In our workaholic, FOMO (fear of missing out) obsessed culture, the act of “recharging” is usually an afterthought—if that. For most of my life, recharging wasn’t a priority. It didn’t fit into work, social activities, hobbies, or exercise. It didn’t seem important so it was ignored.
A one-on-one meeting between a manager and his/her team member can be one of the most valuable interactions an employee can have.I use the phrase "can be" because one-on-one meetings too often degrade into boring, check-the-box, non-productive encounters.
Crowds consume information. Those who decide what crowds consume create. You might as well carry on with the bottomless finger-scrolling and continue to devour what the elite class has created for you today.
What small changes can people make to their daily routines to be more productive? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: You do not need any of the apps on this list in order to be productive. Michaelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel without a Pomodoro timer. Marie Curie managed to develop her theory of radioactivity without the help of Evernote.
Success at work — and in life — requires exceptional decision-making skills, especially when time is a factor. But this isn't an easy skill to master.
It was the lowest point of my life back in 2016. Life teaches you the best lesson when you feel you are lost. I quit my job in South Africa and traveled back to India. I had to find a new Job, better earning and live life to its fullest. That is when I decided to change my daily habits.
This week, Basecamp launched a new, free tier of its project management software, which it calls Basecamp Personal. Basecamp was originally designed for small businesses, offering handy features like chat, an internal message board, group to-dos, a shared schedule, and more, all in one place.
Since the beginning, Basecamp has been marketed as a project management and collaboration tool for small businesses (or small teams inside larger businesses). However, over the years we’ve also heard from thousands of people who use Basecamp outside of work.
Most people go through life not really getting any smarter. Why? They simply won’t do the work required. It’s easy to come home, sit on the couch, watch TV, and zone out until bedtime rolls around. But that’s not going to help you get smarter.
What would you say if I told you that reading one book can be more valuable than reading fifty? That re-reading something familiar is more valuable than reading something new? What would you say if I told you that you could learn more by reading less?
Do you know that feeling of being so busy that time flies with a blink of an eye? We’re so busy with all kinds of things—work, friends, going out, holidays, etc. But being busy is not a good thing at all. Especially because we waste most of our time on nonsense.
Back in 2009, I made the decision to upgrade from my trusty old Franklin Planner and to implement the Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy.
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This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here. The eight-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.
OK, this post won’t tell you how to magically make each day 38 hours long (we’re still working on that). But by assessing our tasks in terms of their significance, we can free up more time tomorrow, says leadership coach Rory Vaden.
Writer Josh Kaufman shares his own tried-and-tested technique to learn a new skill by putting in just 45 minutes a day for a month.
Do you really think Richard Branson and Bill Gates wrote long to-do lists and prioritized items as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and on and on? In my research into time management and best practices for productivity, I've interviewed over 200 billionaires, Olympians, straight-A students and entrepreneurs.
You simply have more chance of career success if you have more skills.
Love was the most disgusting thing in the world to me. What the hell was he talking about? Love was living in another neighborhood at that time. Or another planet.
I want to share a system I have used and perfected over the past nine years and that has helped me achieve my goals while reducing my stress. I like to think of it as a simplified GTD built for the modern world. The truth is that most people don’t use a systematic personal workflow.
Note-taking is an incredibly powerful tool for learning. Notes extend your memories. I’ve explained before how writing can be seen as an external enhancement of your brain, allowing you to think more complicated thoughts and solve harder problems.
Our time on this planet is limited. Most of us realize that sooner or later. And yet, we keep on squandering our time and running around in circles. Why is it that we waste so much of our time? Most people think that we, humans, don’t understand the value of time.
Have you said any of these recently? Maybe that wasn’t the word you were expecting. But reactivity is a problem people have been contemplating for thousands of years. And, yes, it’s a bigger issue now than ever.
What are some of the best life tips? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Over the past 31 years of my life, I've learned a lot through my experiences. These include:
Over the last three years, I’ve painted five rooms in my house. The first room I painted was my bedroom, and I was convinced that I’d have the task finished in a weekend. A month later, I applied the finishing touches.
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You don't need more motivation. You don't need to be inspired to action. You don't need to read any more lists and posts about how you're not doing enough.
It’s the season of New Year’s resolutions once again. At the end of each year 45% of us roll up our sleeves and optimistically decide what we want to accomplish in the year to come.
Creative thinking is essential for everything from solving problems to personal fulfilment. So, how can we do more to nurture it?
