Today we are simply overwhelmed by digital data, which make it very difficult to make our average workday a productive and focused one. Just consider how much time we spend daily on our email inbox, trying to read and answer to everybody and file every message. According to the digital explorer Alexandra Samuel (Work smarter with social media), having a clean Inbox is not only impossible, it is also a waste of time, and she provides five useful tips to resist the constant assault of online distraction:
- Stop trying to keep up. Instead of keeping up, make your goal keeping focused by being extremely clear about your priorities, both short and long term.
- Your most important online work happens offline. Be clear about what actually matters to you, before opening your computer.
- Match your digital life to your real-life priorities. Set email filters and, most importantly, make sure you’re setting up shortcuts and prioritizing what’s most relevant.
- Get your news all in one day. Use a newsreader which aggregate articles and create a news feed that lets you read stories and get information across the Internet all in one place.
- Don’t reflexively fill idle time with screen time. if you have less than five minutes of free time, resist the urge to fill it with smartphone time.
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Fruitful skills at work can sometimes be hard to learn and practice.
Here’s some tips to boost your work every day.
1.Time Management: planning is the first step and needs discipline. To do list and scheduling will help you to focus.
2. Empathy: do you feel what people feel? That’s the key to foster the team spirit in your office.
3. Better sleep helps, as many medical studies confirm.
4. Positive self talk: it doesn’t matter what others think of you, but what you think of yourself certainly does. Are you confident enough with yourself?
5. Be consistent. To mantain a top position you have to work harder.
6. Ask for help: when you ask people for advice, you validate their intelligence or expertise, which makes you more likely to win them over.
7. Shut up, if needed, but also listen
8. Mind your business: it will take time, but will surely help the atmospher at work.
9. And finally master your thoughts, directing them to what you want to do and accomplish.
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In his book “Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life“, the great music educator Wynton Marsalis explains how swinging can alter how we experience change.
The musicianʼs relationship to time can be of ultimate assistance to us in:
1) adjusting to changes without losing your equilibrium;
2) mastering moments of crisis with clear thinking;
3) living in the moment and accepting reality instead of trying to force everyone to do things your way;
4) concentrating on a collective goal even when your conception of the collective doesnʼt dominate;
5) knowing how and when to expend your individual energy.
Wynton Marsalis, “Moving to higher ground: How jazz can change your life”
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Just as time management is vital to the effectiveness of managers, so the management of memory is vital for their productivity and success. Organizing our thoughts is as important as organizing our desk. Our multitasking reality puts a strain on our memory since we have to manage at the same time different information and deadlines belonging to different duties and tasks.
On August 9th, 1940, Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of UK, sent a Memorandum to the War Cabinet . He asked his staff to write shorter Reports and to avoid those useless phrases which could be replaced by one word.
In particular he wrote, in the final part of the Memorandum:
The saving in time will be great, while the discipline of setting out the real point concisely will prove an aid to clearer thinking.
Copy of the original document is available at UK National Archives http://www.ukwarcabinet.org.uk/documents/345
Sherrie’s thoughts could be considered as a recipe! You can imagine emotional wealth as a well-prepared dish to impress your loved one and each ingredient needs to be carefully picked!
Here are the ingredients:
1.Confidence is like the salt we put in boling water to cook pasta
2.Resilience is like the cooking pot
3.Keep looking forward is refraining from testing during the preparation
4.Don’t compromise yourself: if you don’t like molecular cuisine, don’t do it!
5.Faith: believe in yourself and your abilities: the object of your desire will be satisfied!
6.Maturity: be patient, and choose no shortcuts (no frozen pizza, pre-packed sushi or home-delivered chinese, please!)
7.Discerning: proportion and quality of ingredients are always better than quantity, just as friends
8.Reality: you cook what you really want: no trendy recipes!
9.Readiness: put your cooking tools on the working board,
10.Self-preservation: you know when to stop cooking and have a sip of wine
11.Value time: or your soufflè will deflate…..
12.Have limits: no red wine with lobster, please!
13.Altruism: you cook for your loved one, not for your own glory
14.True to yourself: see n. 8!
15 Create happiness: it’s not a given, it’s an happiness-generator
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Everyone strives for a reasonable work/life balance, but it’s a common experience that it is often very hard to reach. Professional help may come in handy.
In a recent Time magazine article Tim Ferriss, author of the international bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek, has shared six tips to enhance productivity, illustrated the science behind them, why they really work and have a positive impact on your daily routine.
- Manage Your Mood. Most productivity systems underestimate the impact of feelings. If you are calm and happy you are more likely to get your work done sooner and better.
- Don’t Check Email in The Morning. Checking your inbox first things first in the morning amounts to having your priorities hijacked by whoever has decided to send you a message.
- Before You Try To Do It Faster, Ask Whether It Should Be Done At All. Not all the things you are planning to do really need to be done before you call it a day. Focus only on what is really important and set your priorities accordingly.
- Focus Is Nothing More Than Eliminating Distractions.
Concentration is key to successful prioritization.
- Have A Personal System. Productive people have a routine, a system of their own to get things done, and they stick to it.
- Define Your Goals The Night Before.
If you wake up and you have already thought about what should be your priority during the day you are halfway to success.
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The contemplative life requires discipline and hard work, for sure. But it also seems to require some time indulging pleasures.
There is much fascinating variety in the quotidian habits of celebrity and creative humanists to be discovered browsing their biographies.
Monkish and lonely Nietsche used to eat incredible amounts of fruits at lunch, and a much loved beefsteak, before setting himself for long mountain walks in the Swiss Alps.
Prodigious Karl Marx was accustomed to working long hours at night, accompanied by ceaseless smoking.
Rather predictable and orderly Immanuel Kant tried to stick to the rule that he would smoke only one pipe, but the bowls of his pipes increased considerably in size as the years went on…
Remember Gustave Flaubert’s maxim?
“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Maybe, the addition of a little “bad habit” or two might help too!
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