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Business. Health. 13 Strategies for Breaking Bad Habits and Cultivating Good Ones. Most of life is habitual. You do the same things you did yesterday, the day before and every day for the last month. It’s estimated that out of every 11,000 signals we receive from our senses, our brain only consciously processes 40. Habits, good or bad, make you who you are. The key is controlling them. If you know how to change your habits, then even a small effort can create big changes. I’ve been using these techniques for years to re-engineer many aspects of my life. Here are some tips to get you started: One Habit For 30 Days – Steve Pavlina, popularized the 30 Day Trial. Use a Trigger – A trigger is a short ritual you perform before a habit. Replace Lost Needs – If you opened up your computer and started removing hardware, what would happen. One Habit at a Time – A month may seem like a long time to focus on only one change, but I’ve found trying to change more than a few habits at a time to be reckless.

Write it Down – Don’t leave commitments in your brain. Image by acqyr. Your personal online coach to help you gain control. My War on Clutter: Never “organize” what you can discard. One of the most basic concepts Peter Walsh talks about in _It’s All Too Much_ brought a total breakthrough for me.

My War on Clutter: Never “organize” what you can discard

If the stuff that you accumulate doesn't help get you closer to the life you want to have, it's simply not worth keeping. Period. Obviously (and unavoidably), this goes for a family room that's turned into a junk drawer for DVDs and books, and you can clearly see it evidenced in a kitchen where no flat surface is free of junk mail, bills, and newspapers. Those you can't miss. But, for me, the real story is about the ways you try to solve clutter problems solely by getting more space or obtaining more containers -- jamming all those DVDs into cabinets and stuffing those newspapers into bigger volume baskets.

Historically, my "housecleaning" has almost always consisted of precisely this kind of illusory shuffling -- just getting things out of sight with only minimal discarding. Whoa, wait a minute. Now they're gone. How to Make a GTD System for About $20 · The Cranking Widgets Bl. I’ve had several requests come my way for some tips on how to implement GTD on the super cheap. After all, not everybody can afford a super-fancy PDA or even a spiffy Moleskine notebook – especially college students. So, after doing a little research, I’ve figured out a way to make your very own GTD setup for around $20 (USD). Remember – my goal here was to find the absolute cheapest items (and even some DIY solutions), so I’ll be cutting a few corners.

First, there are a few things I’m going to assume you already have (or have access to). If you don’t have these things, well, you may have to adjust the bottom line a skosh: Writing Utensils – If you don’t have anything to write with, just ask somebody for a pen you can keep. Now, assuming you’ve got all of the above equipment, here’s the rest of the goods you’ll need: Manila File Folders, 2 boxes of 100 – These will be your filing system and your tickler system.

You might be thinking to yourself “Sir! There you have it.