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Jan 29, 2019 01:25:25

Zoom in and out

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Victoria Maung

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Sometimes I think being smart is the ability to zoom in and zoom out. Or in other words, to shift between thinking micro- and macrocosmically on a regular basis. 

Being able to zoom in is pretty self-explanatory. Attention to detail never yielded poor quality work. 

However, being able to zoom out anchors your small tasks to larger meaning. The Muse, a favorite career advice blog of mine, published an article that advocates finding meaning in your work by asking yourself "Why am I going to be doing ___?"

Looking at the big picture can also help you to re-align your tasks with goals, reminding you to re-evaluate whether your current task at hand is worth pursuing further in light of those main goals. 

It also helps to inform you whether or not a specific task is worth your time. Oftentimes, 95% completion on a task is sufficient, and I find that, more often than not, the last 5% would takes me the same amount of time it took to do the first 50%. At that point, some strategies I resort to is outsourcing my last 5% by seeking a professional opinion, for example. 

Another efficiency strategy is knowing the value of time. I used to block out large chunks of time to study for exams, and that often yielded only about 25% of focused work. On the other hand, if I spent a day full of a variety of activities, I'd use the evening's remainder few hours on concerted and fruitful effort. I guess that why working parents can be very successful. 

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    @vickenstein Thanks for sharing this, really enjoyed the Muse article as well, it ties in to that Nietzsche/Frankl quote, "those who have a why can bear any how"

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 29, 2019 10:03:22
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      @gabrielgreco I love that quote. To take it a step further, philosopher Chateaubriand also says, "A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play."

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Jan 29, 2019 12:30:30
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      @vickenstein Good approach to making life more interesting :)

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 29, 2019 14:50:14
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