I’ve started noticing that my most productive, fulfilling days — the ones where I fall asleep at night feeling that satisfying kind of tired that only comes from a great day’s work — are the ones where I am awake when the sun rises. So I’ve begun waking up at 5 a.m. to ensure that I’m always up with or before the sun.
We've covered quite a few ways to reduce stress here on Ridiculously Efficient, and this one might be the weirdest (perhaps that means it will also be the most effective!). Clinical social worker Julie Barthels explained her tapping technique to the Wall Stree Journal.
Burnout is a level of exhaustion that affects your mental and physical health, as well as your ability to do your best work. According to the infographic below by Best Medical Degrees, 61% of Americans feel burned out. If you are one of these people or want to avoid burnout, the infographic suggests seeking out a work-life balance and building on your time management skills. Just as important is to enjoy your downtime -- continuously engage in activities that energize you and don't forget to use those vacation days!
There's nothing quite like the feeling of getting a handle of your inbox -- but there's a lot more to it than replying to unanswered emails and deleting items from your inbox. If you want to have full control over your inbox, you need to learn about filters, commands and all the other little gems that Gmail provides but aren't always so easy to find. The infographic below from GetVoip outlines 16 Gmail tips to help you beat email overwhelm and finally reach inbox zero.
Ashton Kutcher is best known for acting in funny movies and TV shows, but he is also a producer and tech investor. Generally, that means he needs to be able to accomplish a lot in a single day. However, he used to start his day in the least efficient way -- by checking his email.
Your body language can tell a lot about your mood and opinions. Sometimes, it can say even more about you than what you say out loud. In a professional setting, your body language becomes even more important -- the way you shake someone's hand or the way you view a presentation can completely change the experience. The infographic below, from Swiss Canadian Capital, outlines ways you can subtly change your body language to ensure your business etiquette never falters.
I find that I am almost always emotionally attached to my work. I know that this isn’t always a bad thing, but I’m lacking balance when it comes to my emotional attachment versus getting the job done well and efficiently. I have a hard time relinquishing control on certain matters, which makes it hard for me to delegate. And, when the work is not perceived well, the blow feels that much worse. How do I find a balance where I can put my all into my work while still being able to delegate and take criticism well?
How you react to commitments — whether they’re to yourself or others — leaves important clues on how to motivate yourself and coach others to motivate you.
I love it when coaching clients and professional colleagues recommend new tools that help me understand them (and myself) better. So earlier this year, when my colleague Ellen recommended Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies quiz, I couldn’t resist.
Over the six weeks, I’ve been sharing weekly reports of life with my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Lily. As Mike and I settle into our new groove, my focus turns to how I can apply what I’m learning about good puppy-raising into my professional life.
This week led to some breakthroughs with Lily that are highly relevant to human high performance. Read on to hear my insights from the last two weeks.
I don't like disappointing people and I have a hard time saying “no.” But this often also means that I am stretched too thin because I am putting myself in a position where there is either too much on my plate or I have agreed to help in areas that I can’t actually succeed in (either because it is outside my skillset or because of circumstances outside of my control). When I do say “no,” I feel disappointed in myself for not even trying. I don’t want my teammates to think that they can’t ask for my help, but I also don’t want to be taken advantage of. How do I say “no” without offending and disappointing my colleagues?