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Change Management. Chaos and Complexity. It would come as a surprise to some that they deal with complexity and chaos routinely.

Chaos and Complexity

This series of blogs takes the reader through the strange yet familiar world of chaos and complexity. From strange attractors that tug on and distort situations to self-similarity where we bond with others to achieve goals the reader is taken on a tour of the terminology and systems that make up the surrealistic world of chaos and complexity. It is all brought back to the familiar to cement a connection with this relatively new way to view the world and benefit from what it has to offer. Here are the list of articles in the series “Chaos and Complexity” Flexible Focus. William Reed, a bilingual bestselling author living for almost 4 decades in Japan, takes us on a tour of how to Master the Mandala Chart, an innovative thinking and planning tool which helps you achieve life/work balance with a flexible perspective.

Flexible Focus

Check out the Flexible Focus WebBrain Index for a visual depiction of the topics in this series Following are the already published posts in this series: Mastering the Mandala Chart Flexible Focus #1: Inside the Mandala Chart – A zoom lens for your life This introductory post provides answers to the fundamental questions on Mandala Charts and sets the context of what the author means by “Flexible Focus”.

The Mandala Chart comprises of 8 sections, each section divided into various topics. The Art of Flexible Focus The framework of Wisdom The 8 Frames of Life Mandala Tools Japanology Thinking Inside the Box The Temple of Templates Art of Abundance Summary Section: Following are the summary posts: Bonus Section: Flexible Focus #37: Navigate with Nanba!


70: The Carp of Creativity. If you have ever been in Japan in early May then you will remember how the landscape is covered with carp streamer kites (koinobori), suspended on high poles and streaming in the wind.

70: The Carp of Creativity

These are to celebrate Children’s Day (Boy’s Day) on May 5th, and are flown in hopes that boys will grow up strong and healthy. This national holiday follows the Girl’s Day Japanese Doll Festival on March 3rd. The symbolism of the koinobori is based on the legend that the carp swims against the stream, climbs a waterfall, and becomes a dragon. It is a powerful picture of the power of swimming against the stream, the very opposite of going with the flow. Author Steven Pressfield wrote a book called The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, which describes a process by which writers, artists, musicians, and anyone engaged in a creative endeavor can overcome the internal and external resistance which comes of swimming upstream to create something new.

Passion. William Reed: Home. Flexible Focus. 30 Useful iPad Apps for Business & Presentation. Apple sold more than 1 million copies of iPads in the first 3 months.

30 Useful iPad Apps for Business & Presentation

This gadget is definitely more than just a larger version of iPhone or iPod touch. With 4x the screen of an iPhone, the iPad’s display is ideal for reading and for presentations. In today’s post, we’d like to highlight some really useful iPad applications that might replace the things you do daily with your laptop or netbook. With a piece of iPad and these applications, you probably don’t need to carry a laptop around.

Here are 30 useful iPad applications for Business and Presentation you might find handy on your next project pitch or business trip. Full list after jump. Presentations KeynoteKeynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. CorkulousCorkulous is incredible idea board for iPad to collect, organize, and share your ideas that feel completely natural. Power Presenter This application is used for Presentation. Graph, Charts, Diagram & Statistic Planning Page & Documents Meetings. Project, Task, Time Management. Stepcase Lifehack 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily.

We all want to get stuff done, whether it’s the work we have to do so we can get on with what we want to do, or indeed, the projects we feel are our purpose in life.

Stepcase Lifehack 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily

To that end, here’s a collection of 50 hacks, tips, tricks, and mnemonic devices I’ve collected that can help you work better. Most Important Tasks (MITs): At the start of each day (or the night before) highlight the three or four most important things you have to do in the coming day. Do them first. If you get nothing else accomplished aside from your MITs, you’ve still had a pretty productive day.Big Rocks: The big projects you’re working on at any given moment. Set aside time every day or week to move your big rocks forward.Inbox Zero: Decide what to do with every email you get, the moment you read it.

Why Time Management is Dumb. Guest post by Kola Olaosebikan You probably know lots of people that do their best work when they are sweating bullets under tight deadlines.

Why Time Management is Dumb

Under the same conditions, others feel overwhelmed and stressed out. If you fall into the first category, much of this article will not apply to you – in particular, if you like tight deadlines AND you are a chronic procrastinator, you might want to click away from this post. How Smart are SMART goals for YOUR Time Management? You see, there is a general understanding that Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-constrained (SMART) goals are required in order to make progress in life and master time management. Do you really need a specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, time-driven modus operandi for your household chores? On a personal note, I happen to work extremely well under pressure; however, I do have moments when I need some stress-free existence.

The Case for un-SMART Time Management Goals Heresy! Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life. “Simplicity is the peak of civilization.” – Jessie Sampter By Leo Babauta A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person.

Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life

For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you. It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value. However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. If you’re interested in simplifying your life, this is a great starter’s guide (if you’re not interested, move on).

