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  • The Art of Small Talk: 5 Questions Never to Ask

    The Art of Manliness
    Brett and Kate McKay
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Yesterday while making small talk with the guy working the deli counter at my neighborhood grocery store, I asked him something that made me feel like a total heel. So I felt inspired to sit down and hammer out a short and simple article on 5 questions I have found are best to avoid asking altogether, as they have a significant chance of leading to awkwardness and the insertion of one’s foot into one’s mouth. Here they are: 1. “Did you go there for fun?” This was the question I asked the deli counter guy. He had told me he had been gone last week for a trip to Minnesota. To which I…
  • International travelers: Use a passport proxy

    Practical Hacks
    12 Jan 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I stumbled across this in Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools book, and thought I’d pass it along.  If you travel internationally, you’re likely aware that it’s a good idea to carry your passport with you when out and about.  Personally, I don’t like doing that out of fear that I might lose my passport.  Instead of bringing the real thing with you, make a proxy with a color copier and laminator. Here are the instructions from the original post on Kevin’s site: Make a good color copy of your passport, including the covers. Align the inside sheet of your passport…
  • Sorting through sentimental keepsakes

    David Caolo
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Last week, we asked our readers to share their biggest uncluttering hurdles and they responded. Now, we’re going through the comments to see what we can do to help. An Unclutterer reader asked: My mother in law recently moved out of her house and into a small place with medical care and more services than her home could provide. In her process of downsizing, many many items were earmarked for my husband and I. In the spirit of not hurting any feelings, we got a U-Haul and took all the items back to our house. Now, my husband is dealing with guilt and doesn’t want to get rid of…
  • 5 Life Lessons From Running Your First Marathon

    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:46 am
    Running a marathon is for people who are either crazy, or ridiculously fit….right? Well, so I thought, until I decided to run one. Was it because I was always interested in sporty and fit? Nope. Take that reason, turn it on its head, and that’s where I came in. As a kid, I wasn’t interested in sports. I always got picked last, and I just knew that was my place…I’m sure you know exactly which kid I’m talking about. Hey, maybe you were that kid, too. I grew up with a firm belief that I couldn’t run, at all. It was a genuine belief, except that it was founded on nothing except a…
  • Quit Any Bad Habit (In 6 Steps)

    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life
    Osha Key
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Bad habits have something in common. Either it’s a cigarette you are reaching for, a cup of coffee, an energy drink or a sugar and fat laden dessert. At some point you feel that something has completely overpowered you. You know you shouldn’t do it, you know that it is not serving you, and you know you want to quit, so why is it stronger than your will power and your conscious mind? It’s a strong pattern in your life and it probably took years to form. No wonder why you cannot break it in a day. When you’re stressed, scared, lonely, sad, angry, bored, tired or insecure, you reach out…
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    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life

  • 5 Life Lessons From Running Your First Marathon

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:46 am
    Running a marathon is for people who are either crazy, or ridiculously fit….right? Well, so I thought, until I decided to run one. Was it because I was always interested in sporty and fit? Nope. Take that reason, turn it on its head, and that’s where I came in. As a kid, I wasn’t interested in sports. I always got picked last, and I just knew that was my place…I’m sure you know exactly which kid I’m talking about. Hey, maybe you were that kid, too. I grew up with a firm belief that I couldn’t run, at all. It was a genuine belief, except that it was founded on nothing except a…
  • 14 Problems Freelancers Usually Face

    Jana Rookard
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:46 am
    Freelance has its pros and cons. You are your own manager and boss, but there are quite a few problems as well. These problems are not all very different comparing to the problems of office workers. If you plan on becoming a freelancer, you should definitely keep reading. 1. Demands of the customers are constantly changing Clients can be different, as well as their requirements. Services you provide for your client today can be not suitable for another client tomorrow. The requirements will probably grow with every client. This means that when you are a freelancer, you should constantly…
  • 5 Things to Think about before Getting a Tattoo

    Monica Leslie
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    When I was in that adventurous teenage phase, facing the world with much aplomb, a tattoo was one of the ‘must-haves’. My youthful perspective told me that tattoos basically screamed a devil may care attitude, and to some extent, are a rite of passage in this country. Looking back, I can now say that waiting it out was the best decision I have ever made. Each inked artwork on me represents what I truly wish to show the world, with no regrets. 1. Trends Don’t Last Be it a nautical anchor or a phrase in a foreign language, as with fashion, such trends will pass. Before you get your tattoo…
  • How Positive Writing Will Help You To Live a Happier Life

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    The power of positive thinking is not to be underestimated. The growth in wellness and happiness campaigns in the last decade have been astronomical. Scientists have gotten on board to study brain patterns in order to discover what makes us happy. Yoga studios and wellness centers are booming businesses. Positivity is on the menu for a lot of people. Everyone wants to find out the secret to becoming a more positive and happy person. Though there are many roads to happiness, a powerful tool in this quest has to do with writing. Positive thinking is great, but it’s actually quite hard to…
  • Quit Any Bad Habit (In 6 Steps)

    Osha Key
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Bad habits have something in common. Either it’s a cigarette you are reaching for, a cup of coffee, an energy drink or a sugar and fat laden dessert. At some point you feel that something has completely overpowered you. You know you shouldn’t do it, you know that it is not serving you, and you know you want to quit, so why is it stronger than your will power and your conscious mind? It’s a strong pattern in your life and it probably took years to form. No wonder why you cannot break it in a day. When you’re stressed, scared, lonely, sad, angry, bored, tired or insecure, you reach out…
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  • Type "Note to Self" Into Google to Send Notes to Your Phone

    Eric Ravenscraft
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Yesterday, Google announced a feature that allows you to send directions to your Android phone directly from a search box. What they didn’t announce is that you can also use “note to self” to send a reminder directly to your notification shade.Read more...
  • This DIY Monitor Stand and Built-In USB Hub Is Cheap and Easy to Build

    Alan Henry
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    One trip to IKEA (and maybe an Amazon order for the USB hub) and this monitor stand can live on your desk, charging your devices, offering easy to reach USB ports, and making your display just a little more ergonomic all at the same time. Here’s what you’ll need to build it. Read more...
  • Remove Suggested Items from Your eBay Home Page

    Whitson Gordon
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Three years ago, I bought a Nook Simple Touch for a project . Since then, eBay’s front page is just filled with all the Nooks people are selling. If that sounds familiar, here’s how to turn it off.Read more...
  • Top 10 Mistakes We Make When Grocery Shopping (And How to Fix Them)

    Melanie Pinola
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Buying groceries is one of those universal chores most of us could probably do better at, whether it’s saving money on food or spending less time shopping . Here are ten common mistakes we tend to make at the grocery store—and how to avoid them.Read more...
  • Today's Best Deals: Shower-Proof Bluetooth Speaker, $1 Books, & More

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    $30 Bluetooth speaker deals aren’t all that rare, but not many of them will hold up very well in the shower. The Mpow Armor can do just that with its IP65-certified splash-proof rating, meaning you can spend your showers singing along with Spotify, or quietly contemplating your favorite podcasts. [Mpow Armor Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $30 with code TEQ279VG]Read more...
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  • In praise of the digital calendar

    Jeri Dansky
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Dave has declared his love of the wall calendar, and I agree with the points he made. I also know plenty of other people who work well with either paper wall calendars or planners they carry with them. But a digital calendar works best for me, so I thought I’d provide the other perspective. I have the advantage of being self-employed (so I have no employer-mandated calendar tools) and there are no other family members that I need to share a calendar with, so I have total freedom to select the calendar that works best for me. I happen to use Apple’s built-in calendar app, but there…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Beer Briefcase

    Erin Doland
    22 Apr 2015 | 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! My husband is a homebrewer and sometimes when we go to friends’ houses for dinner we bring his beer instead of a bottle of wine or champagne or an orchid as a hostess gift. When we do this, we bring the bottles of his homebrew in a cardboard six-pack case you get for free at the store when you buy beer. We simply save a few of those cardboard cases — maybe four or five a year — and reuse them. (Yay! Reuse! It is Earth Day, after all.)…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    2010 Simply-designed outboard DAC improves computer audio qualityThe NuForce ?DAC gives you affordable high-end computer audio in a compact and simple package. And the fourth and final winner of the Fujitsu ScanSnap giveaway is …The fourth and final winner in the ScanSnap giveaway is @teal64. Congratulations! Post written by PJ DolandLet Unclutterer help you get your home or office organized. Subscribe to our helpful product shipments from Quarterly today. The post A year ago on Unclutterer appeared first on Unclutterer.
  • Sorting through sentimental keepsakes

    David Caolo
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Last week, we asked our readers to share their biggest uncluttering hurdles and they responded. Now, we’re going through the comments to see what we can do to help. An Unclutterer reader asked: My mother in law recently moved out of her house and into a small place with medical care and more services than her home could provide. In her process of downsizing, many many items were earmarked for my husband and I. In the spirit of not hurting any feelings, we got a U-Haul and took all the items back to our house. Now, my husband is dealing with guilt and doesn’t want to get rid of…
  • What important documents to keep and how to organize them

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Now that income tax season is past, it’s a good opportunity to organize important personal documents, determine how they should be stored, and how long they need to be kept. Keep: Vital documents Vital records are documents issued by the government that prove you exist and indicate your status. These documents include birth certificates, marriage licences, divorce decrees, death certificates, adoption certificates, citizenship and immigration papers, military enrollment and discharge papers, criminal records and pardons, passports, and social security number. Keep: Legal documents Legal…
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  • Maker Q&A: Lisa Fetterman, Creator of The Nomiku Sous Vide Stick

    DC Denison
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Lisa Q. Fetterman is the co-founder and CEO (chief eating officer) of the hardware startup Nomiku Read more on MAKE The post Maker Q&A: Lisa Fetterman, Creator of The Nomiku Sous Vide Stick appeared first on Make:.
  • Why I’m the Worst Maker In The Room, and Why That’s OK

    Nathan Hurst
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Too much planning leaves too little time for making. Read more on MAKE The post Why I’m the Worst Maker In The Room, and Why That’s OK appeared first on Make:.
  • New Project: Getting Started with littleBits

    Matt Richardson
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The new book from Maker Media will initiate you into the ecosystem of the versatile magnetic components Read more on MAKE The post Getting Started with littleBits appeared first on Make:.
  • Top Ten Most Memorable Maker Faire Moments

    Gareth Branwyn
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The idea of trying to choose only ten favorite moments from the past ten years of Maker Faire is almost silly. Over that decade, the Faires have been painstakingly engineered to deliver attendees memorable moments by the moment. But when we think back over the flagship Faires (Bay Area, New York, […] Read more on MAKE The post Top Ten Most Memorable Maker Faire Moments appeared first on Make:.
  • Interactive 10-Foot Musical Polyhedron Is Mathmagical

    Goli Mohammadi
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The supersized polyhedron is at the center of a 50-foot-wide pentagonal structure with four arches shaped like lotus petals Read more on MAKE The post Interactive 10-Foot Musical Polyhedron Is Mathmagical appeared first on Make:.
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    The Art of Manliness

  • Podcast #111: Why Men Fight & Why We Like to Watch With Jonathan Gottschall

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Jonathan Gottschall was an associate professor of English whose career had stalled in mid-life. Then one day he looked out his office window, saw a MMA gym across the street, and decided he was going to train to become a fighter. He wanted both to prove something to himself and to gain firsthand experiences to draw from in writing a book about the biology, anthropology, and sociology of male violence. The result was The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch. In this episode I talk to Gottschall about violence and masculinity and why getting in a fight may be the…
  • Weekend Movie Recommendation: Labor Day

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Nate Pedersen. The 2013 film Labor Day is a sentimental nod to the values and virtues of another era. Accordingly, it was slammed by critics for being too open-hearted for our cynical age. While the story is set over the course of Labor Day weekend in 1987, it screens more like a 1950s melodrama. Narrated from the present day by an absent Tobey Maguire reflecting back on a memorable weekend from his childhood, the film’s action unfolds over the course of three hot, summery days. Thirteen-year-old Henry (Gattlin Griffith) lives with his depressed…
  • The Art of Small Talk: 5 Questions Never to Ask

    Brett and Kate McKay
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Yesterday while making small talk with the guy working the deli counter at my neighborhood grocery store, I asked him something that made me feel like a total heel. So I felt inspired to sit down and hammer out a short and simple article on 5 questions I have found are best to avoid asking altogether, as they have a significant chance of leading to awkwardness and the insertion of one’s foot into one’s mouth. Here they are: 1. “Did you go there for fun?” This was the question I asked the deli counter guy. He had told me he had been gone last week for a trip to Minnesota. To which I…
  • Burglar-Proof Your Home: A Complete Guide to Home Security

    Brett and Kate McKay
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    A few months ago I published an article on how to pick a lock. One of the reasons I showed folks how to do that (besides fulfilling a goal to become more like Jason Bourne) was to demonstrate how locks provide an “illusion of security.” Locks make you feel safe, but if someone wanted to get into your house, they could easily pick their way inside. Hopefully, the takeaway from that post was that you can’t just rely on locks as your only means of home security. You need to utilize other tools and tactics in order to create multiple layers of defense. Each year, there are over…
  • A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen: How Cooking Can Make You a Better Man (+Book Giveaway)

