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  • 2 Secret Tricks of Highly Productive, Self-Disciplined People

    Marc and Angel Hack Life
    Marc Chernoff
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy creating new ones.  You either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. I used to call Joe a genius – everyone did.  At school we all thought of him as an incredibly “gifted” guitarist and he’s since gone on to travel the world making a very good living at what he loves to do. Joe and I became good friends toward the end of high school, and that’s when I learned the truth.  I stayed over at his house one night and was awakened at 6am on a Sunday morning by the harmonious strum of his acoustic guitar. …
  • The Most Important Job Skill Anyone Can Have

    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life
    Shawn McKibben
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    We get caught up so much in what we should do, we often neglect the skills that all of us can develop – the ones that actually will improve our lives and get us ahead. I don’t blame anyone – it’s only human nature to do things that feel safe or are quite frankly, easier to do. I’m guilty of this myself. It’s a lot easier to sit behind a computer, remove ourselves from the real world, or blame other people for our situation. Think about all the people who love to complain online. With an anonymous username, one can complain about something without any filters. It feels…
  • 18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

    Marc and Angel Hack Life
    Marc Chernoff
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you’ve ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before.  Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clear vision again. Last night I had a long conversation with my wise, 71-year-old dad about living and growing through adversity.  One of the last things he said before we got off the phone resonated with me so much, I wrote it down: “It’s been my experience that most people aren’t truly happy until they’ve had many reasons to be sad.  I believe…
  • 27 Stressful Things You Tolerate Too Often

    Marc and Angel Hack Life
    Marc Chernoff
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Life is to be enjoyed and appreciated, not endured and tolerated. In life, unnecessary tolerations can bleed you of energy and make it impossible for you to function effectively.  You can’t live a happy, successful, fulfilling life when you’re spending all your energy tolerating things that shouldn’t be tolerated.  Sometimes you need to put your foot down. In our line of work, Angel and I hear from hundreds of coaching clients, book readers and blog subscribers (subscribe here) every month who have been tolerating the wrong things for far too long.  If you feel like you have been…
  • Travel Hacks: 15 Tips for Sleeping in Airports (+ the 15 Best Airports to Sleep In)

    Rosie Osmun
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you’ve ever taken a long plane trip, chances are you’ve slept in or at least considered sleeping in an airport at some point. For long trips and flights with extended layovers, sleep can even become a necessity if you want to keep your sanity. However, in busy public places, sleeping can require a bit of finesse and planning if you want to get quality Zzz’s and stay safe. The upside is that you avoid dealing with cabs and hotels for just a few hours of rest, saving you money and stress. Below we’ve put together 15 useful tips for sleeping in airports when…
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    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life

  • 3 Skills to Future-Proof Your Brain for Tomorrow’s World

    Joel Zaslofsky
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    “If you are in school today, the technologies you will use as an adult tomorrow have not been invented yet. Therefore, the life skill you need most is not the mastery of specific technologies, but mastery of the technium as a whole — how technology in general works. I like to think of this… as techno-literacy.” – The Technium Applying diverse skills and tools is like breathing for folks like you and me. Most of the time it’s automatic and what makes us feel alive. But why is this so important? For starters, breadth of knowledge means more than specializing to us. Yet…
  • 6 Steps to Avoiding Envy & Frustration While Building an Online Business

    Robin Oxford-Davis
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    To build an online business you not only have to have the tools, patience, knowledge and resources; you also have to be prepared to deal the overwhelming emotions that come with it. I found that the greatest emotions to conquer are envy and frustration. You go online and there they are, websites that look better and are more creative and innovative than yours! They all seem to have it all figured out. They’re up and running and most of all, they seem to be making money! Sometimes it feels like there’s some sort of secret online business club where they give you all the secrets to success…
  • What You Missed in that TED Talk You Watched

    Devin C. Hughes
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    I know what you did this week. You spent hours combing through your Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook feeds while also listening to a few TED talks, searching for that one nugget that’s going to change everything for you. But guess what. It won’t. And you wasted your time. Sorry! Think about what you found. Did you find anything new? Did you hear, see or read that one thing that is going to hand you the key to success? You did not. I guarantee it. You have to stop swimming through your feeds, looking for everybody else’s good fortune to see what you can capitalize on. Because what…
  • The Most Important Job Skill Anyone Can Have

    Shawn McKibben
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    We get caught up so much in what we should do, we often neglect the skills that all of us can develop – the ones that actually will improve our lives and get us ahead. I don’t blame anyone – it’s only human nature to do things that feel safe or are quite frankly, easier to do. I’m guilty of this myself. It’s a lot easier to sit behind a computer, remove ourselves from the real world, or blame other people for our situation. Think about all the people who love to complain online. With an anonymous username, one can complain about something without any filters. It feels…
  • What the Flowers You Give Your Girlfriend Say About Your Relationship

    Adam Jackson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    So, you’re trying to impress your girlfriend and it’s her birthday. Finding the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to impress her. You might consider spending exorbitant money to buy her expensive jewelry or any other elaborate birthday present. However, in reality, most women adore any gift from their boyfriend that is sincere and heartfelt. Read along to find out more! Every girlfriend in the world wishes to have a boyfriend that woos her with her favorite bouquet of flowers. Gifting flowers to your beloved is a simple gesture…
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  • This Interactive Guide Tells You the Right Beef Cuts for Any Meal

    Melanie Pinola
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    There are so many different cuts of beef you can order at the butcher counter that choosing the proper one based on how you're cooking it can be confusing. This "interactive butcher counter" will help.Read more...
  • Roku Now Has Google Play, Is Pretty Much Unstoppable

    Ashley Feinberg on Gizmodo, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Roku was already the best little streaming device money could buy . But now, Google has gone and given Roku players access to all your Google Play movie and TV goodies. Which, more than just being an unprecedented move on Google's part, makes Roku pretty much unstoppable. Read more...
  • ​Yummly Suggests Recipes Based on Cooking Skill, Weather, and More

    Tori Reid
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    iOS/Web: Yummly returns search results based on dietary restrictions and preferences. It also makes recipe suggestions based on things like location, weather, time, and your grocery list. Read more...
  • How to Jailbreak Your iPhone: The Always Up-to-Date Guide [iOS 8.1]

    Thorin Klosowski
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Jailbreaking is a process that changes little by little with each iOS upgrade. Rather than always publishing new guides, we're simply going to keep this one up to date. If you want to jailbreak your iOS device, you've come to the right page.Read more...
  • Earbuds in Any Color, a Pocket-Sized AC Router, and More Deals

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Today only, Amazon is offering steep discounts on a variety of JLab earbuds as their Gold Box Deal of the Day. Options range from $10 for standard buds to $18 for enhanced-bass models, to $20 for "high fidelity." There are a ton of colors available, and the prices are terrific, so grab a pair before they sell out. [JLab Earbud Sale]Read more...
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  • Options for organizing papers

    Jeri Dansky
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Reader Vicki recently made the following comment on the post “Keeping things simple“: I really appreciate reading about options and choices when it comes to organizing. I tend to feel a little suspicious when I read that a specific way of organizing or a specific organizing tool is necessary. Vicki, I understand your concern. While there are some general principles that apply to most organizing situations (such as keeping similar items together), there are also many specific products and techniques for addressing almost any organizing challenge. The trick is to find the solutions…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Snow cone and shave ice machines

    Erin Doland
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! We all have snippets of good memories from our youth that occasionally bubble up and bring smiles to our faces. While watching some of the World Series the other night, I had a flash of memories from being a kid and getting ready for bed while listening to Kansas City Royals games on the AM radio. The pops and and crinkles of the AM broadcast mixed with the sound of the ball making contact with the bat were front and center in my mind and I’m pretty…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Kindle MatchBook lets you upgrade your print-edition book purchases to ebooks Kindle MatchBook lets you upgrade your previous print-edition book purchases for select titles to the corresponding ebook versions. 2009 Making exceptions to your uncluttered standards Making exceptions to uncluttered standards can become a slippery slope. If we don’t keep a watchful eye on our stuff, eventually our entire homes and offices are filled with clutter again. This is especially true in places where clutter can easily hide — closets, cupboards, and toy bins. As a result, I have…
  • Organize a mini office for on-the-go productivity

    David Caolo
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home. Despite the battles with distraction, it’s a real luxury that I definitely appreciate. I’d wager that those of you who don’t complete your 9–5 at home still have a home office, computer room, command center, or some such other space that you use to attend to professional and personal management tasks. Although these home work spaces are helpful, it’s inevitable you’ll be ejected from it at some point. Flaky internet, construction right outside your window, your kid who needs to do research for a school project, your…
  • Going on a sentimental journey

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    When uncluttering, it’s quite easy to make decisions on items for which we have no feelings or emotional attachment. But when we have feelings associated with physical items, it can be hard for our heart to let them go even though our lack of usable living space tells us we really need to say goodbye. There are different types of sentimental clutter (clutter referring to items you don’t necessarily want or have need for; not sentimental objects you value and/or regularly use). Some of the most common items are: Things handed down to us from previous generations Gifts received from…
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  • Finally, A Portable Charger That Allows You To Charge Anything Anywhere

    Michael Cheng
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    These days, running out of power is a real concern due to our reliance on electronics. No power means no calls, messages, and emails. It also means you can’t work or do your assignments. Now there’s a device that you can carry around that can supply power to your gadgets and tools anywhere, anytime. ChargeAll is a power bank for all your electronics. It has both a USB port and an outlet. You don’t need an adaptor or a converter; you can plug your devices in directly! This device is extremely portable. It can fit in large pockets and small bags. It’s also incredibly…
  • 10 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do in Relationships

    Shawn McKibben
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Most of us remember a crazy relationship we were in, or a time we acted crazy toward someone we love. Looking back, it’s often difficult to remember what our mindset was in that moment. We ask ourselves, “Did I really act like that?” I wish I knew more then than I know now about how to be a better partner, son, and friend. The sad reality is that we just aren’t taught how to be mentally strong when faced with adversity. The good news is that it’s never too late to start. Here are 10 things mentally strong people DON’T do when it comes to…
  • Travel Hacks: 15 Tips for Sleeping in Airports (+ the 15 Best Airports to Sleep In)

    Rosie Osmun
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you’ve ever taken a long plane trip, chances are you’ve slept in or at least considered sleeping in an airport at some point. For long trips and flights with extended layovers, sleep can even become a necessity if you want to keep your sanity. However, in busy public places, sleeping can require a bit of finesse and planning if you want to get quality Zzz’s and stay safe. The upside is that you avoid dealing with cabs and hotels for just a few hours of rest, saving you money and stress. Below we’ve put together 15 useful tips for sleeping in airports when…
  • 40 Comic Book Movies That Will Be Released Before 2020

    Siobhan Harmer
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’re an avid comic book movie fan, chances are you heard Warner Bros’ recent announcement in which they revealed that ten new DC Comic-based movies are on the way. 2014 was packed with almost back-to-back Marvel releases, so this is a refreshing announcement that has many people thinking: just what have the rest of the studios got in store for us? Dylan Todd, of Comic Alliance, has listed approximately forty up-and-coming releases between the end of 2014 and 2020. Although 2015 may be a little sparse – with known releases limited to Avengers: Age of…
  • Have A Confident Mindset In A Way Most People Don’t Know

    Laura Randell
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Being a confident person has a lot of benefits at work and at play. It can make you feel and be more successful. Showing you are confident starts with having and cultivating a mindset of confidence. 1. Be honest Sometimes we wear a mask with others, or keep our guard up, which means people never get to know who we really are or what’s important to us. If you are a manager or leader,  that can make you seem distant or ambiguous, and can cause anxiety among your team. Being honest about yourself helps to open people up to you and your point of view. You appear to be what you are…
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  • Mark Peeters’ Droolop 3D Flowers and Jellyfish

    Caleb Kraft
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    3D printing is a lot of things to a lot of people. For some it is utilitarian, others it is an expression of art. Even though we see such a wide variation in the objects that are printed from these machines, they all tend to fall in the same category […]Read more on MAKE
  • Be The Centaur Of Attention This Halloween

    Kyle Scheele
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    One of the things I enjoy the most is finding creative uses for ordinary things. Rather than looking at something and asking “What is this supposed to be used for?”, I’d rather ask “What COULD this be used for?” About a year ago I got a tandem bicycle. While I […]Read more on MAKE
  • Replace Your Car’s Clock with an On Board Diagnostics Display

    Jeremy Cook
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    If you’re a car lover, or simply someone who is bothered by not knowing what’s going on in your “machine” at all times, you might be interested in having a customizable diagnostics display. If so, you would probably like it to look as close to a stock part as possible. […]Read more on MAKE
  • The Lab in the Classroom

    Craig Couden
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    3D printers are coming to schools. How do we make the most of them?Read more on MAKE
  • Makers Against Ebola – Flash Sensor

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Attention sensor fans! The protective suits worn by Ebola caregivers in West Africa get HOT! The heat and moisture buildup reduce work time to a paltry 40 to 60 minutes per shift. Maker solutions such as this Flash Sensor, prototyped by Kailey Shara, are helping. Caregivers on the front line of the Ebola crisis are torn […]Read more on MAKE
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    The Art of Manliness

  • The Potential Benefits of Bloodletting. Yes, Bloodletting.

    Brett & Kate McKay
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Bloodletting is one of the oldest medical practices in history. The earliest records of it for health purposes come from 3,000-year-old Egyptian texts. We also have texts indicating that Ancient Hindus bled sick individuals in the hopes of healing them. Ancient Syrians were known to use leeches for bloodletting as well. The practice was in fact common all over the world, right up until the late 19th century. Despite three-millennia of global popularity, these days bloodletting is commonly considered one of the world’s most assuredly outdated medical practices. It’s become the go-to…
  • How to Install a New Thermostat

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    This post is sponsored by Honeywell. I received a Lyric thermostat and compensation in exchange for coverage. All opinions and thoughts about this product are my own.What’s this? I’ve been slowly turning my home into a “smart home.” I want to be able to control my heating/cooling/lighting/electrical systems from anywhere in the world with my tablet or smartphone, just like some space-aged-homeowner-as-imagined-by-1950s-futurists would. Today I’m replacing my old thermostat with a Honeywell Lyric thermostat that connects to the web. With the new device, I can change the temp in my…
  • 9 Secrets for Dressing Well: A Roadmap for the Style Rookie

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Robert van Tongeren. Some men make it look so easy, don’t they? They seem to have a natural sense of what looks good on them and what doesn’t. But for you, the learning curve seems ever so steep. You want to look your best, but you feel clueless about fashion and style, and nothing you try seems to fall together right. Well, it’s not all your fault. You were taught how to dress yourself when you were young, but I bet you were never taught how to dress well. Nobody ever taught you what makes an outfit work and what doesn’t. And now…
  • Art of Manliness Book Club November ’14: The Call of the Wild

    Jeremy Anderberg
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Jack London is one of AoM’s guiding spirits. Brett and Kate read almost everything both by and about Jack London in researching an epic 11-part series on his thumos-filled life. This month, we thought we’d dive into one of his seminal works firsthand: The Call of the Wild. Set in the 1890s during the Klondike Gold Rush, the story is unusual in that its central character, Buck, is a dog. Buck starts out living in domesticated California, but is soon stolen from his home and sold into life as a sled dog. Follow his transformation from domestication to leadership by finding his…
  • The 15 Spookiest Episodes of Old Time Horror Radio

    Jeremy Anderberg
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Before folks sat around the TV watching American Horror Story or classic movies like The Shining and Friday the 13th, they gathered around the radio to listen to their favorite weekly programs. Many of them were comedies or dramas, just like today’s television programs, but there were also shows dedicated to the creepy crawly — that made goosebumps rise and sent shivers down the spine. It’s often said that what you can’t see is scarier than what you can, and radio programs can sweep you up and create a whole spooky world in your imagination. With Halloween coming…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • Why Disruptive Ideas Need Equally Disruptive Leadership

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Since I left the corporate world a little less than four years ago, I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a startup investor. It’s been one of the most awesome experiences of my life.  I’ve been exposed to multiple industries and multiple talents that have taken my brain on a fantastic learning journey. One of the core words that are kicked around in these circles as we evaluate possible investments is “disruptive“. That is, put in the form of a question, “Is the idea, concept, product, service, etc. capable of disrupting an existing market…
  • The Quickest Path To Building Trust – In Just 6 (Big) Steps

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You’ve accepted a big leadership position at a company that had been mismanaged for many years, leaving its employees discouraged, jaded and skeptical. You have big plans to take this group to greatness using your brand of More Human Leadership, but the top brass wants it done “yesterday”. What’s the first thing you must do to kickstart this transformation? Building trust as soon as possible. It’s the 2nd principle of More Human Leadership – and an absolute must for any lasting change. Because the last thing a leader needs in quickly pushing goals,…
  • Leading Past The Target

    12 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It was so much fun we didn’t want it to be over. We were having a great ride on this roller coaster, and the cool thing was, there were more thrilling twists and turns ahead of us. But reality had intervened, and we had to stop – and, on top of that, all the riders had to go their separate ways. It was July of 2010, and I was playing a round of golf with my core management team in Billings, Montana. Our company had just been sold for a very nice profit for the investors. The buyers had already signaled their intentions to change the management structure post-closing, which meant I…
  • Do Leaders Need To Be Liked To Be Successful?

    5 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I was reading the Sunday NY Times this morning (my weekly old-school ritual) and came across this quote in Adam Bryant’s “Corner Office” column: I used to care a lot that people liked me. That’s no longer as much the case. Of course, nobody wants not to be liked, but I don’t care as much. I remember feeling liberated when it no longer influenced my decision-making. - Deborah Bial, president of the Posse Foundation These words brought back to mind my own struggles with the need to be liked. When I was suddenly thrust into a COO-type role when I was 27, the desire to be…
  • (Beware of) The 7 Deadly Leadership Sins

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Anyone who is chosen to be a leader has to take on one huge responsibility to do it successfully – to be the person who “shows the way“.   It’s the very definition of the word “lead“. In that position, all eyes are on YOU. Your actions, attitudes, and demeanor will dictate how well your team will perform. It calls for a great sense of self-awareness, and a keen sense of the trap doors that will inevitably lurk around every corner. I call them the seven deadly leadership sins. Commit one, and we lose a key element of our team dynamic.   If we succumb to…
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    Live Your Legend

  • How to Make Your First $1,000 From Your Passions & Talents (my fully tested & proven process)

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    “The first dollar changes everything.” Hey, Living Legends – I have some fun & urgent news! After being asked by literally thousands of you in the past few months of rigorous user interviews, I’ve finally decided to host a live online workshop on How to Make Your First $1,000 from Your Passions & Talents. Registration just went live and I’m crazy excited about it! I filmed a short video to explain everything. Take a few minutes to watch that above right now. The workshop goal and guarantee are simple: I will teach you a proven process and framework…
  • Ask the Reader: What Words Inspire You? (winner goes on the new LYL shirt & gets a free one!)

