The Most Effective Number of To-Do’s Today

Whether keeping a task list or not, there is a shortage of things that need to be done.

Sometimes we make lists or use our phones to remind us.

There is evidence that we are trying to do too much which is too bad because even when accomplishing numerous things, we get the feeling that we didn’t have that productive a day.

The max number for peak productivity is seven.

Better yet, five tasks as a goal someday.

How to choose the seven priorities for today?

Which things are going to provide the most success, productivity, happiness and/or revenue.

Then focus on those 7 things.

This means a lot of other things will be sidelined, but according to time experts, doing less with more focus delivers the better result.

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Emotional Support

Dogs are great emotional support aides for people who have experienced PTSD.

Warmth, approval, companionship, less isolation, reduced levels of stress and anxiety – these things matter to people suffering from stress.

People could also be emotional supporters if they attempt to provide these benefits to others.

More time.

More companionship.

Approval and acceptance.

It’s a sign of our times that we live with so much stress and emotional upheaval so it gives us an opportunity to supply the very things an ESA does.

One added benefit is that when giving emotional support to others, we are also the beneficiaries.

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Jeff Bezos Work-Life Balance

Maybe trying to balance work and life together is the wrong approach.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos thinks of it as a work-life circle and that it shouldn’t be looked at as a strict tradeoff.

Now as work follows us into our personal life through digital and social connectivity, any balance is hard to achieve.

Work-life, two integrated parts.

Circular in that they intermix with each other.

The mega billionaire Bezos has breakfast with his family every morning, does not set an alarm clock at night, avoids scheduling meetings (timewasters) and as busy as he is, does his own dishes.

Tech mixed with living.

Being aware of the need for balance in life is probably more helpful than actually wrestling with keeping work and life equal.

Better yet maybe to inject both elements into daily living in an attempt to remain in the now as a function of daily life.

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Working Together

If I pull you by the hand but you pull in the opposite direction, we’re both in a tug of war going nowhere.

If I stand still and you pull me by the hand, you won’t be going far without more cooperation from me.

Offering no resistance is not cooperation.  It’s not working together.

In business and in relationships, we think we’re cooperating when we offer no resistance but as you can see from the above example, that’s not working together.

Working together is when two or more people agree to move in the same direction together preferably at the same time.

That’s why more emphasis should be placed on winning over people you need on your team to emphatically and enthusiastically go in the same direction.

Working together is agreeing to move in the same direction and then doing it.

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Don’t Postpone Joy

Even when things go our way, we could do a better job of savoring the moment.

Fast, connected living prevents us from fully appreciating the good things that happen.

We move on too fast.

In fact, we tend to spend more time on things that irritate us than on things that bring great joy.

All the books, TED talks, podcasts and pep talks are useless unless we don’t postpone joy.

Nail it?  Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Proud of your children?  Don’t rush the great feeling of pride and happiness.

To be tough on yourself or others affects joy.

Enough good things happen to everyone – even people in stressful situations – to make a conscious attempt not to postpone the critical feeling of joy in our lives.

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