Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and a well-equipped one at that. She left Google for the social media megasite with the skills to tackle everything from communications to business development. She has also worked at the US Treasury and has worn several hats including human resources, sales, marketing and media, and more. She’s even an author of her New York Times acclaimed bestseller, “Lean In.” Her concern in this video is over the lack of women at her level. Sandberg highlights 3 key pieces of advice for women to stop leaning away from such success and instead step up to the challenge.
Everyone needs every advantage they can get in the working world. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for getting your day off to a SUCCESSFUL start.
1. Wake up an hour early. Yes, we know, we know. An hour? But that’s what the snooze button was invented for! Well break that habit once and for all. People who wake up an hour early have the time to take care of themselves, eat a healthy breakfast, and gradually prepare for the day without the hectic running around, key-finding, and stressful panic.
2. Early birds also get to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. In your car or on the train, you might listen to the radio, your music, or the chaos around you. Taking some time to just enjoy the sounds of silence will center your mind and let you be alone with your thoughts.
3. Early to bed…To still get the seven to eight hours of sleep you need, go to bed an hour early. Turn off the Netflix, put down the phone, and get some Zzs! Getting enough sleep amplifies your ability to think clearly when you’re awake, and it boosts your metabolism. If your body is rested, it performs at it’s peak ability!
4. Pack some snacks. Rather than working through lunch, keep some nuts, yogurt, peanut butter, fruit, etc. at your desk so you can graze all day. It’ll stave off the dreaded 2pm wall and keep your blood sugar from crashing and burning.
5. Keep moving. Start your day with a few push ups or a walk around the block. Then at work, keep moving! Print and hand-deliver that memo. Walk to a bathroom on another floor. Movement keeps your blood flowing through your body, especially to your brain, to help you think clearly and stay awake.
6. Talk to friends/family. Taking the time to talk to people you care about and who care you about early in the morning gets you off to a more positive and optimistic start. You can use that energy to power you through that morning meeting you used to dread!
7. Have a mantra. Speaking of positivity, sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader. Motivation starts from within you, so have a key word or phrase that keeps you going through the day.
8. Visualize. Visualization during that quiet time in the morning will clear your head and help you prioritize your day. Decide what needs to be done in what order and following that road map will lead you to a successful end to the day!
9. Check yourself. Keep that check list on you and mark things off as you accomplish them. You’ll be able to actually see yourself kicking butt and taking names and you’ll feel that much better because of it.
10. Purge. At the start of every day, de-clutter your life. Get rid of those old magazines, files, receipts and other miscellaneous junk pieces cluttering your desk. It’ll make you feel better (physically and mentally) and you’ll improve your productivity.
Have a great week!
1. As of today (February 26th, 2016) the internet is 8970 days old! This website will keep you up to date: http://howoldistheinter.net/
2. Jean Armour Polly invented the term “surfing” in relation to browsing the web. She got the idea in 1992 while using a mousepad with a picture of a surfer on it that said “Information Surfer.”
3. Over 1,000 computers can search a Google query in .2 seconds!
4. The first email sent was in 1971 when Ray Tomlinson emailed himself…it must not have been important since he doesn’t remember what it said.
5. The first spam email sent was just seven years later by computer salesman, Gary Thuerk.
6. Between 16-20% Google searches every day have never been searched. That’s ingenuity!
7. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the modern web, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
8. The first website can be viewed here: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html
9. More fun than fact, behold the Google of 2004
10. The fastest login to Gmail was 1.16 seconds!
11. Remember all those CD Roms you’d get in the mail from AOL? That stunt cost AOL $300 million to produce and accounted for 50% of all CD Roms produced back then!
