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How to Actually Execute Your To-Do List: or, Why Writing It Down Doesn’t Actually Get It Done. Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter . Wize. People Know. Handle Chores, House Cleaning and Errands with Simple Systems. Post written by Leo Babauta.

Handle Chores, House Cleaning and Errands with Simple Systems

The key to creating calm and simplicity in your life is creating simple systems, instead of haphazard systems of chaos that form naturally when we don’t give thought to these things. We’ve talked about creating a simple system for handling mail and paperwork, and others for things like errands and email. Today, let’s look at how simple systems for chores, cleaning, yard work and errands can simplify your life and bring order to the chaos. From Complicated Systems to Simple First, let’s take a look at some of the complicated systems we might have for these things, when we don’t give them much thought, and how they can stress us out. See, when you don’t intentionally design a system, one will form anyway, and it probably won’t be an optimal system.

For example, let’s look at a complicated system that might form for cleaning our house if we don’t intentionally design it: Now, you might not be this bad, but you can kind of get the idea. Eight Essential Tips to Overcoming Shyness and Making a Good Impression. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Cyan Ta’eed, editor of FreelanceSwitch.

Eight Essential Tips to Overcoming Shyness and Making a Good Impression

Many of us wish we were one of those people who walked into a room and had friends-to-be flock to them. Anyone would agree that those of us who make friends easily and are innately likable will probably have an easier and more pleasant time of things than those who are incredibly shy or find it very hard to make friends. Little do many of us know that making a positive impression is far easier than we might think. But before I get started with that, let me let you in on a little secret: Everyone is just as shy as you are.

Everyone… in the whole world. 5 Ways to Calm Down Quickly - Feeling Overwhelmed? Calm Down Quickly - Stress Relief and Feeling Calm - Ways to Calm Down When Overwhelmed. Question: What are some ways I can calm down quickly when I'm feeling overwhelmed?

5 Ways to Calm Down Quickly - Feeling Overwhelmed? Calm Down Quickly - Stress Relief and Feeling Calm - Ways to Calm Down When Overwhelmed

"Sometimes I don't realize how much stress is building up until I suddenly feel overwhelmed. Other times, several stressful or attention-demanding events will happen at once, and I suddenly go from calm to completely overwhelmed really quickly. However it happens, how can I quickly calm down when I'm feeling overwhelmed by stress? " Answer: There are many ways to calm down quickly when you suddenly get blindsided by stress and feel overwhelmed. The following are five quick and easy ways to regain your calm so you can deal with whatever situations are at hand: Take a Walk Exercise can be a great stress reliever in itself, as it helps you blow off steam and releases endorphins.

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Connected Mode: 10 Ways to Stay Productive with Online Work. Every Monday is Productivity & Organization Day at Zen Habits.

Connected Mode: 10 Ways to Stay Productive with Online Work

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post written by Anne Zelenka, editor of Web Worker Daily. It provides a nice contrast to my usual philosophy of single-tasking, and I’m honored to have a distinguished writer such as Anne contribute to Zen Habits. Maybe you’ve heard you should firewall your attention and eliminate annoying and addictive interruptions like IM and Twitter. But there’s another way to work, a way that you can stay in communication with colleagues, deal productively with interruptions, and keep a broad view of what’s available online. I call it connected mode. There are certain tasks you do where you need focus. Just because single tasking works best for certain tasks, however, doesn’t mean that’s always the best way to work — and you may already spend much of your time dealing with fragmented and interrupted work anyway. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Meaning of Life Depot. Think Simple Now » How to Learn Without Memorizing. Photo by Edwin Stemp Rote memorization is an inefficient way to learn.

Think Simple Now » How to Learn Without Memorizing

Just retaining a single formula can mean pounding the same information into your skull dozens of times. If your computer hard drive had this accuracy, you’d probably throw it out. Wake Up: A Guide to Living Your Life Consciously. A life lived of choice is a life of conscious action.

Wake Up: A Guide to Living Your Life Consciously

The Massive List of Genius - People With the Highest IQ - One Mans Blog. 33.8K Flares Google+ 27 Twitter 109 Facebook 1.6K Reddit 11 StumbleUpon 32.1K Pin It Share 4 4 LinkedIn 9 inShare9 33.8K Flares × The other day I sat down to watch The Princess Bride for about the 10,000th time.

The Massive List of Genius - People With the Highest IQ - One Mans Blog

Man that is a great movie! Anyway, when I was watching the part where Vizzini, the Sicilian, was answering the question as to how smart he is, he said: “Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? So, I decided to mosey on over to the Interwebs and find a list of people with the highest IQ ever measured, and lo and behold I couldn’t find one! Background Info. The Four Noble Truths. Top 4 Ways to Overcome Depression. Treating Depression Without Drugs – Natural Cures First, they fail to correct the behaviors that contribute to depression, or even show direction towards behavioral modifications, so the disorder recurs.

Top 4 Ways to Overcome Depression

Second, they do not improve the body’s own mechanisms for rectifying such disorders; rather, they temporarily force a change that gives symptomatic relief. Third, for some the severe side effects of these drugs can create major implications. Worse yet, studies show for many people there are no drugs that can help. Conglomeration of Interesting Sites. Peaceful Simplicity: How to Live a Life of Contentment. Post written by Leo Babauta. This fantastic quote summarizes something that I’ve been trying to focus on recently in my daily life: “Whatever the tasks, do them slowly with ease, in mindfulness, so not do any tasks with the goal of getting them over with.

Resolve to each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention.”- Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master. Be lucky - it's an easy skill to learn. Take the case of chance opportunities.

Be lucky - it's an easy skill to learn

Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not. I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities. I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. On average, the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs, whereas the lucky people took just seconds. Why? Tips to Establish a Morning & Evening Routine (with an August Challenge) Post written by Leo Babauta.

Tips to Establish a Morning & Evening Routine (with an August Challenge)

I’ve written before about how morning and evening routines can create some sense of sanity and calm in your life. These are two habits that you can start today that will make a big improvement in your day. Now, because of different things that have come up in my life, I’ve fallen a bit out of my routines. I’ve also been changing them over the last few months as my needs have changed. So, this month, my August Challenge (read more about the Challenge below) will be to focus on re-establishing my daily routines, refined and simplified.