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    Being more productive in life can make your daily lifestyle more fulfilling, and you can feel a sense of getting more from it, the more productive you can be.

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    When it comes down to it though there can be things in life that can stop us from reaching our full potential, and on some days, we’re just not feeling it. However, that can change with a few helpful tips. Here are some tips to be more productive in life.

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    Make A To-Do List

    A to-do list is a great way of getting motivated and to get the most out of your day. Even if there’s nothing happening on that particular day, perhaps it’s a weekend or a day off work, set yourself a list of things to do. Some can be essential, and others can be optional, and that can span over a few to-do lists that you do throughout the week. As you complete and check off more tasks, it gives you that physical and visual evidence that you need to show just how much you’ve gotten done in a day or week. For many of us, we need that validation that we’ve been productive, and sometimes you can do a lot in a day and not realize just how much you’ve done until you’ve seen it written down. To-do lists can be helpful in also remembering things if you have a habit of being forgetful. Start jotting out lists and find ways to make them work for you. 

    Everyone will have a different way of working, some may like colour-coding their tasks, and others might like to vary them in order of priority. Do what works for you and make sure you’re ticking them off as you go to get that satisfaction that to-do lists can bring.

    Work On Your Procrastination 

    Procrastination can be a real killer of productivity, whether that’s in the workplace or in your personal life. We all have different triggers and things that can bring on that procrastination, and it takes different forms of solutions to avoid it. Knowing you have it, like many of us will do because we’re only human, is the first step. How to tackle it comes second, and you should first think of what triggers it. Perhaps you’ve got lots of things floating around in your head of what to do and that overwhelms you so much that you begin procrastinating. A solution to that would be a to-do list or to just work through each thought you have one at a time. Don’t overthink things and test ways to help combat it so that it happens less.

    Find Ways To Break Up The Day

    It’s important to break up the day with different things because your brain has the ability to switch off and get bored if it’s working on one thing constantly. We all need to be having a bit of variety, so whether that’s being productive in the workplace or at the gym, change it up a bit. Find different things to do so that you’re not focusing on the same thing for hours on end. You’re not going to have the same productivity levels throughout the day either, so prioritize those low productivity points to have your lunch or to take a tea break, which is a typical thing to do in the workplace.

    Acknowledge Your Achievements

    It’s important that like the to-do lists mentioned above, that you acknowledge your achievements and successes from the day. As humans, we tend to look for the negatives out of all the positive things we do because it’s our brain’s way of protecting ourselves. Try to rewire your brain’s way of thinking so that you are praising and celebrating your successes and achievements, not belittling them. It’s going to feel weird and against the grain at first, but when you change your priorities and focus on the good, every day will end up being a productive day. No matter how small or large that win in life might be, it’s something worth acknowledging and celebrating when you can. Write them down in a journal or put them on display at work so that you can look at them whenever you’re feeling a lack of productivity. Dismiss all the negative aspects, drawing only the lessons you’ve learned from them and making that into a positive.

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    Tackle The Tough Stuff First

    The reasons as to why we tend to lose productivity is due to having a variety of things that we need to do and working on the easiest of stuff first. That’s not necessarily the right way to go about it because it will often have a negative impact on that productivity. Trial your day to day living by tackling the tough stuff first. By doing the harder tasks, you’re getting it out of the way sooner and therefore it won’t be sitting in the back of your mind, chipping away at your productive levels.

    Take A Rest Day Every So Often

    A rest day is something not all of us will do enough of. We often feel the need to be running at one hundred miles an hour, and that can be exhausting if you don’t take time out. A rest day can be a booked day off from work or doing nothing for a day on the weekend. Try not to make any plans and simply do things that are relaxing and that you enjoy. If you’re making time to appease that lazy part of your brain, you’re going to feel more productive when you get back into the daily grind. Don’t sacrifice that life aspect of your work-life balance. It’s important to spend quality time to yourself and to what you enjoy doing outside of daily life tasks and work, of course.

    Being more productive in life is possible, even when you feel like it’s a real struggle. Try these tips to see the difference it can make to being more fulfilled in life.

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    Tips To Be More Productive In Life

    Anas Bouargane
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    We live in a society where not only is information available to almost all of the developed world’s population, but that availability means that more and more people are gaining access to information at greater and greater rates.

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    So how is this leading to the dumbing down of society?

    In my last article I said that once information is internalized, it becomes knowledge. With the mass accumulation of knowledge that is currently happening, why is the population, as a whole, slipping further and further from understanding based on reality?

    Knowledge is not understanding. Knowledge is nothing more than knowing something. Understanding is the transformation of knowledge into something that is contextualized and useful. A knowledgebase is acquired when a person takes the time and effort to transform information into a state of knowledge and then take the time and effort to transform the knowledge they have acquired into understanding.

