Is your calendar so full you do not know when you are going to eat? Worry no more, lunch is served. Learn how to manage your time wisely and be stress free.
Do you manage your work through a to-do list, or by the emails in your inbox? Rather than on to-do lists, some researchers argue we should keep our tasks in our calendar. I thought it would be interesting to see how world leaders do it.
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt introduced a useful analogy for thinking about behaviour change. Haidt argues that we have two sides: an emotional side (the Elephant), and an analytical, rational side (its Rider). Haidt’s analogy has it that the Rider is rational and can therefore see a path ahead while underneath him, the Elephant provides the power for the journey. However the Elephant is irrational and driven by emotion and instinct.
What should we do to keep in control of the Elephant? As the rational Rider we might know where we want to go, but we need to motivate the Elephant by tapping into emotion.
We all know the saying ‘Old habits die hard’. It’s true, to a certain extent, but with a bit of willpower, planning and time, habits can be changed and changed for the better. That goes for workplace habits, as well as personal ones such as giving up smoking or exercising more. But how long does it take, and what’s the best approach?
It’s assumed the ‘always-on’ mode of constant connection is detrimental for creativity, but in this age of technology is it realistic to assume people can switch off? Should we embrace it instead? Tony Reeves argues that we must find a balance between the real and the virtual if we are to maximise our creative potential.
This video is pretty annoying, but maybe that’s half the point. The challenge is to see if you can do one thing for three minutes without getting distracted. Did you find it hard to do? Let us know in the comments.