12. Over just five years, the internet gained 50 million users!!
13. Speaking of marketing, over 1 million babies have been born thanks to Match.com!
14. If you look at amazon.com’s logo, the arrow indicates you can find anything from A to Z.
15. More browsing is done on mobile devices than desktops today. Tablets, smart phones, etc. Wow!
Something is seriously wrong…with the economy. If this is news to you, it’s time to wake up and pay attention! Income inequality (especially among social classes and genders) unchecked political influence and too-rigid views of capitalism drive an economy into stagnation. Dambisa Moyo has studied economic patterns and suggests a new, more flexible view of capitalism and progress to help the country’s economy. Progress is possible, but only with change!
Wires: they are the price we pay for living in the connected age. Your laptop is connected to the wall. Your mouse is connected to your computer. The keyboard is connected to monitor. The phone is connected to the charger is connected to the wall and the green grass grows all around, all around; the green grass grows all around!
It can be depressing sitting at your desk and seeing all these wires, tangled and dangling. Sometimes, you might feel like you’re surrounded by these little rubber-insulated cords and they are dragging you down. With so many wires draped over your desk and hanging from the walls, it’s easy to identify with Jacob Marley’s ghost from “A Christmas Carol.”
But there are little tricks you can use to keep your desk not only de-cluttered but a little nicer and more motivating.
Definitely step into the 21st century with a wireless phone! It’s even better if you can invest in a hands-free device, leaving you free to work on other things while you phone into that conference call. Plus, nothing will make you feel more like an awesome super spy like a fancy headset!
A wireless mouse also gets one more little thing off your desk. Just plug in the little USB and you’re off to the races! Cordless mice come in all shapes, sizes, colors and themes. Some high-end versions even have keys on the side so you can do a few keyboard functions with your hand on the mouse!
A new innovation in the world of tech are charging pads. Charge it up overnight, then during the day if the batteries in your cell phone or your tablet drops, just place it on the charging pad and it will recharge your batteries…sans cords!
The Kikkerland Charging Station is another (cheaper) option for all your electronics. This one just disguises the cords, hiding them in the fake grass with the cords extending out an opening in the base so you can plug it into the wall or a surge protector under your desk.
And you can disguise that overworked outlet under your workspace by simply draping a dark swatch or material in front of the outlet. What a difference!
You know the saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees?” By hiding and disguising all your wires and cords, you’ll see more than just the trees or the forest: you’ll see your own unbound potential!
In Sydney Finkelstein’s book, “Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent,” highly successful entrepreneurs share their stories of finding and helping develop promising employees. The difference, Finkelstein shows, between a good boss and a “super” boss is that while a good boss hires and leads a team to success, a super boss will nurture the talent inherent in the team they have and eventually watch that talent expand.
That means letting go of employees. I know, I hear you screaming, “IF YOU LOVE SOMETHING, LET IT GO!” That’s the same idea. When you discover a mountain spring, you dig around the source, widening the opening and letting more and more fresh, cool water come forward. But you won’t share that life-giving force with anyone by keeping it dammed up. You have to let go and watch it flow and spread and carry on on its own.
In a way, a superboss doesn’t just stop at having a team: a superboss builds an empire. They are not out for themselves. They find individuals who stand out and take them under their wing in a three step process.
1. The Master and Apprentice relationship. Apprentices were originally young boys or girls who were sent to study a trade with a mentor. They lived with the master, almost adopted in a way into their family. The master provided wisdom, discipline, and helped the apprentice every step of the way until the apprentice could one day be a master on their own.
2. The “Cohort Effect.” Rather than making employees treat each other as stepping stones, a superboss encourages people to challenge and push each other to succeed. They act more like a human pyramid than a ladder and in that way, some shine especially bright, but they owe their success to everyone else.
3. Saying Goodbye. Really, it should be “Saying See You Soon” and not “Goodbye,” since the later implies that you’ll never see the employee again. This part of the relationship is where the employee and the superboss part ways. But a true superboss remains in touch with the former employee, building on that relationship and forming a stronger and longer lasting bond. The success flows from one group to another and on and on.
The stories in the book come from individuals like Lorne Michaels, Julian Petersan, Cay Chiat and Alice Walters and provide everyone’s unique perspective on the same super-being: The SuperBoss!