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We mostly use our smartphone’s alarm to wake up in the morning and rising up to a startling ‘beep beep’ sound can actually hinder our work performance and alertness.
Harsh alarms can disrupt our brain activity when awake, while the melodic alarm sounds like old pop songs can help the brain transition softly and effectively to a waking state.
Not every meeting can be done in 15 minutes, but for general day-to-day things, 15 minutes is ideal.
We know that we're not supposed to have devices in the bedroom and that a good posture is easier at a desk. Yet, up to 40% of people who work from home during lockdown have worked from their bed at some point.
The practice may spark creativity and productivity. Samual Johnson, Florence Nightingale and William Wordsworth all worked from bed. Contemporary writers do too. And if you want to work from bed, there are some things to note.
Consider getting washed and dressed before going back to bed to work. A clean and relatively tidy bedroom will be a more pleasant workplace.
A lovely neutral duvet cover works best as patterned linen can be distracting and busy. A throw or rug that you use when you work will help create a boundary.
Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.
Being constantly interrupted by many different tasks isn't going to make you successful, only distracted. So clear away the distractions and put most of your energy on the essentials and create something worthwhile.
The Pareto Principle is also known as the 80-20 Principle and it mainly revolves around the idea that we should focus on the few things that give you the most benefit.
For many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. So choose three Most Important Tasks for each day, and focus completely on getting them done within a specific time. By restricting yourself to a small number of things, you force yourself to focus only on the essential.
A success list is a short, well-kept list that aims to lead us in a specific direction in an organized manner. If a list isn't built around success, then success is not where it takes you.
To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction. And if your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.
When preparing and giving presentations:
The more your knowledge, the better you can predict, plan ahead and respond to problems. Educate yourself and leverage that knowledge towards an optimal result.
Consider the relationship between cause and effect in every decision you make, and how each choice impacts the next one.