5 Things Life's High Performers Know and Master In today's hyper-paced society it can be challenging to keep up with the rate of change. Especially if you are someone who is constantly looking to achieve high performance in life. In our quest to always be one step ahead and succeeding we often look for new and innovative ways to stay ahead. One slight problem though is that we forget some of the fundamentals along the way. I've always wanted to be the best that I could be and so have made it my quest to understand what it takes to achieve high performance.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Teaching Interests and Areas of Expertise Creativity and Innovation, Managing Flow Current Research Interests Professor Csikszentmihalyi is the founder and co-director of the Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC). The QLRC is a non-profit research institute that studies "positive psychology"; that is, human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility. Professional Activities 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. 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.
#Productivity: 6 Best Apps To Stay On Track And Achieve Success; 4 Of Them Are Free! We all know the importance of setting goals – they hold you accountable, tell you what you truly want and help propel you forward. Whether you strive to get started on that new project, spend more time at home, launch a new product, or want to lose weight, many of us simply state our goals but fail to set deadlines and track our progress towards achieving our goals. Integrating your goals into your digital life is an easy way to keep your goals top of mind and help keep you motivated. Some apps even allow you to make your goals public, helping to hold you accountable and garner support from friends and family. Try these six apps and finally cross some goals off your bucket list.
11 Ways to Avoid Distractions and Stay Focused Sometimes it seems that for as many hours there are in the day, there are three times as many interruptions that take you away from work that needs to get done. So what can you do to get a little more clarity and get rid of those distractions? Give some of these suggestions a try. 1. 5 More Unexpected Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder I wrote a post recently about ways that you can 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. Here are even more suggestions to help you make your day more productive without putting in extra hours. 1. Limit your to-do list Eight ways to radically increase your productivity Beginnings are the most exciting and energizing times in life. If things have been in a slump for you, make some changes. Lasting success comes from making pointed shifts in your behavior on a daily basis. Success is rarely the result of the major decisions you have to make due to the long and short term consequences that ensue. Success results from committing to making each day count and seeing each challenge as providing your business a new start.
Distracted? 11 Hacks That Will Help You Focus. (Infographic) Just because you’re not doing work right now doesn’t mean there’s no work to be done. I’ll bet you’re just about to get started on that work right after you read this. Well… you do have to return that phone call first, but then you’ll do work. 6 Tips to Be a Productive Procrastinator There are advantages to putting things off—really! 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.
Overwhelmed? Use the Four D’s to Move Projects Forward By George Bokhua Entrepreneur and best-selling author Dave Kerpen founded a successful suite of social media companies called Likeable Media. As such, he knows a thing or two about cultivating likeableness in your professional life. He recently shared a series of tips on how exactly to develop your best work self: Engage in self-reflection—the most important values-based leadership tool.Self-reflection is the intentional practice of taking time regularly (ideally, daily) to step back and look inward to gain clarity on your values and priorities. The Secret Weapon For Better Focus Are you looking for a more efficient way to organise your work-days? Try Time Blocking. A few months back, I came across Cal Newport’s illuminating post on Time Blocking — a productivity “hack” that helps you to make the most of your work day by assigning very specific tasks to very specific blocks of time. This is loosely based on Parkinson’s Law, the idea of which is that work will simply expand to fill the time available for its completion. For some, the idea of scheduling tasks in such a rigid way may be counter intuitive.
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.” “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.” Those rare individuals are the ones who lift themselves out of ordinary life’s mediocrity and, through the sheer force of their creative and intellectual wakefulness, rise to the level of the extraordinary. They are the people we come to celebrate as luminaries, those whose ideas endure for centuries. 61 Ways To Increase Productivity And How To Achieve Goals In Life I originally read this article on goal-achiever.com but as that website appears to have disappeared I decided to republish it here. I can’t vouch for how scientific some of the tips are but nonetheless there are some great tips on the list! 1. Eye Of The Tiger Practice your best “eye of a tiger” in a mirror (or cellphone), and use it liberally on anyone who enters your space…
How to Increase Your Focus Post written by Leo Babauta. I confess to being as prone to the distractions of the Internet as anyone else: I will start reading about something that interests me and disappear down the rabbit hole for hours (even days) at a time. But my ability to focus on a single task has dramatically improved, and that one habit has changed my life. While a few years ago I couldn’t sit down to work on something without quickly switching to email or one of my favorite Internet forums or sites, today I can sit down and write. I can clear away distractions, when I set my mind to it, and do one thing.