How (and why) to Stop Multitasking by Peter Bregman– “Research shows that heavy multitaskers are less competent at doing several things at once than light multitaskers. In other words, in contrast to almost everything else in your life, the more you multitask, the worse you are at it. Practice, in this case, works against you…. I lost nothing by not multitasking. No projects were left unfinished. No one became frustrated with me for not answering a call or failing to return an email the second I received it.”
How (and When) to Motivate Yourself by Peter Bregman– “We waste a lot of time, energy, and focus second-guessing ourselves. Am I doing the right work? Is this project worthwhile? Is this employee going to work out? That moment-by-moment deliberation is a distraction at best and sabotage at worst. If you keep asking yourself whether a project is worth working on, you’ll reduce your effort on that project — who wants to spend time on something that might fail? — and doom its success.”
Never Hurts to Ask by Darren Hardy–I was surprised by the similarity in the comments of Hardy’s post and Peter Bregman’s post Live Life as an Experiment. Several people thought the idea was to “get away with as much as you can.” I see value in “asking.” I also see value in not squeezing the last penny out of every transaction.
Facebook Fatigue by Tom Purcell– “When my father wants to communicate, he approaches other human beings, usually my mother, and uses his voice. Sometimes he uses facial expressions to emphasize a point.”
What Would You Do If You Knew You Would Not Fail? by Chris Guillebeau– “Instead of thinking about what you would do if you knew you wouldn’t fail, maybe a better question is… What’s truly worth doing, whether you fail or succeed?“