MORE IDEAS FROM THEBOOK
“If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.”
When we don’t choose where to put our focus, energy and time deliberately, other people (managers, colleagues, family members etc.) will choose for us and in time, we’ll have lost sight of everything that is meaningful and important.
“The best asset we have for making a contribution to the world is ourselves.”
It is the organized, systematic approach for determining what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
“Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done."
In The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains , Nicholas Carr explains how our brain, through neuroplasticity, adapts in response to changes in our environment, like technology innovations, which means we gain and lose certain skills. Social media, email, and team communications tools stimulate our very human desire to want to connect with people and access novel information but diminish the focus and processing skills that our literacy culture of books and newspapers built up. As Carr writes :
“[E]ach interruption brings us a valuable piece of information… And so we ask the Internet to keep interrupting us, in ever more and different ways. We willingly accept the loss of concentration and focus, the division of our attention and the fragmentation of our thoughts, in return for the wealth of compelling or at least diverting information we receive.”
Most leaders have familiar approaches to managing time: setting goals, planning, delegating, tracking commitments, and creating to-do lists. While these approaches do help in self-organization, they are not adequate in helping achieve high levels of sustainable, long-term performance.
The challenge is to have a fast-paced occupation while avoiding burnout, slippage, and sub-optimal performance.
This is an extremely effective way to speed up the learning process.
If you quiz yourself and answer incorrectly, you are more likely to remember the right answer after you look it up and you'll also remember the fact you didn't remember.
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