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10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments
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How The Most Powerful People Get Things Done We all have big decisions to make and deadlines to meet. And sometimes it can feel overwhelming. This got me wondering: how do the most powerful people get things done? When lives are on the line, literally trillions of dollars are at stake and the world is watching… how do people handle those situations? So I called my friend James Waters. James was Deputy Director of Scheduling at the White House and served in government for 10 years. James had some tremendous insights about how they do things at The White House that line up with a lot of what the formal research is telling us. Now if you’re looking for Republicans-this, Democrats-that, you’ve come to the wrong place. Let’s get to it. Be Responsive It ain’t like an episode of “The West Wing.” Watching that show you might think that 5 people get everything done. How do you make insanely big decisions with such a huge number of people involved? We all know people who have 1000 unread emails in their inbox or don’t pick up their phone. Sum Up

untitled Le diagramme de Gantt en bref Si vous n’avez que quinze secondes à consacrer à cet article, voyez cette image : il s’agit d’un diagramme de Gantt. Rudimentaire certes, mais il a tous les attributs du Gantt : La colonne de gauche contient une liste de travaux. En haut et de la gauche vers la droite figure l’échelle de temps. Au centre de l’image des barres (ici des flèches) figurent la période sur laquelle chaque tâche va être exécutée. C’est simplissime, mais c’est ainsi ou à peu près que nos prédécesseurs ont organisé la production des ateliers et planifié leurs projets. L’histoire du diagramme de Gantt. Si, depuis le début de cet article, j’ai systématiquement mis une majuscule au mot Gantt, ce n’est ni par erreur ni par fantaisie mais simplement en hommage à Henry Laurence Gantt, créateur du diagramme qui porte désormais son nom. Le diagramme de Gantt aujourd’hui. Les variantes du Gantt. Classiquement, c’est la liste des tâches qui figure dans la colonne de gauche du diagramme.

How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation for eLearning Professionals How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation for eLearning Professionals In his book, The Art of Changing the Brain, Dr. James Zull , notably suggested how David Kolb's famous four-phase model of the learning cycle can be mapped into four major brain processes. To grasp Zull's suggestion, you have to know first the four stages of Kolb's learning cycle. Concrete Experience: This is when learners encounter a new learning experience Reflective Observation: Learners reflect on the experience Abstract Conceptualization: Think/Study (learn from the experience)Active Experimentation: Applying and trying out what was learned Note that this is a recurrent four-stage process which, according to Dr. Process One: Get Information The information-gathering part of the cycle engages the sensory cortices--the outer layer of our cerebral cortex that gets input from the outside of world of experience. Process Two: Make Meaning First off, reflection needs time and space to happen. References:

100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive – A Life of Productivity When I graduated University with a business degree last May, I received two incredible full-time job offers, both of which I declined because I had a plan. For exactly one year, from May 1, 2013, through May 1, 2014, I would devour everything I could get my hands on about productivity, and write every day about the lessons I learned on A Year of Productivity. Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, and read a ton of books and academic literature on productivity, all to explore how I could become as productive as possible, and then write about the lessons I learned. One year, 197 articles, and over one million hits later, I’ve reached the end of my year-long journey, but not before going out with a bang. This article’s a long one, but it’s pretty skimmable! Without further ado, let’s jump in. To kick things off, here are a number of my favorite time hacks to both: Hacks to get more time

A Simple Strategy to Make Every Day Productive If you’re like me, you have some days when you’re the queen of your life and get forty-three things done before lunch … and others where changing out of your pajamas is the day’s biggest achievement. This is one of the many reasons I love listening to business-oriented podcasts. You can pick up gems of wisdom and inspiration — and yea, even practical tips for productivity — from successful business people, even if they operate in a totally different realm than you. Recently I came across a shiny, new-to-me tidbit while listening to business guru Marie Forleo speak about gaining clarity in this interview with Amy Porterfield. Marie said something in passing that I’d never heard before and fortunately, Amy asked her to elaborate. Marie’s explanation was the wellspring for this post. Here’s Marie’s tip: “Always produce before you consume.” That’s her strategy for making sure she’s productive every day. Thus, the task needs to get done first. Heck, you might even run out of things to do.

