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|Problem Thoughts - A Secret Formula for Answering Tough Questions
I have a secret formula for getting the
your toughest questions. Interested?
There's one catch. The formula will work
only if you
search for answers to very specific
general questions will do. You must articulate
exactly what it is you don't know, but need
To put you in the right frame of mind to get
imagine that you are going to ask your
someone who is known to be monumentally
tremendously helpful if you come prepared, and
absolutely unwilling to grant second chances
|Process Thoughts - Interruptions Reconsidered
Interruptions! The bane of productivity!
Cell phones, email, text messaging, PDAs, IM
and more have brought interruptions to a
level. Which interruptions do you
My answer: none of the above. These devices
have changed the way we work and play, and as a
consequence, have created another, super
force - ourselves. With instant
access to information at our fingertips, we have
learned to interrupt
Do you check email countless times each
Do you make that quick call when a question pops
into your head? No need to wait until someone
back from somewhere anymore, thanks to cell
Do you let that random thought send you
longer a need to file it away until later at
or bookstore or home.
But think beyond these examples. Watch
a few days. The more wired you've been, the
likely it is that you jump from activity to
from project to project, without any outside
Many of us are proud of our ability to
multitask. But I
think we have to wonder about the
by dis-engaging and re-engaging from an activity
repeatedly, rather than just getting it done.
consider what we may be losing in terms of
that only comes with immersion.
Perhaps it's time to swing the pendulum back the
other way and look for ways to develop
concentration skills and create environments
|People Thoughts - Motivated by Money?
Here is something I read in a May 2006 issue
"A new study suggests that higher pay improves
productivity only for a short time. The
Chicago researchers promised to pay a group of
data-entry workers $8 more an hour than their
expected $12-an-hour rate. The overpaid group
outperformed the control group by 27 percent
about 90 minutes."
|Parting Thoughts - Frogs and Time Management
"If you have to swallow a frog, don't look at
long. If you have to swallow two frogs,
big one first."
- proverb, frequently, but not always,
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"Minimize detail, maximize results." Not my
definitely my style.
Consider the opposing forces. Today's
every purchase, there is a season." Buy plane
tickets on Wednesdays for the best deals. Is
me this really doing me a favor?
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this week, night and day will both be twelve
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