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    We’re creating new LYL shirts – and I want you to design them! Fun news today! We just released a new comment system on LYL that I think is going to make it a lot more engaging for our community to interact with each other, share ideas and join in on discussions. And to celebrate that, we’re launching a comment contest like we’ve never done… And the winning comment will end up as the design of our next Live Your Legend shirt! Here’s all you have to do to participate:  Leave your favorite short inspirational quote, saying or phrase as a comment. It should…
  • Serendipity 101: How I Create Luck (take this ONE golden step)

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    “…when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paul Coelho, The Alchemist Today we’re talking about luck, which is especially close to my heart, since Luckey is my middle name. For real – it’s my mom’s maiden name (spelled “Luckey”). Also, this article is a lot shorter than usual, so to add to the fun, I’ve linked to a handful of our most popular articles on the topics discussed. Take some time a soak them in. Now, time to get lucky… Have you ever seen the people who just seem lucky…
  • The Fully-Exposed Live Your Legend Case Study & Biz Teardown: 18 Steps to Turn Your Idea into a Global Revolution

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    “Give people something & someone to believe in. And even more… Create something to belong to.” – Jonathan Fields, Founder of RevolutionU This post is possibly the most in-depth and actionable resource I’ve ever written – it’s a step-by-step case study and teardown of exactly how I built Live Your Legend and the movement and revolution it’s become. It will take about 20 minutes to read, and is meant to provide a road map for making your own impact. It also breaks down how I’ve applied every step of Jonathan Fields’ 18-point…
  • The World’s Most Powerful Question for Finding Your Life’s Work

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    “Don’t just build a business, start a revolution.” -Jonathan Fields, author of The Art of Revolution Finding and doing work you love absolutely must start with self-discovery. In creating all of Live Your Legend’s tools, articles and trainings over the years, I’ve come across endless questions and exercises to help our community make those discoveries. These questions make it possible to identify passions, and more importantly, to figure out the difference you want to make in the world. In the past two years, I’ve come across one question that has…
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    Instructables: exploring - featured

  • Costume Sheriff Badge

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Just a quick old fashioned looking sheriff badge for a kids cowboy/sheriff costume. Its made from the bottom of an aluminum bottle. By: TabLeftContinue Reading »
  • Lego Harry Potter & Green Ninjago Youth Costumes

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    I was in such a rush last year I was unable to finish this post last year. I did start writing it, so most of the information is timely. The one thing I will say is that these are completely impractical costumes. While I think they look amazing, they ended up just wearing the body to go trick-or-...By: craineumContinue Reading »
  • Surprise Halloween Cake

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The first time I made this style of surprise cake I used a special pan to make the cake balls and colored the batter and baked the cake from scratch and it was a looooong and arduous process. This time I went for speed: using a cake mix, cans of frosting and candy eyes but most importantly- donut ho...By: bean9481Continue Reading »
  • 5-minute Quick Hobbit Feet

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Hobbits are awesome, and their furry bare feet are their most famous feature. These Hobbit feet look awesome, but sometimes you don't want truly bare feet. I ran into these official merch Hobbit feet toe socks, and realized I could easily do better with a bit of yarn. My hobbit feet socks are supe...By: canidaContinue Reading »
  • 5 minute cheap and easy rear projection screen

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Looking for a new way to decorate for the holidays? This projection screen is great for Halloween, Christmas, New Years, 4th of July, just about any holiday you want to make cooler!We use this projection screen in our front window at home as well as at my husbands work (makes for a great eye catcher...By: melarkyContinue Reading »
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  • Single Biggest Productivity Tip

    Mark Shead
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    My biggest productivity tip is very simple. It isn’t a fancy application for your computer. It isn’t a complicated process. It is very basic and very easy. Here it is: At the beginning of the day, take out a blank piece of paper and place it in the center of your desk. At the top write the three most important things you want to accomplish for the day. These are the three tasks that are important enough that their completion will allow you to declare the day a success–regardless of what else gets done. That is it. It is simple and easy to do, but if you follow that advice…
  • Interruption Prevention Strategies

    Mark Shead
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you work in an office, you probably deal with interruptions. Now, not all interruptions are bad–the whole point of working in an office with other people is so that interactions can occur. However, it is possible to get into a situation where your entire day is spent dealing with interruptions. If you need to cut down on the interruptions in your life, consider some of these methods. 1. No seating If you have your own office, you might consider getting rid of the extra chairs. People are less likely to come in and stay for a long period of time if you don’t have a place to sit.
  • Simple Time Savings Investments

    Mark Shead
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Poor organization is one of the biggest productivity killers. When you can’t find a tool you need or have to sort through a pile of outdated papers to find the one you are looking for, it slows you down and eats up valuable minutes that could be spent on something more important. In this post, we are going to look at some simple things you can do to help make your life more productive by organizing specific areas. Most of these are things where 15 minutes of focused effort will go a long way toward saving you hours in the future. 1. Clean out your closet You’ve probably heard the…
  • Going Back to College

    Mark Shead
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Summer is ending and students are headed back to school. But what if you are past college age, replete with family responsibilities, holding down a full time job, and still feel like some additional training would improve your career? Thanks to the Internet, there are all kinds of options for getting a degree while keeping your current job and still making it to your kid’s baseball games. I recently completed an online master’s degree in software engineering through Harvard’s Extension School, and I can definitely say that in a world where you have to constantly retrain…
  • Getting the Most out of College

    Mark Shead
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    With students all headed back to school, it is a good time to look at some ways to get the most out of college. College is a fascinating place and most people won’t fully appreciate all the opportunities they were given until years later. With that in mind, here are some tips for students wanting to get the most out of their college experience. 1. Networking A large part of the value of a college education is the people you meet, but to really take advantage of that you are going to have to intentionally network with people. Don’t be the person who sees every person as a potential…
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  • 4 Ways to Accept Where You Are

    Melissa Heisler
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    “Now that I am trying to change, I don’t like who I am.” At some point, many of my clients say this or something similar. When they finally see a new way to be, but are not yet capable of acting that way, they begin to attack themselves. “I am a horrible person.” “Being this way is bad.” “It is wrong to act like this.” These thoughts are natural, but not helpful. There are some very simple ways to begin accepting who you are so you can move into who you want to be. See the Truth When I work with individuals who are trying to lose weight, the first step is for them to truly…
  • Facing Pain And Finding Freedom

    Camille Lucy
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    So… I was at the nail salon once and decided I was quite overdue for an eyebrow wax (admittedly I don’t go as often as perhaps I should – only several times a year max – since I don’t really grow messy or bushy eyebrows). I’m not sure if it’s because I am not used to it, or if it is just plain old painful, but each and every time I go, my eyes water from the discomfort (I habitually leave with black mascara running down my face), and I try to find ways to distract myself from it. I have experimented with many methods of coping. Pinching my hand.
  • How Do I Take The Next Step in My Career?

    Michael Grandinetti
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    “As a medical professional, I feel that I have reached a plateau at my job. I love the job with all of my heart (patients). I work hard on a daily basis. I feel that I could use a pay increase. It has been 6 years since I last had an increase in pay. At the same time, I feel with all of my heart that I was put on earth to do something really great as far as serving people. How do I find out what my next step is in life? I feel stuck.” ~ Brenda, Georgia Hi Brenda, First of all, congratulations on your success in the medical profession. I greatly admire your passion for what is…
  • Go Ahead, Jump On The Bed…With Your Shoes On!

    Camille Lucy
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    If I asked you to jump on the bed right this very moment, would you be able to do it?  I mean really do it, without stopping to take your shoes off… without thinking for even one split second prior to taking the first step towards the bed? Most of you will instinctively stop first, think about your shoes, the bed, the sheets… your eyes would probably wander from one to the other… even if you pause for just a brief moment, it would feel awkward – perhaps even uncomfortable and unsettling – to dive onto the bed as is. Interesting, huh? So, why is this? According…
  • Is Worry Holding You Down?

    Melissa Heisler
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Mike and Tori’s House after Hurricane Odile My husband and I love the Baja Peninsula, visiting it frequently over the past few years. On September 14, 2014, Hurricane Odile hit. With no phone or internet service it was days or, in one case, a week before we heard from our friends who live there. Without communication, I became obsessed with any reports I could get from the area. I looked at photos of damage. I worried about the lack of food, water, and electricity. I concerned over my friends safety as desperation looting began. That week I was also hit with a massive cold. You see,…
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  • A Journey Just Begun: How I Lost 60 Pounds in 6 Months and Became a Man on a Mission

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading! I have been contemplating for about a month now whether I should write my “success” story or wait until I reached my ultimate goal. After thinking this through, I realized I will never reach my ultimate goal since I am now living a new…
  • Are You Sacrificing Your Health?

    Mark Sisson
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s that saying people throw out when a hypothetical situation is profoundly unappealing or flat-out unconscionable to them – “Not for a million dollars…”. Not for a million dollars. Not for ten million. Not for…what? Think for a second and identify the most important, precious, valuable principles and priorities that you wouldn’t sacrifice for anything in the world. Got ‘em? Let me ask this: does your health make the list? If it did, think about how you got to this point. How and when did you decide your health was so comparatively critical? How have you…
  • Better Than a Marathon: The 1 Mile Challenge

    Mark Sisson
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    If you wanted schoolyard acclaim at my middle school, you didn’t bother with how much you could bench, how many pullups you could do, or how far you could throw a football. And you certainly didn’t bother with running a marathon. The true path to lasting seventh grade athletic immortality ran a mile in length. If you could break six minutes, you were fast. Break five and a half? You were elite. Once a week during PE, we’d line up on the track to test our mettle. Coach’d say go, click his stopwatch, and we were off chasing glory. You’d run and you’d run…
  • G’Day, Australia – The Primal Hotbed

    Mark Sisson
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Something beautiful is happening across the Pacific Ocean. For years, I’ve sensed a strange Primal energy coming off the waves that pound the Malibu coastline, carried across the water from a distant nation whose people have embraced ancestral health and fitness more vociferously than any other. The citizens of this country read my blog, attend PrimalCons, and take the PB Expert Certification course in disproportionate numbers relative to their population. A revolutionary chain of Primal cafes – THR1VE – has sprung up around the major cities, offering breakfast and lunch…
  • Dear Mark: Can’t Afford Good Meat, Allergy or Preference, Cold Pasta, and Protein in Pregnancy

    Mark Sisson
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a four-parter. First up, how does a person hope to maintain a Primal lifestyle if they can’t afford pastured meats and eggs and are unwilling to eat factory-farmed meat? Is it possible? Yes; read on. Next, what’s the deal with waiters asking if we’re avoiding bread because of “preference” or “allergy”? What’s it to ‘em? Third, should Primal people care about the recent study showing a reduced blood glucose response after eating leftover pasta? We should, and I’ll explain why.
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  • What Successful Work and Life Integration Looks Like

    Stew Friedman
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Too many people believe that to achieve great things we must make brutal sacrifices, that to succeed in work we must focus single-mindedly, at the expense of everything else in life. Even those who reject the idea of a zero-sum game fall prey to a kind of binary thinking revealed by the term we use to describe the ideal lifestyle: “work/life balance.” The idea that “work” competes with “life” ignores that “life” is actually the intersection and interaction of four major domains: work, home, community, and the private self. From years of studying people in many different…
  • Does Corporate America Finally Get What Working Parents Need?

    Stew Friedman
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
    At this week’s White House Summit on Working Families, President Obama and others made a moral case for changing the way we work. “Family leave, childcare, workplace flexibility, a decent wage – these are not frills, they are basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses. They should be part of our bottom line as a society,” the president remarked. Yet there was also a strong business case for change, with vociferous and impassioned representation from our nation’s private sector. Bob Moritz, PwC’s US Chairman and Senior Partner, called on his peers to make significant…
  • Working Dads Need “Me Time” Too

    Alyssa Westring
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mother’s Day is widely recognized as a day to acknowledge moms who all-too-often forsake relaxation and self-care for the sake of family, work, and community responsibilities.  It’s no surprise that many Mother’s Day gifts are designed to give Mom one day to put herself first (e.g., sleeping in, a break from chores and cooking, getting a massage or pedicure).  Yet, as Father’s Day nears, few people acknowledge the fact that dads, too, are now increasingly engaged in childcare and household responsibilities, in addition to demanding jobs. Fathers are more likely than mothers to log…
  • Reduce Stress by Pursuing Four-Way Wins

    Stew Friedman
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    The pendulum is finally swinging back from the apogee of complete immersion in work as the business ideal. A great hue and cry now strains to contain our out-of-control culture of overwork. We know it reduces productivity, destroys civic engagement, and produces all manner of stress-related health problems. The good news is that you can do something about it, for yourself and for your employees. You can be less stressed and more productive by spending less time on and less attention to work — while being more engaged with your family, your community, and the things you do for just you. You…
  • 7 Policy Changes America Needs So People Can Work and Have Kids

    Stew Friedman
    11 Nov 2013 | 10:00 am
    We are in the midst of a revolution in gender roles, both at work and at home. And when it comes to having children, the outlook is very different for those embarking on adulthood’s journey now than it was for the men and women who graduated a generation ago. I recently published research from the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, comparing Wharton’s Classes of 1992 and 2012. One of the more surprising findings is that the rate of Wharton graduates who plan to have children has dropped by about half over the past 20 years. It’s worth noting that these percentages are…
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  • The Empty Container

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    By Leo Babauta Our lives get so complicated not overnight but gradually. The complications creep up on us, one insignificant step at a time. Today I order something online, tomorrow someone gives me a gift, then I get a free giveaway, then I decide I need some new tools. One item at a time, the clutter accumulates, because I’m not constantly purging the old. Today I say yes to an email request, tomorrow I say yes to a party invitation, then I get asked to a quick cup of coffee, then I decide to be a part of a project. One yes at a time, and soon my life is full and I don’t know…
  • The Realization

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    By Leo Babauta Lately I’ve been practicing asking myself a question: What if this moment were already perfect, everything you needed to be happy? This question is transformative. If I’m upset about something, I reconsider the moment and realize that I’m being small-minded about something, and that if I look at the entire moment, I can appreciate how much I have to be grateful for. Being mad at someone, I can see that actually this person is pretty wonderful and I should be grateful for having them in my life. Being upset at a situation, I can see how much I actually have,…
  • A Guide to Changing Self-Destructive Behaviors

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    By Leo Babauta I have a reader who wants to make positive changes in her life, but can’t seem to stop certain behaviors. She writes: “I am consistently challenged with being mindful when buying food. What do you do when you are doing things that self-destructive and are not good and continue to do them. Is there an opportunity to change this?” This is such an excellent question, because I think we can all relate to this, can’t we? Who among us doesn’t do self-destructive behaviors from time to time, if not on a regular basis? I know that I’ve lived most of…
  • Pushing Past the Terrifying Dip in Motivation

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    By Leo Babauta My son, who is officially an adult in a matter of days, is facing a small crisis: the project he’s working on is not going well, and he’s ready to give up not only on the project but the career he was excited about not too long ago. I can feel the horrible mixture of discouragement, disappointment, difficulty, despair he must be feeling, because I’ve felt it too. I’ve felt this punch in the gut whenever projects or new ventures didn’t go well. I’ve given up, and felt the disappointment in myself. And I’ve pushed through this…
  • It’s Not Too Late to Change Bad Habits

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    By Leo Babauta If you’re deeply in debt, or your bad health habits have overwhelmed you, it’s likely that you don’t feel you can make a big impact on those problems anymore. I know when I was an overweight, sedentary smoker, who was so far in debt that I was constantly depressed … I felt hopeless. It feels like any attempt you make to change your situation will have no real impact. It feels like it’s not worth making an effort. One reader wrote: ‘I keep feeling like I don’t know what to do that will have a significant impact and that at this point,…
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  • 6 Ways to Stop Jealousy from Breaking Your Heart

    Angel Chernoff
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    “Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy.  For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistible urge to commit murder, and an inferiority complex.  Yippee.” ―J.R. Ward Truth be told, sometimes we have to let go of what’s killing us, even if it’s killing us to let go.  And jealousy is one of these things we must let go, no matter how hard it is. Because jealousy is a disease; love is a healthy condition.  The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy - when in fact, they are…
  • 2 Secret Tricks of Highly Productive, Self-Disciplined People

    Marc Chernoff
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy creating new ones.  You either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. I used to call Joe a genius – everyone did.  At school we all thought of him as an incredibly “gifted” guitarist and he’s since gone on to travel the world making a very good living at what he loves to do. Joe and I became good friends toward the end of high school, and that’s when I learned the truth.  I stayed over at his house one night and was awakened at 6am on a Sunday morning by the harmonious strum of his acoustic guitar. …
  • 18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

    Marc Chernoff
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you’ve ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before.  Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clear vision again. Last night I had a long conversation with my wise, 71-year-old dad about living and growing through adversity.  One of the last things he said before we got off the phone resonated with me so much, I wrote it down: “It’s been my experience that most people aren’t truly happy until they’ve had many reasons to be sad.  I believe…
  • 27 Stressful Things You Tolerate Too Often

    Marc Chernoff
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Life is to be enjoyed and appreciated, not endured and tolerated. In life, unnecessary tolerations can bleed you of energy and make it impossible for you to function effectively.  You can’t live a happy, successful, fulfilling life when you’re spending all your energy tolerating things that shouldn’t be tolerated.  Sometimes you need to put your foot down. In our line of work, Angel and I hear from hundreds of coaching clients, book readers and blog subscribers (subscribe here) every month who have been tolerating the wrong things for far too long.  If you feel like you have been…
  • 7 Crazy Mistakes We Make in the Pursuit of Happiness

    Angel Chernoff
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    by Chantalle Gerber “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.  You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” ―Albert Camus Let’s face it.  Every time you turn around, you find new advice on being happy.  Books promising to reveal the true secret of happiness.  Blog posts telling you, “Write down three things that make you happy today.”  Friends saying, “Move on!” and, “Cheer up!” after you’ve had a bad day. And maybe you’re wondering… what’s wrong with that? Happiness is a good thing…
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  • Industrial Flanges In A Nutshell

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Flange is a device designed for seamless connection of pumps, pipes and valves. This connection method provides an easy way to modifying, cleaning or inspecting the system. Usually, the flanges come with welded or threaded connection; however, the market offers custom stainless steel flanges solutions as well – the firms like AlexanderComley produce both standard and custom-made flanges that meet virtually any requirements. Flange mounting itself implies using bolts; impermeability is achieved due to gaskets. Industrial flanges are constructed from various materials: with processed surfaces…
  • Natural Remedies For Hayfever and Other Allergy Types

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    The symptoms of allergic conditions may be different depending on the type of ailment. Thus, when treating allergies with allopathic methods (that mainly imply using conventional pharmaceutical medications), the attention is primarily directed at the presenting symptoms: dermatitis (eczema, itching, redness, etc.), allergic rhinitis (runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes) and etc. Alternative therapies, mainly deprived of undesired side effects, provide a brilliant opportunity of using drugs for each symptom or treating the body as a whole (more typical of homeopathic approaches). Thus,…
  • Why Online Casino Popularity Keeps On Growing?

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Day after day more and more online casinos enter the gambling battlefield, boasting more neoteric graphics and miraculous winnings, promising an unforgettable adventure. But what stands behind the success of online gambling hubs? Availability & wide selection Thanks to the rapid development of web technologies, most of our compatriots can access virtually any casino in the world in a single click. In order to play slot machines, many had to travel long distances; moreover, not every house it is will necessarily offer a large selection of slot machines. Fortunately for many, a decent…
  • Glass Reinforced Concrete: Guiding The Modern Architecture

    26 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Glass reinforced concrete represents a composite material consisting of fine-grained concrete (matrix) and dispersion reinforced with short glass fibers. Thus, glass reinforced concrete (or GRC) combines the typical of the conventional concrete high compressive strength with extreme flexibility and tensility (4-5 times higher than in concrete), strength (10-15 times higher) and frost resistance (more than 300 cycles). This is an environmentally friendly material that does not contain harmful ingredients and belongs to the category of non-combustible materials. Glass reinforced concrete offers…
  • Parking Ventilation: The Basics Of Design Explained

    2 Jun 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The growing demand of both industrial towns and large cities in carports, caused by the high population density in the urban areas, throw designers together with a good number of challenges. The main objectives set to car park ventilation professionals are typically the following: Maintain the acceptable indoor air parameters Ensure decent fire resistance Implement an environment-friendly system Covered parking facilities are usually located below the ground level and require the installation of mechanical ventilation in nine cases out of ten. Semi-covered parking constructions, as a rule,…
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    The Happiness Project

  • When Changing Habits, “Be Careful Whom You Choose To Let in on Your Change Plan.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Happiness and habits interview: Brian Little. I’d heard about the work of Dr. Brian Little from many pals of mine who are interested in the same kinds of subjects that interest me: human nature, habits, happiness, research, etc. So I was very pleased to get my hands on his new book, Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being. In fact, just yesterday, I wrote about some of the research he discusses, in the post: Which of these 8 types describes you, as you relate to your environment? Just reading the subtitle of Brian Little’s book was enough to show…
  • Which of These 8 Types Describes You, as You Relate to Your Environment? (Gretchen Rubin)
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Every Wednesday is List Day, Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Which of these 8 types describes how you relate to your physical environment? I’ve been reading Brian Little’s interesting book, Me, Myself, and Us: the Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being. Among other things, he discusses various  frameworks for understanding people’s different traits. I’d never heard about the “Environmental Response Inventory” before, and found it very compelling. Created by George McKechnie, this set of traits is meant to identify the way that people are…
  • Secret of Adulthood: Take Yourself Less Seriously–and Take Yourself More Seriously. (Gretchen Rubin)
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Further Secrets of Adulthood:   When it comes to human nature, paradoxes abound. Accept myself, and expect more from myself. I’m very like other people, and very different from other people. (This was one of my key insights about habit-change, in Better Than Before.) Use my time efficiently, yet also make time to play, to wander, to read at whim, to fail. Keep an empty shelf, and keep a junk drawer. (Want to see my empty shelf? Look here.) Work can be play, and play can be work. Think about myself so I can forget myself. Do you find it harder to take yourself seriously, or not to…
  • Why Today Is a Huge Milestone For Me. (Gretchen Rubin)
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Weirdly,  as an author, it’s hard to say when a book is “done.” I finish the first complete draft — then it’s “done.” But then I do endless numbers of edits. Then that’s done, and I send it to my editor. Then it goes through several stages, of which the last is “second pass pages.” That is the last time I can make a change to the book — and if I make a change, it had better be pretty small. At this point, the book is in almost final form. It looks like the book (it’s a huge morale booster to see the text formatted to…
  • Fill in the Blank: “The Mind Is So Rarely Disturbed But That __ Will Restore It to Tranquility.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    “The mind…is rarely so disturbed, but that the company of a friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.” –Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments Agree, disagree? Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: strong relationships are a key to happiness. We usually get a little lift from engaging with other people.
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    Mind Hacks

  • Social psychology has lost its balance

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    The New Yorker has an interesting article about a lack of political diversity in social psychology and how that may be leading to a climate of bias against conservative researchers, ideas and the evidence that might support them. Some of the evidence for a bias against conservative thinking in social psychology goes back some years, and the article gives a good account of the empirical work as well as the debate. However, the issue was recently raised again by morality researcher Jonathan Haidt leading to a renewed reflection on the extent of the problem. There is a case to be made that,…
  • Quasi-stability

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Yesterday, before I got here, my dad was trying to fix an invisible machine. By all accounts, he began working on the phantom device quite intently, but as his repairs began to involve the hospice bed and the tubes attached to his body, he was gently sedated, and he had to leave it, unresolved. This was out-of-character for my father, who I presumed had never encountered a machine he couldn’t fix. He built model aeroplanes in rural New Zealand, won a scholarship to go to university, and ended up as an aeronautical engineer for Air New Zealand, fixing engines twice his size. More…
  • Spike activity 24-10-2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online. Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton. The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a feminist social campaign – has been taken on as an attempt to sell a rejected antidepressant as a treatment for the invented ‘female sexual dysfunction’. In-depth and important article in the BMJ. Time magazine has a special features that…
  • A Rush of Blood to the Brain

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    An article from Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry that discusses the concept of ‘moral disability’ and brain trauma in Victorian times includes a fascinating section on what was presumably thought to be the science of ‘knocking some sense into the brain’. The piece is by medical historian Brandy Shillace who researches Victorian scientific ideas and how they affected society. Sadly, the article is locked (quite rightly, humanities can kill if not used correctly) but this is the key section: While eighteenth-century French philosopher François Bichat had suggested that…
  • Hallucinating astronauts

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    I’ve got a piece in The Observer about the stresses, strains and mind-bending effects of space flight. NASA considers behavioural and psychiatric conditions to be one of the most significant risks to the integrity of astronaut functioning and there is a surprisingly long history of these difficulties adversely affecting missions. Perhaps more seriously, hallucinations have been associated with the breakdown of crew coherence and space mission stress. In 1976, crew from the Russian Soyuz-21 mission were brought back to Earth early after they reported an acrid smell aboard the Salyut-5…
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    Scott H Young

  • Build Your Morning Habits First

    Scott Young
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    There’s a small, but significant, online population devoted to waking up early. As a former convert, I can say it’s easy to understand the appeal. Whenever I made the habit to wake up early, I’d end up getting a lot more done. The problem is that if you’re young, your peers probably won’t be joining you to wake up at 5am. And, if you want to have a social life, you’ll end up staying awake long enough to make getting eight hours of sleep impossible. It only took me a month of university for my 5am wake-up habit to unravel. In the years since, I’ve done some personal…
  • The Stupidity of Cutting Sleep

    Scott Young
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Last week I did a live workshop for the students in Learning on Steroids. One of the listeners asked me whether I knew a way to reduce sleep to 5-6 hours and not feel tired. No, I don’t. And you shouldn’t try. Similarly, when I was in university, I knew people who often bragged about how little sleep they got. To them, it was proof that your studies were impressively difficult and that you weren’t a slacker. To me, it’s proof you’re an idiot. My goal is to get 8 hours of sleep every night. When I was doing the MIT Challenge, I usually got 9 hours, if you include brief naps…
  • How Do You Make a Good Analogy?

