Recently I read an interesting article about secrets to productivity.
The list of 13 recommendations included some very good tips like:
1. Focusing on minutes, not hours
2. Choosing the one 'more important task' at a time
3. Throw away to-do lists (I will try but I can't promise ;) )
4. Make it home for dinner
5. Schedule time to process e-mails
6. Practice a consistent morning ritual (I'm back! Working on this one again and rediscovering all the benefits)
And then some recurring advice that I will not follow. I even consider this a DON'T:
Say no to almost everything....
Well, I prefer to say YES! More challenges, meeting different people, learning new things, having new adventures almost everyday, having fun, very good unpredictable and surprising moments.
Well... at least give a shot for a while and see what happens, how it changes routines (for the better), and instead of focusing on how much precious time you 'lost' think about what you gained: meeting new people, finding interesting things about someone you really did not empathize with, learning new things, enjoying the ride, having more stories to tell, finding more opportunities, and of course... having people say YES when you ask for something. It's a culture that will favor you as well. All small things that will allow you to live your life to the fullest! Everyday! By arranging space for surprises!
And... one more thing: I would suggest not avoiding meetings at all costs... you can learn so much in a meeting, find valuable connections, important solutions, business opportunities. I would recommend learning how to make the most of each meeting. And having fun in the process!
In case you are wondering what has caught me in such good mood...
Perfect Lunch at Monte Mar Lisboa
So, when you are experiencing acute self-doubt work on these guidelines.
This will make you feel more confident and
will improve your performance over time.
I spent the last few days in Lagos, Algarve (Portugal) and could not believe how beautiful the landscape was right next to the highway from Lisbon to Lagos. Almonds in Blossom are dressing the scenery in stunning white and pink.
The almond tree flowering is really one natural spectacle that you should not miss!
No wonder there is even a popular golf tournament in Palmares named 'Almond Blossom'!
We've heard that every fruit begins with a flower and even though this one fruit would not even enter a beauty contest it would certainly win the title for the healthiest nut!
"Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E.
The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.
All things considered, almonds are as close to perfect as a food can get!"
Loaded with Antioxidants (protecting from ageing and disease),
world's best source of Vitamin E,
high in magnesium,
high in protein and fiber (reducing hunger and desire to eat).
[THANK YOU HEALTHLINE for enlightening me about health benefits of Almonds.]
Does the picture above now seem prettier to you??
My name is T. S. Coelho and I live in Lisbon, Portugal, with my husband and three kids. I work in the asset management industry, managing an equities fund.