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Zen To Done (ZTD): The Ultimate Simple Productivity System By Leo Babauta “It’s about the habits and the doing, not the system or the tools.” In order to capture the essentials of being productive & organized, while keeping things as simple as possible, I’ve developed my own productivity system: Zen To Done (ZTD). ZTD captures the essential spirit of the new system: that of simplicity, of a focus on doing, in the here and now, instead of on planning and on the system. If you’ve been having trouble with GTD, as great as it is, ZTD might be just for you. Overview ZTD attempts to address five problems that many people have with GTD. ZTD addresses five problems people have with GTD: 1) GTD is a series of habit changes. Solution: ZTD focuses on one habit at a time. 2) GTD doesn’t focus enough on doing. Solution: ZTD focuses more on doing — and how to actually complete your tasks, in a simple, stress-free manner. 3) GTD is too unstructured for many people. 4) GTD tries to do too much, which ends up stressing you out. Solution: ZTD focuses on simplifying.

Google Bought a Zoo [Infographic] | Infographic Google recently announced a new Penguin update furthering the search giant’s objective to decrease Web spam and reward good quality content and effective white hat SEO techniques. If you’re practicing black hat SEO tactics such as keyword stuffing, duplicate content, and link schemes, be careful; the Penguin or Panda might swallow you whole. For us folks who take our content marketing seriously, these are welcomed updates because Google is rewarding remarkable content and penalizing the poorly written crap. Another important part of this update is that Google is increasingly looking at social signals as a sign of content quality and relevance. The more social shares and interactions that a piece of content has, the more likely it will show up in search results. But, keep in mind that the number of shares are not the only thing influencing search results, but also the influence of those individuals who are doing the sharing.

Mindset | How can you change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset? Step1. Learn to hear your fixed mindset “voice.” As you approach a challenge, that voice might say to you “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.” As you hit a setback, the voice might say, “This would have been a snap if you really had talent.” As you face criticism, you might hear yourself say, “It’s not my fault. Step 2. How you interpret challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. So as you face challenges, setbacks, and criticism, listen to the fixed mindset voice and... Step 3. As you approach a challenge: THE FIXED-MINDSET says “Are you sure you can do it? THE GROWTH-MINDSET answers, “I’m not sure I can do it now, but I think I can learn to with time and effort.” FIXED MINDSET: “What if you fail—you’ll be a failure” GROWTH MINDSET: “Most successful people had failures along the way.” FIXED MINDSET: “If you don’t try, you can protect yourself and keep your dignity.” GROWTH MINDSET: “If I don’t try, I automatically fail. As you hit a setback: Then... Step 4.

Forget To-Do Lists. Focus on This Instead. Source: PicJumbo. Do you make to-do lists? If so, stop. They don’t work. According to Janet Choi and Walter Chen, 41% of your to-do list items don’t get done and those that do, don’t correlate with what you set out to do. [1] I can relate. How does that happen? I would feel disappointed because I had not made headway with my goals and I would lose momentum. That is until I read James Altucher’s new book, The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth, and was introduced to having themes instead. Let me explain. The Problem with To-Do Lists “Abundance only comes when you are moving along your themes – when you are truly enhancing the lives of the people around you”– James Altucher. The problem with to-do lists is that they are very goal orientated and come with a number of disadvantages. For example… They can cause anxiety. They don’t highlight importance. We don’t know what should be on it. They can cause disappointment. The solution? Make a Themes List Conclusion Create a list of themes for your life.

6 Expert-Endorsed Ways to Improve Your Marketing TODAY In the marketing world, there’s lots of discussion about shortening attention spans and how we as an industry need to tailor our approach to be faster, better, and more compelling. Often in just three seconds or 140 characters. But where’s the instant gratification for marketers? What can we do in a day’s work that will generate real impact on our business? Below we’ve outlined tips from top experts on tactics and strategies you can employ in the next 24 hours to improve your marketing for the long haul. We recruited best in class experts including Ann Handley, Jay Baer, Shawn Graham, David Meerman Scott, Kevin Daum and more for their input, and combined their expertise with HubSpot’s own proven tactics. 1) Revamp Your “About Us” Small business marketing expert and Fast Company blogger Shawn Graham describes the “About Us” section of a company’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages as “a window into the soul of your business.” What to Do Today 4) Delight a Customer

