Thanks for checking out the Weekly Learning Roundup. These bite-sized, weekly posts are designed to give you a quick hit of interesting learnings and articles I came across this week.
This week, I really appreciated reading through Charles Duhigg’s post on What daily habits can someone adopt to lead a more productive life? via Quora. He doesn’t provide any specific habits that will make you productive, but he does recommend we all develop a “contemplation routine”. From Duhigg’s perspective, having a routine to regularly connect ourselves with the bigger picture – our priorities – is an important habit to develop.
This activity can take many forms whether it’s meditation, journaling, going for a walk, etc. and the intention is to take a moment to contemplate how the work we do that day, week, or month connects to the bigger picture. I think this is great advice and highly valuable. If you haven’t read Duhigg’s first book, The Power of Habit, it’s well worth the read and may help you with the implementation of this type of routine.
Productivity tip of the week:
Weekly Big Rocks
To complement Duhigg’s recommendation for a contemplation routine, something I do every Sunday is setup my Weekly Big Rocks. You may be familiar with this phrase from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The idea behind it is simple: set your priorities (your big rocks) first. When you spend time planning out the important tasks for the week, you focus on what’s most important rather than just diving into the minutia. Here’s a quick video of what that looks like.
Every week I look at the major roles I play in my life such as being a team leader at my organization, a friend, a boyfriend, a blogger, etc. and setup 1 or 2 big rocks to accomplish in that role for the week. It helps me look ahead at the week and schedule in the time to make sure I accomplish those goals. While not every week will be one where I have a major priority for every role, having the awareness that I’m skipping a major priority for that role that week helps me loop back at it the following week. I hope to write more about this in a longer post.
A quote that’s inspiring me:
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. – Bruce Lee
Product or service I’m loving:
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Favourite links from the week:
Four Myths Most Bosses Believe About Employee Engagement (Fast Company)
What Enterprise IT Leaders Can Learn From the NBA About Employee Engagement (Samsung)
Health & Well Being
Why The Biggest Loser is Everything Wrong with Weight Loss (Bulletproof)
VIDEO: What really matters at the end of life (TED)
A Bank of England analyst wants people to use mindfulness to be happier with less (Quartz)
What daily habits can someone adopt to lead a more productive life? (Quora)
The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training (Tim Ferriss)
How millennials earn success with struggle (CNN)
This new ETF demonstrates Wall Street’s unbridled hunger for millennial money (MarketWatch)
What Millennials Want from a New Job (Harvard Business Review)
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