Introduction to Zen to Done – A Simple, Effective Productivity System
I’m not sure if you noticed this news. I felt heartened by the recent bill to ban work emails after work hours by New York City Council. A hefty fine for employers who violate this.
“While technology has increased access to people and ideas, it’s also made it possible for employees to be on-call 24/7,” says the author of the bill, Rafael Espinal, representing the 37th District in New York City.
“We need to establish clear boundaries for employees so they can maintain a healthy work-life balance and live without fear of retaliation for not answering work communications after work hours,” he added.
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Typing efficiently can be rewarding
If you are a knowledge worker or writer or a software programmer or just about anyone having to do a lot of typing in your computer, you may or may not have realized this; but you are subjecting yourself to a lot of stress, even injury on your fingers, hands, elbows, and shoulders.
Regardless of whether you are a professional typist or an amateur, you can save plenty of time, money and energy by minimizing the keystrokes. Continue reading “How to Type Less but Write More Content”
The importance of Rest and Recovery in Productivity
Certain things are counter-intuitive but true. Here’s an example. Your ability to become unproductive plays a critical role in improving your Productivity.
Building Productivity is like building any muscle. Think how you grow muscles. You stress the muscle through an exercise of some form (weights, Yoga, Pilates or any other physical training). Then follow it up with a period of recovery.
If there is no recovery after a period of stress, you can hurt your muscles and cause physical damage. It is similar to stretching a rubber band without contracting it. It breaks after a certain limit.
Continue reading “How to improve your Productivity by focusing on its Opposite?”
Microsoft Sway is a free Collaboration tool
Sometimes I get a vague but great idea that I want to get it out of my head and share with others, even when it is not fully mature. The best way to share and collaborate is through a combination of text, image or video, in the form of a storyboard.
It isn’t that easy — without expensive software. Continue reading “How to easily Collaborate using Microsoft Sway for free?”
How to get Big Projects completed?
Do you have Dream Projects in mind? Those Projects you are deeply passionate about. The ones for which you wish you had the time, energy and money; potential game changers, that can transform your life in a major way.
It may be that you want to pursue a long-term course, that may land you a better job. Or a project that may produce a steady passive income stream for you, or a Small Business that you want to launch on the side, or a house that you want to build, a Blog you want to Create, or a Book that you want to Publish.
You may be inspired to plunge in and execute your project without planning and due-diligence. Your burning passion may give a false sense of security and potential success.
Your friend or neighbor may have pulled off such Projects. Note that we have plenty of biases spinning in our head. Hence it is easy to overlook the planning and preparation that went behind such success.
You vacillate between your desire to complete and your anxiety that you may fail. How do you decide? Continue reading “How to Complete Your Big Projects when you are unclear?”
How to be Consistent in your Productivity?
There are times when I feel totally Productive. My Productivity is in top form. Great ideas emerge from nowhere. My writing is effortless. Words tumble out of my keyboard like Popcorns popping out of a primed oven, in a consistent manner. I pleasantly surprise myself by breaking my previous records in writing faster, smarter and better. I call it my Zone or flow state.
But here’s the full disclosure. I don’t get to enjoy the Flow state frequently. There are times when my Productivity dips, I tend to lose focus, tune out, and the quality of my work suffers. Have you ever encountered this? Continue reading “10 Research Backed Ideas to make you Consistently Productive”
Book Review – The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in Life and Business – by Charles Duhigg
Habits are the foundation of a successful Life
Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. They are intricately linked to Productivity and Success. If we learn to cultivate good habits, we can easily power up our Productivity and Success.
However, habit formation strategies are neutral. Which implies that we are as likely to develop bad habits, as much as good habits.
Developing good habits and replacing bad habits with good habits are both challenging. But many chronic overeaters, problem drinkers, and obsessive shoppers have successfully remade their lives – in short periods of time. How do they do it? If they can, can’t we? Continue reading “The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in Life and Business”
When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion. – Dale Carnegie
Behavioral Biases Can Stifle Productivity
One of the strangest things about humans is that we are full of biases, fallacies, and illusions — yet, we are either ignorant or in denial about them.
We feel so strongly about our ideas and convictions, that we feel things can’t be any other way. We believe that we are perfectly rational – always. Continue reading “How to Overcome Productivity denting Behavioral Biases”
“I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” — Eisenhower
The Prioritization Problem:
Productivity is all about being and doing the essential.
However, the number of tasks that you may have to do at any given time, can get overwhelming. Here are some of the typical things you may encounter when wrestling with a growing to-do list: Continue reading “How to prioritize your tasks for Maximum Productivity?”
I’ll live the focused life because it’s the best kind there is – Winifred Gallagher
This is a review of the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.
Visualize Two Scenarios
You have been trying to get a deliverable or a task wrapped up in 5 minutes. You are almost there. Just then you get an instant messaging notification beep. Lured by the notification, when you check, the link takes you to an interesting article, that is an estimated 15 minutes read.
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