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Be Successful First Thing in the Morning. Again and again, it is proving to me that if I begin my day by immediately doing the most important goal for that day, the day will be a tremendous success.

Be Successful First Thing in the Morning

How about your pet project? Do you think that you will ever finish it, if you don’t put in effort consistently? Just wake up, and start working on the most important goal. Just for 5 minutes. It will be more – but the 5 minute target removes all excuses. Success creates more success, and achievement creates more achievement. There is nothing like early morning success. Are you thinking that it won’t work for you? This might seem like such a small thing – but once you experience it, I promise you will understand how huge impact this can have for you. And remember – it works the other way around too! Humor me and try this. So, here is what I suggest you to do immediately: Write your most important goal for tomorrow on a piece of paper and post it somewhere where you will see it after you wake up tomorrow.

PS: Have trouble with focusing? The science behind how your productivity is chosen by what you eat. 3K Flares 3K Flares × Every 7 years our body will change completely.

The science behind how your productivity is chosen by what you eat

This means that each and everyone of your cells will have been renewed and exchanged for another one that your body has produced. I was always amazed by this. And science suggests that this gives us a unique chance to change and erase any mistakes we’ve made in the past. How? Fortunately we don’t have to wait 7 years. “Adequate nutrition can raise your productivity levels by 20 percent on average.” ~ WHO When I grew up, there were tons of cliché wisdoms thrown at me. Whilst we have uncovered the 2 other major factors that contribute to your productivity, explaining how much sleep we really need and how science looks at the impact of exercise on our brain, it’s time to tackle the probably hardest and most ongoing challenge we all face: nutrition.

How foods interact with your brain One of the most fascinating things about eating is how various ingredients enter your brain through your blood stream.

tDCS/Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation | Life Hacks/Etc

Biofeedback, Brain hacking [brmlab] Nootropics. Quantified Self Guide. Digifit The Digifit ecosystem is a full suite of Apple apps that records heart rate, pace, speed, cadence, and power of your running, cycling and other athletic endeavors.

Quantified Self Guide

Data can be uploaded to the well established training sites Training Peaks and New Leaf. The ecosystem is is split up into the Digifit™, iCardio™, iRunner™, iBiker™, iSpinner™ and iPower™ apps. To utilize the full functionality of the app you must purchase the Digifit Connect ANT+ dongle and and the purchase of an advanced functionality App. URL: Quantified Self Guide. John Amschler Hi I'm a Wireless Technology Designer who likes to make great technology useful for everyone!

Quantified Self Guide

I track Sleep, Activity, Weight, Blood Pressure, Heart Rate Variability, Location, Computer time and other data using Zeo, BodyMedia Fit, Digifit, Withings, Pol Tags: fitness, food, lifelogging, lifestyle, mood, money, sleep, location, health, iPhone, energy, relationships, productivity, gadget San Diego, California, United States. Self-Tracking Tools Review 2. This is the second article of a series where I review several self-tracking tools.

Self-Tracking Tools Review 2

I will go on a little tangent this week. To make it clear what I look for in different tools, I will discuss the different aspects of self-tracking tools to consider when making a selection. These considerations are based on my own experience tracking myself, feedback from users of tools that I’ve built, and from my research in human-computer interaction and personal informatics. First thing to consider is what question about yourself are you trying to answer and would the self-tracking tool collect the right data to answer your question.

For example, you might be interested in losing some weight. QS Tool Roundups:Goals, Food, Fitness, Location * Personal Informatics Tools: The second thing to consider is how you want to collect the data. . * Is the data manually-collected or automatically-collected? * Do you have to wear or carry a device? ** iPod nano – I mentioned this device in my “last review”: .

Trackers/Data Gatherers/Etc

6 things I do to be consistently happy. Now that it’s almost two years since I first had the idea for Buffer, and with the year and a half before that which I worked on my previous startup, I’ve started to notice a few patterns amongst the ups and downs that come with building a startup.