    Matt Moore
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Several months back, I was sitting in a bar in Manhattan’s Lower East Side engaging in a cocktail and conversation with several other patrons. After a bit of chatter, one of the gentlemen asked, “Where do you live?” Sensing he picked up on my slight Southern drawl, I proudly proclaimed Nashville, TN. To my chagrin, the lady at the end of the bar bitterly mumbled, “Ugh, who do you think you are, some sort of Southern gentleman?” When I responded with a humble “Yes,” I followed up by asking why such a moniker carried a negative connotation. She replied,…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • The Easiest Way For Leaders To Do The Hardest (and Right) Things

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    There’s a big return on investment for leaders who are willing to do the right thing, even when it’s very hard to do. A great example is letting someone go who you just know isn’t going to go gracefully or easily. Or, to change a policy or program midstream, knowing that it’s going to inconvenience a lot of people, people who have families and personal lives that will also be affected. It’s a simple and core fact, worth restating over and over: Doing the right thing, and promptly, is paramount to leadership success. If it’s not done, or done quickly, it…
  • The Nightmare In The Executive Suite: 10 Scary Things A Leader Never Wants To Hear

    12 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    How do leaders know if they’re building a sturdy and flourishing house, or a haunted and doomed one? All it takes is a good set of ears (ones that have been properly calibrated, of course), because there are 10 sentences that should cause nightmares for any leader, and push them towards the cold hard reality that their team is in trouble. Let’s step inside this haunted house, if you dare…  1. “It can’t be done” Nothing like a room full of doubters to spoil an otherwise great staff meeting, tossing off the most useless word in the English language. 2. “Is it time for a…
  • Why Respect HAS To Be A Two-Way Street

    5 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    This morning I was reading the business section of the Oregonian and I saw these survey statistics – 86 percent of employees trust their leadership less today than they did 5 years ago, and 70 percent of people say they are “disengaged at work”. What’s going on? As usual for me, a song played in my head as I digested that information. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T  Find out what it means to me” When Aretha Franklin sings, I listen. Especially to her biggest hit. I love the conviction behind the lyric – it’s respect that she wants, and it’s respect that she’ll get. Or…
  • The 5 Best Pieces Of Advice Any New Leader Will Ever Get

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Jack Kent Cooke, my boss back in 1987, when I had my first leadership job “Terry, my boy….” When I heard those words from Jack Kent Cooke back in 1987, I knew he was about to teach me something. I had a lot to learn, since he had plucked me from the accounting ranks to be the COO of a cable company at the ripe young age of 27. What was amazing at the time was how little I really knew about leadership. Sure, I was young and fearless enough to figure I could make it up as I went along, but all I had to work with was a short stint as student body president in college, and some…
  • Fighting The Good Startup Fight (Without a Unicorn In Sight)

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Kjell van Zoen and his wife, Kim (image by Faith Cathcart) Kjell van Zoen isn’t looking for unicorns. The founder and CEO of Portland company Plywerk, Kjell has been fighting the good startup fight for nearly 8 years, handcrafting beautiful wood photo displays with his crew in a warehouse on the east side of the city. It is a classic startup story. When Kjell’s wife Kim, a photographer, needed to mount a photo, she simply took some wood glue to the photo and pasted it on a piece of wood.  Kjell saw this, had the light bulb go off, and saw an business opportunity. A product was…
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    Live Your Legend

  • This is Why You’re Here: The Psychology that Makes Very Big Things Possible

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green Why are you here? I took the above picture somewhere between Budapest and Transylvania, a few days ago while on a 13-hour night train to the land of Dracula, our latest stop on day 101 of the world tour. I’ve now officially fallen back in love with foreign trains – between the zooming scenery and lack of activities, distractions and Internet, it creates the perfect space for pondering. That space gave me time to reflect on something one of the attendees of our…
  • World Tour Euro-Update #1: Wandering Until Things Got Interesting in Amsterdam & Budapest

    Chelsea Dinsmore
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:21 am
    A curious window we found while wandering Amsterdam.   Memorable Moments in Amsterdam:  Seven days before heading to Europe for five months, we realized that without visas we could only stay for three. Slight change in plans. An official tour guide teaching us the long-standing Hungarian tradition for good health: a shot of 80-proof ‘medicinal’ liquor first thing in the morning. Plus, how to cure a sunburn by slathering yourself in half a centimeter of sour cream (thankfully we didn’t have any burns needing attention, yet). Days on the Road: 100 Countries…
  • Behind-The-Scenes: How I Built Live Your Legend from Idea to Profitable Online Business

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:32 pm
    “The interesting thing about entrepreneurship is that it never seems to end.” – Unknown Time Sensitive: Live Your Legend RAW is open to new members for the next 5 days (until Tuesday 4/21 at 11:59pm PST). We created LYL RAW as a resource for those of you building your idea, passions, talents or expertise into a business or side-income. It’s my way of giving you a window into my head – uncut, behind-the-scenes access to how I’ve built the LYL business and community, plus weekly guidance and lessons to support you in building your own profitable passion…
  • 10 Small Immediate Actions to Avoid Giving Up: Inspiration from Muhammad Ali

    9 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
     “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” - Muhammad Ali World Tour Update: After a week of California wedding festivities, we just touched down in Amsterdam to kick off the next nine months out of the country. If you’re in town, come join our LYL Local event this…
  • Arguably the Best Career Guidance of All Time: My Favorite Talk by Steve Jobs

    3 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    My Birthday Tradition… Today is my 33rd birthday, so I thought I’d share a little tradition with you. Every year I like to take at least a few minutes to look back on what’s led me to today. A million things are always at play, but this time around I thought I’d share a talk from the late Steve Jobs. It deserves disproportionate credit in me sitting right here, having the privilege of sharing this with 100,000 of you from all over the world, especially as we get ready to board our one-way flight to Amsterdam to continue our world tour and hang out with a bunch of…
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    Instructables: exploring - featured

  • Up-Cycled Bowie Knife

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    This build uses entirely recycled materials. The blade is from and old truck spring, but my focus is the nut forged into a guard. Essential for this creation is a welder, but beyond that, only a simply forge is needed. Everything remaining can be done with common tools. Well let's get started with m...By: Basement_CraftsmanContinue Reading »
  • 3D Printed Ukulele - Fully Playable

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    Fully Playable Soprano Ukulele - 3D printed without supports! Download and print the latest version of my 3D printed Ukulele design. This instructable will walk you through everything you need to know from printing to tuning of the 3d printed ukulele. This ukulele design has evolved over about a ...By: SolstieContinue Reading »
  • How To Make Oobleck!

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Oobleck is a non-newtonian fluid. If you want to know what that means, click on the link. The name "Oobleck" was originally from a Dr. Seuss book, but has come to refer to a mixture of cornstarch and water that has non-newtonian properties. How It Works This is obviously not my video, but it d...By: funtogetherContinue Reading »
  • Adjustable Glass Bottle Cutter

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    I have wanting to make a bottle cutter for a while now, just because I really like the idea of making glasses from bottles. I found a lot of designs online, but one thing they all had in common, is that none of them are adjustable. Now I want to be able to cut different types and sizes of bottles, s...By: sbanasContinue Reading »
  • easy making coin case with pattern

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    Hello,this is my third post.Let's make a "coin case" today. Pattern and parts size notation / mm ■patternPDF file to printing.Please download from the web browser.Note:Custom size at the time of printing.■partsparts thickness "1.2mm" Make holes ■see photodoing like a photo.(Sewing machine stit...By: junpei.aoiContinue Reading »
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  • Bill Payment Features

    Mark Shead
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Most people are familiar with the basic idea behind bill payment systems, but if you’ve never used one, you may not be familiar with the ways it can save you time. Even if you’ve used the bill payment system from your bank for years, you might not be familiar with all the features that are available from other institutions. The goal of this post is to look at some features and capabilities of bill payment systems and how these things can help make you more productive. For people that aren’t familiar with bill payment systems, here is how they work. When you need to pay…
  • Paperless Document Formats

    Mark Shead
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Moving from paper-based documents to paperless documents can offer a number of benefits. In addition to saving physical space, paperless documents are easier to search and to share. Paperless documents also don’t have the same type of physical limitations of paper and enable workflow solutions that simply aren’t possible with physical copies. For example, multiple people can view a paperless document simultaneously, while a single paper copy can only be viewed by a handful of people at the same time and everyone must be in the same room together. There are all kinds of different…
  • The Art of Pinging

    Mark Shead
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this article we are going to talk about networking. Specifically, we want to look at how to “ping” people. I believe the term “ping” comes from the excellent book Never Eat Alone. A ping is defined as a small action that keeps the relationship with someone in your network alive. First let’s talk about the benefits of pinging your network of contacts, then we’ll look at how to actually do it. Benefits of Pinging Our brains organize information in a very efficient way. Imagine that our memories are a bunch of envelopes in a pile. The size of the envelope…
  • Tips for Video Conferencing

    Mark Shead
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    As video conferencing becomes more and more common, I thought it might be useful to talk about how to best configure your computer for doing video chats. Audio Is King The most important part of a video conference is not the video…it is the audio. This may seem unintuitive, but there have been some experiments done where people were asked to rate the quality of short videos. The videos that had good audio were consistently rated better than the ones with poor audio–regardless of the quality of the visuals. We are programmed to skip over blips and problems with video, but audio…
  • Productive Apps for Managing Money

    Mark Shead
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    5 to 10 years ago, managing your finances meant buying Quicken or Microsoft Money and dedicating a great deal of time to entering in all of your expenses. If you ran a small business, you probably looked at purchasing Quickbooks to track everything. While those are all great products, there are a number of free options that do a great job of integrating with your banks to reduce the amount of time you have to spend manually entering things. I know I’d much rather spend my time looking at my finances instead of putting all my effort into just entering in data. These four web…
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    Practical Hacks

  • Annual American Airlines Buy Miles Bonus Ends April 30th

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Approximately once a year, many of the U.S. frequent flyer programs offer a bonus when you purchase miles. American’s program is open right now, and represents a compelling way to get extra miles. Bonuses start at the 6,000 mile level (e.g., buy 6K miles and get an extra 1,500 miles for $177. In that case, after taxes and a $30 processing fee are added in, you’re paying $ .029 per mile, which is a pretty good deal. The more miles you buy, however, the sweeter it gets. If you go whole hog and purchase 100,000 miles, you’ll receive a bonus of 60,000 miles, for a total cost of…
  • DIY travel size toiletries with plastic drinking straws

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    No, this isn’t the second installment of a series of posts involving straws!  I’d seen this somewhere in the past and just this morning stumbled across another post on the topic at Lifehacker.  Courtesy of Lifehacker and the Mighty Girl site, how to make your own mini-sized toiletry “sticks” with plastic straws.  All you need are straws, Q-tips, toiletries, a Sharpie or similar marker, and an inexpensive bag sealer. Full instructions are at Mighty Girl:  Make Travel Size Toiletries With a Heat Sealer    Similar Posts: None Found
  • Never lose a spray straw again with Hold-It Straw Holder

    19 Jan 2014 | 5:26 am
    Hold It is one of those little tools that I suspect many of us never knew existed.  If you’ve ever lost the little tube off a can of WD-40, brake cleaner, compressed air or the like, this inexpensive widget will prevent it from happening in the future.  Available from Amazon.  $1.98 for a package of 2. Similar Posts: None Found
  • International travelers: Use a passport proxy

    12 Jan 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I stumbled across this in Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools book, and thought I’d pass it along.  If you travel internationally, you’re likely aware that it’s a good idea to carry your passport with you when out and about.  Personally, I don’t like doing that out of fear that I might lose my passport.  Instead of bringing the real thing with you, make a proxy with a color copier and laminator. Here are the instructions from the original post on Kevin’s site: Make a good color copy of your passport, including the covers. Align the inside sheet of your passport…
  • Recommended: Cool Tools

    29 Dec 2013 | 6:01 am
      I’ve linked to Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools website since 2008, and have found numerous neat tools and gadgets on the site over the years.  So I was happy to learn that he’d decided to produce a book containing all the best tools and gadgets he and his site’s contributors have discovered and reviewed. The result is a sort of “Whole Earth Catalog” of great tools.  The oversized paperback clocks in at 472 pages and is an absolute delight:  leaf through it for just a few minutes, and you’re sure to find an intriguing device that suits your needs…
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  • Broke? Burned out? Depressed? Try investing in Yourself

    Sandra Beck
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    I have had the luxury of speaking before large groups of people lately. Seems people want to hear what I have to say, which is really funny because I generally prefer to read in the tub or walk in the mountains. I usually listen to what the universe tells me before sitting down to write, and the universe speaks to me when people email me, call me, talk to me after an event of ask me questions and tells me what to talk about. “I don’t have any money. My book isn’t selling. I’m working three jobs. Nobody is…blah blah blah…” I am known for being a straight-shooter, sometimes…
  • How to Honor Your Survival System

