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Quote Of The Day

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

— Bertrand Russell
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Quote Of The Day

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

~Anthony J. D’Angelo
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Multi-Tasking – Is It Beneficial Or Detrimental?

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Multi-tasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time.     

Gary W. Keller

Not too long ago, multitasking was considered the thing to do. It was encouraged, and you heard people comment, even brag, about how good they were at it.

But the thinking has changed on that theory. No, multitasking is not the best practice for us. It is not an efficient way to work. It is now considered counterproductive.

There is now a new word—multitasking is now called switch-tasking. When I first researched the terms, I expected them to have two different meanings. After reading several articles, I found there is no difference. As a reference, you can read “Switchtasking Versus Multitasking. What Is The Difference?” written by Dave Crenshaw. https://davecrenshaw.com/switchtasking-versus-multitasking-what-is-the-difference-2/

He stated in his article, ” The generally accepted answer was incorrect, which was that switchtasking is when you stop and switch your attention back and forth whereas multitasking is when you are trying to do multiple things at the same time.  The correct answer is that they are the same—there is no difference. Switchtasking is the word I created to describe what is really taking place when people attempt to multitask.”

Neither theory is beneficial, and the emphasis should be doing, and completing each task by itself, without switching gears and also working on something else at the same time.

Giving your full attention to anything will have a better outcome. Doing one thing at a time allows you to do it properly, eliminating the need to do it over a second or third time.

We all multitask on some level but think about doing two simple tasks at the same time. The question is, are we efficient? Something as easy as reading an email while talking on the phone. Are you understanding the email, and actively listening to the conversation? Do you have to stop and ask them to repeat something they said or reread the email to get clarification? It is not productive, yet we do it all the time.

Multitasking divides your attention and leads to confusion and weakened focus.     

Deepak Chopra

We are wasting time. It is more efficient to set aside a specific time each day to view our email. The first thing in the morning is a good time to scan and respond to the most important messages that may affect the rest of your day. Then close your email and do not revisit until later in the day. If you keep your email open and keep scanning it, you are wasting time; it is a distraction.

When you are working, your cell phone should be turned off. Each time you look at your phone, you may be missing something. We make enough brain vacations on our own when we let our minds wander during a meeting, a presentation, or when we are in a conversation. We do not need the added distraction of our phone.

We should give our undivided attention to, virtually, everything we do. If it is worth doing, it deserves our concentration and our best effort.

Multitasking slows us down. We are less effective and take more time trying to do two things at once.

Experts say that there is a 40% loss in productivity when we multitask. We may be able to handle two less complicated tasks without too many errors or wasting too much time; although this is never a good practice. However, when you are attempting to complete more critical tasks, the number of mistakes you make increases.

There is one effect I think we will all recognize and understand; stress. When we multitask, we raise our heart rate and our stress level. Our brains respond by pumping out adrenaline and stress hormones, which over time, are not healthy and can cause significant health problems, such as heart disease..

Our understanding decreases. When we continuously switch from task to task, our comprehension level drops. Multitasking causes us to miss some of the critical ideas and information, which means we are not focusing on the details.

Studies have shown that multitaskers have so much going on in their heads that they often find it harder to daydream and generate spontaneous “aha moments”. Creative thinking means you may produce unique ideas, putting a new twist on the standard way of thinking. That is a good thing because you will be more energized at work, and you will not be creating cookie-cutter ideas, but something new and different.

The more you multitask, the less deliberative you become; the less able to think and reason out a problem.

Nicholas Carr

The bottom line is each time you interrupt your thought process, you are wasting time. When this is done multiple times throughout the day, there can be a significant impact on your productivity.

Look for and do everything you can; to plan and schedule your workday. Work to continually eliminate the unnecessary activities in such a way that they do not negatively impact the team you are working with or yourself.

Most of the time multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking but in reality you’re actually wasting time switching from one task to another.

