Together with Alex, Keki and Zoli I had the chance to attend this year's Stretch Conf. In short, it's a 2-day "leadership and management conference", but I'd recommend it to everyone interested in self-motivation, self-consciousness, self-organization and related fields. It was an inspiring event. Therefore, I decided that instead of summarizing the talks, I list the best takeaways I had from the event. If you like one of them, the recordings are available from every talk, thanks to Ustream.
1. Be present.
David Allen's Getting Things Done was a huge hit in the Hungarian blogosphere in the mid-2000s, back when I used to blog regularly on Kispad. Still it was never this clear to me what his technique's best result is. "Your head is for having ideas, not for holding them". Stress comes from inappropriate engagement with things. Your mind is full of those things you haven't decided on - or you haven't parked in a safe place. If you manage to implement a system you can trust to capture and organize your thoughts, it will free you to focus on the moments where you are, to be present there - in your work, and with your family.
A small tip at the end that I liked: have a notepad by your bed - sleep better. [video]