Just the act of jotting something down is an act of discipline that affects how we think about our actions, and bolsters our resolve to modify our own behavior.
Here's how to hack your happiness and productivity to get more done and enjoy it.
Dreaming is at the heart of disruption — it is only when we dream that we can hope to create something truly new, something that will overtake old habits, old customs, and old ways of thinking and being… And the more we dream ourselves into becoming who we want to be, the closer we’ll come to accomplishing our resolutions.
Whitney Johnson, in a great HBR blog post about paying attention to our dreams and who we are.
Happy Friday! Catch up with the best of what we’ve shared on the interwebs this week!
Chart your own path but slow down along the way.
What would you like to do if money were no object? What do you desire?
Turns out there’s something between extroverts and introverts. Dan Pink on the benefits of being an ambivert.
Communicating through the inverted pyramid.
5 things to be more effective at work.
You’ve got to be audacious enough to set goals that make you stretch and give you clarity of vision and purpose. But you have to have the humility to know that this work is hard, and that you might not get there. If you start off talking about all the reasons that you’re not going to get there, you’re not going to get there. And so it’s holding that balance of not being reckless, but also having a huge element of fearlessness.
We know you can do it!
As Chief Happiness Officer, Ginni ensures that iDoneThis is helping teams and companies stay connected, enhance productivity, and improve their inner work life. Every so often, a team leader will reach out to ask why some team members just aren’t getting on board. It hasn’t been a straightforward question to resolve, so Ginni reached out to friend, time coach and productivity expert Elizabeth Grace Saunders, for some help. (This is the 1st of a 3-part “Manager’s Series”.)
Does this sound familiar?: You’ve been trying to implement a change on your team that will lead to increased productivity. Although you’ve explained why the new behavior is important and saves time, certain people won’t budge. And no amount of explaining—or even coercing—seems to bridge the disconnect between what people should do and what they actually do.
The answer to the puzzle of why people don’t do what is logical and beneficial for the individual and the team, lies deeper than you might think. In such cases, you most likely have a logic-resistant emotional issue to address.
As a time coach and trainer, and author of The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment, I’m acutely aware that addressing underlying emotional issues plays a foundational role in shifting people’s habits. That’s why in Chapter 2 of my book, I go through six crippling emotions—and how to overcome them. To get you started empowering your team in 2013, I’ll cover one of them here.
The main thing that marks the Developer is that they are comfortable making forward progress even in the midst of uncertainty. Even in the midst of their work they are perpetually scanning the horizon for new insights, new opportunities, and new ways of approaching their work.
Todd Henry of The Accidental Creative breaks down three different productivity types – the Driver, the Drifter, and the Developer.
Drivers are motivated by the task at hand. They want to get stuff done, nose to the grindstone.
Drifters are multitaskers of life, diffusing their focus on many different things.
The Developer involves a balancing act of perspective, fostering focus while allowing drifting and dreaming.
Whatever productivity type you tend to be, try to actively go into Developer Mode and take some time to see both the forest and the trees.
Which productivity type are you?