7 Qualities of Uber-Productive People Some people get more done than others--a lot more. Sure, they work hard. And they work smart. 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. So, just before he goes onstage, he takes a quick shower, puts on fresh clothes, drinks a bottle of water, jumps up and down and does a little shadowboxing, and out he goes. He's still scared. Most people wait for an idea. They start...
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. Break the seal of hesitation. 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. 7. 8. Few activities are more of a productivity drain than meetings. 9.
Ways Anyone Can Be More Self Sufficient – How to Be Self Sufficient I firmly believe that being self sufficient is one of the most important things a person can do. We rely on someone else for almost everything in our lives... Are you enjoying what you see here? Get new articles sent right to your inbox! Sign up for our weekly newsletters for new articles sent right to your inbox plus get a free copy of my ebook, The Canner's Cookbook, just for signing up! We rely on the electric companies to keep our homes running. What would happen if one of those resources were suddenly gone? I've heard many excuses over the years....I can't be more self sufficient because I live in the city. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Want more DIY projects and preparedness ideas? Enter your email below to get our weekly newsletter! No spam here! These are easy things that you can start with to become more self sufficient, no matter where you live or what your situation is. What are some things that you think anyone can do to become more self sufficient?
7 Ways to Look at Money Differently Think about the fact that the currency we exchange is nothing more than printed paper. It doesn’t really have any value at all except the value that’s been assigned to it. Why would we want to measure our personal worth against printed paper that has no value? And yet, this is the fallacy that millions of people have bought into. Look at the effect money has on the way we view ourselves. Let’s adjust the picture a little Imagine if the whole value exchange system had been built on something like strips of red ribbon. A long time ago, currency was intended to represent a commodity like gold or silver, but is that still the case? Obviously, we need some financial security in our lives. How we are conditioned to think about money From early childhood we are told that money makes the world go around. As we get older we start to link our worth with our hourly wage. Money is emotionally supercharged We all need money so we can pay the rent and put food on the table. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
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. 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 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.) 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. #6. #7. #8. #9. #10. #11. #12. #13. #14. #15.
universal-edibility-test Getting lost or stranded in the wilderness is serious business, and you need to make sound decisions to give yourself the best chance at survival. It also helps to know some basic wilderness survival skills. To make sure you're safe from the elements, you'll need to know how to build a shelter. But just because you can live without food doesn't mean you should. It's dangerous to eat a plant you're unsure of, especially in a survival scenario. If you're in a survival situation and you don't have a book on local edible plants, there is a test you can perform to give yourself a good shot at eating the right thing.
7 Of History's Weirdest, Most Awesome Productivity Tips If genius is close to madness, then works of genius require working like a mad man, woman, or muppet. As Amanda Green writes on Mental Floss--drawing from Mason Curry's Daily Rituals: How Artists Work--some of history's most creative people had the most peculiar workflows. Like how: 1) Franklin got naked If you make enough money, people call you eccentric rather than crazy. 2) Beethoven lived for caffeine The New Yorker has reported on how caffeine cramps your creativity--though Beethoven never heard such a thing. 3) Christie worked everywhere Mystery maven Agatha Christie, whose And Then There Were None freaked Fast Company out back in high school English, had a writerly sort of wanderlust: As Green reports, the ultra-prolific author (80 novels, 19 plays, etc.) never owned a desk. 4) Angelou is a hotel monastic 5) Wright worked in his head While it doesn't look like work in the same way as meaningless meetings do, some people prefer to think about their projects before setting out to work.
Here’s How The World’s Most Brilliant Minds Scheduled Their Days Sources: RJ Andrews Infowetrust.com Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: 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. 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." Behavioral preferences, such as expressiveness, assertiveness, and flexibility, will also play a key role in your productivity this year.