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SExpand While I'm not one to advocate many personal development hacks, there is one "hack" that I think everyone should use: have high standards for yourself. Having high personal standards will almost immediately force personal growth, and will help you live up to your potential day after day. It's also really simple to execute. Be Ruthless With Yourself If you're anything like me, although you enjoy improving yourself (mentally, physically, whatever), you probably view yourself as a work in progress. You Only Live Up to the Standards You Set You Only Live Up to the Standards You Set
This reminds me a bit of one of the Getting Things Done (GTD) concepts of "capturing anything and everything that has your attention". The idea is to store in a trusted place (on paper, in an app, whatever) your ideas, tasks, etc. and once it's "out of your brain", you don't need to mentally manage it anymore, freeing you to concentrate on dealing with what you captured. i am HUGELY disorganized, but I have gotten into the habit of "writing down" ideas, tasks, etc. as they come to me to review later at a time when I can focus and concentrate. It has greatly helped me keep things straight. 9/11/12 8:32am Defrag Your Brain With a Spark File Defrag Your Brain With a Spark File
MemStash Helps You Remember Words, Quotes, Facts, or Anything Else with Timely Reminders
We go on vacations to relax. Then we proceed to drive ourselves crazy dealing with endless reservations, airport hassles, jet lag, and other annoyances. This year, let's plan out that vacation without all the stress. This post is broken into four parts. The Start to Finish Guide to a Perfect, Stress-Free Vacation The Start to Finish Guide to a Perfect, Stress-Free Vacation

The Simply Business Productivity Series The Simply Business Productivity Series Increasing productivity is a challenge – whether your primary objectives are to increase the profitability of your company, to grow and expand; or if you’re just trying to spend a little more time with the people you love and a little less time battling with your inbox! A key part of the challenge is the sheer amount of information on productivity there is out there - blog posts, books, videos, tools and apps – who has the time to evaluate this stuff? Well, help is at hand We’ve put together a series of tools and resources to help you to increase productivity: How to increase communication and collaboration between individuals and teams.
A new study in Psychological Review suggests that we store our memories in patches and move between them in the same way that bees move between flowers. To improve your memory recall, you need to know when it's best to move from one patch to another. We've talked about building a memory palace to improve your memory and this strategy takes a similar approach without all the work. Improve Your Memory by Using Memory Foraging Strategies Improve Your Memory by Using Memory Foraging Strategies
Change a Habit in Three Steps with This Flowchart I'm going to promote your comment by way of calling you out for being a bullshitter extraordinaire. Nicotine is one of the most famously addictive substances known. There are many cases reported of people who were told they had cancer, were on drugs and treatment to help them fight cancer, and yet could not stop smoking tobacco. The BBC had a documentary about this phenomenon at least 15 years ago.

Change a Habit in Three Steps with This Flowchart

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Talking to Yourself Makes You Smarter I constantly talk to myself. If I'm in a group that I don't want to freak out, I'll put my hand in front of my mouth so no one else can tell. The way I figure it is this — I can think many things at once and it can get difficult to concentrate on one thing. However, I can only say one thing at a time and I can really only think one thing at a time, so saying what it is forces me to concentrate on it a lot more. I've done it for years. Alternately, I'll vocalize both sides of an "internal" debate to try and come to a conclusion of some sort. Talking to Yourself Makes You Smarter
There are a lot of books and how-to guides telling you how to deal with rejection. Some suggest positive thinking, coping strategies and visualizing for a better tomorrow. Others tell you about the serial phases like “denial”, “bargaining”, “acceptance” you’ll inevitably go through when rejected. Make Something Good Out of Rejection | fear.less - stories of overcoming fear Make Something Good Out of Rejection | fear.less - stories of overcoming fear
Rules - Rejection Therapy Rejection Therapy Rules - Rejection Therapy Rejection Therapy consists of only one main rule… Please notice the wording of the rule. It doesn’t say you must attempt or try to be rejected. The rule is you MUST be rejected by another human being. In this game, rejection is success. No other outcome will meet the requirement of Rejection Therapy.
20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong

I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. As someone who slings red ink for a living, let me tell you: grammar is an ultra-micro component in the larger picture; it lies somewhere in the final steps of the editing trail; and as such it’s an overrated quasi-irrelevancy in the creative process, perpetuated into importance primarily by bitter nerds who accumulate tweed jackets and crippling inferiority complexes. But experience has also taught me that readers, for better or worse, will approach your work with a jaundiced eye and an itch to judge.
Ditch Hard Drive Clutter with an Organized, Automated Home Folder Your home folder is the base of operations on your computer, where you throw every document, app installer, photo, and other file you'll need later. So why does it look like it's been ravaged by a virtual tornado? Here's how to organize all of your documents so you never have to rummage through a mess of files again. Icons by David Lanham. We've already talked about how to clean up and organize your desktop, but your documents folder can get just as cluttered, especially since a lot of what you keep on your desktop is temporary—while your home folder builds up every project you've ever worked on, not to mention half the files you download. Building off of Gina's original document-organizing method, we're going to show you an updated folder structure for your documents, how to integrate it with Dropbox so you have it everywhere you go, and how to keep it clean without ever having to touch it.
5 No-BS Ways to Become Awesome in 5 Minutes You’re at college and working two jobs. You have a date in 15 minutes. You’re a single parent with a long commute and 5 hours of sleep per day.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Carl Jung in 1910. Myers and Briggs extrapolated their MBTI theory from Jung's writings in his book Psychological Types The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.[1]:1 These preferences were extrapolated from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung and first published in his 1921 book Psychological Types (English edition, 1923[2]).
How to hold that thought till morning Blogger Bert Webb's got a clever way to remind yourself of something you thought of just as you were falling asleep the night before. Instead of interrupting your drowsy descent into counting sheep by turning on the light, getting up and grabbing pen and paper and writing yourself a note: Reach over and turn your alarm clock upside down, lay the night stand lamp on its side, place a shoe in a drawer, or drape your house coat over the lamp. In the morning, when you rise, the first thought you will have after rising will be, "Why the hell did I do that??" At that time, natural memory will take over and remind you. If I'm going to get up and put a shoe in the drawer, I might as well write a note, but I like the idea of turning the alarm clock on its side.
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