10 Ways History’s Finest Kept Their Focus at Work. Post written by Albert van Zyl from the blog HeadSpace.
The lives of great people give us interesting clues about how to organise our days. All of them attached great value to their daily routines. This is because they saw it as being part of ‘becoming who they are’, as Nietzsche puts it. For the same reason they were also highly individual in their routines. They had the courage to go against popular opinion and work out often strange daily plans that suited them. This is perhaps the first lesson that we can learn – that it takes courage and resolve to design and stick to a routine that suits you. There are at least 10 other lessons that the daily routines of the great can teach us: 1. Despite the modern obsession with physical presence at offices (also known as ‘presenteeism’), very few of the great worked long hours. Philosopher Michel Foucault would only work from 9am to 3pm. 2.
Even during these short days, the great took plenty of breaks. 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily - S. How to Work Like the Masters. Written by Jay of Dumb Little Man.
When I need work done on my car, I consult with a mechanic. When it's time to build a deck in the backyard, I will search for an expert and listen to what he says. So when it comes to life itself, why wouldn't you at least consider what experts think? Trust me, I completely understand that the term 'expert' is often self-proclaimed. Mindshifting to Mindful Coaching: Managing Your Attention So You Can Think, Focus, and Lead, Feature Article (BCW V6, I3) Mindshifting to Mindful Coaching: Managing Your Attention So You Can Think, Focus, and Lead By Joshua Ehrlich Summary All of us are running faster and faster as technology shreds our attention.
We have confused speed and urgency with impact and productivity. Information overload and fractured attention cost the US economy at least $900 billion a year.1 We desperately need to take back control by learning to stop, reflect, and focus. The discipline of paying attention has an immediate impact on performance and accelerates learning. Mindshifting Linda is a senior executive who started her career as an administrative assistant. I met Linda shortly after she started her role at headquarters.
As Linda moved from each level to the next, she needed to change where she focused, what she valued, and how she defined her job. Linda also became more aware of her impact and better at setting boundaries, including saying 'no' to problems that were not hers to solve. 7 Mindshifts Footnotes. Paper, productivity & passion. Assignment to keep organized: home organization, organize, work organization, storage solutions, control clutter. 15 Time Boxing Strategies to Get Things Done.
Putting it simply, time boxing is the most effective time management tool that I know of.
Even if you already know and use it to some extent, there is a good chance that you can make it even better with some of the tips that follow. For those new to it, time boxing is simply fixing a time period to work on a task or group of tasks. Instead of working on a task until it’s done, you commit to work on it for a specific amount of time instead. But don’t let the simplicity of the concept deceive you — there’s much more to this tool than meets the eye. Many people already wrote about it (check Dave Cheong for a great start, as well as J.D Meier and Steve Pavlina). 1. The most obvious use of a time box is to make progress on big tasks. 2. Time boxes are a great way to tackle those annoying, tiny tasks that keep bugging you (pun intended). 3. If you’re procrastinating on a task, forget about completing it: just put it in a time box instead. 4. Perfectionism is the flip side of procrastination. PocketMod: The Free Recyclable Personal Organizer.
Free Online Calendar For Busy Families. Login. 10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Ben Franklin, famously “Put no trust in the benefits to accrue from early rising, as set forth by the infatuated Franklin …” – Mark Twain By Leo Babauta.
7 Secrets of the Super Organized. 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). So what’s the secret? Are these obvious principles? If your life is a mess, like mine was, I don’t recommend trying to get organized all in one shot. So here are the 7 habits: Reduce before organizing. If you take your closet full of 100 things and throw out all but the 10 things you love and use, now you don’t need a fancy closet organizer. How to reduce: take everything out of a closet or drawer or other container (including your schedule), clean it out, and only put back those items you truly love and really use on a regular basis.
50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily. Khan Academy.