    Mary O'Malley
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    We all created a finely-crafted survival system to bury or numb our pain when we were young.  We had to, as it was absolutely necessary for survival.  Life was too scary, and we didn’t have the skills to meet ourselves in our hearts. Our survival system can include compulsions, such as drug and alcohol abuse, shopping, work, sex, the Internet, busyness, self-judgment, and chronic worry.  I think about all of those years that I shut down the pain with food, drugs and alcohol.  In one year alone, I gained 97 pounds.  I would have died of the pain if I had not numbed myself with food.  I…
  • My Gratitude List

    Noelle Sterne
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    Every morning I sit outside on my high-floor terrace in South Florida, sip my coffee, and read an uplifting pamphlet or two. Then I write out my day’s schedule. Too often, despite the uplifting material, I start worrying about this client or that deadline or the seemingly endless list of tasks on the schedule. And my quiet time erodes into anxiety. The activity that’s supposed to help me ease into the day with a positive outlook has the opposite effect. Instead of returning to my home office refreshed and ready to work, I’m drained and irritable. As I kept noticing how I felt, and…
  • Become the Project Manager of Your Health

    Melissa Heisler
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    Visiting doctor after doctor, none could diagnose my pain. They would prescribe a pill with the hopes of relief. Finally one doctor, after still not providing a diagnosis, said, “Let’s give you a hysterectomy. Maybe that will help.” This experience led me to become the project manager of my own health. Two issues currently exist with our Western medical system. First, our current system no longer treats the patient but treats the symptoms. Medications are administered not to remove the illness but to relieve the symptoms. Pharmaceutical companies market to patients and doctors offering…
  • Me Through You

    Howard Glasser
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Everyone gets to listen in and hear what Spirit uniquely conveys to them. The wisdom that I would pass along if I were down to my last 500 words would be about what I heard when I asked about an expression that kept floating into my consciousness. I simply inquired: What do you mean by ‘me through you’? If I were the voice of the universe, I would communicate me through you. I would give you ways and words that would support you in making your life an inspiring expression of my nature. Your explorations would show me all of life’s possibilities. Your greatness would be celebrated and,…
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  • Nori-Wrapped Roasted Salmon

    Worker Bee
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve cooked fish wrapped in parchment paper before, which gently steams the fish and keeps the flesh moist, this recipe will make total sense. But in this case, instead of parchment, the wrapper is edible, nutritious and delicious. Nori, a sea vegetable best known as a wrap for sushi, can also be used to wrap fish while it’s cooking. The nori seals in moisture, keeping the fish juicy and flavorful. This meal is all about moist, tender salmon. When arranged on a plate of sautéed mustard greens and shiitake mushrooms it looks like a rather fancy feast, but there’s no need to be…
  • Done with Crash Diets: 45 Pounds Lost and Getting Better Every Day

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 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! Before I state anything, I just want to thank Jesus Christ for the opportunity of life and the strength to get through this process. Life is truly a gift from God. In every group of friends there is the good looking one, the athletic one, the…
  • How to Get Your (Health) Groove Back

    Mark Sisson
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Maybe it comes in a heavily mirrored changing room as you wonder when you developed back fat. Perhaps you notice that you can’t keep up with your kids on a bike ride around town anymore. You might see it when you have a hard time moving or carrying things you used to. Maybe you wake up one day and realize you never thought you’d experience so many aches, pains and stiffness at such a young age. Perhaps you’ve just known for a long time that you don’t like how you feel anymore. We get off track for various reasons – illness, parenthood, divorce, death, job change, moving. In…
  • What’s So Healthy About Avocado Oil?

    Mark Sisson
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It doesn’t take much digging to figure out that most of the oils we eat in this country are fantastically poor choices. There’s the heavy processing to consider as well as the GMO sourcing, the rancidity, and dramatic omega fatty acid imbalance to name a few unsavory points. Sure, we make different choices in our own kitchens, but sometimes we find ourselves wishing we could recreate a certain taste in a Primal version of an old favorite recipe or just find a better flavor in one of our new favorite Primal meals. As a result, even the most Primally devout among us are on the lookout for…
  • Essential Oils: Separating Fact from Fiction

    Mark Sisson
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you spend a day or two on social media sites, you get the idea that essential oils are a panacea that can replace every modern medicine, both over the counter and prescription. Kid got a fever? Rub a little of this oil on his feet. Big job interview coming up in a few minutes? Inhale a little of this to relax. Fungal infection? Splash some of this on. It’s gotten particularly out of hand on Pinterest, where multi-level marketing schemers attempt to convince everyone they absolutely need to become essential oil wholesalers. Conversely, if you hang around in the online skeptic…
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  • The Time When We’ll Be Present & Content

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    By Leo Babauta Today, I only have questions. We’re striving for happiness and contentment, but when will we be there? I think we often see a time in the future when things will be better — we’ll have a better relationship, job, house, health situation, financial situation, and more. But when will that day come? What’s stopping us from being content right now? What’s stopping us from being present right now? Many of us can point to external conditions that get in the way of being present (some problem on our minds), or that get in the way of being happy and content.
  • A Simple, Powerful Self-Compassion Method

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    By Leo Babauta When we’re frustrated with others, or feeling bad about ourselves … we often turn toward habits that comfort us: distractions food shopping smoking drugs/alcohol These don’t often work, because they tend to make us feel worse in the long run. We become unhappier, more stressed, and then need to seek comfort in these things again … and the cycle continues. These are sometimes the only ways we know of comforting ourselves! I know this because for a long time I always turned to all of the above for comfort when I was feeling stressed or bad about myself. It…
  • When Others Frustrate You

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    By Leo Babauta There’s a way of being that I’m trying to cultivate in myself — to let go of wanting others to be a certain way. Here’s the problem: we all get frustrated with other people. We want our kids to do certain things, our spouses to be less something or other, our friends to change their lives, our relatives to be healthier, other people to be less rude, etc etc. So what can we do about this? It can drive us crazy, but we can’t make it happen. It’s out of our control. Trying to change others, wanting them to be the way we want them to be, just…
  • Your Internet Habits Create Your Reality

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    By Leo Babauta Each of us has a different reality. And we’re creating that reality, and can shape it in many ways. We tend to think of reality as something external and absolute, like the sun shining down on us on a hot, lazy afternoon. That sun is really there, whether we believe it or not, right? But as humans, our reality is shaped by what we perceive. So one person will see the sun has overwhelmingly hot and oppressive, the other sees it as an opportunity for a great tan. Another will see it as a huge cancer machine. And still another will think the sun is an angry god to be feared…
  • The Case for Replacing Exercise with Play

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    By Leo Babauta The Great White Whale when it comes to forming new habits, for most people, is exercise. Along with eating your vegetables, meditation, getting good sleep and quitting smoking, exercise is probably the most important habit change anyone can make. And yet, most people struggle with creating a lasting exercise habit. The solution is to replace the “exercise” habit with play. Remember what it was like to go outside as a child? I do, because I watch my kids every day. They run around, pretending they’re warriors and wizards, ride their bikes like they’re…
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  • 12 Toxic Beliefs You Need Out of Your Mind

    Marc Chernoff
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    What we can or can’t do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our strengths or intelligence.  It’s often a function of our beliefs about who we are. “The drummer in our band, Nick, is legally deaf, and has been since he was born.  But he can still hear low bass tones and feel the vibrations from the drums and other instruments.  Honestly, he’s such an incredible drummer that most people don’t believe he’s deaf.  Sometimes I can’t believe it myself.” Those inspiring lines come right out of a live chat conversation I had this morning with…
  • 10 Things You Must Give Up to Get Yourself Back on Track

    Angel Chernoff
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    If you want to grow and move on to better things, you have to give up the things that hold you back. Last night, Marc and I received a new thank you email from a longtime reader and coaching client named Kevin (we’re writing about him today with his consent).  He said our book and life coaching sessions helped him and his wife Laura maintain a positive, intentional mindset as they struggled and grew through one of the most difficult periods of their lives.  Certain sections of his email nearly moved me to tears: “As you know, after injuring my back, losing my job because of it, being…
  • 7 Ways to Bounce Back from Life’s Inevitable Setbacks

    Marc Chernoff
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:35 pm
    It’s your choice…  To be positive and free or to be imprisoned by your own negativity.  To live in the past or to be hopeful about the present. Full disclosure: I set myself a challenge recently, and I’ve been failing at it. To help motivate a private coaching group Angel and I have been working with, I set a goal to exercise for one hour every day for 90 days straight.  I chose this lofty goal because several of the group members struggled with motivating themselves to get to the gym.  They were inspired by my willingness to stretch my limits. But I’ve struggled far more than…
  • 3 Ways to Make Your Life Simple and Successful Again

    Marc Chernoff
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” ―Leo Tolstoy We all have days, weeks, months and – for some – even years of feeling anxious and overwhelmed with the work we have yet to do.  It’s an elusive feeling that aches from deep within.  From the outside, people think you have it all together, but they can’t see what’s going on in your head.  Stress fills your thoughts and emotions all too often, nagging at you throughout the day.  You have so many things to do and they never seem to get done.  You always feel a day late and a buck…
  • 3 Beliefs You Have that Hold You Back

    Marc Chernoff
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    You are the person you believe yourself to be. “This afternoon I found out I had been accepted to the university of my choice with a full track and field scholarship.  Despite everything my alcoholic mother and her abusive husband put me through over the years – the hungry, sleepless nights I spent in tears due to their relentless negativity – it didn’t ruin me.  With your coaching and guidance, I’ve worked hard to get out of this mess once and for all, and it’s finally paying off.” That’s the opening paragraph of an email we received last night from Monica, a longtime…
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  • Video: The Tomorrow Loophole. A Very Popular Loophole! (Gretchen Rubin)
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    In my new (bestselling) book, Better Than Before, I identify the twenty-one strategies of habit-formation, and one is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the ten categories of loopholes. I love studying loopholes, because they’re so funny. And ingenious! We’re such great advocates for ourselves — in any situation, we can always think of some loophole to invoke. Well, what is a “loophole?” When we try to form and keep habits, we often search for loopholes, for justifications that will excuse us from keeping this…
  • “As Long as the Good Habits Outnumber the Bad Ones, I’m Ahead of the Game.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Interview: Frank Bruni. Frank Bruni has written several books and is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. His brand-new book is a bestseller that has received a huge amount of buzz: Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. It’s a thought-provoking look at how the college admission system works–and a fresh, reassuring reminder of what really matters in the college experience (as I wrote in my blurb for Frank’s book!). Also, when I was researching Better Than Before, I read Frank’s fascinating memoir, Born Round: A Story…
  • Podcast #9: Treat Yourself, But Resist “YOLO”; the Challenge of Changing Someone Else’s Habit; Why Elizabeth TP’d a Friend’s House. (Gretchen Rubin)
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having a great time doing our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ We’re thrilled–we’ve hit more than 500,000 downloads, in just eight episodes! Thanks for listening! (If you like the podcast, we’re sheepishly asking people to rate and/or review it, if time and inclination permit; that’s very helpful for a new podcast like ours.) Like last week, this episode was especially fun; I was in Los Angeles for my book tour for my new book Better Than Before, so Elizabeth and I got to record together in the studio. By the way,…
  • Secret of Adulthood: We Have More Time Than We Think. And Less Time. (Gretchen Rubin)
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    From Further Secrets of Adulthood. I’m always surprised by how much I can get done in a relatively short period of time, if I really settle down to it. I’ve learned that from my habit of Power Hour, for instance. But we always need to remember that we may have less time than we think, too. If nothing else, the passage of time itself will bring about changes and endings. On this subject, and of everything I’ve ever written, I think this one-minute video, The Years Are Short, resonates most with people.
  • Something Becomes Important Because We’re Paying Attention. (Gretchen Rubin)
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    I take giant amounts of notes, and I’m constantly copying passages from books that I read. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also one of my favorite things to do. Oddly, I’ll often take notes, or copy passages, where the meaning isn’t clear to me. Sometimes it takes me years (if ever) to understand the meaning of something that I knew was significant, but didn’t know why. And then, when I grasp it — so thrilling! Nothing makes me happier. This kind of epiphany happened to me recently, when I was in London, where I managed to visit the beautiful Wallace…
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  • Cognitive lives scientific

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    The BBC Radio 4 series The Life Scientific has recently profiled three, count’em, three, cognitive scientists. Because the BBC find the internet confusing I’m just going to link straight to the mp3s to save you scrabbling about on their site. The most recent profile you can grab as an mp3 was artificial intelligence and open data Nigel Shadbolt. The next mp3 for your list is an interview with cognitive neuroscientist and teenage brain researcher Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. And finally, grab the mp3 of the programme on spatial memory researcher and recent Nobel prize winner John…
  • Spike activity 24-04-2015