Bosco Tjan

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Quote Of The Day

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”

Shannon L. Adler
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Work Dynamics – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly- The Webs We Weave

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Do you love your job? Do you get up ready to go to work and know you are going to enjoy the day? Do your peers interact well together and respect each other? Does your boss communicate well, show respect and encouragement and acknowledge individual contributions?

If you can answer yes to those questions be happy, very happy, because you are working in a good environment. Consider yourself lucky. That type of environment is not easily found.

There are companies that are toxic because of the webs woven by boss and employees. Once a culture is negative it can be extremely difficult to correct and takes the work and positive input of many, many people.

Most of us have probably worked for a company that was good but not great. It was good enough to be acceptable. Sometimes we end up in jobs that are barely tolerable. Unfortunately, we do not always have many options and we feel lucky just to have a job.

What can we do to improve the dynamics of the work place?

  • Use your communication skills. Communication is indeed a skill and quite often we overlook it’s importance. We think we are good communicators but are we? Communication is not just our use of language. It is also our ability to listen, ask questions, understand and observe body language.

One of the most frustrating experiences for anyone is to talk and not be given the respect of being heard and understood.

  • Be kind. Be friendly and smile. Say hello even when you do not like someone. You have to work with them and you may not truly understand them. Try to learn more about them. Ask questions and try to look at it from their perspective. If given the chance they may surprise you and you will probably surprise them.
  • Be positive and look for ways to incorporate that into the work culture. When working on projects and you have a new idea try to present it in such a way that others will be able to see the benefit as well. Show them how they will gain from your idea.
  • If someone is confrontational toward you, or others, try not to be defensive. Take a deep breathe, smile and ask them to clarify what is wrong. Listen and take the time to try to understand the way they are feeling. Ask more questions if appropriate and thank them for their input. Tell them you appreciate their concerns and will take them into consideration. Let them know you are willing to talk whenever they have a concern that affects the work dynamic and you would appreciate the same courtesy.
  • Recognize when you or someone else are stressed. Having someone stressed in the workplace can affect everyone. You can take steps to work off your stress with exercise, meditation, reading a book, watching a movie or taking a walk. Suggest the same activities to a co-worker. Ask them if they have watched a recent movie or read the newest book and encourage them to do so. Tell them how relaxing those activities are for you.

If you are the boss or the employee how you interact is so important to the overall dynamic. There is always a shift of actions and reactions within a group of people and it should be up to all involved to realize their impact on others. As a group you should be working toward the same goal. I believe it is something that should be talked about within any company, large or small. It should start at the top but it can start anywhere. Communication is the most important element.

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The goal is to be happy. If you can work somewhere and be a positive influence everyone wins. Happiness is contagious and others will be encouraged by your attitude. Their attitude will change and you will become more supportive of each other. That is a win-win in any environment.

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change you forever.”

Amy Poulter

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Inspiration-Where Do We Find It?

Are you looking for a Light Bulb moment?

Do you ever struggle looking for creativity? An idea to pop into your head or something as simple as a pop of color or an image you see that takes you in a different direction.

Usually it is easy to find inspiration but not always. Just the other day I struggled. I thought I had an idea, a decent idea. When I started to put it down on paper it was pathetic. I kept writing and stopping, looking at the words. There was no flow, it was disjointed. It was a jumbled mess.

I stopped, took a break and came back, Thought it would help but it didn’t. If anything it got worse. I rearranged, I deleted and rewrote. Read it again and almost deleted the whole hot mess. Made myself stop and then shut it down. I walked away and left it for the next day.

I spent time doing other things. I went outside, I read some articles, looked at quotes. Then I spent time outside, poked around in my flower gardens, did some planning, walked the dog and finally went to bed.

So the next day I returned to my writing. I started to reread and then decided that was a bad idea. It was just bad enough that I did not want it to influence my next effort.

