Fermarsi e meditare non è spreco

29 ottobre 2012 § Lascia un commento

Vi fermate mai ogni tanto?

vi permettete di pensare e riflettere?

per esperienza personale, fermarsi aiuta molto soprattutto se questo esercizio viene ripetuto con constanza nel tempo (tutti i giorni,settimane, mesi), in quanto aiuta ad avere una visione più lucida e ampia degli eventi acccaduti e che devo accadere, anticipando spesso le mosse.

Ricordatevi sempre di tenere in considerazione cosa porta valore e cosa no

If You’re Too Busy to Meditate, Read This

by Peter Bregman

This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes.

People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do nothing? It’s hard to justify.

Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. But if you’re still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Meditation makes you more productive.

How? By increasing your capacity to resist distracting urges.

Research shows that an ability to resist urges will improve your relationships, increase your dependability, and raise your performance. If you can resist your urges, you can make better, more thoughtful decisions. You can be more intentional about what you say and how you say it. You can think about the outcome of your actions before following through on them.

Our ability to resist an impulse determines our success in learning a new behavior or changing an old habit. It’s probably the single most important skill for our growth and development.

As it turns out, that’s one of the things meditation teaches us. It’s also one of the hardest to learn.

When I sat down to meditate this morning, relaxing a little more with each out-breath, I was successful in letting all my concerns drift away. My mind was truly empty of everything that had concerned it before I sat. Everything except the flow of my breath. My body felt blissful and I was at peace.

For about four seconds.

Within a breath or two of emptying my mind, thoughts came flooding in — nature abhors a vacuum. I felt an itch on my face and wanted to scratch it. A great title for my next book popped into my head and I wanted to write it down before I forgot it. I thought of at least four phone calls I wanted to make and one difficult conversation I was going to have later that day. I became anxious, knowing I only had a few hours of writing time. What was I doing just sitting here? I wanted to open my eyes and look at how much time was left on my countdown timer. I heard my kids fighting in the other room and wanted to intervene.

Here’s the key though: I wanted to do all those things, but I didn’t do them. Instead, every time I had one of those thoughts, I brought my attention back to my breath.

Sometimes, not following through on something you want to do is a problem, like not writing that proposal you’ve been procrastinating on or not having that difficult conversation you’ve been avoiding.

But other times, the problem is that you do follow through on something you don’t want to do. Like speaking instead of listening or playing politics instead of rising above them.

Meditation teaches us to resist the urge of that counterproductive follow through.

And while I’ve often noted that it’s easier and more reliable to create an environment that supports your goals than it is to depend on willpower, sometimes, we do need to rely on plain, old-fashioned, self-control.

For example, when an employee makes a mistake and you want to yell at him even though you know that it’s better — for him and for the morale of the group — to ask some questions and discuss it gently and rationally. Or when you want to blurt something out in a meeting but know you’d be better off listening. Or when you want to buy or sell a stock based on your emotions when the fundamentals and your research suggest a different action. Or when you want to check email every three minutes instead of focusing on the task at hand.

Meditating daily will strengthen your willpower muscle. Your urges won’t disappear, but you will be better equipped to manage them. And you will have experience that proves to you that the urge is only a suggestion. You are in control.

Does that mean you never follow an urge? Of course not. Urges hold useful information. If you’re hungry, it may be a good indication that you need to eat. But it also may be an indication that you’re bored or struggling with a difficult piece of work. Meditation gives you practice having power over your urges so you can make intentional choices about which to follow and which to let pass.

So how do you do it? If you’re just starting, keep it very simple.

Sit with your back straight enough that your breathing is comfortable — on a chair or a cushion on the floor — and set a timer for however many minutes you want to meditate. Once you start the timer, close your eyes, relax, and don’t move except to breathe, until the timer goes off. Focus on your breath going in and out. Every time you have a thought or an urge, notice it and bring yourself back to your breath.

That’s it. Simple but challenging. Try it — today — for five minutes. And then try it again tomorrow.

This morning, after my meditation, I went to my home office to start writing. A few minutes later, Sophia, my seven-year-old, came in and told me the kitchen was flooded. Apparently Daniel, my five-year-old, filled a glass of water and neglected to turn off the tap. Oops.

In that moment, I wanted to scream at both Daniel and Sophia. But my practice countered that urge. I took a breath.

Then, together, we went into action mode. We got every towel in the house — and a couple of blankets — and mopped it all up, laughing the whole time. When we were done soaking up the water, we talked about what happened. Finally, we all walked together to our downstairs neighbors and took responsibility for the flood, apologized, and asked if we could help them clean up the mess.

After that, I had lost an hour of writing. If I was going to meet my deadline, I needed to be super-productive. So I ate a quick snack and then ignored every distracting urge I had for two hours — no email, no phone calls, no cute Youtube videos — until I finished my piece, which I did with 30 minutes to spare.

Who says meditation is a waste of time?


