Inspiration is for amateurs, rest of us just show up and get to work


In the previous blog I mentioned that procrastination (postponing what is supposed to be completed )  is one of the major problems many face whether it is exams or work on hand for employees. This leads to stress and tension and also makes one to remain amateur with limited life skills.   Most of the sub optimal quality of the products we use , the quality of life citizens are living are due to the result of amateurs at work. They try their best to beat the system and remain at sub optimal levels delivering low quality service or products. This affects the quality of the whole society. Those who are reading this blog should understand that  

“Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will – through work – bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art [idea].’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you [did] today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.” Chuck-close http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/12/27/chuck-close-on-creativity/

The title’s sentence is given by a legendary photorealist chuck close (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Close)

So if you want to achieve something great you should come out of your comfort zone and work towards your greater self.

Here are some tips, so you can organize your time for a greater productive life.

  1. A workplace/study place with minimal distractions. Put away your cell phones remove the plugs of the TV sets and make sure your room or work place is not having any kind of distractions so you can finish the most important task on hand to reach your goals.
  2. A Daily walk. Make sure while walking you are not just listening to songs. If you are having something to achieve/or have a problem to solve and need a plan then watch the people, watch the surroundings and watch your mind’s thoughts. Connect the events on the road with your thoughts to come up with something that can help to solve the problem you have on hand.
  3. Accountability metrics. Ernest Hemingway tracked his daily word output on a chart to mark his progress. Many genius people track their progress every day to make sure they are reaching their goals.
  4. Important work verses busy work.  We are so connected today that distractions are so many and confuse us what is important work verses what keeps us busy. Social websites such as Facebook and twitter keeps us busy but we have to make sure what is important for the progress of us not the progress of social website and not making their owners rich. We need to know what is important for us to reach our goals and prioritize that more.
  5. Make time to relax.  We should be able to stop when we are working too much; sacrificing our health and our social obligations with our near and dear. Workaholics and people who spend too much time on one task may become sick and may burn out early. A nice stroll in the morning, evening,visiting a holy place, a park,  a nice time spent with a friend are some examples of rejuvenating our energies for the big task next day.
  6.  A supportive partner. It would be wonderful to have one who understand yours needs, help you to reach your goals, provide the comfort you need when you are worried, reduce your stress and tensions and stand beside you in your life’s journey of sorrow to grandeur

So get back to work my friends and have a quality life, while I provide the inspiration to amateurs with more blogs to bring them to quality life too.

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Simple tips for getting work done


While I talk to students there is one complain I hear, and that is  not having enough time in a day to learn something new  and they are always distracted by friends or TV or other activities. I always wonder what will happen to them when they start working in a very challenging work environment when they get hired. Modern work is very challenging and at the same time companies are trying to squeeze more work from employees in less time.  During the day you will be constantly distracted by emails from colleagues, friends and others. You will be called into meetings. You will be disturbed by people walking to your cubicle and chatting with you.You may be tempted to watch a new song or video online or shop for something online. Your friends want to go to a movie with you.  All these consume time , that otherwise you might be spending on finishing the work/studies  you supposed to finish that day.

When you are not prepared for that kind of environment then you will end up frustrated, ruin your health as tensions rise with approaching deadlines of finishing work on time. Also Many of us ignore the signals body sends as we get immersed in stressful work environment. 

In order to achieve what you planned to do you need to focus on that task only.

So let’s see how to be effective with time we have in a day and save ourselves from ruining our health or frustrated for not able to do enough in a day. In the age of distractions what research and one Harvard professor  said is that you should break your day time into intervals of 90/60/30 minutes with 5/10 minutes of break. For 90/60/30 minutes you should only focus on the most urgent work by not getting distracted from any kind of activities that distracts you. That 90/60/30 minutes you should have  patience, attention to details, concentration, and should have reverence for the moment.  Then take a break of 5 to 10 minutes go enjoy the nature or do yoga,spend time with friends,  play a instrument or take a walk or do something that won’t consume more than that 5 or 10 minutes and keeps your mind pleasant for the next 90  or 60 or 30  minute time slot work or studies.

There is no hard and fast rule that you should slot your day into 90 minutes schedules only. It can be 60 minutes of intense work/ studies and a 5/10 minutes break. Scheduling the time slots is up to you. If you can focus witout distraction for 90 minutes then you can do the 90 minutes rule. Without a doubt focus and concentration are the keys to productivity. It has been shown that when we come off a task or are distracted it can take a substantial amount of time to get back on task. You cannot really manage time, but you can manage yourself with this kind of planning.  This is especially helpful if you have several competing priorities and need to focus on one at a time.

With this kind of planning you can achieve 12 hours of work in 4 to 5 hours of time depending on what  kind of challenging work /studies you are involved in.

Here are the links for learning more on this techniques of time management   http://pomodorotechnique.com/ and

http://elembee.com/time-management-for-creatives/

https://forum.quantifiedself.com/thread-my-pomodoro-experiment

http://99u.com/articles/7032/a-day-without-distraction-lessons-learned-from-12-hrs-of-forced-focus

Your 5 to 10 minutes breaks can be used for improving health. Check this info http://www.escardio.org/about/press/press-releases/pr-11/Pages/Sedentary-time-EHJ.aspx

Prioritization


Six months of the year has rolled by. When  you look back you should have realized some great moments to missed opportunities. Life is Real;   not cinema reel of two and half hours. So going forward you should consider spending your life in a much better way. Your Day should be planned properly to get the Maximum out of it.
Here are some points for you to consider to get the maximum value for your time and actions you take based on your personality and the importance you give to things you do daily .Tasks may be easy to difficult to achieve but prioritization is important.
  • Write it all down. Put everything on one list. Find out which tasks are easy and which are more difficult.
  • Do the easy ones quickly.  so they don’t bother you much. Cross them out. Example checking emails but only at a specific time (most of you should develop the habit of clearing your Inbox otherwise it becomes un managable and you may miss on some important mails)
  • Turn to a difficult  task.  For example studying for exams that may be due in few weeks. I observed that students tend to postpone preparations for exams to last minute. But spending at least  two hours daily for preparation well before exams will reduce stress levels in you and you can do much better. Many people tend to postpone or skip doing challenging jobs. Trying to do something challenging will enrich you with valuable experiences of life even if you failed to achieve the results  (Remember what T.Edison said about light bulb discovery  “learned 1000 ways of how not to do the bulb”)  SO failure should be considered as moving towards your goals of success.
  • Take a break.  This piece of advice I don’t need to say to those who have all day fun without any purpose or goals for life  but for those who work hard , to keep fit and do well in life;  they should  consider relaxing in intervals while working towards your goals. The best way to relax is to play your favorite sport or do yoga or meditation. These three gives you health, bliss and a relaxed mind.