10 one-minute time hacks that will make you more productive You’re busy, and while reading about powerful time management techniques can be productive, many of the ones out there are simply too complex, complicated or involved to think about. These 10 time hacks are as simple as they come. Every single thing in this list will take you less than one minute to implement into your life, but the results of each can be incredible. Say “no” to three things Here’s a challenge for you: this week say “no” to three commitments that might zap you of your energy, time, or motivation. Turn off all of your email alerts New email alerts don’t cost you much time, but they cost you a ton of attention. While you’re in there tinkering with your email settings, I think it’s also useful to reduce the frequency of how often your mail client checks for new messages (plus, having your phone check for new email less often will save you battery life). Start keeping a list of everything you’re waiting on Live by the two-minute rule Not to-dos; outcomes. Take more breaks
11 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Complete any Task in New Year Motivation is the mental push from you to accomplish an action. People have motives to do many things. Maslow’s Theory, one of the widely discussed theories of motivation debates that physiological needs (such as food, water, sleep etc) are the most basic and fundamental. On the basic needs level, we could visualize how getting fired may lose our ability to buy food and get a good night sleep. However, some of us are capable enough to not worry about these needs. Start with the small bits. If you suffer by your lack of motivation this year, try one or more of these tips in 2007.
Doing These Simple Things After Waking Up Makes Your Day Better You know the drill: open eyes, get up, move yourself robotically to the bathroom, dress up, and get out. Admit it, this is your morning routine. No wonder you’re not functioning at full capacity. No wonder you’re having a really hard time pulling yourself together just enough to be able to smile to your colleagues. Start feeling better about your day. 1. The morning stillness, the quiet moments before dawn are often the most unique moments of the day. 2. There is no better moment to do that than in the morning. 3. I cannot stress enough the benefits of meditation. 4. Imagine your body is a huge battery holding up energy. 5. Imagine your loved one waking up and starting the morning with a smile. 6. Saying “thank you” is underrated. 7. If you’re learning a foreign language, that works great. 8. This is a very powerful exercise. 9. Take a stroll in the quiet, fresh air of the morning. 10. Drink juice instead of your normal breakfast. 11. 12. The trick is to make the shower a cold one.
25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world. As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before. 1. This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. 2. Have you ever wanted to pick up a subject you’re not well-versed in, but you didn’t have the money to invest in a college course? 3. Guitar is one of the few instruments out there that’s actually pretty easy to learn if you’re a little older, making it one of the most accessible instruments. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.
100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Culture My Year of TED: How 54 talks changed a life By Kylie Dunn What do you get when you cross a 39-year-old perfectionist with 54 TED Talks and far more honesty than any person probably needs to experience?
How To Do What You Don't Want To Do We all have to do things in life we don’t want to do. For me, it’s laundry, cooking and exercising. For others, it’s something else. Some of these things we need to do on a daily basis, while others are more long-term goals. 1. Not all of the things you need to accomplish are based in fear (think cooking, laundry). 2. Let’s say you know you need to eat healthier and exercise (don’t we all?). 3. Maybe your spouse has been asking you to clean up your huge pile of junk in the kitchen for a long time. 4. Sometimes the tasks you need to accomplish seem so daunting and overwhelming you don’t know where to begin. 5. If you need to clean that junk pile, don’t feel like it all has to be done in one sitting. 6. Once you have the small steps mapped out, rank order them on what is most important. 7. I am addicted to my calendar. 8. Some goals don’t show results quickly. 9. 10. Grab a hot fudge sundae or treat yourself to a long, hot bath and some wine when you’re done!
5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week. But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits and ill-designed time management, we're only churning out high-quality work a portion of each day. Here are five practical steps to incorporate into any morning routine to optimize your time at the office and maintain productivity all day long: 7 minutes of exercise. There are endless fitness routines to turn to, but the one I like best is called the 7 Minute Workout (and yes, there's an app for that). Start your day out green. While all of these options are fine choices once in a while, you'll be shocked at the morning lift you can get from a green smoothie. I go quick and easy, blending (for about a minute): one apple, one banana, one orange, a handful of spinach, half of a cucumber, any juice or coconut water on hand, a few cubes of ice and some flax seed. Pick 3 wins for the day. Block your calendar to achieve wins.