Basta email inutile – lo spreco per eccellenza degli anni 2000

31 agosto 2012 § Lascia un commento

Vorrei sottoporvi un articolo interessante su come applicare i concetti LEAN alla riduzione dello spreco derivante dalla generazione di Email
è impressionante quante email inutili si ricevano al giorno, oltre che al goffo comportamento delle persone che dopo aver inviato la mail telefonano dicendo: ” hai ricevuto la mail?”
Buona lettura e buon lavoro

How to Break Free from Email Jail

by Daniel Markovitz  |   9:05 AM August 27, 2012

How often are people’s email privileges suspended (aka, “mail jail”) because they’re inundated with a blizzard of questions, status updates, notifications, and other non-mission critical information? Most inboxes — and calendars — are gorged with junk because the dominant paradigm of communication is information “push.” This means that information is being pushed onto people when it’s ready, but not necessarily when the recipient needs it. Think of all of the emails and documents you have going back and forth. Irrespective of the value of the information, how often is it relevant to you at that moment?

A lesson from lean manufacturing
One of the critical steps in lean manufacturing (or bringing lean to any other process, for that matter) is shifting to a “pull” system. In a lean system, raw materials and work-in-process inventory are “pulled” from the preceding step only when they’re needed by the downstream step, rather than being “pushed” onto the downstream step when the previous operation is complete. Each worker has only what they need at that moment — the item they’re working on — in front of them at any given time.

In an office environment, of course, the work-in-process is information. An information “pull” system is one in which the downstream worker is able to get the information she needs when she needs it — not pushed into her email inbox, dropped onto the corner of her desk, or broadcast in a status update meeting. A pull system makes work easier for both upstream and downstream workers — that is, both information producers and consumers — by reducing the likelihood that critical information will be lost in a barrage of less important emails. More importantly, because a pull system is asynchronous (i.e., I can deliver my information when I’m done, even if you’re not ready, and you can get information when you need it, even if I’m not around), a pull system syncs the differing rates of work among different people and teams. Think of a pull system as the informational equivalent of a clutch in a car meshing two gears that rotate at different speeds.

Many people are already doing this in their private lives: they use RSS feeds, webpage bookmarks, Instapaper, etc. to consume information when they’re ready for it — they “pull” it when they want, rather than have it pushed on them. Pulling information allows them to smooth the flow of information they receive. They get to drink from a water fountain rather than a fire hose.

How to create a “pull” system
Recognizing the cognitive and administrative burden of information push, some organizations are moving towards pull systems by setting up internal social media sites to reduce email blasts and enable workers to tap into co-workers’ knowledge and experience when they need it. Other companies set up Wikis.

Web-based project collaboration software like Kanban Flow, Trello, and Asana provide another way of shifting communication from a push to a pull mode. The software makes progress visible to everyone on a team, and facilitates multi-party communication on an as-needed basis. Low-tech visual management systems — Post-It notes stuck on centrally located whiteboards, for example — can also serve as information dashboards for managers to track their teams’ progress without the need for repetitive and time-consuming status update meetings or email blasts.

One of the most creative ways I’ve seen to shift to information pull comes from a company that provides insurance appraisals for high-value items. The firm used to be in the ninth circle of email hell: its 38 appraisers work out of their houses from all over the country, and virtually all communication about what work needed to be done was via email. The result? Everyone was inundated with email, and both the appraisers and management had difficulty tracking their work.

In the new system, each appraiser has an inbox-folder and an outbox-folder in Dropbox. A person at headquarters cycles through all the folders on a regular cadence, dropping off new work, picking up completed work, and moving the completed work to the next step in the process. Finally, there’s an Excel file that automatically shows the status of all the in/outboxes and each person’s workload, so that anyone can see the status of the ongoing appraisals. Email is now reserved for other communication — and volume has gone down significantly.

Moving from information push to pull means a lower cognitive burden, fewer meetings, less overwhelm, and better workflow. It paves the way for greater focus and higher quality work. How can you begin to shift the communication paradigm in your organization?

Daniel Markovitz

Daniel Markovitz

Daniel Markovitz is the president of TimeBack Management and the author of A Factory of One (Productivity Press, December 2011). Follow him on his blog or on Twitter at @timeback.

30 cose di cui si ha bisogno e non

22 giugno 2011 § Lascia un commento

Avete la sensazione, come me, che lo tsunami della vita quotidiana, stiano diventando troppo le cose di cui non abbiamo bisogno, e non abbastanza di quelle che facciamo? Con la presente la mia prima serie di suggerimenti su come ridurre lo squilibrio:

Abbiamo bisogno di meno –  Abbiamo bisogno di più
Informazioni                                    Sapienza
Miliardari Frivoli                            Insegnanti Appassionati
Auto-promozione                            Auto-consapevolezza
Multitasking                                     Controllo della nostra attenzione
Disuguaglianza                                Equità
Zucchero                                           Proteine Lean
Azione                                               Riflessione
Super dimensioni                           Piccole dimensioni
Private jet                                         Treni ad alta velocità
Calcolo                                              Passione
Esperti                                              Studenti
Incolpare                                          Assunzione di responsabilità
Sentenza                                          Discernimento
Texting                                             Lettura
Rabbia                                             Empatia
Risultati                                           Profondità
Critiche costruttive                       Note di ringraziamento
Possesso                                          Significato
Giustizia                                          Fare la cosa giusta
Domande                                         Curiosità
Più ore                                              Più dormire
Lamentarsi                                       Gratitudine
Seduti                                                In movimento
Vendere                                            Autenticità
Cinismo                                            Realistico ottimismo
Autoindulgenza                              Autocontrollo
Velocità                                            Rinnovo
Email                                                Conversazioni
Vincere                                             Win-win
Immediata gratificazione             Sacrificio

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