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You Only Live Up to the Standards You Set. Defrag Your Brain With a Spark File. I immediately thought of Evernote!

Defrag Your Brain With a Spark File

I haven't really used it long term. I keep trying it and love the concept but it hasn't stuck. This seems like a great use. It's hard to believe people are actually calling Evernote a great solution for this. I guess it's because Evernote fans can't see beyond using Evernote for everything. Evernote is a terrible idea for this. What people seem to have missed is that the spark file should be ONE file, not many. Don't believe them. I totally disagree obviously. Evernotes strength here is always being available. Your suggestion of using paper on the other assumes 1. you always have paper and pen around and 2. you always have the same piece of paper and pen around if you want to keep your spark file in ONE file as you noted. That is a terrible suggestion. Your other suggestions such as using a text file or simple note leaves the availability problem.

MemStash Helps You Remember Words, Quotes, Facts, or Anything Else with Timely Reminders. The Start to Finish Guide to a Perfect, Stress-Free Vacation. Several years ago, I picked up a Rick Steves Convertible Carry-on bag.

The Start to Finish Guide to a Perfect, Stress-Free Vacation

It has no internal structure, thus making easy to compact so it fits easier in overhead compartments (including some of the smaller turbo-prop planes). It also has hidden backpack straps, so you can wear it on your back while carrying your smaller backpack on those flights where they're checking carry-on luggage to see who to ask to gate check. If you know you'll have to check it, it has a zipper allowing you to expand it to fit more stuff (like when you buy too many souvenirs). I also recommend checking Costco's travel site for renting cars.

Many times I've found additional savings there that I couldn't get with anyone else. For longer trips, especially out of the country, schedule a laundry day somewhere in the middle. Visit to help in choosing your seat. LSF. 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!

The Simply Business Productivity Series

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. How to stay productive when you are working remotely How to tame the email beast How to run productive meetings How to plan, deliver and delegate How to use the guides: For each area we’ve collated tools, articles, and resources to help address the most common productivity challenges. Click here to start with the 'collaboration' guide. Dual NBack Application. Improve Your Memory by Using Memory Foraging Strategies. This somewhat rings true with how I handle dream recall.

Improve Your Memory by Using Memory Foraging Strategies

I usually lump things together in groups (or, I guess 'patches') and try to find similarities from previous dreams. My normal go-to groups are architecture, locale, color, wildlife and then people (they seem to be the hardest to get a good recall on). I'll spend a bit of time trying to piece together what I remember from each group, but I find if I dwell on just one, it tends to make the other groups less likely to be recalled. 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.

Change a Habit in Three Steps with This Flowchart

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. If you claim that you simply stopped your addiction to tobacco and 'it was easy', I can only suspect you to be either a liar or someone with above-human psychological abilities. Next, you denounce anyone who can't lose weight as being 'weak, lazy' and lacking motivation.

You're a troll, right? Fuck you. I do know many people who have just quit tobacco, even after many many years. The simple fact is some people can do it, others cannot. Plenty of people quit that way. Develop a Two-Minute Meditation Habit and Make It Stick. No matter what religion you are, if your prayer isn't meditation, you're doing it wrong.

Develop a Two-Minute Meditation Habit and Make It Stick

No matter what subject you study, if your deep thought, introspection, or focus, isn't a form of meditation, you're doing it wrong. Meditation comes in many forms, and unless you have severe ADHD, everyone does it. It's part of the human condition. Yes, even that kid who loses time playing his video games with almost intense abandon of the rest of the world.

There is meditation for relaxation, for focus, and for both. I like this bite sized approach. Talking to Yourself Makes You Smarter. Make Something Good Out of Rejection. There are a lot of books and how-to guides telling you how to deal with rejection.

Make Something Good Out of 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. But these are just ideas; strategies packed together by well-meaning coaches. What you do with them is entirely up to you. Jason Comely, wonderful guy and the founder of Rejection Therapy, expains how to get real with rejection — by actively seeking it. I used to avoid going out and meeting new people. I did a lot of work alone in my home office. Social networks were a replacement for meeting real people. With some introspection, I realized the reason I was so dependent on the Internet for my social life was that I was afraid of rejection. They say the easiest way is the hardest way, right?

There wasn’t the drama that I had conjured up in my head. Jason-comely Thomas S. So, it’s gradual. “Yes.” Rules - Rejection Therapy Rejection Therapy. Consists of only one main rule… Please notice the wording of the rule.

