From William Arruda in Forbes: Do you find yourself recycling the same New Year’s goals year after year? If so, you may believe that success just keeps drifting farther away from reach. Launching a new year should be exhilarating! It’s time to ditch those ridiculous resolutions and put yourself on a true path to renewal. The following powerful questions will provoke powerful responses. Pay attention to your immediate answers and how these questions make you feel. This process will reveal an inspiring, effective action plan that will help you increase your influence, success and happiness at work in the coming year.
From 99%: We know that creativity can flourish when our minds are free to wander during unstructured time. However, a completely open calendar can lead to a day consumed by reactionary work. This is why, paradoxically, the secret to maximizing your freedom of choice is to increase the structure in your day-to-day life.
From Scott Belsky: For some teams, deadlines are a science. For others, deadlines are more of an art. For all, deadlines are a daunting yet necessary component of any project. Especially with a creative process that is, by its very essence, free-flowing and often difficult to forecast, deadlines cause frustrating but necessary tensions for small businesses and teams within large companies alike.
From Marketing.ai: A typical marketing manager will have a team of content creators working under them on a variety of different content items. They may be working on several different campaigns simultaneously with output going to websites, social media and content sharing platforms for video, slides or ebooks. Managing all of these people and tasks can become overwhelming as multiple deadlines start to loom, while strategy for the upcoming months must also be planned.
From FastCompany: Frank Partnoy describes himself as an inveterate procrastinator — and the banker/lawyer/author is not convinced that’s a bad thing. His book Wait: The Art and Science of Delay is an investigation into his own habits of prolonged decision-making and the shortsightedness that pervaded crisis-era finance. Fast Company talked with Partnoy about when to make decisions, how to manage time, and why better-paid people are less happy.
From strategy+business: As CEO of a public company, Mark Zuckerberg needs to engage his board in developing the next generation of leaders.
From Jonathan Fields: The deeper you get into life, the more you’ve got going on, the more you need to schedule time to not have anything scheduled.
From David Seah: a versatile planning calendar that is easy to customize and print with Microsoft Excel. It comes in three different week styles, and is localized for different countries by volunteers around the world.