I was recently keynoting at a company when the presenter before me (an ex-Navy SEAL) took the stage to discuss the importance of succeeding under extreme pressure. It was a topical comment, as this particular company was about to go through an intense period.
Chris Pratt! Hugh Jackman! Halle Berry! Kourtney Kardashian! What these celebrities have in common, other than a gratuitous exclamation point after their names, is a professed fondness for intermittent fasting, the diet craze turning the fitness world on its sweaty, well-toned head.
In 2011, then-deputy NBA commissioner Adam Silver told the New York Times that “everyone in the league office knows not to call players at 3 p.m.” This is not because 3 p.m. is when NBA players gather for a massive, secret game of knockout, although they should make that happen.
In conducting personal (read: not at all scientifically rigorous or thorough) research for this article, I asked anyone willing to talk to me if they journal and, if so, what exactly they journal about. Of the thirty-two people I asked, just four journaled regularly.
Multi-tasking is to your work what smoking is to your health. Trying to do more than one thing at the same time is killing your productivity. Luckily, it’s not all bad news. 44% of those work distractions are self-inflicted and another 23% come from emails.
Peter Drucker once said “People often overestimate what they can accomplish in one year. But they greatly underestimate what they could accomplish in five years.”
Devotees of the Bullet Journal, a cultish notebook-organization system tagged in more than eight million posts on Instagram, will tell you that there are two kinds of notebook people: those who keep multiple notebooks and those who keep just one.
Entrepreneurs are always on a quest to win the race against time. As if that weren’t stressful enough, we also have to enhance our willpower and strengthen our self-discipline. If not, then all of the distractions flying around will stand in the way of us getting things done.
Motivation is a tricky multifaceted thing. How do we motivate people to become the best they can be? How do we motivate ourselves? Sometimes when we are running towards a goal, we suddenly lose steam and peter out before we cross the finish line.
Getting started with anything is easy. Anyone can become a writer, singer, designer, illustrator, entrepreneur, you name it. But only a few keep going. For example, a lot of people want to start a business. But it seems like the emphasis is on starting.
The last time you saw your grandma before she died. That work presentation last month. Yesterday’s argument with your SO. Your performance eval next quarter. That damn toast you agreed to give at the wedding next summer. What do they have in common? You can overthink the hell out of them.
From Michael Hyatt to Thomas Honeyman, thousands upon thousands of you have relied on tags as your primary organizational system. But, the power of Evernote is in its flexibility. Tiago Forte offers up a different approach.
My name is Kevin, and I have a phone problem. And if you’re anything like me — and the statistics suggest you probably are, at least where smartphones are concerned — you have one, too.
Consider the daily schedule of famed novelist Haruki Murakami. When he’s working on a novel, he starts his days at 4 am and writes for five or six continuous hours.
It’s about creating a space to transition from your work self to your home self, according to peak performance researcher and consultant Adam Fraser.
Reading is a skill that once you’ve learned, you probably don’t spend much time trying to get better at. (Not all that different from, say, breathing.) And yet, many of us don’t have to look far to see signs that there’s plenty of room for improvement.
You can’t take advice from someone too different from you. You would feel like a dog learning how to be a cat.
If you often find yourself having trouble falling sleep, you’re not alone. The American Sleep Association (ASA) says that 50 million to 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder. Among that group, insomnia is the most common.
Imagine if you could take a pill that would double your intelligence. What would that feel like? You’d be able to keep more thoughts in your head. You could draw new connections between ideas. You could solve problems you’ve been stuck on for years.
Articles about the remote work lifestyle have tended to focus on drinking piña coladas on the beach, traveling the world, and otherwise enjoying a life that inspires envy in your social media following.This is not one of those articles.
Like many, I’ve attempted to follow David Allen’s famous Getting Things Done productivity method too many times to count. But inevitably my to-do lists begin to scare me. The number of overdue tasks in my Todoist projects slowly ticks up to panic-inducing levels.
It's possible that success is at least partly about whom you know. But success is definitely about what you know, and what you actually do with the knowledge you gain. So what can you do if you need remember something important?
For most of us, getting enough sleep isn't a life-or-death kind of thing. Sure, we might make poor decisions, but our being sleepy at the marketing meeting tomorrow is not going to get someone killed. During WWII, though, the U.S.
