017 How to Have a Good Day

017 How to Have a Good Day

017 How to Have a Good Day.
By Caroline Web  (368 Pages, 13 hrs 23 mins AudioBook) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

“Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life.”

 

 

 

Summary

There is a joke that says that the difference between an Economist and a Statistician is that while the Economist uses data to predict what is going to happen, the Statistician uses the same data later, to explain why it didn’t happen.

So how can an Economist help us to found a way to have a good day? Simple, by collecting all the most recent information on behavioral science about how does the human brain works, what is the process for making decisions, and what do we need to be at our best, and later using the same information to analyze our thinking process.

In “How to Have a Good Day,” the author using all her experience as a partner in the American management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Analyzes behavioral data and explains how by using our Fast and Slow thinking systems, we can make better decisions, be more resilient, and become better versions of ourselves.

Through anecdotes, she helps us to define our goals and how to get them done. Also, to understand how can we know if we have a “Good Day” if we don’t establish first the parameters, priorities, and intentions?

This Book is perfect for reading after Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink,” and “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman.

 

Ten Lessons Learned

 

1.- Everybody Has a Bad Day Sometimes.

Everybody has a bad day sometimes. But you can turn it into a good one, certain studies have taught us that by taking some actions we can feel self-confident, and focus on our work without having distractions or procrastinate.

 

 2.- Fast and Slow Brains.

Like Ying and Yang, our brain works by using two systems. One in charge of our slow, conscious and rational thinking, helping us to add numbers, AKA as deliberate, and the other known as and the automatic System in charge of our fast, intuitive and subconscious thinking, like run from a car about to hit us. They operate in the discovery-defend axis, one looking for exploring and other to stay alert for any attack, so the brain tells our body to what action to take: smile while happy, or run if we’re afraid.

 

3.- Prioritizing Your Day.

To have a good day, first, you have to define what you want to do, setting your priorities and setting an intentional direction for your day by setting grand goals, then get to them, avoiding distractions by keeping a constant track on your progress. Also, by thinking of the people you are going to interact with, and setting a positive intention. At the end of your day, recap your day and take note of the positive things you accomplished.

 

4.- Be Productive.

We all have 24 hours every day, and it is our decision about how we are going to use them. Focus on single-tasking, putting all your attention into one thing at a time. To avoid overload, cut your tasks in smaller chunks, that you can achieve more comfortable, and schedule break times at least every hour or an hour and a half, moving away from your desk and stretching.

Also, make your day fun, avoiding negative thoughts, e.g., I don’t want to lose clients. Instead, think about how to make your client happier and your products more likable and will help you stop procrastinating.

 

5.- Improve Your Relations.

Start building better relations with the people you see daily at work by asking them about what they like or what did they do on vacations. Creating connections and building real rapport helps you to reduce tension and bringing the best out of others.

 

6.- Be Wise.

To stay in you’re A-game, make a set of tools to keep you on your best, like a pilot’s checklist for conquering any problem, you can include the alternatives, the possible difficulties, and de worst-case scenario. Make an issue tree, by placing your goal at the bottom, then the possible options on the branches, break these into smaller sub-branches until you have as many solutions as you wish, and take action into the best ones.

 

7.- Your Message Loud and Clear.

To make people listen, maximize the impact of your presentation. People remember more when they are involved; instead of just see you read the slides, have the audience participate, form groups, and make them interact with each other, just be sure to give them clear instructions and fix time, so they don’t be distracted with their phones.

Avoid boring presentations, by adding video and pictures that relate with your theme, also don’t show a still slides, instead present how you made it step by step, studies have shown that people remember more this way. And break their filters by Aiming at what they want to listen, have a Positive Attitude, Focus their Attention on what points you want to emphasize with Confidence.

 

8.- How to Be Resilient.

Some days you can make mistakes, and that is ok, remember you have the ability to recover. It is what people call resilience. So next time you confront a difficult situation, distance yourself thinking it’s happening to a friend, and consider what advice you would give him.

Think of some other time you had problems and how you handle them. Relax and for 90 seconds do diaphragm breathing, drink some tea, have a walk, etc. just clear your mind for a moment and try to have another approach. Every night, write three beautiful things to be grateful for: Something you saw, something you heard, and something you said.

 

9.- How to Keep Resilient.

Develop a set of routines to make you stronger, mentally, and physically. Going to the gym or walking is great for your body but also your mind. Create a group of friends that support each other when they are down. Like a fine-tuned machine, you need the best fuel, so stay away from those high carb treats, alcohol when sad or gossipy friends, look for those things you know can turn almost any day into a good day.

 

10.- Keeping It Good.

Here are three tips to have a good day on your job.

1.- Unless your work demands you answer emails immediately set a block of time to read and respond, every time you read open an email, you lose about 15 minutes to recover your focus.

2.- Make your meetings great by having a plan and send it to all participants, start and end on time, if there is some issue out of the program, schedule a time to address it. Always end with a plan you can use the acronym W.W.D.W.B.W., which stands for Who Will Do What By When.

3.- Reinvigorate your routine by thinking what is the biggest reason to do this? What’s the ideal outcome? At lunch, connect with someone or take a walk, express random appreciation, make sure you take your thinking time. At night write your three best things, and sleep the good sleep, remember what Ariana Huffington says. “Everything you do. You’ll do better with a good night’s sleep”. So, go ahead and Have a Good Day.

 

 

This summary is intended for educational purposes, not as an alternative to the book.

If you are interested in a copy for yourself, click  https://bit.ly/My100BooksProject017 👈

If you want to know more about the author, go to https://carolinewebb.co/

 

 

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