“Question: What is a procrastinator’s busiest day? Answer: Tomorrow.”
At one point or another in life, despite our good intentions, we all face procrastination. This voluntary act of constantly postponing a task has been around since the beginning of civilization and most people know the feeling of pulling an all-nighter to finish a piece of work due the next day.
Maybe you are even procrastinating right now while reading this article (but that’s okay, we are happy to have your attention 😉 ).
The reasons behind procrastination
To understand the science behind procrastination, it helps to think about the self. Reality is, when a person procrastinates, they think about their present self and their future self. The present self is the one faced with the task but a procrastinator attributes the said task to the future self because of its non-urgency.
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Jean de la Rochebrochard is a key player in the startup ecosystem. Since 2015, he has been a Partner at Kima Ventures, an “investment vehicle”, founded by Xavier Niel and which specializes in the investment of startups. To this date, Kima Ventures has more than 500 startups in its portfolio and invests in about 100 startups every year.
Meetings form an important process for VCs and Jean used to spend a lot of time arranging meetings and attending them. It was very time-consuming.
“I used to spent a lot of time organizing my agenda, suggesting availabilities, answering and confirming them. That was a useless noise that I wanted to eliminate.”
Continue reading No more running after time: Kima Ventures’s case study!
No matter what walk of life you are from, whether successful or not, every now and then, everyone needs some inspiration to keep pushing forward and stay on top of their goals. Sometimes, reading the right words at the right time can provide the necessary motivation to remain focused on what needs to be done. Isn’t that the recipe for productivity, and therefore success?
Because quotes can be powerful teachers, let’s take a look at 5 quotes from some of our favorite experts on what productivity means to them and their secrets to achieving it.
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The #LifeAtJulie series is still going on and you have yet to meet a few members of our team. This month, we introduce Yacine Elliq, our Product Manager. He describes his role within the team and reveals what keeps him curious and always learning. He also happens to be our Chief Karate Officer!
If you want to meet other members of the team, you can check the previous episodes.
1. Hi Yacine, can you tell us a bit more about your background?
I followed a pretty traditional engineering path. After a few years of preparatory classes, I landed at Supaero, an engineering school in Toulouse. Although mainly oriented towards aeronautics, this school opened other doors for me and I took the opportunity to do a year off from my studies to work as a Management Control officer at Renault in London. This experience had a big impact on me. Apart from the fact that London is a magnificent city, I discovered that I was mostly interested in combining the so-called “hard” sciences with “soft” sciences. I also understood that being an engineer does not necessarily mean working in a consulting firm or spending days on computer simulations.
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“Investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” —Benjamin Franklin
When it comes to productivity and time-management, the Pomodoro technique has been around for quite a while. Several years ago, it was even named the most popular productive technique by the weblog Lifehacker.
What is the Pomodoro technique, you ask?
Let’s break it down.
In Italian, Pomodoro means tomato. But in reality, this technique has nothing to do with food. In fact, the Pomodoro technique is described as a time-management approach, used to help people focus on a single task, and it promises to increase productivity. Created by Italian developer and entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s, this approach came to life because, during his studies, he was having a hard time staying focused on a single task and managing distractions productively. So, he decided to challenge himself and try to focus on tasks for short periods of time, thus avoiding giving into procrastination.
Continue reading Conquer your time with the Pomodoro technique! [Infographic]
Erwan Coatnoan de Kerdu is the Head of ICV Finance, a company specialized in the development of intangible capital for companies. He is an expert in the management of company performance and his customers include SMEs and both national and international big groups.
Erwan has been present in the entrepreneur and finance ecosystem for a long time and he has always looked for great solutions to help him be more efficient and focus more on the fundamental part of his job: to help his clients develop their intangible capital.
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Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably seen the viral video of Professor Robert E. Kelly whose live BBC News interview gets interrupted by his two children – in case this is news to you, we have a copy of the video for you. 🙂
Even though this video ended up being loved by many because of its realness and the adorable kids, there are a number of tricks that could have prevented this.
With all the ongoing technological improvements, video conferencing has slowly inserted itself into our lives and has become a common way to communicate in a professional setting, whether it is for a client meeting, an interview or just to stay in touch with colleagues who are working from home (or vice versa). A video conference call is different from a regular call because it helps you stay meeting focused and organized, brainstorm and find solutions to problems instantly and create a better connection with your interlocutor, but it is just as important. Whether you are a professional or not, chances are that you have already had to take part in a conference call, at least once.
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