I have something important to tell you. Something really important. I’m talking about life-changing, paradigm-shifting, plane-of-reality-transcending, poop-your-pants-and-call-your-mother important. But I don’t feel like writing it down right now.
I am lying on a mat, looking up at the bright blue of the skylight above me. I exhale purposefully, then let my lungs reinflate of their own accord. I am trying hard to concentrate on this slightly counterintuitive way of breathing, but the voices in my head are distracting me.
I’ve been working hard on a proposal for a new book. This involves a lot of sitting and thinking. Since I started working on this project, a strange phenomenon has emerged. While sitting at my desk, I fantasize about scrubbing things.
Late last year, I began waking up at 5:30 AM to write for an hour then drive to work at an engineering firm. It was the hardest fucking thing I had done in a long time. But I did it. And you know what?
Music isn’t just a means of entertaining ourselves: it can also encourage creativity and help us become more productive. Listening to music can also be therapeutic, relieving feelings of stress so you can concentrate better.
Whether you're working a traditional 9-to-5 gig or running your own business, we all struggle with productivity. For many this is a daily struggle. The good news? That struggle will be a thing of the past if you implement these 15 scientifically-proven methods for increasing your productivity.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently advised the White House to "Take a deep breath" before making decisions relating to the escalation of tensions with Iran. Chess Grandmasters and Navy SEALs follow Nancy Pelosi's advice to make better decisions under pressure.
Procrastination isn’t shameful or a character flaw. Instead it’s rooted in a very human need: the need to feel competent and worthy, says educator Nic Voge.
A few years ago during a break in a leadership class I was teaching, a manager named Michael walked up looking unsettled. His boss had told him he needed to be more productive, so he had spent a few hours analyzing how he spent his time. He had already cut his nonessential meetings.
Many people strike it rich by just making one smart career move, investing in the right stocks or even inheriting a family fortune. But for others, it simply comes down to changing their daily habits and routines, adopting a new mindset or implementing small lifestyle changes.
Brick-and-mortar bookstores are closing their doors. Libraries lend out e-books. Receipts are emailed or texted. Bank statements are sent electronically. We file our taxes online, and our digital calendars will remind us of the looming deadline. The world is going paperless…or is it?
Yet again, your brain is working against you, and it’s because of a phenomenon called the urgency effect.
In recent years, work has become infinitely more complex. Technological innovations have led to round-the-clock work schedules and mounting expectations. Our assignments have grown more collaborative, requiring more coordination, conference calls, and meetings.
With thousands of tasks completed and having finally reached Grandmaster status, I figured I knew pretty much all there was to know about Todoist. I was wrong.
An inside look at the specifics of how we decide what to do and then decide how to do it. “How do you guys actually work? How do you choose what to do? How big are your teams? How do you structure the work itself” are questions I get all the time.
If you try and do too many different types of work on the same day, you’re making it hard for yourself.
I was skeptical of the experiment, but I felt that it was necessary to try it for the sake of my sanity.
What minimal, basic changes can I make today that will bring about the most results?
Imagine a dozen dominoes lined up in a row. Push the first domino and what happens? They all fall down. Now take that same dozen and double it. No, triple it. No, wait — add 15,000 dominoes, branching off into a bunch of crazy shapes and designs. Now, push the first domino and what happens?
Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out, click here. We all waste a lot of time on the internet these days. And due to mobile devices, we do it everywhere, not just at home.
BJ Fogg. Jesse Knish/Getty Confession: In the last month or so, I've eaten plain oatmeal for dinner at least eight times. I'm well aware that a bowl of Quaker oats is hardly the most nutritious or substantive fare.
Her fourth tip might surprise you.
Why saying yes to everything is a quick road to mediocrity.
The term “burnout” dates to 1974 , but judging from the media, and many people I know, it’s the official diagnosis of 2019.
This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here. As co-founder of Hotwire.com and CEO of Zillow for the last seven years, 39-year-old Spencer Rascoff fits most people’s definition of success. As a father of three young children, Spencer is a busy guy at home and at work.
If someone asks you how you spend your time when you’re not at work, do you know where most of your day goes? It still surprises me that most busy people have their workday mapped out meticulously, yet they don’t realize how their time outside of work slips away.
One of the most challenging aspects of creative work is, well, sitting down to actually do it. There are so many different ways to cull out one’s creativity.
Most people want to know the single best way to schedule their day for maximum productivity, and there are numerous articles and books that claim to know the “perfect schedule.” But the reality is, there is no perfect method for everyone.