Do an impossible task.
Is your brain hurting? Is there a typo in the headline? These sound more like a ideas for how to get canned. But this article raises some great points.
I’ve been watching some interesting videos on YouTube around how thought processes and the brain works (I highly recommend checking out the BBC show “Horizons” for great programs on intelligence and how to make better decisions … and more, of course). At first I was thinking that this kind of list is more about “tricking the brain” or using reverse psychology. And in one way you can look at it like that. However, what I find more interesting is the concept that, according to some brain-mapping experiments, when one is faced with a choice, the amygdala seems active. This is the area of the brain that deals with emotions. So for me, it is about understanding how my emotions work rather than purposefully playing mind games on myself.
And that is what I like about this list below. It is not about trying to convince yourself that your to-do list is manageable, it is more about how to better manage yourself, your thoughts, and even your emotions.
10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work
by Leo Widrich, Buffer
We’ve all heard what makes us more productive. To be more productive, get: Better sleep, better food, better work environment, etc. And I think these tips are amazing and a great focus to have. Heck, we even wrote about most of these and the science behind it here on the Buffer blog.
And yet, today, I thought of changing it up dramatically. It goes nicely with Tim Ferriss’ moto: “To do the impossible, you need to ignore the popular.”
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I maintain a list of Canadian Folk, Blues, Jazz, and other related shows aired primarily on campus and community radio stations. It is broken down by province (see the navigation in the upper left corner). Not all stations have shows listed, but they are probably still quite open to receive and play the music. I rely primarily on information provided by the stations and hosts themselves.
Wherever possible, the station’s website, music director’s contact information, showtimes, and show host names and emails are provided. With this latest update, I checked all of the emails, so I can verify that they at least worked for me. I also went through the links page and removed/changed information there and added new stations. Finally, I updated the design so that that information is contained in public Google spreadsheets as opposed to html tables.
Check it out: https://sites.google.com/site/rootsradiolist/
If you see anything that needs amending, please do not hesitate to let me know.
If you have staff or volunteers that are on Facebook, blogs, etc. that are representing/promoting your organization, you might want to consider drafting a policy. You can’t stop people from saying what they like in a personal way, but if you have employees and volunteers representing you, it’s not a bad idea to have a policy in place just so you are on the same page. Just yesterday, the Charity How To blog posted a template that anyone can use, and the policy would be about one page.
Hi there. Just today (at least through their Facebook page), Volunteer Canada released it’s latest one-page pamphlet on the 14 Organizational Standards for Volunteer Involvement. These standards include volunteer recruitment, screening, recognition, and more. It is not something you have to sign up for or report on. But Volunteer Canada is a national organization dedicated to all aspects of volunteerism. So it might be good to at least look at what they have published. Here’s the PDF link to the pamphlet, both English and French. (Link updated November 2013)
This is a super comprehensive guide published by Volunteer Canada in March of 2012 (and I believe this is a major update of the already-existing handbook, last published in 1996). Titled The Screening Handbook (PDF) (found on their Volunteer Screening page), it is full of “tools and resources to better match people and organizations, improve the safety and quality of programs in communities, and reduce risks and liability.” They prepared it for Public Safety Canada, the Community Safety and Partnerships Branch. It includes information on social policy and regulatory framework, privacy, police checks, and even deals with volunteers as employees. There are tools for recruitment, interviewing, training, and supervision. You’ll also find a lot of checklists, and even a PowerPoint presentation on the guide itself, in case you want to present it to your staff or board. (Links updated November 2013)