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When Your Calling Seems Vague and Unclear, You’re on the Right Track. When Your Calling Seems Vague and Unclear, You’re on the Right Track Most people don’t know what to do with their lives.

When Your Calling Seems Vague and Unclear, You’re on the Right Track

And that’s okay. “We see in order to move; we move in order to see.” —William Gibson These days, there’s a lot of talk about discovering your dream. More and more people are unwilling to exchange their ideals for a paycheck. I’m sure there are people who know exactly what they were born to do, who have had a vision of their life since they were six years old. So where do you go from there, if all you’ve got is an itch, a vague premonition of an un-lived life?

That was the question I sought to answer in my book, The Art of Work. Lesson 1: Don’t wait for clarity “I have never had clarity. The other day, I was on a call with a young woman who was passionate about getting involved in social work — she just didn’t know where to start. As the discussion continued, she confessed that she didn’t know what her calling was. Takeaway: Clarity comes with action. The Psychology of the Second Wind. By Maria Popova “Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake… We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources.”

The Psychology of the Second Wind

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,” Henry David Thoreau wrote in contemplating what it really means to be awake, adding: “Only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life.” Talks to watch when you don't know what to do with your life. The Secret to Productivity: Focus.

Technology has helped us do so much more, so much faster.

The Secret to Productivity: Focus

But many experts argue that work-related systems and tools haven’t necessarily made us more productive. How many times does your phone, tablet or computer chime to indicate email or a Facebook notification? The reality is that while technology has the ability to improve productivity, too many people allow it to distract. Ultimately, the key to getting more done in less time requires focus.

A cluttered, overly busy mind is like a cluttered, messy home; it takes too long to find stuff and get things done. Stop switch-tasking. Schedule tasks in blocks of time. Focus on the one-thing. This-7-minute-morning-routine-will-change-your-work-life. 5 Unusual Ways to Start Working Smarter, Not Harder, Backed by Science.

One of the things I love about the culture at Buffer is the emphasis on working smarter, not harder.

5 Unusual Ways to Start Working Smarter, Not Harder, Backed by Science

Our team is all about getting plenty of sleep, exercise and recreation time so that our time spent working is as productive as it can be. Working harder can be an easy habit to slip into, though. Sometimes it’s hard to switch off at the end of the day, or to take time out on the weekend and stop thinking about work. 5 More Unexpected Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder. I wrote a post recently about ways that you can work smarter, not harder.

5 More Unexpected Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

As I worked through the list of techniques I’d collected, the post became so long that I had to split it in half. 6 Tips to Be a Productive Procrastinator. There are advantages to putting things off—really!

6 Tips to Be a Productive Procrastinator

Here’s how to "do it tomorrow" the right way. As a freelance writer who works from home, I spend a lot of time procrastinating (if I have ever met you, even in passing, I have Facebooked/Googled you, just FYI). But I spend even more time beating myself up about my procrastination. After all, when you think of the positive attributes of yourself or someone else, “big procrastinator” never makes the list. For most of us, procrastination is synonymous with lazy. I just might be. 4 Reasons Why Being Comfortable Isn’t a Good Thing. We should all be comfortable, shouldn’t we?

4 Reasons Why Being Comfortable Isn’t a Good Thing

Well the answer may be obvious to most; yes of course everyone should have the right to a comfortable life. However comfort most often goes hand in hand with stagnation, in whatever your goals may be. Being comfortable means that you have accomplished what you think is necessary and have no further interest in pursuing goals of self-improvement in your health, career, mind and overall life. 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily. 4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management - Amy Gallo. By Amy Gallo | 1:00 PM July 22, 2014.

4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management - Amy Gallo

How-to-be-productive_530adf38cc928_w1500. The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day. Editor's Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014.

The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day

Click here to see the full list. You know that taking frequent breaks is good for your productivity, focus, and creativity, but you just never seem to get around to it. You feel stressed and exhausted when you hammer away at your keyboard all day, and the evidence is everywhere. A study earlier this year from the University of Toronto on lunch break patterns of office workers revealed the absence of a proper lunch break can actually lower productivity. John Trougakos, associate professor of Organizational Behavior & HR Management, who coauthored the study, argues our brains have a limited pool of psychological energy. Top 10 Qualities of Extremely Successful People. 25 Productivity Secrets from History's Greatest Thinkers. James Clear: How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the 'Two-Minute Rule' Recently, I've been following a simple rule that is helping me crush procrastination and making it easier for me to stick to good habits at the same time.