6 things I do to be consistently happy

One of the most important things I’ve learned during this time is that I perform the best when I’m happy. It really does change everything. If I’m happy then I’m more productive when hacking code, I’m better at answering support, and I find it easier to stay focused. I’ve found that there are a few key habits which, for me, act as great rituals for enabling me to be consistently happy. They also act as anchor activities to bring my happiness level back up quickly whenever I have a period where I’m not feeling 100%. 1. One of the things I love about running my own startup is that I have complete freedom to experiment with my daily routine. "I get up at 6:00 a.m. every day, even on weekends and vacation, because I love it.” 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Productivity vs. Guilt and Self-Loathing. Why I Don't Do Unpaid Overtime and Neither Should You. Published: 02/26/2012 As a programmer in the U.S. for 30 years now I have spent some of that time working more than 40 hours in a week, which is not all that common in this industry, and when I was salaried I rarely if ever got more pay.

Why I Don't Do Unpaid Overtime and Neither Should You

No more, I now find the whole idea nauseating. I am not talking about running your own business, or working at a startup or other business entity where working more hours might get you a big payout. I ran two small software companies from the mid 80's to 90's and we did work a lot of hours; but all of us shared in whatever we made and in the second company worked under contract so the more we worked the more we got.

But that's not the point of this post. If I worked at some big technology company and agreed to some salary, my expectation is that I am being paid to do my best for a standard work week, which is generally considered (at least in the U.S.) to be 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. What does this mean for the employee? No thank you, not for me. What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Mornings are a great time for getting things done.

What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

You’re less likely to be interrupted than you are later in the day. Your supply of willpower is fresh after a good night’s sleep. That makes it possible to turn personal priorities like exercise or strategic thinking into reality. But if you’ve got big goals—and a chaotic a.m. schedule—how can you make over your mornings to make these goals happen? Because I write about time management frequently, I’ve gotten to see hundreds of calendars and schedules over the years. 1. Part of spending your time better is knowing how you’re spending it now. While measuring your mornings, try tracking your whole week.

As for the mornings themselves, you can be organized but still not be spending them well. 2. After you know how you’re spending your time, ask yourself what a great morning would look like. For personal growth: For professional growth: Strategize: In an age of constant connectivity, people complain of having no time to think. 3. 4. 5. 7 Ways to Leverage Your Time to Increase Your Productivity. We’re all busy people.

7 Ways to Leverage Your Time to Increase Your Productivity

Some people, though, are busier than we’d ever imagine, yet are somehow are able to stay on top of things so well they seem to go about their life in a lackadaisical manner, while we struggle to produce good work and maintain a household. What’s their secret? Why do they seem to have everything figured out; always unstressed and ready to go? Leverage. Sure, tactics like maintaining “to-do” lists (or “done” lists), setting goals, and decreasing the amount and time of meetings can all help. Leverage is an awesome force–it allows us to multiply our abilities by applying a little pressure to something.

In life, we can leverage our time, and here are seven ways to do just that: Get it out of your head. Leverage is only useful to us if we’re using it in the right direction: if we let the pressures of our lives get to us so much that we feel like we’re drowning, leverage is to blame. Or a better tomorrow! What about you? Be More Productive. Shorten the Workweek. Work harder on yourself than you do on your startup. "Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.

Work harder on yourself than you do on your startup

" - Jim Rohn A long time ago, I came across the amazing quote above, which was said often by Jim Rohn. It stook in my mind, and as the years have gone on, I feel I’ve increasingly started to learn the true meaning of it. I feel that in a startup, the quote is even more relevant. Here are some of the reasons I’ve discovered that tell me that you may want to seriously consider working harder on yourself than you do on your startup: It usually takes a few tries I certainly hope you do things better and faster than I have, and I know people far smarter than me building kickass products, but looking back and joining the dots of my own journey it is interesting to recall the number of different projects and startups I’ve started before hitting something that has worked. For that reason, I think it’s not a smart approach to put all your eggs in the “current startup” basket.