    Scott Young
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    I’ve long argued that good analogies are a key to learning well. Abstract subjects like math, science and philosophy are difficult to learn because they aren’t anchored to anything in our experience. Analogies moor these ideas adrift. But analogies are also hard to construct. They’re a creative act, so there’s no step-by-step which will produce them reliably. Their formation also depends on the very insight they are trying to generate. Therefore, a good analogy can be impossible to make when it is needed most. I want to share my thoughts on what makes an analogy good, as a learning…
  • Pick Three Things. Now Do Them Well

    Scott Young
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Plans fail in more ways than they succeed. Complex plans fail in far more ways than simple ones. Good plans and strategies are usually simple. This is especially true when your own behavior becomes a factor in success. An exercise plan, studying strategy or business goal doesn’t just succeed or fail based on its interaction with the world. It succeeds or fails based on its interaction with you. Complicated plans are harder to stick with. They introduce mental overhead in thinking about the plan itself. That overhead cost distracts from the real work, sometimes to the exclusion of it.
  • Why do Engineers Think They’ll Be Good at Picking Stocks?

    Scott Young
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    I’ve met a lot of engineers who have become fascinated with investing in the stock market. Except it’s usually not straightforward index investing (which is probably the main thing non-professionals should be investing in) but something convoluted involving a lot of math, options and stock picking. Anyone who studies finance or economics probably understands why this is a bad idea. Stock prices may not be perfect, but they at least approximate their true value. Whenever someone realizes a stock is underpriced, they try to buy it, thus bidding up the price. Why do I have so many friends in…
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    A Daring Adventure

  • What Is Karma?

    Tim Brownson
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Last week I got into a rather heated discussion on a St Louis Rams message board. Many fans were getting irate at the Rams for mailing in yet another poor season, something that has being going on for over a quarter of a century. Well, I say it’s been going on for over a quarter of a century, but that’s not entirely true. There was  a 3 year period in which we won one Superbowl, made it to another and scored more points than any team in the history of the NFL over a 3 year span. It Must Be Karma!!!! The word Karma kept getting bandied around because many people saw this as…
  • Muslims Go Home And Take Obama With You

    Tim Brownson
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Do you know how many times since I started blogging I have had my finger over the publish button and actually been feeling nervous about hitting it? Zero. There have been a few times, such as when I used the ‘f’ bomb for the first time, when I defended gay rights and when I questioned the value of patriotism that I was a tad apprehensive. But nervous? Never. The Right To Free Speech A great many people in the United States are quite rightly proud of their right to free speech, and they see it as a basic human right protected by the United States Constitution. Not that it’s unusual or…
  • 6 Amazing Psychology Experiments

    Tim Brownson
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    We tend to think that as Human Beings we are rational creatures and that we make decisions based on facts and what is best for us (and often  those around us) in the long-run. Yet nothing could be further from the truth, we rarely make decisions that way, even when we think otherwise. We can easily see blind spots in other peoples thinking (which is why Life Coaching can be so successful) yet have a tendency to think we’re not victim to the same phenomenon. We see people behave in terrible ways and we think of them as sub-human and that we could never do such terrible things. Yet the…
  • The Final Nail In The Law Of Attraction Coffin

    Tim Brownson
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    I’m sorry if this hurts your feelings or has you bristling with indignation, but the Law of Attraction is officially fucking stupid. Before I go any further let me make a confession. I was suckered by  the abomination that is‘The Secret‘ like a lot of other people. I was given a copy on my second NLP Master Practitioner training before it had even been released in this country. It sat on my desk for a few weeks before I even got round to watching, but when I did, I found  fascinating. Bye-Bye Common Sense The reason I found it so was because I abandoned all critical thinking,…
  • The One And Only Cause Of Stress And How To Deal With It

    Tim Brownson
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    You will often hear people that their job is highly stressful. Or that bringing up kids is stressful. Or even that the pace of modern life is stressful. But none of those statements are true. There is no job that’s stressful, no children who are stressful and modern life per se isn’t stressful. You maybe thinking, “What the fuck? Brownson has finally flipped. We all knew it had to happen sooner or later, but nobody could have anticipated he’d lose the plot this spectacularly!” Bear with me before you suggest I get Baker Acted and see if you agree. What Is Stress? The…
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    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

  • 12 Ways You Can Step It Up In Life To Rise Above Being Average

    Alden Tan
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    This is how I define being normal: It is being the same as everyone else. This is a good thing as it means you're a rational person who tries his best in being happy and also doesn't bring harm to others. But here's the thing: Normal and average are two entirely different things. Yet, they constantly overlap one and another. Average isn't cool. It means accepting things as they should be and pretty much following the crowd, even if it's not good for you. I'll let my points do the explaining. Here are 12 ways you can step it up in life to rise above being average. 1) Thank customer service…
  • 5 Tell-Tale Signs Your Body Is Craving More Shut-Eye

    Marianne Stenger
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    The importance of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. Sleep affects everything from learning and memory to metabolism and cardiovascular health, and a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that a lack of sleep can even lead to permanent brain damage. But how much sleep do we actually need, and how can you tell if you’re getting enough of it? The right amount of sleep varies from person to person and depends on factors like age, genetics and lifestyle. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that on average adults need seven to nine hours of…
  • 29 Of The Most Powerful Quotes Of All Time

    Bastiaan Blikman
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Let me guess… You often drag yourself to work and feel like everyday is the same. Perhaps it feels like your life is on autopilot. At moments you might even feel like your life is not very meaningful and you miss a clear sense of purpose. Am I right? Well, sometimes all you need are a few inspiring wise words that will give you a new perspective on life. There are a lot of words of wisdom out there and many of them are good, but not life changing. These 29 carefully selected words of wisdom truly are some of the most powerful and wisest quotes ever written. Here they are… 1. "Everybody is…
  • 3 Ways to Kick Your Comfort Zone in the Teeth and Create Lasting Change!

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    "Growth demands a temporary surrender of security” – Gail Sheehy Your comfort zone, believe it or not, has too many teeth left. The fact is if you don’t stop it now it will puncture your artery and suck the life out of you bit by bit. Sometimes we do not even realize this until it is too late and then we feel too weak to make a change. Your comfort zone has your best interests at heart. Sounds weird I know. Although you comfort zone is like a bloodsucking vampire it has good intentions. It's intentions are to keep you at ease, happy and confident. It will keep you warm and fluffy at all…
  • 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Life is fleeting. Moments are there for an instant and then they are gone. Do you enjoy these moments or do you merely use them as a means to an end? Are these moments springboards to reach the next checkpoint, or are you relishing each one? It is very easy to allow the busyness of everyday to impede your enjoyment of each moment and each day. Your job keeps you busy. Your family keeps you busy. Your social life keeps you busy. It is okay to be busy when you are in tune with what is keeping you busy. But is it okay to be busy and unfulfilled, or dare I say, unhappy? Shift the manner in which…
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    Life Optimizer

  • How to Get Good at Something: 5 Simple Lessons

    Donald Latumahina
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Since June, I have been involved with Toastmasters. I like the atmosphere and the way it encourages people to improve their public speaking skills. Toastmasters holds contests regularly, and I recently joined an evaluation contest through the group. It’s a unique contest because it’s not about giving a speech. Instead, it’s about evaluating a speech. There is a test speaker, and the contestants have to give two to three minutes evaluations of the speech. Evaluation was something new to me. Prior to the contest, I had given just one evaluation at my club, and it was horrible. But then I…
  • The Main Ingredient of a Brilliant Performance

    Donald Latumahina
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    What do you think the main ingredient of a brilliant performance is? The performance here could be a presentation, an exam, a piece of writing, or something else. What do you think the key is that can make or break it? The answer, I believe, is preparation. Preparation is what makes the difference between great and mediocre performances. Eric Buttterworth put it well: Behind every brilliant performance there were countless hours of practice and preparation. You might think that some people are a “natural” at what they do. But guess what? There is no such thing as a “natural” when it…
  • How to Avoid Stress: The Proven Strategy

    Donald Latumahina
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Like it or not, stress is a potential problem for all of us. Stress can reduce your quality of life. It can also reduce the quality of your relationships. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to avoid stress. The key to avoid stress, I believe, is this: live with margin. Margin is the difference between your maximum capacity and the capacity you use. Living with margin means living below your maximum capacity. Think of your life as a bucket of water. If you fill the bucket to capacity, then even a small shock can cause the water to spill out. But if there is enough space…
  • The Power of Knowledge (and What You Need to Harness It)

    Donald Latumahina
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    What do you think is the key to getting ahead? While it’s not the only one, I believe that an important factor is knowledge. Knowledge is power; the more of it you have, the more power you have. The good news is that there is a virtually unlimited amount of knowledge available to you through the Internet and other sources. The bad news is that the limiting factor in acquiring it is you. The problem is not the availability of knowledge; it’s how hungry your mind is. Thomas Friedman called it Curiosity Quotient (CQ). I recently read a good paper on this topic. It contains a quote from…
  • A Cheap and Easy Way to Enrich Your Life

    Donald Latumahina
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you want to live your life to the fullest? To do so, the one thing you need to do is to enrich your life. You need to broaden your life experiences and taste more of the richness life has to offer. You might think that you need to spend a lot of money and go overseas for that, but there is actually a cheap and easy alternative. Here it is: Explore your city. Yes, explore your city. You don’t need to go overseas. You don’t even need to go out of town. A while back, there was a Dutch girl who faked a trip to Southeast Asia. She posted pictures on Facebook showing the exciting…
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    Practical Happiness & Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog

  • How to Live an Optimistic Life: 5 Timeless Tips

    Henrik Edberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    We all face tough days or times. It’s a part of life. But how you react, think and act during these tough times makes a big difference. With a helpful set of habits the outlook on life can change in a huge and remarkable way. I know from experience, I was a big, die-hard pessimist years ago. So this week I’d like to simply share five of my favorite timeless tips on optimism. Fundamentals that the wise people that came before us have lived by for hundreds and thousands of years. 1. Remember: It is not too late to change your life. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but…
  • 3 Powerful Steps to Stop Self-Doubt from Holding You Back in Life

    Henrik Edberg
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Self-doubt can be a troubling and persuasive voice that holds you back. It holds you back from seizing your opportunities. It makes getting started or finishing things harder than they need to be. Sure, it can sometimes be useful as it helps you to soberly see your current limitations or simply recognize a half-baked or bad idea. But mostly, it holds you back in life. So how can you get around that, how can you overcome those times of self-doubt so that you can move forward once again? In this article I’ll explore 3 simple steps + one bonus tip that have helped me to decrease that…
  • 21 Quick Ways to Make Someone Happy Today

    Henrik Edberg
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” Eleanor Roosevelt One of the best ways to create a happier life for yourself is to make other people happier. Why? You see it. You’ll feel happier as someone’s face lights up with joy. You did a good thing. You’ll feel happier because you feel you have done a good thing. And so your self-esteem shoots up too. You get what you give. In the long run you tend to be treated by others as you treat them. Plus, the way you treat and think about…
  • It’s the 8 Year Anniversary – So You Get 30% Off on All My Courses Until Monday

    Henrik Edberg
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    NOTE: This offer is now over. The Positivity Blog is now 8 years old. And this year has been one of the very best ones so far. Probably to a large degree thanks to what happened in 2013. It was by far the worst year for the blog and my business with big problems with my webhost and the traffic declining to the point that I started to think about going out and looking for another job. And all of that made me more motivated to work harder and smarter. It made me more grateful for my opportunity here. And those things I have carried with me into this year too. Besides writing some of my longest…
  • 5 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Simplify Your Thinking and to Start Taking Action Today

    Henrik Edberg
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    ”Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough.” Confucius One of my biggest problems used to be that I thought too much. I overthought any little problem until it became a bigger and scarier thing in my mind. I overthought positive things until they didn’t seem to be that positive anymore. I overanalyzed and deconstructed things until the happiness that comes from just being in a moment and enjoying it fell apart. This locked me into analysis paralysis. Little action was taken. Opportunities were rarely used. Life stood still and felt…
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    Getting Things Done®

  • GTD is One of Seven Frameworks to Skyrocket your Career

    Stephen Lease
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    An informative post on slideshare from Sean Johnson of Digital Intent includes GTD as one of “7 Frameworks to Use to Skyrocket your Career.”  The few slides on GTD provide a nice overview, and the other frameworks summarized in the slides are also likely to be of interest to many GTDers. Check out the full presentation here!          
  • David Allen Interview with Success Harbor

    Stephen Lease
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Success Harbor is a site “for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneurs” which is devoted to helping entrepreneurs succeed through a platform of advice and storytelling.  This is another great interview with David Allen! Click to listen to “How to Bring Order to Chaos in Life and in Business”. If you want to discover greater levels of personal productivity with a heaping dose of inspiration, join David Allen for our new course, Mastering Workflow Series Level 1: Fundamentals.  Next stop, Los Angeles on Friday, October 24.  Register now at!  
  • GTD and Chopping Wood

    Stephen Lease
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Our GTD Partners in the UK and Ireland, Next Action Associates, have analyzed the question of Why Former Lumberjacks Always Look Wistful, in this blog article with a simple and fun take on the Clarify step of the Five Steps. If you’re new to GTD and looking to reinforce these fundamentals or you’re a veteran looking to get your friends into GTD, check out our brand new course, Mastering Workflow Series Level 1: Fundamentals, taught by David Allen himself.  He’s headed to a city near you! Register now!
  • Geek Out with David Allen and Mac Power Users

    Stephen Lease
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    The Mac Power Users at 5by5, Katie Floyd and David Sparks are both GTDers.  Although of course it is catered toward mac users, this is a great listen for anyone — much of the discussion applies to GTD philosophy and practice in-general, and many of the apps and programs discussed will interface with PC as well (just don’t tell the Mac Power Users we told you!) David Allen has a knack for keeping it fresh with each interview, and this is no exception!  Enjoy! Click here to listen to the full interview! If you are a veteran GTDer hoping to get a friend started practicing, you…
  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – October 2014

    Stephen Lease
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
      Climb the Fire Tower—Weekly Several times recently I have had the opportunity to spend time with some real “veterans” of my seminars and methods, and the one lament that almost all of them have is their lack of habit with the Weekly Review. “You know, David, it all works really well, except that I haven’t really been able to get to the Weekly Review on a regular basis.” Eso, con la un recuerdo la viagra en la mujer último. 5363. “Spanish cámara que plantas contienen sildenafil demanda endurecimiento un los…
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    Productive Flourishing

  • The Free Planners for November 2014 Are Available

    Charlie Gilkey
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
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  • Three Ways to Flourish on Mondays

    Heidi Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • You Have to Make Time to Make Time

    Charlie Gilkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
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  • The 2015 Premium Planners Are Now Available

    Charlie Gilkey
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
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  • Confidence: Make It. Don’t Fake It.

    Jeffrey Davis
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • October 2014 Updates

    Steve Pavlina
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Here are some updates regarding upcoming events and freebies that may interest you. Effortless Success Mindfest – Free The Effortless Success Mindfest runs this week. This is a free online event hosted by Learning Strategies and Jack Canfield. You can tune into it and listen right away since the Mindfest started earlier today. This Mindfest focuses on combining the Law of Attraction with down-to-earth habits and practices, so that your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are aligned with the results you desire. I don’t recommend many programs about the LoA since so many of them…
  • Can You Act Independently of Social Pressure?

    Steve Pavlina
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    One thing I really like about open relationships is the ability to learn through experience more quickly. There are valuable lessons to be learned from a long-term monogamous relationship, but I found that my understanding of relationships quickly accelerated with a more open attitude towards connections. This is a predictable consequence of being able to learn from a greater variety of partners/teachers. As I see it, this is the same learning dynamic that you can gain by working for different companies, with different teams, and in different industries. You’ll surely learn some…
  • Do You Owe The World Anything?

    Steve Pavlina
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    The standard economic narrative as applied to human history tells us that barter came first, then money, and then credit and debt. In actuality we know that these concepts developed in the opposite order. Debt and credit pre-date the use of money by thousands of years. Money, in the form of early coins, came into usage largely as a way of keeping track of debts. And finally, the human use of barter systems actually arose after money, not before. Barter is employed by people who’ve already learned about money, and barter systems often use an equivalent of money to manage trades, such…
  • Ones and Tens

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    When you present yourself to the world, do you have a tendency to sanitize your public image? Do you show other people, especially strangers, your safest and most socially acceptable aspects first? Do you find it sensible to avoid the risk of judgment so as to make socialization easier? When you get to know other people, do you engage with their sanitized public selves first as well? Do you stick with the most socially acceptable topics for discussion, so as to avoid any significant risk of causing offense? When you explore a potential romantic connection for the first time, do you play it…
  • Changing Your Culture

    Steve Pavlina
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    If you were to design your own human culture, what would you include? What would you leave out? Here are some basic design questions to consider, based on the three core principles of personal growth. Truth How would your culture relate to truth? Would you create a very honest, truth-based culture? Would your culture encourage the discovery and sharing of new truths? To what extent would people own, hide, or manipulate the truth? Would you create a culture based on shared stories and/or mythology, even if the stories are made up? Would you favor politeness over honesty in communication? Note…
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    Get Organised

  • Everyone has a Natural Inclination towards Time Management

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
      Shouldn’t we be shocked that time management is the ‘go to girl’ of disorganisation? Without fail it’s to blame for missed deadlines, overwhelming email inboxes, ineffective meetings and a plethora of other productivity measures, proving that you just aren’t cutting it! Banded under one (large) ‘time management’ umbrella, the irony exists in the words […] The post Everyone has a Natural Inclination towards Time Management appeared first on Get Organised.
  • CUSTOMER (I wanna) CARE (more) – Questionnaire

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
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  • Productivity Top 10 – November

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Productivity top 10 (of the best) … here you have it! Why work doesn’t happen at work- Jason Fried (video): An interesting 15 min talk that will help you realise where your productivity lies and how you can turn your office into a creative, working space. Adopt these 10 habits for a fresher, more successful […] The post Productivity Top 10 – November appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Top 10 – October

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
      We all know you are likely overloaded with too much reading and not enough time to read it in. Don’t stress, here’s a list of great productivity reads on the net. In no particular order … Productivity in daily life 1. 6 Things that will make you more productive  2. 8 Productivity tips I […] The post Productivity Top 10 – October appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Top 10 – September

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:22 am
      There are few things as blissful as kicking back with a good read. This month we bring you our selection of the best of the best ‘you-really-should-read-this’ list of the top 10 productivity reads on the net right now. Productivity and Daily Life 1. The 7 P’s of a highly effective evening routine 2. […] The post Productivity Top 10 – September appeared first on Get Organised.
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    Leading Hands Through Technology

  • Your Size Is Medium

    Marc Majers
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Did you know that the creator of Twitter has started a new site called Medium? It reminds me of Twitter – instead you create a story instead of a tweet. The idea of Medium is you share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends. You create little stories to say what’s on your mind. Sound like Twitter? Perhaps!
  • Apple Students Parents Guide

    Marc Majers
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Do you have a student that just got their first Mac computer? If you as a parent are clueless how to manage your kids new computer than you should check out this Apple Students Parent Guide. The guide features ways to restrict access and setup their Apple ID. Setting it up will provide easy access to school materials, including documents, textbooks, and courses. An Apple ID will also let your students use iCloud so they can access content from anywhere on multiple devices and even locate an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Apple ID for Students Parent Guide
  • WikiSummarizer

    Marc Majers
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Don’t have time to read an entire WikiPedia entry? You should then try something that quickly summaries Wikipedia articles. WikiSummarizer is your answer because it automatically summarizes Wikipedia articles. The result is a summary that presents the most important points of the original text. WikiSummarizer reminds me a game we played in improv acting called Half Life. In the game, you would start out with 4 minutes to tell a story. Then you would do it again with only 2 minutes. Then tell it in 1 minute. Then tell the story in 30 seconds. Then tell the story again in 15 seconds.
  • Even a 2-year Old Can Use It

    Marc Majers
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    The iPad is designed so even a 2-year old can use it, how do you fare with it? As technology continues to press on, Apple remains true to simplicity by keeping their mobile devices easy to use. Is the iPhone 6 plus a step in the wrong direction? Have you moved from an Apple mobile device to Android and back or vice versa? Why do you choose your mobile platform? Is it based on price?
  • Ranker, I Don’t Even Know Her?

    Marc Majers
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Do dream of top 10 lists? Why not make your vote count? At vote on lists of people, film, TV, music, sports, videos, and comics to name a few. List it. Rank it. Love it.
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    Root Simple

  • What Will Be the New Kale?

