Forget guilt and pep talks. Maybe science is the answer. At least that's one conclusion you might draw from a talk given by Harvard psychiatrist and author John Ratey as part of MIT Media Lab's Wellbeing Seminar Series last year.
One child can introduce chaos into your daily schedule. So it seems like large families would never make it anywhere on time. Yet talk to parents of big broods and you find that their households often function quite well. Their secret? These 10 time management tips that help them do more and stay calm.
In the early 1980s, IBM decided to deploy an internal email system. In typical careful IBM fashion, they began by measuring employee communication, so they could estimate how many messages would be sent on the new system. Based on this research, IBM provisioned a $10 million mainframe to run their email server — an amount of processing power that should have easily handled the typical volume of intra-office interaction.
Within a week, the machine was overwhelmed.
You’ll notice that I made the title of this post sound quite impressive (at least I hope I did!).
But the great thing about this story is that anyone can have such an impressive outcome, and it’s not at all as daunting as it might sound.
In fact, all these outcomes came from doing small things every day over a long period.
Skill-building requires practice. In most endeavors, those who want to improve take this as self-evident. Big tasks are routinely broken into small elements that can be worked on over and over again: scales in music, tight moguls in skiing, certain board situations in chess.
You struggle with work-life balance. I know you do because just about everyone does. For entrepreneurs, but also for everyone else, it seems impossible to get everything we would like done in the space of 24 hours. It can be deeply frustrating-unless we change how we think about work-life balance.
Katherine Wintsch, the founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, spends her days helping giant consumer brands like Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and LEGO understand one of their most important demographics: moms. It doesn't hurt that she is one herself.
Wintsch recently spoke with Fast Company to explain her philosophies for running a family-friendly company—and to share a calendar-engineering strategy that will probably change your life.
Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances from dragging you down and killing your productivity?