Create Your Own Meaning
What counts as “productive” work for you?
Everyone’s definition is a bit different and it depends on your context. Perhaps your day job feels productive, along with your home improvement projects, but reading novels is just a way to relax. An English Literature student would feel differently!
One particular area where people struggle is bringing up small children – it might feel like your “real” work isn’t getting done. I love Charlie Gilkey’s take on this:
If you’re ever trying to balance being productive with hanging out with your kids, it’s time to reevaluate how you’ve framed ‘productivity’. Being a good parent is one of the most meaningfully productive things you can do.
(Charlie Gilkey, Being A Good Parent *Is* Being Productive, Productive Flourishing)
Utlimately, no-one but you can say what’s productive. And often, a truly relaxing break, or some quiet space to think and plan, is much more productive than simply knocking another chore off your to-do list.
Try this: Look at one area of your life which feels like a waste of time. Is it really? Or is it just something which society doesn’t value enough? You can decide that it’s meaningful.
How could you do less and start being more productive today?
Ever tell yourself “I should be more productive?”
When you think that, you’re probably imagining doing more. Working more hours, getting through more work during those hours, clearing your inbox, cleaning out the garage … just thinking about it is enough to make you feel exhausted already.
The truth about productivity, though, is that we don’t necessarily become more productive – producing more worthwhile results in our lives – by constantly doing more and more. Real productivity might actually come from doing less.
Less Really Is More
I expect you’re familiar with the Pareto principle – that 80% of results are derived from 20% of effort. (For instance 80% of your profit is from 20% of your clients.)
While this doesn’t hold true for every single situation, it’s a good principle to keep in mind. There are probably some areas in your life where you’re expending a lot of effort for negligible results.
By doing less – cutting back in the areas which don’t really matter – you’ll have more energy, focus and enthusiasm for those things which do make a difference. Continuar leyendo «Productivity Doesn’t Mean Doing More»
Readers offer their best tips for making Google Instant work in Opera, viewing Google Maps in full screen, and visiting encrypted Facebook.
About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, share it here, or email it to tips at lifehacker.com.
Make Google Instant Work in Opera
Rkarren tells us how to fix Google Instant in unsupported browsers:
To make Google Instant work in Opera (Google says that its not supported), right click on the home page and click Edit Site Preferences. Go to the network tab, and under Browser Identification, click «Mask as Firefox«. This trick also works with Netflix.
View Google Maps in Full Screen
We’ve mentioned a Greasemonkey script to view full screen Maps, but Till Dettmering shares an alternative method without extra add-ons:
View Google Maps in fullscreen by adding ?output=embed to the URL:
Note that this doesn’t fill your entire screen; just the entire browser window—but you can then make your browser full screen to make Maps truly full screen.
Continuar leyendo «From the Tips Box: Google Instant, Full Screen Google Maps, and Secure Facebook»
Asking if CEOs and executive leaders are «really willing to make the transformational moves necessary to foster cultures of real creativity and innovation,» The Energy Project CEO Tony Schwartz has an article in The Harvard Business Review, offering the «Six Secrets to Creating a Culture of Innovation.» [Más…]
1. Meet People’s Needs: Schwartz says that questioning orthodoxy is one of the keys to fostering creativity, and this begins with questioning conventional expectations around work. «Define what success looks like and hold people accountable to specific metrics,» he said, «but as much as possible, let them design their days as they see fit to achieve those outcomes.»
2. Teach Creativity Systematically: Schwartz lists five stages of creative thinking: first insight, saturation, incubation, illumination and verification.
3. Nurture Passion: «The quickest way to kill creativity is to put people in roles that don’t excite their imagination.»
4. Make the Work Matter: Meaningful work that we feel is making a positive contribution can keep people motivated, not just so we «perform better,» but so that we can offer innovative solutions we really care about enacting.
5. Provide the Time: Time is, of course, scarce for all of us, but the best way to a creative outcome is to make sure to set aside time for deep thinking, rather than always caving to the pressures of instant answers.
6. Value Renewal: Step away from a problem, and go do something else. Even better: go do something active, for as Lifehacker noted last week, even half an hour of exercise can boost creativity.
Ostensibly, startups are a site for enhanced creativity and innovation. But as we reported last month, many researchers are pointing to an impending «creativity crisis.» What steps are you taking to help maintain your personal creativity, as well as a creative startup work culture?
Photo credit: Flickr user Dierk Schaefer
IBM recently surveyed 1500 CEOs across 60 countries and 33 industries, and these executives said that creativity – more than rigor, management discipine, integrity and even vision – was the most important competency skill for effective leadership. According to the survey, 80% of CEOs expect their work environments to grow significantly more complex but less than half believe their organizations are equipped to deal with this successfully – «the largest leadership challenge identified in eight years of research.»
Asking if CEOs and executive leaders are «really willing to make the transformational moves necessary to foster cultures of real creativity and innovation,» The Energy Project CEO Tony Schwartz has an article in The Harvard Business Review, offering the «Six Secrets to Creating a Culture of Innovation.» Continuar leyendo «Developing a Creative Work Culture»