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The Future of Learning in a Networked Society – eLearning Blog Dont Waste Your Time

The Future of Learning in a Networked Society – eLearning Blog Dont Waste Your Time | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Learning prepares you to cope with surprises, education prepares you to cope with certainty. There is no certainty.” – Stephen Heppell


This powerful video has some of the worlds best educators and thinkers outlining their view on the ‘future of learning in a networked society’, including the likes of Stephen Heppell, Sugata Mitra, and Seth Godin.


It's relevant to everyone (not just people interested in education systems) because this style of learning is accessbile to everyone, it's already all around you, it's up to you whether you choose to make the best of the opportunities it presents.

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Learning a New Language Expands the Brain

Learning a New Language Expands the Brain | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Learning a new language makes the brain grow, according to researchers who studied young recruits at the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy by measuring the brains of participants before and after the language training.


There's also evidence that suggests learning a second language can reduce the likelihood of Alzeihmer's onset.


There's growing evidence that contiuous lifelong learning is healthy for you and your brain. It's exercise for your brain.


If you want to learn a language, why not try duolingo.com - it's a free effective language learning tool. (it won't work on our network so wait till you get home)

 

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Finding the Productivity Sweet Spot | Visual.ly

Finding the Productivity Sweet Spot | Visual.ly | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Guess which industry wastes the most time at work?


....Insurance! Averaging 2.5 hours a day


How do we deal with this? Why is it so bad?


The suggestion here is to allow people a limited time to do non-work activities because it makes them more productive overall and more engaged. 


If that sounds too radical here's one insurance company who manage it rather successfully.

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Hofstadter’s Law and yarn bombs: How to keep your brain from underestimating task time

Hofstadter’s Law and yarn bombs: How to keep your brain from underestimating task time | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Do you ever wonder why you never have enough time -- no matter how much planning you undertake to stay on top of things? That's called the Planning Fallacy. 


Hofstadter's law states that it always takes longer than you think, even when you take into account Hofstadter's law.


This article suggests two simple ways you can combat this tendency. They are both very simple, but apparently very effective.


Why not try them and let us know how you get on?

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Best Productivity Method?

Best Productivity Method? | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Booking some time at the end of the day, or every week to review what's been done and what's next on the agenda can go a long way towards helping get control over your to-do.


Reflection is powerful and essential if you want to improve anything.

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7 half-truths, lies and fallacies that productivity gurus tell

7 half-truths, lies and fallacies that productivity gurus tell | Love Learning | Scoop.it

There are a lot of personal productivity blogs out there, but a lot of the ideas they peddle are not going to work for eveybody.


This article is a good reminder to always use critical thinking and personal judgment when reading anything online.


However, it also makes the following excellent point around the value of taking time to think:


"There’s a quote from Mad Men you may be familiar with, when Roger Sterling tells Don Draper: “I’ll never get used to the fact that most of the time it looks like you’re doing nothing.” ...


The bulk of the work takes place in the mind.

And when we feel pressured to be constantly moving and doing things visibly in a corporate world that doesn’t accept time to think as part of a role, we take precious cycles away from that brain. Truth is, we could get stuff done much faster if it was acceptable to sit, think and process. That’s where 90% of the work happens.


With some exceptions, most productivity gurus encourage this status quo by advising you to life a task-driven life."

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Seth's Blog: Three kinds of meetings

Seth's Blog: Three kinds of meetings | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Seth Godin's analysis of different meeting types. According to him there are three and you need to recognise which type you are holding and when that switches mid meeting.

  1. Information
  2. Discussion
  3. Permission
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Ground Rules for Email Management

Ground Rules for Email Management | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Email can be very time consuming. These ground rules are designed to help companies and employees get their time back and get email management under control. The principle is to only touch an email once and to keep your inbox clear.


Most of these are fairly well known, but they are good sound ideas for most people

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How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google

How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google | Love Learning | Scoop.it

How do some of the most modern and productive companies in the world approach meetings? This article looks at how Apple, Google and several smaller startups have rigid criteria to cut down on unnecessary meetings and make the meetings that do happen as productive as possible.


Here are the key takeaways:


  1. Always have an agenda
  2. Set an end time for the meeting
  3. Invite as few people as possible
  4. Always leave a meeting with concrete actions assigned to specific people
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Meetings are key factor in a team/corporate sucess, they just have to be well conducted.

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Should You Send That Email? Here’s A Flowchart For Deciding

Should You Send That Email? Here’s A Flowchart For Deciding | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Email is broken. There’s too much of it, no one can agree on how to use it, it’s too easy to send, which encourages a glut of CYA CCing, and there are spammers.
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Outlook 2010 tips - "Inbox to Zero"

Quick 4 minute video to learn how to get your inbox to zero with Outlook 2010 as part of Office 2010 (RT @Beezix: Inbox flooded with messages?
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The future belongs to those who take charge of their own learning « Learning in the Social Workplace

The future belongs to those who take charge of their own learning « Learning in the Social Workplace | Love Learning | Scoop.it

"Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and take a look around once in a while, you might miss it" Ferris Bueller said that back in the 80's.


