Unclutterer: Daily tips on how to organize your home and office. Debunking The Myth of Multitasking. In a fast-paced business culture of "get everything done yesterday," it's easy to admire and reward those busybusy people who always seem to be juggling 14 things at once. But business coach Dave Crenshaw argues that the most common kind of multitasking doesn't boost productivity—it slows you down. In his new book, The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done , Crenshaw explains the difference between "background tasking"—like watching TV while exercising—and "switchtasking," juggling two tasks by refocusing your attention back and forth between them, and losing time and progress in the switch.
Crenshaw's on a mission to reduce distractions, interruptions, and fire-fighting at work, and create environments that let employees see through tasks with their full attention before moving onto the next thing. Here's what Crenshaw had to say when I asked him a few questions about changing perceptions and habits around multitasking. Photo by Elsie esq. . The Effortless Way to Achieve Any Goal. We all want to grow. Whether that means being more successful, having more control over our lives, being more financially secure or being happier and more content. One thing we know for sure, day dreaming will not get us there. We need to have goals and we need to work towards achieving them. But so often the things we want to achieve seem so far off and so difficult that we either give up before we’ve begun or we fall at the first hurdle.
Achieving our goals, however, doesn’t have to be like this. Here are a few suggestions for tackling goals without a lot of stress. Be a visionary What will your life look like when you have achieved your goal ? A visionary is not someone who simply has grand ideas, important though these ideas are. Inspiration in available in spades. Prepare well: have a plan If you want to get from New York to LA, you need a plan. You will need to break down your goal into lots of smaller ‘mini-goals.’ Set monthly or quarterly goals.
Michael. How to Find Time for New Habits. “I’m too busy to exercise.” Even if it were true, it isn’t a reasonable excuse. Exercise gives you more energy to do work. In many ways, most people are too busy not to exercise. But still, a lot of people feel they don’t have time for starting new habits like exercise, reading or doing extra work. Being able to find time is a big obstacle in starting new habits. I’d like to make two arguments. Time is never the most limited resource in your day. You Have Enough Time Even when you’re extremely busy, you aren’t using your time with 100% efficiency. Why aren’t you completely efficient? The real limiting factor for productivity is your energy levels and ability to pay attention. You might not be able to insert another 4-5 hours into your schedule without making some sacrifices.
I first suspected time wasn’t the real problem during an extremely busy period in my life over a year ago. However, after a few weeks off, due to illness, I stopped exercising. Paying Attention is Expensive.
How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love. “Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.” But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrive at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery. Still, there are certain factors — certain choices — that make it easier. Gathered here are insights from seven thinkers who have contemplated the art-science of making your life’s calling a living.
Every few months, I rediscover and redevour Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham’s fantastic 2006 article, How to Do What You Love. What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. More of Graham’s wisdom on how to find meaning and make wealth can be found in Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age. 16. 28. This is your life. Ten Methods I Use to Keep Productive Wherever I’m At. Over the past month, I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling – family-related trips, vacations, and so on. That basically means that I’ve been managing my writing and other professional obligations out of my travel bag for the most part. How do I do that? How do I manage to keep up with my writing, keep adequate research materials with me, keep track of my ideas and ongoing projects, and manage all of it effectively enough so that I can sit down anywhere and get right down to business.
While figuring out how to write this post, I started by simply making a list of the little things that really add up when taken as a whole, and when I had them all written out, I realized that it might be really effective to just list them all. So, here are ten productivity tips I’ve found that help me keep my ideas and writing straight as a writer on the road. Get a good messenger-style bag.
Utilize those pockets sensibly. Use Backpack to manage notes for projects and meetings and store to-do lists. The fastest ToDo List is a ToDo Album ... I have to face it. Whenever I need it, it is easier to find the nearest digital camera than pen and paper. With this in mind, I have tried to change my approach to the classical ToDo list technique. Why don't replace text notes with photos ? That's my recipe: 1.
When I see something that needs to be fixed (something to buy, to repair, to clean, to move), I take a snapshot of it. It is simple and it needs one second: the photo doesn't need to be a masterpiece, I just need that the subject is recognizable. 2. 2. 3. That's all, and that's incredibly simple and intuitive. I have done a quick research, and found I am not the only one to use this technique and, for sure, not the first :) Tell me if you tried this, and if it was successful. (bonus - here are some examples) .. coffe is finished ... .. toothpaste is finished ... .. my car needs new tyres ...