The Short List For the cynics who say that the list below is too long, there are really only two steps to simplifying: Identify what’s most important to you.Eliminate everything else. Of course, that’s not terribly useful unless you can see how to apply that to different areas of your life, so I present to you the Long List. 29 Semi-Productive Things I Do Online When I’m Trying to Avoid R. Post written by: Marc Chernoff Email You don’t always have to work hard to be productive. Productivity can simply be the side effect of doing the right things. So here’s a list of 29 semi-productive things I do online when my mind is set on avoiding ‘real work.’

Check delicious popular tags like ‘useful,’ ‘tutorials,’ ‘tips,’ ‘howto,’ ‘advice,’ ‘entrepreneurship,’ etc. for interesting, educational articles to read.Watch one of the thousands of educational videos streaming at, Academic Earth and Teacher Tube.Read an online book list and find a new book to grab next time I’m at the library. Oh, and ever since I bought my new (super sexy) Apple iPad , I’ve been enjoying all of these sites on the go and catching looks from almost everyone who passes me while I browse. So what kind of semi-productive things do you do online in your off-time? Photo by: Colorblind Picaso Party Casino If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. Working Better: How to Carve Out Time to Think - Business. Every three months, GOOD releases our quarterly magazine, which examines a given theme through our unique lens.

Working Better: How to Carve Out Time to Think - Business

Recent editions have covered topics like the impending global water crisis, the future of transportation, and the amazing rebuilding of New Orleans. This quarter's issue is about work, and we'll be rolling out a variety of stories all month. A few decades ago, career paths were more linear. A good company boy or girl could work at the same place for decades, climbing up the corporate ladder one promotion at a time. These days, not so much. Log your time for a week. Treat thinking sessions like doctor’s appointments. Plan for your sessions. Recognize that creating strategic-thinking time is a habit. Time Management Essentials: 13 Routines For Improving Your Life. I’m usually against adopting strict, boring routines in my lifestyle, unless they can really improve the quality of my life.

Time Management Essentials: 13 Routines For Improving Your Life

But even yet, I don’t like boring things at all, so I just prefer to stick with the ones that are both exciting and that can make a big difference. In this post I’m going to list some of those routines that are part of the latter category. I’m going to talk about daily, weekly and monthly routines that have made noticeable difference in my lifestyle. Daily Routines The following are things that I do on a daily basis: Organize for the day ahead. These were just some examples of things that you can do daily, now let’s move to the weekly list. Weekly routines These are the things that I do on a weekly basis: Weekly review. Monthly routines I don’t have many monthly routines, but those that I have are very important: Check your goals.

How to keep track of all these routines To keep track of all these routines, write them down in a small notebook, one category per page. How to Find Enough Time to Do Everything You Want. We could all do with a few more hours in the day.

How to Find Enough Time to Do Everything You Want

There are so many different things we want to do, in every aspect of our lives. We want to improve our financial status, get further with our career, take part in the hobbies which bring us alive, and give something back to the world. No wonder we get overwhelmed. No wonder we end up aimlessly surfing the net or watching reruns on TV, because we just don’t know where to begin. Figure Out What You WantFirst, it’s absolutely crucial to know what you want. To figure out what you want, you need to: Get rid of all those “shoulds” and “ought tos” that come from parents / friends / society.Find your true values – not just those obvious desires like “I want more money” or “I want to be thin”.Look deep inside to work out what really matters to you.Get a sense of possibilities: don’t rule anything out, even if it seems like it’s too hard or too big a goal. Then ask, “If I could have only one more of these, which would I choose?”

80 Ways to Steal Valuable Minutes for Your Work Day : Lifestyle. How to Find Time to Learn Something New or Tackle a Passion Project. Don't make random lists of exciting things you'd like to accomplish. Try to pick just one. (This is very, very hard.) Take two weeks, a month, if necessary, to decide if you really care enough about whatever it is to make the sacrifices to pursue it. Create a draft schedule into which you fit your activity, or at least visualize making the time to do it, which probably means not doing other immediately pleasurable things or saying "No" to people.

Make lists of resources or supplies or equipment/facilities you'd need. If at the end of this period of reflection you're still interested, go for it and try to commit for a reasonable period of time. If you can find a way to make yourself to accountable to someone other than yourself, do it. How To Find Time For… Everything! Advertisement Time management is one of the most important skills a freelance worker can learn. With a good time management system you can easily find the time to do the things that are important to you, whether in your professional or personal life. Successful time management can be challenging, especially to those who are new to freelancing or being self-employed. When you have a boss telling you what to do and when to do it by, it’s much easier to prioritize and figure out what needs to be done and when. But when you’re not only dealing with client deadlines but also all of the day-to-day parts of running a business, on top of trying to maintain some sort of life outside of work, time management gets a whole lot trickier.

Below are sixteen tips to help you better manage your time and find the time to participate in the things that are important to you. Also consider our previous articles: 1. Experiment with different organizational systems until you find one that really works for you. Time Management/Focus. Project, Task, Time Management. Productivity 1. Weekis - week planner, todo list, task manager. The Official Time-Waster's Guide v3.0.