    Mr. Homegrown
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Our 2011 crop of spigarello. Since 2011, we’ve been saying that Spigarello is the new kale. Thanks to a tip from the folks at Winnetka Farms, we may need to wait for BroccoLeaf™ to have its fifteen minutes of fame as the new kale. The Salinas, California based Foxy Organic is, quite sensibly, marketing broccoli leaves. Broccoli leaves are indeed edible and tasty. Foxy has the recursive media to prove it, a Facebook photo of someone Instagramming Broccoli leaves: Now I’ve just blogged about someone Facebooking about someone Instagramming Broccoli leaves. How far can we take this?
  • Why it’s Better to Pressure Can Tomatoes

    Mr. Homegrown
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Image: University of Wisconsin Extension Service As most avid canners know, 4.6 is the pH dividing line between acid foods that can be safely water bath canned and less acidic foods that need to be canned in a pressure canner. Most fruits have a lower, i.e. more acidic pH and can be water bath canned. Tomatoes, on the other hand, are often near the 4.6 pH level and USDA tested recipes will call for adding either bottled lemon juice or citric acid (I prefer citric acid as the taste is more neutral). I used to think that this issue was because different tomato varieties vary in their acid…
  • 023 Cleaning, Spam Poetry and Shoemaking

    Mr. Homegrown
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In episode 23 of the Root Simple Podcast, Kelly and Erik give an update on their housecleaning habits, read some spam poetry and discuss Randy Fritz’s shoemaking workshop. Some links we mention: Wired Magazine’s article on the laborers who moderate social media comments. Earth Skills Shoe making classes offered by Sewing classes at Sew L.A. We’ll add a link for Randy’s website when he finishes it–in the meantime, if you’re within striking distance of Santa Barbara and are interested in shoe making lessons, go ahead and shoot us an email at…
  • Hundertwasser: Architecture as Spontaneous Vegetation

    Mr. Homegrown
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    One of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible, just did an episode about Austrian outsider architect Tausendsassa Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (“Multi-Talented Peace-Filled Rainy Day Dark-Colored Hundred Waters” in German). Hundertwasser viewed straight lines as an affront to both God and creativity. He was also a big fan of humanure, mold (!) and, just like Alexandro Jodorowsky, did the occasional speaking gig completely nude. Listen to the 99% Invisible podcast for more on Hundertwasser’s architectural thoughtstylings.
  • A new spice sensation in the Root Simple kitchen

    Mrs. Homegrown
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last night, while looking for something to spice up some roasted pumpkin seeds, I made a happy discovery: Korean red pepper flakes + ground sumac (plus lots of salt) = delicious! These two geographically unrelated spices share shelf space in our cupboard, but I’ve never thought about combining them before, perhaps because they come from different food families, so to speak. So many wasted years! Now they’re going on nuts, seeds, popcorn…maybe as a fish crust. Oh, the things we shall do! Gochugaru, Korean red pepper powder (also referred to as red chile flakes), is a deep…
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    Shoplet Blog

  • Getting Creative with Promotional Products

    Jessica Hodges
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    It’s no secret that we love promotional products here at Shoplet Promos, and the sky is the limit when it comes to customizing. As a marketer, being able to take a simple every day item, like a bag or a t- shirt, and find a twist that relates to your brand is an art form. We scoured the internet far and wide to discover brands that have taken promotional products to a whole new level of creativity. Thinking outside the box can reap some witty, memorable and pretty hilarious results. Here are some of our favorite promotional product customizations. This yoga brand  used a simple straw…
  • Take the Pink Survey.

    Jessica Hodges
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Our friends at Kleer-Fax have partnered with an amazing organization committed to cancer research called the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. With the purchase of their super popular expanding pink wallet, 5% of the proceeds will benefit the cause. Amazing huh? But Kleer-Fax isn’t stopping there. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Kleer-Fax is letting YOU decide what their next pink product will be. Take the survey and let them know what pink products you’d love to see added to the Kleer-Fax…
  • Shoplet Talks, Twitter Convo!

    Jaime Zozobrado
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    We are starting our first ever weekly Shoplet Talks on Twitter, on October 30th between 4pm-5pm EDT! In order to take part, all you have to do is be on Twitter between 4pm-5pm  on October 30th and tune in to the hashtag #ShopletTalks and have a conversation with us through tweets. Our conversation can range from: -  green business talk -  eco-friendly practices -  ask Shoplet Questions Q&A -  fun seasonal or holiday stuff. And since this is the first one ever, we are giving away prizes to the most engaged participants, because we want everyone to join in and enjoy the conversation!
  • Duck Tape Stick Or Treat Giveaway!

    Jaime Zozobrado
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Our Halloween week giveaway is once again sponsored by Duck Tape! They are giving away bags full of Duck Tape that you can use to make your Halloween costume this year! You can decorate all of your Halloween crafts with the candy corn duck tape and use the “BOO” bag for trick or treating! Want to win a bag of duck tape? Here’s how to enter: You gain an entry for each of the following: 1. Like Shoplet on Facebook and leave us a comment on Facebook telling us what you (or your kid or grandkid or dog) are going to be for Halloween this year! 2. Follow us on Twitter and RT this…
  • Announcing the At-A-Glance Giveaway Winner!

    Jaime Zozobrado
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Congratulations to Lyn, Kathleen, and Angie, winner of the At-A-Glance Giveaway! Thanks to everyone for participating in this amazing giveaway. If you are still interested in getting your hands on some Balt Office Chairs, you can do so at As always, make sure to look out for some more cool and useful prizes right here at Shoplet.
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    Think Simple Now

  • How to Accept Yourself Fully

    Guest of TSN
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been going through life feeling like a fraud. Every time a friend expressed awe over my seemingly perfect life, I gulped a big one and prayed they would never realize what my banal day-to-day existence was really like. When I was in school, at every exam I hoped that this wouldn’t be the first one I would fail miserably, starting a chain reaction of terrible grades, followed by flunking out of school and ending up on the street … or in jail. Every time I walked into an interview, there was a big part of me wondering if this time I would be able to outsmart them. Or if I…
  • 3 Lessons on Creating Trust

    Rebecca A. Watson
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    My husband and I have been considering buying a house but knew we had some hurdles that might make it unlikely. We contacted a loan officer who worked with us and gave us a positive opinion. We were absolutely thrilled and started looking at homes. It turned out, however, that he’d processed some incorrect information and we might not be able to get a loan this year after all. To say we were bummed out would be an understatement. Both of us tried to see the positive side but couldn’t seem to shake our disappointment. Neither of us wanted to talk about it, but finally I brought it up.
  • 6 Lessons On Letting Go

    Guest of TSN
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    All my life, I have relied on goal-setting to achieve results. Whether it came to school work, or even just taking time to hang out with my friends, I would plan the entire day out on outlook or use one of many goal setting techniques that I had learned. For example, I would stick a piece of paper on the ceiling of my bedroom with my goals written on it so it would be the first thing I saw when I woke up. And while all this helped me achieve great results, I noticed that I was always chasing the next big thing or the next goal I set for myself. I noticed that I never felt genuine contentment…
  • How to Make Your Dream a Reality

    Carin Kiphart
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    To me, these two seemingly innocuous words, “some” and “day,” when put together are the most empty and depressing seven letters in our language. They are a synonym for “never” and “ain’t going to happen.” They are the lie we tell ourselves for a dream that we will never ever, in our lifetime, accomplish. It is belied in the tone of voice — faithless and empty — this combo of words usually parenthesized by a pair of audible sighs. Sigh, “Someday I’m going to …” Sigh. Once again we have deceived and cheated ourselves. Whatever happened to carpe diem? Seize the…
  • 5 Life Lessons from World Travel

    Guest of TSN
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve spent the last year wandering around the globe and exploring this wondrous thing called life. Through 26 flights, I’ve managed to circle the globe twice and touch five of the seven continents. The journey led me to scuba diving for a month straight with whale sharks on islands in Thailand to hitchhiking my way through an African country to being paid to make sand castles on the beautiful Australian beaches to almost having a foot amputated in Asia. It’s been a hell of an experience. I’ve learned more about the world and myself than any book, teacher or person could tell me. I’m…
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  • 10 Big Ideas from Lead with Humility

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Pope Francis was awarded the top spot on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. Pope Francis was able to breathe life into an aging institution, reinvigorate a global base of people around the world, refocus attention on core values, and create a new image for one of the most visible leadership positions on Earth. He didn’t strong-arm his way to the top. Instead, he used humility. Pope Francis used humility as a strength to be a more compassionate, authentic, and effective leader. In Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis,  Jeffrey A. Krames shows how…
  • Live on the Frontier of Your Life Experiences

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Do you boldly go where you have not gone before? You can live and lead on the new frontier of your life experiences from wherever you are. Be part of the world, not outside of the world. To do so, get  out of the lab, or the ivory tower, and push the envelope by doing things with courage and audacity on the front lines. Everyone is a leader.  You just need to exercise your power to act. In the book, Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis, Jeffrey A. Krames shares insight on how Pope Francis’s uses humility as a strength, and how you can use the same methods to be a…
  • Carrot vs. Stick Motivation

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Some people use sticks to motivate other people.   They even use sticks to motivate themselves. It’s limited. If you want to flourish for the long run, you need to use carrots to inspire other people and yourself to operate at a higher level. While a stick is negative reinforcement, a carrot is positive reinforcement. Rather than whip yourself with a stick, you can find the right carrots to pull you toward your goals and aspirations.  And, the best carrots draw upon your inspirations, from the inside out. In the book, Cracking the Flourishing Code, Pat Black shares key insight into why…
  • Schotoma: Why You Can’t See What’s Right in Front of You

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Sometimes people can’t see (or hear) what’s right in front of them. Sometimes it’s opportunities. Sometimes it’s something they are looking for. Has this every happened to you?   Somebody is asking you for something.  You put it right in front of them, or give them the answer. And yet they don’t see it.  Or, they still don’t hear it? Somehow it doesn’t register. It’s because they have a belief.  Either they believe you don’t have the answer or that you can’t have the answer or you can’t have the answer right here, right now.   Or they believe the answer…
  • Do What Scares The Stuff Out Of You!

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    This is a guest post by Sarah Chana Mocke.  She is an influential leader in the software architect space and a leader of world-wide communities at Microsoft. Sara has grown her career over the years by owning her choices, diving deep, and exploring and expanding what she’s capable of.  She is a life-long learner, and she uses her strengths and skills to help lift others up and amplify their impact. Without further ado, here’s Sara with some things that have worked for her in shaping her career while pursuing her passions … We often hear from others that we own our own careers. That…
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • Decluttering After A Loved One Dies

    Kylie Browne
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    Barbara recently lost her husband of 45 years. “What am I going to do with all of his things”, she asked. Sometimes when a death is expected, a lot of sorting occurs before passing. People get the chance to go through their belongings and distribute possessions to family and friends. There is an opportunity to throw or donate items that are no longer useful, loved or needed. But often when death is sudden, a huge task is left to sort out possessions. This, coupled with the grieving of a loved one, can be most overwhelming. It’s an emotionally charged time.  When To…
  • Clear Closet Clutter Fast

    Kylie Browne
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Your Perfect Wardrobe Do you dream about a having a perfect wardrobe – decluttered, streamlined, organized? We can help you achieve that with our next online program 14 Days To An Organized Closet.  Starts Monday 3 November (US Time). This Program Will Help You Deal With The Practicalities Of: Decluttering your closet of clothes and shoes you don’t wear Simplifying the way you think about your outfits Organizing your closet, clothes, and footwear. Most importantly, the program will also help you unlock the mental and emotional chains that keep you holding on to clothes you don’t…
  • The Benefits to Downsizing and Living More Simply

    Kylie Browne
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The decision to downsize your home can be fuelled by various reasons: The kids have left home Retirement The loss of a spouse Financial strains The desire to live more simply. Whatever the reason, downsizing can be a hard process for many. There are emotional strains to paring back your belongings and sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture when you’re caught up in the emotion. Dealing with decades of worldly possessions can be considered cathartic. However a lot of people find it overwhelming when it comes time to take action. Once the decluttering process starts, you…
  • Don’t Let Mess Ruin Your Productivity

    Kylie Browne
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Working from home and staying organized is a challenge many of us face. We hear from many people each week with frustrations about their home office: My office is a dumping ground. I moved into my new house 4 years ago and there are still unpacked boxes in my office space. Keely We just moved and my home office is a crazy maze of boxes half opened! TCC My home office has become a dumping spot for everything that doesn’t have a home elsewhere in our house. I am ready to grab control of the space and improve my productivity by having a space that makes sense for my business! Mandy We…
  • Solutions to Home Office Challenges

    Kylie Browne
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    What’s your biggest home office challenge? Towering paper piles Ineffective filing systems Unsatisfactory habits for dealing with all the clutter Dual room functionality that just doesn’t work. We can help you create your perfect home office – decluttered, streamlined, organized. That sounds good, doesn’t it! Join us for our next online program: 7 Days To An Organized Home Office.  It starts Monday 13 October (US time). 7 Days To An Organized Home Office Over the 7 days we’ll cover: How to reclaim your office space How to sort your piles of paper How…
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  • playing with water soluble wax pastels

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
      I played with water soluble wax pastels. Here’s what I did in my sketch book.     PAINT PARTY FRIDAY       Do you see something in this? (I don’t!)  What would you call it?     Last weekend I posted art in EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.   I’m sure you want to see more!       Jaakko Mattila (1976) is a very patient guy or he has a machine to paint this kind of art.   In Jaakko’s blog HERE you can see more of his art – tell me what you think of his works. ps. I like most of them……
  • shovel in orange, macro and ruby

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
        Colors, I love colors!   That’s why I participate new meme for me, to get energy for this season of darkness….     Mandarin Orange Monday         This version is for   Macro Monday 2       ‘rusty face’     This version is for   Ruby Tuesday Too         Yes! Now I have a lot of energy – how about you?     Have a good week!    
  • inspirations

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
          It started from this pine branch….I got an inspiration     to digitalized it     This digital version was  an inspiration for my watercolor painting, just inspiration.       Paint Party Friday     On Saturday we visited EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art     A piece of art playing with shadows!   Shadow Shot Sunday2       ‘World in Colours of Water’ by Janna Syvänoja.   It’s worth to visit Janna’s blog – her art is really unique and beautiful!  …
  • red splotch

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
        MACRO MONDAY 2     I HEART MACRO   RUBY TUESDAY TOO         Have a good week!  
  • playing with colors

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
        I’ve been painting…a lot!   BUT. I’m still trying to learn how to paint with water and colors Here’s one I did yesterday, ‘dancer’. I wanted to learn how to leave white white….     Paint Party Friday           One of my favorite brushes….     Maple tree leaves are playing with light and shadows…   Shadow Shot Sunday2         Have a relaxing weekend!     ps. I’ll be busy this weekend - I’ll visit your blogs on Sunday evening…
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    Mystic Madness

  • Office Moving Mistakes to Avoid

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    There are sometimes in the life of a business when it has to move office to a different location for its benefit. There are a number of reasons that may cause that such as emerging better business opportunity in the new location, increase crime in the current location, new unfavorable government policies in the current location, high taxation in the current location, relaxed rules and lower taxation in the new location and many more. The process can be very stressful. Some people have passed through it successfully absorbing all the shock. But some businesses passed through it but were not…
  • Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Many people spend a lot of money every month on energy. The amount spend in energy increases or even triples during the cold weather for people who are living in cold regions or region where there is winter as they have to heat their homes. Even though energy is very important, you can still do a lot in order to improve the energy efficiency of your home and thus reduce the amount of money you pay on monthly basis. Here are some of the tips you should apply in order to improve the energy efficiency of your home and to reduce the amount you pay on energy on monthly basis.   Get enough…
  • Great Ways The Entire Family Can Prepare for Christmas

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    There is the tendency for some people to think that the preparation for the Christmas feast is parents' affairs. That should not be the case. If you have children, you can get your entire family involved in the preparation for this great feast. Yes, your children may not be involved in the preparation for shopping and making budget for family expenditure during the Christmas season. But there are various ways through which you can get them involved in the preparation for the Christmas season. Here are some of the ways through which the entire family members will prepare for Christmas…
  • How to Dress for the Christmas Season

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    The Christmas season is a partying time. People organize different types of parties for their friends, colleagues, family members and others during this period. Definitely, you will get a number of invites for different parties during this season. Every type of party has its dressing code. Your outfit for casual Christmas party may not be the same for any formal occasion organized during this Christmas. So, it is important that you dress up properly for any party that you are attending. If you are invited for a party and you want to make your outfit, here are some of the points that you…
  • How to Prepare Your Home for Christmas

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The Christmas wave has started blowing lightly now but with time, it will become fiercer. This is the time to start getting prepared for it. If you don't start on time to get prepared for the great day, it will catch up with your unawares. There are indeed a lot of things to prepare. When you talk of Christmas preparation, the mind of many people goes to gifts and edibles. But Christmas is more than the edibles and gifts items. You need to make your home radiate the aura of the Christmas. There are also chains of events coming up that day and there are a lot of places to visit in order…
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    How to of the Day

  • How to Make Your Feet Look Smaller

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If your feet are larger than most, then you may find yourself wanting ways to make your feet look more proportional to the rest of your body. While making your foot physically smaller is impossible to do without risky cosmetic surgery, there are plenty of easy things you can do to make your feet appear smaller. Steps Wearing the Right Clothes Wear flared jeans and trousers. You may worry that a flared leg at the bottom of your pants adds more weight and emphasis to the bottom of your leg, and in a sense, that assessment is accurate. By draping more material over that part of your leg, though,…
  • How to Make a Jack O'Lantern from an Orange

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Orange (or pink grapefruit) Jack o' Lanterns are cute rather than scary and although they're a little fiddly to make, they're not as demanding as the pumpkin variety. If you want a cute little Jack o' Lantern display or you're just in a hurry, these little critters might be just the look you're after for Halloween. Steps Preparing the Oranges Wash each orange well. Remove any grime or stains. Dry by wiping with a dish cloth or paper towel. Slice the tops off each orange. Use a sharp knife to slice, while keeping the orange still on a flat surface. Scoop the flesh out of each orange. Use the…
  • How to Be an Efficient Restaurant Dishwasher

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Being a dishwasher at a restaurant may be on the same line of low quality jobs as flipping burgers at a fast-food franchise. However, dishwashers have an important role, just like the cooks. Without the dishwashers, no one will have clean, sanitized dishes in the restaurant. They are among the hardest workers in the establishment and the last to leave. Steps Before Your Shift Come in a few minutes early and survey the station. At any restaurant, Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular days of the week for people dine out with family and friends. When you get in the back of the house, it's…
  • How to Make a Toga out of a Bedsheet

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A toga is essential wear for anyone regularly attending college fraternity or sorority parties in the US, and it's fun for all people when an occasion like Halloween or a fancy dress party arises. While a bed sheet is not the ideal fabric for fashioning a toga, it's a versatile source you can use, since being caught off guard is no reason to be sans-toga. Steps Basic Toga Take the corner of a top sheet in one hand. Leave about 6-8" (15 - 20 cm) to spare. Hold in front of the top of one of your shoulders. Drape the sheet snugly across your chest. Tuck it under the opposite (right) arm. Shorten…
  • How to Get Rid of a Wasp's Nest

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Having a wasp's nest in or around your home is an unpleasant situation to be in, especially if you have small children or somebody with an allergy to wasp stings. Aside from the fear of being stung, you also have to deal with the constant humming and buzzing and the sight of the stripey winged creatures constantly toing and froing around your garden. Not to worry - there are several effective measures you can take to kill the wasps, get rid of the nest and stop them from coming back again next year. Just start with Step 1 below to find out more. Steps Planning and Safety Ensure that you are…
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    Genuine Curiosity by Dwayne Melancon

  • Why Getting Out of Your Comfort Zones Can Make You Happier

    Dwayne Melancon
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    What do you do when things are "going fine?" Think about it: generally speaking, you like your job; your boss and co-workers are cool (for the most part); you have a pretty short commute, and the work that you do is interesting and fulfilling. If all that is true, why do you catch yourself daydreaming throughout the workday about learning how to rock climb, or heading out for an epic road trip with some of your buddies? Actually, the desire to try new things is a normal and natural feeling. As Life Hacker notes, stepping out of your daily routine can actually help you to be more productive…
  • Apologies for site issues and kudos to

    Dwayne Melancon
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Some of you have sent me emails, messages, etc. over the past few days regarding this site being offline. I apologize for that, but have good news: everything is back to normal now.Yes, was down for about a week due to a snafu at my domain registrar. All should be fine now, and you'll see some posts showing up here soon (I have a backlog). Kudos to HoverPart of the solution to my issue drove me to change domain providers. I have heard a lot of good things about Hover in the past so I decided to give them a try. Actually, I've been an email customer of theirs for a…
  • Sharper Minds Through Video Games?

    Dwayne Melancon
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I play a lot of video games during my travels - it is a great release to unwind in my hotel room, and I find it very relaxing (yes).  I flit from one to another quite often, but my current favorites are Borderlands 2, Diablo III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops.  I also tend to apply lessons I learn from video games into how I view the world; for example, I have given multiple talks about what information security can learn from video games - such as this brief talk the RSA Security Conference earlier this year).   With that in mind, I wanted to make sure I wasn't deluding myself -…
  • Updated: How to lose 50 pounds in 6 months

    Dwayne Melancon
    7 Jun 2014 | 11:17 pm
    As I mentioned in my previous post, I've lost over 50 pounds since last July and have learned some things along the way.  I thought I'd share some of my experience here, in the hopes that others might benefit.  By the way - I know this ended up being a bit long, but hopefully it's broken up enough to make it usable. 10 months into the process (I started trying to lose weight August 1, 2013), and I'm doing a good job of maintaining and sticking with my program  I was just updating my photo with a new one just taken for work, and I thought it was worth updating my original post…
  • [Updated] SpiShutter hands-on - a great webcam privacy solution for MacBooks

    Dwayne Melancon
    24 May 2014 | 10:49 pm
    A while back, I shared how you can use cellophane tape to keep people from spying on you with your webcam.For the past month or so, I've been using an alternative called the SpiShutter which I really like so I wanted to share it with you.  Here is a brief video walk-through showing how it works: I have the black version of the SpiShutter, but they come in a couple of other colors, as well. By the way - the privacy screen I mention is the 3M Gold Privacy Filter for MacBook Pro Retina computers - they are available for most other computers, as well.  That's meant for a different…
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    Personal Excellence

  • From Six-Figure Debt to $20,000/Month Revenue (The 21-Day Incubation Period)

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Have you heard of the term “incubation period”? Medical definition aside, an incubation period refers to the period which an embryo develops within an egg, to the point the egg hatches. Different types of eggs have different incubation periods. With the most common egg, the chicken egg, a 21-day incubation period (give or take a few days) is needed, assuming incubation conditions are met (right temperature, right humidity, and timely turning of egg). Crack a fertilized chicken egg before it completes its 21-day incubation, and you will be greeted with a gory mess as you destroy…
  • How Long Would You Spend to Teach Your (Future) Baby to Walk, Before Giving Up?

