Is not a secret that we are very lazy; in fact, if you keep coming back you are probably just as lazy as we are. Being a slothful person has multiple benefits, but the one that we find most interesting, of course, is our ability to achieve more by doing less. But how do we do that? Simple, we are smarter than people smarter than us. Crazy right? The perception of intelligence is just as doubted as, if you have x-ray vision, and you can see through anything, wouldn’t you see through everything and actually see nothing? There is honestly no ideal answer for both of these questions, and everyone will have a different theory and opinion. The idea of thinking that there are people smarter than you automatically makes you dumber. As cliché as it may sound, there is one thing, not matter what is it, in what you absolutely succeed at; like there is actually no one on this earth who can do that certain thing/task/ or special talent, better than you. How nice does that feel? With that said, since you are the best at it, is going to take you less time to do it, and you are clearly going to do a better job than anyone else. And never forget that our main goal in life is to make you safe as much time as you can possibly can, forever.
What if we tell you that you can improve your day by 100% by just investing 20 minutes or less of your time? Exciting right? Under any circumstances we want to take you out of your lazy-zone, our only goal is to make the best out of the time you are already willing to sacrifice towards the things you like to do the less. We lazy people live by the motto of not wasting time on unnecessary things, that is the reason why we went on a hunt for the most-effective-yet-lazy enough way to put our lives together by not sacrificing our inner nature of just doing what we want. An organized mind leads to organized actions, in the book Work Clean, the author Dan Charnas explains how in order to live a better and more productive life, we have to start by organizing the ideas in our mind. His theory turns out to be very favorable to us; due to the fact that a good plan of action will really focus on what matters and we would not finds ourselves wasting time in unnecessary steps. This book, or how we like to call it, a very odd Modus Operandi, approaches the concept of working in the most effective way possible in a very peculiar manner.
When going to a restaurant, everybody wants their food in the table as soon as possible, specially when you are starving and that cheeseburger is the cheat-meal you have been thinking about for the past 6 days. But do we really think about all that happens before it gets to our belly? Do we think about all the steps and how many hands were involved in making this possible? Clearly, we were not the only ones who showed curiosity about this mystically efficient situation. Charnas found and answer for his question and is call Mise-En-Place. Since we are not French or really trying to be fancy, the concept of “Put In Place” mainly focuses on exactly that, arranging things correctly. This is a term used in the culinary world that mainly focuses on the properly efficient operations of kitchens. But you are probably asking yourself, how would I apply the same concept they use to make a kitchen run in my personal and professional life? The answer is that, contrary to work environments and bosses, chefs were actually forced to develop a bulletproof system that was focus not on just getting things done, but in doing them perfectly, magnificently, and extraordinarily. So lets go ahead and give this culinary book a realistic perspective.
If you had a kingdom and you could decide whom live in it, what would be your criteria to select the members? If you had to start from scratch, you will need to pay close attention to every single detail in order to have the best kingdom of all the kingdoms. But how would you know what is the right criteria if you have never created a kingdom before? Well, this is the part when in order to find inspiration and some guidance, you look at other kingdoms to see what they have, what they are lacking, what you find appealing, and things you would absolutely don’t want to have in yours. When you start moving forward in your investigation, you find yourself astonish with all sorts of kingdoms and the immerse diversity in all of them, what amaze you the most is that, even when the members of the kingdoms are what define each of them, they are there for a particular reason: their king. Since everyone has free will, they have the power to decide if they want to stay in your kingdom or no, but in order for them to take this decision you have to invite them on the first place. Looking at the situation in a realist perspective, you just want to invite into your kingdom people whom you can effectively communicate with, who share your vision, people whom you can trust and have the guarantee that will have your back if needed. Even when you did your research and you looked at other kingdoms, you automatically came to the conclusion that every kingdom is constitute based on the kings needs and wants.
When thinking about kings and kingdoms, the first one that automatically comes to everyone’s mind is the Lion, whom of course, is the traditional King of the Jungle. Characterizing the average king stereotype, the lion is aggressive, he doesn’t let anyone get above him and this can be for two reasons; first because he is insecure and partially aware that someone way much better and with a better attitude than him can come and take his place, and second because being the King is the only things he actually knows how to do. In order for the lion to triumph in his kingdom, he has to partner with the right animals; his first pick are of course the lioness. Even when they are the same species, the lion knows he is above her. Same situation applies with cheetahs, tigers, and all those big kitties. He also partners with hyenas; he doesn’t fear them, but he is smart enough to know that if they allied together they can bring him down. And even when is very sad to admit it, we already know what happens to the rest of the animals…
We are going to introduce you to one of the most controversial topics in our family; multitâche / two is better than one/ everything’s is important / and better known as the so popular multitasking. This term started a very very long time ago, when computers were still little in-compressible babies. Tech engineers needed a way to make computers do an important task before completing the original process, but how would they make that happen? A processor has the ability to perform a second task while doing the main action they are in charge of; although there’s a penalty associated with it, is small compared with how much will the performance system improve as a whole. Multitasking is the action of performing more than one task while being effective and also saving time. We are going to make you feel better by telling you that computers are inspired on imperfect humans; we also interrupt tasks that are less important in order to accomplish bigger things. Let’s give you an example: you are working on a report that is not really relevant and its due in one week, and one of your employees comes up to you asking you for the final decision in order to close a very profitable deal with a new client. At the end of the days both tasks will be completed, but just because you took the decision of interrupting what you were doing. Now let’s clarify some doubts; we are not telling you to answer an email, while you sign important paper work, while you’re also eating an apple because eating improves your productivity. We are giving you four simple steps for succeeding at multitasking while you don’t multitask:
Just as a warning message this might be the best post ever written. Now that you know, jumping into one of the most magical lists ever invented, THE BUCKET LIST. Everybody has one, (even robots). They could be either written in paper or in the mystic subconscious of our minds. A Bucket List is the ultimate Road Map to life, the one that includes all of the highlights. One of the big tragedies of the world is to go through life without this crazy uncontrollable inspiration that comes from sprinting after your Bucket List. Once you start making progress on the ultimate pursuit of your dreams, you don´t feel like a regular animal anymore, you are unstoppable, indomitable, you are a Magic Sloth.