Mastery learning, samhällskunskap och svårmotiverade elever - Mikael Bruér Ett problem som alla lärare mellan varven stöter på är hur man motiverar de omotiverade, eller de elever som är allra längst från ett godkänt betyg. De fyra SO-ämnena är komplexa till sin natur och alla fyra ämnena bygger både på en fungerande begreppsapparat och förmågan att ta till sig text. Särskilt knepigt upplever jag detta är i samhällskunskapen som av många dels upplevs som väldigt komplex och dels är fullmatad med begrepp. Tidigare har jag skrivit om hur jag planerar och försöker åskådliggöra kvalitetsaspekter för mina elever, men detta inlägg ska mer handla om en av flera metoder jag använder både för att underlätta för elever, men också för att motivera dem. En metod jag använder, i huvudsak med denna elevgrupp i åtanke, för att försöka göra det svåra mer lättillgängligt för de som har det svårast att nå resultat i mina ämnen är en variant av det som går under samlingsnamnet mastery learning. Det finns också en risk att man som lärare fastnar i att enbart arbeta med fakta.

Weekly Planning — the spark notebook Happy Friday! I hope you are having a lovely day today. Spark Notebooks are starting to arrive all over the world and it is so wonderful to hear all the excitement. When you get yours, be sure to let me know! As people are getting their notebooks though, I realized I messed up. Why are there no instructions? So, I am working on a guide, and we will probably print it on paper and distribute it with future versions of the notebook. Today, I put together some quick notes on how to do a weekly planning session. Every week I start my week with a planning session. You can do your planning Sunday night, or first thing Monday morning (that is when I do my planning session) or even on Fridays if that works better for you. Below is an agenda for your weekly planning session. 1) Each week start your planning with the Weekly Goals page. 2) Look back on your previous week and see what you accomplished and what was left over. 3) Then think about the good things that happened last week.

Social Media Torch How to Make Money on YouTube as a Clickbank Affiliate How to Make Money on YouTube I’m going to tell you an easy way to help you learn how to make money on YouTube. Just stay with me, it’ll only take a few minutes to understand the entire process. First thing to do is go to Clickbank.com. I want you to click the sign up link at the top of the page. Under Affiliates click “I have an established audience”. In order to make money on YouTube, first pick a product that you are advertising for and trying to sell on YouTube. Ranked Videos Make Money on YouTube Find a Site Explorer you are going to use. So how do you do that? Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools “We’ve got this, it’s easy,” they said. “Can we move on?” I looked at the other students and asked, “Do you have this?” They nodded their heads furiously up and down in a yes. My teacher instincts said that everyone knew it, but I decided to experiment, so I wrote a problem on the board. I was floored. I taught for another few minutes and gave them another problem. But the end result was not what you think. I was sold on formative assessment. Good teachers in every subject will adjust their teaching based on what students know at each point. Formative Assessment Toolkit Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each tool. 1. The advantage of Socrative is that it gives me percentages that I can use as a grade if we’re ready for that. Formative is another tool in this category, with some different advantages. 2. I knew Kahoot was a winner when I finished 10 minutes early on the last day of school and my class asked to play SAT vocab review with it. 3. 4. 5. No More Surprises

The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now This is how the world felt before Crackberries. (LeoLuigi)“Not-to-do” lists are often more effective than to-do lists for upgrading performance. The reason is simple: what you don’t do determines what you can do. Here are nine stressful and common habits that entrepreneurs and office workers should strive to eliminate. 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. It’s hip to focus on getting things done, but it’s only possible once we remove the constant static and distraction. What other no-no’s would you add to the list?

6 horizons of focus:

• 50,000 ft: Values [typically unchanged]
• 40,000 ft: 3-5 years out
• 30,000 ft: 1-2 year goals [every 6 months or so]
• 20,000 ft: Areas of responsibility & focus [every 3-6 months]
• 10,000 ft: Projects [review weekly]
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