How to heal our smartphone-addled, overworked brains. By David Rock FORTUNE -- When cars first became popular 100 years ago, there were no road rules or speed limits to begin with. Inspired by the freedom of their speedy new toys, drivers zoomed around as fast as they could. Crashes were a constant. Today's speedy new toys, the smartphone and tablet, help people work when, where, and how they want. Excited by their newfound freedom, people are staying connected 24/7, working as fast as they can. A creative team that used to debrief with their client by video once a week from the office is now on video daily from their tablets. Traveling at the speed of confusion Perhaps the biggest implication of our new speed is what this is doing to our lives, and in particular to our brains.
MORE: What to do when networking isn't working The fire hose of information was driving folks more than a little crazy. Ironically, the biggest casualty of everyone being so connected is productivity. Shutting down MORE: The new United States of Booze Focus. How To Be More Productive (Without Even Trying) In my life I have met quite a few hyper productive people. They worked in fields as varied as advertising , academia, law, and banking. If there is one thing these very different characters all had in common, that is that they were all extremely passionate for what they were doing - even if the reasons underlying their passions were often quite different. The secret to productivity is no doubt working on something you enjoy - and in order to do that, you have to take certain risks, such as not doing what you don't enjoy.
This seems like an easily avoidable scenraio, yet most people are trapped in careers they would not pick if they were given the choice again - and because they can be failry good at those things, they just keep going... In the past couple of decades, business psychologists have been paying increasing attention to the so-called "high potential" employees (often just called "hi-po's"). Would it be a complete utopia to think of a world where there reverse was true?
Secrets of the Super-Productive. How to Be Ultra Productive — 10 Tips for Mastering Your Time Now. "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. " – William Penn "Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. " – Thomas Edison "It’s how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it. " – Marcia Wieder Do you ever wish you had more time to do everything?
The following are ten tip to help master your time, interspersed with thoughtful quotes, many of which from well known, successful individuals who have (obviously) made good use of their time. 1. "It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. 2. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. " – Steve Jobs "If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got. " – Lee Iacocca 3. "The bad news is time flies. For tips on successful self-management, see my articles Are You a Poor Communicator? 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. How To Get Some Extra Work Time and Energy. How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish there were more time in the workday to get things done?”
Here are some simple techniques that can be used to help find that extra time and energy at work. Have a Plan (Set Goals ) In the same way that a successful company needs a business plan, it is important to have a personal work plan – a well-thought-out scheme to help guide and direct your work activities. The plan should consist of concrete and measurable goals, with a time frame for completing them. However, rather than setting firm deadlines which can lead to pressure and stress , it is a good idea to have some flexibility. For example, your ideal date for finishing a report might be August 1st, but you might set August 10th as a “realistic” completion date, with August 15th as the absolute deadline. Organize Your Work Day Develop a consistent daily work schedule and stick to it! Learn to Delegate Effectively Learn which tasks can be delegated and which need your personal attention.
Four Ways to Find More Time. There is never enough time. However, it is possible to find extra time if you are conscious about your judgment of time. A change in perception can give you a better sense of time. According to researchers Sanford Devoe and Julian House, thinking of time in terms of money shapes how we view time well spent . Devoe and House asked participants to take a period of time to enjoy music or putter around the Internet for pleasure. Before one group started, they were asked to share their hourly wage at work. Those who didn’t think about money enjoyed their time. Creativity demands we have periods of time where we don’t think about work or problems. There is a reason why you come up with great ideas in your sleep. If you are conscious about how you are spending your time, you might be able to speed up time. Additionally, making a plan and sticking to it can narrow your focus so you can’t see alternatives and time-savers right in front of you.
I hope you found reading this post time well spent! Defeat Depression and Procrastination Simultaneously. When you feel depressed, you suffer from a painful down mood. You may withdraw from life, feel a profound sense of loneliness and worthlessness, and believe that life will continue in this way forever. Can you turn this bad situation about? You can if you don't procrastinate. In both procrastination and depression , you may avoid taking corrective action. Believe you are helpless to overcome a depressed mood and reconnect with other people, and you've given yourself an excuse to procrastinate. Pessimism is both an excuse and a hypothesis. If you feel swamped by depressing pessimistic thoughts, use my flip technique. Here are some other steps: (1) Keep connected to other people, and you'll feel less lonely. (2) Work with a counselor who specializes in depression. (3) Read and use concepts from self-help books on depression that are written by doctorial level mental health specialists.
