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Focus Your Ambitions with the Lifehacker Hierarchy of Goals

Focus Your Ambitions with the Lifehacker Hierarchy of Goals
Setting goals is easy, but prioritizing them is hard. Humans suck at properly weighing what we need to achieve our goals. We take on too much, skip steps, and often, as a result, we give up. Once you commit to a framework to prioritize your goals and cut the junk, achieving your goals gets a lot more realistic. Here's one way to do it.P If you're anything like me you have a ton of goals. Consider this a system of life designing that helps you question assumptions and figure out what you really want. Level 1: The Primary GoalsP SExpand Your primary goals are the base of all other goals—the one or two things you aspire to do before you die. Level 2: Long Term GoalsP Your long term goals are the major goals that are required to get to the primary goals. Level 3: Short Term GoalsP Think of short term goals as weeks or months out. Level 4: Recurring GoalsP Your recurring goals are what you want to do daily/weekly/monthly regardless of what else is going on. Level 5: Immediate GoalsP Related:  Loading Bay

Getting Real Here are the 16 chapters and 91 essays that make up the book. Introduction chapter 1 What is Getting Real? The Starting Line chapter 2 Build LessUnderdo your competition What's Your Problem? Stay Lean chapter 3 Less MassThe leaner you are, the easier it is to change Lower Your Cost of ChangeStay flexible by reducing obstacles to change The Three MusketeersUse a team of three for version 1.0 Embrace ConstraintsLet limitations guide you to creative solutions Be YourselfDifferentiate yourself from bigger companies by being personal and friendly Priorities chapter 4 What's the big idea? Feature Selection chapter 5 Half, Not Half-AssedBuild half a product, not a half-ass product It Just Doesn't MatterEssentials only Start With NoMake features work hard to be implemented Hidden CostsExpose the price of new features Can You Handle It? Process chapter 6 The Organization chapter 7 Staffing chapter 8 Interface Design chapter 9 Code chapter 10 Words chapter 11 Pricing and Signup chapter 12 Promotion chapter 13

The 100 Startup Technology I use on a Daily Basis - updated for this year In the past, I've written about the technology I use on a daily basis at school. I just saw that Richard Byrne did the same thing on his blog this week, so I decided to update my list with what I'm using these days. All of them are free, except for PowerTeacher (paid for by the district) and my smartphone. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. iGoogle - I use iGoogle as my start page to keep myself organized. 6. 7a. 7b. There are also Dropbox apps for iPhone, Android, iPad and Blackberry. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. So, you now know what I use for educational technology on a daily basis. Please share your resources too.

How to Invert Your Browser's Colors for Easier Reading at Night Whitson Gordon claims that for longer reading, "black on white is much easier to read than the opposite or any other combo." - This is not true. The most efficient and 'easiest' on the eyes set up is: pale yellow font on dark blue background. This is true for all reading. And for longer content, serifs fonts (ones with the fancy hooks and and swings) in them are better than non-sans: more points of reference to distinguish one letter from another, so less processing effort is needed. Perhaps Whitson's comment is simply a personal preference. Pale yellow on dark blue has science of how the human eye-to-brain processing system works as proof. Btw: Ironically, bright saturated yellow (canary) is the most complex and therefore confusing color for the human site system to process, so it can cause agitation, be it as a font or the color of someone's clothing.

The Book by 37signals How To Back Up PCs To Each Other Via The Internet Using Crash Plan Personal Backing up the data on your computer is vital. Everyone knows this. Yet not everyone does something about it. Why? Because backing up a computer remains a bit of a pain. If you own more than one computer, however, the answer may already be in your home. Introducing CrashPlan Personal Still, while this sounds great in theory, backing up your computers can be tedious in practice. CrashPlan is a popular piece of backup software. When you sign up for the first time you’ll be enrolled in a 30-day trial. You don’t however need a paid account to do backups between computers. Creating The Backup To use this software for backups across computers you’ll need to install it on each computer. Once you’re in the main CrashPlan menu you’ll need to look towards the bottom of the window and find the “Another Computer” option. By clicking on the link you’ll be sent directly to the Computers tab of the Destinations section. This process can take some time. Changing Your Backup Restore Your Files

Cloud Productivity | Business and Personal Productivity in the Cloud Get Hired Can we get a counter point article written by job interviewees? This article comes across as slightly arrogant. I've noticed that a lot of interviewers treat me as if they are giving me some amazing life changing opportunity by agreeing to talk to me, even though most of the time they're the ones who approached me. Just a few off the top of my head: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Time Management from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule -- and Your Life: Julie Morgenstern: 9780805075908: Amazon.com 3 Ways The Portable Apps Platform Will Make Your Life Easier Portable apps have a huge place in my geeky heart simply because they are quite numerous (if you don’t believe me, check out the Best Portable Apps here). They don’t modify the registry, and can be used in different Windows machines (though there are portable apps for Linux as well). Up until recently though, maintaining portable apps was not pleasant for me. I’d have to go into Windows Explorer and click on the executable to launch the program every time, and if there was an update to the program, I’d have to download the program and “install” it all over again. If your answer is yes, you should probably take a look at the Portable Apps Platform, currently on version 10.0, available from the same site that offers portable versions of popular programs. Start Menu For Application Organization & Launch If you have quite a few portable apps (even our suggestions from our Best Portable Apps reach 50+), having a way to access them is probably optimal. Obtain New Portable Apps

KeyRocket - A simple way to master keyboard shortcuts. Quick Example Sally installs KeyRocket and starts using Word. KeyRocket notices that Sally habitually uses the mouse to center align her text and suggests that she use a shortcut instead (in this case, Ctrl + E). Not Your Dad’s Office Assistant From the moment you finish installation, it starts learning how you work. Constantly Learning KeyRocket is always learning – constantly recalibrating its recommendations based on your current level of knowledge. Teaches What You Need to Know KeyRocket’s teaching algorithms and user interface were developed through research at one of Germany’s top universities. Sounds simple enough, but it’s taken years of research and development to create software that adjusts to your unique learning and working style.

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