Be Selfish

Published on December 22, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Someone said that there is no word more generally misinterpreted than the word egoism, in its modern sense.

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“No one and nothing can make you happy. Only you can make yourself happy.” ~ Gerardo Schmedling

I know; to be selfish does not seem a very appropriate advice at Christmas time. Besides, nobody likes to be tagged as being “egoist.” In its most common use, an egoistic person is a conceited person, too engrossed with his/her own interests to think about those of others.

However, the word egoism is rooted in philosophical theories 1 that speak of self-interest as the basis of moral behavior. The moral or ethical egoism is an ethical doctrine stating that the only moral way of acting is in our own interest. Even when we help others, we do it to get a profit or gain from it. It gives the individual a fundamental value. Each person should provide for their own good.

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The Cult of Speed, a Productivity Misconception

Published on December 15, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

The pace of modern life makes us confuse speed with productivity. Don't fall into that trap.

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“I’m not a fast driver. I’ve seen what speed can do.” ~ Carol Alt

The concept of productivity is being carried to an extreme that I don’t like at all. I agree that time is precious and we should not waste it. But I do not agree that we should lose our essence as human beings to not give a second up as lost.

Before, the big ate the small. Now, the fast eat the slow. So get ready to run.

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4 Strategies to Get Motivated in 2015

Published on December 08, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

How are you ending the year? Will you need awaken your motivation for next year?

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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

According to Daniel Pink, author of the book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, what drives most people to do things is basically the satisfaction they get by simply carrying them out. Under certain circumstances, working can be just as exciting as not working at all.

When we enjoy what we do, it is our own intrinsic motivation that drives us to do things to the best of our abilities; we do not need any type of external reward. To that intrinsic motivation to become a permanent driving force in your life, you must create an appropriate environment to strengthen the pillars that support it: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

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Multiple To-Do Lists, a Medicine Against Stress

Published on December 01, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Why you should use multiple lists to get organized.

Do you have more things to do than you can get done? If you think so, most likely you suffer more stress in your life than you find desirable.

Having a little stress can be good for your productivity, but that does not mean you should live in a state of anxiety and continuous tension to face all you have to do in your personal and professional life.

“Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.” ~ David Allen Tweet this!

The way not to feel overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to do is to learn to filter all that information, giving it the importance and relevance it should have in each moment.

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The Positive Psychology Behind GTD

Published on November 24, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

There are resources within you that, developed and managed effectively, will largely improve your performance.

“The purpose of life is to discover your gifts; the meaning of life is to give them away.” ~ David Viscott

positive psychology

Positive psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on the study of optimal human functioning, rather than mental illness. Its objectives are to achieve a complete understanding of the potential in people and help them have a more productive and meaningful life.

Similarly, Positive Psychological Capital is the name given to the state of development of the four components 1 which have a strong impact on your behavior, attitude and performance: self-efficacy, hope, optimism, and resilience.

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Productivity Strategies: Exploration vs Exploitation

Published on November 17, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Organizations are constantly engaged in conflicting processes that balance flexibility and efficiency, and so do you.

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“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein

A very important issue in any company is deciding when to invest in improving existing products and services and when to invest in researching new possibilities 1. How many companies have been ruined by blindly following the products that led them to success, not caring to investigate new concepts, technologies and trends?

As an individual, you have a similar problem. At different times of your life and in different situations, you have probably wondered, “Should I continue with what I’ve done so far although it seems suboptimal or, on the contrary, should I seek and try other options, at the risk of not getting any improvement?”

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How To Be Productive When Bored

Published on November 10, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Boredom is a double-edged sword. To put it at your service, you must understand why you get bored, when it benefits you and when it hurts.

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“You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.” ~ Mortimer Adler

Basically, you’ll hear or read two kinds of comments about boredom and productivity. The most common is that “boredom is a productivity killer.” Other, the less common, opposite and somewhat counter-intuitive, is that “boredom improves your productivity.”

Both statements can be true. To take advantage of your boredom, you must understand why you get bored, when it benefits you and when it doesn’t.

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