Clip of the Week #02 – How Tribes Can Change Everything

Published November 20, 2009 in Clip of the Week - 0 Comments

This weeks Clip of the Week (CoW, I guess) is a speech by Seth Godin. He talks about some concepts also discussed in his newest book, Tribes. He talks about how a single person can seed change and make it a reality. I believe that this talk is especially relevant to many bloggers, because a blog can be a starting point for a movement and it can be the central point a tribe rallies around.

Check it out and let me know what you think:

10 Distraction-Free Days – Part 1

Published November 18, 2009 in productivity - 1 Comments

10 Distraction-Free Days 1

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I have a lot on my plate, right now. So much, in fact, that I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed these past few days and I found myself wasting time more often than not. To give my productivity a boost, I’m starting a simple 10-day challenge. In this first post, I describe the problem and how 10 distraction-free days can help me make good progress.

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Inspiration vs. Practical Advice

Published November 16, 2009 in Rambling - 3 Comments

Contemplating Inspiration vs. Advice

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The productivity/self-help corner of the blogosphere, that Explorative Approach is a small part of, contains many, many inspiring posts. You can find any number of articles providing motivating and uplifting stories, clever analogies and a “you can do it!” message. What I don’t find nearly as often as inspiring posts are posts containing practical, down-to-earth advice. Could we be focusing on the wrong thing, here?

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Clip of the Week #01 – Learning and Creativity

Published November 13, 2009 in Clip of the Week - 0 Comments

I’ve decided to post some of my favourite videos from all over the net in a weekly feature.

To start off, here’s a great TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson on how our education system is killing creativity. Try not to get distracted by Sir Ken’s many witty comments, because the core message is a very important one.

This speech appeals to me on two different levels: First of all, my experience in school (particularly the early years) were distinctly negative and the education system I went through almost killed my love for learning. This is probably mainly because I don’t have a very academic brain. I’m not particularly adept at those things that “count” most in school, like mathematics and abstract thinking. So I guess I like this speech because it kind of defends the position I found myself in, in school.

Secondly, I’m very interested in presentation and speech skills and I think this talk is quite remarkable in that regard. There are no Slides, no pictures, no visual aids of any kind. The speaker isn’t energetic and he doesn’t gesture a lot. It also seems to be largely or even completely unscripted. Yet, the speech is vibrant and entertaining from start to finish. This speaks of an amazing amount of experience that Sir Ken Robinson must have gained in giving speeches over the years.

I hope you enjoyed this video. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Procrastination, Part 3 – Beat It! (With Science)

Published November 6, 2009 in productivity , Psychology and Mind Hacks - 1 Comments

Procrastination, Part 3

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In my first two posts about procrastination, I suggested a simple reframe and one unusual method that can help you become more aware of your procrastination habits. Even just this awareness can be a great help in overcoming procrastination. In part three of the series, I look at some of the research that has been done on the subject of putting things off and, more importantly, what methods for beating procrastination have been proven to work.

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