1. A newcomer to the top five church litigation cases. Religious freedom has nudged its way into the top five reasons churches end up in court. This stat appears in a new infographic detailing the top reasons churches have gone to court between 2010 and 2013. Religious freedom cases typically involve challenges to government activities, such as laws and regulations, that directly affect churches ("Top 5 Reasons Churches End Up in Court," by Richard R. Hammar, ChurchLawAndTax.com).
2. A better way to start your day. "What's the first thing you do when you get to your desk? Check e-mail and listen to voicemails? This is the worst way to start the workday. Instead of automatically going into reactive mode and focusing on other people's priorities, begin your day with a brief planning session about what you need to get done. The moment you sit down, ask yourself: The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?" ("How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day," by Ron Friedman, hbr.org).
3. Are you suffering from "decision fatigue"? "We live in an age of information overload. While many of us find ourselves inundated with vast amounts of data daily, our fast-paced society also requires us to make more rapid decisions. ... Psychologist and behavioral neuroscientist Daniel Levitin offers [this tip]: Make big decisions in the morning. 'If you spend your day making a bunch of little decisions and it comes time to make a big important one, you're neurologically depleted,' says Levitin, who calls this phenomenon decision fatigue. Scheduling your important decision-making tasks at the beginning of the day maximizes your brain's resources, and can help you make better decisions" ("4 Ways to Retrain Your Brain to Handle Information Overload," by Lisa Evans, fastcompany.com).
4. Keep focused and keep their attention. "Business is all about communication, so when you're speaking, you want people to pay attention and listen. Their minds will wander, though, if you indulge [in this all-too-common habit]: Your mind is elsewhere. People can tell when you're preoccupied with something else, like your personal life, some other meeting, or what you'll have for lunch that day. Fix: Don't 'phone it in.' If you truly can't focus on the conversation at hand, explain why, then reschedule the conversation" ("9 Reasons People Tune You Out (And What To Do Instead)," by Geoffrey James, inc.com).
5. Notable quote. "Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."—George S. Patton Jr.
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