99% published results of feedback they received from their audience on how their audience are adapting their productivity regimes to be better/faster and smarter. The results show that people are choosing more often single productivity than multi-tasking.
ok, great so people are focusing more on the ONE task at the time now but what about the distraction factors which are all around us? What should we do to stay focus? ohh right, 99% audience suggested some tools we might use to help us stay focus, e.g.: momento, pomodoro technique
We have to start learn how to focus on one task at the time and deal with it not letting other things (like Facebook, email, Twitter, etc.) to distract us…at least for 30min. :)
…and of course people are giving some tips how to do that: that we should work in a ‘airplane mode’ – when you can’t use your mobile nor email. That will FORCE you to focus on a task. ok, that might works, but how to give up the mobile for 30min? can you do that?
Did you know that there are several applications which can help you to stay away from using internet during the time when you should work on something else? Yes there are – e.g. selfcontrol and freedom
I am wondering about another statement I read there: “everyone is experimenting with ways to and recharge when they’re away from their desks.”
…and guess what – probably there are tons of apps to help you with that…..but how about not using any applications?
What’s wrong with the old fashion “just turn off mobile, close all internet tabs and do what you have to do” ??? One thing at a time as much as possible!
There are more and more people who are trying to get back to old days when we were talking to each other face-to-face and not sitting next to each other still typing on cell phones.
Tony Schwartz during the SXSW conference (March 2010) said to the audience that they should ‘go to bed earlier’ but how to do that when there are so many thing around us? He is suggesting to simply ‘say no’ to many things which we don’t need in our lives. We have to say NO, we have to delegate more things, eliminate –to help ourselves. Tony suggests to create ‘NOT TO DO LIST” — almost everyone has a ‘to do list’ so why not create the other one and save some time and energy?
According to article by Paul Atchley in the Harvard Business Review “the Conversation” – Human beings aren’t designed to do two cognitive tasks at the same time:
Based on over a half-century of cognitive science and more recent studies on multitasking, we know that multitaskers do less and miss information. It takes time (an average of 15 minutes) to re-orient to a primary task after a distraction such as an email. Efficiency can drop by as much as 40%. Long-term memory suffers and creativity — a skill associated with keeping in mind multiple, less common, associations — is reduced.
Isn’t that funny that we are trying to get back to something which was already working (in the past) but we thought there are better things to do with all that Hi-Tech gadgets? wow! is it time to get back to the past? – when we actually were talking to our friends and ohhhh….we were writing letters and using the snail-mail?!!!!!!!!! wow! really?
so??? lets SLOW DOWN – because it will help us to speed up with good work ;)
Paul Atchley, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Kansans
Tony Schwartz, President and CEO of The Energy Project
On a flight from Warsaw to Chicago I noticed the Kaleidoscope magazine and interesting article about women who traveled all around the world 150 years ago.
I read that one of the golden rule of the travelers is Pack only what’s necessary and then discard half of that – I think that because of that rule I would have a lot of problems to become a traveler ;) but women travelers in XIX century didn’t have that problem – they were packing everything they needed + some extra stuff as well on dozens of mules and camels. The problem was that if they didn’t take something – they couldn’t just go to the store and buy it. That’s why they needed to have a fantastic logistic skills: how to pack everything and still be able to travel. And please lets not forget about the XIX century etiquette (like Russian journalist Lydia Paszkow did: corsets, dresses, sun-umbrellas, eating lobster with asparagus, etc.).
Can you imagine climbing the mountains wearing embroidered blue flip flops decorated with French lace like Lydia Paszkow or like Mary Kingsley was crossing Gabon and the Congo in 1894, she made sure wearing corset under the tick dress. Most of those ladies travelers decided that Victorian fashion is one but traveling across the world is something different. That’s why some of them were wearing more comfortable clothes than corsets like e.g. jacket and leather boots, some weapon to protect themselves or even dressed as men which secured them an easier and safer journey. Swiss traveler Isabelle Eberhardt often pretended to be a young Algerian lad and eventually shaved her head and joined a Tariqa or like French traveler Jane Dieulafoy, traveled across Persia and Kurdistan dressed as a cavalry man.
No matter what cost – they wanted to travel and have that dream come true – discover the world!
I ALMOST forgot to mentioned about the ‘nice’ part of travelers’ life during journeys – fleas, lice and bedbugs – yes that’s something unforgettable I should say but unfortunately true. Did you know that Agatha Christie had to cope with bedbugs during her Orient Express journey to Baghdad? But not only bedbugs were the travelers’ enemy but also yellow fever, cholera or malaria – and all the y could to to protect themselves was to smoke tabscco or opium, drink wine instead of water. Marianne North (British botanist traveling across India) wrote: Everyone smoked opium. So I went along assuming that prevention was better than cure.
I bet that life wasn’t easy, and traveling was something totally different than nowadays. I can’t forget what one of those great travelers – Isabella Bird said regarding traveling with men: I would love to go, but I am married now and that is hardly the place for a man to taken to So she waited until her husband died before embarking on a journey to Kashmir and the Tibetan borderland. I am thinking why some men are saying that women are weak – ohh they are not weak. Ida Pfeiffer found that being a woman was sometimes an advantage during her travels. She wrote: If I were a man they would have taken me for a spy and sent me home or, more likely, killed me.
And at the end of the article I found nice comment that it seems that certain Victorian ladies were made of much more durable material than we might have expected. I agree – no matter the pain, bad weather, dangerous places/people – they wanted to travel and no one could stop them.