Note: This is a guest post by Glen Allsopp of PluginID With the current economic situation, we are all looking to get more done in less time. Bosses are working out which staff to keep and which to let go, ex-students are looking to shine for future prospective employers and people who work from home realise they need to get more done on a daily basis. With that in mind, I thought sharing some of my productivity tips would be of use to many of the Life Optimizer readers. These tips have helped put me in a position of being able to work from home in my own time, on projects that I enjoy.
Have you ever feel overwhelmed in your life or career? Do you want to have more free time for your loved ones and still be productive? The Power of Less by Leo Babauta aims to help you do that. The goal of the book is to help you do less but achieve more. In the author’s words: Picture a life in which you have a fairly peaceful workday, where stress levels are minimal, where you’re able to focus on your work. Imagine that you only do a few tasks, but they’re chosen so that they have the most impact. You accomplish major goals without the stress of doing everything at once. Sounds like a great life, doesn’t it? I definitely want to do less but achieve more. Let’s look inside the book.
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. Gail Sheehy You need to change in order to grow. You can’t grow if you just stay where you are. You can’t grow if you don’t change the way you think and act. In fact, changing your life is a continuous process. It never ends. The moment you stop changing, you stop growing. I’m not saying that I know everything about changing life. I’m still learning myself. But here I’d like to share with you what I have learned so far. Here are ten tips to change your life:
That’s right: one way to stay positive is to turn off the news. From CNN (ironically): “For somebody that’s unemployed right now, you need to turn off the news,” he said. “It will affect the positive attitude you need to have. You’ve got to be positive, because it’s not easy. All you read is the job cuts: It can be very depressing.” The suggestion is made in the context of unemployment, but I think it’s a good suggestion that apply to many situations. I won’t be as drastic as recommending you to cut off the news completely (though some people literally do that), but I think it’s a good idea to reduce your news consumption. There are at least two reasons why reducing your news consumption is good:
Jonathan Mead from Iluminated Mind just released an e-book entitled Reclaim Your Dreams: An Uncommon Guide to Living On Your Own Terms. I don’t know about you, but I believe that dreams are important part of our lives. Your dreams can energize, inspire, and motivate you. They can take you to new heights in your life. Most importantly, living your dreams makes you live your own life. You no longer live according to what other people are telling you. Instead, you follow your heart and do what matters to you. Of course, doing that is not easy and that’s why this 84-page e-book comes to help. As its title says, Reclaim Your Dreams helps you reclaim your dreams. It does that in two steps:
To achieve personal success, you should first know what you want. You should first know your destination. Then, after knowing your destination, you should figure out how to get there. I recently read a great strategy about “how to get there” in the book The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Michalowicz. While the strategy is aimed at companies, I believe that it’s just as applicable to individuals. The strategy is called “tacking” which comes from the sailing world: