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Confessions of a Recovering Lifehacker

Confessions of a Recovering Lifehacker
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10 Mini Productivity Hacks To Ease Your Life We probably live in the busiest and most distracting time in history, and all the tasks we have to accomplish each day can be really difficult to complete when it’s hard to focus. Everyone wants to be more productive, but many people don’t know where to start. Or worse, they think the key to productivity involves doing things that look like a major lifestyle shift. The good news, however, is that there are many small things you can do to make your life easier and more productive. Here are ten mini productivity hacks that you can start using today. 1. One of the key things to realize about productivity is that not every task we have on our plates is equally important. If you want to boost your productivity and get more done, a simple trick to start out with is making a list of the day’s tasks and determine the top three tasks that you simply must complete before the day is up. 2. 3. 4. Ever considered how you use the precious amount of time you have available each day? 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

How to Start Your Day the Right Way In her bestselling book “Eat, Pray, Love”, Elizabeth Gilbert writes the following: “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day.” If you’re looking for a great way to improve your life, take Gilbert’s advice: start your day the right way by selecting your thoughts for the day. In this post I’m going to discuss two methods for doing this. The first of these methods is from the book “Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence”, and the second is from a YouTube video titled “Improve Your Life Using A Daily Success Routine – The Day Launcher System”. Both of these are explained, in detail, below. Feed Your Mind the Good Stuff “What comes out of the mind is what you put in the mind. The book “Today We Are Rich – Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence”, by Tim Sanders, presents seven principles for developing a confident outlook. In this way, Sanders makes sure that he begins each day by feeding his mind the good stuff.

Beat Procrastination: How to Want to Tackle Your To-Do List “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you won’t do anything with it.” ~ M. Scott Peck Ten years ago, I stopped procrastinating. Why the sudden change? Lists and Procrastination Like many people, I make lists, including to-do lists, reminders, shopping lists, wish lists, and my what-to-do-when-bored list. My Dad purposefully decided not to make lists. Not me, however. But sometimes it is. Apparently lists and procrastination go hand in hand for some of us. There’s something wrong with that picture. The Insight That Motivated Me to Change Back to why I went cold turkey about 10 years ago. I had also begun to notice that whenever I was avoiding my to-do lists (procrastination), I became grumpy, moody, and felt a bit down. That insight finally motivated me to tackle my procrastination habit. I realized that procrastination is sort of like an addiction. Being on the wagon is healthier and definitely feels better. Tedious To-Do’s vs. Try it. 1. 2. 3. 4.

42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself Are you someone who likes to grow? Do you constantly seek to improve yourself and become better? If you do, then we have something in common. SEE ALSO: How to Better Yourself One Day at a Time After 1.5 years of actively pursuing growth and helping others to grow through my personal development blog, I realize there is never an end to the journey of self improvement. As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve. Read a book every day. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article or anything about personal growth. Image © kevindooley » Letting Go of Attachment, from A to Zen “Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.” ~Dalai Lama Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha. If there’s one thing we all have in common it’s that we want to feel happy; and on the other side of that coin, we want to avoid hurting. We pin our happiness to people, circumstances, and things and hold onto them for dear life. We attach to feelings as if they define us, and ironically, not just positive ones. In trying to hold on to what’s familiar, we limit our ability to experience joy in the present. When you stop trying to grasp, own, and control the world around you, you give it the freedom to fulfill you without the power to destroy you. It’s no simple undertaking to let go of attachment—not a one-time decision, like pulling off a band-aid. The best approach is to start simple, at the beginning, and work your way to Zen. Experiencing Without Attachment Call yourself out.

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10 Things To Remember If You Want To Do What You Love For A Living According to the latest Gallup polls, only 32% of Americans actually love what they do for a living. That leaves a whopping 68% of people feeling unfulfilled with the work they do on a daily basis. In my mind, this is unacceptable. 1. When I first started trying to figure out how to find and do what I love for a living, I was confused just like everyone else. The overlapping of the three (GPS) is your sweet spot for making a living doing what you love. 2. What are you great it? So how do you figure it out for yourself? 3. People get way too caught up in trying to “find their passion”. We need to inject passion into the things we do. 4. Your highest point of service (or contribution) is where your greatest gifts (G) intersect with your passions (P) in a way that allows you to serve (S) other people. The best way to figure out your highest point of service is to first make a list of the things you’re great at (G), and second, to cross reference it with what you’re passionate about (P).

