Smarter Faster Better : The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg is a must-read book for anyone who wants to improve their productivity and become more successful.
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Duhigg combines the latest findings in science with case study stories that reveal the productivity secrets used by Disney, Google, Saturday Night Live and the U.S. Marine Corps to explain what separates the merely busy from the genuinely productive.
Here are eight productivity secrets to being smarter, faster, and better at everything you do.
The Secret to Setting and Achieving Goals:
Commit to both big ambitious goals that seem out of reach and smaller easily achievable goals. This will trigger motivation, ingenuity, and productivity, and allow you to discover potential you didn’t even know you were capable of.
The Secret to Generating Motivation:
Make a choice that puts you in control. Figure out how a task is connected to something you care about. Explain to yourself why this chore will help you get closer to a meaningful goal and why this matters – and then, you’ll find it easier to start.
The Secret to Staying Focused:
Tell yourself stories and narrate your life. Envision what will happen in certain situations. What will occur first? What are the potential obstacles and how will you anticipate them? Telling yourself a story about what you expect to happen gives you tools you need to decide where your focus should go when your plan happens in real life.
The Secret to making better decisions:
Decision making relies on the ability to focus on success and failure. To make better decisions, focus on failure and why it occurs. This will allow you to make better predictions based on realistic assumptions and will prepare you for uncertainty.
The Secret to Learning New Information:
Avoid feeling overwhelmed by the masses of information by breaking it down into smaller pieces and forcing yourself to do something new information you learned. Write yourself a note and explain what you just learned, graph a series of data points, or explain an idea to a friend
The Secret to making teams for effective:
Create psychological safety in teams by managing the how not the who. Allow each person to voice their opinions without fear of criticism. As a leader, demonstrate empathy and sensitivity towards team members and the team will thrive.
The Secret to manage others productively:
Unite a team around a common goal through mutual commitments and shared power. By pushing decision making to whoever is closest to a problem, managers take advantage of everyone’s expertise and unlock innovation. When employees believe they have more decision-making authority they will work smarter and better.
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The Secret to Innovation:
There is no formula for innovation. The creative process is derived from originality, surprise, and a combination of ideas. You can become more innovative by paying attention to your emotions and how your react and feel towards certain experience experiences Your own life own life can give you the material you need to make creative work.
If you can become more motivated, more focused, better at setting goals and making good decisions, then you’re on the way to becoming smarter, faster, better and more productive.
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