Taking corrective action for depression, such as the above, will normally prove challenging. 1. 2. 3. 4. How to Get More Done in Much Less Time. How to Get More Done in Much Less Time By Derek Franklin / Creator of The Action Machine If you give me just a few minutes of your time, I promise to deliver back to you much more in return.
In just a moment I'm going to reveal to you a simple system you can begin using right now (yes, I give you everything). This system will allow you to easily re-capture more hours in your day, more days in your week, and even more weeks in your year. It's the perfect solution for you if you regularly find yourself looking back at at your life wondering what in the world happened to all your time, and why you have very few results to show for it. It's going to help you take care of all the things you have to do on a regular basis, from the small stuff like checking email and reading the news, to the more important tasks, like building your business and spending quality time with your family.
In other words, it turned me into an action machine! So, If you're ready to learn it... 1. 2. 3. Learn more here... Due Tomorrow. Do Tomorrow. The problem for some of us is that these mean the same thing. I'll do it when it's due. Anyway, I'll feel more like doing it tomorrow. Well, at least that's what we want to believe. In fact, there's good reason to think that we really feel more like doing it tomorrow. Certainly we believe we'll feel more like doing it as compared to doing it right now. Here's how I think this story goes: There's lots of things we don't want to do, at least not in that intrinsically desired sense. Even when we have an intention to do something now, knowing that we'll probably be worse off for any delay, we still don't want to do it, and we feel negative emotions.
We don't like negative emotions. So, instead of feeling awful with the task at hand, we give in to feel good . The moment we put off the task, even though there might be some rumblings of guilt somewhere inside, we are feeling better. On top of all of this, we know we work best under pressure . Oops, this is in fact the whole problem. Ten Ways to Organize Your Time, Talents and Energy. I am always intrigued by humanity’s belief that at midnight on December 31 st a new year will begin and life will be different.
Not only will it be different a myriad number of changes are going to be made simultaneously. Have you been unable to stop smoking , lose weight, give up coffee or start exercising? No problem: now you can achieve success across the board. Why? You can of course make changes but in my experience it’s best to consider a few things before you start. Ten things for you to organize your time, talents and energy before you make your New Year’s Resolutions: 1. Don’t just write down the same old/same old. 2. Just about everyone in America has some weight to lose and you may be in that majority. 3. Perhaps you want to lose weight for your upcoming high school reunion or to make your spouse happy? 4. 5. 6. It’s best to know who is going to be in your corner and what their assistance will look like. 7.
Probably the easiest solution is to be silent. Are You Busy but Inefficient? How to Be Ultra Productive Now. 9 Reasons to Wake Up Early. As it is 9/9 today, I thought it would be good to revamp my earlier article about 9 Reasons to Wake Up Early. Having good reasons to wake up and things to do is a half of success on the way to becoming an early riser. I hope that among the listed reasons you’ll find those that can light a burning desire within you. Here is the link to the article: If you have any other ideas or reasons why it is good to wake up early and what you could do at morning time, you are welcome to leave your comments on this page. Forgive the hopping, article page doesn't allow comments to be added. My custom blogging platform needs an update :( Technorati tags: productivity, time management, personal development, personal growth, self help, self improvement, successsleep, tips, lifehack,
17 Ways to Wake Up Feeling Fresh in the Morning. Okay so we know that waking up and doing things in the morning is the best way to achieve our goals in life. We can exercise, study, work, meditate, etc. much better than other times in the day. However, most of us feel pretty crap in the morning. So what can we do about it? How can we wake up ready for work?
Ways to wake up feeling fresh in the morning Here are some things you can do in the short term and the long term so that you will wake up fresh and energetic in the morning. The Night Before 1. Coffee, red wine and chocolate have been scientifically shown to disturb your sleep more than any other food. 2. Before you go to bed make sure your partner is happy (as much as you can) and make sure that you are happy with them. 3. Meditate or pray or do whatever you do. 4. 5. For those of you who don’t know Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of setting up your home in a way that balances the energies and vibes by putting furniture in certain “hot spots”. 6.
