Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes just one second
Lewis Carroll in Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
Asking active questions it is very important in our daily life. Simple, active questions can change our behaviour because they reveal where we are succeeding and where we need further improvement. And in doing so, they rivet our attention on what we can actually change. In his book, Triggers: Sparking Positive Change and Making It Last, Marshall Goldsmith outlines six active questions that fully engage us in life and work.
The Daily Questions are immensely useful for three reasons because they help us identify what we really want, not what we think we want and they motivate us in areas where we need it.
There are six daily questions in total.
2. Did I do my best to make progress toward my goals today?
By asking The Daily Questions, we remind ourselves that if we want we can control our lives.
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For the month of July the selected quotation is by Pericles, Prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age. He promoted the arts and literature.
Time is the wisest counsellor of all
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Although there is no one size that fits all solution, Carthage Buckley, on Coaching Positive Performance, lists 7 steps that can help each of us improving our time management and the quality of our results.
1. Become aware : if you want to create real and last change you need to understand exactly where your time is going
2. Analyse your data: collect the time and the percentage of time spent on each activity and consider the results, are you happy about that?
3. Identify tasks which are not necessary: very often a task is being performed for no other reason than it has always been done
4. Identify the tasks that can be automated
5. Identify the tasks that can be delegated or outsourced: if you work alone and you have nobody to delegate to, consider the possibility of outsourcing
6. Make gradual changes: Pick 2-3 small changes that can have a positive impact on your time management
7. Right task, right time: examine your energy levels and make the best use of them. Assign your most important tasks to periods of highest energy
We all claim to be multi-tasking. But it is not true. Multi-tasking is actually inefficient. Multi-tasking has a cost. In fact, distractions seriously risk to impact on our jobs, our carreer and, above all, our life. We are no more able to focus on a single thing. There’s a lot at stake. Do you want to give “it” away?, asks Tracy Davidson in this TEDx.
Tracy Davidson is anchor of NBC10 News Today. She has been awarded many different prizes related to her job and her commitment in empowering women both personally and professionally.
Many people try to increase their productivity. There are people who scurry from task to task, always checking e-mail, organizing something, making a call, running an errand, as they think that “staying busy” means you are working hard and you are going to be more successful.There are innumerable hacks and tricks to manage your time effectively.
These are some useful tips to manage your time:
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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!
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