5 tips on how to reach flow and improve productivity

Grab your 2-in-1 bundle for 41% discount (11.79$/year): https://curiositystream.com/studycorner There are activities that provide us with huge energy and enjoyment. Immersing yourself in the world of a particularly intriguing book may let you feel absorbed by its characters, its world-building and its story, for hours. This immersion is enjoyable and it doesn’t let you feel trapped; you feel energized but not exhausted; your mind is racing through different concepts and ideas but that feeling of immersion is also guided by a sense of awareness of what you are practicing. If you have ever felt this, then you have been in a **flow state** before and you are basically *tapping* into one of the few loose threads of your purpose in life. Disclaimer: **flow state vs hyperfocus** Flow state is different from hyperfocus, but there’s only a very thin line separating both concepts, and the opinions I read and hear vary; in general, flow is an optimal state of consciousness that can be achieved by anyone, where your intuition and creativity are heightened, decision making is easy or automatic; there is a streamlined sequence of action that allows you to make breakthroughs and tap into your highest level of skill. Hyperfocus is a more compulsive-obsessive state of focus experienced by those who have ADHD, paired with less or no awareness of your surroundings and less control over the state of your mind. It can *have benefits*, as you’re able to do high quality work in short amounts of time; but it’s usually paired with intense burnout or a blank state in the end, so it’s definitely nothing to glorify. Also, this is not the same hyperfocus that Chris Bailey mentions in his book with the same name; I actually believe that what Chris Bailey is referring to in *hyperfocus* is more like flow, as in, a state that you can trigger and motivate yourself to develop and practice, while hyperfocus, as a term already consolidated for ADHD, has different characteristics. — I offer organisation consulting services. If you’re interested, contact me via hello@simpleproductivity.net You can support me on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/marianastudycorner Video edited by: Mary Among Stories (maryamongstories@gmail.com) Stock videos and imagery supplied by Getty Images FTC: This video is sponsored by CuriosityStream.

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Powerful Prioritization with the 80/20 Rule

In this audio-only course adapted from the How to Be Awesome at Your Job podcast, Pete Mockaitis talks with business consultant Perry Marshall about the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle, and how you can use it to achieve massive results in your work and life. As Perry explains, while most people know the basics of the 80/20 rule—that 80% of an outcome comes from 20% of causes—few know that within that initial 20% lies another 80/20 breakdown, and another within that, and on and on. By applying the 80/20 rule exponentially, you can, according to Perry, prioritize your time more effectively by identifying the most impactful tasks. Perry also details how you can even use your procrastination tendencies to find your priorities and achieve more significant results in the long run.

This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.

(Author: Pete Mockaitis | How to Be Awesome at Your Job)

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CISSP Cert Prep (2021): 6 Security Assessment and Testing

Are you getting ready for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, or are you perhaps an experienced information security professional who wants to learn more about security assessment and testing? In this course, instructor Mike Chapple provides you with the detailed information you need to prepare for the Security Assessment and Testing domain of the 2021 CISSP exam. Mike explains information security and risk management practices, especially the practices you need to complete the CISSP exam. He covers security governance, compliance, and policy issues. Mike discusses business continuity, personnel security, threat modeling, vendor management, and security training and awareness topics.

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Coaching New Hires

Welcoming a new team member can involve excitement and nerves—on both sides. This course helps managers find ways to help new team members acclimate to their new responsibilities, workplace, culture, technology, and more. Learn how to align their new role with existing strengths and vision for success. Explore how to map their first 90 days and the next year of growth and impact. Discover how to guide your employee in finding the right new skills, people, and projects to aid their learning. Learn about small, calculated risks and stretch projects that your new hire can take on. Find out how to start your new team member on safe-to-try projects where they can build confidence while making an immediate impact. Get tips on how to establish a cadence for quarterly check-ins and informal conversations with your team members. In conclusion, find out how to adopt three new strategies for empowering and connecting with your team members. (Author: Jenny Blake)

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.NET Essentials: LINQ for XML

The first explanation you typically hear about Microsoft LINQ is that it provides an in-language query tool to manipulate the contents of arrays and lists. Explore LINQ further and you’ll find it works with other popular data sources like XML files. In this course, instructor Walt Ritscher shows you how LINQ to XML uses LINQ extension methods to read, create, search, and manipulate XML in a simplified way. Walt walks you through LINQPad, the lightweight, powerful code editor and code runner that is used in this course, then explains how to load XML into different LINQ classes. He covers how you can get different elements and attributes from XML and some of the ways you can work with elements and attributes, after getting them. Walt describes a variety of query operators that you can use. He concludes with a discussion on how you can create and edit XML structure with LINQ.

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Planning a Microsoft Cloud Solution

If you’re planning on moving your organization to the cloud, Azure—the popular cloud services platform from Microsoft—is worth a look. In this course, Sharon Bennett provides a thorough introduction to cloud computing, focusing on the various Azure technologies designed to help support and protect your company as it scales. Sharon explains how to build a base of operations with Azure resource groups, virtual networking, and storage—the foundations of your infrastructure—and ensure business continuity using out-of-the-box Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery services. She covers how to set up virtual machines and manage users and access with Azure Active Directory. This introduction is a perfect primer for IT pros who want to move clients to the cloud, and business owners who are looking for more efficient alternatives to a traditional IT infrastructure.

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Create an Animated Character in Blender 2.9

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own 3D animated character, this course is for you. Using open-source software—Blender and the paint program Krita—instructor Darrin Lile goes through every step of the process. He starts with creating the look of the character, showing how to bring in reference images, create textures for clothes, rig the bones of the character, and create, cut, and style your character’s hair. Darrin then gets into the animation process, demonstrating how to set up a reference video in the Blender interface, animate character movements, and create lip sync animation for a dialogue track. He finishes the course by adding music and sound effects, then rendering the final animation to a video file, so you can share your new creation.

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