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Missing that proverbial ‘chat at the water cooler’?

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | February 23, 2021

This is why: you are human! We need to connect with our species. And ALSO, feeling a sense of relatedness helps mitigate anxiety, according to the science. People who feel they are part of a team are less anxious and feel happier. Connection, both the meaningful and casual variety, is as essential as that humble…

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2031…

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | February 2, 2021

It reads like sci-fi but it’s 10 years away. Each day we plug away and get one day closer. At One Small Nudge, we aim to humanise productivity by tracking your objectives, goals and plans in groups called Accountability Labs. There is evidence that people who tell other people their goals are 39,5% more likely…

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Who’s got your back?

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | November 24, 2020

One Small Nudge is about using a social learning environment to make better decisions, improve productivity and performance in a way that’s best suited to the human brain. If you freelance, consult or have your own business, who are your peers? Who helps you make decisions? Who is your team? How do you think through…

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Chances are that your annual goals are out of date.

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | October 13, 2020

‘Volatility’ means that things change at the speed of light. It also means that you need to set shorter term goals, more frequently.

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Getting the whole picture

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | July 8, 2020

I hear my clients and colleagues complain of ‘Zoom fatigue’ almost every day. Our ears are essential to hearing and learning, but what is it about having meetings on screen vs in person that is so exhausting? Turns out that listening is as much a visual as an ‘aural’ enterprise. During a perfectly audible conversation,…

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Have you set a goal and not followed through with it?

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | May 12, 2020

Otherwise, have you reached a goal and then just not felt any happier than before? Experts say that this is because of ‘failures in conative process’.  Huh? WTF is ‘conative process’? The human capacity to set and pursue personal agendas is referred to by researchers using this term. (It’s got nothing to do with the cone in…

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Can anyone tell me why it’s called ‘social distancing’?

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | April 5, 2020

I’m just not getting it. Everyone, from the highest heads of states and global organisations, to our families are telling us to stay home. It is one cohesive instruction. And anybody with a bit of sense is LISTENING and doing just that – we are staying home unless we are essential to the basic needs…

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Achieving a big objective requires colossal effort, right?

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | March 12, 2020

Yes, but this statement is only half true! The colossal effort happens in small steps taken one after the other over a period of time. The deal is that if you consistently bat away at your goal, you will get it – it’s a PROCESS-driven exercise. Visualising your goal day after day is lovely, but…

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Here’s some basic stuff that we IRONICALLY never think about:

By Laura-Ann Tomasella | March 12, 2020

Thinking is the flow of information and energy in your nervous system. Your brain constantly sends information and receives it from your five senses, from parts of your body and the nerve endings around your gut and heart, up and down your brainstem. This never stops if you are alive. Learning is building thoughts. Your…

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