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A Vision for Europe to Escape the Open Air Museum Scenario

What is the future for Europe in our fast evolving world? What will be the position of Europe from a geo-political and economic view by 2050? Being European from origin, I wonder how we will do economically in 40 years.


There are a number of developments here that make we worried about the future of Europe. Asians and Americans start to see Europe as a good place for an interesting holiday. That is OK if all the people who are living in this fantasy land have good quality of live, are happy and have the opportunities to develop.


Answer these 7 Questions In Search Of Authenticity to Live With Integrity

How authentic are you? What defines you authenticity? How would you describe the authentic you? Living with integrity may start with being authentic. But how do you do that?


There are lots of questions here to start this blog post. And behold, not all of them will be answered here and now. I am struggling with this “authenticity” issue now for a while. It has been on my “to do” list to describe the authentic me. But I find that hard.


Feeling Good When You Pomodoro Instead Of Procrastinating

You feel better when you get things done that you want to do. This is nothing new but sometimes you realize it again. For me this happened after I started to use the Pomodoro technique for a week.


In the previous blog post I told about this technique. At that moment I just started to use it. Now after a week I realize a few benefits of using this approach that I didn’t see coming.


Become More Productive with Pomodoro Time Management

Two weeks ago I attended Barcamp in Bangkok. This is a collaborative event from geeks, computer nerds and entrepreneurs who share their ideas and experiences. One of the presenters mentioned the Pomodoro technique for time management. I Googled it, learned about it, all for free of course, and started to use it this week. What is it?


Do You Also Struggle to Stick to Your Schedule After An Interruption?

Why is it so difficult to stick to a planning that you have made for yourself? You define your intentions and what you want to do. You set your goals. You create a time plan or schedule on when you will do what. And then something happens and before you know you do not follow the schedule anymore that you have set. Why?


Observe Your Emotions and Chose Your Reactions

You can kill many birds with the same stone (this is actually not a nice expression but you know what I mean). You do not have to take on many different actions. When you can address the “emotions” thing and choose your reactions, you make progress in many different areas.


Mortality Shows Up and Asks What You Want

Earlier this week we were on a short weekend holiday with the family; playing in the pool, having a cold beer at the beach and eating some nice food. During a lunch, my wife took a picture of me and my daughter. When I had a look at the picture, I got a shock. I saw my father and my daughter.


Your Core Values

How many emails do you get every day from internet marketers? I probably get 5 to 10 or so. I subscribe regularly to these email lists. Why? Most of the emails go straight into the trash, but you know: these guys and girls live from hooking you first on free content and sometimes they give you actually something valuable. So  I got an email on Core Values.


Introducing the Week Planner

Later today, or better at 8.30 this morning, I will make a template for my Week Schedule or my Week Planner. I like the term Planner more since it sounds if I am more active involved in it. A Schedule sounds more like something that comes from above.


When will I finally set my challenging goals?

There are two things that I have become aware of that I can do to make myself more successful. One is to set challenging goals for myself. The other one is to create a weekly activity schedule. Still I have not done either of them. Why not?


With all my sentence completion exercises and reading about self-improvement, these two factors always come up: setting challenging goals and creating and maintaining a weekly schedule. And still, I am not doing this.