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Deep Habits: Three Tips for Taming Undecidable Tasks. December 24th, 2014 · 18 comments Deciding the Undecidable In a recent blog post I introduced the notion of undecidable tasks — a particularly important type of work that’s not well covered by standard productivity advice.

Deep Habits: Three Tips for Taming Undecidable Tasks

These tasks are crucial to my job as an academic — as they are to many creative fields — so I devote a lot of attention to understanding how best to tackle them. Today I want to share three tips along these lines that have worked well for me… Work on Undecidable Tasks Both During and Outside Work Hours. The above tips have helped my work with the undecidable (i.e., my proof rate is higher when I structure my thinking in this manner). Better understanding this type of work is something I plan to pursue in the New Year. Artist Leaves Motivational Sticky Notes on the Train. Utah Valley Writers. Posted on November 1, 2014 by Michael Gordon Leave a Comment Aaaaaand . . .

Utah Valley Writers

Commence NaNoWriMo! Good luck to everyone doing it. I’ve won two years straight and here’s what I can tell you. NaNo is NOT about getting large chunks of time to write. As far as this year, in case you’re wondering. MICHAEL GORDON is a stay-at-home, ride giving, child entertaining, jungle gym of a father by day. He is also a Past President of Utah Valley Writers. 25 Psychological Life Hacks that Will Help You Gain the Advantage in Social Situations. Social situations are among the most important in our lives.

25 Psychological Life Hacks that Will Help You Gain the Advantage in Social Situations

Yet, there is a huge chance that you are oblivious to the plethora of unwritten social rules that structure everybody’s behaviour. Failing to comply to these cultural imprints can cause irreversible damage. Just following them blindly will not get you ahead. Hacking them, however, will give you the best results possible. Therefore we bring to you these – 25 psychological life hacks that will help you gain the advantage in social situations 1) Assume comfort in any interaction. Our brain is an incredibly complicated instrument. In most of our social interactions, we find it difficult to feel comfortable among strangers because our brain tries to protect us from exposure.

This however isn’t helping us when trying to be social and meet new people, is it? This is why assuming comfort is so powerful. 2) Pay attention to people’s feet when you are approaching them. If they turn both torso and feet, it means you are welcome. Admit it. The Fallback Question. For many people, the interesting career path that they feel most passionate about is one fraught with risk.

The Fallback Question

Entrepreneurship. The creative arts. Professional sports. All of those career tracks – and many more – are ones where success is relatively hard to come by. Let’s say you’re a relatively skilled high school baseball player. The usual advice given to people in such high-risk career paths is to have a fallback career. Many people in many different career paths are given that same advice. Here’s the thing, though. When I find myself in situations where I can just shrug my shoulders and easily take another path if things don’t work out, I don’t perform at my best. When my back is against the wall and I know that I must pull through here, I tend to perform better than ever.

It might sound like I’m advocating throwing a “fallback career” to the wind and just going for it. For some people, I am. I wouldn’t encourage anyone with health issues to do it. To me, it’s a good compromise. 20 Things I Should Have Known at 20. 1.

20 Things I Should Have Known at 20

The world is trying to keep you stupid. From bank fees to interest rates to miracle diets, people who are not educated are easier to get money from and easier to lead. Educate yourself as much as possible for wealth, independence, and happiness. 2. Do not have faith in institutions to educate you. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. (This post was inspired by an email question from Daniel. Man's Search for Meaning Quotes by Viktor E. Frankl. “The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day.

Man's Search for Meaning Quotes by Viktor E. Frankl

On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person?

No, thank you,' he will think. From "Logotherapy in a Nutshell", an essay” ― Viktor E. 10 Sentences That Can Change Your Life for The Better. The power of a single sentence is tremendous.A single sentence can either make your day or in the same time ruin somebody’s day.

10 Sentences That Can Change Your Life for The Better

It can change your mood. Just a few words put together, yet they make such big impact. But there are few sentences that can inspire us to change our life for the better. #1 “People aren’t against you; they are for themselves.” #2 “Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.” #3 “You learn more from failure than from success; don’t let it stop you. . #4 “The most dangerous risk of all – The risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” #5 “Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.” #6 “The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.” #7 “If you accept your limitations you go beyond them.” #8 “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Your turn now…

How to Stay Competitive and Relevant While Unemployed  There are few things in life as demotivating as being unemployed.

How to Stay Competitive and Relevant While Unemployed 

Discarded, valueless, a waste to society and to the people around you. These may be accurate descriptions of how you feel, but they do not have to be how you are perceived. There is no doubt that being unemployed can put you at a perceived disadvantage in the interview process. But there are ways to turn that disadvantage into an advantage. Other candidates may be busy with professional responsibilities and are eager to show them off, but you have something they don't: time.

