PRODUCTIVITY: Doing the “Ben Franklin”!

Friday, December 23, 2016

… look for “evidence”. Not “emotion”.

Everyone needs a “Devil’s Advocate”?

I have two hats. One says “mets” and the other “yankees”. The “yankees” (“my” team of millionaires playing for grazillionaire George) are the pro. The mets con.

Put on your yankee hat and make every possible argument in favor. Everyone.

Put on your mets hat and make every argument against. Even all the tears caused.

Then, do a Ben Franklin. That is stoke out equivalents. “Bathes regularly” balances “forgets wallet”. “kind to his mom” balances “my parents hate him”.

See what is left.

I’ll bet on the Mets in your specific case.

;-)

fjohn68

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An old old email to a  youngfriend trying to pick a future mate. 

I don’t know if she used my “methodology”, but she’s still single.

(ALL the young men are crazy not to “ring” her, imho.)

Laugh!

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PRODUCTIVITY: Overcoming constraints

Friday, December 23, 2016

http://changethis.com/34.02.Romans
http://changethis.com/pdf/34.02.Romans.pdf

What the Romans Didn’t Know: Overcoming Personal Constraints to Achieve Higher Performance and Fulfillment By Flip Flippen

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Do you really think Tiger Woods logs practice hours just to maintain what comes easiest to him? Flip Flippen argues that it’s your weaknesses hold you back from achieving your personal best. Here, he provides a method to identifying your weaknesses and eliminating them.

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PRODUCTIVITY: Email overload

Friday, December 23, 2016

http://changethis.com/34.04.LowInfo
http://changethis.com/pdf/34.04.LowInfo.pdf

The Low-Information Diet: How to Eliminate E-Mail Overload and Improve Productivity By Tim Ferriss

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It’s Monday morning and your To-Do list for the day is lengthy. You turn on your computer, log into your inbox, and…spend the next six hours starting, stopping and backtracking, your To-Do list untouched. Tim Ferriss offers immediate solutions to improve your productivity and quiet the constant information interference.

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PRODUCTIVITY: People don’t read

Friday, December 23, 2016

http://changethis.com/34.03.BooksFalling
http://changethis.com/pdf/34.03.BooksFalling.pdf

With Books Falling From the Sky: A Discourse on Literacy By Roxanne Coady

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49% percent of the adult population of the United States reads below a sixth-grade level and has difficulty navigating such common demands as reading job applications, ATM screens, and outpatient care instructions. In this evocative manifesto, Roxanne Coady, calls for change and suggests how you can improve the lives of others through promoting literacy in your community.

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PRODUCTIVITY: Just a little further

Friday, December 23, 2016

http://changethis.com/34.01.TheDip
http://changethis.com/pdf/34.01.TheDip.pdf

Pushing Past the Dip: How to Become the Best in the World By Seth Godin

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The long, tough slog through mediocre-ville. To be the best, Seth Godin explains, you must concentrate your effort, push a little harder, commit a few more resources and leave mediocre to those willing to be average.

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PRODUCTIVITY: Stop multitasking!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/05/04/multitasking-is-actually-kind-of-problem-for-kids-and-adults/

The SwitchMultitasking is actually kind of a problem — for kids and adults
By Hayley Tsukayama May 4 

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Parental advocacy group Common Sense Media came out with a new study Tuesday that looks at how parents and their children view their own media habits — and whether they feel as if they’re “addicted” to their screens.

But it also takes aim at another common modern behavior: multitasking.

Chances are that we all multitask. (Case in point: In the course of writing this post, I have taken four calls for three stories, sent seven emails and participated in two work chats.) It has become easier than ever with the advent of new technologies that let us juggle screens — and even multiple things on each of those screens.

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I am writing this while watching TV.

Maybe I need to change?

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PRODUCTIVITY: Manage things, lead people

Sunday, October 18, 2015

2015-Oct-18

http://takimag.com/article/flying_off_the_handle_theodore_dalrymple/print#disqus_thread

Flying Off the Handle
by Theodore Dalrymple 
October 10, 2015

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I am no great admirer of management as a science or of managers as people. The latter tend to speak a strange language, a jargon neither elegant nor poetic; they buy very dull books at airports, they are often shifty and ruthless, and they seem to me to live in a constant condition of bad faith. They are bureaucrats pretending to be entrepreneurs even when they work for the state, an organization that secures its solvency by the simple expediency of printing more money—in fact, not even by printing it anymore, simply by adding a few naughts on computer screens. We live in a regime of paper money without the paper.

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As a fat old white guy injineer, who has been “managing” for a long time, I learned from my first boss at AT&T that “You manage things, but lead people.” Hence, I think there is “science” in managing things (i.e., projects; processes; technology; etc. etc.). But the minute, one attempts the “Human Resources” approach of “managing” people, you are doomed to failure. Argh!

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