Posts Tagged ‘mindfulness’
Are you as rested, creative and productive as you can be? Maybe you and your project team should consider integrating a little doing nothing into your work day! The latest post at my WORTH SHARING website reviews why and How to Get Comfortable Doing Nothing: 3 Simple Strategies. Check it out!
Edited: February 28th, 2017
The problem: Fractured consciousness from interruptions can ruin your work & your relationships.
The solution: Take charge of your own consciousness!
Edited: September 6th, 2016
Got workaholic tendencies? Then maybe it’s time to take a break! Whether you’re vacationing or simply enjoying a day at the beach, these link-filled articles can help you connect with some great tools & media that will help you shift gears, re-energize and maybe even reclaim that long-lost enthusiasm.
- On Vacation? Renew your spirit & recreate your enthusiasm with these 23 inspirational posts & podcasts
- Summer vacation? Take along lots of free books & magazines with these 5 apps!
Edited: August 7th, 2016
Starting this month I will be publishing all my new blog posts, articles and other announcements at my WORTH SHARING website. I will continue to create articles and videos that are relevant to the topics you usually find here, including thoughts on Project Management (PM), managing teams, PM training and tools, and much more. To find these at the WORTH SHARING website, just click on the “PM Resources” tab (see diagram below).
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Edited: June 18th, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I tried to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. I say tried because I eventually became so frustrated by Matt Lauer’s and Meredith Vieira’s endless stream of intrusive babble that I switched the whole thing off. From what I saw, the ceremony had been painstakingly designed by its Olympic hosts to tell a story. The producers of the event had obviously worked hard to weave together a collection of objects, images, performers and music to create a spectacular narrative that highlighted Russia’s history.
Was it mere propaganda? Was it an idealized rewriting of history? Frankly, I can’t say because every time I started to become absorbed by the narrative and allow its images and music to carry me along with it, Lauer or Vieira would yank me out of the story line with their own narrative. And since theirs consisted mostly of arcane trivia, details of the mechanics of the production, or political editorializing, I found it impossible to sustain the sense of wonder that the grand production had been designed to stimulate. Unfortunately, turning off the sound to shut off their prattling also muted the beautiful music and sound effects. So I finally just gave up in disgust and switched the whole thing off.
A Colossal Waste!
As the room became silent, I found myself wondering about — and feeling sympathy for — the producers of the event. They clearly had undertaken months of preparation. They constructed a logical “through line” that told their story, then they rehearsed and coordinated hundreds of moving parts. In short, they had attempted to deliver a powerfully moving and cohesive viewer experience. Yet here sat these American TV talking heads intruding themselves at random throughout the event, dragging viewers on endless, mood-destroying side trips and distracting us from absorbing any coherent message or from being swept away in the spectacle. What a colossal waste!
Like Your Last Business Presentation?
The more I thought about it, however, the more I realized that this NBC-broadcast of the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony was an apt metaphor for many business meetings I’ve attended. The same elements are present:
- Someone works hard to prepare a logical narrative, often supported with multi-media components.
- This person rehearses, then delivers the presentation.
- Members of the audience ostensibly attend to the presentation.
- Members of the audience are ceaselessly, often pointlessly, interrupted by their own, personal talking heads in the form of the ever-present “second screen” of a smartphone or tablet.
- These interrupted members of the audience, in turn, become someone else’s “second screen” interruptions as their fingers tap out terse little messages that intrude into another presenter’s carefully-crafted presentation.
The result of all this fracturing of a presenter’s logical, cohesive message is that attendees acquire an understanding of it that is incomplete or badly distorted.
Half-Baked Comprehension = Half-Baked Decisions!
Now here’s the big deal: What distinguishes these business presentations from the Olympics Opening Ceremony is that those attending are frequently called upon to take an action or make a decision at the conclusion. But if your recall of the presenter’s message is sketchy or skewed, your comprehension is… well… half-baked! And half-baked comprehension can only lead to half-baked decisions!
So here’s your challenge: The next time you attend a meeting, try to fully “attend” to the presentation. Put yourself in the shoes of the presenter. Try to imagine the effort she expended to accumulate information, sift it down to its essences and build a presentation that would be engaging and informative. Then ask yourself if it makes good business sense to allow your own jabbering little device (your pocket-sized network talking head) to ceaselessly interrupt and water down your engagement.
(NOTE: For more on the phenomenon of scrambled consciousness & the illusion of competence held by “multi-taskers,” see Managing People with Self-Induced ADHD (er… Chronic Multitaskers)
Edited: February 27th, 2014
I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers. Highlights from this issue include links to 31 new articles, tools and media, including:
Subscribe today & get a Bonus zip file containing 15 PM articles or tools in PDF format (88-pages total!) plus a 37-minute PM podcast!
Edited: June 13th, 2013
Confession: This month my wife and I have been going through the process of preparing our summer home for sale. In the 20+ years that we’ve owned it, we have accumulated a huge collection of stuff that must be sorted, donated, sold, or simply thrown away. So for the past several weeks I’ve been doing “real work,” as my wife would say. (And I’ve got the sore muscles and callouses to prove it.) The result: There will be no newsletter or no new blog posts here this month.
In the meantime, however, I am pleased to share with you a new blog post/video from my Inspired Project Teams website.
Take a Break: A Mindfulness Meditation in the PA Countryside
As part of preparing to say “good-bye” to this summer house, I’ve been recording some video of the nearby places that I’ve especially enjoyed over the years. I decided to collect some of these together into a 6-minute video titled “Take a Break: A Mindfulness Meditation in the PA Countryside.” You can check it out here:
I hope you enjoy this video. And, more importantly, I hope you take the time to practice mindfulness meditation to manage stress and generally help you endure your “life in the projects.” Your project team will thank you!
- Take a Break: A Six-Minute Video to Help You Achieve Mindfulness
(This is the full blog post with background information and related links.)
- A PM Minimalist Best Practice: Meditate & REDUCE your tolerance to stress.
Edited: June 29th, 2012
I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers. It’s loaded with articles, links, and more. Check it out here:
Subscribe today & get a Bonus zip file containing 15 PM articles or tools in PDFform (88-pages total!) plus a 37-minute PM podcast!
View Previous Issues of the PM Minimalist Update Online:
- March 22, 2011
- April 13, 2011
- May 17, 2011
- June 21, 2011
- July 26, 2011
- August 12, 2011
- September 14, 2011
- October 25, 2011
- November 29, 2011
- December 31, 2011
- January 31, 2012
Edited: February 29th, 2012
The fourth part of The Project Management Minimalist is titled “Taking Care of Yourself: Managing Your Priorities, Time, & Energy.” This part of the book is a collection of 14 of my favorite, short-and-sweet “best practices” that can help you take charge of your priorities, better manage your time, and maintain your energy. After all, project management (even Minimalist PM) can be difficult and stressful. So why not do everything you can to maintain your edge? Below is one of the five best practices from the sub-section Understand and Manage Your Stress. Enjoy!
Edited: June 8th, 2011