Smart Skills Trading Cards: Productivity

GREAT Skills are Smart!

This Trading Card Set features information on Productivity, and includes:

  • David Allen, author of “Getting Things Done” (the system)
  • Stephen R Covey, author of “First Things First” and “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” (the focus)
  • Tony Schwartz, author of “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working.” (the routine)
  • Kerry Gleason, author of “The Personal Efficiency Program.” (the plan)
  • Vishen Lakhiani, author of “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind.” (the goal)

Each of the GREAT Skills Trading Card sets cover skills you might not have learned in school (and probably wish you had). Download this set at Slideshare.net to learn about each skill.

There are four important elements of productivity: The System, The Routine, The Focus, and The Plan. The first four authors each contribute to understanding the four elements, and Vishen Lakhiani provides an understanding of End vs Means goals.

For more information about productivity, check out Time Management 101, and learn with the study of productivity, videos and courses. You might also like to see my favorite books about productivity, the Daily PlanIt Productivity Pinterest board, and The Keep It Super Simple System.

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2016 Reading Roundup

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Of the non-fiction books I read in 2016, here are a few stand-outs:

Your Brain at Work by David Rock

Insight Out by Tina Seelig

The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky (there’s a free 3-week online course based on the book)

Three Secrets of Effective Time Investment by Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

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My Year in Books at Goodreads

 

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End Goals Lead to a Meaningful Journey

I came across a BIG idea recently. In the book “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind,” Vishen Lakhiani talks about the difference between means goals and end goals.

Means goals vs End goals

A means goal is motivated by the thought that it will lead to something else in the end. It is the means to how you get something else. A means goal can be one of many possible paths to reach an end goal. For example, a means goal might be saving money so that you can go to college. In the video below, Vishen uses the example of pursuing a college degree. If the motivation is the benefits once it is completed, it is a means goal. If the motivation is that you love education and want to learn, it is a end goal.

End goals speak to our hearts, and are more meaningful. (a little ironically) When we pursue a means goal, we believe “If only I had this [fill in the blank] I would be happy.” With means goals we are seeking future benefits, sometimes to the detriment of present happiness, and based on guesswork about what will make us happy that can often be wrong. With end goals we directly experience happiness as we pursue something that we love. Setting end goals leads to a journey that makes you happy.

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” -Alfred D Sousa

“The point is not the end of the journey…Remember to sing and dance along the way.” –Alan Watts

Set End Goals

To set end goals, consider The Three Most Important Questions from Vishen Lakhiani.

  1. Identify how you want to contribute.
  2. Think of experiences you want that will lead to positive emotions.
  3. Decide how you will grow to create these experiences and make these contributions.

Setting End Goals is a huge shift! Suddenly, goals are about what you CREATE, not about what you HAVE! End goals still need to be attainable, but making this shift is empowering and you have a lot more fun on the journey. You can’t buy happiness, but you can create it when you follow the BE MEASURING practices and set meaningful end goals.

Vishen Lakhiani on the difference between means goals and end goals…

When you know how you want to contribute, you know the right direction to go. There may be many possible paths to take, different means goals to achieve the end goals. The biggest obstacle to a meaningful journey is not knowing how you want to contribute. Discover how to Uncover Hidden Talents and create a value statement that pinpoints what you do and why.

In the following video, “Why Happiness is the New Productivity,” Vishen talks about the Four Different States of Mind. He calls these: 1. The Negative Spiral, 2. The Current Reality Trap, 3. Stress & Anxiety, and 4. Bending Reality. To Bend Reality, combine happiness in the present with a vision for the future to find flow. Make shift happen by creating something now while moving forward, compelled by a vision for the future.

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Tools to Plan an Awesome New Year

With these tools, you can set some goals, make resolutions, and track your progress in 2017. I made these to add to my Planner binder. Don’t forget to grab a copy of the printables at An Annual Review too!

GOAL WORKSHEET FOR 2017

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For each area, think of one word that describes what you want to CREATE.
  2. Next, think of what you need to DO to make that happen.
  3. Pick a few goals that are the most meaningful, and make them SMART.
  4. Break the goals into smaller steps.
  5. Track your progress.

2017 Resolutions

There are lots of ideas for resolutions on a one page printable, with a visual cue for different areas. Find ideas for metrics to track at An Annual Review.

HABIT SCORECARD

With this Habit Scorecard, you can track 5 daily habits for a month.

I am planning to make some amazing shift happen in 2017! How about you? Review How to Set Goals,find ideas for goals at the Goal Plans tab, or consider getting my ebook, “Get Goaling: the simple guide to set and achieve your goals.”

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Books to Read Before They Are Movies

These movies based on books will be in theaters in 2017. Read the books before they hit the big screen!

Check out movie trailers at the Internet Movie Database:

Follow the Screen and Page at Goodreads or on Facebook for more ideas and news about book to movie adaptations.

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Brain Basics

This set of GREAT Skills trading cards on the brain and motivation includes:

Brain Facts: The human brain weighs about 3 pounds and is 75% water. It uses about 20% of the oxygen in the body. The brain is very complex, but a few Brain regions at Brain Basics include the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for executive functions, and the amygdala, where the fight or flight response takes place. There are five kinds of brain waves, and the brain is influenced by chemicals known as neurotransmitters.

A to-do list for your brain:

Learn new things, and exercise your brain with games.

Scientific American debates the effectiveness at brain games at Brain Games: do they really work. See one man’s experience at Training my Aging Brain from Discover magazine. But if you’d like to try a few just in case, there are some free online brain games at this Pinterest Board.

Eat dark chocolate! Psychology Today says so.

Meditate. 7 ways meditation can change the brain from Forbes.

Exercise. Harvard School of Medicine says so.

Brainbows from the Center for Brain Science

More Resources:

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2016 Screen and Page

I’ve devoted this year to reading books that have been adapted into movies, and then watching the movies. It’s been an interesting year! This is a great way to run a book group, because there are lots of resources to help, and if you don’t have time to read the book, you can still watch the movie and participate. (although without comparing the book to the movie!) At the Screen and Page on Goodreads, I tried to find both “Theater Reads” (currently in theaters) and “Watch at Home Reads” (available on DVD or to stream) options. I found that at times there weren’t too many options for theater reads that might lead to good discussions. I stuck to options for adults, and some of them are rated R.

I started out with Manhattan Night, based on the book “Manhattan Nocturene” by Colin Harrison. If you like dark and twisty, you might like them, I quite enjoyed both.

Next up was the Oscar winning “Room” by Emma Donoghue. Some of these titles were outside of what I usually might read or watch, and led to some pleasant surprises.

“Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes was another pleasant surprise. I bought the book and shared it with several friends. We planned to go to the movie for ages, but it was hard to get our schedules on the same page! We finally got to see the movie recently, enjoyed it a lot, and felt it closely followed the book.

I liked the book “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. Haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet, but it’s on my list.

Another dark and twisty one: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. Loved both the book and the movie!

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak is one that’s been around for awhile that I had not gotten around to. I struggled a bit at first with the book, but I’m glad that I read it before watching the movie. Brilliantly filmed, with great characters, and it’s in part about the power of books and reading.

“The Dressmaker” by Rosalie Ham was another pleasant surprise that was a stretch beyond what I normally read. I enjoyed the book, and hope to see the movie soon.

Along the way, I watched some book-to-movie adaptations without getting the book read.

It’s about a wrap for the year 2016. I enjoyed this so much I intend to keep it up in 2017!

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