How to feel better now What makes you happy? I find directly pursuing happiness is difficult to do. Many times the things we think will make us happy fail to do so. Instead I like to focus on growth and developing a strong life philosophy that can guide you through tough times and help you enjoy successes. But what about feeling good right now? Hack One: Goals Nothing creates a bigger jolt of enthusiasm than a new inspiring vision of the future. Hack Two: Chores Procrastination sucks. Hack Three: Laugh Don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Hack Four: Aid Help someone who needs it. Hack Five: Socialize One of the leading evolutionary theories for explaining the size of the human brain is our complex social structure. Hack Six: Inspiration Find something to get you inspired, even if just for a short time. Hack Seven: Exercise Exercise releases various chemicals into your brain which leave you feeling good. Hack Eight: Posture Change the way you hold your body to reflect someone who is happier. Hack Nine: Music
100 time, energy, and attention hacks to become more productive When I graduated University with a business degree last May, I received two incredible full-time job offers, both of which I declined because I had a plan. For exactly one year, from May 1, 2013, through May 1, 2014, I would devour everything I could get my hands on about productivity, and write every day about the lessons I learned on A Year of Productivity. Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, and read a ton of books and academic literature on productivity, all to explore how I could become as productive as possible, and then write about the lessons I learned. One year, 197 articles, and over one million hits later, I’ve reached the end of my year-long journey, but not before going out with a bang. This article’s a long one, but it’s pretty skimmable! Without further ado, let’s jump in. To kick things off, here are a number of my favorite time hacks to both: Hacks to get more time
The Gentle Art of Saying No It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time. But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with. What’s so hard about saying no? But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Value your time. What are your ways of saying “no”?
Purpose Your Day: Most Important Task (MIT) By Leo Babauta I’ve mentioned this briefly in my morning routine, but I thought I’d explain a little bit more about MITs – Most Important Tasks. It’s not an original concept, but one that I use on a daily basis and that has helped me out tremendously. It’s very simple: your MIT is the task you most want or need to get done today. In my case, I’ve tweaked it a bit so that I have three MITs — the three things I must accomplish today. Do I get a lot more done than three things? And here’s the key to the MITs for me: at least one of the MITs should be related to one of my goals. And that makes all the difference in the world. Another key: do your MITs first thing in the morning, either at home or when you first get to work. It’s such a small thing to implement, and yet I’m raving about it like it’s a huge revelation.
7 stupid thinking errors you probably make The brain isn’t a flawless piece of machinery. Although it is powerful and comes in an easy to carry container, it has it’s weaknesses. A field in psychology which studies these errors, known as biases. Although you can’t upgrade your mental hardware, noticing these biases can clue you into possible mistakes.How Bias Hurts You If you were in a canoe, you’d probably want to know about any holes in the boat before you start paddling. Biases can be holes in your reasoning abilities and they can impair your decision making. Simply noticing these holes isn’t enough; a canoe will fill with water whether you are aware of a hole or not. Biases hurt you in a number of areas: Decision making. Here are some common thinking errors:1) Confirmation Bias The confirmation bias is a tendency to seek information to prove, rather than disprove our theories. Consider a study conducted by Peter Cathcart Wason. This is the tendency to see patterns where none actually exist.
Warning: Is artificial light shattering your productivity? Takeaway: Not enough exposure to natural light will affect your productivity by disrupting your sleep, increasing your stress levels, reducing your energy levels, and affecting your attention. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 44s. I’m currently living in reclusion for 10 days for a productivity experiment, and having no exposure to the sun has certainly affected my productivity.1 While my case may be extreme (who lives in complete reclusion for 10 days?), lighting has the potential to greatly affect your productivity, too. I’ve seen first hand the effect lighting can have on my sleep quality, motivation, energy levels, happiness, and ultimately my productivity. 1. Simply put, the sun tells your body when it’s time to go to bed. “When the sun sets, your body starts producing this hormone and you gradually feel sleepier and your body temperature lowers as it accumulates. 2. 3. 4. Here comes the sun, do do do dooooo Too much exposure to artificial light is not a good thing.
The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures « OkTrends 3.6 Beta 2 Hello, old friends. I am back from dark months of data mining, here now to present my ores. To write this piece, we cataloged over 7,000 photographs on OkCupid.com, analyzing three primary things: Facial Attitude. In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong. One of the first things we noticed when diving into our pool of photos is that men and women have very different approaches to the camera. Women smile about 50% more than men do and make that flirty-face four times as often. Now, you’re always told to look happy and make eye contact in social situations, but at least for your online dating photo, that’s just not optimal advice. Notice that, however, that flirting away from the camera is the single worst attitude a woman can take. Men’s photos are most effective when they look away from the camera and don’t smile: Weird. The Cleavage Shot
The top 10 things I learned meditating for 35 hours last week Estimated Reading Time : 10 minutes, 29 seconds. I’ve bolded the golden nuggets if you’re in a bit of a hurry. I remember it vividly. About four years ago I was at a tea shop reading a book on meditation, when a Buddhist monk walked in and sat across the room from me. As I read, I occasionally looked up at him, and saw that he was mindfully sipping on a cup of tea. I remember thinking: what a complete waste of time. After all, he could have gotten so much more done in that hour than just drinking tea. Today, I think the exact opposite. Four years later – yesterday, in fact – I sat alone in my kitchen mindfully sipping a cup of tea. Meditation and mindfulness look absolutely pointless on the surface, and that’s because on the surface, they are. Over the past seven days I meditated for a whopping 35 hours, and diving deep into the practice I observed its myriad benefits first hand. 10. 9. 8. Or any other sport, for that matter. 7. A computer’s RAM is like it’s short-term memory. 6. 5. 4. 3.
A 3-Step Cure for Digital Packrats, and How to Know If You’re On Post written by Leo Babauta. I have a confession to make: until recently, I was a digital packrat. While my outer life has become fairly simple, as I declutter my home and workspace, and my paper files have also become pretty simple, my digital life was a mess. I had all kinds of files on my hard drive, just because I thought I might need them. Trouble is, there are costs to such packrattery. How do I know? How to Know If You’re a Digital Packrat The main way to know: 1) you feel that you should keep a lot of files “just in case”; 2) it takes you too long to find stuff; 3) your digital life is becoming complicated, with multiple email accounts, drives, storage mediums and either a mess of files or a mess of folders. But here are a few symptoms: Do you have 20 or more folders and sub-folders in your documents folder on your hard drive? If you answered “yes” to more than one of these questions, more than likely, you’re a digital packrat. Go through a massive purge.