We are all Muddling Through – Music on the Mind. Earlier this week, this tweet really unsettled me: (It was in response to a thread about the life of #KathleenLonsdale).
I thought: hang on a minute, I can tick those boxes but that doesn’t mean I’m a women who has it all….. but then I realised – that’s the problem. It’s all about perspective. In the midst of making the most of some of the opportunities that have come my way lately, I’ve been sucked into an academic self-promotion world of “look at me, look at me” (OK so those outside Australia might not get that reference, but hopefully you know what I mean). Not that I’m assuming anyone is looking at me thinking that I have it all – but just incase you’re tempted, I feel I should let you know: I am muddling through – and I’m pretty sure every other women who from the outside appears to “have it all” would say the same.
But as long as we keep putting a value on these things as worthy of inspiration, we’ll continue to feel terrible when we don’t measure up…. Smart Determined Kids Strong. Why You Can’t Work at Work. Question: What is your take on the typical workplace?
Jason Fried: Yeah, my feeling is that the modern workplace is structured completely wrong. It’s really optimized for interruptions. And interruptions are the enemy of work. They are the enemy of productivity, they are the enemy of creativity, they are the enemy of everything. But that’s what the modern workplace is all about, it’s interruptions. What happens is, is that you show up at work and you sit down and you don’t just immediately begin working, like you have to roll into work. Then when the meeting’s over, you’re probably pissed off anyway because it was a waste of time and then the meeting’s over and you don’t just go right back to work again, you got to kind of slowly get back into work.
Product Demo. Bullet Journal: The Analog system for the digital age – The analog system for the digital age. Super charged academic productivity? My background in architecture offices has given me a range of time and project management skills that are helpful in my second career as an academic. I think I’m pretty good at working multiple projects with complex dependencies, but moving into a management role at ANU has pushed me to my limit. For years I’ve been using a simple to-do list system based on Cal Newport’s “How to be a straight A student”. I’ve been coping using this simple pen and paper method (just), but in January I hit crisis point.
Two valued staff members left within a couple of months and I temporarily added their work to my already over burdened to-do list. My friend and extreme productivity guru Dr Jason Downs listened to my whingeing and suggested Omnifocus2. Jason told me Omnifocus2 was different because it is built around the famous ‘Getting Things Done’ (GTD) by David Allen. For example, I’m writing a book based on the blog for University of New South Wales Press (yay!). I hope this review has been helpful. The art and science of well-being at work. Leaders of high-intensity, high-performing organizations are beginning to recognize the important effects of mindfulness, exercise, and sleep on the body—and the brain.
Audio Living in a fast-paced, digitally focused, hyperconnected world often means sacrificing the ability to step back and take a breath. In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, McKinsey Publishing’s Lucia Rahilly taps principal Manish Chopra, specialist Els van der Helm, and author and McKinsey alumna Caroline Webb for their experience and expertise on the mind–body connection and why executives are increasingly taking notice.
Podcast transcript Lucia Rahilly: Welcome to the McKinsey Podcast. We’re going to talk about sleep and other risks to executive well-being posed by today’s relentlessly fast and furious work culture. 300+ Awesome Free Internet Resources You Should Know. Ali Mese is a freelancer, wanderer, and contributor to few startup projects.
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