Rules - Rejection Therapy Rejection Therapy

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. To put yourself in a situation where rejection is likely, but to your surprise your request is granted, is not a successful outcome. There are a few stipulations as to what counts as a rejection, but the above rule is all you need to benefit from Rejection Therapy. Can you get rejected for 30 days in a row? You may find it helpful to use HappyRitual or iDone This to keep track of your rejection streaks. You can get started with the Rejection Therapy suggestion card deck. 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.

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong

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.

While your grammar shouldn’t be a reflection of your creative powers or writing abilities, let’s face it — it usually is. Who and Whom This one opens a big can of worms. Which and That Lay and Lie Moot Nor. Ditch Hard Drive Clutter with an Organized, Automated Home Folder. Just wanted to share another tool that can replace and improve upon Belvedere (since it hasn't been updated in 2 years).

Ditch Hard Drive Clutter with an Organized, Automated Home Folder

The program is called DropIT. Here is the description from their website: When you need to organize files, DropIt can eliminate much of the drudgery of searching and manually opening folders and moving files around. Drop a group of different files and folders on the floating DropIt image and it sorts them to defined destination folders, compresses or extracts them, opens them with associated programs or performs other defined actions.

You can define how to filter your files (by name, directory, size, date, properties, content, regular expressions) and associate one of the 18 available actions to perform (Move, Copy, Compress, Extract, Rename, Delete, Encrypt, Decrypt, Open With, Upload, Send by Mail, Create Gallery, Create List, Create Playlist, Create Shortcut, Copy to Clipboard, Change Properties and Ignore). 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. Or maybe you’re just not ready to make a huge time commitment. Whatever your situation, tools that can turbo-charge your life fast are handy.

The bad news is, long-term change requires time and effort. The good news is, self-improvement techniques and exercises can be very time-efficient. 1. In a recent study, subjects who wrote down their goals were 42% more likely to achieve them than the ones who didn’t. That’s right: a pen, a piece of paper and a few minutes are all you need to near-double your chance of success. 2. Your innermost thoughts are a self-fulfilling prophecy; believing in yourself is crucial to success. Here’s how you can stay positive day in, day out. Get a notebook and write down 3 awesome things you did in the past 24 hours every evening. You’ll be amazed at how much better focusing on your positive achievements makes you feel! Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Carl Jung in 1910.

Myers and Briggs extrapolated their MBTI theory from Jung's writings in his book Psychological Types A chart with descriptions of each Myers-Briggs personality type and the four dichotomies central to the theory. 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]).

Jung theorized that there are four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking.[3] One of these four functions is dominant most of the time. Concepts[edit] As the MBTI Manual states, the indicator "is Designed to Implement a theory; therefore the theory must be understood to understand the MBTI".[7]:1 Type[edit] Four dichotomies[edit] How to hold that thought till morning. The Science Behind a Bad Mood and What You Can Do About It. How to Find More Time in Your Day by Putting Your Chores on Auto-Pilot. First I wanted to say this was a really good article with lots of content, and not just a quick summery and a link. These are the types of articles I like to see on Lifehacker. As far as tips: Batching- I do this somewhat for food. Living alone I'll make several servings. I now have a few lunches/suppers cooked for the future. Make use of little spurts of energy.

Extending on this would be having planning preventative cleaning in small subtasks. How to Re-program Your Memory to Become More Self-Reliant. How I Achieved Better Sleep with the Help of Technology. How to Make Waking Up Comfortable and Pleasurable (Instead of Punishing) Increase Your Dating Success with Statistics. I've admittedly been on OKCupid for awhile now. When I first got on the site, I did exactly what you said and got maybe a 1/10 response back. But let me break down what's happened since.

It usually ends up a few ways. 1) The girl has a dealbreaker for me. She's very religious (I'm not at all and in my experience that never works out). 2) I don't mean to sound shallow, but she's just not physically attractive to me. 3) So I finally find a girl who doesn't have a dealbreaker and I find attractive. 4) The girl winds up being too busy to talk a lot, and thus it becomes hard to get to know them or even get to a first date. This is what I've experienced for the most part.

Not sure where to go from here though...not into the bar/club scene either. How to Overcome Your Fatal Flaw. My fatal flaw is sloth. I'm just really lazy and it's difficult to accomplish things. I wish I was like these over-active people who can't even relax on vacation but I'm not. Once in a while I "wake up" and come to my senses, decide on getting things done, but eventually, without me realizing, I fall back into my laziness, pushing things to later, etc. And this goes for everything in my life like sports, my career, cleaning my home, etc.

If you guys have suggestions on how to fix this flaw, I'd love to hear suggestions.