Are you critical or curious? [Newsletter]

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I’m continuing with my Asana experiment by using it for some personal stuff – I’m planning a vacation and as it’s a road trip with various moving parts I’d thought I would see if Asana can make it easier to manage. So far so good.

I’ve also transferred over my packing list from Evernote and I prefer it to the basic checklist I was using.

On a side note… you know you’re a productivity geek when you have a standard packing list template for vacations!

Critical or Curious?

When you face a challenge what is your attitude?

Do you look at possible solutions from the perspective of what’s wrong with the idea? A critical approach.

Or do you look at the ideas from a positive view wanting to expand on the thought and take it further? The curious approach.

Whether we are critical or curious in how we approach problems can have an effect on how successful the outcome and how quickly we get to the outcome. Being critical shuts down ideas before they have been fully explored whereas the curious person keeps the idea alive while exploring ways that it could work.

I read about this in a short article and got me thinking about my own approach. In the past I have definitely been more of the critic focusing on why solutions won’t work. I have learnt to be more curious and to try to ask “how can this work” as I’ve got older.

There’s a noticeable difference when you try to be curious in problem solving. There’s a flow rather than the stop-start of knocking down ideas immediately. And when there’s a flow, it feels like a better way to work. Almost fun!

Think about how you approach problems and where you stand – critical vs curious. If you’re more critical then I recommend trying to be consciously curious next time you are working on something difficult. Try to take ideas forward, explore them in depth before discarding and ask yourself how can this work.

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Time Management Tools

As you know I like tools that help with time management and productivity. A life long sufferer of shiny object syndrome!

So, I’m always interested when I come across a tools that I’ve not seen before.

Noisli is a background noise generator. It will play continuous sounds in your browser that are supposed to help you shut off distractions to allow focus or relaxation. The sounds are wind, rain, water, fire, white noise and some others.

I’ve seen playlists on Spotify that also do this but never tried it before as prefer music to help me concentrate. Need to give this a go.

Freedom is an app and website blocker for your phone and computer. Takes away the temptation to sneak a look at Facebook when you’re supposed to be doing your expenses or planning your next project.

(It doesn’t look like it’s available for Android)

Wrap Up

That’s it for this week. Any questions or comments, hit reply.

All the best
Paul

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Hello, I'm Paul, the founder of Workweek Zen. When I'm not searching the internet for the best productivity techniques, I'm implementing them. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter

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