Posts tagged focus

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
I won’t be leading The Washington Post day-to-day. I am happily living in “the other Washington” where I have a day job that I love.

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos just bought the Washington Post (via michaelhayes)

It’s all dead trees to him. (via shortformblog)

Bezos purchased The Washington Post today and it is already everywhere! What can you learn from this mega CEO? Steal his radical strategies on how to run better, more productive meetings.

Why Does Summer Make Us Lazy?

newyorker:

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Maria Konnikova on humidity, productivity, and the link between sunshine and happiness: http://nyr.kr/16VABHX

“In a 2013 study of perceived well-being, the economist Marie Connolly found that on days when the temperature rose above ninety degrees, the negative impact on happiness levels was greater than the consequences of being widowed or divorced.”

Illustration by Edwin Fotheringham.

Not only does the summer heat make us lazy and cranky, but it is almost impossible to focus when daydreaming of beach weekends. Here are 6 ways to be happier and more productive while you are in the office this summer.

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25,000 Mornings: 8 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine- James Clear wrote in Health, Technology and Living

You’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings in your adult life, give or take a few. According to a report from the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy in the United States is 79 years. Most people in wealthy nations are hovering around the 80–year mark. Women in Japan has the longest, with an average life expectancy of 86 years. If we use these average life expectancy numbers and assume that your adult life starts at 18 years old, then you’ve got about 68 years as an adult (86 – 18 = 68). Perhaps you have a little less than average; a little more if you’re lucky. (68 years as an adult) x (365 days each year) = 24,820 days. 25,000 mornings. That’s what you get in your adult life. 25,000 times you get to open your eyes, face the day, and decide what to do next. I don’t know about you, but I’ve let a lot of those mornings slip by. Once I realized this, I started thinking about how I could develop a better morning routine. I still have a lot to learn, but here are some strategies that you can use to get the most out of your 25,000 mornings.

Read James’ 8 strategies for getting the most out of his morning on good.is

Simple morning habits can change you from a harried slob in a bathrobe to a paragon of productivity. OPEN Forum’s tips are on par with James’ and will help get you going in the morning for a full day of focus.

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25,000 Mornings: 8 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine
James Clear wrote in Health, Technology and Living

You’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings in your adult life, give or take a few.

According to a report from the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy in the United States is 79 years. Most people in wealthy nations are hovering around the 80–year mark. Women in Japan has the longest, with an average life expectancy of 86 years.

If we use these average life expectancy numbers and assume that your adult life starts at 18 years old, then you’ve got about 68 years as an adult (86 – 18 = 68). Perhaps you have a little less than average; a little more if you’re lucky.

(68 years as an adult) x (365 days each year) = 24,820 days.

25,000 mornings.

That’s what you get in your adult life. 25,000 times you get to open your eyes, face the day, and decide what to do next. I don’t know about you, but I’ve let a lot of those mornings slip by.

Once I realized this, I started thinking about how I could develop a better morning routine. I still have a lot to learn, but here are some strategies that you can use to get the most out of your 25,000 mornings.

Read James’ 8 strategies for getting the most out of his morning on good.is

Simple morning habits can change you from a harried slob in a bathrobe to a paragon of productivity. OPEN Forum’s tips are on par with James’ and will help get you going in the morning for a full day of focus.

5 Ways Social Media is Killing Your Productivity
1. You are more interested in gossip than a business strategy.
2. You are too social.
3. You use it as a distraction.
4. You use social media to directly sell products.
5. You substitute social media for meeting customers in person.
For all of the recreational fun and marketing needs social media solves, it is a massive productivity killer. Here are the solutions to stopping social media distractions from OPEN Forum.
(via 5 Ways Social Media Is Killing Your Business)

5 Ways Social Media is Killing Your Productivity

1. You are more interested in gossip than a business strategy.

2. You are too social.

3. You use it as a distraction.

4. You use social media to directly sell products.

5. You substitute social media for meeting customers in person.

For all of the recreational fun and marketing needs social media solves, it is a massive productivity killer. Here are the solutions to stopping social media distractions from OPEN Forum.

