Linky Dinks: Be Crazy Good, not Crazy Weird

Check this video from A Box of Crayons and Positively Positive.

 

I think this is a really interesting technique that could be adapted to a number of situations and ideas.  One example: What is the most cost effective way to accomplish something vs. the most extravagant way?  What is the quickest way to do something vs. the longest most drawn out way?  The possibilities and applications are endless.

Linky Dinks: Learning from Kids

If I have learned anything – ANYTHING – from being a teacher, probably one of the most important lessons I have learned is that my kids will teach me just as much as I will teach them (if I pay attention and let them, of course).

And as this cute gallery from Mashable will show, one of the most important things that make kids awesome is their ability to dream without limits, and play wholeheartedly.  And, of course, that naps are way, way important.

Linky-Dinks: Lifehacker Helps You Get it Done

Ironically, I can waste a lot of time browsing Lifehacker’s website. However, I recently came across this one article that answers the question, “How can I stay motivated and finish my school work?” and simply had to share it with you all.

I know, I know, many of you who read this blog are long out of high school and college, but the guidance provided could easily be adapted to anyone in any work situation – even mine, with its crazy schedule!

The main points: take care of yourself – eat well, sleep enough; schedule your day better; know your learning style; play around with productivity styles; assess your level of burnout.  You might be thinking that, jeez, Miss Anna, this is all a lot of common sense.  But remember that time you stayed up all night to finish that term paper, and all you had to eat or drink was ramen noodles and coffee?  It sure seemed like a good idea at the time, but remember how you crashed out afterwards?  When you’re stressed out, you know you don’t make the best decisions for yourself.  They get you through a situation, but they may not have been the best means to an end.

Doing seemingly simple things like making sure your fridge is stocked with healthy snacks or scheduling  social events for yourself may seem like they won’t have that much of an impact on your work day, or that they may even take away from your work day, but in the long run, they are really gifts that you are sending to your future self to make sure that he or she is taken care of.  A healthy, well rested body can work more attentively.

Check out the whole article for TONS more information.  And be sure to check out some of the related articles as well.  You could read for hours on productivity methods.  Which.. again.. is just kind of ironic.