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Have you ever taught a baby how to walk? According to BabyCenter, most babies take their first steps between 9 and 12 months old and walk by the time they’re 14 or 15 months old. Some babies take longer, walking only when they’re 17 months old, though it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with them — it’s simply different babies needing different time for development. Now, imagine you’ve a baby (for those of you who are already parents, no imagining needed here), and it’s now 9 months old — in its learning-to-walk phase. (For…
  • Ask Celes – I’m Getting Married and I’m Afraid of My Wife Seeing My Private Parts. Help?

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    Dear Celes, I am a 25-year old man. I am facing the biggest crisis in my life as I am going to get married. My brief background would make it clear. When I was a kid, around 10, my female cousin (around the same age) and I would sleep together. On one such occasion, her hand accidentally touched my thigh and felt something bulging. She asked me what it was. In my child-like, innocent enthusiasm I opened my shorts and she saw my erect p****. She got excited and started rocking it, saying that she had now seen my ‘shame-shame’. Later, in the same excitement, she told all this to…
  • Aha Moments: How World Icons Got their Ideas and Inspiration [Infographic]

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Hi everyone!! I apologize for the lack of updates! While I originally thought that I would have all the time in the world to create new content on PE after my wedding, as it turned out, I’ve been busy with moving into my new home (done), furnishing it (done; will be recording new Celes.TV video with house tour soon), and now loaded with a series of projects (the current live run of Anti-Procrastination Course which will last till mid-Oct, business collaborations, multiple one-to-one coaching clients, and an upcoming workshop engagement), among the admin work of managing a business.
  • What’s on Your Bucket List? 101 Things To Do Before You Die

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    “Every man dies – Not every man really lives.” ~ William Ross “The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” ~ Author Unknown A few days ago, I was surfing online when I came across someone’s bucket list. It quickly inspired me to create my own list and write an article about it at the same time. What’s a Bucket List? If you haven’t heard about the term “bucket list”, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you desire to experience before you die. Why Create a Bucket List?
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    Change your Thoughts for true Personal Development

  • 5 Steps to Protecting Yourself as an Empath

    Steven Aitchison
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The other day I wrote about the 7 Signs of Being an Empath and it received an amazing response.  It seems there’s more of us than I had first imagined. On my Facebook page and a few other pages where it was shared, one question kept coming up: How do I protect myself as an empath? The one issue I kinda have with this is the implication that being an empath is a bad thing and we have something to protect ourselves from.  I believe that being an empath is a great gift to have and one that should be used for the benefit of ourselves and for the benefit of others.   Having said…
  • 20 Things I Wish I Knew When I was 20!

    Sarah Reich
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This month I will be turning 30! While I am excited to embark on a new journey in this decade, there are also a few things I wish I knew sooner that would have helped me to navigate my twenties! 1. Most likely your life will not go according to your “plan.” – It is so true that life happens on life’s terms, so expect the unexpected. 2. Embrace and accept change. – In your twenties you are going to change, and the world is going to change. Time spent fighting against change is usually wasted time. 3. Try new things. – Your twenties are about finding out who you are going to be. Try…
  • 7 Signs That You Are an Empath

    Steven Aitchison
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    All my life I have been a bit strange, or that’s how other people described me.  For the longest time I felt I didn’t belong here on this earth, it wasn’t my time to be alive, the jacket of life just didn’t fit me and I had no way of altering the jacket. As the years went on I realised I was a little different, but came to embrace that strangeness, that feeling of being a little weird, until I really found out what was going on. I felt the emotions and feelings that others around me were feeling.  It left me feeling a little confused ‘What the hell is wrong…
  • Three Pillars of any Successful Relationship

    Jos Artin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For any relationship to last a life-time, it has to be built on the “Three Pillars of any Successful Relationship”. Here they are, in order of importance: Respect, Trust,  Love I know couples who have relationships built on these blocks, and I see how they automatically avoid the common pitfalls so many other couples face: Because respect is paramount, they do not treat each other in a derogatory way or belittle each other. Because there is trust, they are not suspicious and they know the other person feels the same. Because they love each other more than anything else in life,…
  • 6 Ways to Achieve ‘BIG’ Things in Life!

    Jonathan Curran
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    To create an ever-lasting and significant change in your world, besides thinking and talking about it you need to do a lot. Whatever your goals are, there are few things you need to do in to turn your dreams to a reality. Are you craving for a big change in your life? Maybe you desire for a better career or you want to start up your own business, and you’re not quite sure how to… Don’t panic, you’re not new to this feeling. All those who have achieved something ‘big’ in their life, have gone through the same feeling one time or the other. Your aim may be different, but the way to…
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    Exile Lifestyle

  • Getting Lost

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s a game I play with myself when I want to explore a city but don’t have a particular destination in mind. I start walking and I follow the signals and signs provided along the way. I turn left and cross the street because the little glowing walking man indicates that I should. If I encounter an intersection without stoplights, I keep going straight, but at the next such intersection I go right, and at the next I turn left, and continue to circulate between the options at each new opportunity. When I see a coffee shop I’d like to try, or a museum I’d like to…
  • Calibrate for Travel

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    A massive misconception I try and stomp out whenever possible is that you have to be wealthy to travel. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m not wealthy. Most of the people I know who travel regularly aren’t wealthy. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have more money to spend on travel, but it’s not a requirement. It opens up more options, but in some ways also makes a person less likely to find the really good stuff; more on why, below. Unfortunately, money isn’t the only misperception most people have about travel. It’s these misperceptions that I…
  • Expert Sleepist

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    We spend a lot of time trying to improve our tennis swing. And our abdominal muscles. And our capacity to make money. There’s nothing wrong with these things. It’s a good idea to know how to make money so that you can support your craft and buy food, and it’s nice to have fitness and athletic goals to work toward. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of greatness in some aspects of our lives, we neglect other, sometimes quite vital aspects. Sleep, for instance, is more than just a little important. It defines everything else that we do, keeping our brains primed to form memories…
  • Sentimentality and the Present

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    We calibrate our actions to happiness. That is to say, we generally do the things that we believe will bring us the greatest net happiness over time. Unfortunately, the actions we take can result in less happiness and more discouragement, dissatisfaction, and despair. This commonly results from a misunderstanding of the relationship between sentimentality and the present. Sentimentality is a prediction of how we’ll feel in the future. We prime for nostalgia by making a guess about the wants and feelings of a future potential self; one that maybe misses this restaurant or perhaps regrets…
  • Pre-Order Considerations

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    My new nonfiction book, Considerations, will hit shelves on November 1, and is now available for pre-order through Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and Gumroad. Considerations is a book about asking questions, attaining new perspectives, figuring out what you believe, and determining how these beliefs can help guide your actions Because of my coffee pricing policy, the book costs a whopping $2.99. If you pre-order the book and email me a receipt or some other proof-of-purchase, you’ll also receive 30 Days of Doing, free of charge (though it can also be had for $2.99 after the fact, if you miss…
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    Organize to Revitalize!

  • 7 Essential Productivity Apps for Freelancers, Consultants, and Coaches

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    If you’re a freelancer, consultant, or a coach, you’ll need to rely on systems to keep track of your clients and projects — and to simply get stuff done. One of the most helpful things you can to to increase your productivity is to use a combination of people and technology, including apps. For example, you might use a productivity app or a suite of apps to help you stay on top of your freelance game. And, you might also consider hiring an intern, a virtual assistant, or using a service like oDesk, Elance, Zirtual, or FancyHands, especially during your peak seasons, to help…
  • The Mysteries Inside Your Medicine Cabinet

    Naomi Cook
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Original Image Credit: Pottery Barn Sticky bottles, crushed pills, and gooey globs on shelves…oh my! Sounds as scary as a Halloween haunted house … well, the thought of cleaning it all can be anyway! Since October is National Kitchen and Bath Month and it is cold and flu, as well as allergy season, this is a good time to talk about what’s lurking inside your medicine cabinet! I learned my lesson when I had a fall cold last year and found that my cold medicines had expired. So, I recently went on a cleaning spree of my medicine cabinet and purged all of my old medications. I restocked it…
  • Quick Tip: Two Ways a List Can Help You Declutter Your Desk

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recently, I wrote a guest post for and shared five creative strategies you can use to unclutter your desk. And, today I’m sharing a sixth thing you can do keep desk clutter to a minimum. Did you know that a simple list can also help you bring a little order to your workspace? Two Ways a List Can Help You Declutter Your Desk   1. To Do List. Make a list of all the things you need to do to clear your desk at the end of each day. Include things like: Wipe desk and clean up spills Remove trash and recyclables Organize cables and wires Put pens, markers, and other writing…
  • 5-Minute Organizing Challenge ~ Get Organized for Halloween

    Dan Loya
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Are you ready for this month’s 5-Minute Organizing Challenge? I hope you are because Halloween is only weeks away, and this time we’ll focus on getting prepared for the spooky holiday. These mini-challenges will help you get organized for Halloween, and they only take about five minutes each. Create a list. Write a checklist of all the items (off the top of your head) that you need for Halloween. Each day, spend a few minutes adding new items you think of and begin planning  when to purchase things you need. Your list can include: Decorations Components for costumes Pumpkins & a…
  • 6 Reasons to Hire a Maid Service

    Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post by Lizzie Weakly explains the many benefits of using a maid service. If you’re a homeowner who spends any amount of time cleaning your home, you may have considered contracting a maid service. For those who are still on the fence, the following six points will help to convince you that using a service is a wonderful idea. 6 Reasons to Get Maid Service   1. More Time to Focus on Family Hiring a professional maid service is the perfect way to shift the focus from routine cleaning to valuable family time. Hours spent maintaining a clean home will easily eat away…
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    Timeless Information

  • Restarting Something You Left Behind

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Is it possible to restart something you left on the backburner?  Can you pick up right where you left off with the same energy?  If you can, are there also the same people around who were supporting you at that time?  Times changes and so does the energy around a certain idea.  A fresh idea has so much more enthusiasm and support behind it than an old idea that is rehashed, unless the rehashing is done exceptionally well and with a new twist to it. It is hard for someone to not make the temporal connection between what has happened and why it did not move forward at some high rate of…
  • Non-Imposition

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    I used to interrupt people a lot when they were doing things they were focused on in public.  Some people were okay with this, but some people didn’t like it.  Lately I have reduced that.  Today, I went up to talk to someone, and she said she was writing a story, so I told her I don’t interrupt anymore and left her alone.  Later I was thinking it was nice that I left on that note and that she could come over if she had such a desire.  Two minutes after I had that thought, she came over and talked with me.  This was nice. Imposing is one of my favorite things, but it…
  • Lemonade

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    There’s a food place called Lemonade that has various foods.  If you so desire, you can get one of the foods.  On the other hand, you can just skip the line of people and go to the front and get a lemonade and head out the door quickly.  This is an award-winning concept.  The line then becomes nothing as you float by it on a sea of air.  Think about that one.  You could pretend you were flying on a magic carpet past the people in the line.  Wouldn’t that be something? You might think I’m a representative for Lemonade, and I could be, but I am currently not.  I am not…
  • Youth Policy Releases “Time Has Told Me”

    25 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    For those not in the know, the entity known as Youth Policy has released a new album titled Time Has Told Me, and it is packed with tracks that will take you to another place.  The hit song “Man of Science” is the clear front-runner, not only with its fluid presentation, but also its lyrical message and organization.  When someone thinks of Youth Policy, they think of the soft-toned creations that are all over this album, but “Man of Science” gives you another dimension of what band member GK can present. “Man of Science” hits you with lyrics like…
  • My YouTube Channel – Armentropy

    8 Feb 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Hey folks.  I have made a YouTube channel called Armentropy that consists of videos of me talking and interacting with people in public.  The name of the channel is a combination of Armen, which is my name, and entropy, a thermodynamic or information theory term that can be taken to mean “lack of order or predictability”.  I recommend checking the channel out, and if you like the videos, you can subscribe to get future content. Related posts: An Interview With Justine Ezarik
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    Time Management Ninja

  • How More of the “Same” Can Make You More Productive

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    In your search for productivity, are you constantly changing up your game? Always trying new techniques, tools, and the latest gadgets? This constant state of flux can actually make you less productive. Perhaps, you need more of the “same” to get things done today. Too Much Change We like to talk about change. However, change […]
  • Saving Time with Apple Pay

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    I am very excited about Apple Pay. (Disclaimer: Yes, I am a big Apple fan.) In my opinion, it is the biggest game-changer that Apple announced recently. It has kind of been overshadowed by the iPhone 6 (and Plus). And the Apple Watch. And iPad Air 2. And more. However, it went live last week, and […]
  • 7 Tasks to Complete Before You Head Out for Your Weekend

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Are you ready for the weekend? Before you head out the door, take time to wrap up your week. Completing just a few extra tasks will allow you to enjoy your time off and have a sense of peace with how your left things at work. Today, I have 7 tasks to complete before leaving […]
  • TMN Sponsor of the Week: Goboxi [Announcement]

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    TMN Sponsor of the Week: Goboxi  Goboxi is the first application that puts three big parts of all of our online lives together: time management, social management and email management. They tackle the problem of email organization, project management and to-do lists by using hashtags to organize specific topics and content. This keeps projects organized across many different channels. The Goboxi Productivity Expert machine learning tool understands and analyzes how each user manages their time and recommends improvements to spend time working more efficiently. All this information is…
  • Do What You Want to Become

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    People often tell me what they want to be. Often, their big goals represent something they are not doing currently… like a new career. Or something they cannot perform today… such as run a 5K race. The question is, “Are you doing what you want to become?” Do What You Want to Be Wishing doesn’t make things […]
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    The Art of Less Doing

  • Podcast #96 with Michael Gelb of Creativity on Demand

    Fancy Hands
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
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  • Guest Post – The Limitations of Your Brain

    Fancy Hands
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
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  • Podcast #95 With Peter Shallard Of CommitAction

    Fancy Hands
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
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  • Podcast #94 With Greg Mckeowan Of Essentialism

    Fancy Hands
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
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  • Podcast #93 With JJ Virgin Of The Sugar Impact Diet

    Fancy Hands
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
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    Prolific Living - Smart Habits for Rich Living

  • Why Indecision is Killing Your Business Dreams and How to Stop It Now

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Don’t be too smart for your own good! You want to make an impact on the world. You want to start a business. You want to be part of a cause, a mission, something much larger than yourself. You are hungry for it, you’ve been thinking about it nonstop, and you can’t relax until you figure it out. Also, you secretly know you’re the exception to the rule. Most others are happy to just exist, but you want to live an extraordinary life. Achieving this could be the greatest decision of your life, and it could fill the gaping hole of what’s been missing. You can’t…
  • How to Show Empathy: 4 Habits of Highly Empathic People

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    I cried when I heard the news about Robin Williams. Not once, not twice, but many many times. I was so sad at the loss his family and friends would feel, so sad for the rest of us to not be able to experience his genius again on the stage or on the big screen. Robin Williams is no more. I didn’t like that one bit. Such tragic awful news. Then a few days later, I was angry at Robin. Furious! Outraged! I would have conversations with him in my mind, screaming “How Could You Do This?”, “What were you thinking?”, “Are you out of your mind?” and…
  • Want to Be Happy? 5 Powerful Ways Meditation Can Make It Happen

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The power of the quiet mind, and how to get it. What if you could enhance and improve your life not by another new technique or tips you get from the media or books or online personal development blogs (including this one!) but rather by awakening a true power within you? What if you learned to quiet your mind before you began your day every morning? What would that do to your happiness and inner peace (aff)? How would that impact your dreams, your goals, your whole life? If we truly understood and believed in the power of a quiet mind, we would never allow the commotion of the outside world…
  • Top 202 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes on Life

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    I’ve loved and collected quotations since I bought my first journal at age 12 many moons ago. You see, before the internet, we had books and libraries, paper and pens but we still loved quotations – or quotes for short. They were just harder to assimilate and enjoy! Now inspirational quotes are ubiquitous, in fact so much that you may have become blind to them. Don’t. They still work even if you feel hopeless and desperate. You just need to find your favorites. Here are my favorite 202 inspirational and motivational quotes on life for happiness, inner peace, and success.
  • 8 Ways Perfectionism is Ruining Your Life (And How to Cure It)

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Let’s find out. Is perfectionism ruining your life too? Perfection is the state of being perfect, and this state does not exist. (You knew that, right? Apparently, some of us perfectionists were left off the memo!) Perfection is a moving target, forever deluding those of us silly enough to chase it. You can’t ever catch it, my dear, much like chasing a rainbow, or your shadow, or a fleeting thought. It is impossible to capture the state of perfection – or perfectionism – and to be one with it. So if you seek and praise perfectionism, it is ruining your life. Quietly and…
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  • People Are Funny!

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    At least once a week I find myself giggling, raising an eyebrow, or saying hmmm when I see a unique character doing things their own way. I found myself laughing the other day because people are funny! So I decided to put together a quick post on some of the funny things people do to celebrate the untemplate spirit of being who you want to be and not worrying about what others may think.I think it’s great that people are funny because we remind each other, intentionally or not, that there’s more than one way to do things. It’s often a lot of fun and rewarding to go against…
  • You Don’t Have To Produce Anything To Make Lots Of Money

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    For the longest time, I believed that you can only make really good money if you produce something. I’ve had jobs where if I wasn’t producing revenue, I wasn’t going to get paid or promoted as much or as quickly. And my colleagues who were in the back office weren’t getting paid very well and most of them were overworked, underpaid, and unhappy. They might as well have worked in a different industry they loved with less hours and probably the same pay.Other reasons why I believed that it takes being a producer to earn money are if I don’t publish consistently as…
  • Personal Finance Goals For Freelancers

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Do you want to be a successful freelancer? One of the critical skills you will need is money management. Not only do you need to maintain the books and records of each of your side gigs (use my tips on how to do your own bookkeeping), you need to be able to stay on top of your personal finances as well. It takes a lot of time to build up a steady flow of income as a freelancer, and that requires a lot of discipline with your money. So before you start to launch into a freelancing career, start out by setting specific personal finance goals for yourself first.I strongly believe in…
  • London Top 10 Sites For Fun, Good Eats, And Adventure

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    I had the chance to visit London for a second time recently and what an upside surprise it was. When I went to London for the first time many years prior, I enjoyed the city but I was a bit tired and short on time since I was on my way home from a trip to Paris. So I was thrilled that my recent trip to London was phenomenal and relaxing. I spent 7 days strolling around London and was also able to take a couple day trip excursions outside the city, which was well worth the extra money and time. I want to share some of my new favorite London Top 10 sites for fun, good eats, and adventure…
  • Business And Management Lessons From Peter Drucker

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Peter Drucker is often referred to as “the founder of modern management,” making large impacts through his work in management consulting, teaching, and writing 39 books. He also wrote for the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Harvard Business Review. This influential guy knew how to keep busy, and there are some helpful business lessons from Peter Drucker that every current, future, or active manager and entrepreneur should know.Drucker was a business thinker and believed “that in modern society there is no other leadership group but managers. If the managers of our…
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    Wake Up Cloud

  • Case Study: How Zell Went From $0 to $4,000 Doing What He Loves

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    This is an interview with Zell Liew, a long-time member of Lifestyle Liberation Academy. Zell has gone from nothing to making over $4,000 with his online business. He started from scratch, not knowing anything or anyone. This case study demonstrates that you can do work you love if you persist. It may not be easy, but it can be done. You may not be able to control the results, but you can do your best. I hope this case study gives you a better glimpse at what it truly takes to get started building your business. The Interview This is a simple text interview. Each question is in large…
  • 21 Things You Can Do To Change Your Life Forever

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    Last night I had a dream. It was Christmas Eve. And I was receiving presents. At that time, all I could think of was “I don’t want these. It’s just more stuff I won’t use.” Looking back, I can see how much I’ve changed. I almost haven’t noticed the change, because it sneaks up on you, until it’s impossible to ignore. It’s like when you were a kid. You got taller, but you didn’t notice until you stood up against the wall with the marks. The same holds true for life changes. You are constantly changing, but it’s hard to notice until it pokes you in the ribs. It’s not…
  • When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:46 am
    Everywhere you look, you’re told to achieve. And sure, you can get things done, but at what cost? If you’re anything like me, you want to do work you love, but you also want to remain somewhat sane. Life isn’t all about work. It’s not all about achieving. There are times when you feel like taking action. And there are times when you don’t feel like doing anything. When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything — The Video Before you read the rest of the post, watch this short video where I share how I deal with these periods. And if you want to get…
  • How to Do What You Love

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
    “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” - Joseph Campbell Just a few short years ago, I didn’t know I could get paid to do what I love. I was stuck in rules, shoulds, and what people thought I should do. But then things changed. I started listening to myself, to my inner GPS. I discovered more joy, happiness, and peace. I realized that life isn’t about getting something or becoming someone in order to be happy. Life is about being happy and then following the inspirational nudges you get. The truth is that you can do what you…
  • How to Make Great Decisions in Life + Business

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    Aah. Decisions. Should I do this, or that? Should I follow my passion, or should I take the “safe” road? Our lives are made up of decisions. How you make those decisions determines your life. But it’s not just how, but from where you make decisions. That’s what many people miss. They may achieve success, but without following their inner authority, they may never achieve satisfaction. Make Good Decisions — The Video So how do you make good decisions both in life and business? In the video below I share my story, and what I’ve learned from helping people…
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    Asian Efficiency - Time Management and Productivity

  • We need your feedback

    Thanh Pham
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Good news – we’re launching a podcast! We’re super excited but we’re stuck. We can’t decide on a name, so we thought why not put it up for a vote. Could vote on your favorite name? That would really help us! Thank you so much in advance. -Thanh & the Asian Efficiency team Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • 12 Ways to Automate Habits So You Can Invest More and Improve Your Career

