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Das gesprochene Wort hat einen Vorteil: Wir können die Gedanken, ehe sie unseren Mund verlassen, noch einmal prüfen . Wollen wir dem Chef wirklich mitteilen, dass wir ihn für einen Idioten halten? Besser nicht, also formulieren wir: "Ihr Vorschlag ist in der Tat außergewöhnlich, doch stattdessen könnten wir auch ..." Aber was, wenn Ihre Körpersprache Sie zu diesem Zeitpunkt längst verraten hat? Wenn Sie die Fäuste geballt haben, wie ein Boxer kurz vorm Kampf; wenn Sie Ihre Augenbrauen nach oben ziehen, als hätten Sie ein Kind bei einer Dummheit beobachtet; wenn Ihre Stimme, Ihre Mimik und Ihr ganzer Körper ausdrücken: "Saudumme Idee, Chef!"?
Viele fundierte Untersuchungen belegen, dass Selbstmotivation weniger vom äußeren Rahmen als vielmehr vom inneren Erleben und der persönlichen Einstellung jedes Menschen beeinflusst ist. Sich selbst zu motivieren ist ein kreativer Prozess - manchmal sicher mühsam, aber oft lebendig und voller Chancen für ein Plus an Lebensqualität. Wir alle kennen lustlose Stunden und müde Tage. Die Aufgaben erscheinen nicht interessant, das Umfeld inspiriert auch nicht gerade und man findet keinen rechten Ansatzpunkt, um beherzt loszulegen. Manche Menschen neigen in solchen Situationen dazu, auf die Firma zu schimpfen oder auf den Chef. Oder sie äußern sich unzufrieden über das Gehalt und die Arbeitsmittel.
Having worked in small, agile companies with extreme focus, this kind of email really angers me. This seems to be the attitude of many employees at large companies that produce products I use every day. But for some reason, nobody with power in these organizations seems to care enough to cause forward change. Fostering a culture that strives for perfection cannot possibly be a bad thing, and I deeply respect people who work hard from the lower ranks to cut through the crap and try to inflict change in the right direction. But it's clear that doesn't work. Change has to come from the top.
Editor’s note: This is an exclusive excerpt from the course, How To Email Important People . As web professionals, we spend a significant amount of time communicating through email. In many cases, getting a fast response to our emails can mean the difference between enjoying our job and stressing about deadlines.
It’s a scenario most solo web professionals find themselves in now and then: You have the opportunity to work on a project that includes something you haven’t done before, and that something is pretty big. Maybe it’s editing video for the web, conducting user-testing, or creating a mobile web design . Whatever it is, it seems to be a capability worth adding to your repertoire. But how do you know if it’s the right move?
<img class="aligncenter" title="soap 12" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/04/soap-12.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="300" /> “A paste of lye and water can burn through an aluminum pan. A solution of lye and water will dissolve a wooden spoon. Combined with water, lye heats to over two hundred degrees, and as it heats it burns into the back of my hand…on the lap of my bloodstained pants…” -Passage from Fight Club , by Chuck Palahniuk If you’ve ever seen the movie or read the book Fight Club , then you know what a potentially volatile endeavor the making of soap can be.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-18026" title="lang" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/06/lang.jpg" alt="" width="450" height="289" /> Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Benny the Irish polyglot who writes at Fluent in 3 Months . Imagine being able to blend in undetected in another country. Imagine exchanging inside jokes at a foreign restaurant in another language.
A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? Of course not, and I don't aim to be. But I know where everything is, I know what I need to do today, I don't forget things most of the time, and my house is uncluttered and relatively clean (well, as clean as you can get when you have toddlers and big kids running around).
My body is incompatible with Earth. It has a daily sleep-wake cycle that lasts about 28 hours instead of 24 hours, which means each day I stay awake about four hours longer than most people. In the middle of the week, I sometimes find myself waking up at 11PM and going to bed in the early afternoon the next day. When I was younger, people thought I was insane. The only thing I remember of elementary school is being tired. Eventually, I discovered that if I stuck to a 28-hour schedule, my body was happy; I woke up rested, went to sleep tired, and everything worked great.
Minimalism isn't the end-all-be-all of productivity , but many of us could use some help, or just inspiration, in ignoring the unnecessary. Leo Babauta, author of the Zen Habits blog, offers a free ebook that provides a pared-down perspective. Babauta's Focus is available in two forms. One is a free and entirely unrestricted PDF. The other is a Premium Version that includes much more material, including audio interviews with author Seth Godin , Getting Things Done leader David Allen , bonus chapters from other writers, and a lot of what seems like approachable advice on doing the things you instinctively want to do, but can't always convince yourself of. It's worth at least a peek through the free version, to see what Babauta covers that you wouldn't mind a new frame of mind in.
If you’re trying to do anything productively a system, and at some stage a routine, should be set. This is important for everything working from home or elsewhere. When you’re home all day and don’t have routines in place your day may become a shamble with nothing getting done properly. Likewise, if you return home after work to a list of jobs and no order or routine, it may be difficult to even get started. Unclutterer has some examples for different job routines around the house that will make life easier.
It’s a little scary for me to think that there are a mere 3 weeks left in 2010. One question: Where did the year go? January 1st seems to sneak up on us every year, and every year we madly try to figure out what our resolutions will be and what we’re going to accomplish in the coming year.
Google Health has been permanently discontinued. All data remaining in Google Health user accounts as of January 2, 2013 has been systematically destroyed, and Google is no longer able to recover any Google Health data for any user. To learn more about this announcement, see our blog post , or answers to frequently-asked questions below. Frequently-asked questions Is there any way to retrieve my Google Health data from Google? No -- all remaining user data has been permanently and irrevocably deleted from the Google Health system starting on January 2, 2013.
In need of a last-minute gift? Need something to do between turkey dinners? Or how about a massive attempt at self-organisation for the New Year? Just in time for the holidays, I’m pleased to announce version 1.0 of my Do-It-Yourself Planner system. Almost every template has been revised somewhat from the beta versions, a new graphical look and feel is taking shape, there’s a new “To Buy” form, the instructions are now fleshed out, and there’s plenty of room for customising the package to your individual tastes and circumstances. So much so, that I’m officially removing the “GTD” from its name.
15 Ways to Improve Freelance Creativity Posted by Tom Walker on January 29th in Freelancer . We’re all creative, there’s no doubt about that. Nobody is born without creative tendencies and abilities; it’s just that some people are better at putting their ideas on paper and relaying them to other people. A lot of it is to do with confidence. If you’re confident that your ideas are great, other people will think so too!