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Confessions of a Recovering Lifehacker

Confessions of a Recovering Lifehacker

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.

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 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).

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.

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.

Warren Buffett's 10 Inspiring Tips for You Advice from One of the World’s Wealthiest Men…and Wisest I know the article title mentions these tips are for “young people,” but hey, I did not realize the value of self-development until I was in my late twenties and early thirties. Imagine right now you have received a special meeting with Warren Buffett. Here are ten things he would tell you, to help you improve yourself, give yourself better opportunities for success in the future, or just light a fire under your rear-end to get you motivated. Invest in “you” before anyone else. Listen, you will probably hear everyone around you telling you to begin investing early. Break your bad habits early. What is one habit you need to ditch, right now? Hire a mentor. Finding someone you admire is cute. Know your strengths. “You don’t have to be an expert on everything, but knowing where the perimeter of that circle of what you know and what you don’t know is, and staying inside of it is all important,” Warren Buffett said. Do what you love.

18 Ways to Peacefully Motivate Yourself Most productivity tips boil down to clever ways of forcing yourself to do things you don’t want to do. How exhausting! It’s so much more peaceful – and so much more effective – to motivate yourself instead of forcing yourself. Think of one goal you’d like to achieve, but you’re having trouble motivating yourself. You care. So read these 18 ideas with your goal in mind, and think about how you could apply one of them today to remind yourself why you care and how much you care. #1: Create a vision board Get a piece of poster board, cut up a bunch of magazines, and create a collage of images and words that remind you of why you care about your goal. #2: Create a desktop or smartphone background It’s like a digital vision board. #3: Set an alarm as a reminder Set an alarm to go off every morning with a reminder of why you care about your goal. #4: Use an app There are apps specifically designed to remind you of your goals. #5: Write a reminder #6: Create a symbolic reminder #8: Jewelry Over to You

stop being a slave to your emotions Emotions have a lot to do with our interpretation of an event. Emotional reasoning takes place when we assume something is true because of the way we feel, when in reality, the truth could be very different. While there is nothing wrong with noticing and recognizing your emotions, they also take us away from objective and neutral interpretations of life and can take us off on a tangent clouded with feeling. It can be difficult to learn how to control emotions and not let yourself be affected by others that are emotional around you. If you find that you react strongly to life with emotion, here are ways to be more rational and remove emotion before you take action: 1) Think of your emotions as part of your “map” not as part of the “territory” Our thoughts lead us to feeling emotions. 2) Stop and think before acting Stop and wait for the emotional part of your brain to subside before taking action. 3) Know where your weaknesses lie 4) Own your emotions Take responsibility for your actions.

5 Reasons to Write a Letter to Yourself (and How to Do It) In high school, my English teacher had everyone bring in a self addressed envelope. She gave us some paper and told us to write a letter to our future selves. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but I realize now that she was doing us all huge favor. She was giving a gift to our future selves. After we wrote the letters, she took them and said she would mail them in five years, just as most of us would be graduating from college. I will never forget reading that letter when it came back to me, exactly five years later as she had promised. This is an incredible exercise to do no matter how old you are. 1) Cultivate gratitude. One of the best things for your emotional health is to practice gratitude regularly. This letter is a message in a bottle. Fill it will positive affirmations and appreciation for the person you are. 2) Increase self-awareness. Do you ever go back and scroll through your old Facebook posts? All of your quirks and thought patterns will show up as plain as day.

Writing a Letter To Your Future Self Writing a letter to your future self is an exercise which I thought of back in 2006. It was inspired from when I chanced upon the Yahoo! Time Capsule project (website is now dead). Why Write a Letter To Your Future Self? Doing this exercise can be a really insightful experience. Just imagine writing a letter to your future self five years from now, then opening it at that exact moment five years down the road to read the message that the past you left for yourself. As you read the letter in the future, you can assess how many things match up (or not) vs. your expectations in the past and think about why that’s the case. In addition to that, at the very moment you are writing the letter, your consciousness is captured and stored right there in those words. What To Write About Look at today’s date. You can either write it as hard copy (for a greater sense of nostalgia due to the aging condition of paper by then and all) or have it as a digital soft copy. Opening My Letter From My Past Self

zen habits How to Heal Emotional and Spiritual Blockages HJ: The only thing keeping you from having what you want — particularly the life, happiness and fulfillment you want — are emotional and spiritual blockages. Emotional states create outcomes. Your emotional state determines what you are capable of doing and becoming. A severely depressed person will constantly be struggling with themselves and hence experience the reflection of that in their lives. Someone happy and motivated will produce the opposite results of the depressed person. High level coaches and high achievers know that at the end of the day, it’s all about state management. One of the most important things for us to learn how to do is emotional processing. Emotional processing is not something that we have to do consciously because it occurs naturally when we focus on growth. Emotional Processing Dissolves The Ego The ego itself is the result of unprocessed energies and emotions. The ego (what is ego?) There are two levels of emotional processing.

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The Hidden Antidote For Depression By Nanice Ellis Contributing Writer for Wake Up World It is no secret that depression is a worldwide epidemic, but did you know that a hidden cause of depression is the fear of self-expression? If you often sacrifice self-expression in exchange for acceptance, appreciation or approval – or to avoid negative consequences like rejection or conflict – you may become depressed. Every time you shut down self-expression in order to get your emotional needs met by others, you are actually rejecting your Real Self – cutting yourself off from your intrinsic source of energy and power, and thereby diminishing your natural state of peace, joy and love. But, why would we ever do this to ourselves? From birth we are taught to believe that in order to be accepted, appreciated, or to get any emotional needs met, it is necessary to follow a set of rules, regulations and limiting beliefs that were handed down to us from parents, teachers, religion, culture and society. Your only job is to be You.