(via 5 Ways Social Media Is Killing Your Business)

americanexpress:

7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset
by Marc Chernoff, Co-Founder, MarcAndAngel.com
Click here for the full article

Great reminders on how to train your mind to stay productive and focused. Here are more simple steps to being happier and healthier at work this summer!

americanexpress:

7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset

by Marc Chernoff, Co-Founder, MarcAndAngel.com

Click here for the full article

Great reminders on how to train your mind to stay productive and focused. Here are more simple steps to being happier and healthier at work this summer!

fastcompany:

Our productivity tip of the day: 
Make a habit of identifying the most important item on your to-do list (the Big Ugly Frog) and immediately start your work day with that task. No email, no Facebook, no distraction. Get right into it. You can read more about the big ugly frog here.
And here are some other helpful To Do tips:
The 1-3-5 rule for more doable To Do lists
6 of the best alternative To Do apps
5 easy To Do’s that keep your To Do list healthy 

Focusing might be a challenge this week, with most people taking off  the tail end for the 4th of July. 
But to get things done, sometimes you have to go it alone.
Check out some of the productivity articles on OPEN Forum to make sure you’re making the most of your limited time this week.

fastcompany:

Our productivity tip of the day:

Make a habit of identifying the most important item on your to-do list (the Big Ugly Frog) and immediately start your work day with that task. No email, no Facebook, no distraction. Get right into it. You can read more about the big ugly frog here.

And here are some other helpful To Do tips:

Focusing might be a challenge this week, with most people taking off  the tail end for the 4th of July.

But to get things done, sometimes you have to go it alone.

Check out some of the productivity articles on OPEN Forum to make sure you’re making the most of your limited time this week.

fastcompany:

Your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes before it needs a break. Why? It’s the ultradian rhythm, a cycle that’s present in both our sleeping and waking lives. 
That’s a perfectly good reason unplug and take a break.

Taking a work break can ramp up your productivity. Check out OPEN Forum’s infographic with additional productivity tips from some of the most busy, yet successful, leaders.

fastcompany:

Your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes before it needs a break. Why? It’s the ultradian rhythm, a cycle that’s present in both our sleeping and waking lives. 

That’s a perfectly good reason unplug and take a break.

Taking a work break can ramp up your productivity. Check out OPEN Forum’s infographic with additional productivity tips from some of the most busy, yet successful, leaders.

Click here to embiggen (see full infographic)

When you are feeling overloaded, instead of pushing harder, a wise thing to do might be to take a short break … Short breaks can revive your productivity and decrease tension. We looked deeper into the matter and put together some interesting facts, as well as practical advice on how to stay fresh and productive throughout the day. 

(Via Visual.ly)

Click here to embiggen (see full infographic)

When you are feeling overloaded, instead of pushing harder, a wise thing to do might be to take a short break … Short breaks can revive your productivity and decrease tension. We looked deeper into the matter and put together some interesting facts, as well as practical advice on how to stay fresh and productive throughout the day. 

(Via Visual.ly)

Entrepreneurs are strategic in every aspect of their business, yet they usually lack mindfulness when it comes to their eating habits. When and what you eat can boost your mental prowess and energy levels —your productivity can drop by up to 75% just from skipping breakfast.The two most important meals for productivity is breakfast and your afternoon snack. Read Inc.com’s dietary suggestions for these meals to maximize your focus.
(via Strategic Eating: Two Meals Entrepreneurs Should Never Skip | Inc.com)

Entrepreneurs are strategic in every aspect of their business, yet they usually lack mindfulness when it comes to their eating habits. When and what you eat can boost your mental prowess and energy levels —your productivity can drop by up to 75% just from skipping breakfast.

The two most important meals for productivity is breakfast and your afternoon snack. Read Inc.com’s dietary suggestions for these meals to maximize your focus.

(via Strategic Eating: Two Meals Entrepreneurs Should Never Skip | Inc.com)