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:22 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Prospect Magazine has a good article on early psychosis and young people who hear voices. The cost of fame. The Message discusses the nefarious social effects of fame. Neuroskeptic asks Where Are The Big Ideas in Neuroscience? Emotional Intelligence Doesn’t Translate Across Borders. Essential piece from the Harvard Business Review. The New Yorker has an excellent Oliver Sacks post-traumatic brain biography of actor Spalding Gray. Can the Static-99 save us from sex offenders? BuzzFeed has an extended article on a widely used but perhaps…
  • A visual history of madness

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:11 am
    The Paris Review has an extended and richly illustrated piece by historian Andrew Scull who tracks how madness has been visually depicted through the ages. Scull is probably the most thorough and readable historian of madness since the death of the late, great Roy Porter, and this article is no exception. Modern psychiatry seems determined to rob madness of its meanings, insisting that its depredations can be reduced to biology and nothing but biology. One must doubt it. The social and cultural dimensions of mental disorders, so indispensable a part of the story of madness and civilization…
  • An instinct for fairness lurking within even the most competitive

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    It stings when life’s not fair – but what happens if it means we profit? As Tom Stafford writes, some people may perform unexpected self-sabotage. Frans de Waal, a professor of primate behaviour at Emory University, is the unlikely star of a viral video. His academic’s physique, grey jumper and glasses aren’t the usual stuff of a YouTube sensation. But de Waal’s research with monkeys, and its implications for human nature, caught the imagination of millions of people. It began with a TED talk in which de Waal showed the results of one experiment that involved paying two…
  • Spike activity 17-04-2015

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:26 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The latest instalment of ‘the seductive allure of neuroscience’ has been released (aka the force awakens) – a solid study suggest spurious neuroscience adds weight to explanations. Great coverage from the BPS Research Digest. Aeon asks an interesting question: throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage. So why do we hardly notice the cuts in movies? There’s an excellent Motherboard documentary on the contested future of autonomous military robots you can watch online. To the bunkers!
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    Scott H Young

  • Are You Trying to Be Too Original? What I Learned About the Value of Imitation from China

    Scott Young
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    One of the things that fascinates me about China is the culture of copying. When my book, Learn More, Study Less, was published in China, they wanted to use the illustrations in the book. But these were just hand-drawn by me to go in an ebook I made while in university. I’m not a professional illustrator by any means, so they decided to redo the images. Interestingly enough, they didn’t create their own images for the concepts. They simply redid the illustrations I had made, but made them better. The same images were smoother, with crisper details and better shapes. What struck me when I…
  • Paradoxical Virtues

    Scott Young
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    In this recent conversation between Tyler Cowen and Peter Thiel, Cowen asks the billionaire start-up investor what kind of talent is underrated: “It’s difficult to reduce [talent] to any single traits, because a lot of what you’re looking for are these Zen-like opposites. You want people who are both really stubborn and really open-minded. You want people who are really idiosyncratic and different, but work well together in teams.” This is an idea I’ve thought about a lot as well, that many of the qualities you want to cultivate in yourself are seemingly contradictory. I can think…
  • How to Build the Habit of Finishing What You Start

    Scott Young
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    What do you do when you start a personal project, but you start to lose interest? Should you quit or keep going, even though it’s no longer fun? What if the project is to improve your health or career? What if your goals change and the project no longer feels relevant? Should you quit or push on, just for the sake of finishing? Last night I had a chance to talk to someone who was working on a learning project. He had started the project as a side venture to improve his programming skills on the job. But his responsibilities at work have changed, and he no longer feels the project is as…
  • Why is it So Hard to Create Permanent Habits?

    Scott Young
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Motivation works well in the short-term. If you set a new goal, you can probably summon up the motivation to pursue it earnestly for a week or two. If the goal is tremendously important, that motivation may even carry you uninterrupted for a month. But motivation wanes. If your goal takes more than a month or two, you’re going to need more than just motivation. You’re going to need habits. Habit-building methods are great because they translate that short-term motivation into something more durable. If you invest in consistent routines, with triggers, rewards and punishments, you can…
  • Which Skills Should You Master?

    Scott Young
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    There’s enough time in life to become mediocre at a lot of things. But there isn’t enough time to get really good at more than a couple. Most people don’t even get really good at one. How do you figure out which skills are worth mastering? It’s a difficult question, and one I’ve often struggled with. But I’ve found a handy rule of thumb which can help make the decision clearer: which skill, if you were truly exceptional only at that one, would still be enough to have an interesting and successful career? Say you wanted to be a writer. There’s plenty of skills that could help you…
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  • 4 Taboo Myths Of Self Development

    Tim Brownson
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    The following is a guest post from Tara Schiller We’re all familiar with the wise and simple phrase Know Thyself, but if you’ve ever tried to accomplish this feat, you understand it’s easier said than done. In fact, it might feel like it would be easier to chisel the phrase out of stone with your bare hands and a toothpick. Despite the challenge, there are definitely tools that can be used to help this process along. One of these tools is becoming aware of beliefs and ideals you’ve grown blind to over time. We all have understandings we’ve formed throughout our lives that are so…
  • The Most Important Element Of Self Development

    Tim Brownson
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    About 6 or 7 years ago I had a random blood test for something or other, I forget now. The upshot was I had a ridiculously high ferritin count. In effect there was way too much iron coursing around my veins and this is a condition called hemochromatosis. I always thought I was a man of iron (albeit it very soft iron that bent easily), but this was taking it to extremes. For the most part hemochromatosis is asymptomatic and usually rears its ugly head in the form of liver or pancreatic cancer, neither of which are very good. I was pretty lucky it was found. Actually, I was very, very lucky.
  • Does Waterboarding Get You More Love?

    Tim Brownson
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    The following is a guest post from Christine Rich Hanson. You’re minding your business you were handed at birth, aka your life. All is well. It’s a normal day. No S.W.A.T. guys rappelling down your building telling you there’s a terrorist on the 5th floor and to go with them out the window from your 20th floor. Just a regular day of getting by, mixed with the usual subconscious desires to be understood and loved by other fellow souls in human form. Then, from nowhere… Incoming Attack! Your eyes bulge forward and you feel the searing pain of the gut punch, as you read a horrific,…
  • Why Should I Care What You Think?

    Tim Brownson
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    I have had people (usually clients or other bloggers) say to be on many occasions something along the lines of: “I wish I could do what you do with your writing and say what I think without giving a shit or worrying about offending people.” It’s a nice, almost backhanded compliment. I sad backhanded because usually, being told you don’t give a shit means you’re selfish and self absorbed, but I think (at least I hope!) in these cases it meant being authentic. But it’s not true. I do give a shit. Upsetting People Is Not Fun I really don’t like upsetting people and the thought…
  • The Power Of Forgiveness

    Tim Brownson
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
     It took me about 5 seconds to approve this excellent guest post from Sonia Voldseth. It’s a valuable lesson and a great follow on to my last post, ‘A Beginners Guide To Meditation’. —– You know that old saying often wrongly attributed to The Buddha, “Not forgiving someone is like drinking poison and expecting them to die?” It’s so true.  Most people know they need to forgive in order to move forward.  But we’ve received so many mixed messages about what forgiveness is and what it isn’t that sometimes drinking the poison seems like…
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    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

  • 4 Major Reasons We Need To Tune Out. NOW.

    Patrick Hyland
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:58 pm
    News and media is widely accessible these days thanks to modern technology; we can keep up to date at home or on the go, and at any time of the day or night. It used to be the case that in order to become informed of the current events of the world, we would have to tune in to the TV or radio at certain times throughout the day. When I was younger, my parents would sit down to watch the main evening news at 6pm everyday- and sometimes again at 9pm. This was extremely upsetting for me and my brothers- as our cartoons were put on hold in favor of current affairs and politics, and other such…
  • Why You Should Learn Your “Present” Before Planning Your “Future”

    Todor Kostov
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    Can one predict their future? Not really. There are ways, however, to help your life steer in the direction you wish. One of the huge benefits, is that you can start today - in fact, right now. The best way to begin, is to research where you currently are (see the graph below). Now I want you to put an imaginary line on the graph - one that will most accurately show where you stand in it. This should be seen as a progress bar. In order to end up in the purple area, you need to know how close you are to it. A common problem nowadays is that most people happen to know their friends better than…
  • The 4 Steps To Align Your Life With Your True Self

    Shelly Drymon
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Mid-life brings about many transitions.  Children leaving home, aging parents, divorce, remarriage, and career changes can leave us asking the questions: Who am I?  What do I really want? How do I even know what I want? I spent many years, decades actually, not having a clear vision and path for my life. I was a wreck in every way: physically, emotionally and mentally. Thing was, I didn’t even know I didn’t have a clear vision and path for my life until just recently. My life had been spent living it the way I was told to live, by family, friends and society.   However there was…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Get Better at ANYTHING Fast!

    Shane Sorensen
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    I want it and I want it now!  We say this to ourselves every single time we demand instant gratification, quick results, or fast progress at something- even though we may sound like children.  There are some ways to actually speed up the way we learn and improve at something however.  Ironically, many of the ways to get better at something fast involve not focusing so much on results, but instead focusing on the process of getting better. Practice. A lot. This one might be common sense, but the number one way to get better at something is to practice.  Even if its hard, even if its…
  • 7 Scientific Self Help Books That Will Transform Your Life

    Dean Bokhari
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    I’m one of those weirdos that prefers reading non-fiction books over fiction books any day of the week — especially when it comes to books about leadership, success and self-help. It’s just my thing. My library is filled with books on how to build and sustain the habits necessary to live the happiest, healthiest, and wealthiest way of life I’m capable of living. And I can tell you without a shadow of doubt that reading these self-help books over the years has definitely transformed my life for the better… But you know what? Every now and then, I’d find myself in the middle of…
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    Life Optimizer

  • A Powerful Concept for Your Decision-Making

    Donald Latumahina
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    A while back, I read Launch by Jeff Walker. It’s a good book on online business, and I learned a lot from it. But there is an interesting statement there that I’d like to explore here. In the book, the author stated that the most important concept in business for him is “opportunity cost.” It means that whenever you take an opportunity, you are giving up another opportunity. This is a fact that many people overlook—but being aware of it will help you make good decisions. I believe that it’s an important concept not just in business, but also in life in general. While making…
  • Two Steps to Living Life to the Fullest

    Donald Latumahina
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Your life is precious. For that reason, you shouldn’t waste it in mediocrity. Instead, you should live your life to the fullest. But how? I don’t claim to have all the answers, but, from what I have learned, here are two steps to living life to the fullest: 1. Expand your mind regarding what is possible. To live your life to the fullest, first of all you need to know what “fullest” means to you. How would it be to reach your full potential? How would it be to become everything that you can be? If you don’t know the answer, then it will be easy for you to settle for mediocrity. You…
  • How Has Your Year Been?

    Donald Latumahina
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    We are now at the end of March, which means that a quarter has passed in 2015. So I think it’s a good time to reflect on how your year has been: Has it been a good year so far? Have you achieved some of your goals? Are you on track to achieve your other goals? What can you do differently for the rest of the year? In my case, my first quarter wasn’t as good as it should be. I haven’t been productive enough in my work. So I’m now experimenting with a technique to increase my productivity. On the other hand, I have achieved one of my goals this year: staying for a while in another place…
  • How to Build Wealth: 7 Key Lessons on Wealth Creation

    Donald Latumahina
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Money, of course, plays an important role in our lives. While it’s not everything, it can help you achieve your goals. That’s why you should always increase your financial intelligence. An important part of financial intelligence is learning how to build wealth. I recently read a good book on that titled The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco. You might not like the title, but it’s a solid book with good advice. In fact, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read on wealth creation. The book contains a lot of lessons, so I can’t cover all of them here. But I’d like to share the…
  • 5 Ways to Invest in Your Future

    Donald Latumahina
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Last week I wrote about how you should live by design and not by default. Living by design helps you live your life to the fullest. Living by default, on the other hand, is a sure way to mediocrity. Now I’d like to discuss an aspect of living by design, which is investing in your future. The fact is: a bright future won’t just happen. You must work for it. You must invest in it. The more you invest in your future, the more you will reap. Today your life might not seem that much different from those around you. However, if you keep investing in your future – it will be different.
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    Practical Happiness & Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog

  • How to Improve Your Mood Right Now: 3 Simple Habits

    Henrik Edberg
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    I often write about how a good start to your day often leads to having a good day in general. A social, an energetic or a productive start sets the context for your day. But on some days you may not get a good start for some reason. Maybe you slept badly. Or the maybe grey skies and cold spring rain is dragging your energy down. Or you might have lost that positive momentum during a hard first part of the day and after lunch you feel tired, low or lost in a somewhat sad or uninspired funk. What to do then? Is that day lost and should you just aim for a better day tomorrow? Well, today is not…
  • 12 Powerful Ways to Reduce Your Anxiety

    Henrik Edberg
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:48 am
    If you’re anything like me you have been there many times. You’re sitting in a waiting room. Or just waiting somewhere. Soon it will begin. Your leg is starting to shake nervously. Your hands are starting to sweat and maybe your mouth feels a bit dry. Your thoughts are becoming jumbled, it is hard to focus and to think as clearly as you usually do. Maybe you have an important test in school. A job interview. An appointment with your doctor or dentist. A date that you are looking forward to but at the same time you are scared to make a fool of yourself on. Whatever it may be it is making…
  • 5 Quick Steps to Unclutter Your Life Starting Today

