Do you often have the best intentions but fail to follow through?
Do you make too many commitments and feel overwhelmed from trying to juggle way too many tasks?
Do you have piles of “stuff” that continually builds up in your mind that you’re never quite sure what to do about?
If so, this blog may be for you.
Ok… “never” may be a strong word. I do forget things on occasion, but I have found that it seems to happen much less frequently than many people.
In the past, I’ve been somewhat reluctant to talk much about productivity and self-improvement until a recent conversation with a couple of friends who encouraged me to share more often.
So today I thought I would share a simplified version of the system I use to organize everything that comes across my plate.
First off, I don’t believe that the ability to remember and keep track of commitments is a reflection of one’s character, work ethic or intelligence. It’s simply about having a trusted system in place that works for you.
Whether it’s conducting business negotiations, communicating a leadership vision or consoling a friend, a powerful, well-told story is the single greatest tool for effectively communicating ideas.
People listen to and connect with stories because they quickly enhance the teller/listener relationship allowing for a greater exchange of empathy, people understand stories because they simplify complex ideas and people remember stories because they ignite a part of the brain that assigns meaning – the key to remembering.
How to tell a good one?
A compelling story needs a challenge, astruggle and aresolution. Try creating an element of surprise by setting an expectation and then violating it or using metaphorsandanalogiesto evoke images, create an emotional connection and enhance memory.
Tim Ferriss is a problem solver. And he loves sharing with the world how he does it.
We’re not talking about math problems, geopolitical crises or world hunger (at least not yet, anyway), but what one might call “life” problems: those times when you find yourself at point A, want to get to point B but don’t quite know how to get there.
That’s where Ferriss might be able to help.
The Princeton graduate first shared how to “Escape 9 to 5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” back in 2007 with the 4-Hour Work Week. It quickly became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller.
He most recently published the 4-Hour Chef to tackle issues of self-improvement and accelerated learning, and just prior to that, he released the 4-Hour Body toshare his journey to answer questions, expose myths and, yes, solve more problems, related to health, nutrition and physical performance.
His method remains consistent: 1) seek out experts in a chosen field, 2) put those expert’s theories to the test using himself as a guinea pig, and 3) deconstruct each expert’s system into a set of simple, actionable rules that can easily be consumed by the masses. Yes, that means you.
He interviews elite bodybuilders to delve into topics like fat loss and adding muscle, grills Olympic lifting coaches for insights on strength and explosiveness, shadows endurance athletes to learn how to swim for miles with minimal training, uncovers Continue reading “The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss”
Whenever you want something in life, whatever itmay be, that desire can usually be traced back to how you think having that something, might make you feel.
We often refer to this feeling as happiness.
One way to think about happiness is in 4 areas:
Connectedness (number and depth of relationships)
Higher Purpose (vision/meaning bigger than yourself)
In Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh talks about how these areas can apply to business. Employee engagement is a good example.
Happier employees are more engaged employees. So, what makes an employee happy and thus more engaged?
Perceived Control. Happy employees believe they ultimately control their career. They understand the company reward system and like the fact that performing well (which they can control) will eventually lead them where they want to go.