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7 Qualities of Uber-Productive People

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. Work too hard, strive too hard, appear to be too ambitious, try to stand out from the crowd. Pleasing the (average-performing) crowd is something remarkably productive people don't worry about. They hear the criticism, they take the potshots, they endure the laughter or derision or even hostility--and they keep on measuring themselves and their efforts by their own standards. And, in the process, they achieve what they want to achieve. They see fear the same way other people view lunch. One of my clients is an outstanding--and outstandingly successful--comic. Yet he still has panic attacks before he walks onstage. He's still scared. Anyone hoping to achieve great things gets nervous. They can still do their best on their worst day. Most people wait for an idea. Related:  ProductivityEUProductivity

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. I also *have* to check my e-mail, because if something blew up overnight or there's something that needs to be dealt with ASAP, I need to know as early as possible. Flagged

High-Tech : L'homme nouveau tient le monde en main INTERVIEW - Philosophe, académicien et historien des sciences, Michel Serres dresse le portrait d'un homme nouveau, né de la révolution du numérique, qui va devoir tout réinventer. Source Le Figaro Magazine LE FIGARO MAGAZINE - Quelles sont, pour vous, les inventions en cours et à venir qui vont bouleverser notre vie? Michel SERRES. - Les inventions à venir, je ne les connais pas. Elles sont toujours imprévisibles, inattendues. Je préfère rester lucide sur le temps présent, comprendre les bouleversements en cours et ce que pourraient être leurs implications. Vous brossez un portrait de ce nouvel humain dans votre livre Petite Poucette*. Oui, parce que j'ai assisté depuis un demi-siècle, partout dans le monde, à la victoire des femmes. Comment appréhende-t-elle ce nouveau monde? Elle a trouvé le sens réel du mot «maintenant». Et, dites-vous, la voilà «condamnée à ne devenir qu'intelligente». L'accès au savoir était le grand problème que rencontraient nos aïeux.

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. Here are 10 laws of productivity we’ve consistently observed among serial idea executors: 1. A bias toward action is the most common trait we’ve found across the hundreds of creative professionals and entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed. 2. When our ideas are still in our head, we tend to think big, blue sky concepts. 3. Trial and error is an essential part of any creative’s life. To avoid ‘blue sky paralysis,’ pare your idea down to a small, immediately executable concept. 4. When working on in-depth projects, we generate lots of new ideas along the way. 5. 6. Part of being able to work on your project a little bit each day is carving out the time to do so. 7.

Favorites of 2012: On being wrong about business talks Business talks are boring. Among all the things I was certain of when I started writing for TED, that one was near the top of the list, just under ‘ice is cold’ and ‘brains are gooey.’ I worked as a physicist for a few years before switching over to writing (with a short jaunt in between in comedy), so just never cared much for business. My time as a scientist was spent doing research, talking to people about research, lecturing about research, annoying family members by going on and on about research and, very occasionally, sleeping. At TED, I was hired to write about the science talks, and it was wonderful. As I watched more talks, though, one theme started to emerge that I fell in love with — the idea of being wrong. I loved Rowe’s talk, partly because it’s a riveting story, but also because the feeling of being wrong –which he describes perfectly – is so central to science. And then, at TEDGlobal this year, I saw the talk at the top of this post, by Margaret Heffernan.

Here’s How The World’s Most Brilliant Minds Scheduled Their Days Sources: RJ Andrews Infowetrust.com Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: 12 outils pour mieux gérer l'infobésité des médias sociaux 2 avril 2012 L’infobésité, traduction de l’expression anglaise « information overload » est très certainement l’effet secondaire le moins agréable qui découle de l’avènement des médias sociaux. Déjà en 2007, selon emarketer, les gestionnaires peinaient à trouver l’information pertinente au sujet de leur propre compagnie ou de la compétition, sans parler des courriels qui ne cessent de croitre avec quantité de gens qui nous mettent en copie conforme (c.c.), les infolettres auxquelles on s’abonne, etc. Avec la montée en puissance de Facebook, des blogues, de Twitter, de LinkedIn, de Pinterest ou de Google+, comment fait-on pour gérer tous nos comptes, personnels ou d’affaires? Comment s’y retrouver dans la jungle d’information disponible et surtout, comment parvient-on à séparer le bon grain de l’ivraie? Infographie de Brian Solis et Jess3 sur l’univers de Twitter et les applications périphériques qui l’enrichissent. Les aggrégateurs de comptes – Hootsuite – Tweetdeck – Seesmic – Sprout Social

