Turns out seeking productivity and focus isn't a new thing.
"If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces."
--Shakespere's Merchant of Venice, written 400-some years ago
It reminds me this old book "How to Live on 24 Hours a Day" from Arnold Bennett 1867-1931 which is Free on Kindle from Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/How-Live-Hours-Day-ebook/dp/B000JQU7DA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1338661538&sr=1-1
Really interesting to see we all had same problems since centuries ...
Indeed. Those are from 1932, Henry Miller (http://www.ajkesslerblog.com/productivity-tips-from-1932/)
1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.”
3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
5. When you can’t create you can work.
6. Cement a litter every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
8. Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
9. Discard the Program when you feel like it — but go back to it next day. Concentrate. Narrow Down. Exclude.
10.Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
11. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.
There's been a lot of really amazing tributes to Steve Jobs the past few days. This one by Eric Schmidt had a nice point -
What I remember thinking at the time is that you shouldn’t take a job unless you know how to win. I had no clue how to do what he did. When somebody tells you they’re going to do something and you say, “I don’t understand how you’re going to do that,” and they succeed? That is the ultimate humbling experience. My interactions with Steve were always like that. He was always ahead of me. When he started working on tablets, I said nobody really likes tablets. The tablets that existed were just not very good. Steve said: “No, we can build one.” One of the things about Steve is, he was always in the realm of possibility. There was a set of assumptions that Steve would make that were never crazy. They were just ahead of me.
We think of Steve Jobs now as the visionary he was. In 300 years, when people study this era, they'll all recognize his genius right away.
Most of them - our great-great-grandchilden, they won't realize how Jobs's vision was misunderstood, questions, derided, mocked for so long before he broke through. They'll remember the genius, they won't remember the struggle.
The 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia has just concluded. This is the first time that Russia hosted the Winter Olympics Games. As expected, the whole world tuned in to watch athletes from all different countries compete to get the gold. Dreams were realized as athletes won and hearts broke when they do not. But this was not the end. It is only the beginning to train harder and be a better athlete come next Winter Olympics which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. All in all, it was a success as no threats were made and no untoward incidents happened. Athletes simply were there to participate, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie. It was truly exciting and thrilling to be a part of the Winter Olympics.
- Love Sara Alina