“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill
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Diplomatic activities are now mainly based on the daily use of internet. This illustration realised by Diplofoundation summarises one day in the life of an e-diplomat: the series of drawings shows how a diplomat dealing with an environmental crisis uses knowledge management to organise her work.
Image source: http://goo.gl/Pk28Ku
You can see more illustrations of the original gallery at: http://goo.gl/sAUQrK
Jancee Dunn, from Time Online Magazine, suggests 7 useful techniques to improve our memory:
1. Play brain games
2. Eat the right foods
3. Quit multitasking
4. Master a new skill
5. Get more sleep
6. Use mnemonic devices
7. Hit the gym
Read more on: Times Online Magazine, 7 Tricks to Improve Your Memory
Image source: brainu.org, Memory bubble
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Proposed by: Camilla Sicuro
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
This may sound fluffy but it’s an important perspective to take: 10 hours of work when you’re exhausted, cranky and distracted might be far less productive than 3 hours when you’re “in the zone.”
Eric Barker on Times Online Magazine explains that “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance”.
So, if you want to work like an athlete, here are things to take into consideration:
#1 Get enough sleep: Nobody is at their best when exhausted;
#2 Know your prime hours and use them strategically;
#3 Time meals and snacks to make sure you have the energy to do solid work and you’re not hungry or sluggish when you need to perform;
#4 Strategically use rituals that keep you positive and energized;
#5 Schedule evening and weekend activities that recharge you.
No doubt, time management skills are necessary. But just as with your relationships, “quality time” matters!
Read more on: Time Management Skills Are Stupid. Here’s What Works.
In this moving video she describes how “for most of our lives, we live out our existence here in the middle of the chain of human experience where everything is normal and reassuring and regular, but failure catapults us abruptly way out over here into the blinding darkness of disappointment. Success catapults us just as abruptly but just as far way out over here into the equally blinding glare of fame and recognition and praise. And there’s a real equal danger in both cases of getting lost out there… in the hinterlands of the psyche.”
“I am not young enough to know everything.”