    Henrik Edberg
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” Bruce Lee I love uncluttering. Why? Because a life with less clutter makes it easier to: Reduce the daily stress and find inner peace. Focus and to do a better job (and often do it quicker too). Keep your attention steadily on what is most important and meaningful in life. Clutter creates distraction. It can create stress and confusion that you may not be aware that it’s creating. But after you have uncluttered there is usually a sensation of feeling calmer and lighter, a bit more upbeat and being…
  • I’m 35 Today (So You Get 35% Off on All My Courses for the Next 72 Hours)

    Henrik Edberg
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    NOTE: This offer is now over. Today is my 35:th birthday. And, like last year, I want to do something fun to celebrate that and to thank you for all your kindness and support over this past year. So you can get any of my 5 digital and downloadable courses and guides at a 35 percent discount for the next 72 hours. This offer is only available until 1.00 p.m EDT (that’s 17.00 GMT) Monday the 30:th of March. I’m off to celebrate a bit now, have a wonderful day and check out the information below to learn more about the courses and guides. You can get any of these downloadable courses…
  • 3 Simple Daily Habits That Will Help You to Stay Optimistic

    Henrik Edberg
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson One of the most common questions people ask me via email is how to become more of an optimist. So today I would simply like to share three habits that I use just about every day and that help me to stay optimistic in pretty much any situation. It may sometimes take a while before I find an optimistic thread of thought but these three habits…
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    Getting Things Done®

  • WGNtv Interview with David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
    David Allen clarifies a few GTD principles via Skype with WGN Chicago. Click here to watch this candid interview!
  • Taking Off with GTD

    Stephen Lease
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Here’s a fun testimonial that we received! “Since taking David’s class for the first time 3 years ago, my life has really taken off. I’ve gotten 2 promotions and a husband. I won’t give GTD credit for the husband, but it definitely helped with the promotions!” -GTD Practitioner
  • Forbes and David Allen On GTD for Entrepreneurs

    Stephen Lease
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Forbes talks with David Allen to remind us why Getting Things Done is particularly good for entrepreneurs. Read the full article here!
  • You Leading You Interviews David Allen

    Stephen Lease
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Here’s another fascinating interview with David Allen!  Sean Ackerman, productivity expert and creator of You Leading You gets the lowdown on David’s history, and how Getting Things Done caught on. Listen to the full interview here!
  • Living My Dream with GTD

    Stephen Lease
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    It’s exciting to hear first-hand what is possible with GTD! David received this letter from a GTD Practitioner: “We’ve never met and you don’t know me. I’ve never attended one of your workshops. Your coaches have never visited my office, though I am a mere two hours or so from Ojai. But you’ve changed my life. When I first discovered your book 3 years ago, I was making a tolerable living as a self-employed software developer. I’d built that business, with my partner, into something that enabled us to excape the 22-foot trailer we lived in, and to buy…
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    Productive Flourishing

  • We Make the Rules for Meetings

    Charlie Gilkey
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:22 pm
    I was leading a virtual work session for some program participants today and a participant apologized for eating during the session. I immediately responded by approving of her decision and encouraging her to go ahead and eat. Read more on We Make the Rules for Meetings… The post We Make the Rules for Meetings appeared first on Productive Flourishing. Related posts: Watch This Before Our Next Meeting No Looking Making a Habit of Changing Habits
  • Use the Truth to Solve Your Marketing Problems

    Charlie Gilkey
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
    One of the reasons people have trouble with being a marketer is they incorrectly believe they’ll need to learn to deceive, manipulate, or somehow coerce people to be interested in them. With so many people doing those exact things for the sake of “marketing,” I can see how people could feel that way. Read more on Use the Truth to Solve Your Marketing Problems… The post Use the Truth to Solve Your Marketing Problems appeared first on Productive Flourishing. Related posts: Cultivate Your Truth, Cultivate Yourself Marketing 101: Learn to Make Money From Your Creativity…
  • Take the Next Small Step and Build from There

    Charlie Gilkey
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Ever notice how quickly a small idea that we can work on today turns into a Big Thing that keeps us from doing something with the idea? An idea to explore turns into a book to publish. Read more on Take the Next Small Step and Build from There… The post Take the Next Small Step and Build from There appeared first on Productive Flourishing. Related posts: Is It Time To Get An Idea Out of Your System? You Can Never Step Into The Same River Twice Build Daily Momentum Using The 10/15 Split
  • Technology and Culture Influence Each Other

    Charlie Gilkey
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    An underlying thread in yesterday’s post on persistent chat rooms is that technology and culture influence each other. We usually tell the story that culture creates a technology, because that explanation seems the most natural way to understand our history and it puts our choices at the forefront, but we also have to consider the ways in which technology either influences or creates culture. Read more on Technology and Culture Influence Each Other… The post Technology and Culture Influence Each Other appeared first on Productive Flourishing. Related posts: How Friends Help You…
  • Episode 26: Owning Your Own Path with Chris Brogan

    Charlie Gilkey
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Highlights of This Episode: How Chris got started as an entrepreneur Why it took him 10 years to become an “overnight success” Why the label “Internet marketer” doesn’t quite fit him — and how he gets around it Read more on Episode 26: Owning Your Own Path with Chris Brogan… The post Episode 26: Owning Your Own Path with Chris Brogan appeared first on Productive Flourishing. Related posts: Episode 25: Art, Abundance, and Entrepreneurship with Cory Huff Episode 23: 27 Steps to Freedom with Wendy McClelland Episode Eight: Making a healthy profit AND a real difference in…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • What to Do When You’re Falling Behind

    Steve Pavlina
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    When I was a kid, it took me longer than I would have liked to learn how to ride a bike. I kept using a bike with training wheels and I didn’t practice much, so of course I didn’t learn how to balance. One day I observed that my sister (younger by 2.5 years) was getting close to figuring out how to ride a bike. She wasn’t quite there yet, but she was clearly much closer to balancing than I was. I couldn’t let her beat me to it! So I grabbed my bike, pushed it out to the street, and decided that I was going to learn how to ride it then and there. I hopped on — sans…
  • The Spiritual Path of Veganism

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    At the time of this writing, I’ve been vegan for more than 18 years (vegetarian for 22 years). I’ve already written about transitioning to veganism, which I did during the 1990s. This time I’ll share some thoughts and feelings about what it’s like to be vegan as opposed to becoming vegan, especially with respect to living in a non-vegan world. Perspectives and Attitudes I see animals as beautiful living beings. I don’t see them as products, consumables, or entertainment. I don’t want to relate to them with force, control, or violence. I could…
  • Getting Started with D/s Play

    Steve Pavlina
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Occasionally people ask me how to get started with D/s play (aka domination and submission) with a willing partner. Sometimes they don’t know what questions to ask or where to begin. So this article is specifically for such people who’d like a gentle introduction to D/s play and some tips to get started. I think this can be especially helpful for people who don’t consider themselves kinky but who’d still like to indulge in the stimulating fun of D/s play to spice up their connections. D/s play is totally free, requires no props or equipment, and can be done anywhere.
  • The New Conscious Heart Workshop

    Steve Pavlina
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I’m happy to announce that we’re now taking registrations for a new 3-day workshop: The Conscious Heart Workshop. Since this workshop is very unique, I decided to create a video to tell you all about it. So please watch the video to learn about CHW and to decide if you want to be there. Here are the basic details, so you can mark your calendar: Location: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas (group discount rate on hotel rooms available till April 28) Dates: May 29-31, 2015 (Fri – Sun) Cost: $497 with the early bird discount (until April 29) and $597 thereafter We…
  • Fatal Dating Mistakes

    Steve Pavlina
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    Did you ever make a foolish mistake and screw up an otherwise good connection with someone you were attracted to? Maybe you made the mistake during your approach. You said or did the wrong thing at the wrong time and killed your chances. Or perhaps it happened during a date. Everything was going okay up to a certain point, and then you hit a snag, and you could just tell that you made the wrong decision. Game over. Or did it happen later? Maybe things were going well for a while. Then you made that one fatal error — that moment of poor judgment — and the connection died then and…
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    Get Organised

  • Productivity Lie #16: You need to always answer your phone

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:35 pm
      I’m writing this sat in a crowded airport lounge. Ahead of me there is a group huddled around 3 wall-mounted TV screens showing different shots of the New Zealand vs. South Africa ICC Cricket World Cup. It’s a biggie. To my right there is a dude chatting loudly on his cell, telling whomever about […] The post Productivity Lie #16: You need to always answer your phone appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Infographic: Effects of NOT delegating

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    The post Productivity Infographic: Effects of NOT delegating appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Lie #15: You work best when the pressure is on

    Tracey Foulkes
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve known for a very long time that I’m not a Last Minute Racer. Whilst I work extremely well under pressure, (am dedicated to achieving what I commit to, must have a clearly defined deadline and am proud when described as ‘fully accountable’), in actual fact, working when the pressure is on gets my cheeks […] The post Productivity Lie #15: You work best when the pressure is on appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Infographic: Delegation “D’s” get’s an A!

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    by flywheel. The post Productivity Infographic: Delegation “D’s” get’s an A! appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Top 10 – April

    8 Apr 2015 | 2:55 am
    We’re always on the look out for great content and here we serve you up some of our favourite finds from the past month. Productivity 1. Liz Costigan examines the positive impact exercise can have on your productivity 2. Clifford Benadé has a deep grasp of the learning process and reflects how it can affect […] The post Productivity Top 10 – April appeared first on Get Organised.
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    Leading Hands Through Technology

  • 10 Things You Can’t Learn Online

    Marc Majers
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:20 am
    It’s tough to remember what it was like before the Internet. I recently saw an image that was being passed around that talks about things you can’t learn online and I thought I would share it with you here. Do you have any to add? Do you think this is accurate? 10 Things You Can’t Learn Online 1. Small talk 2. Conversation 3. How to read social cues 4. How to read non-verbal behavior 5. How to cooperate with others 6. How to deal with free time without staring at a screen 7. Eye contact 8. Phone skills 9. How to relax and use leisure time 10. How to be present and interact…
  • The Social Times Is Calling

    Marc Majers
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:20 am
    Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SnapChat or Instragram the Social Times has the latest on your favorite social media news. I stumbled upon this site and it’s one on my recent favorites and I think you’ll enjoy it too!
  • Find Similar Or Opposite Words

    Marc Majers
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Are you struggling to find a similar word to break the monotony of your writing style? Do you need the opposite of a word to do just the same? Word Hippo gets you on the right track when you need word inspiration. On this site, you can find the: meaning of, rhymes with, sentences with, plural of, singular of, past tense of, present tense of, verb for, adjective for, adverb for, noun for, similar of and opposite of a word. You can also translate from English or translate to English here. Furthermore, you can discover words starting with, words ending with or words containing other words on…
  • Create Amazing Presentations

    Marc Majers
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    Are you looking for a new way to dazzle your next presentation? Do you want to break out of the PowerPoint monotony? I discovered Emaze, a free way to create striking presentations in minutes. It reminds of the presentation style of of Prezi, but give you more tools. One issue I see with tools like these is once you create your presentation and you want to make an update, you need to login back into the tool to make a change. Also, for free you get a couple templates, but if you upgrade you get more.
  • Carsoup For Automobile News & Recalls

    Marc Majers
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am
    Is your car acting funny? Did you recently hear on the local news that your vehicle may possibly have a factory recall? I discovered that CarSoup has the most up-to-date information regarding not only automobile news but recalls too. If you need some quick information about your car or you are looking to purchase a new vehicle consider stopping here first. You can explore their blog, read tips & advice, check out their top 10 lists and see reviews & previews.
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    Root Simple

  • Saturday Tweets: She Sheds, Wild Chickens and Fatbergs

    Mr. Homegrown
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Is this the ultimate sanctuary? Rise of the SHE shed for women via @Femail — Root Simple (@rootsimple) April 23, 2015 In Hawaii, Chickens Gone Wild — Root Simple (@rootsimple) April 23, 2015 Flower Pot Smoker — Root Simple (@rootsimple) April 23, 2015 10-tonne fatberg removed from west London sewer — Root Simple (@rootsimple) April 23, 2015 Prisoners + shelter dogs + autistic kids= an amazing program, worthy of your support. Give today if you can: —…
  • The Soil Beneath Our Feet

    Mrs. Homegrown
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    This is what I see when I look down in our back yard. I feel best with something like this under my feet. (Another post in our Back to the Garden series. Find others by clicking the series tag on the left, under the date.) I’d planned to talk about soil this week, and by happy chance, it turns out that this happens to be (the 3rd) Global Soil Week, marked by a big conference in Berlin. It’s actually being livestreamed, so if you want, you can put on a suit, sit in a folding chair with a notepad balanced on your knee, and pretend that you are there. (It’s also–I just…
  • 044 Daniel Kent: Cabin Dweller’s Textbook