14 règles pour organiser son temps - Méthode NERAC Dans la multitude de méthodes pour bien gérer son temps, l’une d’elles se nomme NERAC. Simple et efficace, elle se distingue des autres méthodes par le fait qu’elle nous invite à prévoir l’imprévu. Pour savoir faire face aux imprévus, il est nécessaire de réserver une marge temporelle avant et/ou après une activité et la noter dans son agenda. En effet, avec l’augmentation du trafic, il est devenu normal d’anticiper les ralentissements lors d’un trajet en voiture. Pour vos activités principales, pensez aussi à la méthode NERAC et ajoutez, avant ou après, 1/3 du temps initialement planifié pour une tâche. Notez les activités à réaliser Chaque jour, se fixer un objectif précis avec des résultats à atteindre. Estimez la durée pour chaque activité Avoir une estimation des temps moyens nécessaires pour des activités principales. Réservez du temps pour les imprévus Concernant les tâches principales, réservez un tiers du temps pour les imprévus (Collègues, visites, téléphones).

Strict Mode Starting with ECMAScript 5, developers are able to place their code into a more constrained form of execution known as strict mode. Strict mode improves JavaScript code by enforcing better programming practices and eliminating some of the language’s insecure and ill-advised features. Strict mode is enabled by adding the following directive to your code: "use strict"; The “use strict”; directive can be used in two ways. The second way to enable strict mode is at the function level. function foo() { "use strict"; // this function is executed in strict mode } function bar() { // this function is executed in non-strict mode } One of the nice things about strict mode is its backward compatibility. JavaScript has an interesting way of handling variable declarations. function foo() { var x; var z; x = 1; y = 2; z = x + y; } Notice that only the variables ‘x’ and ‘z’ are declared using the var keyword. window.y = 2; ReferenceError: y is not defined function foo() { "use strict"; return this; }

Time Hack: Start a maintenance day – A Life of Productivity Takeaway: Group all of your “maintenance tasks” together on one day to be (and feel) more productive. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 34s. But it’s easily skimmable. I have a Sunday ritual called “maintenance day”. Grouping these tasks together has had its benefits. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Fresh productivity posts delivered to your inbox each Monday morning. 7. 8. For me the concept of a maintenance day is something that’s evolved over a few years.

This Is How To Be Productive: 5 New Secrets Proven By Research Want to know how to be productive? Create goals, make a plan and execute. We all know this is a good idea… and it never, ever seems to work. It’s like simplifying boxing down to “Just go into the ring and punch the other guy until he’s knocked out.” So let’s ask a different question: what’s stopping you from being productive? Whenever you’re not getting stuff done (or not getting the right stuff done), ask which of these 5 is the problem and apply the solution… Problem 1: Priorities Sometimes you do get a lot done… but they’re not the right things. Whenever you hear or say, “I don’t have time” — it’s a lie. You need to be realistic. Ask yourself, “What’s important?” And this is where procrastination can help. There are three variants of procrastination, depending on what you do instead of working on something: you could work on (a) nothing, (b) something less important, or (c) something more important. It’s not a question of objective important/not-important. So how do you implement this?

Travail : dix conseils pour bien gérer son temps Vous avez l’impression de courir sans cesse, de ne jamais en faire assez et d’être continuellement débordée ? Si le manque de temps est aujourd’hui l’un des plus grands facteurs de stress, il existe pourtant des règles simples pour arrêter de se laisser submerger. Dans « Bien gérer son temps pour vivre mieux »*, Christine Mirabel-Sarron et Nayla Chidiac nous apprennent à redevenir maîtres de notre emploi du temps. * Ed. Je m’organise bien « Comme nous évoluons dans une société basée sur l’excellence, on a l’impression de ne jamais assez en faire. J’ose dire non Difficile parfois de dire non à un collègue qui essaye de nous refiler un dossier, voire à son boss. Je fais des rétroplanning Vous oubliez à chaque fois de noter vos rendez-vous, vous emmêlez dans les dates ? J’identifie les pertes de temps Je planifie à court, moyen et long terme « Apprenez à planifier à court, moyen et long terme, cela permet d’éviter les imprévus. J’apprends à prioriser les tâches J’apprends à déléguer