Enjoy one minute of calm, to relax and contemplate.
Oscar-shortlisted for Best Animated Short The silence beneath the bark / le silence sous l’écorce by French animator and director Joanna Lurie tells the story of the beauty of snow. In a white forest, little creatures are delighted by the magical qualities of snow flakes.
Ever wonder how you could be more productive and make the most of your day?
So did steel magnate Charles M. Schwab, one of the richest men in the U.S. In 1918, as president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, he wanted to increase the efficiency and productivity of his company. He invited public relations pioneer Ivy Lee for pointers.
As the story goes, Schwab brought Lee into his office and said, “Show me a way to get more things done.”
“Give me 15 minutes with each of your executives,” Lee replied.
“How much will it cost me?” Schwab asked.
“Nothing,” Lee said. “Unless it works. After three months, you can send me a check for whatever you feel it’s worth to you.”
During his 15 minutes with each executive, Lee explained his simple method for achieving peak productivity:
- At the end of each workday, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
- Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
- When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
- Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
- Repeat this process every working day.
Three months later Schwab was so satisfoed with the results he wrote Lee a check for $25,000 ( the equivalent of a $400,000 check today)
The classic Ivy Lee Method is super simple, and that is why, even a hundred years later, it really works if you try.
Song for today: Valerie June – Workin’ Woman Blues
In search of some wise and inspiring words to live by you can never go wrong with the 13th-century Persian poet, scolar, and Sufi mystic Rumi:
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and right-doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
(Quotes found on goodreads.com)
Animated GIFs by Anna Taberko
A really moving night at the opera. A short film by Juan Pablo Zaramella.
© Art of Isuri & Deshan Tennekoon (Illustrated Haiku project)
“Graham has a thick strong skull, a neck that melts into his torso and an inflatable chest that acts like airbags. The incredibly lifelike sculpture was commissioned as part of an Australian road safety campaign by The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to highlight human vulnerability on the road. Renowned artist Patricia Piccinini created the artwork, in collaboration with a leading trauma surgeon and a road crash investigation expert. He was made using silicone, glass fibre, resin and human hair.”