    Mr. Homegrown
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Our guest this week is Daniel Kent, creator of the Cabin Textbook Dweller’s Textbook and Dean of Beverages at the Institute of Domestic Technology. In our first outdoor podcast (recorded in the mountains near a creek) Kelly, Daniel and I discuss: Daniel’s carbonated shower Gin and Tonic theory Carbonated Coffee Kelly and Erik’s carbonation system How to make your own clear cocktail ice The Old Fashion Making your own bitters Herbs of Mexico Institute of Domestic Technology classes Wool and how to wash it Roasting your own coffee with a Whirley Pop Sourcing green coffee at…
  • What to do with not-so-good tomatoes

    Mrs. Homegrown
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    As we wait eagerly for tomato season to commence, or for our homegrown tomatoes to come in, we might find ourselves buying grocery store tomatoes out of desperation and then–inevitably- being disappointed. Usually I try to avoid store-bought tomatoes all together, using canned when good fresh tomatoes are not available, but sometimes canned tomatoes just aren’t what you need, so you have to wait for summer… or suffer bad tomatoes. Now there’s a middle way. Grocery store tomatoes can be reformed. I gleaned this trick out of the Ottolenghi cookbook, where it is part of…
  • New Cat Sensation: Faux Rat Tail

    Mrs. Homegrown
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    We’ve discovered a thrilling new cat toy: a long tail from a beet root. Yes indeed, it looks exactly like a hairy, dismembered rat tail, right down to the bloody stump. Even better, when batted, it moves like a rat tail. In fact, the excitement around this toy was so great that I could not capture any decent images of our cat, Buck, and his rat tail, which he would not share with the other cats (who were wildly envious), or slow down his play so I could get an clear shot. By the next day, when he tired of it, the tail had dehydrated into little more than a rat whisker. This Root Simple…
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  • Best of Office Weekly Roundup – Extreme Greening

    Alejandro Paulino
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
      Reducing your carbon footprint is always a good thing, and finding new ways to conserve and give back to Mother Nature can often be interesting and help you to see the world, and people, in a way you never thought possible. But what happens when people take their most outlandish green ideas and try to make them a reality? In this week’s roundup, we look at some of the most far-out green ideas and discover that, sometimes, crazy works. Weapons of mass reforestation. Jin-wook Hwang designed a concept for a high-tech seedbomb in 2008 that uses bomb-shaped capsules that disassemble…
  • Promos: Amazing Umbrellas

    Jessica Hodges
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    The rainy season can be a total drag on your event, but there are definitely ways to cope while still packing a promo punch. Whether you are a business or maybe just a quirky umbrella enthusiast, these amazing umbrellas will definitely impress even the most jaded of passer by’ers. Check these out! This futuristic tube umbrella is not only good looking, but will prolong the life of your umbrella by protecting it from getting smushed in your bag. The best part is that it’s available at Shoplet Promos! This super cute tandem umbrella is perfect for teams of 2 or inseparable couples.
  • Meet Shoplet CEO Tony Ellison – “The Inspiration”

    Jessica Hodges
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    The Inspiration- Meet Shoplet CEO Tony Ellison In the first episode of a five part series featuring Shoplet CEO Tony Ellison, we learn about where his passion for the environment comes from. Growing up, Tony’s parents emphasized the importance of restoring and maintaining the condition of our planet. And while this awareness provides Tony with a solid foundation, it is the application of his knowledge that allows him to call himself a trail blazer in the office supply industry. Tony is a firm believer that we have an obligation – a shared responsibility – to care for our environment and…
  • Winner of the Samsill Professional Tri-Fold Padfolio with Calculator.

    Jessica Hodges
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Congratulations to Patty, Winner of the Samsill Professional Tri-Fold Padfolio with Calculator. No matter what life throws your way, this folio will have you covered. Not to mention it’s pretty good lookin’ too! If you guys are still interested in making an impression by getting the Samsill Professional Tri-Fold Padfolio with Calculator, you can still do so with here at Shoplet. Thanks so much for participating in our event and make sure to be on the lookout for more fun & useful prizes again in the future.       The post Winner of the Samsill Professional…
  • Win a Datexx Time Cube Set

    Jessica Hodges
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    We’re all super busy and we know that it can be difficult trying to juggle all of those time sensitive tasks. Need to make a phone call in 15 minutes while trying to bake that casserole to perfection? Trying squeeze in a 20 minute workout while your toddler is taking a 45 minute nap? Time management can be tough, but Datexx has the perfect fuss free and totally cute solution for you! This week, Datexx is giving 2 lucky winners a complete set of Datexx Time Cube Timers. Here’s what’s included: 1 Cube timer with 5, 15, 30 and 60 minute presets 1 Cube timer with 5, 10, 20 and…
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    Think Simple Now

  • Want to Succeed? Let Go

    Guest of TSN
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    When I joined my college improv comedy troupe during my freshman year at UPenn, I wasn’t the only newly inducted member in the group. Another guy named Pete came on board with me. Pete and I were total opposites. Right before a show I was a ball of nervous energy, while Pete was super cool and relaxed. I worked hard in practice, memorizing the rules of each game and studying what worked and what didn’t, while Pete — always on cruise control — seemed to just wander into practice and wing it. I didn’t like Pete at first. I didn’t think he was a good performer and didn’t trust him…
  • 4 Things Good Listeners Do

    Rebecca A. Watson
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Some acquaintances and I were hiking together in a new spot. Everywhere we turned there were things to behold — falcons perched, coyotes hunting, altars built — it was an experience I can’t wait to repeat. Since we were all fairly new friends, we all had plenty to tell each other. There was very little silence, even in such an awe-inspiring place. When I got home I realized that I didn’t remember a lot of what was said. I was embarrassed to admit it, but it seemed I had forgotten to listen. I’ve been told many times that I’m a good listener; in fact, many people open up to me for…
  • Your Guide to Finding Peace

    Kayla Albert
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This morning, as I absentmindedly watched the news while returning hoards of neglected emails and tweeting like mad, a story about anxiety caught my attention. According to the story, anxiety has become the “most common of psychological complaints,” affecting three in 10 Americans on a regular basis. The man featured in the story had been racked with anxiety for years, spurred, he believes, by the traumatic experience of attending college and compounding every year since. For him it almost ruined his relationship with his now-wife and continues to disrupt both his sleeping and waking life…
  • How I Deal With Depression

    Guest of TSN
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Three years ago I was depressed. I couldn’t stop crying over the mistakes I had made, and I was trying to dig myself out of a dark hole. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t go back and the only way I saw out was through death. I wanted it to be over, and I couldn’t see how I was going to live with myself. I went to a doctor for a checkup because my body was so tired. When I told her my symptoms, she immediately asked me if I had suicidal thoughts. She saw right through me. I didn’t want people to know I was so sad, but I also couldn’t hide it very well. It came out through my eyes, in…
  • Stop Limiting Yourself & Start Living

    Kate Swoboda
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s said that there’s a common, first-year art major exercise where the teacher divides students into two groups and gives each group a different assignment. The first group must study how to throw a perfect pot on a potter’s wheel and spend one week perfecting the process so as to get the proportions just right. They are to create one pot and refine as they go, in pursuit of creating one perfect final work. In essence, they are to create systemically, according to a system or plan. The second group’s assignment is to simply throw a lot of clay on the potter’s wheel, making…
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    Sources of Insight

  • Should You Focus on Gain or Loss?

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    “An evil gain equals a loss.” — Syrus Should you focus on the positive benefits? Or, should you focus on the cost or risk or loss of not doing something? If you want to be more persuasive, you need to know when to focus on gains and when to focus on losses. A gain-frame is when you frame a message focused on the positive outcome.  A loss-frame is when you focus on the costs or the loss, such as opportunity cost. The key thing to keep in mind is that we do more to avoid pain, than to seek gain, and that we prefer more certain outcomes than uncertain alternatives. Gain and Loss…
  • Why I Draw People and Animals (And What I’ve Learned From It Over The Years!)

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    This is a guest post by Rebecca Tsien Rebecca is an artist … Not just any artist.  Her specialty is drawing people and animals. But what’s truly important is that she loves and lives her work. Rebecca has found a way to do what makes her come alive. Not everybody does. So I thought it would be great to hear from Rebecca herself on what she learned by drawing people and animals over the years. Without further ado, here’s Rebecca … When J.D. contacted me and asked me to do a guest blog, asking me to look within myself and ask why I draw portraits of people and animals and what…
  • Good Morning

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Good morning … Rise and shine. I think that a large part of how we experience life is shaped by our experiences, expectations, and the images we hold in our mind. Lately, I was reflecting back on scenes from perfect mornings … The Perfect Start to Your Morning Remember that good morning … where the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the birds are singing. And there’s a warm breeze that carries the essence of a garden in full bloom softly through the open window. I’ve seen scenes like this in movies and in T.V. shows, and I’ve experienced good mornings in…
  • Knowledge On How To Change

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” — Leo Tolstoy Knowledge is a key building block of change management. If you want to drive a change, you need to help build the knowledge that individuals need to make the change. Individuals need two types of knowledge: 1) how to change during the transition, and 2) how to perform effectively in the future state. Keep in mind that knowledge is only effective if there is already awareness and desire to make the change.  If the individuals don’t care about making a change, then the knowledge will be…
  • Desire to Change

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw If you want to drive a change, you need to create a desire for change. Creating a desire for change is a challenge, because we have limited control over another person’s choices. When we build awareness, we can use proven practices to generate awareness of the need for change.  Unfortunately, creating the desire for change is not under our direct control. In the book ADKAR: A Model for Change in Business, Government and our Community, Jeffrey Hiatt shows us how to create a…
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  • What’s The Quality Of Your 50,000 Thoughts?

    Avani Mehta
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    Monkey mind. That’s what we call our mind whose incessant chatter often thought of as meaningless keeps flitting between one thought and another. ‘Empty your mind. Stay still with no thought or one thought.’ That’s what makes meditation so difficult. Under one minute behind closed eyes, I see at least a hundred thoughts come and go. 50,000 … that’s the figure which became very popular after the book ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ came out. 50,000 is the approx. number of thoughts we have in one day. If I have 100 thoughts under a minute, 50000 definitely seems a possible…
  • Leap & Fly …

    Avani Mehta
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    It has been 5 years since I wrote anything consistently over here. So if you don’t remember signing up for this blog, I won’t really blame you But if you are still here, and you still do remember me, thank you for your patience and vote of confidence. In a nutshell, after spending years trying to work out an ideal time to get back to my passion for writing, I decided to jump in. Because I figured out that there will be no perfect time for it. Ever Not exactly an ideal solution I know. But it is working right now everywhere else in my life so why not here. Instead of spending hours trying…
  • Small Beginnings

    Avani Mehta
    24 Feb 2012 | 12:21 am
    When the journey ahead looks difficult, begin small. When you are not sure of what exactly you should be doing, begin small. When you hesitate and fear whether you will meet your target or not, begin small. When everything seems to have come to a standstill and there is no way forward, begin small. For there is beauty in beginning small, there is magic in taking just baby steps – and this magic is that these steps do happen. Doesn’t matter how uncomfortable or incompetent or fearful or hesitant you feel, small steps can still be managed. Tell yourself that you will worry about taking just…
  • The Fabulous Motivators Roundup & Free E-Book

    Avani Mehta
    6 Oct 2010 | 11:29 am
    I am excited to let you know that I finished creating my first e-book – The Fabulous Motivators. This e-book is a compilation of all the articles I wrote in ‘The Fabulous Motivators Series’. The ebook has come out really well and it’s initial feedback has been quite positive. Download ‘The Fabulous Motivators’ (Click on link to open, right-click – ‘Save link as’ to download) Take a look at the motivators with short descriptions to get a quick snapshot of what the book provides: The Fabulous Motivators The fabulous motivators are motivators…
  • My Life Lessons In A Nutshell

    Avani Mehta
    23 Sep 2010 | 6:08 pm
    I believe we take birth for two reasons – To touch lives of others and make this world a beautiful place in our own little way To allow this world to touch us so that we learn our own life lessons and become beautiful inside out. Since we don’t learn anything to perfection the very first time, the life lessons keep repeating themselves – till we learn them right in theory and then, till we master them practically. We all have our own unique set of life lessons to learn. But it is still good to learn from those that others have had. So here are a few lessons I have learnt and am…
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • The Only Closet Organizing Tips You Need

    Kylie Browne
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    Coming up next on our schedule is our popular 14 Days To An Organized Closet Challenge. Do you want to create a tidy closet without having to get rid of your entire wardrobe? You can! We’ll show you how to create an inspiring wardrobe layout that is catalogue-picture worthy. Decluttered, streamlined and organized! What Is The 14-Day Organize Your Closet Program? Whether you have a large or a small closet, this program will help you create your perfect wardrobe. Over 14 days, we’ll help you deal with the practicalities of: Decluttering your closet of clothes and shoes you don’t…
  • Spring Cleaning Tips For An Organized Home

    Roelen Fernandez
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Spring brings lots of surprises. Sunny skies, fresh produce and new spring fashion. You may be ready for it, but is your house prepared for it? Spring brings in dusting and scrubbing chores, but don’t let it derail and discourage you. With simple tricks, your spring cleaning need not become an arduous job. By the time you’re done, you’ll get a clean and organized home with dirt and germs sent away. Here’s a useful list of spring cleaning tricks just for you. #1 Use Lemons To Remove Water Stains Image Credit: simplyfantasticbooks You must admit that the long winter…
  • The 30-Minute Blitz, Let’s Get It Done!

