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Productivity

Write Everyday

The primary way that I am a different writer today is that I do not fear writing tasks in my work. I know that I will turn to this blank page and generate a draft. Then those drafts go into Evernote for editing and polishing. Now those parts of the writing process I still do not enjoy, but what a difference it is to know that I can clear the first hurdle in the process, and there is a universe between no draft and a first draft. I am on my way.

Bob S.

This is remarkable. The effect of sitting down and religiously putting down one word after another is that fear is tamed and confidence rises in the knowledge that I have done this before I can produce words when it matters most.

If you want to write, write everyday.

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Wellbeing

Hello Spring

Grateful this morning for Spring. Although not a bitter winter, there is nothing like the light and warmth that this season brings. It radiates with life, hope and joy.

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Wellbeing

Interview with Novak’s Mother Dijana Dokovic

This is a fabulous and revealing interview with the mother of the man who is today the best tennis player in the world.

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Wellbeing

Interview with Novak Djokovic

On his mental fortitude

The difficulties of growing up in an environment ravaged by war and hardship gave him the strength, and resilience you see on the court today

Enjoying the game is the primary goal

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Productivity

Audacity

“Automattic is creating the operating system for the web, from websites to ecommerce to social networks,” said Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic and cofounder of WordPress. “As we zoom past 1,100 employees in over 70 countries, we wanted a financial leader with experience taking businesses from hundreds of millions in revenue to billions and even tens of billions, as Mark has. I’m excited about working alongside such an experienced leader day-to-day to build one of the defining technology companies of this era.”

Nobody ever achieved anything significant by dreaming small dreams. I love the audacity of Matt Mullenweg.

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Social

Pushy Parenting

Pushy parents get a bad rap. Yes there are some parents who are terrible; they are in it for themselves and put heavy burdens on their kids that no child should have to bear — i’m not talking about those kind of parents. I’m talking about parents who simply want the best for their kids and want to see them fulfil their fullest potential.

When we define “pushy” in reference to the latter description, then it isn’t necessary a bad thing. What parent does not want the best for their kids? If they don’t then they are bad parents. And if they do then they ought to be pushy. Not just pushy but also supportive. The right level of pushiness combined with love, tenderness and understanding — that sort of environment allows children to thrive, discover and fulfil their potential. After all nobody attains their fullest potential without being pushed, guided and supported. It’s why people pay good money for personal trainers and sign up for group exercise classes and fitness bootcamps — because we realise that to achieve our fitness goals we need somebody to push us. What about life/career goals, doesn’t the same logic apply? Parents should be the best coaches and personal life trainers to their kids — pushing them to discover and capitalise on their strengths and passions. A parent who fails to do that in my book is negligent because they allow their kids to be less than what they are capable of.

Kids aren’t born with vision of who they can become and what they can achieve — it’s a parent’s job to give them that. You have to create the environment for them to dream their wildest dreams whilst suppling them with the right level of motivation and support to enable them to attain it. This in my view is the duty of every parent.

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Productivity

Getting the most out of things

Time taken to organise and find out how to use things is not wasted.

There are so many tools, apps and products that we use everyday — from the fabrics of our clothes to the calendar we use to schedule our appointments. If these things are worth having then we should invest the time to learn how to use them well and how to have them operating as effectively as possible in their integration to our lives. Of course not absolutely everything can enjoy this level of investment and efficiency but for the things that matter we should. And if we cannot then we should consider reducing the amount of things that we use in our lives. Less things, less stress, more control, more freedom.

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Productivity

Chaos Control: Task Management Systems

If you keep your task management systems up to date, you are more likely to trust it and therefore use it regularly. If you don’t keep it up to date well maintained, you won’t trust the system and you will find that you start using all manner of tricks, post-its and reminders elsewhere to make sure you don’t forget to do the important things you want to remember to do.

The key factors are this

  • Process the capture inbox on a regular basis – ideally everyday.
  • Make it easy for yourself to find specific things when you need to. In Things, tags are a useful way of adding context to a task.
  • Trust it with everything. Your system should house every single task and should be the single point of failure as far as possible. Like your calendar, it’s best if you don’t have multiple task management systems.
  • Invest time in developing a task management process – one that is detailed but simple to execute.
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Productivity

Daily Down Time

Planning down time into your schedule is as important as any other task or event you could put on your calendar.

Productivity is stressful.

Down time allows you to stop spinning on the wheel of productivity for a little while in order to recuperate, put your brain into a less active mode, decompress and lower your stress.

Depending on what exactly you do in the day and what your daily work involves, this could involve anything from a walk in a nearby wood, to sitting on the sofa catching up with a TV programme. I try not to read during down time as I don’t want to use a lot of brain power during this time.

The point is – schedule something easy that you can mindlessly do a couple of times a day. This helps with motivation and may reduce your chances of being burned out and eventually exhausted by your taxing schedule.

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Productivity

Chaos Control

Everybody works differently. For me, I find I am more productive when I have a well thought out and structured approach to my work.

Some people like to jump right in and start tackling things right off the bat. Others, like me work best when we have taken the time to build parameters, systems and process around what we have to do before we begin.

This approach is obviously time consuming but I find it is time well spent as it allows me to draw up some boundaries and develop a structured approach to execution which as a result gives me some clarity on what I need to do, how I need to go about it and makes my execution a matter of following the plan and process that I’ve spent so long formulating.

When I face resistance to a particular project, sometimes it’s because I have not spent adequate time building out the structure and process that will enable me to tackle the chaos with clarity.