6 Morning Habits to Guarantee a Great Day How many times have we heard that morning is the most important part of the day? It’s true. The way that we begin our day has a definite impact on how the rest of the day unfolds. We can choose to be proactive and set ourselves up for success, or we can choose to just let things unfold as they may. Since how we begin our day is so important, why would we choose to be lax in our morning routine? 1. Stretching is as important as getting regular exercise. Here are some benefits to stretching: – Stretching helps with posture. – Stretching improves flexibility by increasing the range of motion. – Stretching decreases injury by warming up the muscles before activity. – Stretching increases blood flow and nutrient supply to muscles. -Stretching helps to calm the mind. – Stretching releases both physical and mental tension. To increase the effectiveness of stretching, try these tips: – Stretch muscles that you know are tight, focusing more of the stretching routine on these areas. 2. – Meditate. 3. 4.
10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work Do you feel like you can no longer cope with the stress of meeting your deadlines? Does the lack of concentration stop you from focusing on your goals? Are you stuck or stressed out? There are so many more sites like this out there, but — for the purposes of this article — I have included 10 of them that I use myself. 1. Yes, that’s exactly what you should do for the next two minutes. 2. Calm.com also challenges you to sit still and quiet your mind. You can choose from the many calming atmospheres that are available — gentle waves, fields, waterfalls. 3. SimplyNoise uses white, pink and brown noise. 4. SimplyRain belongs to the SimplyNoise website and it simply plays the rain sounds for you. 5. This one’s my favorite and the one I use most often when I write. 6. You can’t afford spending every morning at Starbucks? 7. naturesoundsfor.me It’s so soothing, yet lively, to listen to the sounds of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore while children giggle in the background. 8. 9.
Richard Rodriguez: “New Atheism has a distinctly neo-colonial aspect” When W.B. Yeats wrote, almost a century ago, that “Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry,” he would not likely have guessed that the phrase would someday apply to a gay, deeply Catholic Latino living in California. Richard Rodriguez is more than just a string of contradictory signifiers; he’s an exemplar of the old-school literary essay at its most poetic, and the wrestling match with the tensions in his own background gives his work its incredible energy. It seems appropriate that he was born in Sacramento, also the birthplace of that other California essayist Joan Didion; Rodriguez writes about a different California than the landscape of despair she chronicled in the ’60s and ’70s, but his work belongs on the same shelf. Rodriguez has also, in the past, been a reasonably controversial figure for his political positions, such as his opposition to affirmative action and bilingual education. Let’s talk about another paradox.
Why Procrastinators Procrastinate PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.) pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-| noun the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to avoid procrastination. Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution. Avoid procrastination. While we’re here, let’s make sure obese people avoid overeating, depressed people avoid apathy, and someone please tell beached whales that they should avoid being out of the ocean. No, “avoid procrastination” is only good advice for fake procrastinators—those people that are like, “I totally go on Facebook a few times every day at work—I’m such a procrastinator!” The thing that neither the dictionary nor fake procrastinators understand is that for a real procrastinator, procrastination isn’t optional—it’s something they don’t know how to not do. Pretty normal, right? Notice anything different?
How To Become A Morning Person You’ve heard it before: Getting up early is good for you. Luminaries from Ben Franklin to Ernest Hemingway to Michelle Obama have endorsed the lifestyle. And studies have shown that being awake in the early-morning hours can boost creativity, help with weight loss, and make you happier. But what if getting out of bed at the crack of dawn seems like the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest after downing a bacon double cheeseburger? “You get to rise in sync with nature and start the day afresh,” says life coach Annie Lin. Real Business asked Lin for five tips on how to become a chipper, chirping early bird in three weeks. 1. 2. 3. On the professional side, a clear mind in the morning can help with planning your day, building a vision for your career, and tackling business tasks that require a full tank of energy. 4. 5.
10 Things You Should Do Every Day Before 10 AM “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius You don’t have to be a morning person to benefit from morning rituals. Most people hit snooze, roll out of bed and into some clothes while plunging into their day without a plan. You, however, can choose to approach your day mindfully. Being mindful will increase the odds that you will feel good, be more productive and end up happier when it’s all over. Meditate Meditating or even some simple breathing can help you begin your day with a sense of calm. There is plenty of activity during our day, make a commitment to start on a quieter note. Reflect in Gratitude “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart Start your day by reflecting on what you are grateful for. Set Your Daily Intention Make those goals a priority for the day. Pad Your Schedule Hydrate Stretch Listen to Music Smile Follow Me: