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. As such, you may not think very highly of yourself. You Only Live Up to the Standards You Set
Do you have a lot of ideas but no clue how to organize them? Or maybe ideas come to you and by the time you have a chance to record them, you've forgotten? Enter the Spark File. As Alex Hillman explains, this tool doesn't just capture half-baked ideas—it helps you turn small concepts into great things. Steven Johnson is one of my favorite authors. I wish I could remember who introduced me to him so I could thank them. Defrag Your Brain With a Spark File
MemStash Helps You Remember Words, Quotes, Facts, or Anything Else with Timely Reminders MemStash is a new web service that aims to help you remember anything you may need to commit to memory, whether it's someone's name, a phone number, facts and figures for an upcoming test, or a quote you're giving a speech pegged on. Best of all, it uses technology you already have, and it's completely free. When you sign up for a MemStash account, you get a bookmarklet that you can click every time you find something you want to memorize.
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 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.
It's a free web application for anyone who's interested in this kind of training. In fact, the source code is freely available. Unfortunately, the latest version of Silverlight 2 isn't installed on this computer. In order to do this training application, you'll have to install Silverlight.
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
Breaking a bad habit or developing a good one might be hard work, but it's not impossible. In fact, once you know the main structure of habits, you can develop a plan to change them. This flowchart from The Power of Habit author Charles Duhigg guides you through the three steps of breaking the habit loop. This is a universal approach to any habit you want to replace, since habits all share basic characteristics: a cue or trigger and a reward that perpetuates the routine. Change a Habit in Three Steps with This Flowchart
Zen Habits blogger Leo Babuta hits on perhaps the most important aspect of making meditation a centering tool for your hectic life: forming the habit. Don't buy a mat or pillow, or focus on 15-minute sits—not yet. Just sit for 2 minutes, every single day. Babuta's post is a great primer for those who feel like there's just no way to fit meditation into their schedule, or, maybe more so, those who have tried and fallen off. Develop a Two-Minute Meditation Habit and Make It Stick
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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. But these are just ideas; strategies packed together by well-meaning coaches. Make Something Good Out of Rejection | fear.less - stories of overcoming fear
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.
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.
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 ] ).
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