Be open, vocal, and build your network Marketing and blogging. How I manage my todos, priorities and calendar. I find it a constant battle to keep my priorities straight. There’s always 100+ things pulling at my attention and if I’m not super-focused, I end up working on stuff that doesn’t matter. My top three priorities are … Spending quality, focused time with my family and friends - Having good relationships is what makes me ultimately happyLeading Treehouse to success - I’m the Founder/CEO and I’m insanely passionate about our MissionStaying healthy physically and mentally - Now that I’ve gotten healthy, I’m much happier, so I want to continue to make this a priority. Here’s my strategy I divide Monday to Thursday (we work a 4-day week at Treehouse) into the four main areas of the business: Monday: Product - I spend time using Treehouse and sending bugs and ideas to the Product Team.

Managing todos I use Asana for managing all my personal and work todo lists. Here’s my daily routine … I work at home so I’m fortunate to not have any commute time. Friday - Sunday we don’t have a set schedule. Dehydration (Brain Fog/Etc) How to murder your productivity. In this post, you are going to learn proven techniques that you can immediately put to use. I am going to show you exactly how you can: Decrease your IQ by 10 points while workingMake sure you won’t accomplish anythingIncrease your stress levels by at least 100% or moreGet completely overwhelmed If you learn the techniques presented in this post, you will: Become completely insignificantEarn less moneyRepel successful and capable peopleBe slave to the random whims of othersGet fired from your job or drive your business to the ground Sounds good? Check email 50 times a day to prevent focus If you won’t check your email at least 20 (and ideally 50) times each day, you will risk that you will be able to focus on your work.

Julie Morgenstern wrote a book called “Never Check E-Mail in the Morning”, but her advice is obviously counter-productive to what we are trying to achieve here. Clutter your desk with piles of paper for constant anxiety Sit in a crappy chair for physical fatigue and tiredness. Never Stop Hacking. This is a quick post, something that I have to get out of my mind and onto paper (err, the internets!). I was thinking earlier today about what makes me happy--really, truly happy. I had just stopped coding, and was feeling frustrated that my builds weren't working like I had hoped. I decided to go onto IRC for some procrastination, and ended up chatting with a really good friend. My friend (who will remain unnamed), is an extremely smart fellow.

One of the smartest I've ever had the pleasure of talking to. The desire to learn new things. It was at this moment I realized something. I enjoy the problems. The more I focus on solutions, the more I treat them as a chore, as a task that needs to be finished--the more stressed and frustrated I become. As programmers, we're given a unique gift: the ability to spend a majority of our time learning things and solving problems.

Never stop hacking. Design Your How: Set Three Goals. Last week we talked about the importance of having predictable ‘office hours.’ They’re important for your productivity and for your sanity. But they’re only important for your productivity if you actually do important work during the hours you set. So, today, I’d like to offer one, simple tip for how to make sure the time you intentionally set aside for work actually works: Set three goals. When you wake up in the morning, or when you finish at the office the day before, set three goals for the next day. Why three? Scott Belsky (the mastermind behind Behance, and calls getting knocked off track by things that don’t help you achieve your real goals “Reactionary Workflow.”

In the modern age, most of our day is consumed by Reactionary Work, during which we are focused only on responding to messages and requests – emails, text messages, Facebook messages, tweets, voice-mails, and the list goes on. Set three goals at the beginning of the month. What works for you? The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time - Tony Schwartz. By Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012 Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work?

It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)?

The biggest cost — assuming you don’t crash — is to your productivity. But most insidiously, it’s because if you’re always doing something, you’re relentlessly burning down your available reservoir of energy over the course of every day, so you have less available with every passing hour. I know this from my own experience. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. Switching From Coffee to Caffeine Pills. Lifehacks.

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Zeo sleep experiments. Coffee. Ability to Learn Is Affected by the Timing of Sleep: Scientific American Podcast. Nootropics. Modafinil and startups.