Buying the right thing can sometimes be such an unbearable pain. Just going car shopping will give you a clear understanding of what I mean. However, as you slowly evolve into the most magical and clever of all animals, the sloth. You will start realizing that your most precious asset is time. Not money, time.
As mentioned infinite times before, Time Management is so beautiful and amazing, that it gives a new light to the entire world. Some define it as some type of high, while we just think of it as bare naked magic. Being so magical, time management is still a discipline. The individual who believes that he can keep learning more from Time Management without exercising discipline has better chances killing a bear with a fork, (he obviously has not read our post on effectiveness).
Now, preparation is a key that can open almost any doors. Preparation defines a professional athlete from a legend, an employee from an executive, a good friend from a best friend. It is that seasoning your mom used that she would throw on anything, anything, and it would still taste delicious. Preparation makes the difference between defeat and victory even life or death. I smell your skepticism on the importance of preparation this far: “Ok, say I believe Preparation is an important as you say it is, why do a blog on Time Management instead of Preparation then?” So glad, I asked for you. Time Management needs good preparation to be the most effective it can be, however it is not essential. On the other side of the coin we can never be properly prepared without decent Time Management skills. Because properly preparing takes time, lots. So proper Preparation is only possible for all of the sloths in the world. (Lucky you.)
The Magic Sloth is all about Living Life by Saving Time. In our other post “How To Do Anything“, we explained, (after making you laugh a couple of times), that any endeavor can be divided into four key components, “Why” being the first. Also being the most important, the boss, the essential ingredient in your recipe. Is the lemon in the lemonade, it is the founding father of any country, the Creator of any Genesis. You can change the world with it, but there is little you can do without it. Simon Sinek in his genius book “Start With Why” breaks our actions into three components What, How and Why. These are universal, and trust me , applicable to all of us.
Imagine for a second the following three scenarios as your potential life accomplishments:
What if at the end of your life you could rally a nation and make them believe in something higher?
What if at the end of your life your biggest accomplishment is painting people, but disproportionately?
What if at the end of your life your biggest accomplishment is just landing a job as a stockbroker?
Living life is awesome. You feel like you are floating, inspired, dreamy, energetic, ready to take over the entire world. We have all been there at some point. It is not difficult to find these moments in life, the problem is staying there. We have a lot of diversity on our posts about Living Life and this one does not prove any different. If you have no plans for this Friday night or Saturday morning is time to explore a brand new world! The world of coding!
You might be completely prejudiced against me, the fantastic author of this article, thinking I am a geek trying to geekify the rest of the universe. Even though I am a nerd, I actually have no technical background, unless Finance for you is the equivalent of creating websites. Then why “Code A Better Life”? Basic code and technology is not a skill for some, it is a foundational skill. I did not study Finance because I wanted to become the next Jordan Belfort even though, throwing midgets sounds so appealing. I studied Finance, because I had no idea of what I wanted to do with my life. Been there? However, I thought that whatever I choose to do would be successful if I had sharp Financial skills. Which means that no matter your field, you need finance to Live Life. Same applies for technology, whatever you are currently doing would be drastically, dramatically, excitingly and impressively different if you had even just a tiny bit of tech expertise.
(Warning: If you are here I am assuming you are a Batman fan. If that is not the case, abort, you have much bigger problems to deal with in your life right now.)
If you are mutual respect, if not, stay, there might still be hope for you. The Magic Sloth is all about Saving Time and Living Life, and what better way to live life than becoming batman!
I am assuming if you are reading this post you conform a part of the 12,100 monthly searches for “Lazarus Pit” on Google Adwords, (so many, right? In order to do a fair comparison with current events of our time, only an average of 3,600 people searched for “Trump sucks” and 1,600 for “Hillary Sucks” per month on Google in the last 12 months. Which is pretty low compared to how often I hear that everyday. Enough with politics, we have some brief catching up to do, but as always The Magic Sloth will make this so simple for you that you will feel the universe is talking to you, (no, posts don’t get you high). Starting at the very beginning or maybe a little later since we are all about saving time, Lazarus is a biblical character. If you had to go to Sunday school at some point in your life this is the guy who was dead, (like rotting and smelling bad dead), but was raised by Jesus. Now, moving away from the Biblical universe into DC’s, we have this crazy dude, Ra’s Al Ghul who is a bad ass, portrayed by bad ass Liam Neeson in Batman Begins. In the comics Ra’s would take his daily shower, (or dip) in the Lazarus Pit, (called that because of, you guessed it, Lazarus in the Bible). This pit would heal all his wounds besides making him live and rule his bad ass ninjas forever. (Thanks God our politicians don’t have one of those).
- Adriana La Rocca
- The Magic Sloth