I have an announcement to make: Life Optimizer now has a new tagline. It’s the first time I have changed it in years. The tagline used to be Personal Growth and Effectiveness, but now I have changed it to Maximizing Personal Effectiveness. You might ask: what is the reason behind it? Well, the main reason is focus. The previous tagline is good, but it contains two messages: personal growth and personal effectiveness. It makes it difficult to remember what Life Optimizer is about since there are two messages. The new tagline, on the other hand, has only one message: personal effectiveness. That’s what Life Optimizer is about. There is no more confusion. Even sharper, Life Optimizer is about maximizing personal effectiveness. That explains the word “optimize” in “Life Optimizer.” With this new tagline, I hope to bring a renewed focus here. Our topic is effectiveness, and my mission is helping you live an effective life. What I want to do is maximizing my own personal effectiveness, and sharing the lessons I learn with you. I hope you like the new tagline. Thanks for being with me and have a great day! Photo by postscapes
In a Q&A session, someone asked Bill Gates an interesting question: “What is your best personal financial advice for people who make under $100,000 per year?” And the answer? “Invest in your education.” I think that’s a good answer. Even if you make more than $100,000 per year, I believe the answer still applies. As Benjamin Franklin once said (which I quoted in my post about self-education): “If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” So how should we invest in our education? What are the ways to invest in it? There are other ways, I’m sure, but here are five ways to invest in your education:
People often talk about being productive and accomplishing much. I believe, however, that the important thing is not how many things you accomplish, but whether you accomplish the right things. Nobody wants to realize one day that they have spent years of effort on the wrong things. For that reason, I believe it’s essential that you live with clarity. I’d even say that it could be the most important requirement to live an effective life. How can we live with clarity?
There is no question that the tools you use can help you increase your productivity. Using the right tools can help you accomplish more in less time. In my case, I use many tools that fill different roles. But, if I had to choose only one of them as my favorite, I would choose Microsoft OneNote. OneNote is not a new tool for me. I had used the Windows version in the past. Since I moved to the Mac in 2010, however, I no longer used it. Why? Because OneNote wasn’t available on the Mac.
We are now in July, and that means we have passed the first half of 2014. There are only six months left this year. I think it’s a good time to stop and reflect on how our year has been. Has it been a good one? Have you been on track to achieve your goals? Or perhaps you have been sidetracked by something else? Don’t wait until the end of the year before doing your review. If you want to make this year your best year ever, you’d better review your progress now while you can still make adjustments. By reviewing how you have used the first half of this year, you can plan how to best use the second half. In doing your review, don’t forget to look at the big picture. If you have created a life map, check it to see how 2014 has been in comparison to your previous years. Is there a strong continuity throughout the years? Are you on track to achieve your long-term goals? Is there anything you should do differently? Don’t hesitate to make changes if you need to. Remember, you must do things differently to get different results. Just doing the […]