    Transforming knowledge into understanding is what we do as humans. We learn. We are born to learn. Learning is one of the most fundamental biological activities that takes place in a person. Without any learning, we are not fit to survive. As a society, we take care of our vulnerable members. However, with the rise of social Darwinism, there is a growing voice that is suggesting that maybe this is a mistake and only the fittest should be allowed to survive. However, in a typically developing person, we learn. Learning involves the transformation of knowledge (internalized information) into understanding.

    This transformation involves thinking. Thinking embeds and transforms knowledge by making neural connections to knowledge that has already been stored in the brain. By increasing the number of connections between different aspects of a concept, understanding emerges.

    This doesn’t mean that understanding leads to enlightenment. When a person has turned knowledge into understanding, the knowledge has been contextualized and an understanding has emerged. There is a large segment of the population who have worked hard to understand what it means to be a white supremacist. However, that understanding in no way enlightens many of these individuals, even if they insist that it has. A criminal may have a good, solid understanding of how to commit a particular type of crime, but that understanding is not a positive contribution to society. Understanding is just that, understanding.

    The current fundamental problem lies in the ubiquity of the information in the first place. It is true that the statement made millions of times that, “I know just as much as you do,” is kind of true. What is meant by that statement is that any individual with access to the greatest library of all time (the internet) can access all the information that any of us have transformed into understanding? The access to that information and transformation of that information into knowledge is an internal process and begins with the knowledge that a person has already acquired and transformed into understanding. The new information that is acquired becomes connected to the understanding that a person already has. The real difficulty lies in restructuring a person’s understanding of knowledge so that the knowledge base reflects reality or some close approximation of the truth.

    Because the restructuring of understanding is an extremely difficult undertaking, in today’s society this restructuring is normally done through formal means – education. Individuals are willing to be educated because this is supposed to help understand reality better and bring that understanding closer to reality. A “student”, or someone willing to learn, will open their mind, a more common way of saying that a person is willing to restructure their understanding by modifying neural connections and enlarge or expand (occasionally even change) their understanding of reality. Restructuring understanding is extremely difficult and highly resisted by individuals with that resistance increasing with age.

    Formal learning usually entails gaining knowledge that has not yet been deeply embedded and developing an understanding based on the way information is transformed and knowledge is guided by a teacher into a structured understanding. A teacher’s responsibility is to help a learner structure their understanding in a way that the understanding reflects an approximation of reality. With the focus on the transmission and memorization of information in the educational institutions of today, the transformation from knowledge to understanding is often left for the student to complete. Providing a learner with the tools to use their understanding or knowledge base to focus and address a problem in reality rarely happens and we are left with a world where memorization is the epitome of learning and we have a paucity of individuals with real thinking skills beyond basic problem solving and a stream of consciousness.

    Those who have no formal higher education, those with a basic higher educational qualification, and those decorated with the most prestigious academic honors available end up ingesting information and fitting it comfortably within the framework of their understanding of reality. Because restructuring understanding is so difficult, self-correction (changing thinking in light of new evidence) rarely occurs, even in those who pride themselves in their ability to think. Outside of a narrow sliver of expertise where evidence is actively sought after and self-correction is expected, academics are no different from the average person when it comes to restructuring their understanding in light of new evidence in an area outside their immediate expertise.

    This is the foundation of the confirmation bias. We seek out information that supports our understanding of reality because doing otherwise upsets the reality we have constructed for ourselves and we avoid the discomfort that entails. As we age, the more solidified our understanding becomes and the more dogmatic, rigid and narrow our thinking becomes. We go to great lengths to preserve our own, unique understanding of the world.

    We often hear people say that they are lifelong students, however, most of the lifelong seekers of truth are looking for information that confirms what they already believe. Forever seeking after the truth or a closer approximation of reality that matches closely with whom they want to become.

    Restructuring understanding is painful. It means we are wrong. Being wrong in a society where we have been conditioned to believe mistakes are bad and will lead to penalties (lower grades) being wrong is avoided at all costs. We tend to go to extreme lengths to defend our own version of reality. It is just what we do.

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    Jesse Martin
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    The importance and relevance were reinforced in a recent exchange with a startup founder. He indicated that he was struggling to gain traction, so I asked to know more about his idea in case I could help. 

    He sent me a three-page detailed description of how his idea, which would use blockchain technology, would improve the operation of the energy markets. Technically it was well written, but it was hard to extract the key proposition, and in fact, it was more about the technology than the business. I asked him if he could summarise the paper and it still lacked clarity. It was hard to see who would care about his idea.

    To provide more help in the quest to capture the real business that was hidden within his idea, I asked that he answer three questions:

    #1 Who will pay me for this idea/product/service?

