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The Next Big Disruption: 4 Ways Driverless Cars Are Going To Change The World

The Next Big Disruption: 4 Ways Driverless Cars Are Going To Change The World

All of us living in this technological age have become quite accustomed to major disruptive technologies changing how we deal with different aspects of our lives. Whether it is the invention of different interactive social media tools or a commercial rocket company, we have seen it all and lived to tell the tale, all the while benefiting from what these great disruptions had on offer.

Another interesting major disruption is just around the corner, which can make an even bigger impact on our lives than all of its other ace predecessors. Driverless cars were once considered science fiction, only to be seen in movies, but they are fast becoming a reality as evident by the driverless car stats. Although it will be a while until we are engulfed by this amazing technology, it still is a major consideration on the changes it will beget on the current scenario. There will be some major shake ups down the road, let’s look at 5 ways how these amazing autonomous vehicles are going to have an impact on the world!

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Increased integrated driven productivity

Autonomous cars don’t need to follow state laws and are not required to take rest like human drivers which could highly increase productivity as these cars will be able to operate 24 hours without direct human intervention.

These cars “see” the road through GPS, which enables them to work even in low light and foggy conditions, making long haul payload transportation more efficient. Companies could earn highly from this increased efficiency and making this revolution in supply chain, would keep prices of different materials low for the common consumer without affecting profitability. Now that’s productivity!

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Lowering human effort

With a smartphone in almost every hand, there would be high convenience in them being given commands which they can line up on themselves, given an increase in robotic and AI technology, and make light of tasks which we humans consider cumbersome, like taking your mom for her routine checkup every week. This will free humans up to engage more in productive activities.

The same time period could now be utilized to achieve even more as we won’t be engaged in hour long commutes towards work or picking children up from their schools, we could instead be dozing up on our way to home from work or catch up on some latest music while the cars brings the children. What an amazing let off would that be!

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Changing Job Dynamics in the Transportation Industry

As cars would be driven autonomously, there would be increase in joblessness for people working in the transportation industry as drivers. This could both be used as a bane or a beneficial advantage as these now free workers could be put to other more useful tasks accomplishing more or they could become irrelevant.

It all depends on planning and charting out a course on how these people could be re-accommodated into the job market otherwise they could end up as disgruntled workers in the race for driverless cars. Policy makers round the world should keep an eye on this issue as there have been a lot of instances in history where a new disruption caused sudden high unemployment causing social unrest. These workers could be re-instigated into the same supply chain industry in different roles.

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Putting a lid on Environmental Damage

Carbon emissions from factories and automobiles have caused increasing damage to the fragile climatic conditions of this planet, with us now on the brink of a major calamity owing to the increase in greenhouse gases anytime soon.

These autonomous vehicles mostly employ solar power as compared to conventional modes of transportation, will cause a drastic reduction in carbon emissions worldwide, lowering our carbon footprint and putting a leash on the breakaway climate change we have instigated, even if not reversing the damage altogether. These autonomous cars will ensure that our over dependence on fossil fuels end and with that our monstrous impact on the world we currently inhibit.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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