“With an experiment, you run a test and see what the results are. If you don’t get good results, you can try another option, and run another test. Then you can see what the outcomes of the choices are (the info you didn’t have when first thinking about the decision), and you can make a better-informed decision now.”
“Entrepreneurs were more likely to engage in what the authors dubbed “illicit activities” in the days of their wild youth, with teenage pastimes like shoplifting, playing hooky, assault, drug dealing, and smoking marijuana.”
Hopefully today doesn’t have you feeling like this guy. Here are a few tips to get you pumped up and productive this week:
- Free your mind and your apps will follow: this week’s (best) free Android and iPhone apps
- The quiet power of silencing your phone
- Why treating life like an experiment will help you make faster decisions
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"Be considerate and intentional with your life decisions. Rather than let life happen to you, author the story of your life. Author and philosopher Howard Thurman says it best with, ‘Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’"
"33% of venture-backed companies that went public between 2006 and 2012 had at least one immigrant founder at the helm.”
“The meeting requests that now jump to the top of my list are the few, very smart entrepreneurs who say, ‘I’d like to have coffee to bounce an idea off of you and in exchange I’ll tell you all about what we learned about xx.’”
“I don’t use web surfing as a filler at the end of the day, nor do I leave early if I find I’ve finished my main tasks 15 minutes before I usually leave, even though no one would notice or care if I left early. I believe in making full use of the ‘small time’ at the end of the day. One of the things I learned from my years as a contractor, charging time in 15-minute increments, is how much you can get done in 15 minutes.”
Happy Sunday! Mondays are hard, but here are a few reads to help you be more productive this week:
- 4 tips to master thinking with both sides of your brain, and boost creativity
- 6 simple rituals to reach your potential every day
- How to get the most out of 5, 15, 30 and 60 minutes of downtime at work
Have a wonderful start to your week, everyone.
"Folks slack off when they don’t think their work matters—a lack of intrinsic motivation that is also a symptom of burnout…But when they see that their work is important, they work harder and smarter.”
We’re all loafing at work. Here’s what to do about it.
Happy Friday! Here are a few tips to help you be more productive today:
- Borrow these 5 smart start up habits to maximize your productivity
- Don’t love your job? Teach yourself a new one
- How to strengthen your decision-making skills
Have a great day!
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“People who are happy but have little to no sense of meaning in their lives—proverbially, simply here for the party—have the same gene expression patterns as people who are responding to and enduring chronic adversity.”
“Please don’t call me boss, don’t send me approvals like I’m your boss, don’t ask for approval to go on vacation…I don’t care when you work, how you work, or where you work.”
Getting exercise, listening to music, eating right, and building your relationships are just a few habits to help you ride the (inevitable) waves of work stress.
“Optimal goals lead us toward who we are and can be in our lives. A life oriented toward optimal goals is not necessarily a stress-free or error-free life, but it is a life that you can look back on at the end of the day or the end of the road with a sense of it having been worth it.”