    Zachary Sexton
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Customers shopping at an upscale grocery store encountered a tasting booth that displayed either a small (6) or a large (24) selection of different types of jam. Of the roughly 250 customers who passed the bigger display, 60% stopped at the booth to try a sample. In contrast, only 40% of customers stopped to taste Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • 8 Ways to Replace Your Afternoon Coffee And Still Stay Productive

    Aaron Lynn
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A really common sight in office buildings across the world, is the mid-afternoon cup of coffee. It’s almost become something of an unspoken fact of the modern-day workplace: we stumble in after a filling lunch, grab a fresh cup on the way in and then sit down at our desks and drink away. The problem Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • Top 10 Essential Mac Apps – 2014 Edition

    Mike Schmitz
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    While there’s certainly some truth to the saying that the best tool for the job is the one you have, occasionally it pays to examine your processes and see if there are more efficient ways to do things. Sometimes the right tool can save you a lot of time and drastically increase your productivity. You have to be careful though as Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • OmniFocus 2 Contexts and Perspectives Explained

    Zachary Sexton
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    An OmniFocus Premium Posts customer recently wrote into us, asking about the difference between contexts and perspectives: I am struggling with contexts and perspectives. I just don’t see the difference. I went through the process of setting up several of your recommended perspectives (from OmniFocus Premium Posts), but they seem to work the same as Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
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    The Summit Blog

  • Friday Favorites - Goal achievement and cars like yours

    Julie Poland
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Google Images:  rodster.comEarl Nightingale said, "You become what you think about most of the time."  You also tend to see what you think about most of the time.  When you purchase a new (or new to you) car, suddenly you notice identical cars in parking lots and along roads you travel every day.  You think that you never saw them before, but you would be incorrect.  They were there all of the time, but your brain was paying attention to something else before now. You didn't see them, and now you see them, because of selective perception.This is why you've heard that…
  • Greater productivity without an agenda

    Julie Poland
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sometimes your job is to sit in a group and listenGoogle Images: blog.thealternativeboard.comwhile someone is downloading information into you.  If you're in a leadership role you may be the one who is at the front of the room doing the downloading.  But if this "sage on the stage" style of meeting is your go-to method, you're missing some productivity.When the head hondo is always at the front of the room doing the talking:Information is flowing only one way, and from one person with one perspective.Knowledge base from the other attendees (can't really call them participants if…
  • Six cultural habits that interfere with continuous improvement

    Julie Poland
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Sometimes the obstacles to improvement in companiesGoogle Images: tommydoll.comare firmly ingrained in the culture.  People have developed habits of thought that have to be redeveloped if the company's initiative to reduce defects and waste, increase speed and efficiency, etc. is to succeed.  Yes, even without doing so the business might be able to experience some uptick in performance, but without addressing employees' and leadership's conditioned attitudes and behaviors the improvements won't last.Culture is not the only obstacle in this venture.  Continuous improvement…
  • Whether you sell products or services, it's about the experience

    Julie Poland
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Google Images:nbcnews.comHow are you measuring quality in your business?  Do you sell services, or do you sell products? When the discussion of quality arises in manufacturing, companies often (perhaps most of the time) turn their attention to their products.  They follow measurements like the number of defective parts shipped, the dollar amount of warranty cost that is being incurred, or defective parts per million produced are impacted, and so on.What often goes by with far less notice, however, is the quality of the customer's experience.  Quality  in products…
  • Your company's problem solving reveals its culture

    Julie Poland
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Google Images: 3vadmin.comWhen you're the leader you have to look beyond working in the business and pay attention to the work that has to be done ON the business.  Those bigger-picture concerns include strategy, process effectiveness, and culture.  Process and culture support (or interfere with) the implementation of your strategy.  You can tell a lot about a company and its culture by how problems get solved. Have you heard any of these comments in your business?"If it ain't broke, don't fix it.""Whatever you do, don't tell Harry about this.""Maybe it will go away on its…
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    Your Life YOUR Way

  • Protected: Habits of an empowered woman

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: Liked this post? You'll also like:YLYW Interview # 16 – Lori Deschene on Tiny Buddha…Saturday Series “How to Use Adversity to Your…Stop Waiting, Start Living! 5 Ways to be Your Own…101 Self-Care Hacks: A Cheat Sheet to More Self-Love.ContributeThe post Protected: Habits of an empowered woman appeared first on Your Life YOUR Way.
  • Top 10 Ways You Lose Confidence + How To Get It Back.

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    If only I was more green.. What if I told you that I never feel truly confident? Not 100%, not every day, and certainly not all the time! Sure, I can project confidence easily, but deep inside, I usually worry that I don’t have what it takes. That I’m just not good enough. Good enough for what? Could be anything. That doesn’t even matter. It’s a feeling that overshadows everything else. What if I told you that I.. .. really don’t know what I am doing most of the time? .. crash and burn a lot? .. fight to feel confident on a regular basis? .. have to work at it…

    25 Jan 2014 | 2:36 am
    I felt like a KANJOOS. That’s an Indian word for “miser/scrooge/stingy”. It was a Friday night and I had gone out with friends.  We’d seen a show, and headed on to a pub after for a bit. I was acutely conscious of the fact that my wallet was lighter than a hummingbird, and that I really couldn’t afford to be out spending like I was. Having eaten before going out and being an occasional drinker, I’d decided to conserve my limited funds – music, dancing, friends were all I needed that night.  But here was the dilemma – how could I keep this up?!
  • 5 Healthy Ways To Engage With Family (When They’re Driving You Crazy) This Holiday Season

    20 Dec 2013 | 7:23 am
    Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. – Dale Evans. Oh the holidays! They can be both the most magical and sparkly time of year, and also the hardest. There’s something about family getting together that can be quite stressful, along with all the fun. All our old patterns come out, our old feelings surface, and it’s just so darn hard to enjoy the holidays when those things happen. Which is a shame, because really, the holidays are an awesome opportunity to be around loved ones, and show and receive a massive amount of…
  • Just Say No

    16 Dec 2013 | 7:20 pm
    Learn to say ‘no’ to the good, so you can ‘yes’ to the best. – John C. Maxwell. I know a message we hear constantly in the dating world is to stay open minded and open hearted. Very valid point. Say Yes to Life. Say Yes to Opportunities. Say Yes to Possibilities. You really never know who you will fall in love with or how it will happen. However, in an arena where insecurities may be the deciding factors behind those Yesses, it is equally as valid to be mindful in your eagerness for love. Here is the thing: Sometimes saying Yes is coming from a place of…
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    Good Vibe Blog

  • LOA Tip from Foo Fighters Dave Grohl

    Good Vibe Coach
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    image credit: The other night when Anderson Cooper interviewed Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl we learned the key to Dave’s success: He loves what he does. Phrases used to describe his work include: exceeded all expectations massive success catapulting to worldwide stardom staple of rock music Get a load of this excerpt from his wiki page: “Between October 2002 and March 2003 Grohl was in the number one spot on the Modern Rock charts for 17 of 18 successive weeks, as a member of three different groups.” Wowza. That’s a guy who’s got a handle on…
  • Where to Find the Good News

    Good Vibe Coach
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Sometimes it seems we’re immersed in a world of things gone wrong, when we know in truth there’s plenty going right. The good news, though, is that there are growing sources reporting good news! Whether it’s a site to visit for uplifting stories globally, or a newsletter in your inbox reminding you of things getting better, consciously tuning into uplifting reports is an easy way to support your good vibe and balance out negativity. Here are a few of my favorite sources for good news: The Good News Network Founded by Geri Weis-Corbley in 1997, the Good News Network serves…
  • Game Changing Advice from Archangel Michael

    Good Vibe Coach
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Daniel Scranton channels Archangel Michael You guys know I’m a big fan of practicing self-love as a key to alignment. Which may be why I so love this message from Daniel Scranton (channeling Archangel Michael). Here’s game-changing advice that anyone could benefit from: If we were to give you one piece of advice to live by and to apply to everything that you are living, we would tell you to give yourselves more credit. If you were to give yourselves more acknowledgement, more praise, more love, you would see instant results in your life. Not only would you enjoy your lives more,…
  • Are You Sending Mixed Messages?

    Good Vibe Coach
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Enjoy this insightful guest post from law of attraction coach Sharon Ballantine (also an LOA Leader for her top rated blog) on the misaligned signals we sometimes send: You might have thought that the Universal Law of Attraction stated that whatever you thought about, you would automatically get. So you know what you want. You think about it a lot, but you still aren’t getting it. So what’s wrong? Does it mean that the Law of Attraction doesn’t work? First, you know that LOA does work. It has to; it is a natural law. Just like the Law of Gravity, it works all the time – whether we…
  • Q&A: Stuck in Negative Environment

    Good Vibe Coach
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Okay, fellow creators – you’re up again. Got a question this morning from one of our younger readers that we haven’t addressed before. His question goes like this: So you know how one of the most important tips for LOA is remove yourself from negative situations? I literally cannot remove myself from my life because I live with my aunt and uncle. So if I am constantly surrounded by negativity, what can I do? He’s certainly not the first conscious creator to feel handicapped in his vibration management practice due to being immersed in a negative situation. How have you…
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    Dave Ursillo

  • Do Yoga in a Dress 2014: The Story, The Struggle, The Success (A Recap).

    Dave Ursillo
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve worn a school dress every October for the last three years. That would be really weird, even disturbing, if it wasn’t done in support of a great charitable cause called Do It In A Dress. Now in its fourth year, Do It In A Dress, a global fundraising extravaganza created by Australian-based charity One Girl, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide schooling opportunities, feminine products and entrepreneurial training to girls and women in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Sierra Leone is statistically one of the worst places in the world to grow up as a girl,…
  • Reader Mailbag: Will Yoga Help Me Find More Spirituality in My Life?

    Dave Ursillo
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “I’m starting to get interested with yoga because of you. I don’t know, but I feel like I need to do something spiritual to find my life purpose or to bring meaning into my life. Do you think yoga would help?” – Vincent in the Philippines Yoga certainly could help, Vincent. In fact, yoga should help you feel “the spiritual” more in your everyday life. And yet, as you can guess, this is a pretty complex question. Yoga itself is a diverse, multifaceted healing art with a long history of over 5,000 years and so many different components, elements…
  • Should Your ‘About Me’ Page Really Be About You, or Your Reader?

    Dave Ursillo
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to detail how to use storytelling to write a great About Me page. What you suggest certainly makes sense, because I know that I get a good feeling about someone when I go to their About Page and want to know more about them… But, doesn’t your advice contradict what Marie Forleo and Derek Halpern say, that ‘the About Page is not about you”‘? What have been your findings when working with clients?” – Ania in Holland My friend Ania (who is a brand new mom, by the way– congratulations…
  • How to Make Your Story Shine

    Dave Ursillo
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “People fascinate me. Their bodies. Their brains, their emotions, their ideals, their histories, their choices, and their dreams. Their stories. It all comes back to stories. Everything everywhere is ultimately a story.” — Victoria Erickson (thanks to Meg for the quote) As I sat with change in my personal life over the summer, I suddenly felt holes in my values of service and contribution to the lives of others after having closed my writers’ group, The Literati Writers, in April. The brief hiatus, still ongoing but drawing to a close, was needed to evolve my online…
  • By The Time You Will Have Read This

    Dave Ursillo
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    By the time you will have read this, I am miles away. Grown. Changed. Many steps, far gone. That’s how it works, this writer’s game. What words I share are few. What words I speak are fewer. And by the time you will have read what I say, my soul will have already moved on. The lessons shared, I’ve already outgrown them. The pains revealed, already healed. The hopes and the dreams expire too, and new ones have already slid into place. That’s why what I write, I never fear. No secrets I speak can be used against me. No old wounds shared could be opened again. No…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Bitchin Sauce: Creating The Tastiest Sauce in the World! – TCE 049

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes This is bar none, the most Bitchin’ episode of this podcast. Most Saturdays while I was living in San Diego, I’d go to the farmers market in little Italy where I live. During my first visit, I remember seeing these guys at their stand and they looked like they were having the time of their lives. Their product was called Bitchin’ Sauce, people were flocking around their booth and the entire team was rocking tank tops….naturally I had to go and see what this was all about. I tried a sample of their Bitchin’ sauce…
  • Mark Manson on The Psychology of Achievement – TCE 048

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.” This is the start of a great piece called The Most Important Question of Your Life written by today’s guest, author Mark Manson of In this episode of The Competitive Edge we dive into the…
  • Unleashing The Power of Self-Understanding with Steve Sisler – TCE 047

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Do you think if you understood how your brain worked and why you behave the way you do, you’d be better equipped to perform at a high level? If the answer isn’t at a resounding yes for you yet, that may change after today’s episode. I’m honored to have Steve Sisler founder of the behavioral resource group to take us through a deep dive on the power of behavioral profiling and how we can use it to level up work, relationships, and performance. There’s a lot of different behavior profile tests out there, but in my…
  • Inside The Mind Of A Venture Capitalist with Steve Schlafman – TCE 046

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “A common effort, yields common results” Man I love that, and I think it’s so important to keep in mind in the pursuit of doing hard things. Today I’m so exicted to have my close friend on the show Steve Schlafman. Steve’s an investor at well known venture capital firm RRE Ventures and is someone whose work ethic and hustle I genuinely admire. We’ve had a lot of entrepreneurs on this show, but today I wanted to bring someone on the other side of the table on. Steve sees 100’s if not thousands of companies a year…
  • Abundant Joy: How To Be The Happiest Person In The Room

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Two months ago I realized I’ve been doing my gratitude practice at about 25% of what it could be… I fell into this new ritual kind of by accident, but I’ve never been happier and held a more persistent sense of inner joy since I started this so I had to share it with you. I feel like I’ve beat this into the ground, but happiness (and everything else) is an inside job. To be filled with joy is a decision rooted in your ability to properly and consistently take an empowering perspective. Even though I…
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Superhuman Productivity

  • 44 Productivity Apps You Need to Know About [Infographic]

    Rosemina Nazarali
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo credit: Jason Howie/FlickrThe term “there’s an app for that” has never been more true. For every list you need to make, every task you need to complete and every meeting you need to schedule, you can do it right from your smartphone. The infographic below by Conosco outlines 44 apps that will help with every aspect of your productivity, from to-do lists to goal-tracking, and everything in between. There’s even a few Ridiculously Efficient favourites in there, like Todoist, Basecamp, Toggl and Google Drive. Check out the entire list below!The post 44 Productivity…
  • How to Retain High Performing Employees

    Rosemina Nazarali
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    © berc – Fotolia.comThis is a guest post by Charlie Reynolds.When you’re running a business it’s easy to get into the mindset of thinking you are the business and your employees are there to do your bidding. But of course, on a day-to-day basis you’re really the person with their hand on the tiller, the person with whom the buck stops, the person who can influence things at a strategic level.Company owners who forget that their staff absorb skills from the company and put new skills back into it are doomed to underestimate their irreplaceability. Sure, no one is truly…
  • 2 Huge Reasons People Quit

    Marissa Brassfield
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    There’s always going to be “the employee who got away” — the high performer whose departure from your team delivered a crushing blow to productivity or workgroup cohesion or both.Carly Guthrie, who specializes in human resources in the tech industry, recently gave a fascinating perspective on retention for First Round. I appreciate that she didn’t speak to some of the obvious reasons that employees quit, instead going for two subtler nuances: time and trust.Here are my favorite bits from her interview (again, read the whole thing here) as to why people…
  • Company Offers Travel Budget to Get Employees Out of Their Comfort Zone

    Rosemina Nazarali
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    © Kurhan – FotoliaIt’s become the norm for Americans to ignore their vacation days and work year round without taking more than a day or two off at a time. But the routine can get boring very quickly. For those in creative positions, it is especially important to go out into the world, experience new things, and get out of the mundanity of a typical work routine. It is this idea that inspired a creative agency in Southern California to offer a $1,500 travel budget to employees.ThinkPARALLAX launched a new initiative this year, offering everyone in the 12-person team a travel budget…
  • 3 Ways to Be Resilient, Not Reactive (Right Now)

    Marissa Brassfield
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Do you ever get the feeling that you’re an inactive participant in your own life? This loss of control is frustrating and stressful; to fight it, the key is to be resilient, not reactive.“Resilient people feel a greater sense of control over their lives,” says Robert Brooks, a Harvard Medical School professor of psychology and the co-author of The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence and Personal Strength in Your Life. “Also, because of their optimistic outlook, they are more likely to develop and maintain positive relationships with others.Reactive…
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    Personal Excellence

  • From Six-Figure Debt to $20,000/Month Revenue (The 21-Day Incubation Period)

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Have you heard of the term “incubation period”? Medical definition aside, an incubation period refers to the period which an embryo develops within an egg, to the point the egg hatches. Different types of eggs have different incubation periods. With the most common egg, the chicken egg, a 21-day incubation period (give or take a few days) is needed, assuming incubation conditions are met (right temperature, right humidity, and timely turning of egg). Crack a fertilized chicken egg before it completes its 21-day incubation, and you will be greeted with a gory mess as you destroy…
  • How Long Would You Spend to Teach Your (Future) Baby to Walk, Before Giving Up?

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Have you ever taught a baby how to walk? According to BabyCenter, most babies take their first steps between 9 and 12 months old and walk by the time they’re 14 or 15 months old. Some babies take longer, walking only when they’re 17 months old, though it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with them — it’s simply different babies needing different time for development. Now, imagine you’ve a baby (for those of you who are already parents, no imagining needed here), and it’s now 9 months old — in its learning-to-walk phase. (For…
  • Ask Celes – I’m Getting Married and I’m Afraid of My Wife Seeing My Private Parts. Help?

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    Dear Celes, I am a 25-year old man. I am facing the biggest crisis in my life as I am going to get married. My brief background would make it clear. When I was a kid, around 10, my female cousin (around the same age) and I would sleep together. On one such occasion, her hand accidentally touched my thigh and felt something bulging. She asked me what it was. In my child-like, innocent enthusiasm I opened my shorts and she saw my erect p****. She got excited and started rocking it, saying that she had now seen my ‘shame-shame’. Later, in the same excitement, she told all this to…
  • Aha Moments: How World Icons Got their Ideas and Inspiration [Infographic]

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Hi everyone!! I apologize for the lack of updates! While I originally thought that I would have all the time in the world to create new content on PE after my wedding, as it turned out, I’ve been busy with moving into my new home (done), furnishing it (done; will be recording new Celes.TV video with house tour soon), and now loaded with a series of projects (the current live run of Anti-Procrastination Course which will last till mid-Oct, business collaborations, multiple one-to-one coaching clients, and an upcoming workshop engagement), among the admin work of managing a business.
  • What’s on Your Bucket List? 101 Things To Do Before You Die

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    “Every man dies – Not every man really lives.” ~ William Ross “The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” ~ Author Unknown A few days ago, I was surfing online when I came across someone’s bucket list. It quickly inspired me to create my own list and write an article about it at the same time. What’s a Bucket List? If you haven’t heard about the term “bucket list”, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you desire to experience before you die. Why Create a Bucket List?
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    The Blurbler

  • What is Ebola?

