Increase Your Free Time (read it on LifeHacker.com)
Why Read It? You can tackle your day in a more powerful way.
Are you overwhelmed or feel like you have more to deal with than ever before? You're not alone. The average worker today is buckling under the strain of their lives with inadequate sleep and lack of proper nutrition couple with constantly having to check their phone, email, or social networks.
You deserve better, and you can make that happen. It just takes discipline and a bit of organization in producing a clear set of operating instructions to serve as a template for how you arrange your days, weeks, and months.
Try this 'recipe' to increase productivity over the next week:
- Set a nightly time to go to bed and stick to it.
- No screens or radio at a set point each night (an hour before you go to bed).
- Set your alarm and stick to it (no snooze!).
- Keep a notepad to jot nagging thoughts by your bed.
- Upon waking, take the first 5 to 10 minutes and just breathe deeply.
- DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PHONE OR LAPTOP OR TABLET OR TV OR RADIO.
- Get a light breakfast within the first 30 minutes of waking and if you have time, get out in the morning to do something! Surf, skate, climb, ride - whatever it is you do.
- Write down (or note in whatever way you want) the most important 3 tasks you want to accomplish that day. Not every task. Not your huge to-do list. Just 3 things that you need to deal with in some way.
- You have 3 minutes at home (total!) to look for "fires" in your inbox. That's all.
- Commute or get to work, whatever. The rest of the day is yours to execute on.
- Try this for seven days in a row.
"Rest will give me competitive power and extra willpower. Giving myself time for my own clarity will improve my processing power. Knowing what matters to me and my day and also to those who I serve is a great first set of instructions to consider."
Failure Is The Foundation For Innovation (watch it on FastCompany.com)
Why Watch It? Achieving success is possible through failure, see how.
In this short video clip on dealing with failure, Brad Garlinghouse explains that "creating an environment and culture at a company that is tolerant of risk and is comfortable with the possibility of failure - that's when you create unexpected outcomes." Click image below to view the 30-second video.
Brad Garlinghouse is the current CEO of YouSendIt and previously of AOL and Yahoo (and likely best known for his "Peanut Butter Manifesto" which went viral while at Yahoo).
Better Business Decisions via Data and Analytics (read it on BBC.com)
Why Read It? Acceptance of data & analytics analysis has grown and is delivering tangible improvements.
Managers today are expected to make high-pressure decisions faster. To do so, savvy managers are turning to analysing data - from traditional databases to social media reports and more on their customers, operations, and risk - for guidance into their decision-making.
Here are some keys to improving decision-making within your company:
- Create a data-based decision-making culture.
- Implement decision-making transparency with a universal company-wide decision-making process.
- Put an emphasis on managerial insights as a supplement to data.
- Focus on continual refinement and encourage testing of new ideas.
"Decision-making is the essence of management...Managers see that making the right decision in a timely manner is a matter of balancing data analysis with judgment and experience."
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