Finding Flow this weekend. Anyone who watches sports is familiar with the concept of being "in the zone." Whether it is Kobe Bryant flying around and through defenders with seeming ease, Tom Brady knifing perfect spirals into tiny openings in the defense, Serena Williams humbling opponents with laser-like groundstrokes, or Nastia Liukin flying through one nearly perfect routine after another in the Beijing Olympic games, when an athlete is "in the zone" it seems he or she can do no wrong. And, it's not just athletes who experience being in the zone. Artists and performers of all types also achieve this exalted state. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced, mee-hy cheek-sent-mə-hy-ee) and colleagues have studied this phenomenon in athletes, musicians, dancers and others and given this zone state a name— flow . Researchers have learned that being in a flow state not only yields optimum performance, but it has other benefits as well.
Don't Try To Prioritize, Work On Your Timing - Ari Meisel - The Art of Less Doing I’ve discussed at length how you should get rid of your to do list immediately and the harmful effects of the Zeigarnik Effect which is that voice in our subconscious that nags at us to finish the unfinished. People often ask me how they should prioritize the things they do because they look at their list of tasks and it’s a big mess. Every time they get something done they have to add two more things to the list. Well, not to belabor the point the list itself it the problem.
How to Focus A Wandering Mind, by Wendy Hasenkamp New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus. We’ve all been there. You’re slouched in a meeting or a classroom, supposedly paying attention, but your mind has long since wandered off, churning out lists of all the things you need to do—or that you could be doing if only you weren’t stuck here… Suddenly you realize everyone is looking your way expectantly, waiting for an answer. Focus: Single-Tasking and Productivity, by Leo Babauta ‘Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.’ ~Alexander Graham Bell
Notifications are evil Notifications are evil Feb 20, 2012 Clay Johnson What's your maximum NPH? How many notifications are you exposed to every hour? 9 Science-Backed Methods for a Happier, More Productive Meeting If you have ever wanted to pop an escape hatch or teleport to distant worlds just to get out of a meeting, take heart. There are ways to hold a better meeting. Forward-thinking companies have found creative ways to get their teams together, and their lessons and structure can be easily duplicated in meetings anywhere. These creative methods aren’t just clever for cleverness’s sake: Most of them are science-backed and all of them are grounded in successful experience. With just a handful of hacks, meetings can be speedier, more productive, and more enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are 9 outside-the-box ideas—and the science and success behind them—that you can discuss … at your next meeting, I guess.
The Secret Weapon For Better Focus Advertisement 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.
Earning More When You Have No Free Time: How a full-time law student earned $50k on the side In my research of over 100,000 people, I discovered that one of the top 3 barriers to earning more is “no free time.” So how did Liz, one of my former students, earn $50,000 on the side as a law student? With a part-time job? And a new baby? Today, she’ll share how.