    Mick Gill
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Ebola is a deadly disease caused by a virus. There are five strains, and four of them can make people sick. After entering the body, it kills cells, making some of them explode. It wrecks the immune system, causes heavy bleeding inside the body, and damages almost every organ.View Visual Guide To EbolaWhy you should Donate!
  • How butter and cheese can keep you slim - and even ward off diabetes

    Mick Gill
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
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  • Often go to bed late? It could leave you with a chronic sleep disorder

    Mick Gill
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    Often go to bed late? It could leave you with a chronic sleep disorder Read More
  • LIQUID METAL shown to reconnect severed nerves in a frog

    Mick Gill
    1 May 2014 | 10:07 pm
    LIQUID METAL shown to reconnect severed nerves in a frogRead More
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    Mick Gill
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Forget sharks! Mosquitoes are the world's deadliest animals
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    Thad Thoughts

  • The Dangers of Public Wifi

    Thad Puckett
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    All of us have done it. We trip down to Starbucks to enjoy a few quiet moments.  We pull out our iPhone or iPad or MacBook Air and spend the time leisurely looking at news, entertainment, or maybe Facebook, and iMessages or Twitter. And without your knowledge, you’ve just exposed much about yourself to whomever might be listening. Think it isn’t a problem?  Think no private citizen has the needed tools to discover (in just a few minute): 1)where you’ve been (by identifying wifi hotspots you’ve been on), 2)your high school (because you visited Facebook and thus…
  • How to Use Evernote Peek

    Thad Puckett
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Evernote Peek is a great tool for leveraging Evernote for students.  The best part is that the software itself is free. But beyond the cost is the effectiveness of the idea.  I have used it to help students prepare for tests recently, so I thought I would give a small write up. Here is what makes Evernote Peek so useful. If Evernote is new to you, the gist of it is a place to capture any piece of information you might want to use in the future.  You may want to check out this post and this one as well.  I have used it for 3 years and continue to find new uses.  It is just a great tool.
  • Dynamic Immersion | How Rosetta Stone Works

    Thad Puckett
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    In my first post in this series I wrote about my experience learning to speak Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan.  Our language learning experience was incredibly well designed, and was based on a theory of language learning known as total immersion. The theory of total immersion is that the most effective means of learning a language is to learn it within a context of complete immersion in the new language.  You add to your storehouse of language knowledge each day, and then practice it repeatedly in a natural setting.  It is much like we learn our first language (regardless of what…
  • 5 Reasons You’ll Love Evernote Premium

    Thad Puckett
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    About 2 years after I began using Evernote, I discovered Evernote Premium. It took Evernote from a mildly useful way to remember notes to a powerful go to tool, the one I interact with the most, if you leave web browsers and email clients out. Why is it this valuable to me and why do I think you’ll love Evernote Premium?  Because it makes you better at what you already want to do. The core Evernote service is a robust tool that enables you to capture information from a myriad number of sources.  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to use it. But going all in and upgrading to…
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Android: Samsung Knox Edition

    Thad Puckett
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Oops!  Looks like Samsung heaped praise on its, supposedly secure, Samsung Knox a bit too soon. Just two days ago Samsung said it had received US government approval for it’s Knox security application, thus enabling Samsung’s higher end smartphones to be accepted in large enterprises. Turns out they spoke too soon!  A security researcher  has cracked their supposedly secure app and determined it is anything but secure.  In fact, it appears that it is totally compromised. Full coverage here. After gaining U.S. government approval, Samsung Knox security for Android found to be…
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    Sacred Earth Partners Training and Retreat Center

  • PDR 45 – Hey! What’s the BIG Idea? with Andrea Feinberg

    Lori Lynn Smith
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Show Topic: Hey! What’s the BIG Idea? Did you start your business with a BIG idea? Maybe you had a ‘eureka!’ moment around a new way to solve an old problem; perhaps you saw the possibilities to improve a current process or maybe you felt compelled to take a leap and do things on your own terms to improve your life. Whatever the reason, that BIG idea had BIG consequences, didn’t it? So, what’s it done for you lately? It’s time to dust off that BIG idea and enjoy BIGGER results. During our  conversation, we’ll explore your mission, purpose and vision…
  • PDR 44 – Women Living Larger Lives with Susan Schachterle

    Lori Lynn Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Show Topic: Women Living Larger Lives We are going to really dig into an exploration of how women can live a larger purpose, make a bigger difference, and generate more money in the process. The book is so inviting and so engaging.  I really enjoyed the real live examples of the archtypes.  It really is a must read book for women moving into or through their midlife review. Listen Here: Stitcher : Here BlogTalkRadio: Here iTunes: Here Show Notes: Nov 1st – The Circle – Live Your Dreams Creation Circle – How we…
  • PDR 43 – Embracing Your Sacred Feminine Leads to More Profits with Andrea Carter

    Lori Lynn Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Show Topic: Embracing Your Sacred Feminine Leads to More Profits The current success strategy for women is modeled after what has worked for men.  The unfortunate reality is that what has been working for men (competition, compartmentalization, and control) are exactly what is destroying a woman’s ability to thrive. By embracing your Sacred Feminine, learning the keys to clarity, connection and communication, these feminine strategies are what effortlessly take women of all ages and stages into mastering their own opportunities in life by becoming their own courageous leader.  Women are…
  • PDR 42 – What is the Wheel of the Year? with Lori Lynn Smith

    Lori Lynn Smith
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Show Topic: What is the Wheel of the Year? The Four Seasons mark a seasonal change caused by the Sun. These are Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, we are all familiar with these.   The cross quarter days are usually celebrated as significant agricultural festivals.These are Samhain, Imbolic, Beltane and Lughnasad. Together they make up the Wheel Of The Year. The Wheel Of The Year, is often broken into eight festivals, most commonly Seasonal Festivals or Celtic Sabbats, these are a common theme throughout the world. The Festivals of the Wheel Of The Year represent the connections of the…
  • PDR 41 – Simple strategies to get you started on Social Media with Susan Friesen

    Lori Lynn Smith
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Show Topic: Simple strategies to get you started on Social Media   Special Guest: Susan Friesen Entrepreneurs are often befuddled over social media – they either don’t get it, find it’s a waste of time, or have no idea where to begin.  There are 5 initial strategies everyone should follow when embarking on social media to ensure better overall success: Have a plan Know Your Audience Ensure Others Know You’re on Social Media Be Consistent with Your Brand Identity Don’t become a Ghost Town   Listen Here:…
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    Embrace Possibility Blog

  • How to Get Along with Almost Anyone (it’s easier than you think)

    Robert Chen
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Over the years, I’ve received a lot of advice from friends and family, trained professionals and books on how to get along with others and build strong relationships. Most of it is insightful and effective but when I’m caught up in the moment, I find it hard to apply what I’ve learned. This is especially true when it involves a multi-step process. After analyzing many methods and experimenting in my own interactions, I’ve found one simple guideline that has helped me enhance every one of my interpersonal relationships This simple easy-to-remember tip is: Make the…
  • Why Good Intentions Fall Short

    Robert Chen
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:36 am
    “I’m just trying to help.” How often have you said or thought these words? If you’re a loving parent, good friend or caring colleague, probably one too many times. It’s a plea you usually make when your good intentions fall short and it reflects both frustration and surprise. So why does this happen? Why are you met with hostility, instead of thanks, when you offer helpful advice or take action to help someone else? To be honest, the blame lies with your good-intentioned approach. I know that sounds harsh but hear me out. You give advice or take action to help…
  • Look Back, Project Forward and Stay Present

    Robert Chen
    30 Dec 2013 | 6:15 pm
    In the last days before the new year, it’s an opportune time to bring the past, present and future together.  Let’s start by … … looking back. Reflect on 2013 – what were the major highlights and disappointments? Take time to celebrate both your successes and failures.  Successes confirm that your skills and plan were on point.  Failures identify opportunities for growth and invite flexibility in your plan.  This year, I’ve achieved some of my goals, changed a few others and failed at a good bunch. If you’re hitting all of your goals, you may be…
  • How to Give Yourself Feedback

    Robert Chen
    24 Nov 2013 | 8:29 pm
    For many of us, we strive to be better today than we were yesterday. One of the best ways to achieve that is to get quality feedback. When it comes to feedback, we tend to ask other people because we fear our blind spots and propensity for self-delusion. Unfortunately, it’s not always convenient or helpful to do that. It can be uncomfortable and depending on the person, highly unproductive. Here are a few common thoughts that may cross your mind when you ask someone else to judge you: How do I know if they are telling me the truth? Are they credible enough to give me feedback? What if…
  • Top 10 Insights that Changed My Life for the Better

    Robert Chen
    7 Sep 2013 | 6:30 am
    Throughout your life, you’ve learned many lessons that have changed the way you live. But no matter how valuable the lesson, it is not fun to learn it the hard way. Some say these learning pains are unavoidable and necessary for the learning to stick.  This may be true for some people but for many of us, the same lessons can be learned without having to the suffer. To learn lessons the easy way, you need three things: Awareness of the lesson to be learned Intellectual understanding of the lesson and how it applies to you Belief that it does apply to you This article can only help you…
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    Social Hacks

  • 3 Key Benefits Of Using A SharePoint Governance Plan

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    If you’ve recently installed a SharePoint system within your organisation and haven’t addressed or fully grasped the Governance feature, you will definitely need to read on. The 3 benefits of using a governance plan listed below only scratch the surface in why you should take advantage of one, and whilst this isn’t an in-depth article, these 3 broad points are key in understanding just how powerful this feature can be. Understanding SharePoint Governance ‘SharePoint Governance‘ is exactly what it says – the governing of exactly how your SharePoint will be utilized within…
  • Is Poor Internet Performance Compromising Your Business?

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    We’ve all heard the business cliché about time equalling money and its modern equivalent, “Money never sleeps”, just as we know the age old proverb, “Time waits for no man”, but what if there was that one factor we could control, something allowing us to seemingly cheat Old Father Time and consequently improve a business’ performance. What if I was to tell you that one factor was a simple fix, something often overlooked due to its ostensibly complex nature and unnecessary esoteric jargon? The 21st century has introduced a vast array of technological advances to the business…
  • Keep Your Business Head In The Clouds With NetSuite

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    What Is NetSuite? To fully understand NetSuite and all of its benefits and functions, you first need to take a few steps back and overlook its ostensibly complex features by focussing on its overall and fundamental goal: to run a business efficiently and economically online from one single piece of computer software. Compounding further on this broad summary, still keeping it simple yet simultaneously highlighting just how easy NetSuite software is to utilize, think of it as a system capable of storing all company data in a one database. All information and analytical data is accessed via a…
  • How To Use Social Media When You Are Moving To a New Place

    6 Nov 2012 | 12:23 am
    Moving to a new place is an important decision which requires extensive planning and preparation in advance. You can move to a new place either by yourself or you can avail the services of a moving company. Your moving experience depends a lot on the moving company you choose (if you are hiring a moving company). Before zeroing in on one company you need to do a thorough research both online and offline. You can refer to the client testimonials to get idea about the long distance moving companies and accordingly decide. You must also ask for referrals from the moving company and call them. I…
  • 10 Ways To Hack Your Dress Code For a Job Interview

    2 Sep 2012 | 9:15 pm
    Dressing and getting ready for a job interview is one of the most nerve wracking things that you have to do. Aside from your wedding day it’s probably the most thought and effort that you put into your appearance. I’ve personally seen CEOs check out of interviews and not say a word beyond “hi” when someone showed up dressed way too casually, or even if they had on tennis shoes instead of dress shoes. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult. There are some really good, simple rules to follow to take some of the worry out of dressing for an interview and will take a bit of the stress…
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    BucketListly Blog

  • How to Climb Mount Rinjani, Indonesia - A Solo Traveler’s...

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    How to Climb Mount Rinjani, Indonesia - A Solo Traveler’s Journal #11 We are back for another entry of our beloved series, the solo traveler’s journal. Today, I would like to illustrate my experience climbing the second highest active volcano in Indonesia, Mt Rinjani. Let me cut to the chase and say that this was one of the most difficult trek I’ve been on only second to the Annapurna Base Camp, so your fitness level need to at least be in moderate level to attempt to climb it. Why was it so hard? Head down and see how my experience went, and I can guarantee you, it was a hell of a…
  • One Year of Incredible Discomfort:10 Things I’ve Learned...

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    One Year of Incredible Discomfort:10 Things I’ve Learned From Climbing Mountains It was only October 2013 that I began prepping myself for my first solo trekking trip in the Himalayas, Nepal. At the time, I had no clue what trekking was and I had never have an interest in it. Things changed when my curiosity took over. "What would it be like to walk among the Himalayas?" Since then, I have climbed Mt Chiang Dao in Thailand, Mt Fuji in Japan, Mt Rinjani in Indonesia, a few little canyon hikes in Australia and I plan to celebrate this achievement with the climb of Mt Ngauruhoe in New Zealand.
  • 12 Hours in Bangkok - Things to Do On the 18th of August 2014,...

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    12 Hours in Bangkok - Things to Do On the 18th of August 2014, I had an opportunity to become a traveler in my own home town, Bangkok. My friend from New York attended a wedding in Koh Phi Phi and on her way back, she decided to do a short stop in Bangkok. I was very excited to show her around because in all my 25 years living in Thailand, I have never had a chance to see Bangkok from a traveler’s perspective. Here was my chance, and I never looked at Bangkok the same way again. I came up with the itinerary to show Danielle around ranging from temples to roof top bars. Even though some…
  • Magical Things Happen WhenYou Have Nothing to Do There is no...

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Magical Things Happen WhenYou Have Nothing to Do There is no denying that with the overload of information we have in our hands, there is an urge to try and control everything around us. From planning your itinerary down right to the last detail to booking everything months before your travel. This gives us a false sense of control and expectation and when things don’t go as planned (which often happens), you are usually left disappointed. When you try to control your travel, you lose the opportunity to experience the unexpected, which is often where magical things happen that makes…
  • Japan Part 5: Road trip in Kumamoto with Friends And we have...

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Japan Part 5: Road trip in Kumamoto with Friends And we have finally come to the last part of the Solo Traveler’s Journal #10 about Japan. It has been a long ride since the first part where I climbed Mt Fuji! In this part, I decided to change the pace a little, and met up with a friend who I hadn’t seen for 10 years since school. We decided to meet at the Kumamoto arcade area after I arrived in the city. It was definitely a good change of pace after traveling alone in this country for so long. Since my friend has been an English teacher in the JET program for a year now, a little…
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  • Best gym ever

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Just finished my first workout at the gym. And I want to write a post about it! Why, I just didn’t expect a gym to be so appealing. With this many enjoyable things and details. For the record, I’m not a gym rat, though I’ve been to ~10 gyms (also in different countries) and those gym experiences were more or less similar — until this time. Take out your notebooks, gym owners. Gym who? So, the gym I’m talking about is PureGym (, it’s a UK gym chain, established in 2008. It’s positioned in the affordable fitness sector: membership starts from…
  • 10 awesome home gadgets people rarely use

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    This list contains 10 domestic gadgets that proved themselves to be unexpectedly useful and enjoyable. I’m not going to list such things as iPhone or Nespresso, since they are widely known, and if someone doesn’t use them it’s for either financial or ideological reasons. Most of the listed gadgets have been on the market for a while, but still many people don’t know about them or doubt that the purchase will be worth it. So, I’m going to name the things that I’m using and that (in my opinion) are WORTH IT. The images used, and the links and descriptions are…
  • Graze box free code

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Graze is a new service that offers a subscription to a delivery of healthy snacks by post in UK. The idea is having convenient & healthy, pre-portioned snacks sent direct to you in the post. The boxes are designed to encourage you to munch on goodness throughout the day, instead of fatty biscuits and crisps. It’s definitely more healthy than most things you’ll find in an office vending machine. Original price for one time delivery is £3.99 I received a Graze box free code from a friend and signed up for a free first glaze box (you have to cancel the subscription online to stop…
  • Emmy 2014 predictions

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    TV series watchers might have seen the list of Emmy nominations. Who, do you think, should have it? Here’s my list. All Emmy 2014 predictions are based on personal opinions, interviews with the actors and occasional watching experience :) Drama Series: Winner: “True Detective” (HBO) Nominees: “Breaking Bad” (AMC) “Downton Abbey” (PBS) “Game of Thrones” (HBO) “House of Cards” (Netflix) “Mad Men” (AMC) “True Detective” (HBO) Last year’s winner: Breaking Bad Lead Actress in a Drama Series Winner: Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” Nominees:…
  • Get free money from Payoneer: request $100 to get paid

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Payoneer is a US Payment Request Service allows you to send requests for payments to US companies. It’s easy! Just send a US payment request of $100 by July 31st 2014, and you can be one of the ten winners who will actually receive $100, courtesy of Payoneer. To use US Payment Request Service for payment requests just fill in the details of the company you want to get paid by, then fill in the amount of money to request — and you’re done!
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    Raheel Farooq

  • 22nd June – Happy Longest Day of the Year

    Raheel Farooq
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    It’s 22nd of June today. The longest day of the year. And probably the hottest too! The good thing about summer is that it’s so full of energy. The superflowing heat and warmth is sometimes unbearable, but it’s what runs the cycle of life on earth. Every living thing on the face of earth seems to… Read More The post 22nd June – Happy Longest Day of the Year appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • Keeping It up – My and My Blog’s Journey to Alltop

    Raheel Farooq
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    I was among the very first people in my little corner of the world, Abdul Hakim, who used internet. Some time in 2002-03, internet cafes began to appear in Abdul Hakim. Youth showed a somewhat criminal interest in the new technology. It was because the greatest use of computers and internet for youngsters those days… Read More The post Keeping It up – My and My Blog’s Journey to Alltop appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • Weddings Can Be Planned Perfectly through a Project Planning Software

    Raheel Farooq
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wedding is the most beautiful moment in a person’s life which one wants to cherish forever. This sweet moment is not only remembered by the engaged couple, but also by the guests, family members and friends who got together for that great event. But to make it a success, so many things have to be… Read More The post Weddings Can Be Planned Perfectly through a Project Planning Software appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • How Differently Do Men and Women Think?

    Raheel Farooq
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Men and women are both humans. They think and feel essentially similarly, but definitely there are some marked differences that cannot be overlooked. I’m not going to talk about the science behind male and female brain, but rather intend to discuss it generally. WOMEN ARE MORE INTUITIVE THAN MEN Women are, generally, quicker at judging… Read More The post How Differently Do Men and Women Think? appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • Improve Your Life at Office – 5 Tips for Professionals

    Raheel Farooq
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    You should be counted as one greatly blessed these days if you are happy with the job you’re doing. The current recession and crisis rampant throughout the globe today have made true happiness a rare species to be seen only occasionally. A great majority of people, I don’t trust any statistics for the exact count,… Read More The post Improve Your Life at Office – 5 Tips for Professionals appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
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  • 5 Steps to Changing the World Doing What You Love

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Sometimes people make light of the idea that each of us is a “special snowflake,” but guess what? It’s true. There is no one else exactly like you in the universe, and there’s no one else exactly like me either. We each have a unique way of doing things and a form of expression that no one else has. This uniqueness provides each of us with a rare and priceless opportunity to provide a unique gift to the world. Even when we do work that is similar to others’, our presentation and expression is guaranteed to be different. The Dagara tribe in Africa understands this concept well.
  • 25 Quotes to Inspire Confidence

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    If you wish you felt more confident, you’re not alone. Everyone experiences fear and uncertainty at some point in their lives. Everyone has a lack of confidence about something. If you are striving to do new things or pushing your boundaries, it can be difficult to stay confident, even if you’re usually a confident person. Unfortunately, confidence doesn’t just show up at your door one day, even though you may wish it would. In fact, confidence comes from trying new things, overcoming fear, and reaching for your dreams. For me, a good example is my lack of confidence around…
  • Find Purpose & Happiness Through a Pursuit

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Pursue your passion. That’s the traditional wisdom, right? But there’s more to it than just that. In his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris Guillebeau explains how you can also find a purpose in the pursuit of a quest. The book is based on his experience visiting 193 countries, and how the pursuit of that quest also gave him great purpose in life. Since I received two copies of the book from the publisher (thanks, Chris!), I’m giving away a hardback version of Chris’s book to one lucky reader! The contest details are at the end of this post. So what is a…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About Finding Your Purpose

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I’ve been spending less time on my blog this summer. I guess you could say that I’ve been away on a long journey. Not the kind that requires a passport, but a long journey just the same. Most of the journey was spent finishing my master’s degree, researching and writing the massive paper required for my final thesis. I knew it would be a big, time-consuming project as I mentioned in this article about Climbing Your Own Mount Everest. What I didn’t realize was how much of my focus and energy it would take. As a result, I took a little break from blogging and…
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    Leading Edge Advocate

  • How to Be More Productive With Less Effort

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    How many times have you wished you had a clone? Honestly, I feel like this a lot of the time. There’ll be times when I have a list of fairly simple things to do over the weekend and somehow they don’t get accomplished. Then come Monday morning I’m trying to
  • 5 Steps to End Anxiety

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    When anxiety strikes it can take over. It can easily prevent you from being able to focus on anything else. If you're anxious about a future event or even something that is happening currently but elsewhere, you'll find that you cannot do anything else. You may set yourself up to
  • From Talking to Doing: How to Get Started on Your Life Goals

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Are you getting anywhere with your goals? You know why right? It’s because all you do is talk about the life you want to live. You haven’t taken any action to make it happen. This reminds me of my friend’s situation. He wanted to buy a house. That was
  • The Trait You Need to Succeed

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    My entire year of 12th grade was excited about my upcoming independence. Graduating high school meant that I was a full-fledged adult. I was of legal age and completed my education requirements. I would finally be in a place where I could begin to be my own person, take control
  • 7 Ways That Are Sure to Get You Through Tough Times

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Aren’t you sick of tough times? Every time something comes up you just want to throw in the towel. It even has you reconsidering your plans and goals. That’s what happened when my mom got sick. Just a few weeks before I got the phone call that she experiencing
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    Life Stalker

  • Hello November: Amazing Facts About November

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Hello November Hello November, The new month comes with new hopes and new desires. Though, it's me who is not able to make up to the things, but a new 1 makes me enthrilled, all energized, make me... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 1001 Rama and 1001 Ramayana

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    1001 Rama and 1001 Ramayana Somewhere I have read, that answers to all your questions lies in Ramayana. Though, at that point of time, these were just words for me. And I haven't really think of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gharwali Diwali - Diwali Nostalgia - Amma, Ladoo, and Chakkari

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    I was watching this beautiful Pepsi, gharwali diwali short film, and this made me remind of my gharwali diwali. When I used to celebrate the diwali, like no used to do, when everything was so simple,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Timeless Jokes Ageless Wisdom - A Book Review

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Timeless Jokes Ageless Wisdom - A Book Review How many times, it happened with you, that you read a joke, have a little laugh. And then, you forward it to someone else. Now think, you are going... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 37 Inspirational Quotes about Happiness

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Turn on the light. #1. Turn on the light. Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times. If one only remembers to turn on the light. J. K. Rowling Don't Lose Happiness #2. Don't lose... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    A Word for Things Unsaid

  • Dos & Don’ts of connecting with new, don't-know-personally Facebook friends

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    #4 of How to make Real Friends out of your new Facebook Friends Making real friends out of your friend-request-added-friends demand social techniques that are frighteningly distinct from playing the numbers game. It is about building relations. Do you wish to make friends and not merely add them as profile decorations? Do you know that being an online star with 10 million friends is entirely different from making good friends out of total strangers? What do girls need to understand before writing to guys they do not know outside Facebook? What do men need to keep in…
  • If you want ‘pingbacks’ from your Facebook friends, ping them

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Tip #3 Reciprocate: Give, if you want to receiveRemember, the hand that takes can also give. Limiting your sense of value, only to what you receive, will leave you high and dry soon. Have you noticed how winners win like bosses on Facebook? They have more likes on their images, their statuses are nothing short of a busy cafe, people read their notes, and their links look like a bunch of barnacles were sharing it across the entire internet, their opinions have more likes than others in discussion threads ETC. These Facebook bosses are life of the party, the “interactors”, and the givers…
  • How to not Scare off new Friends on Facebook with the ‘You’

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Tip #2 Being ‘you’ is not the same as being the depressed youNarcissists, loners, trolls, table hogs, and social pariahs have an excuse: They call it the ‘F***-U-I-Don’t-Care-What-You-Think-Of-Me and It-Is-My-Life. They will never make real friends on Facebook. They will grow old posting Emo quotes and Emo images on their walls.The internet is full of memes of such. Look closely: What depth of impression about their social life do their statuses, likes, comments, and general behavior give you about them? Deep inside, we are all lonely people looking for acceptance, and companionship.
  • Why politeness and courtesy still matter in making real friends on Facebook