    #2 What will they pay me for?

    #3 How will they pay me?

    The significance of this is that there is no business for the founder to build or investors to invest in without a revenue stream. It feels that too often a startup is a solution looking for a problem and the case is built from the bottom up, i.e. I can build/deliver XXX; therefore, I have a business. The three questions though turn the thinking around and start from what will a customer/client pay for.

    In this case, it helped him understand why he was having problems and provided some ideas about who he needed to approach/persuade if this was to be more than just a good idea.

    After the exchange, I reflected that this set of questions added clarity to a number of other conversations I am having in with founders and indeed should be one of the first indicators of whether I think I can provide real help.

    They also form part of the answer to a question I often see, “What exactly is a startup?”. I think that a startup is “the organisation and effort required to validate the opportunity to profitably generate the revenue stream(s) encapsulated in answer to these three questions:

    #1 Who will pay me for this idea/product/service?

    #2 What will they pay me for?

    #3 How will they pay me?” 

    Anyone agree/disagree?

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    Ian J Sutherland 
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    We live in uncertain times with facts, figures, rumors, and research all coming at us at a speed that belies our ability to take it in.

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    AI taking over jobs, massive layoffs in well-established businesses, and the failure of traditional businesses. Kodak, a DOW anchor for almost 75 years and was the fifth most valuable brand in the world in 1996. In 1975 Kodak invented digital imagery. In 2011, Kodak filed for bankruptcy. Traditional business models are vulnerable. What is the answer?

    The answer is, really, quite simple. Anything that can be turned into an algorithm will be automated. If that sounds scary, that’s because it is. The World Economic Forum estimates 900,000,000 jobs gone over the next ten years.

    It doesn’t need to be scary. There will be more work than ever before. However, there won’t be work for those who do jobs that can be automated. Automation is to inexpensive. The initial outlay is big, but after that, no sick leave, no night times, no weekends, no holidays – just 24/7 peak efficiency.

    How can you hope to compete? Simple. Look at what you are doing and begin to plan for automation. If the core of what you do can be automated, it will be automated. How do you get in front of the curve? Figure out what is going to be automated and what will be leftover as the drivers of that automation. There will always be things to do that can’t be automated. There will be massive amounts of money to be made doing what automation can’t.

    If you want to be at the forefront of success in the coming cyber-assisted world we are entering, prepare now. The primary skill that will be needed for whatever comes your way will be the ability to think.

    Brilliance isn’t born, it is learned. Using the principles underlying The Science of Learning I can help you and your key people figure out what you are lacking and help you prepare yourselves with the most powerful tool on the planet – the potential that lies within your thinking.

    I know that most of you know that you can already think. Welcome to the Kodak world. Do you really believe that there weren’t people at Kodak who were brilliant? There were, but there was no strategy to expand and empower that core of people to watch for trends and then position the company to strategically catch the new wind direction to sail out in front of the pack.

    Can you afford to not meet with me to see where you stand as far as your abilities as a leader and the abilities of your key people? In addition to expanding the abilities of your key people, we can sit down together and embrace a management structure that will empower those around without threatening your position as the captain of your ship.

    I know because I have done it. Taking a struggling academic department slated for closure and building into the 39th most prestigious and influential department in the world (only 15,000 others to compete with) in ten is a herculean task. Unfortunately, I became so involved in making it work and got carried away by what we built that I missed the chance to take the lead. I worked for the common good and was sidelined by a group who wanted control. They imposed a traditional structure and are plummeting through the rankings (180th last I looked) since I left.

    Can you afford not to have a talk with me? As one of my colleagues once wrote of me:

    Oh My Captain, My Captain

    I always wanted to say that about someone.

    I came here to make a difference to you and your firm. Request an advisor meeting with me here and let’s begin.

    Jesse

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    Jesse Martin
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    Gen Z is being passed by a new generation, and the label ring ascribed to them is Generation Alpha. This happens when we define generations based on birth year.

    I have another name for this new generation but before turning to that, I want to point out the generation naming is risky business.

    We need to be cautious about homogenizing individuals, failing to recognize and acknowledge the myriad of difference within a generation — gender, ethnicity, race, culture, sociology-economic status, religion, home of origin among other variables. That said, the right definition — carefully crafted — has benefits in terms of more than marketing or political fodder; naming can be tied to framing — in all its meaning. In framing, we recognize and value and identify certain critical characteristics.

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    It is being released in June 2020 by Columbia Teachers College Press (and is now available for pre-order through the Press (with early ebook discounts) and Amazon).

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    Hang on Gen Alphers; Generation T may be a co-equal or better descriptor.

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    The Next Generation is Being Named: Try Generation T instead of Gen Alpha or Beta

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