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Get More Done: 15 Things the Most Successful People Do Differently to Be More Productive

Get More Done: 15 Things the Most Successful People Do Differently to Be More Productive | Making a difference | Scoop.it

1. They focus on minutes, not hours.

Average performers default to hours and half-hour blocks on their calendar. Highly successful people know there are 1,440 minutes in every day and there is nothing more valuable than time. Money can be lost and made again, but time spent can never be reclaimed.

As legendary Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller told him, "To this day, I keep a schedule that is almost minute by minute."

You must master your minutes to master your life.

 

2. They focus only on one thing.

Ultra productive people know their Most Important Task (MIT) and work on it for one to two hours each morning, without interruptions.

Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar Inc., said, "Invest the first part of your day working on your number one priority that will help build your business."

What task will have the biggest impact on reaching your goal? What accomplishment will get you promoted at work?


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 29, 2016 7:54 PM

And the best part is, you can adopt them all.

Az's curator insight, October 2, 2016 5:25 AM

Easy guide for more productivity. You don't need to work harder, you need to work smarter.

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Four Ways To Improve Creative Collaboration Within Teams

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Innovation is a team sport. Although creativity is a characteristic that is often used to describe individuals, the idea of the lone genius is a myth. Even famous inventors such as Thomas Edison where in reality representing the ‘work of many men’. Francis Jehl, a longtime assistant of Thomas Edison , used this phrase to describe the group of engineers who worked with Edison at his Menlo Park lab.

 

On the journey from ideation to a successful product launch, innovation necessitates the interaction of multiple actors, across many departments, with different expertise and knowledge. In writing about the illustrious history of Bell Labs, James Gertner notes that, ‘…almost by definition, a single person or even a single group, could not alone create an innovation. The task [is] too variegated and involved’.

 

Multidisciplinary collaboration is the stew in which creativity and innovation thrive. Such collaboration creates insights by exposing people to ideas from other disciplines besides their own area of specialization. This creates tremendous opportunities for serendipity. However, even in cross-functional teams, work is ultimately performed by individuals. Each person has to play their part. So how can we get the combined outputs of our teams to be more creative?


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Bryan Worn's curator insight, September 26, 2016 6:57 PM

I like the Reflective Reframing idea.

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8 Powerful Ways To Conquer Stress

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The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

 

Stress has a funny way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it, but how you respond is only half the battle. The secret to winning the war against stress lies in what you do when you aren’t working (and presumably aren’t as stressed). Otherwise, you fall into bad habits that can magnify your stress, rather than alleviate it. You need to shift gears to these relaxing and rejuvenating activities during your time off.


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, October 3, 2016 12:53 PM
Stress is the biggest gift of the information technology age. It might in its extreme phase lead to inefficiency and a serious shortfall in output. In schools this happens when teachers have to handle too many tasks at a time, and this includes their being given too many deadlines. The best way to beat stress would be to disconnect from anything that is distracting or even overwhelming in nature, even if it means disconnecting from the net. Another important way is to limit chores, prioritise tasks, as such. In addition to all these steps, one could also take a break to exercise or move around. Most teachers will ask their students to beat the stress of a difficult lesson by giving them a few minutes to get up from their chairs and stretch.
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How To Channel Your Weekend Hobbies Into Weekday Productivity

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If you find Mondays particularly difficult, it may be due in part to how you spent your weekend. Lingering hangovers and lack of sleep aside, new research suggests that the hobbies we engage in over the weekend can impact our productivity during the workweek.
 

"Our main motive was to find out if people would find more benefit in certain activities based on their career," says the study’s lead author, Kevin Eschleman, an assistant psychology professor at San Francisco State University. The study, which surveyed 350 U.S. workers in different locations and industries who work Monday to Friday, was presented at the 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

 

Eschleman adds that he was also attempting to "better understand how people can use their free time to allow them to come back and feel energized and hopefully get more out of their work."


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 20, 2016 10:43 PM

Weekend hobbies can help improve workplace performance, but only if they're chosen based on what you did during the week.