Week 34

Here are some highlights for leading into Week 34 🙂

  • 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman

    So instead of worrying about what life is going to be like tomorrow, focus on three things today.

    Answer these three questions:
    1. Are you working on something meaningful and challenging—something for which you have about a 50 percent chance of succeeding?
    2. Are you relating to other people at work or socially—people you like and to whom you feel close?
    3. Do you feel recognized for the work you are doing—paid or unpaid? Can you influence decisions and outcomes?

    If the answer is yes in each case, great. You’ll be motivated. Wherever it’s not, create those opportunities immediately.

  • 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman

    The problem with most time management systems is that they don’t help solve the problem: They’re focused on how to get it all done in less time. But that’s a mistake. Just like tasting from a buffet is a mistake. Because we can’t possibly get it all done and not end up frantic, depleted, and overwhelmed.

    The secret to surviving a buffet is to eat fewer things. And the secret to thriving in your life is the same: Do fewer things.

    Which means you have to be strategic about what you choose to do, and make hard decisions about what you choose not to do.

  • 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman

    Save a few minutes before leaving the office, before stopping work, or simply toward the end of your day to think about what just happened. Look at your calendar and compare what actually happened—the meetings you attended, the work you got done, the conversations you had, the people with whom you interacted, even the breaks you took—with your plan for what you wanted to have happen. Then ask yourself three sets of questions:

    1. How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?
    2. What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do—differently or the same—tomorrow?
    3. Whom did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question of? Share feedback with?

    This last set of questions is invaluable in terms of maintaining and growing relationships. It takes just a few short minutes to shoot off an email—or three—to share your appreciation for a kindness extended or to ask someone a question or keep them in the loop on a project.

  • 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman

    When someone comes to you with a request, ask yourself three questions:

    1. Am I the right person?
    2. Is this the right time?
    3. Do I have enough information?

    If the request fails the test—if the answer to any one of these questions is no—then don’t do it. Pass it to someone else (the right person), schedule it for another time (the right time), or wait until you have the information you need (either you or someone else needs you to get it).

  • “How to Make Work More Meaningful for Your Team” by Lewis Garrad and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

    Curious leaders help people find meaning at work by exploring, asking questions, and engaging people in ideas about the future. In a way, curious leaders help employees find something meaningful by providing a wider range of possibilities for how work gets done, as opposed to being very prescriptive and micromanage people.

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel

    On our last day, a few hours before we were to leave Munnar, I hurried up the hill on the left. It strikes me now as a typically Christian scene. Christianity is a religion in a rush. Look at the world created in seven days. Even on a symbolic level, that’s creation in a frenzy. To one born in a religion where the battle for a single soul can be a relay race run over many centuries, with innumerable generations passing along the baton, the quick resolution of Christianity has a dizzying effect. If Hinduism flows placidly like the Ganges, then Christianity bustles like Toronto at rush hour. It is a religion as swift as a swallow, as urgent as an ambulance. It turns on a dime, expresses itself in the instant. In a moment you are lost or saved. Christianity stretches back through the ages, but in essence it exists only at one time: right now.

  • Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyesky

    Nature doesn’t consult you; it doesn’t give a damn for your wishes or whether it’s laws please or do not please you. You must accept it as it is and hence accept all consequences.

  • Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyesky

    And finally, there are things he is afraid to reveal even to himself, and every decent man has quite an accumulation of them. In fact, the more decent the man, the more of them he has stored up.

  • Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyesky

    Today it is entirely clear to me that, due to my unbounded vanity and hence demands upon myself, I often looked upon myself with furious dissatisfaction, verging on loathing, and therefore mentally attributed my own feeling to others.

  • Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyesky

    But there’s also this, Liza: people like to count only their troubles, not the good things in their lives.

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