Today it's truer than ever.


In this article Jane Hart makes the case for making conscious time each week to reflect on what you are doing, what you have learned, how you are progressing towards your goals and starting a personal learning portfolio to evidence this.


"I'm too busy" is not a valid excuse anymore. Book time into your schedule each week. Find a quiet place and actually think about what you have done in the past week and how you could improve, then think about how you can learn from that and use it to improve next week, next month, next year. 


Continuous professional development should not be a chore. It's your future - own it.

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Timex Group :: Top 10 Ways to Save Time at Work

You'd expect that the President of watch company, Timex, would be pretty efficient at time management. And he doesn't disappoint. Here are 10 top tips to be more productive at work

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The Unimportance of Practically Everything

The Unimportance of Practically Everything | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Why do otherwise intelligent people find it so easy to be distracted from what really matters?


"Sometimes what you don't do is just as important as what you do." - Warren Buffet


To get started, I recommend a simple action list.

  1. Before you leave the office today, write down your top six priorities for tomorrow on a Post-it note.
  2. Cross off the bottom five.
  3. Write down your top priority on a Post-it note and put it on your computer.
  4. Schedule a 90-minute window to work on your top priority — preferably the first thing of the day.
  5. Every time you are about to check email, Facebook, Twitter etc., write down what you are about to do.





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The Power Hour: How to Beat Procrastination

The Power Hour: How to Beat Procrastination | Love Learning | Scoop.it
If you're looking to beat procrastination, this guest post by Angela DiCarlo has a great tactic: adopt something called The Power hour.


"So what is this Power Hour?


To put it to you straight, this is the one hour that you buckle yourself into your chair and do what needs to get done. You do not let distractions, unrelated calls, negative self-talk, unnecessary breaks, refilling coffee, checking the internet, unproductive time on social media, grabbing supplies from the cabinet in the other room, or anything not directly related to the task."


One of the "tools" the article suggests you use to prevent distraction during this hour is to keep a pen and paper handy to write down anything that pops into your head suring the power hour that could distract you. By writing it down you stop the thought from nagging at you and you can address it when the hour ends. This technique is great for all sorts of situations where you can be easily distracted like telephone conferences, or online meetings


The author suggests answering these 3 questions before you start:

  1. Where in your life are you letting unnecessary “work” slow down your progress?
  2. What actions take up the majority of your working day? Are these the things that will make you money or contribute to your goals?
  3. How would turning one extra “working hour” per day into one “income-producing hour” change your income over the next month? Repeated consistently over the next year, what would that be worth to you?

If a power hour seems too much to commit to why not try a shorter version - the pomodoro technique 


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Think Productive TASK How to get your inbox to zero | thinkproductive.co.uk

Think Productive TASK How to get your inbox to zero | thinkproductive.co.uk | Love Learning | Scoop.it

How to organise your inbox for productivity

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CIO Playbook Episode #5 Dark Art of Meeting Management Chapter 1 | Jeffrey Hurley, CIO, Speaker, Podcaster, Blogger

CIO Playbook Episode #5 Dark Art of Meeting Management Chapter 1 | Jeffrey Hurley, CIO, Speaker, Podcaster, Blogger | Love Learning | Scoop.it

How many meetings do you attend where time seemed to pass but no real results happened, only to find another meeting scheduled to discuss the topic of the meeting you just left.


This is part 1 in a series of podcsats and articles giving a broad and comprehensive range of techniques to improve all kinds of meetings.

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CIO Playbook Episode #14: Art of Meeting Management Chapter 4, Video Conferencing | Jeffrey Hurley, CIO, Speaker, Podcaster, Blogger

CIO Playbook Episode #14: Art of Meeting Management Chapter 4, Video Conferencing | Jeffrey Hurley, CIO, Speaker, Podcaster, Blogger | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Practical tips on managing meetings and specifically how to get the best out of video conferences

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43 Folders Series: Inbox Zero | 43 Folders

43 Folders Series: Inbox Zero | 43 Folders | Love Learning | Scoop.it

A series of posts looking at the skills, tools, and attitude needed to empty your email inbox — and then keep it that way.


There's a huge range of tips you can try here and let's face it who wouldn't benefit from managing their inbox a bit better?

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7 Tips to Make Your Meetings More Productive | Cloud Productivity

7 Tips to Make Your Meetings More Productive | Cloud Productivity | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Here are 7 tips to make your meetings quicker and more productive.

  1. Prepare an agenda
  2. Don't Travel - use web conference tools like EGC/Adobe Connect
  3. Start on Time
  4. End on Time
  5. Keep it short
  6. Ban Distractions
  7. Know the outcome in advance
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