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.” He was doing what a lot of us do. Feeling guilty about not working out, he tried to fit years worth of exercise into the first workout which created an all or nothing attitude (not to mention a focus on goals and not process.) Well, one day he decided to do the opposite. In Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less, author S. The core idea behind the mini-habits concept is that you can build a major habit by thinking small enough to get started. Habit-Stacking The purpose of habit-stacking is to create simple and repeatable routines (managed by a checklist). According to Scott there are 8 Elements of a habit-stacking routine. 17 Small Productivity Habits #1 Drink a Large Glass of Water #2. #3. #4. #5.

The #1 Career Mistake Capable People Make 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. The notion that if only we could replicate the routines of great minds, we’d be able to reverse-engineer their genius is, of course, an absurd one — yet an alluring one nonetheless. Mark Twain — master of epistolary snark, unsuspected poet, cheeky adviser of little girls — followed a simple but rigorous routine: Photograph courtesy BBC

3 Tools to Simplify Your Social Media Marketing Are you looking for powerful tools to manage your social media efforts? How do you keep up with blog post comments, responses to LinkedIn status updates and Twitter interactions? Social relationship management is about managing these relationships. And you need the right tools to help. In this article, I’ll show you 3 new social media tools to help manage your online relationships and grow your presence on social media platforms. #1: Engagio—Manage All of Your Online Conversations in One Place Engagio is an inbox for conversations on the web. With Engagio, you have the functionality to manage, support and encourage conversations. Features It’s very easy to set up and free to use. Because your conversations happen in many places, you need a tool to support many platforms. Search for conversations that you may want to engage in.The Engagio mobile app (currently in beta) allows you to continue these conversations while on the move. Setup It’s very straightforward to set up your Engagio account.

The Brain-Based Secret to Personal Productivity By now, you've probably already broken most of your New Year's resolutions. You're not alone: Only about 8 percent of those who make them keep them. But it may not be that you'll never lose weight or learn a foreign language. If you aren't being productive or if you feel off track, it could simply be because you haven't set yourself up for success in a way that suits your individuality. Take a typical New Year's resolution like running. The overall goal is to lose weight. Let's apply this to work. In my work, we've uncovered four ways of thinking that every person exhibits. Here's your challenge: Find which way of thinking (or what combination of ways) fits you. Structural. Analytical. Social. Conceptual. In all four scenarios, the goal is the same: getting things done. Imagine Jack vowing to "be a little less rigid this year, maybe a little more like Natalie."

Stop Procrastinating by "Clearing to Neutral" By Thanh Pham We often procrastinate because there is this one hidden thing holding us back. It is this one thing that makes you procrastinate and most people are not even aware what this is, but if you eliminate it you can say goodbye to procrastination forever. Friction A lot of times we procrastinate because we have to jump through a lot of hurdles before we can do the thing we actually want to do. To put it in other words, before you can do your main activity (cooking), you have to all these others things (cleaning) before you can get to your main activity. If you make it hard for yourself to get started, that’s when you will most likely procrastinate. Now imagine you actually cleaned your desk and now you need to do some work on your computer. All these little starting points where you have friction are very common. Now this is where, as we at Asian Efficiency like to call it, the habit of Clearing To Neutral (CTN) comes in. More Examples Next Steps

How to Refresh Your Brain--in 10 Minutes Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk and co-founder of Headspace, an entrepreneurial venture designed to demystify meditation and make it easily accessible to all audiences. In a recent TED talk, Puddicombe promotes an idea that almost sounds too easy to be true: refresh your mind in just 10 minutes a day and you might be happier at work. Puddicombe seeks to provide “meditation for the modern world,” eliminating stereotypes of incense and cross-legged monks. Problem #1: Inability to Focus “The average office worker changes windows [on her computer] 37 times an hour,” Headspace’s head of research Nick Begley says in a meditation tutorial. According to Begley, when your mind changes gears that rapidly, part of your brain is still engaged in the previous task and you don’t have all of the attention and resources necessary to concentrate on the current task. Problem #2: Stress The Solution Refreshing your brain is easier than you think.

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