During the Night 7. 8. 9. Not true. Power Napping for Increased Productivity, Stress Management and Health - Take a Power Nap - Power Nap and The Benefits of Sleep. Why A Power Nap? Facts on Sleep: While small children typically take naps in the afternoon, our culture generally frowns upon mid-day sleep; however, even in those who get enough sleep (but particularly in those who don’t), many people experience a natural increase in drowsiness in the afternoon, about 8 hours after waking.
And research shows that you can make yourself more alert, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning with a nap. Mid-day sleep, or a ‘power nap’, means more patience, less stress, better reaction time, increased learning, more efficiency, and better health. Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of sleep and how a power nap can help you! How Much Sleep Do You Need? The Effects of Missed Sleep: Sleep is cumulative; if you lose sleep one day, you feel it the next.
How Long Should I Sleep? Many experts advise to keep the nap between 15 and 30 minutes, as sleeping longer gets you into deeper stages of sleep, from which it’s more difficult to awaken. Take A Nap In The Afternoon. This tip may not work for all - some people just can't fall asleep quickly enough at day time. Give it a try and watch your body reaction.
Studies show that 20 minutes of afternoon nap gives more rest to the body than 20 minutes of sleep in the morning. Use this powerful refreshing tool to get energized till the end of the day. Best time to take a nap is midday, otherwise you risk to shift your sleeping pattern. It's recommended that you sleep for no more than 30 minutes, or you will feel drowsy after waking up. Use an alarm clock until your body gets used to the afternoon nap. Once you get accustomed to sleep at day time, you will fell that you need less time for the night sleep, and getting up early will become much easier! Here is couple of links to articles discovering the power of taking a nap (btw, sometimes it called "power nap" :) - At last, an excuse for the afternoon nap Power Napping for Increased Productivity, Stress Relief & Health.
Alarm clocks are bad. How to wake up and feel better. Waking up abruptly by the sound of an alarm clock is an inherently unnatural thing to do. Sometimes you can wake up after 8 hours and feel like crap. Other times, you can wake up after 6 hours and feel completely rested. The problem lies in what you're doing when you're suddenly woken up from your slumber. I use a very simple, safe, and free (as in beer) system that I think works quite well and is more natural than suddenly waking up to a buzzer.
I don't drink coffee. I don't drink soda/pop/cola (regularly). Sleep is not just a single thing that happens to you at night. The traditional alarm clock has a set time to wake you up, but you could be in any stage of sleep when that happens. This guy claims to sleep in 90 minute intervals to attempt to wake up during "light" sleep. There are commercial products that attempt to measure your EEG and wake you up during "light" sleep. I use a very simple system that can be done by even the most frugal of people. Digg this article. Why Alarm Clocks Can Be Bad and How To Use Them in the Right Way.
We continue our quest to find the best ways on how to wake yourself up early in the morning and do it consistently. If you search the web for "how to wake up early" or "alarm clocks" keywords combination you will definitely find Vincent Cheung’s article Alarm clocks are bad. How to wake up and feel better. This article has got almost 3,000 diggs and a number of links for a reason – it includes the trick on how to wake up early that Vincent has successfully used for years and now shares with the readers of his blog. To better understand how this trick works and why it works I recommend you first to check one of my previous posts on how sleep works. In short, there are 5 stages of sleep – drowsy sleep, light sleep, two stages of deep sleep and REM sleep. And this is where Vincent’s trick comes into play. . I use a very simple system that can be done by even the most frugal of people.
To use this trick successfully you need to adjust the time between first and second alarm. Strike with Overwhelming Force. How to Wake Up Early: 7 steps. How to Take a Study Break. 10 Tips for Improving Concentration. Find Your Strong: 8 Ways to Perform at Your Best. Why Productivity Won't Make You Happy. 10 Weekly Ten Minute Practices to Boost Work Productivity. Avoid Distractions! Now!
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