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These top productivity tools are for you if:

#1— Time Chunking

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The fantastic thing about time chunking is you’ll know exactly how much actual work you do daily. Because you only measure significant work.

Most workers spend eight hours a day working. …

A mental tool to boost your learning speed.

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By improving their learning speed, some people achieved seemingly impossible feats. One student finished the MIT computer science curriculum in one year instead of four. Another learned nine languages while touring Europe.

The crazy thing is these super learners are not born like this — they learn to learn faster as you would any other skill. Yes, you can boost your learning speed.

Finishing college in a year and speaking nine languages are extreme cases. Yet, boosting your learning speed, even by little, grants you huge long term benefits.

If you learn to learn faster, your career or business grow quicker than others; you outsmart your competitors, you can even rank at the top of tournaments. …

It’s all about reducing the impact.

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Even if intentions are good, people hate lousy criticism. That’s why you should use the hamburger technique.

The hamburger technique helps you deliver incredibly polite criticisms — whether it’s friends, family, colleagues, or even strangers — so they won’t hate you for it.

1 — Start with a Compliment

If the person gave a presentation, start by pointing out key moments you liked: “The intro was really great,” “Thank you so much for the thorough explanations, I loved your talk.”

If the person is your colleague and the issue is work-related, start by stating how insanely good their performance was a few days ago.

If the person is a family member and it’s an everyday situation, start by reminding them how much you love them. …

Less freedom sharpens your focus.

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Suffering from untamed procrastination and a looming lawsuit from his publisher, Victor Hugo had five months to submit his book for publication.

The only option left for the writer was to lock all his clothes in a wardrobe, wear a pyjama, and put himself under house arrest until he finished the manuscript.

Within a few months of its publication, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame was a bestseller and is regarded as one of the greatest books ever written.

Since work from home became the norm for many, it has never been more crucial to draw the line between serious hours and the countless distractions a household provides. …

Observing the behaviour of fluids makes you brilliant.

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Suppose you think of work-life balance in terms of hydraulics. In that case, you’ll notice striking analogies between the movement of fluids and time management.

You might ask: “how can the flow of water, pipes, valves, and containers help me achieve a better work-life balance?”

Here are five beautiful analogies between productivity and hydraulics that will help you work better, smarter, and win back valuable time.

1 — Get More Done Without Working Longer

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The author made this figure.

Your results are like water jets:

You have two options to get stronger jets (results):

1 — Open the valve to waste more water, i.e., spend more time working. …

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Instead of simplifying life, todo lists morph into a nerve-wracking, endless mess.

According to LinkedIn, ninety per cent of workers never manage to finish everything in their todo lists.

So how do you fix this problem?

First of all, know this: you misunderstand the real purpose of todo lists.

Todo lists are not about getting everything done; they are about getting the right things done.

A great todo list:

A rule to overcome your most challenging moments.

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Being stuck at something you can’t understand is terrible. You feel excited to learn new stuff; then, things start to look too complicated. You lose focus, procrastinate; facing it seems like a dead-end.

If you learn new skills, your progress follows the Kruger-Dunning curve. First, you feel that you can master the topic with little effort; everything seems easy to grasp. Then as the difficulty mounts, your confidence dwindles.

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Once a challenge is overwhelming, your confidence hit rock bottom. You are stuck in what psychologists call the valley of despair: the bottom pit located in the Kruger-Dunning curve.

Most people throw the towel when stuck in the valley of despair. The good news is you don’t need to. Once you get out of the valley of despair, you’ll progress slowly but surely to expert levels. …

Your guide to gracefully handle setbacks.

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I had 36 months to come up with a world-class discovery or fail graduation. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, then you probably never been into a PhD program. Three to four years long, PhD training is an opportunity for aspiring students to carry cutting edge research and get a doctor’s degree.

The process goes like this:

As you can imagine, PhD training is a stressful process. You get a countdown to succeed at something specific; failure is not an option. Yet, unless you are fortunate, failed attempts and setbacks will happen during these months. …

Never rely on motivation to start.

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If you always wait for motivation to start, you won’t achieve big things in your career. As a result, your best defence against laziness is to overcome your reliance on motivation.

Here are three concrete steps you must follow to overcome motivation and sustain your productivity.

1 — Your Secret Weapon Against Decision Fatigue

“If you waste resources trying to decide when, where, and how to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.” — Oliver Burkeman

Do you decide when, where, and how you brush your teeth?

I don’t think so.

Indecision is the number one reason behind your procrastination.

If you’re undecided on when, where, and how to work, your brain tires fast deciding these details on the fly. In that case, you go into a mental state known as decision fatigue.

Your health and mental strength depend on your pose.

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Did you know that your posture can immediately change how you feel?

Scientists at Harvard found strong evidence that our body postures impact our mood, attitude towards others, decision making, and most importantly, our self-esteem.

The way you sit and stand increase or decrease feelings of power. Your pose impacts your confidence, your ability to make bold decisions and take on big responsibilities.

Bad postures raise your stress and lower your confidence.

If you self-hug and close your legs while sitting, you make what researchers refer to as a contractive posture or weakness pose.

A weakness pose signals vulnerability — you take in this posture to protect yourself against external danger. …


Younes Henni, PhD

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