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Why An Anti To-Do List Might Be The Secret To Productivity


By Joel Gascoigne – My approach with the Anti-To-Do List is to have not just a single list each day, as many of us do now (our to-do list), but to have two.

The idea of the Anti-To-Do List is that it is the account of progress for that day. In some ways it’s a “Done” List.

This is really powerful, because you can always look back at your Anti-To-Do List and see how much you’ve got done (even if the items weren’t on your todo list). more> http://tinyurl.com/llr3ag8

What Happened When I Woke Up Two Hours Earlier For A Week


By Rachel Gillett – The idea is that having a time in the day where there is no pressure and no expectations from other people would result in better focus and more creative thinking.

The first day I had so many endorphins shooting around my body that I almost felt manic–but in a good way.

My mind was bursting with thoughts and ideas, possibly because of the effect exercise has on our bodies, but also because I felt unencumbered by the need to start working immediately. My inner dialogue just wouldn’t shut up on the walk to work. more> http://tinyurl.com/m2br9hz

5 Things You’re Doing That Seem Productive, But Aren’t


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Getting Things Done, Author: David Allen.

By Vivian Giang – Your brain is “dumbed down” when you multitask because you’re using a different part of it that “adversely affects how you learn.”

Instead, a good strategy to adopt is to perform tasks in sequences, called “set shifting,” which is the practice of switching consciously and completely from one task to the next instead of doing everything at once.

This will allow you to use your brain at high capacity for each task, but you can only think of the task you’re currently working on. more> http://tinyurl.com/mpngx9b

12 Tips for Designing an Open-Ended Project


By John Kamensky – How do you tackle a large-scale, complex challenge that evolves over time, involves thousands of stakeholders, and where there is no clear solution?

For example, is there a road map for how the Internet evolved? Could we do it again?

Traditionally, leaders use hierarchical “closed system” approaches to solve large, complicated problems. A closed project has a defined staff, budget and outcome, and uses hierarchy and logic models to direct activities. It is particularly appropriate for problems with known solutions and stable environments, such as the development of a major highway project.

But today there are instances when a problem is so complex, that it demands another approach. David Witzel calls this an “open project” approach. more> http://tinyurl.com/nxcknn5

How Much Time Does a Good Social Media Strategy Really Take?


By Kevan Lee – What do you want to use social for:

  • Sales?
  • Loyalty?
  • Awareness?

These are the three main areas that Jay Baer identifies as potential focus points of a social media strategy.

As Baer puts it: What’s the point of your social media marketing? Pick one of the above, and focus your efforts on that single objective. more> http://tinyurl.com/m8h52yj

The Talent Your Organization Needs May Already Be on the Payroll


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By Jeremy Eden and Terri Long – Unfortunately, many executives and HR professionals have spent the last few decades solving the wrong problem.

They are correctly convinced that growing their business requires having more talent than their competitors. They are also convinced that they must compete hard to win talent that might otherwise go to their competitors.

Instead they should be more fully utilizing the talent they already have. more> http://tinyurl.com/kx649nk

How to Learn


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A Random Walk in Science, Author: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).

By Maria Popova – Mental recreation is a thing that we all of us need for our mental health; and you may get much healthy enjoyment, no doubt, from Games … But, after all, when you have made yourself a first-rate player at any one of these Games, you have nothing real to show for it, as a result! You enjoyed the Game, and the victory, no doubt, at the time: but you have no result that you can treasure up …

Once master the machinery of Symbolic Logic [2], and you have a mental occupation always at hand, of absorbing interest, and one that will be of real use to you in any subject you may take up. It will give you clearness of thought—the ability to see your way through a puzzle—the habit of arranging your ideas in an orderly and get-at-able form—and, more valuable than all, the power to detect fallacies, … more> http://tinyurl.com/nenxsqx