How To Be Innovative

Innovation is to see a need and responding to it. It means to understand what is missing and then coming up with a surprising, useful or unusual solution that creates a better outcome for everyone involved. Innovation simply means a type of change to solve an existing problem.

Being innovative doesn’t necessarily mean creating something new that no one has ever seen before. So don’t let yourself be held back because you think you’re not creating something completely new. As long as it improves the status quo, as long as it’s creative, it’s an innovation.

In regards to behavior, you could call innovation “disobedience with a happy ending” (Quote by Roberto Battaglia).

One question to ask yourself would be:

What will people need 10 years from now?

Productivity Rules & Hacks – Ways To Save Time Vol. 4

Read Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3.

1. Timeboxing

For a certain amount of time (I suggest 50 minutes according to this study) do only the task at hand and nothing else (no phone, no email, no conversations, no Social Media and no leaving the building in case of fire). Nothing.

2. Wear headphones

You don’t have to listen to music, but wearing headphones will discourage possible colleagues, roommates and spouses to interrupt focused work.

3. Batch phone calls

Don’t always be available. Keep your phone on silent by default and return calls and answer messages in batches (e.g. 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening).

How To instantly Feel Less Stressed

When you face any task, don’t say or think “I have to do…” or “I must do…”

Instead say:

“I GET to do…”

Appreciate the fact that you’re alive and feel how blessed you are that you have all these things to take are of.

Productivity Rules & Hacks – Ways To Save Time Vol. 3

Read Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 here and here.

1. Accept the fact that Your memory sucks

Get everything out of your head, even (and especially) if you are a genius. Write it down in a notebook, put it in your to-do-list app, on a note on your phone, on a post-it, or make a voice memo. It doesn’t matter how, but get it out.

2. Use As few tools as possible

There are new and amazing tools popping up every day, but make sure you pick a few that work for you – and not all of them (my go-to’s are Google Calendar, Google Keep and It doesn’t matter what you use. Pen & paper are fine as long as you understand the next rule:

3. Routine beats tools

You need discipline, which means two things in order to stay sane, save yourself hours, prioritize, scrap useless tasks and (mostly) do what matters:
1. Plan your day either the night before or first thing in the morning.
2. Write a short daily log every night to become aware of what you actually spent your time on.

What Makes A Good Worker?

3 important soft skills

  1. A strong sense of responsibility
  2. The ability to empathize
  3. Clear and timely communication

3 important behaviors

  1. Thank-you notes and proper follow-up
  2. Ask clients and supervisors for feedback to learn and improve
  3. Get better (not bitter) through challenges and rejections

Source: Mario Forleo – Everything is figureoutable & Frau tv (02.04.2020, WDR)