Push, push, push. Expanding your comfort zone. I’m 40 meters underwater. It’s getting cold and dark. It’s only the third dive in my life, but I’m taking the advanced training course, and the Caribbean teacher was a little reckless, dashing ahead, leaving me alone. The next day I’m in a government office, answering an interview, raising my right hand, becoming a citizen of Dominica. I’m in a Muslim Indian family’s house in Staten Island, washing my feet, with the Imam waiting for my conversion ceremony. I’m backstage at the TED Conference, about to go on, but I can’t remember my lines. I’m alone on a bicycle in a forest in Sweden. We’re in a filthy dorm-room apartment in Guilin, China, studying at the local university. The India Embassy official hands me a pseudo-passport that says I am now officially a “Person of Indian Origin” - a pseudo-citizen of India. I’m in the back of a truck in Cambodia, soaking wet, hitching a ride back to Phnom Penh after an all day bike ride. We’re in a hospital in Singapore, having a baby.

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5 Ways to Control Anger and Improve Your Life Our hearts and minds are filled with a lifetime of memories – both good and bad. But, for some reason, instead of savoring the good memories, many of us just dwell on the bad ones. Well, that needs to stop. Accepting the hurt from your past, and then moving on, is a healthy way to sort out your feelings of unrest. I have first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to dwell on the negative memories that haunt your daily life. I grew up in a relatively large family – I was the youngest of four kids. He was a police officer, who had difficulty handling stress. Those memories of being hit very hard, and being insulted in a nasty manner, have always haunted me. Not everyone who suffers from anger issues has had the same experiences I did. Anger is a disease that eats away at your soul and spreads to those whose lives you touch. Stop pretending you’re OK. If you are constantly agitated, and it only takes the slightest thing to propel into you a tailspin of anger. Find a “peaceful” role model. 1.

» Life as a Conscious Practice ‘Everything is practice.’ ~Pele Post written by Leo Babauta. When we learn a martial art, or ballet, or gymnastics, or soccer … we consciously practice movements in a deliberate way, repeatedly. By conscious, repeated practice, we become good at those movements. Our entire lives are like this, but we’re often less conscious of the practice. Each day, we repeat movements, thought patterns, ways of interacting with others … and in this repeated practice, we are becoming (or have already become) good at these things. When you smoke, or eat junk food, or speak rudely to others, or put yourself down internally, this is something you are practicing to be good at. What if, instead, we practiced consciously, deliberately, and became good at the things we really want to be good at? What if you first, above all skills, learned to be more aware of what you are practicing? What Are You Practicing? Ask yourself these things throughout the day, to practice conscious action: How to Practice

Clover Brings Chrome-Style Tabs to Windows Explorer. | 易捷科技 EJIE Technology 14 Things You Should Give Up Chasing No Matter What Others Say Whenever we chase after something, we take ourselves out of the present moment where life actually happens. The future doesn’t exist yet and the past is gone. The only really meaningful place to live is in the now and that’s generally where you’ll find what you’re looking for. Others may say you should be chasing these 14 things to be happy and successful, but take a deeper look and decide for yourself. 1. “Let the world know why you’re here, and do it with passion.” ~ Dr. Before you start chasing THE dream, make sure that it’s YOUR dream you’re chasing! Take “Anne,” for example, a small quiet woman who used to drag herself into my weekly Reinventing Yourself workshop after spending all day at a job she hated. Anne never invented herself in the first place. 2. “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” ~ Benjamin Franklin According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, security is “the state of being protected or safe from harm.” 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The science behind what motivates us to get up for work every day 2.6K Flares 2.6K Flares × The following post is a guestpost by Walter Chen, founder of a unique new project management tool IDoneThis. More about Walter at the bottom of the post. So, here is the thing right at the start: I’ve always been uncomfortable with the traditional ideal of the professional — cool, collected, and capable, checking off tasks left and right, all numbers and results and making it happen, please, with not a hair out of place. I admit that I’ve never been able to work that way. Feelings provide important feedback during our workday. What does emotion have to do with our work? It turns out, quite a lot. Psychologists Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer interviewed over 600 managers and found a shocking result. 95 percent of managers misunderstood what motivates employees. “The larger the monetary reward, the poorer the performance. – money doesn’t motivate us, at all, instead emotions do.” In the famous expriment by Dr. Amabile and Kramer tell us this: