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I have had the privilege to meet, work, and connect with a lot of awesome people this year. The coolest part? I know they are all working on awesome things for 2012. I wanted to feature a bunch of incredible cubicle renegades that are going to do great things in 2012. This list includes many people that have inspired me to live a more genuine and passion filled life. I hope you find some new people in this list to follow, listen to, be encouraged by, and learn from.
We’ve all had it happen to us. A whole day flew by and it felt like a total waste. Everything took twice as long as it was supposed to, countless hours were spent surfing the web, and a marathon of your favorite show just couldn’t be missed. It happens to the best of us. But what if you could reengineer the things you waste time on, so that the time wasters actually make you smarter, better, and more awesome? Some may say that everyone needs their downtime to do nothing, recover, and start anew.
Improvement doesn’t come in one fell swoop. Improving takes time, effort, determination, and focus. Becoming good at things may be considered a lost art, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t always be working on getting better at something everyday.
You might think that creatives as diverse as Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, industrial design firm Studio 7.5, and bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami would have little in common. In fact, the tenets that guide how they – and exceptionally productive creatives across the board – make ideas happen are incredibly similar. Here are 10 laws of productivity we’ve consistently observed among serial idea executors: 1. Break the seal of hesitation.
No one likes the feeling that other people are waiting – impatiently – for you to get back to them.At the beginning of the day, faced with an overflowing inbox, a list of messages on your voicemail, and the to-do list from your last meeting, it’s tempting to want to “clear the decks” before you start on your own most important work. When you’re up-to-date, you tell yourself, your mind will be clear and it will be easier to focus on the task at hand. T he trouble with this approach is that you end up spending the best part of the day on other people’s priorities, running their errands, and giving them what they need.
Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a thousand satellite radio stations. When walking from one place to another, we have our devices streaming data from dozens of sources. Even at our bedside, we now have our iPads with heaps of digital apps and the world’s information at our fingertips. T here has been much discussion about the value of the “ creative pause ” – a state described as “the shift from being fully engaged in a creative activity to being passively engaged, or the shift to being disengaged altogether.”
What are you planning to do when you retire? Do you hope to travel, spend time with friends and family, take up new hobbies or volunteer to support a cause?
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