Facebook is fun. It’s addictive. It’s designed to be addictive. The more Facebook can keep you on Facebook the more ads they are able to serve up to your account and your friend’s accounts. But Facebook is killing your productivity. Take a break from Facebook for the day and see how much more you get […]
Things like sleep, play, exercise, love, day dreaming are essential elements to finding your balance in life. And work, if it is not your art, can be a massive, but necessary, distraction that will keep you away from your real work. Seek out distractions like mind clutter and eliminate as many of them as you can.
This is what I live for. Digging in, getting a plan, and adjusting everything as we move through the process of launching a site, or program, or campaign. Just remember, there is never enough time. So… GET A PLAN for that as well.
Agile used to be a buzzword. Either you were IN or you were OUT when it came to understanding the “agile” model. Today, agile is still alive and well, and driving some of the most innovative development teams in the world. Of course, there’s probably an agile 2.0 model that we don’t even know about yet, but looking at a few of the agile processes can help us in any aspect of team leadership, project management, and even self-leadership.
Our problem is not information overload, it is filter failure. // Every morning when I wake up the media and inputs are screaming for my attention. It is up to me what I want to spend time contemplating, writing about, working on. Every single day we have to filter out thousands of messages, grabbing for our mental bandwidth. How do you FILTER? How do you determine what to pay attention to, what to mute (unsubscribe from) and what to simply ignore?
Then I started getting up at 6am. On weekdays this usually gave me about an hour of creative time, before I had to start rustling the family and making breakfast. The cool part, was I was always WIDE AWAKE as I was bringing them back into consciousness. I had my wits and plans about me. And for the most part, I had part of my creative drive taken care of for the day.
For the rest of us, the focus is the thing. [Because American Idol is like the lottery, actually your much more likely to win the lottery than American Idol.] You have to return to your big goal over and over. And when you get distracted or lost in the noise of overwork, stress, and overwhelm, you have to find a way to pull yourself back into focus.
Critical Path maybe a project management term now, but I believe the phrase and concept was coined by Buckminster Fuller, in his book, The Critical Path (Amazon affiliate link). So what is it? And how does it relate to Occom’s Razor? In my words, critical path, is the minimum string of events that have to […]
So a lifehack is some kind of shortcut that you can use to get ahead in life. It may involve tasks that can be done in an easier or quicker fashion, it might be a software package that helps you monitor a part of your work that allows you to get closer to Tim Ferris’s 4-hour work week. (4-hour work day, maybe…) And a mind hack is simply a way to supercharge or hack your mind into doing things better, quicker, or sometimes in parallel with a 2nd task.
Well, you know what? I can’t fit all of the linking opportunities into the Urgent and Critical quadrant. There is not enough time in a lifetime to get to all the links that flood by in a single day. So I quit trying!
I cannot begin to express the amount of time I have saved by doing extensive DELETIONS. And that’s a prime step in the process. So this post is about GETTING TO IT, not about THINKING ABOUT GETTING TO IT.
I’d say we are learning and trying to become better and this micro-switching, multi-threading process that is quite inefficient. I have been trying to achieve better focus by shutting down Twitter and Facebook and email when I am trying to write. IM is like the ultimate distraction, and Twitter is just like IM with lots of folks. So, if you want to get something done, TURN IT ALL OFF.