Workweek Zen Insider: August 29

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Starting, Over and Over Again

Not only do I enjoy reading Zen Habits but I find the content to be actually useful. I always feel that I can do something with what I’ve just read and, often, I do take action.

As I’ve become more interested in habits and forming habits, this particular article resonates with me. A superpower we need when putting in place new habits is the ability to “start again” when we inevitably suffer a setback.

Starting is hard enough but doing it again when things didn’t work out is even harder and one of the main reasons people stop trying.

I can relate to this in both giving up bad habits (I used to smoke when I was younger and it was tough to stop) and in starting good habits (regular exercise).

Leo Babauta sets out a method to help build the skill of starting again: Starting, Over and Over Again

Use Your iPhone’s Battery To Learn Where Your Time Goes

This is a nice little tip (for iPhone users) to figure out where you are wasting your time and how much time you’re wasting.

Those mindless scrolls through social media feeds add up. Facebook being my number one “time waster” and I’m actually scared by the amount of time I’ve spent on there in the last 7 days.

See where your weak spot is at Life Hacker: Use Your iPhone’s Battery To Learn Where Your Time Goes

5 Things To Do When You Have Too Much to Do

A situation familiar to all of us, I expect.

A few tips from the Time Management Ninja on what to do when overwhelmed by a mile long todo list: 5 Things To Do When You Have Too Much to Do

Asking This One Question Helps Me Feel Like I Have More Hours in the Day

When you have too much to do, a simple but powerful way to get on top of things is to ask yourself…

“What matters now?”

Try it. You should find that it will help you focus on the real priorities on your todo list.

Read more at the Muse: Asking This One Question Helps Me Feel Like I Have More Hours in the Day

5 Tips to Minimize Mistakes and Reduce Stress

“It’s a never-ending cycle: You’re stressed out, so you make mistakes. Then, the mistake causes you more stress, which leads you to make another careless error. Try as you might to break out of the rut, you can’t”

Think Productive suggests the following to get out of the cycle:

  1. Slow down
  2. Set Realistic Goals
  3. Make a List
  4. Check Over Your Work
  5. Ask for Help

5 Tips to Minimize Mistakes and Reduce Stress

Positive Thinking: 10 Tips That Will Help You to Overcome Pessimism and Negativity

We do our best work when our mood is positive. It’s very hard to be productive when we’re feeling negative and it’s definitely no fun!

When life is getting you down, refer to this very practical list of ideas to boost your positive mood from the Positivity Blog: Positive Thinking: 10 Tips That Will Help You to Overcome Pessimism and Negativity

Podcast

Ep: 33 – Wrangling Your Priorities (Getting Things Done)

This week I listened to an interesting discussion about prioritization on the Getting Things Done podcast (the official David Allen GTD).

Some key takeaways:

  • Don’t fall into victim mode when you have competing priorities – take a step back and figure out what the perfect scenario is. Work towards that.
  • Externalize your thinking even if having a conversation with yourself. You will gain new insight by talking it out.
  • Life is complicated. Sometimes you just have to start moving forward and then course correct. Only then do you gain clarity into which priority is the right one to take action on.
  • Map priorities to higher goals.
  • There’s an inverse relationship between what’s on your mind and getting done.

I don’t feel there were any silver bullets to dealing with conflicting priorities and, to be honest, didn’t expect to find one.  However, the episode was useful to stimulate how to think about priorities and build your own mental frameworks.

If you have 30 minutes of driving or walking time, I would recommend listening to it: Wrangling Your Priorities

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About Paul Metcalfe

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 me on Facebook and Twitter

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