Stephen Covey, in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", one of the bestselling books internationally, talks about the importance of training and development, he calls it: Sharpening the saw.
What does the concept of Sharpen the Sierra mean?
He defines it as seeking continuous improvement and professional and personal renewal, that is, preserving and improving the most important asset you have: YOURSELF.
He mentions that it is important to have a balanced program of self-renewal in what he calls the four areas of your life:
Physical. Through good nutrition, exercise and rest.
Social / Emotional. Making social and meaningful connections with others.
Mental. Through learning, reading, writing and teaching
Spiritual. Spend time with nature, expand your spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer or service.
He says that renewing in each of the four areas will create growth and change in our lives. It keeps us fresh to be able to obtain better results in...
Many of us know from a young age what we want to be when we grow up, and although many times they are just simple fantasies, as we grow up we adapt that idea to what is most interesting to us in each phase of our lives.
The more we grow up, we also develop abilities and aptitudes that make us perfect for an activity and move us further away from the possibility of being good at others, both physical and mental abilities separate each person and make them unique and perfect for a specific activity.
“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why”.
No one likes to be the villain, very often we find ourselves saying YES when asked to do something, because we feel obligated to do so, or because we are the type of person who likes to please, although we really want to say no, since we already know that if we commit ourselves to do even more things, other activities that are important to us will end up being neglected.
Maybe, you are going to tell me, how am I going to say no to my boss, who is asking me to finish this by tomorrow?, or to my friend that’s asking me for a favor?, or to so and so that’s asking me for this and that, etc. etc. etc.?
But honestly, between your job, your projects for this year, and your daily obligations, you have very little time to do all the things you want and need to do, imagine if you add more?
We may think that the things we want to do for ourselves can be set aside, in order to deal with this new commitment, but let me tell you something, that is the worst mistake!
For example, many...
At times I would like to be one of those people that never uses a to-do list. I hear things like “It’s all in my head” or “I like to be flexible and see how my day goes”, “I don’t like to feel tied down”
In a way that sounds fabulous, it seems you have everything under control, you are so relaxed that you don’t have to worry about what comes next or maybe you don’t have the faintest idea how to take control of your life and choose to ignore the situation and that’s why you use those arguments without realizing it. Or maybe you truly feel that you have everything under control and worry never clouds your mind. Congratulations!
Personally, I like to have things under control and use a “to-do list”, since otherwise my mind cannot concentrate on the things that are important, because I start worrying and thinking that maybe I’m forgetting something since I didn’t write it down and then...
A subject we frequently encounter when we talk about productivity is time management and how most of us endure an extraordinary number of tasks we have to accomplish in a normal day and we know that the 24 hours we have will not be enough to get them done with the techniques we normally use.
A very simple but powerful tool that we frequently use in our work sessions is known as “The Pomodoro Technique”, which is a time management technique that was developed by Italian Francesco Cirillo at the end of the 1980’s.
This technique consists of using a timer to create intervals of work and rest, permitting full concentration on an activity during a time period and allowing the person to get distracted and relax during another shorter period of time. Many theories exist regarding time intervals, and the original break down is 25 minutes of efficient work with 5 minutes of rest. This 25/5 interval is known as “a pomodoro”. But we have...
Planning is one of the most important steps to achieve your goals, whether you work for a company, have your own business, work on your own or want to achieve a personal goal.
You can have different objectives with different degrees of importance and difficulty, as well as different deadlines to meet them, but something they will always have in common is THE NEED to establish a plan to achieve them.
In your personal and professional life, it is most likely you have goals that you want to fulfill. Planning will allow you to turn those objectives into realities. It allows you to design an action plan to achieve those goals in the timeframe that you want.
At the beginning of this year you may have created your "New Year's resolutions" and now that the year is ending you review them and you may-- realize that many of them HAVEN'T BEEN achieved and may NOT HAVE EVEN BEGUN. AT THIS POINT you may have started thinking what is the reason? It may have been lack of proper planning.
We do not...
Networking is a very common practice among entrepreneurs and in the business environment. It is not only collecting business cards, but creating and strengthening relationships.
The networking meetings are events organized many times by associations or business groups, with the purpose of exchanging information and contacts to obtain possible collaborations in the near future. Remember that collaboration is not between businesses but between people.
There are many benefits of networking, including: Getting to know potential customers, suppliers/providers, associations or even investors, and increase the visibility of your company among others.
To get good results in a networking event, here are some tips to help you break the ice and create bonds that will allow you to grow your business.
Keeping a positive attitude at work is as important as your professional development, eating healthy or resting.
Negativity within a team is contagious and, once a person begins to complain and be negative, the rest of the group may do the same. In addition, complaints and negativity only lead to negative emotions that end up directly impacting our productivity and, more importantly, our happiness.
Keeping a positive attitude at work is priceless.
Let's think, the most successful people are those who always maintain a positive and trusting attitude, even when everything seems to be breaking down.
How to do it? If you love what you do and enjoy your work, it's obviously easier. Unfortunately, not everybody works on something that they are passionate about, however you can also enjoy it knowing that the work you do has a positive impact on somebody else's.
Here are 5 ways to keep a positive attitude at work:
Has it happened to you that you turn to look at your cell phone or your computer only to find hundreds of email notifications and you do not even want to open your inbox?
You may feel overwhelmed and you do not even know where to start, and you wonder, how long will it take to review all of that?
It is possible that your Inbox has an infinite variety of emails between newsletters, offers, promotions, spam, copies of messages from other collaborators where perhaps you should not even be included in the first place, and most likely some really important communications, including urgent ones from clients, suppliers, collaborators, bosses or partners, which are lost in the immensity of emails received every day.
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