I'm a very cerebral person, with an eclectic history of jobs, projects, and studies. I've been everything from a C-level executive (which I hated), to a bottom level peon (which I enjoyed). Learn from somebody else's experience!
Power Trips Trip You Up
Power Corrupts. Power affects people. Power interferes with the ability to think straight. Power drives those with any significant amount of it to become desperate and irrational to hold onto it; to assert that their view of their own position as a reality. They will start to "flex" and pull rank just to assure them that they can. A common saying holds true here: "Any boss who has to say they are the boss is not the boss."
Start, Stop, Chill, Continue.
A man named Francesco Cirillo developed a time management method using a timer to divide work into periods of full-focus and periods of rest. Traditionally these are 25 and 5 minutes, respectively. Each sprint is called a Pomodoro. He used a tomato-shaped timer and named the method after it.
Default and Working Modes
Breaks are often considered unproductive time by employers and teachers alike. According to a number of published studies, taking some downtime after a study session or a work project has a positive effect on efficiency. The brain is never entirely inactive, and what it does at rest is just as important as the studies or work being done.
Sinister Dexterity (Or, Let's Get Sinister)
You've been using your right hand all your life. Well, with the exception of the ten percent this whole article is backward for. Next time you do something you've grown to consider a single-command operation, try using the hand that isn't the one that wants to do it. Open doors, tie your shoes, write, all with one hand and not the expected one. Let's get into why.
The Brain Doesn't Obey The Mind
We’ve all experienced it, usually without having noticed. Driving to a familiar location on your usual route. For example, you arrive, and then the realisation that you have absolutely no idea how you got there hits you. This is true of many "mindless" tasks and behaviors. Subjectively, the time is just missing. Some are so convinced this is external that they swear they must have been abducted by aliens.
Success Comes to Those Not Seeking Success
"Luck Favors the Brave" In early 2003, I read an article titled "Be Lucky — it’s an easy skill to learn" Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire. The title, I disagree with. The concept, however, is solid. The success rate of a person who tries stuff is clearly better than one who does not.
School was never easy, and not because the information was over my head. School was a problem because there were days, even whole months where opening a book was like plugging it straight into my brain. Information just flowed and I understood without effort. With so little effort, in fact, that I never really learned how to deliberately learn. When I could easily read an instructional manual, turn around, and teach the next person - and they would learn. And then there were months, sometimes years, where I couldn’t learn to save my life. And it might have.