Want to improve your productivity in one second?
Make a decision to not accept being interrupted. Interruptions are one of the greatest destroyers of productivity there is. Yet most of us meekly agree to talk to whoever walks into our office, calls us, or even worse, emails us.
I’ve just come back from Dubai as guest of Sheikh Maktoum. As you can imagine, with such a generous host, I experienced some magnificent moments.But one of the most interesting occurred in my hotel room at the plush Madinet Jumeirah Resort.Returning one evening, I noticed that sitting on my bed was a little booklet entitled ‘Herbal Pillows’.
Yesterday I read a quote that made a huge impact on me. It was from Charlie Chaplin, surely one of the greatest entertainers in history. Here it is: “You have to believe in yourself. That’s the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world.”
One of the worst jobs in America is ‘Sign Holder’. You see them on the streets, holding up a sign pointing to a shop or car park. For hours a day they stand there in the wind, rain or burning sunshine, holding up their trivial sign, bored out of their minds.