“The richest, happiest, and most productive lives are characterized by the ability to fully engage in the challenge at hand, but also to disengage periodically and seek renewal.”
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”
“I didn’t fit in and wasn’t good at very much. So I decided to become really good at learning.”
“Remember this sentence, tape it to your monitor, tattoo it on your wrist: You don’t have to ‘feel like’ doing something in order to do it.”
“When I manage to remember that, I’m no longer sidetracked by trying to get into the right frame of mind for daunting projects. Don’t beat yourself up for procrastinatory feelings. Just feel them, and simultaneously direct your limbs to do the work.”
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Do you have a Christmas tree, dead animal, or blender on your desk? We hope not. Your desk is your sanctuary—treat it wrong and you may be doing more than just giving off a wacky vibe. You might be hurting your productivity, your career, and your health.
Now that you’ve digested all that stuffing and pie it’s time to start thinking about the new year. Here’s how.
You’re slumping in your chair, aren’t you? If you want to be better at work, just say no to slouching.
A six-year veteran of Yelp, Miriam Warren established the user-generated review company’s London outpost and oversaw its European expansion, most recently into France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark. So she knows from turbulence! How does Warren stay productive while racking up the frequent-flier miles?
She gets up early. Insanely early. She finds her peace—and most productive hours—in the first slice of the day.
Instead of making a decision right away, she waits for more info to come in. She’s are intimate with deadlines.
Want to be more productive? Buy some desk plants. Office vegetation offers “micro-restoration”—the chance for our brains to recharge throughout the day.
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“To-do list stickiness is a common problem … First, one of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard about to-do lists is to be honest about how much you can get done within a given day.”
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