I’ve been on a long journey to rid my calendar of (useless) meetings. These days, it’s not unusual to find myself racing around town for three or four different ones on any given day, jumping on a Skype call between for good measure. I’m an introvert, and I despise days filled rushing from group to group—it’s totally exhausting.
At the same time, I’ve created this life. I’m free to choose which meetings I do or do not attend, yet I choose to attend many. It’s a funny predicament I’ve put myself in. I hate meetings, but I consciously end up in many of them. Why? Because I actually likemeeting with people and building relationships.
I think that says something about introversion many who don’t possess it struggle to understand. We’re not shy. We’re not hermits. We love making and building connections, we just find it tiring to do so.
At the same time I’ve worked to cut the number of meetings I attend, I’ve also attempted to understand my introversion. I wanted to find the happy balance that worked for me. I never wanted to end up sitting in an important meeting looking and feeling brain-dead again.
Thanks to new research about introversion and a healthy dose of self-experimentation, I’ve pinpointed a few important rules to follow when it comes to setting myself up for success at important meetings. (more…)
Listen to your fear – then tell it you don’t care.
Next time you are scared of a big project, listen to your fear and what it’s telling you. After making sure your fear has been heard, make sure you do not let it stop you. If you are really enthusiastic about something, concentrate on that project. And if you let your enthusiasm guide you, your fear will eventually lose its grip.
If I’ve learned anything about success in my relatively short time on Earth, it’s that in order to have any chance to obtain it, it’s really important to surround yourself with people that are better at what they do than you are at what you do.
Having friends and mentors that inspire you to be the best you can be will make a huge difference in your life.
Everyone can think of somebody they really look up to – someone that embodies what they’d like to accomplish themselves – but oftentimes these people hold some kind of celebrity status and feel completely out of reach.
You should know that the right celebrities, though, are actually easy to get a hold of and even very open to new relationships if you approach them genuinely.
Who are my perfect mentors?
You know how to write a resume and ask for a promotion. These talks go beyond the basics, offering insightful advice on how to think about our work lives.
You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why?
Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.
Quick intro: This is one in a series of Top Productivity Hacks – little tips and tricks that are designed to make you more productive. At the end of the series I’ll post them all together in an overview.
Productivity Hack #1: Do something you’re passionate about.
This might not seem like the normal productivity tip, but give it a thought: if you really want to do something, you’ll work like hell to get it done. You’ll work extra hard, you’ll put in even more hours, and you’re less likely to procrastinate. It’s for work that you don’t really care about that you procrastinate.
For some people, this tip might not seem too practical, especially if you’re in a humdrum job that you don’t really feel like doing. It’s for you that this tip was written: if you hate your job, or are just doing it for the money, I highly recommend that you give this some thought. If you must force yourself to do work every day, you can only do this for so long before burning out. You’ll probably quit eventually anyway, so give it some consideration now.
What do you really want to be doing right now? (Don’t say sleeping!) What do you love doing? What is your dream job, and how can you get it? Give this some thought, not just right now but for the next few days. If you can identify that job, your next step is to plan how to get it.
My suggestions: (more…)