“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.”
"You’re looking for what is that unique insight, that point of view, that thing that no one else sees. If you can create a conversation where that can really come out, and can give them the comfort to put as much of themselves out on the table as possible, you learn a lot more about them."
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Do you make to-do lists? Are they particularly lovely, organized, or full of incredible tasks? We want to see them!
Send us a picture of your best to-do list from 2013 for a chance to win a virtual personal assistant for a year. We’ll share the best!
Want to be more productive? Buy some desk plants. Office vegetation offers “micro-restoration”—the chance for our brains to recharge throughout the day.
Got a green friend in your workspace? Send us a picture on Twitter using the hashtag #mydeskplant! Tell us if it helps you.
“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.”
If you master the taper, you’ll be fresh for whatever comes next—whether it’s running 20 miles or giving a presentation.
When you work an insane number of hours, you’re going to get fatigued—for your neurons can only handle so much effort until they get worn out.
What’s happening here? Psychologists call it decision fatigue: the phenomenon where the more decisions you make, the worse at deciding you get. It’s part of the reason why judges give harsher rulings late in the day and hiring managers prefer the people they interview in the morning. Additionally, if you’re tired, you’re more likely to make unethical decisions—which suck and are to be avoided.”
Open offices don’t have to suck! Here’s how to build open layout workplaces that are good for introverts AND for extroverts!
(Hint: there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all office)
- Left: Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, takes time for analog tasks like reading the paper at her treadmill desk. “It mitigates the exercise panic that sets in around 4:30.”
- Right: New Yorker writer Susan Orlean is a devotee of the treadmill desk. “I’m not sitting down at all any more to write.”
Some incredibly productive people have treadmill desks. Should you?
1) Your mind-set makes you smarter: Carol Dweck, the Stanford psychologist, has identified two mind-sets that shape, well, our minds. There’s the fixed mind-set, in which you think your thinking abilities can’t change. Then there’s the growth mind-set, in which your thinking abilities can be developed.
"These beliefs matter," Paul observes, "because they influence how we think about our own abilities, how we perceive the world around us, and how we act when faced with a challenge or with adversity."
The question, then, is how to own our development—which is a matter of deliberate practice.
2) Your concentration makes you smarter: If we consider intelligence to be our ability to solve complex tasks, then we need to appreciate how to deal with complexity—namely, with sustained focus, since that’s the only way we can load difficult problems into our heads.
"If you can cut an hourlong commute each way out of your life, it’s the [happiness] equivalent of making an extra $40,000 a year if you’re at the $50,000 to $60,000 level. It’s an easy way for us to get happier. Move closer to your place of work.”
On our second trip inside the Google Garage—or what Program Manager Memie Rheingold calls Google’s “hacker maker design space”—we discover the elements required for the ultimate collaborative environment.