Kindling from the web:
Going old-school to learn. Research continues to affirm the value of good old-fashioned note taking. A recent Wall Street Journal article asks Can Handwriting Make You Smarter? Researchers comparing the long term learning of students that took notes by hand with those using a laptop found that “those who wrote out their notes longhand took down fewer words, but appeared to think more intensely about the material as they wrote, and digested what they heard more thoroughly.” That’s a handy thing to know the next time you want to commit something to long-term memory.
Start a network franchise. Supercharge your professional networking efforts. Fast Company suggests How To Enlist Other People To Do Your Networking For You by forming a “network franchise” among a few committed colleagues who scout opportunities for each other. “Unlike personal networking or even the happenstance introductions, this is based on a shared commitment to proactively advancing the networking goals of each person involved.” It could be one of the hottest franchise opportunities to get into—and it won’t even cost you a dime.
Super-productivity checklist. A recent article in Forbes offers a quick checklist to tune-up your productivity. 15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently is a compilation of “secrets” from 200 ultra-productive people. I’ve got a secret. Most of these are not secrets—nor surprising—but they do make a good checkpoint. How are you doing with these “secrets?” Secrets 2 and 14 have been a big wins for me lately. Now just 13 more to go.
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Partnership prep. Planning to form a business partnership or reevaluate one you’re already in. You may enjoy the most recent Reinventure Me podcast where my co-host, Armin Assadi and I share What you need to know before you form a partnership.
“Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.”
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