ONLY THE BORING GET BORED There is a direct correlation between how you fill your time and how people perceive you. DON'T JUST CONSUME CONTENT, CREATE IT We are a nation of consumers. GIVE IT AWAY FOR FREE Of course you should hold out for the right job and negotiate a high salary. DON'T STOP HAVING FUN The biggest frustration of the employed is a lack of time. LEARN SOMETHING NEW What a perfect opportunity this is to learn something new!

How To Accomplish More By Doing Less. Two people of equal skill work in the same office.

How To Accomplish More By Doing Less

For the sake of comparison, let’s say both arrive at work at 9am each day, and leave at 7 p.m. In truth, a 10-hour workday is too long, but in most companies long hours are the norm at the management level. Bill works his 10 hours essentially without stopping, juggling tasks at his desk and running between meetings all day long. He even eats lunch at his desk. Sound familiar? Nick, by contrast, works intensely for approximately 90 minutes at a stretch, and then takes a 15-minute break before resuming work. At 3 p.m., he closes his eyes at his desk and takes a rest. Bill spends 10 hours on the job. By 1 p.m., Bill is feeling some fatigue. By 1 p.m., Bill is feeling some fatigue. It’s called the law of diminishing returns. Nick puts in the same 10 hours. Nick takes off a total of 2 hours during his 10 at work, so he only puts in 8 hours. It’s not just the number of hours we sit at a desk that determines the value we generate. What's the wisest thing anyone has ever told you? : AskReddit.

What are promise cards? Promise cards help you remember the importance of your commitments and goals.

What are promise cards?

They were handed out for the first time at my dad’s funeral. He was good with his promises. Since then, promise cards have been offered through this website at no cost. We have sent over 250,000 promise cards to over 82 different countries, by request only. Click the buttons below to get 10 cards by mail at no cost or print them locally! Because I said I would is a social movement and nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering humanity through the power of a promise. How to use a promise card: The Science of Procrastination - And How To Manage It.

Life and Death Planning: Low effort, high reward. Alex K. 1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short not to enjoy it. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45.

(Source: reginabrett.com) Inspire - Focused on design, art, philosophy and architecture (boranikolic.com) 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy. Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them.

Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go: 1. There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. 2. Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. “By letting it go it all gets done. 3. Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. 4. Oh my. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Change is good. 10. 11. 12. 22 Killer Personal Development Resources You're Missing Out On. You’ve got the personal development itch once again. You know the feeling. Maybe you want to be more productive, finally tackle that goal of yours, or start waking up earlier.

So you go to Google or your favorite personal development blogs. Maybe if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for you try searching for a Youtube video or ask your Facebook friends if they know of any good sites. And that’s it. Sometimes you find what you need, but you still have a sense that there’s got to be more. And that’s where you get stuck. Today I hope to change that by sharing with you 22 of the killer personal development resources you’re missing out on. 1.

I know, you thought Reddit was just for gamers, atheists, and students – but that’s a misconception. 2. Mindbloom.com is a nifty personal development web application. 3. Lately, it seems there have been hundreds of eLearning websites popping up across the web. 4. 6. Stumbleupon is another excellent resource for personal development. 7. 8. 9. 10. 77 Creative Ways to Lighten Up In Tough Times.

51 Email Share We’re living in a time where nearly everyone is feeling overwhelmed with the changes and problems in the world. Some of us feel stuck, uninspired and fearful. Others have suffered major losses and feel hopeless and helpless. Some people find ways to thrive even in bad times. They refuse to fall into “the sky is falling mode.” Today you can make a conscious decision to revitalize and renew your body, mind and spirit. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10. 11. 12. 13. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 50. 54. 69.

Phot by: DH Hamp1. 5 Steps for Taking on Something New. It’s a scenario most solo web professionals find themselves in now and then: You have the opportunity to work on a project that includes something you haven’t done before, and that something is pretty big. Maybe it’s editing video for the web, conducting user-testing, or creating a mobile web design. Whatever it is, it seems to be a capability worth adding to your repertoire. But how do you know if it’s the right move? And what should you tell your client about your lack of experience? It’s happened to me, both as an independent consultant and as the owner of a small design and development firm (Poccuo). After countless conversations about "investing in learning" and "the ethics of competency," I figured I’d share five steps that I fall back on when the opportunity to add a new capability pops up. 1.

If you’re considering taking on a task you haven’t tackled before, it’s key to understand what’s involved before you commit to the project. 2. Do you have room in your schedule for learning? 3. 7 Secrets of the Super Organized. The Fastest Way to Change Something About Yourself. Fake it Till You Make it: 10 Ways to Feel Confident (Even When You Aren’t) Best Procrastination Tip Ever. Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY. Success Coach - Business Coach - Life Success. 12 Tough Truths that Help You Grow. InfinityList – The Cinematic Action Sports Experience. The What-The-Hell Effect. Welcome to The Daily Love Mentoring Program! 13 Tips on How to Overcome Passivity.

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