We schedule 60-minute meetings because Microsoft built it that way.

It’s just one of defaults that make up the fabric of our days.

The time we go to bed and wake up.

When show up at work, and when we go home.

What we say when someone asks “how are you?”

How we decide if we’ll stop for conversation.

Who we look in the eye.

What we do in the elevator.

And in the car, the train, the subway.

How, when and what we eat.

The first thing we do when we open our laptops, or when we have a free moment, or after concentrating hard for 15 minutes.

The number of minutes (seconds) we allow ourselves for unstructured time just to think.

Feeling rushed.

Acting rushed.

What counts as “real work.”

How honest we are with our boss, and with ourselves.

These are all defaults we’ve developed. Some are intentional, many are unconscious.

Most of them served us well once and don’t any more.

Want to change your day, your health, your outlook, your productivity?

Start by changing a default.

(Including in Microsoft Office)

3 thoughts on “Defaults

  1. Right On Sasha . . . I’ve read that some of the most innovative creations, the greatest ideas, the brilliant brainstorms that end-up being a multi-billion dollar idea or a blockbuster movie or song NEVER happen when you are behind your desk at work . . . they happen when you are at yoga, trout fishing in Montana, hiking in the woods, meditating . . . bottom line; when you are at the most relaxed and quite space you can achieve.

  2. I currently have the book “The power of Habit” which has proven very well for me. I’ve stopped constantly watching Netflix until I create a blog post and interact with people on Twitter. This helps me build a community for my blog and I can then broadcast to them.

    Netflix is now my reward for my personal work, and this will carry on until I can work on my blog full-time and not need my office job.

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