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    In the introduction to the concurrent tips about not only adding friends on Facebook, but also keeping them, we summarized why friendship is more than just clicking (no pun). It is a phenomenon that needs constant watering. There is a lot going on in each dynamic. Here is the first of the tips. Tip #1 Be Polite: Courtesy out from among Cavemen In a world of eye-tripping SMS texts, foul-mouthed trolls, acerbic Bitch Please-es, Jihadist chat-bombers, and such general caveman-nery, the magnificent institution of politeness and manners still go a long way. In a world of…
  • How to make real friends out of your new Facebook friends – and keep them

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Long title, is it not? Yes, friendship is as complicated. Making new friends and building friendship were once priorities that fed solely off community traditions and social etiquette: regular phone calls, dinners, dates, et al. That institution stood strong until Facebook intruded–it has demystified social taboos and introduced new dynamics into the ages-worth of electives about friendship. Phones and dinners are still indispensable. However, the social networking site’s offer of proximity and accessibility has relieved relational proscriptions. Unfortunately, the portal is…
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  • Never lose you’re remotes

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
        Organization Use Velcro and stick 1 or 2 (depends on how big your remote is) on your remote and stick 1 or 2 (depends on how many you have on the remote) on you’re coffee table. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Never Lose your Remotes AgainThe Skinny on Recognizing Weight Loss ScamsNever Lose a Nail Again!Eat two meals a day – way to lose weightWays To Gut Out Your Gut: Take Time Off to Rest and Recover RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick Never lose you’re remotes comes from LifeTricks.
  • Accented letter for passcodes

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
        Personal Protection & Security Use an accented letter as your passcode. No one will ever be able to guess it. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Use Accented Letters in your PasswordLearn More Two and Three Letter Words Before a Game of ScrabbleMake a Unique Framed Monogram By Tracing Out the Letter and Gluing Strips of Paper and Rolled Pieces to The OutlineUse Letter Organizers to Store Flip Flops or FlatsOutsmart your Auto Correct by Typing an Extra Letter when Trying to Spell a Contraction RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis…
  • Use SafetyTat temporary tattoo on your child in case they become lost

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
        Parenting It has happened to the best of us. Your attention shifts for a second and your child wanders off. Use these temporary tattoos, customized with your mobile number, to reunite with your child quickly. Great for theme parks and airports. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Put Temporary Tattoos on your Kids in Case they get LostMake a Temporary Tattoo that Will Last a Full MonthStore your Cables in your Sunglasses CaseTake a Picture Your Luggage With Your Phone to Keep Handy in Case Baggage is LostTraveling with Little Ones? RSS Feed Powered…
  • McDonalds Secret Menu: McCrepe

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
        McDonald's Order the McDonald’s hot cakes and a yogurt parfait separately. Then fill the flapjack with yogurt, berries and granola. Voila! You can have your jazzed-up pancake and eat it, too. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Starbucks Secret Menu: Black EyeMcDonald’s Big Mac Secret Sauce RecipeStarbucks Secret Menu: Affogato-Style FrappuccinoStarbucks Secret Menu: Tammy’s MistakeStarbucks Secret Menu: Strawberry Fields For-Never RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick McDonalds Secret Menu: McCrepe comes from…
  • DIY Chocolate-Dipped Cone Coffee Cups

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
        Coffee Melt a 12-oz bag of chocolate chips w/ 1/4 cup coconut oil, then pour small amounts inside 6 ice cream cones. Swirl cones to coat inside. Repeat until covered. Turn upside down to dip rims. Place upright to harden, then add coffee or espresso. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Easy Chocolate-Dipped Frozen BananasBrew coffee without a coffee makerDairy Queen Secret Menu: Chocolate Chip BlizzardRemove Stains from Coffee & Tea CupsStarbucks Secret Menu: Chocolate Cream Frappuccino RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick…
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    High Performance Lifestyle

  • Positive Thinking: 5 Superb Hacks For A More Positive Attitude

    Kosio Angelov
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Science has proven time and time again that using positive thinking when working increases performance across the board (compared to working with a neutral or negative mindset). A positive attitude boost productivity by as much as 31%, as well as your creativity, willpower, energy, imagination and even mood. Yet, positive thinking is one of the most misunderstood and unappreciated drivers of performance. Everyone looks for the latest app, or time management system, when a much happier (and easier) productivity-boosting solution is available: happiness. If you ever wondered how to have a…
  • The Art of Goal Setting: How To Set Goals The Right Way

    Kosio Angelov
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Goals give a direction, a purpose, to everything that you do. Without them you are just aimlessly jumping from task to task and that can only lead to overwhelm, dissatisfaction and lack of success. However, simply setting goals is not enough! You need to set the RIGHT goals for yourself. If you ever wondered how to set goals the right way, this training is for you. It will show you the 3 must-haves of good goals (along with examples of goals) and how to avoid “fake” ones that waste your valuable time and energy. FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and…
  • How To Stay Focused: 5 Steps To Boosting Concentration

    Kosio Angelov
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    How well you’ve mastered the skill of how to stay focused on the task at hand is going to determine your level of success. If you are able to stay focused at work, or at school, and on your goals, you’ll be productive, you’ll get things done and you’ll reach your goals in record time. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. If you are constantly distracted, or multitasking all the time, you are preventing yourself from reaching the next level. The big question is: how can you stay focused in the age of distractions? In a time where there are so many constant demands…
  • How To Wake Up Early: The Secret of Crazy Successful People

    Kosio Angelov
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Getting up early is a trait that many successful people share. From famous people in history like Benjamin Franklin to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Olympic athletes and artists to entertainers, singers and entrepreneurs like Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter) and Richard Branson, waking up early in the morning allows them to get a head-start. The big question is: how do they do it? And most importantly, how can YOU do it too? How can you wake up early and not fill tired, but instead, be energetic, happy and ready for new adventures? If you ever wondered (or even tried to be an “early…
  • How To Break Bad Habits Once And For All… Right Now

    Kosio Angelov
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your habits. Have enough good ones and you’ll be successful. Accumulate too many bad habits (such as biting your nails or excessive email checking) and you are headed for disaster. The big question is how to break bad habits? Why do you have them in the first place? How long does it take to break a habit? This video training provides all the answers: FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. Download the free audio podcast of this episode on iTunes. In this…
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  • Hacking Weight Gain: 4 Things You Should NOT Do If You Want To Bulk Up

    Randy Wang
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    by Randy Wang The end goal for my diet-related experiments has always been to eventually come up with a way of eating that not only optimizes health and performance, but is also truly sustainable in the long-term. Earlier in the year, I had explored weight loss with my six-pack abs in three months experiment. The fat-burning routine that I developed proved very effective for getting lean, but I don’t consider it a sustainable routine since it doesn't address an important question:After I become lean and healthy, how should I adjust my routine so that I can maintain my desired…
  • 5 Reasons Why Food Tracking (Not Calorie Counting) Will Forever Change The Way You Eat

    Randy Wang
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    by Randy WangI’ve been tracking my meals consistently for the past nine months, and I can honestly say that the habit has completely changed the way I look at food. The more commonly used term for food tracking is “calorie counting”, but I avoid using that term since calories really shouldn't be the focus when deciding on what to eat. Instead the focus should be put on food quality and macronutrient content, which I’ll get into later.   Below are five reasons (from obvious to less obvious) why I think tracking your food — for even a brief period of time — can have a…
  • Low-Fat vs Low-Carb Diet: What's Healthier? (Video Compilation)

    Randy Wang
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    by Randy Wang We seem to be at an interesting time in history for human nutrition.In the 1980's, the USDA declared that eating a diet low in fat was the healthy way to go, and most of world followed. This has led to a massive 30+ year experiment in which we are all guinea pigs taught to eat low-fat, high-carb diets.But with obesity and related health problems (e.g. diabetes, heart disease) only getting worse since the 1980's, the idea that a low-fat diet might not be so great is starting to sound less and less crazy.To think that the "experts" may have been wrong all this time still boggles…
  • Rice Bulking Update 2: How Gluten Kicked My Ass

    Randy Wang
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    by Randy WangAfter gaining a respectable 2.2 kg of muscle and only 0.2 kg of fat in July by adding white rice to my formerly-low-carb routine, I decided to see what would happen to this weight-gain experiment if I replaced the rice with pasta instead.Why pasta? You’ve probably heard about the "gluten-free" craze that has taken the health and fitness world by storm in recent years. If you've ever wondered what the big deal is about gluten and when gluten-phobia started to become mainstream, check out How to Keep Feces Out of Your Bloodstream. If you don’t have time to read the…
  • Niche Site Experiment Update: Is New Content Enough?

    Randy Wang
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    by Randy WangLast month I started a niche site experiment where I launched my very first WordPress website from scratch to learn about WordPress and search engine optimization (SEO). The site is, and the goal, in addition to learning, is to see how high I can rank in Google’s search results for the term “portable pull up bar”.  To be clear, I’m using this site as a learning tool and don’t expect it to generate much traffic or revenue -- search volume on Google for portable pull up bars isn’t very high. I chose to target this niche on a whim one day…
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  • While The Kids Are Trick-or-Treating: 3 Drink Recipes For Fall

    Camille Sligh
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Well, Happy Halloween! You’ve made it through a week of cramming to get costumes together, running to the grocery store to grab last minute candy and throwing up a few extra cobwebs around the porch. We didn’t want to be very content heavy on the blog today, you know, with lots of things happening, so here are a few drinks that you can enjoy tonight while the kids are trick-or-treating (or maybe while you’re getting them ready). Here are a few drink recipes that you can enjoy tonight while the kids are trick-or-treating!Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The Gingered…
  • How To Keep Your Fall Wardrobe In Tip Top Shape

    Megan Brandle
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have been preaching to clients lately about taking care of their new Fall purchases and how to save a few from getting tossed out of the closet. When you have items you love that are perfect for your style, lifestyle, coloring and body type it is extremely important to protect them. So what are my go to products that I tell all my clients about? Here you go! Your fall wardrobe will last longer with these great go-to products.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule Waterproof Spray Protect your suede and faux suede/fur items by spraying them with a waterproof spray before wearing them. Simply…
  • Tricks or Treats? A Healthy Guide To Halloween Candy

    Jessie Maher
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Halloween is here and so begins a long and indulgent season.Though we may be too old to trick or treat we certainly aren’t safe from the ubiquitous temptations of the candy season.While the amount of sugar that gets consumed over the next few weeks isn’t good for anyone, there are some ingredients in our favorite candies that are downright dangerous.I’m not asking you to give out apples and toothbrushes this year, but some conscious candy is definitely a good idea.When shopping for your trick-or-treaters or just stocking the candy jar for the holiday season, use these healthy halloween…
  • 5 Ways To Boost Your Fall Makeup Routine

    Kristin Pavao
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    So the summer tan has faded and your overall makeup look is feeling a little drab.  With each season it’s best to change up a few products to keep your look fresh.  There are plenty of products you can add to your makeup bag which will make you feel perkier in no time.  Here are some products for you to try that’ll boost your appearance and most likely your mood too! So the summer tan has faded and your overall makeup look is feeling a little drab. Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule 1. Dr. Lewinn by Kinerase Instant Perfecting BB Cream:  This BB Cream contains brightening…
  • 5 Last Minute Hassle-Free Halloween Costumes

    Alex Jones
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I was younger, the choices for Halloween costumes were endless. It that was the one time of the year you could dress as ridiculously as you wanted and no one could say anything about it.  I’ve been Minnie Mouse, Hermione Granger and even once Joan of Arc. Although most people did not get the historical reference and mistook me for Xena the Warrior Princess. Can you imagine how cool I was back in the day? When I was younger, the choices for Halloween costumes were endless. Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule However, as we age, the hemlines get shorter, the costumes become less…
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  • The Digital Divide

    Kitty Ireland
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    The Digital Divide When reading tech media it’s easy to forget that 72% of the global population does not own a smartphone (as of 2013). That percentage will decline as adoption increases, and it is expected that half of the world’s population will own a smartphone by 2017. However, the next 1.5 billion new smartphone users are expected to come from only 12 countries. First-world technology solves first-world problems. Last week I wrote about the convenience economy, and questioned whether innovations like apps and wearables are really improving quality of life for those us who can afford…
  • The New Face of Saga

    Teresa Demel
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Saga has recently changed in a few important ways. The Android version also has a cleaner user interface, which also works faster and takes up less space on your phone. To give feedback on this version, please fill out this survey: The iOS version allows you to search your lifelog by date. Can’t remember what you did on your mom’s birthday? Want to remember the name of that awesome restaurant in Italy? Search your lifelog by tapping the Filter button on your Lifelog page. The filter feature also allows you to see the more interesting spots you visited by…
  • You Have 500 Apps and Your Life Still Sucks

    Kitty Ireland
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    I Want My Tech Utopia, and I Want it Now Our culture is obsessed with the promise of technology. When I say “our culture” I am including myself in what is actually a small sub-group of Western, first world society. We carry smartphones and the latest tablets and laptops. We populate Twitter with erudite commentary about apps that send disappearing photos, or simply say, “YO.” We complain about technical glitches when trying to stream Apple events. It takes a certain amount of disposable income to invest in something like a wearable activity tracker, or to pay for the monthly data plan…
  • Finding Patterns in Personal Data

    Kitty Ireland
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    A common response when I talk to the uninitiated about lifelogging is a scrunched brow that silently asks, “why would anyone want to do that?” The answer to that question can vary widely. Some people have very specific goals for self-tracking, like regulating blood sugar or understanding their moods. Others seemingly just want to collect data about themselves, and as much of it as possible. You might see them at Quantified Self conferences wearing multiple fitness trackers and an automatic camera or two. They’re not just OCD (maybe a few are), they’re making an open ended…
  • Saga Users Safe from Shellshock, AKA the Bash Bug

    Teresa Demel
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    The news about Shellshock broke on Thursday, uncovering a vulnerability in Mac OSX and Linux systems that use BASH, the widely used command line utility. We want to reassure our users that the security and privacy of their Saga data is safe. Our team responded as soon as the announcement was made, identifying and patching all services affected by this bug. We are keeping an eye on any new threats related to the bash bug. To learn more about Shellshock, click here. The post Saga Users Safe from Shellshock, AKA the Bash Bug appeared first on Blog.
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  • 11 ways to become smarter not genius

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The post 11 ways to become smarter not genius appeared first on Palchoice. I am not going to make any tall claims. By reading this article you are not going to become an instant genius. I am not going to use killer headline to promote this article either. The article is about the 11 ways to become smarter not genius. To succeed in life who says you need [...] The post 11 ways to become smarter not genius appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to use post-it notes for creative idea generation

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    The post How to use post-it notes for creative idea generation appeared first on Palchoice. Can we use post-it notes for creative idea generation? Most of us use post-it notes to remember things in our daily life. You can find these small square shaped notes on people’s refrigerator, mirrors, doors or walls etc. they are very effective tool to remind you of friends birthdays, your marriage anniversary, important appointments etc. But do you [...] The post How to use post-it notes for creative idea generation appeared first on Palchoice.
  • The geeks 7 Secrets to learn anything

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    The post The geeks 7 Secrets to learn anything appeared first on Palchoice. You have to learn new things daily no matter whether you are a student or a professional. Learning new things will always increases your chance to succeed in life. Simple isn’t it? Everybody knows this… Yes but if you are a student new topic in school or college will make you run for cover. And [...] The post The geeks 7 Secrets to learn anything appeared first on Palchoice.
  • How to overcome terrific dip in motivation

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The post How to overcome terrific dip in motivation appeared first on Palchoice. We sometimes get stuck half way in the project. Everything seems to go downhill. It seems like we can’t stand or survive anymore. We want to give up our work or project when it became harder to go on. Giving up the work seems the easiest way out. Is not it? I know many of [...] The post How to overcome terrific dip in motivation appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Sentences that successful people never use

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.   Thoughts play a very important role in our life. We are at a place today where our thoughts have taken us. They shape our destination as they are the reasons we do something in life. That’s why words we choose play such an significant role in our life. We all keep on communicating with [...] The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.
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  • My Personal Goals Progress Report: September 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Howdy. So every month, I write a progress report on my personal goals for the year that I publicly committed to, here on my blog. The reason I do this to be completely honest, open and transparent with you.  I also do it to put extra pressure on myself to deliver on these goals.  There’s nothing like […] The post My Personal Goals Progress Report: September 2014 appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
  • How To Dream Big & Be An Ultimate Fighter In Everything You Do

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about meaningful coincidence. Say what? Fair enough. Let me explain. Meaningful coincidence is the idea that in our lives, there’s no such thing as random, unconnected events. All coincidences have a deeper meaning. If you believe in meaningful coincidence then you don’t believe in luck or chance – you […] The post How To Dream Big & Be An Ultimate Fighter In Everything You Do appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
  • 14 Anti Aging Foods To Keep You Young

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    Let’s be honest, everybody grows older.  There’s no escaping that fact. But you can escape ending up with a face that’s more crumpled than an old newspaper. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, not everybody looks their age. And the easiest way to slash years off how you look (and how you feel) is to eat […] The post 14 Anti Aging Foods To Keep You Young appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
  • How To Develop Attention To Detail Like Outkast Didn’t

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Photo credit: Jamie Tanner This was the moment I was waiting for. I stood there, alongside 37,000 other excited people, patiently waiting for Outkast – the headline act for Ireland’s largest music festival called the Electric Picnic – to take to the stage and do their thing. You could feel the anticipation in the air. […] The post How To Develop Attention To Detail Like Outkast Didn’t appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
  • My Personal Goals Progress Report: August 2014

    6 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Each month, I post a progress report on my personal goals for the year that I publicly committed to right here on my blog. I do this to be completely honest, open and transparent with you.  I also do it to put extra pressure on myself to deliver on these goals.  There’s nothing like being in […] The post My Personal Goals Progress Report: August 2014 appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
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  • Gratitude Post - Life Lessons

    Patrick Dwyer
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    When I was a child, my schooling was not the most meaningful thing in my life. There were a million other matters that were more meaningfulor at least I believed to be more meaningful at the time.It wasn't that I didn't care to learn, but more that I didn't perceive a great deal of benefit in what my school deemed as essential. Unfortunately, the school I went to was not the best and they spent the majority of their time teaching students the test rather than teaching students to think for themselves. Luckily, I had access to the Internet and a few teachers and friends that supported my…
  • Sometimes failing to Reach a Goal Is the Best Thing That Can Happen to Us

    Patrick Dwyer
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    What happens when you set a goal and you don't meet that goal? I recently faced this question myself. As many of you might be aware I set a goal to compete in my first triathlon. A big chunk of that goal consisted of facing my fear of swimming in open water.Months of training and tough work was committed towards this goal, but when race day finally arrived I made the decision to not swim and only participated in the biking and running. Although I made a considerable bit of swimming progress and successfully swam in open water during practices, which I had never done before, I still did not…
  • Gratitude Post - Music

    Patrick Dwyer
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Music is a gift that I have become exceedingly grateful for over the years.  I myself fail to be musically inclined and couldn't carry a tune or catch a beat if my life depended on it.  All the same, I do relish music immensely, including all kinds, from classical to hip hop and other music most would have difficulty classifying.  Music can touch and trigger feelings and ideas that words alone would have trouble expressing.  By taking those same vague words and molding them around a repetitive, almost harsh bass note with a hi-hat, you have something that truly speaks.
  • Start Your Day on the Right Foot by Implementing a Ritual

    Patrick Dwyer
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Every morning people wake up to the shrieking of an alarm clock to start their day. Not the utmost optimal way to wake up, but unfortunately that is our reality. What follows in the next hour or two before we leave our homes will pretty much decide our outlook and attitude for the majority of the rest of the day.  So, what is it you do after you hear that alarm start to blare? Do you hit snooze a few times till you're running behind, and now are rushing out the door? Do you roll out of bed on the first ring and jump right into necessities needed to arrive to work on time?  Hopefully…
  • Gratitude Post - Family

    Patrick Dwyer
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    At the close of each day, what is the last thought that you find your mind lingering on?  For me it is usually what I hope to achieve the following day.  How many of us habitually take a moment to review what we are thankful for?  Furthermore, how many of us actually show our gratitude for the daily treasures we receive?In an effort to grow more as a human being,  I have decided to start a weekly post here on where I take a moment to express my gratitude toward events and people of the previous week.  Here is the first in that weekly…
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  • Get focused: How to minimize the risk of outside influences

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Do you remember those moments where you’re so much focused on something that you completely forgot everything around you? Those are great. Those are the best moments for really getting things done and be highly productive. But there are certain situations that you have no control of. We are subconsciously drawn to events that might be dangerous for us and no matter what, those two things will always break our focus: Blinking lights and loud noises In our daily routine those come in form of loud coworkers, traffic noise, phone calls, people passing by and so on… Once distracted it…
  • Don’t feel guilty if you want to work on your own

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    This talk by Susan Cain shows how introverts and extroverts can understand each other’s needs better in order to be more productive and come up with great ideas. Don’t feel guilty if you want to work on your own by Noisli Blog.
  • 5 Tools to Enhance Your Workday

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Let’s kick this week off by sharing our current five tools we use every day to enhance our productivity: 1. Bullet Journal We started using this to-do list system a few months ago and it was the first time we’ve been able to actually stick to it for more than a few weeks. All you have to do is to grab a little square notebook and write down what you have to do every day. They are also currently running their Kickstarter Campaign which lasts for another 2 days! 2. Noisli Once at work, I plug in my headphones and play some nice soothing sounds so I immediately get into work mood and can…
  • Improve focus and boost your productivity with the right sounds

    5 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Our workplace has a big influence on how we feel and on how productive we are. It might be often difficult to find the right place where we can fully focus and get things done. Working from an office can get too loud and you get continuously distracted. According to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, workers get distracted every 3 minutes and once distracted it can take up to 23 minutes to fully focus again. On the other hand, if you are totally on your own and you work for example from home, it might be often too quiet and hard to get yourself…
  • 1 Year of Noisli

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It has been already a year since we launched Noisli. During this first year many things happened and Noisli quickly gained an important spot among the favorite Web tools by internet users. Our community on Facebook and Twitter is continuously growing, and You played an important role during this first phase, supporting Noisli with precious feedbacks and lovely supporting messages. At Noisli, as part of our company philosophy, we will always put users and their experience first. – The Noisli Team 1 Year of Noisli by Noisli Blog.
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