Business management, Business Management and Productivity, Title Insurance New York

Productivity tips from throughout history!

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Businesspeople, whether sole practitioners or manager of hundreds, face the daily hurdle of maintaining the productivity level of themselves and of others!

There’s no question that on some days it can certainly be a challenge to maintain the desired intensity level but,  as we have witnessed throughout history, others have faced this problem and have persevered.

Here is a list of 25 of these people and the methodology that they used to maintain their productivity level.

1. Like many of us, Beethoven started his day by making coffee. He insisted on using 60 beans per cup.

2. Benjamin Franklin was “early to bed, early to rise,” and in his later years, early to take it all off. Franklin’s morning “air baths” consisted of reading and writing completely starkers for about an hour. Then he put his clothes on and got back to work.

3. Many famous writers and artists made sure to eat breakfast. Victor Hugo preferred his eggs raw.

4. Before Freud went into the office, he got a daily house call/beard trimming from his barber.

5. Agatha Christie never owned a desk. She wrote her 80 novels, 19 plays, and numerous other works wherever she could sit down.

6. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up.

7. Thomas Wolfe also wrote standing up, using the top of a refrigerator as his desktop. (He was 6’6″.)

8. Some people actually get work done at Starbucks. Rainbow Rowell, author of the critically acclaimed YA novel Eleanor and Park, has written all of her books at the coffee chain.

9. Richard Wright did all of his writing, rain or shine, on a bench in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park.

10. Maya Angelou is incapable of writing in pretty surroundings. She prefers working in nondescript hotel and motel rooms.

11. It wasn’t that Frank Lloyd Wright necessarily worked well under pressure. He just wouldn’t sketch anything until he’d worked out an entire design in his head.

12. Truman Capote told The Paris Review, “I can’t think unless I’m lying down.” Neither could Proust.

13. When composer Igor Stravinsky felt blocked, he’d stand on his head to clear his mind.

14. Woody Allen gets in the shower — sometimes multiple times per day — when he needs a mental boost. (Here’s why his habit just might work.)

15. Classical pianist Glenn Gould fasted on days he recorded music. He thought it made his mind sharper.

16. German poet Friedrich Schiller insisted that the smell of apples rotting in his desk drawer stimulated his creativity.

17. Sometimes focusing is the issue. While writing The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen worked at his computer wearing earplugs, earmuffs and a blindfold.

18. Stephen King writes every day of the year and aims for a goal of 2,000 words each day. (It usually takes about five hours.)

19. Starting in 1950, Vladimir Nabokov wrote first drafts on index cards. This way, he could rearrange paragraphs and chapters with a quick shuffle. Once the author knew what order he wanted, his wife, Vera, typed them into one manuscript.

20. When Anthony Trollope finished writing one book, he immediately started another. Henry James did the same thing.

21. Theologian Jonathan Edwards, most famous for the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” didn’t have the luxury of Post-it notes or a portable pen. When he had ideas while horseback riding, he’d associate a single thought with a section of his clothing and then pin a piece of paper to that area. When Edwards returned to his desk, he’d unpin the papers and write down the thoughts.

22. After dinner, Mark Twain read the day’s writing aloud to his family to get their feedback.

23. While writing Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice appropriately slept all day and worked all night. She likes to follow this schedule to avoid distractions.

24. Writer Jerzy Kosinski got eight hours of sleep each day, but he didn’t get it all at once. He woke at 8 a.m. and then slept four hours in the afternoon. Then he woke again, continued working until the wee hours, and slept four more hours before starting the next day.

25. Night owl Willem de Kooning often wore a hat and coat while he painted — his studio turned off the building’s heat after 5 p.m.

List courtesy of The Week

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The Non-Taper September Surprise and other articles of interest!

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Non-Taper September Surprise!

The consensus in the financial markets leading up to the Fed announcement yesterday was that, at the very least, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would announce a drop in monthly bond purchases of a minimum of $10 billion from the current level of $85 billion.

That didn’t happen as Bernanke left the number unchanged due to the Fed’s analysis of the current state of the US economy and the forecast going forward of stubbornly high unemployment and a relatively weak level of GDP growth.

The article from Seeking Alpha below gives more of an overview of the rationale behind the Fed’s decision and, in addition, there are links provided to other articles for law firms, non-law businesses and real estate companies that we hope you will find interesting, relevant and useful.

The Federal Reserve Surprises With ‘No Taper’ Announcement

‘The Federal Open Market Committee met on Tuesday and Wednesday and decided not to taper Quantitative Easing (QE) not even by a small amount, so the $85 billion monthly bond-buying program remains in place until further notice…’

The Market Pulse from Corelogic

How I Analyze a Real Estate Deal, Step by Step

‘There’s no shortage of investment opportunities. You’ve heard it before but “the deal of a lifetime comes along once a week-” assuming you’re looking! So we prioritize our time, and when a property is presented to us, we first determine how fast we need to act. If it’s been on LoopNet for 4 months, we’ll stick it on the back burner no matter how appealing the numbers…’

Why Your Employees Need to Make More Mistakes

‘Large companies have many advantages over smaller newcomers: lots of resources, plenty of capital and longstanding customer relationships. Also, big companies, with their more experienced personnel and more complex procedures, tend to make fewer mistakes. But that isn’t actually an advantage. In fact, for a new company, a willingness to make mistakes is a strength that management should seek to leverage…’

The Art of Closing a Deal, Today

‘Dealmaking is tough enough in the best of times. But in a period of high competition and a recovering lending environment, brokers—particularly mortgage brokers—have their hands full, trying to orchestrate the best deals for their clients. Just ask Simon Ziff, president of Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, a locally based boutique real estate capital advisory firm specializing in a variety of financing solutions…’

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Real Estate and Other Links of Interest!

New York real estate and title insurance

Hallmark Abstract Service periodically provides links to stories around the internet we feel might be of particular interest to our readers and clients!

Today the articles include a look at interest rates and the impact on the refinance market, preventing cyber attacks from hitting your business, the impending hurricane season and the preparedness of New York real estate, home selling killers, motivating your employees, handling stress and more!

An analysis of the mortgage refinance market vis a vis the jump in interest ratesGlobal Economic Analysis

Critical importance for managing the threat of cyber attacks in your company regardless of size or industryNACD

With the start of the hurricane season, the New York real estate industry needs to be better preparedReal Estate Weekly

Almost 1 million homes have poked their heads above water and into positive equity in Q1 2013Housing Wire

What not to do if you want to sell your homeYahoo Finance

Is now the right time to be selling your home?USA Today

How do you keep your employees motivated and productive?Forbes

Managing business and stress are not mutually exclusiveCorporate Tips

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