    Kylie Browne
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Do you find that some weeks are just crazy, hectic, oh my god someone please s-l-o-w down the clock! This is my week, now. A gazillion things to do and something has to give. Oh, that’s you housework. Sorry! Then I don’t give housework a moment’s thought until I start to see the build-up of neglect. Pffft. Reality check: housework chores cannot be left to fend for themselves without consequence. So this week, it’s all about the 30-minute blitz. 30-Minute Blitz It’s pretty amazing what you can get done in 30-minutes (or less) when time is ticking. Here are some of…
  • Get Organized To Lose Weight

    Kylie Browne
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    A quick reminder: our next online program starts Monday 13 April (US Time). 30-Day Weight Loss-athon Learn to change mindsets that prevent you from keeping any weight loss off, permanently. We have helped people who: Want to shift a few pesky pounds Need to lose a lot of weight for health reasons Need to break a habit and can’t Like to have support and encouragement as they undergo weight loss strategies Feel the desire to lose weight but can’t find the motivation Don’t want to give up all the ‘good stuff’ & would rather create a balanced diet Just need that…
  • It’s Not What You Know, It’s What You Do

    Kylie Browne
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    30-Day Weight Loss-athon If you took action on just a fraction of what you already know about weight loss, you’d lose weight, right? You know it’s true! Which is why our motto is: It’s Not What You Know, It’s What You Do. The 30-Day Weight Loss-athon is about doing. A whole month of tiny-but-powerful actions that help you lose weight. Is The 30-Day Weight Loss-athon For you? Do you identify with any of the following statements? I’m a yo-yo dieter I’ve tried all the diets going around but always put the weight back on I have the will but not the motivation to lose weight…
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  • weekend #17 – forests and swans

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
        Hi everybody! I can feel it – spring is in Helsinki! Even if it’s not very warm yet you can see some flowers, green baby leaves and evenings are longer, today sunset is at 9 pm. By the way, I like practical  time and date site!     Here’s my forest collage for   Paint Party Friday   Note! If you want my comment check you have name/URL option on, thank you!     All these paintings are here.       Themute swan(Cygnus olor) /kyhmyjoutsen   shot in Seurasaari, Helsinki. If you want to see my old posts from…
  • forests – metsiä #7 – #9

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
      Theme Art challenge April: 9 forests     Teemataiteen huhtikuun haaste: 9 metsää   All 9 works / kaikki 9 työtä here/täällä.     final three works and collage   viimeiset kolme työtä ja kuvakooste     #7       #8       #9           KIITOS! Tämä oli kaikin puolin mukava haaste!    
  • weekend # 16 – Sydney city center

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:45 am
        but first my entry to   Paint Party Friday   no name, made with pastels         and now memories from our Aussie vacation – Sydney city center shots. Previous Sydney posts are here and here.                     Here in Helsinki I’ve seen some spring signs       Have a relaxing weekend!     ps.   I can not comment on your blog if you don’t have name/URL option to leave a comment….    
  • forests – metsiä #4 – #6

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
        Theme Art challenge April: 9 forests   Teemataiteen huhtikuun haaste: 9 metsää     #4 – #6     #4       #5         #6         All forests are here.     Kaikki metsät löytyy täältä.    
  • weekend #15 – more aboriginal art

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
        But first my ‘art’   for   Paint Party Friday   ‘forest’     Edited version (#3) of this is here.     My previous post from MCA Sydney is here.       Do you see a snake?       Is this a frog or not?       Are these ants?   Have a relaxing weekend!        ps.   Dear Blogspot blogger, you must have name/URL comment option on otherwise I can not comment on your blog.    
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    Mystic Madness

  • Signs that He Loves You

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Are you wondering whether your husband really loves or not? If the answer to the question above is yes, then there is no cause for alarm. With the signs explained below, you will be able to tell whether he really loves you or not. Does he always respect? If a man loves you, he will always respect you. The emphasis here is always. Respect that flows out of love is consistent and never inconsistence. If you husband's respect for you is not always, your relationship with him may not be smooth. This is because something is lacking in that love. A man that is in love will always choose it. He…
  • Things that You Will not be Told about Marriage

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Marriage is lifelong relationship. You don't learn everything about in books. Certain things about marriage are experienced in marriage. You keep learning your partner and having new experiences in your marriage until you die. So, if you are preparing to enter into marriage, don't expect to learn everything about marriage online or marriage books or during marriage councils. Certain things will become clearer to you when you live your marriage. Below are some of the facts about marriage that nobody will tell you. You don't get internal happiness throughout your marriage Most…
  • Investing in Your Husband: Tips

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Your husband is your honor. He is the foundation and pillar of your home. Just as a building will collapse if the foundation and the pillars are not strong, so, your husband will become feeble not physically but morally and financially if you are not there to give him all your support in whatever that he is doing. In other words, you have to invest in your husband if you really want to reap and enjoy the fruit of a successful marriage. Here are some few tips to apply in order to invest in your husband. Seeking to understand him Understanding is a virtue highly required in marriage in many…
  • Communication Tools to Apply in Your Marriag

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    Communication is very important in every human relationship especially in marriage. A marriage that lacks effective communication may likely collapse. If you want to save your marriage, it is important that you maintain strong communication with your partner. Though human beings naturally communicate, but for communication to be effective, it is important that you acquire some techniques that will help you. Here are some communication tools to apply in your marriage. Being the first to response As it is said, what determines the course of a conflict is the person that responds and not the…
  • Lies that Leads to Marriage Breakdown

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    If you want your marriage to last, there are certain lies that you should avoid. Most married couples tell themselves these lies believing it to be true or simply because their friends talk them into believing it. Such a thing can result in marriage breakdown. Here are some of the lies to avoid if you want your marriage to last. My happiness matters most in marriage Some people pursue their individual happiness in their marriage rather than the collective happiness. When things are not working fine between them and their partners, the first thing they will say is that their happiness matters…
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    How to of the Day

  • How to Make Crumb Topping

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Crumb topping is a bread or flour mixture that is combined with butter and toasted in the oven. The recipe for crumb topping will differ based on whether your dish is sweet or savory. Sweet crumb topping is perfect for pies, ice cream, muffins, yogurt and fruit. Savory breadcrumbs are popular for vegetables, pasta, casseroles and fish. Ingredients Savory Crumb Topping 5 oz. (141g) leftover bread 1/4 cup (51g, 59ml) unsalted butter/olive oil 3 cloves of garlic 1/2 cup (15.2g) chopped parsley 1/2 cup (44g) parmesan cheese (optional) Sweet Crumb Topping 1 1/2 cups (187g) all purpose flour 3/4…
  • How to Lose Weight

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Are you tired of carrying around extra pounds? You can learn the basics of weight loss, as well as ways to eat healthier, get more exercise, and keep yourself motivated to keep the pounds off the healthy way. At a Glance: Weight Loss Keep a food diary to track your eating patterns, intake, successes, and failures. See pictures and details. Eat fewer calories than you burn in a day. See pictures and details. Don't skip meals. See pictures and details. Eat small portions at regular intervals 3-5 times per day instead of two or three big meals. See pictures and details. Drink water instead of…
  • How to Be a Good Runner

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Are you ready to advance your running skills so you can increase your distance and strength? If you want to become a good runner, make sure your form is solid and you're wearing the right equipment before you start adding miles to your routine. Set a schedule and find ways to motivate yourself to stick to it, rain or shine. Finally, train to improve your endurance and speed by using techniques like hill sprints, tempo running and track workouts. No matter where you're starting from, you can be a better runner if you make running a priority. Steps Running Help Sample Running Plan for Beginners…
  • How to Learn HTML

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    HTML is the abbreviation for Hyper Text Markup Language, and is the code, or language that is used for the creation of websites. It can look a little daunting if you've never done any coding before, but all you need to try it out is an ordinary text editing application and an internet browser. You might even recognize some HTML used to change text in online forums, customized online profiles, or wikiHow articles. HTML is a useful tool for anyone who uses the internet, and learning the basics may take you less time than you thought. Steps HTML Cheat Sheet and Examples HTML Cheat Sheet Sample…
  • How to Be Studious

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Being studious means being serious about and committed to learning. People who are studious still know how to have fun, but they make their studies a priority and stick to a thorough and comprehensive study plan. But being studious is about more than just studying a lot — it’s about getting into a mindset that allows you to be excited about gaining knowledge. Steps Getting into a Studious Mindset Learn to focus. People are becoming more and more dependent on technology these days, and it can make focusing on any one task for a long period time a bit more challenging. You may be used to…
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    Personal Excellence

  • Is It Too Late to Pursue My Dreams? [Ask Celes]

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Hey everyone! While we’re in the middle of the life purpose series (part 3 is coming up, stay tuned), today I’m excited to address reader Marie-Anne’s question on whether it’s too late to pursue her dreams. While Marie-Anne is 60, she asks a question that’s actually shared by many even in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Most people tend to assume that it’s too late to pursue what they want to do, especially if they’ve been working in a totally unrelated field. So, is it too late? And if it’s not too late, what can we do? Watch my reply below. (If you’re unable to see the video…
  • Why Have a Life Purpose? 5 Reasons You Should Have a Purpose

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    This is part 2 of a series on how to discover your real purpose in life. If you haven’t done so, read part 1 first: How to Know If You are Living Your Life Purpose NOW “When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” ~ Seneca “Having a purpose is the difference between making a living and making a life.” ~ Tom Thiss “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” ~ John F. Kennedy Have you ever wondered, What is “life purpose”? Is it some woo-woo thing that only people who…
  • How to Know If You are Living Your Life Purpose NOW

    11 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    This is part 1 of a series on how to discover your real purpose in life. “The biggest threat to our well-being is the absence of moral clarity and purpose.” ~ Rich Sherman “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates “Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” ~ Richard Bach Have you ever wondered what your life purpose is? How do you know if you are living your life purpose or not? Well, here’s a simple test: If you are not living each day with excitement, energy, and passion, then you…
  • “I’ll leave love to fate.” 5 Myths Keeping You from Finding Love, Debunked

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:03 am
    For a long time, I wanted to set up this friend of mine. She’s attractive, smart, and an overall great catch. But every time we talked about love, dating, and possibly setting her up, she’d respond with, I’ll leave things to fate. At first I thought, Okay, maybe she’s just not ready. But then one year passed. Three years. Five years. It’s been six years, and she’s still single. While there’s nothing wrong with being single, my friend does want to be with someone, but she does nothing about it, instead always saying, “I’ll leave things to…
  • The Day I Got Married ♥, Part 2: Wedding Ceremony

    10 Feb 2015 | 5:17 pm
    This is part two and the last part of my wedding series featuring my wedding with Ken Soh. If you haven’t, check out part one first where I share pictures of my preparation in the bridal room before my walk down the aisle: The Day I Got Married, Part 1 ♥ (From The Day I Got Married, Part 1 ♥)   Our Childhood & Relationship Montage [Video] As I was telling reader Calae in part one, one of my goals of this series is to allow all of you to experience my wedding as if you were there with me on my big day. Really, if we could have our way, we would have loved to invite all…
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    Change your Thoughts for true Personal Development

  • 10 Venomous Thoughts That Are Quietly Killing Your Happiness

    George Mortimer
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Our thoughts can be so destructive. One bad mood after another, negative energy gains momentum. Like poison, negative thoughts seep into your bloodstream, slowly infecting any ounce of happiness remaining. After your body is contaminated by pessimistic thinking there’s no cure to purify yourself from the self-administered venom. The damage is done. Or is there another way? Accepting The Truth The first step to changing your thoughts is realizing how powerful your thoughts can be. You can control your thoughts to lead you to amazing places but if you become a victim of negative thinking…
  • 5 Tips to Being an Awesome Dad

    Andrew Hood
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Ok, you will notice that I wrote awesome dad and not responsible father. There are already plenty of those articles and frankly, I’m no child psychologist. No, I’m simply a son of a father and a dad of three kids. With a few first hand tips on what I have observed over the years. And if your kids are happy the chances are, that they will think you’re an awesome dad. So below are my 5 tips for being an awesome dad. 1. Talk to your kids – not at them  Believe it or not but they may actually be smarter than you think. A great tip here is seeking their opinion on…
  • What is Your Dominant Character Trait

    Steven Aitchison
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:33 am
    What is Your Dominant Character Trait? We all have certain character traits which can help to define who we are as a person. There have many theories put forward in Psychology about character and one such one is the Big Five: A summary of the factors of the Big Five and their constituent traits, such that they form the acronym OCEAN: Openness to experience: (inventive/curious vs. consistent/cautious). Appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, curiosity, and variety of experience. Openness reflects the degree of intellectual curiosity, creativity and a preference for novelty and…
  • Personality Quiz What Emotion Are You Guided By?

