BEING PROACTIVE

One of the great challenges of our age, in which the tools of our productivity are also the tools of our leisure, is to figure out how to make more useful those moments of procrastination when we’re idling in front of our computer screens“. – Joshua Foer

When something is bugging us we’ll naturally put our energy on all of the things we can’t control. Being proactive and placing energy onto our attitudes and actions will influence the outcome though. And because 98% of us are natural procrastinators the only way forward is to take action – even the tiniest step forward has an impact.

What sort of routines do you have in your day that help you do your best at each moment? Whether that’s an app to track exercise or planning a project, today – focus on automating routines to help you work at your best.

The hard choices — what we most fear doing, asking, saying — are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls “fear-setting.” Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.

Being Proactive Worksheets

Wheel of Life Exercise
Wheel of Life Exercise

The eight sections in the Wheel of Life are one way of representing a whole life – there’s also a blank template on the next page so you can use your own segment headings.

Proactive Steps Exercise
Proactive Steps Exercise

You should find that this exercise leads to some immediate proactive behaviour that will impact the situation you are dealing with and also make you feel much better about it.

Make your own luck
Make your own luck

Things do not come to fruition just because you really, really want them to happen. You have to make them happen.

8 ways to stay proactive
8 ways to stay proactive

It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor there is one thing we all have in common. Its what we call ‘poverty mindsets”.

More Being Proactive Resources

5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating 

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If you are reading this, then it’s likely you may be procrastinating.  Maybe you don’t have a procrastination problem as much as you have a work problem. Here’s 5 ways to get yourself doing the work that needs to be done.

10 Steps to Being Proactive

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Being proactive is a way of feeling more in control of our lives and of our futures.  In a world that can seem out of control, proactivity is essential because proactive people waste no energy worrying about matters over which they have no control.

A 24-hour helpline in the UK known as Samaritans helped Sophie Andrews become a survivor of abuse rather than a victim. Now she’s paying the favor back as the founder of The Silver Line, a helpline that supports lonely and isolated older people. In a powerful, personal talk, she shares why the simple act of listening (instead of giving advice) is often the best way to help someone in need.

Sarri is author of “Transform Your Boundaries,” which she based on insights gleaned from decades of experience as a marriage and family therapist. She is the founder of two organizations that support the needs of children and teens facing homelessness. In both, she created partnerships and unique programs to increase the chances of success for youth in overwhelming circumstances.

Working hard but not improving? You’re not alone. Eduardo Briceño reveals a simple way to think about getting better at the things you do, whether that’s work, parenting or creative hobbies. And he shares some useful techniques so you can keep learning and always feel like you’re moving forward.

A 24-hour helpline in the UK known as Samaritans helped Sophie Andrews become a survivor of abuse rather than a victim. Now she’s paying the favor back as the founder of The Silver Line, a helpline that supports lonely and isolated older people. In a powerful, personal talk, she shares why the simple act of listening (instead of giving advice) is often the best way to help someone in need.

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

Secrets to understanding life
Secrets to understanding life

From work and happiness, to love and success (and everything else in between), these talks offer insights on some of life’s biggest secrets.

16 TED Talks that are perfect for procrastination
16 TED Talks that are perfect for procrastination

This post is partially inspired by this Reddit user, who asked for great talks to get him/her over the desire to procrastinate. But we say: what’s the fun in that? Though do check out the thread for ideas, as some good talks are suggested.

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.

“Will machines replace humans?” This question is on the mind of anyone with a job to lose. Daniel Susskind confronts this question and three misconceptions we have about our automated future, suggesting we ask something else: How will we distribute wealth in a world when there will be less — or even no — work?

Great video clip highlighting the difference between being proactive and being reactive.

Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

“Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called, where his team seeks to solve the world’s biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.

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