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Offline Fasts for Clarity

Offline Fasts for Clarity

In this world of powerful, always-on connectivity, with constant RSS streams of media battling for our eyeballs, with content moving off the television and onto our portable devices, it becomes easy to forget that all things digital have an OFF setting, and that occasionally, it might be useful to exercise that option.

What would a day offline look like for you? For one, you wouldn’t have to check your multiple email accounts (work, home, organizational). You’d skip your RSS feeds for an entire day, missing your chance to learn of yet another fourteen great hacks to make time more plentiful and meaningful to yourself. You wouldn’t be able to Google for the answer to basic questions, such as the birthdate of Dr. Phil (September 1st, by the way). You couldn’t check in on any auctions for authentic Victorian electric toothbrushes. You wouldn’t be able to see what YouTube was serving up as the most recent example of humanity’s greatness, and you wouldn’t be able to drop 99 cents into the till at the Apple iTunes store for that song you’ve had stuck in your ear all day.

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What would you do instead? What part of your life remains untouched by the web? Could you equally shut down the cell phone for the day? Let’s include your television, the radio, and any other device that communicates to you. Remove all the signals. Clear everything out of the environment that will try to push more information in your direction. That means missing a day of the Times and the Journal, too.

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Are you twitching yet?

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I offer that there’s something to consider in this experience. Further, I’m curious as to how this fast might impact your ability to be creative, your relationships with the people in your house, and the way you use media in a given day. It might just be one of the more radical life hacks we could offer up. The physical world, your inner thoughts and feelings, relationships with others in close proximity, are all things that are easy to bury under the constant burst of information that faces us day to day. How could you hack this to your advantage?

–Chris Brogan writes about self-improvement and creativity at [chrisbrogan.com]. He is twitching.

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Last Updated on October 9, 2018

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

Most of you made personal, one sentence resolutions like “I want to lose weight” or “I vow to go back to school.” It is a tradition to start the New Year with things you want to achieve, but under the influence resolutions are often unrealistic.

If you’re wondering when will be a good time to write a mission statement, NOW is the time to take a personal inventory to make this year your most productive year ever. You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to do that?” You, my friends, are going to write personal mission statements.

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A large number of corporations use mission statements to define the purpose of the company’s existence. Sony wants to “become the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products” and 3M wants “to solve unsolved problems innovatively”. A personal mission statement is different than a corporate mission statement, but the fundamentals are the same.

So why do you need one? A personal statement will help you identify your core values and beliefs in one fluid tapestry of content that you can read anytime and anywhere to stay on task toward success.

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For example, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire came to the realization that he had lost track of what was important to him. After writing a personal mission statement, we saw him start his own business and he got the girl, Renee Zelleweger. Not bad, wouldn’t you say? A personal mission statement will make sure that, through all the texting, emailing and constant bombardment of on-the-go activity, you won’t lose sight of what is most important to you.

Mission statements can be simple and concise while others are longer and filled with detail. The length of your personal mission statement will not be determined until you follow this simple equation to create your motivational springboard for 2008.

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To begin your internal cleansing, you will need to jot down the required information in the following five steps:

  1. What are your values? Values steer your actions and determine where you spend time, energy, and most importantly, money. Be specific and unique to yourself. Too much generalization will not be as effective. It is called a “personal” mission statement for a reason.
  2. What are three important goals you hope to achieve this year? Keep your list of important goals small and give them a date. It is better to focus on the horizon and not the stars. Realistic goals are keys to ultimate success.
  3. What image do you hope to project to yourself? How you see yourself is how the world will view you. Think about this carefully. Your image should encompass what you look like and feel after you have achieved your goals.
  4. Write down action statements from each value describing how you will use those values to achieve your three goals. Start with “I will…”
  5. Rewrite your statement to include only your action statements. Make portable copies for your wallet, car or office.

If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You have just written your first personal mission statement. Your personal statement will change over the years as your goals change. You can have more than one statement for the different compartments of your life such as your career, family, marriage, etc.

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Writing a personal mission statement is an effective method to ensure your productivity is at its peak. It is an ideal tradition to start so that when next year rolls around, the outdated practice of resolutions will be something you permanently left in the past.

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