Courtesy of Life Hacks
Do you know what’s the best way to generate great ideas? Or find the solutions to that nagging problem?
Simple. Start by asking the right questions.
Do you know what’s the best way to hack your life to achieve more?
Nope, it isn’t multitasking.
By now, you would have heard experts telling us that task switching leads to lower levels of concentration, flow, and efficiency. The time needed for us to “restart” each time we switch from activity A to activity B is actually counterproductive.
The first guys to scale Mount Everest (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Imagine for a moment that you’ve set yourself a momentous quest.
Like scaling the highest mountain in the world, trekking across the Antarctic on a dog sled, or venturing into the deepest darkest forest of the Amazon.
“Everything man does today to be efficient, to fill the hour? It does not satisfy. It only makes him hungry to do more. Man wants to own his existence. But no one owns time. When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”
Since time immemorial, man has always been preoccupied with optimising his use of time. He invented innumerable ways to improve efficiency, generate greater returns on time spent, and maximise mileage out of every waking minute.
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What happens when you’ve lost millions, struggle to pay your rent, and lose your family? Should you kill yourself?
Thankfully, James Altucher didn’t and ended up becoming a lot more successful after his experience.
How much risk are you willing to take? (courtesy of Condominium Insurance Review)
In life and at work, there are two kinds of people. That is, if you believe psychologists Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Tory Higgins in their fascinating article in HBR.
The first, promotion-focused people, see their goals as a way to advance forward. They zoom in on the rewards that can be realised when goals are achieved. Eager to “play to win”, they like to dream big and stretch their imaginations in whatever they do.
Do you know that 40% of our time at work is engaged in selling, even if we’re not in sales? Or that “Bob the Builder” can be a sales trainer?
Sprinkled with discoveries from fields such as behavioural economics, life coaching, and improv acting, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by bestselling author Daniel H. Pink scores. Interspersed with charming anecdotes on septuagenarian Fuller Brush salesperson Norman Hall (Pink’s unsung hero who was the last such salesperson), To Sell Is Human is neatly divided into three parts.
Goldilocks certainly knows what moderation is! (courtesy of E-books)
We are living in extreme times. And this calls for extreme measures.
We are extremely hard working. With hot desks, blackberries and mobile offices, we can work anywhere we want, 24/7, on any continent.