Summary of “If You’re Too Busy For These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off-Course Than You Think”

Organizing Your LifeI don’t think I’m alone in being slightly scattered and sloppy about certain areas of my life.
Most people spend their life prioritizing urgent and “Shallow” activity.
When you organize your spiritual life, you become clear on what your life is about.
The fastest way to move forward in life is not doing more.
My why is to help people get clarity on the life they want to live, and to help them achieve their goals as quickly as possible.
Thus, your life will continue getting better and more in line with your ideal vision.
If you’re not tracking the key areas of your life, than you’re probably more off-course than you think.
As Jim Collins said in Good to Great, “If you have more than three priorities you have none.” Your priorities reflect your why, and thus, your life should be build around your priorities.

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Summary of “Most productive people: 6 things they do every day”

Research shows how you start the day has an enormous effect on productivity and you procrastinate more when you’re in a bad mood.
Studies demonstrate happiness increases productivity and makes you more successful.
Doctors put in a positive mood before making a diagnosis show almost three times more intelligence and creativity than doctors in a neutral state, and they make accurate diagnoses 19 percent faster.
So think a little less about managing the work and a little more about managing your moods.
I’ve interviewed a number of very productive people and nobody said, “Spend more time with email.”
Want to be more productive? Don’t ask how to make something more efficient until after you’ve asked “Do I need to do this at all?”.
Preliminary analysis from CEOs in India found that a firm’s sales increased as the CEO worked more hours.
No. What you do have is more tantalizing, easily accessible, shiny things available to you 24/7 than any human being has ever had. The answer is to lock yourself somewhere to make all the flashing, buzzing distractions go away.
Helping others takes time but research shows it makes us feel like we have more time.
Once you are more productive, you’ll have a lot more hours to fill.

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Summary of “10 simple ways to focus when you don’t feel like working – A Life of Productivity”

Takeaway: 10 ways to get your productivity back on track: set intentions for the day; work slower; disconnect while you do your most important work; download a distractions blocker; consider consuming more caffeine; carve out time to deliberately daydream; take more breaks; work shorter days; work around how much energy you have; and develop a skill or two if you’re going through a less demanding period at work.
Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 42s. Today is the first day back after the long weekend-if you find your productivity and energy levels waning, as I usually do after stepping back from my work for a little bit, this post is for you.
At times like this, here are 10 strategies I use to re-engage with my work!
Before you begin working, define a few things you want to accomplish by the time the day and week are over.
These intentions can be simple or complicated, large or small-the key is to step back from your work and ask what’s important, both today and over the next seven days.
Working slower calms you and allows you to work more deliberately and purposefully.
This week, try working slower and on fewer things at once if you find yourself struggling to become re-immersed in your work.
These apps let you pre-decide which sites you want to block yourself from accessing so you can focus more deeply on your work.
Curiously, the more diffused our attention, the more creative we become because we’re able to connect more disparate ideas in our head. Try spending a bit more time daydreaming this week-like by going for a walk without your phone, or working out without listening to anything.
It’s a lot more difficult to focus on your work when half of your team is on vacation.

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Summary of “How to Fix Your Broken Perception of Time”

What can we do? To fix our broken perception of time, we can reevaluate our relationship with it, become more aware of how we spend our days, and understand how our perception of time influences productivity.
One of the central questions in time perception research is whether our bodies have a single “Main clock”, or if our perception of time is governed by multiple structures in the brain.
As we get older, our organisms change, and so does our perception of time, making us feel like time is passing faster.
In his book “A Geography of Time”, Robert Levine explains how attitudes to time vary across countries and cultures.
Since our productivity is directly related to both, it’s easy to see how a distorted perception of time can negatively affect our performance.
We’ve looked at the causes of our broken perception of time and the consequences it has on our productivity.
Does your productivity spike at certain points during the day? Do you tend to work in large chunks of time? How much time do you waste on social media?
You will also become aware of how you spend your time, and hopefully realize what causes your perception of time to clash with reality.
If you’ve never tried volunteering or meditation, now is the time, as both can positively influence your perception of time.
No matter how much you tweak your perception of time, there will always be some time lost.

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Summary of “How the World’s Most Interesting Man Befriended the World’s Most Powerful Man”

I could hear President Obama as he walked up the path behind me and spied the multiple arrows I had placed, undetected, in the bull’s-eye.
Would I like to be part of a special surprise for the president’s 50th birthday celebration at Camp David? Ten of Obama’s best friends-most of them people he had known as far back as high school-were on the list.
“And Fidel heard about me So he challenged me to a duel. He wants to get the pistols. I told him, ‘Fidel, we can get the pistols if you want, but no sense in hurting ourselves. How about we play chess? It’s painless.’ He agreed. I let him win. He gets very upset. He wants to beat me fair, he says. And that’s how I arm-wrestled Fidel Castro.”
The first time I met President Obama, I was part of a welcoming committee in the state of Vermont, where I now live.
The president of the United States is interested in me, the imaginary most interesting man in the world.
The Secret Service picked me up at Reagan National Airport, and a few hours later I was at Camp David, the president’s private retreat.
I met the president’s dog Bo. I saw the very chairs on which Stalin and Roosevelt sat and the table where the Camp David Peace Accords were negotiated between Israel and Egypt.
I went back to the shooting position and stood with a bow and a single notched shaft, admiring my “Work.” Soon, I could hear the president coming with an aide.
By the time I got to the small dinner party I noticed there were only two seats left, one by the door and one next to the president.
Somehow calling him Mr. President didn’t seem right.

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Summary of “The Leftovers’ Examination of Life, Death, Einstein and Time Travel”

We all know that’s part of the package deal of being human, and if we don’t know that, we’re taught that by time, the slowest and most exacting teacher.
What if, for the briefest span of time, an observer could pause the hurtling energy of the universe and pin down every single place and time in which we exist? Everything seen, mapped, understood.
The gravity well of a black hole had hovered nearby, for such a long time.
Einstein was right: The passage of time depends on your perspective.
Slooowww motion: There was enough time to wish, from the bottom of my soul, for a different velocity, an alternate life.
These variations were there the whole time, or they are new.
Every single heartbreak I endured while going to the pharmacy, buying groceries, watching “Judge Judy” with mom, watching my father make coffee for the last time, his bones brittle and wrong – yes, Johnny Cash, I remember everything.
I thought the everyday aches I had to put to one side during a time of sheer survival had been dropped, had slunk away, had eroded over time.
Bearing witness is an act of love and a rebellion against that eternal asshole, time.
She wants to know that someone understands the magnitude of her loss, but who could? And at the same time, she doesn’t want to be defined by the unique conditions of her suffering.

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