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Geek to Live: Take great notes

Geek to Live: Take great notes

On Deciding . . . Better 3.0 : How BIll Gates Takes Notes In 2003, Rob Howard described a meeting with Bill Gates The first thing I notice as the meeting starts is that Bill is left-handed. He also didn’t bring a computer in with him, but instead is taking notes on a yellow pad of paper. I had heard this before – Bill takes amazingly detailed notes during meetings. I image he has to, given all the information directed at him. The other thing I noticed during the course of the meeting is how he takes his notes. This is an anecdote that continues to be retold whenever the subject of note taking comes up on the web. Taking notes during a meeting sends a powerful message. For the note taker, the act of recording promotes active listening. If the meeting is important enough to be physically present, then it should be important enough to be mentally present as well. Rob’s other interesting observation was that Gates used a structured note taking system. That takes care of the meeting.

Get Better at Getting Better: The Kaizen Productivity Philosophy How to Become a Masterful Note-Taker: 8 Lessons From Research - Anna Codrea-Rado Use a computer. Underline. Take a break. Read them later. AP Photos The value of note-taking--or notebooks at least--gets a stock market capitalization in the coming weeks with Moleskine's planned IPO. Here's everything you need to know about taking notes at work, but never bothered to ask: 1. 2. 3. ... The US Air Force Academy teamed up with West Virginia University to work out the art of electronic note-taking. And if you're worried about the environment, Slate weighed the green implications of taking notes on an iPad. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. It's probably not a bad time to buy shares in Moleskine after all.

The "Perfect" GTD Desk Meditation Posture | How to Meditate When we practise meditation we need to have a comfortable seat and a good posture. When we practise meditation we need to have a comfortable seat and a good posture. The most important feature of the posture is to keep our back straight. To help us do this, if we are sitting on a cushion we make sure that the back of the cushion is slightly higher than the front, inclining our pelvis slightly forward. It is not necessary at first to sit cross-legged, but it is a good idea to become accustomed to sitting in the posture of Buddha Vairochana. If we cannot hold this posture we should sit in one which is as close to this as possible while remaining comfortable. The seven features of Vairochana’s posture are: (1) The legs are crossed in the vajra posture. If we want to colour our mind with a virtuous motivation we need to clear away all our negative thoughts and distractions.

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How to Sketch: 6 Steps Edit Article Learning the BasicsPracticing Sketching Edited by, Dvortygirl, KnowItSome, Horses4Ever and 49 others Sketching is the practice of drawing a rough outline or rough draft version of a final piece of art. Sketching can be used in preparation for a large piece of art, or to just get an idea of how something will look. Ad Steps Part 1 of 2: Learning the Basics 1Get the right materials. Part 2 of 2: Practicing Sketching 1Gather all materials listed. 6When you have completed your sketch, apply a fixative to seal the image. Tips Have a sharp pencil. Warnings Having a poorly lit space may cause eye strain. La confiance en soi - Par Antoni GIROD J'ai décidé de vous faire partager aujourd'hui un excellent article d'Antoni GIROD, paru dans la revu "ITF COACHING AND SPORTS SCIENCE REVIEW n° 25 de décembre 2001. L’impact que la confiance en soi peut avoir sur le jeu d’un joueur est tout simplement étonnant. Un manque de confiance en soi peut transformer le numéro un mondial en joueur ordinaire. Qu’est-ce que la confiance ? Pour simplifier, il s’agit d’un état interne particulier qui nous permet de développer au maximum notre potentiel, voire d’aller au-delà. Il y a quelques années de cela, Andre Agassi était à la recherche de sa confiance perdue. Ensuite, il y a le processus de la révélation. Mené deux sets à rien, il avait réussi à renverser la situation pour remporter le match et donner un point décisif à son équipe. « Il avait toutes les chances de réussir. Enfin, il y a le processus de la croyance en soi fondamentale. Venus Williams est sans aucun doute la joueuse qui symbolise le mieux cette croyance en soi fondamentale. 1. 2.

Scientists Identify Sourpuss Gene The inability to look on the bright side might have a genetic basis. A new study from the University of British Columbia has found a genetic variant might make the negative more salient than the positive for its carriers. A total of 207 participants were tested for a variant of the gene ADRA2B, a variant that has previously been linked to an enhanced ability to encode emotional memories. The participants were shown, in quick flashes, a set of 84 words designed to arouse positive, negative and neutral emotions while the researchers recorded their attentional blink, a perception test. In this test, all of the participants showed increased awareness of the emotionally-charged words presented compared with the neutral words. "ADRA2B-deletion carriers specifically show perceptual biases toward negative or threatening aspects of the world," the study concludes. The study is in Psychological Science.

Positive thinking: Reduce stress by eliminating negative self-talk Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Practice overcoming negative self-talk with examples provided. By Mayo Clinic Staff Is your glass half-empty or half-full? Indeed, some studies show that personality traits like optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being. Understanding positive thinking and self-talk Positive thinking doesn't mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life's less pleasant situations. Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. The health benefits of positive thinking Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. It's unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. NextMar. 04, 2014 References Brummett BH, et al. See more In-depth

Thinking Positively Can Greatly Impact Your Success (NEW BOOK) The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book, "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence." Here’s a question: If everything worked out perfectly in your life, what would you be doing in ten years? That query invites us to dream a little, to consider what really matters to us and how that might guide our lives. Pursuing this simple exercise encourages openness to new possibilities. "Talking about your positive goals and dreams activates brain centers that open you up to new possibilities. But if you change the conversation to what you should do to fix yourself, it closes you down," says Richard Boyatzis, a psychologist at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve (and a friend and colleague since we met in graduate school). His research has explored these contrasting effects in coaching. Boyatzis and colleagues scanned the brains of college students being interviewed. One manager, an executive MBA student, wanted to build better relationships.

How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work Chinese Can't Understand Why The French Work So Little Philippe Wojazer / REUTERS PARIS (Reuters) - A newspaper open on the bar of this Paris cafe tells of a row over France's Sunday trading rules. But the bar owner, Zhang Chang, says he has little time to follow such debates. He's too busy working. While French workers worry the country's long economic downturn could mean the end of laws banning Sunday trading and enforcing a 35-hour week, Zhang and Chinese immigrants like him are quietly getting ahead the old-fashioned way - 11 hours a day, six days a week. "As I see it, when you work, you're paid. Zhang owns the Cafe Le Marais in central Paris and is part of a wave of entrepreneurial migrants from China's coastal Wenzhou region who are taking over France's "bar tabac" business. That approach, and their work ethos, runs counter to the work-life balance long treasured by many French and vigorously defended by their unions over the past century - but it chimes with others who say it may be time for a change. Still, abuses exist.