I started fresh on a blank space and started to write. This time it worked. I was writing using the same idea but this time I found a flow. The writing was clear and concise. It made sense. Hoorah!

Never before have I had that problem. The interesting thing for me is the fact that I used the same idea for both attempts. One worked and one didn’t. I think my mind was the jumbled mess that first day OR was I truly inspired by the idea? Maybe I needed to trash the idea and look for something that created a spark.

Look at all the time I wasted. If I had been truly inspired I would have been able to write the story and then potentially write another. Two stories. Awesome!

I could have trashed the story but kept the idea and written it later. I did that but I should have done it right away and saved all that time. Good learning experience so it wasn’t a total lose.

All of this has made me wonder about how to find something that really creates a spark. Something that excites me. Sometimes I believe that I limit myself because I have been trying to establish a niche for my blog. I think I am overlooking something that interests me because it is not about my area.

Does this limit me? I think it does. Yesterday I read a blog written by someone that is a totally different creative. She is a painter, she is also an entrepreneur and she is always attempting new projects. She finds her inspiration everywhere. Yesterday I realized she is an excellent writer

The one thing she talked about that made total sense and inspired me was to always be working. Schedule a time to work, in my case, write and just do it. Do it even when you do not feel creative and you do not have an idea. Just sit down and put pen to paper and see what happens. You may end up writing a wonderful story, a great blog, some creative ideas or nothing at all. You have practiced your craft so it really is a win-win.

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

Pablo Picasso

The really important thing I took away from reading her blog yesterday, She does not limit herself. She has been doing this for a long time and has learned a great deal which she is nice enough to share.

There is certainly something to learn from that. I am just starting out so I know I can’t do it all and I need to take my time. At the same time I cannot limit myself. I have to be open to all ideas.

The more we practice our craft the more inspired we will be. The more I write the more ideas will pop into my head.

Everyday is filled with ideas. Tuck them away in your mind and your heart. The practice of just sitting down and writing when you are not focused on anything at all is such a good one. You may have been affected by something you saw, something you heard and did not realize it’s potential for your writing. It may just flow out of you when you are just sitting there writing about whatever pops into your head.

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Yes You Can – Inspiration Friday

Equipment By Edgar Guest

Figure it out for yourself, my lad,

You’ve all that the greatest of men have had,

Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,

And a brain to use if you would be wise.

With this equipment they all began,

So start for the top and say “I can.”

Look them over, the wise and great,

They take their food from a common plate

And similar knives and forks they use,

With similar laces they tie their shoes,

The world considers them brave and smart.

But you’ve all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,

You can be great if only you will,

You’re well equipped for what fight you choose,

You have legs and arms and a brain to use,

And the man who has risen, great deeds to do

Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,

You are the one who must choose your place,

You must say where you want to go.

How much you will study the truth to know,

God has equipped you for life, But He

Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within,

The man must furnish the will to win,

So figure it out for yourself, my lad,

You were born with all that the great have had,

With your equipment they all began.

Get hold of yourself, and say: “I can.”

How many times have you thought to yourself, “I can’t do that because ?” Well, you are not alone. Most people will think that at some time in their life. Even if you are intelligent, have a good job and people look at you as an expert and come to you for advice. It is normal.

Everyone has self doubt. How do we move forward ? What are we doubtful about ? Make an assessment and make a plan and set some goals. Be honest about your present ability and then start working toward gaining whatever skills you need to complete the task. Seek help from others.

If this sounds daunting, it really isn’t. Yes, sometimes depending on what it is you want to do, you may have to dedicate a significant amount of time or effort. Other tasks may be smaller and take a minor amount of time and effort. Take a risk and jump right in. What do you have to lose ?

When you complete your plan you can step back and say “look at all the things I have learned.” You will gain confidence even if everything didn’t go exactly as planned. You will have new skills and knowledge which will serve you well in the future.

Congratulate yourself. Smile ! Relax and start planning your next project.

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