James Clear: How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the 'Two-Minute Rule'

I want to share it with you today so that you can try it out and see how it works in your life. The best part? It's a simple strategy that couldn't be easier to use. Daily Rituals: A Guided Tour of Writers’ and Artists’ Creative Habits. By Maria Popova Hemingway wrote standing, Nabokov on index cards, Twain while puffing cigars, and Sitwell in an open coffin. “We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone,” the William James’s famous words on habit echo. “Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.” Given this omnibus of the daily routines of famous writers was not only one of my favorite articles to research but also the most-read and -shared one in the entire history of Brain Pickings, imagine my delight at the release of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (public library) by Mason Currey, based on his blog of the same title.

Currey, who culled the famous routines from a formidable array of interviews, diaries, letters, and magazine profiles, writes in the introduction: Here's How The World's Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days. Alas, there are but 24 hours in a day. And when you have a seemingly insurmountable load of work, it can be a quite a challenge to even know where to start. But remember that history’s most legendary figures — from Beethoven to Beyonce — had just as little (or just as much) time as you have. Using the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey, RJ Andrews at Info We Trust designed some enlightening visualizations of how history’s most creative and influential figures structured their days. Unfortunately, there is no common prescription for the perfect schedule, and each person had a very different set of rituals.

Based on the charts, we learn that some of history’s icons had more eccentric habits than others. Here’s How The World’s Most Brilliant Minds Scheduled Their Days. How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Presence Over Productivity. By Maria Popova “The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less.” Traits of the disciplined mind. Stop Procrastinating by "Clearing to Neutral". These Are The Things That Make Up A Successful Person And An Unsuccessful Person. Start Every Day as a Producer, Not a Consumer. I have to agree that my most productive days are those where I don't allow myself to read the news, check e-mail, facebook, etc., right after I get up.

However, that happens because I've got a ton of stuff to get done, and the outside world takes a back seat until my workload is under control. However, there are certain biological necessities that have to happen before I can be productive. The dog gets let out, I go to the bathroom, I eat/drink something, and *then* I sit down to be productive. 7 Qualities of Uber-Productive People. Some people get more done than others--a lot more. Sure, they work hard.

And they work smart. But they possess other qualities that make a major impact on their performance. They do the work in spite of disapproval or ridicule. Developing self discipline. Don't Break the Chain. How the 'Seinfeld Strategy' Can Help You Stop Procrastinating. Reader Resource Join Entrepreneur's The Goal Standard Challenge and make 2017 yours. How to Finish Your Work, One Bite at a Time. How To be so Productive You Can't Stand it.

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. The Brain-Based Secret to Personal Productivity. By now, you've probably already broken most of your New Year's resolutions. 17 Small Productivity Habits. The Mini-Habit The idea behind mini habits is that you can get to a larger habit if you start small, create simple goals, and aim for consistency. In his book Mini Habits: Small Habits, Bigger Results, Stephen Guise gives the example of “The One Pushup Challenge.” Time Management Tips: How to Find the Right Mindset to Succeed With Time Management.

How to Train Your Brain and Boost Your Memory Like a USA Memory Champion. 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating. “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper.

In the pocket of his sweat pants rested a blaring iPod with a chord that dangled near the floor, almost touching against his Adidas sandals. On his computer sat even more stray objects than his surrounding environment. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above. The Memory Palace System - The Minimalist Blog. 5 Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective. The 18 Minute Ritual That Will Make Your Day Dramatically More Productive. 6 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day. 5 Routines To Clear Mental Clutter. How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day.

Do you dare to dream? Procrastination hack: '(10+2)*5'. How To Waste Time Properly - Issue 7: Waste. 27 Hard Questions Awesome People Ask Themselves Right Now. The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity. Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. 50 Ways to Get Your Life in Order. 6 Scientific Tactics to Stop Procrastinating. How To Stop Procrastinating: 4 New Steps Backed By Research.

Poor time management practices. The 10 Most Important Questions You Can Ask Yourself Today. Magical Mornings: How to start your day with more creativity, serenity, and insight — Better Humans. Plan For Failure: How to be Consistent. Taking Journaling to Another Level. Start From The Edges. How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To. People Who Achieve Their Goals Do These 5 Things.