    Steven Aitchison
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Today we have a another great little personality quiz to find out what is your dominant emotion that rules your life. Share your results in the facebook comments below and tell us how accurate, or inaccurate it is. What Emotion Are You Guided By The post Personality Quiz What Emotion Are You Guided By? appeared first on Change your thoughts.
  • What Is Your Emotional IQ

    Steven Aitchison
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:12 am
    We all know that IQ is not the be all and end all to gauge how intelligent we are.  In fact I believe that there are many types of intelligence: emotional, social, intellectual, intrapersonal, and many more. Emotional intelligence, popularized by Daniel Goleman  refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic. Since 1990, Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer have been the leading researchers on emotional intelligence. In their influential…
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    Exile Lifestyle

  • Thirty

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is my 30th birthday. It’s a day that pop culture tells me I should fear and worry over. A day I haven’t really thought about these last six years, focused as I’ve been on wringing every last drop from my 20s. It’s a day that, though no different from any other day, marks a psychological occasion for many people. I’m happy to find myself more excited than trepidatious: I can’t wait to see what happens next, and what I might be able to accomplish and experience these next ten years. What amazing people I might meet, world events I might watch unfold,…
  • Appropriation

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    There’s a meme going around in which an attractive person is shown wearing fashionable clothing in public. Typically they’re wearing something a little over the top, or at the very least rugged in a high-end way. The caption of the post or the text displayed over the image reads “Live your life.” If you trace such messages back to their source, it’s remarkable how they promulgate. This one started out as a reference to a hip-hop song by T.I. and Rihanna, which, if you watch the video, evokes a sense of not giving a damn about what other people think, regardless…
  • Kindness and Reason

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    This essay originally appeared in my free newsletter. When we ask someone to be reasonable, what we’re really asking is for them to see things our way. To put on our shoes and walk around a little. Certainly once they’ve seen our point of view they’ll rethink their position on the matter in question. But reason is not the study of truth, it’s the application of logic, establishment and verification of facts, and justification of our actions and beliefs based on data (experiences, science, convincing arguments we encounter, etc). Reason compels us to use the best…
  • Air

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Air is common. So common that we don’t think about it most of the time. Maybe if we’re scaling a mountain and the chemical composition of what we’re breathing starts to change, or have just finished a marathon and are struggling to catch a normal breath. But beyond nonstandard circumstances, air is valueless. It’s the most valuable thing in the world in that it allows us to exist, but it’s also valueless. Air on Earth is made up of mostly nitrogen, about a fourth as much oxygen, and trace amounts of argon, carbon dioxide, and a few other gases. This is pretty…
  • WordTasting Tour, 2015

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    I’m a huge fan of road trips. I love exploring a country overland. There’s so much worth seeing in the space between places, and a road trip is the longer-term embodiment of that type of exploration. It’s a project that allows you to take more wrong turns, enjoy more random opportunities, and encounter more people you wouldn’t have ever met, otherwise. As such, I’m thrilled to formally announce the first ever Asymmetrical Press WordTasting Tour, which will take place in May and June of this year. On this tour, I’ll be traveling the Western United States and…
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    Time Management Ninja

  • Turn Off Your Technology for Better Conversations

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    Have you ever been talking with someone who is looking at their technology more than they are making eye contact with you? Surfing on their laptop? Or answering email? Tapping away on their phone? It does’t make you feel good. Nor does it make for a good conversation. For more effective communication, you need to […]
  • Pick One Thing and Do It Until Done

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    You have one job at the moment. The task you are doing right now. Not the next todo on your list. Nor the email that is about to chime in your inbox. Or the phone call that is ringing your phone. Can you finish the one task you are working on? Many Tasks Started, None Done […]
  • 10 Ways the Apple Watch Will Save You Time

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Monday, I wrote about my initial impressions with the Apple Watch. (Read them here.) As the launch quickly approaches, there are still many questions about its use and features. The big question on my mind is, “Will the Apple Watch be a true timesaver? Or just another shiny gadget that interrupts our lives?” Time Saver or […]
  • TMN Sponsor of the Week: TaskCracker [Announcement]

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    TMN Sponsor of the Week: TaskCracker TaskCracker is the unique task management tool, created for use for the tens of millions of people who use Microsoft Outlook. Based on the best task management methods such as Eisenhower Matrix and First Things First by Stephen Covey, TaskCracker users get both convenient bird-eye view on all their tasks and a perfect action plan. KEY FEATURES 1. No need to switch between different programs: TaskCracker is working with Outlook tasks within Outlook interface. 2. TaskCracker is installed in a blink and works with Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013. 3. It is fast…
  • My 8 Initial Apple Watch Impressions

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    On Friday, I was lucky enough to have the first appointment at a Phoenix Apple Store to try on the new Apple Watch. I have been looking forward to the Apple Watch release since its announcement last fall. Yet, even this close to launch, much remains to be seen about the device’s use and functionality. […]
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  • The Rose Gold Malibu!

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Your favorite Day-Timer organizer has a new color! The Malibu is now featured in Rose Gold for a limited time only. You’ll fall in love with it again for all the same reasons you love your Malibu; soft, high quality genuine leather, flexible leather, zippered pockets. There are endless pockets to store all your sticky notes, stickers, paper clips, business cards and more! It’s the perfect organizer to hold everything you need! It also has two pen loops, which is perfect if you color code your plans and appointments! Not only is it extremely functional, it’s trendy and fashionable with…
  • A Fresh Work Space

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    A Clean and Productive Work Space At work, sometimes you get so caught up in all the work you’re doing you don’t realize how disorganized your work environment is. The fact is, a clean work environment can help increase productivity and help you prioritize what needs to be done each day. Creating an organized workspace is crucial. Start by sorting through the things you use most often each day and set those items and papers aside. Since these are your important and most frequently visited items, it’s best to keep them near you in their own dedicated space. You use these items most…
  • Hello Winter Holidays!

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Now that Thanksgiving is over and December is under way, you’re officially in the winter holiday mode! Here comes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice and more! Each requires planning, so before it’s too late, plan what you and your loved ones will be doing! No matter what you celebrate, think about enjoying time outside, whether you’re taking a walk or sledding in the snow. Either way, enjoy some fresh air and spend time outdoors with your family this holiday season! Don’t forget about the decorations this year. Is your home festive and cozy for all your friends and…
  • Decorating your Day-Timer®

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Love your Day-Timer® but want it to feel… a little more like you? There are tons of Day-Timer users that customize their planners to make them more personal. You may be asking yourself, “how do you decorate a planner?” Well we talked to some Day-Timer decorating experts and have pictures of how they personalized theirs! One of our Instagram followers, @craftyscrappymamas, made her own Day-Timer charm! Her style is now reflected in her Day-Timer with things she likes, like an earring of hers and a cute mom keychain. Her Day-Timer charm isn’t going anywhere, either, because it’s…
  • Planner Accessories

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    We know you love your Day-Timer®, and we want you to get the most out of it! So have you ever considered planner accessories to make your planner even more functional? We have great accessories that are made perfectly for your Day-Timer! We have a line of planner accessories to compliment your Day-Timer and improve your everyday planning! Is your Day-Timer your go-to planner at work? It knows all the meetings you have each day, contact information and maybe even notes jotted on the margins? Do we have a solution for you to make your Day-Timer even better! We offer a business card holder so…
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    The Art of Less Doing

  • Episode #145 with Dr. Isaac Jones of Designer Health Centers

    Fancy Hands
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
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  • Episode #144 with Shannon Waller of Strategic Coach

    Fancy Hands
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
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  • Episode #143 with Garth Brown of Carincrest Farms

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    16 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
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  • Episode #142 – With Dave Rael of Optimized Programmer

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    13 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
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  • Podcast #141 – With Erik Ownings of Mushin NYC

    Fancy Hands
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
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    Prolific Living - Smart Habits for Rich Living

  • 9 Lies that Happy People Refuse to Believe

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Growing up is hard enough. Why make it harder on purpose? I remember being 11-years old and getting plucked from one country to another – Iran to Turkey to be exact – only to be plucked again at 14 from Turkey to America. Try adjusting as a normal kid in an American high school as a kid from the middle east. Yeah. That was not fun. I’m sure your childhood was hard in its own way. Your family doesn’t have to move across countries and oceans and introduce you to double culture shocks for childhood to be hard. A stupid kid bullying you is enough to give you self-esteem…
  • How to Accept Yourself: One Simple Rule You Must Know

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:20 am
    How to Accept Yourself: Start Here Repeat after me: I accept myself. I love myself. I forgive myself for what I didn’t know until I learned it. Did you do it? How do you feel? Maybe a tad bit lighter and happier? Or maybe not. I hope you don’t fall into this category but I know some of my readers do. You may be so deeply rooted into self-criticism that you have grown a thick layer of cynicism, one that you may mistakenly think of as self-protection. How do I know this? Well, experience, of course. A few years ago, I was as negative, cynical and pessimistic as they come – and…
  • How to Pack Light for a Long Trip as a Woman

    15 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    Come Travel with Me: How to Pack Light for a Long Trip If you want to see my pack for traveling to Europe from North America for 5 weeks without checking in luggage, then check out my first packing video. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you found this video useful! Welcome to my 2nd packing video for traveling to Japan for 3 weeks. I show you how to pack light as a woman and still look plenty stylish and yet not check in any luggage when you are traveling internationally. Are you ready? I share my very best packing tips and tricks to look great with your essentials…
  • Encourage Others: Why Criticism Fails Every Single Time

    6 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    You can’t criticize your way to what you want. You can’t criticize your way to what you want. Not for yourself and not for anyone else. It turns out that criticism doesn’t work. Like, not at all. Not ever. Not even one little bit. Not even a minuscule amount. Repeat after me: Criticism Does Not Work! I would tattoo this on my forehead if I could get back the hours and days of life that I wasted trying to make it work. But I can’t, those times are lost to the winds of time and yours may be too if you keep on criticizing your way out of unwanted situations. They…
  • 41 Easy Ways to Be Unhappy

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    Are You Happy? One of my most favorite shows in American TV history is Fraser. Ever watch it? There is an episode where Fraser and his brother Niles are talking about life’s meaning and the question: “Are you happy?”. When Niles threw the question at Fraser’s face, he went speechless, which rarely happened to Fraser. After several minutes, he said, “Well, that’s a very complicated question!” So is “Are you happy?” a complicated question? To me, (and only after years of working on myself!), it’s quite simple. As simple as “Are…
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  • The Best Things In Life Are Free!

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    I’ve always been one to LOVE free stuff. I’m sure a lot of you do too. It doesn’t even have to be something that interesting or of great value for me to get excited about something free. San Francisco is a great city for free things and constantly has me saying, the best things in life are free! It’s easy to get caught up in life and work but it’s worth it to take a step back from time to time and be thankful for so many fabulous things we can enjoy for free. I had one of those, “Gosh I love everything about free” moments today which inspired me to…
  • How I Negotiated A Severance Package And Got Paid To Quit My Job

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    During the financial crisis, I remember being scared about how bad the markets got and wondering if the nosedive would ever bottom out. Even though I had decent job stability back then, I was still fearful of getting laid off. Little did I know, many years later I would end up eagerly raising my hand to get let go of my job.A Seed Is PlantedIn 2012, I took on a side project with Sam Dogen of, editing and doing some backend pre-publication work for an e-book he’d been working on. The e-book is entitled, How To Engineer Your Layoff: Make A Small Fortune By Saying Goodbye.
  • How To Make Faster Decisions And Stop Being Indecisive

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    Do you ever feel like there are so many choices that you just can’t make up your mind? It can be enough to drive you crazy! Having choices is great but it can be frustrating, time-consuming, and even debilitating sometimes. But even with a seemingly endless amount of options we can learn how to make faster decisions and stop being indecisive. I want to share with you some insights I’ve learned about training your brain to make faster decisions.Tricked Again?!Multiple-choice tests used to drive me crazy as a student. Those clever test writers were so talented at making us second-guess…
  • What Is A Robo-Advisor And Should You Use One?

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    As a frugal person who enjoys personal finance, I am continually amazed at the growing number of financial tech (fintech) companies. A lot of them are headquartered just a stone’s throw away from where I live, ie Personal Capital, Motif Investing, Prosper, and FutureAdvisor just to name a few. And I find it fascinating how these companies are revitalizing a stuffy, beaten down industry and simplifying how we invest.Since I’m no longer working full-time, I’m watching my money closer than ever before. I’ve been looking for ways to increase the automation of my savings and…
  • Untemplater Income Report March 2015

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    March few by in a flash! I even forgot to wear green on St. Patrick’s day until 8pm that night. Usually I set out a green outfit the day before but this year I was so focused on my projects I almost totally forgot haha. The weather was gorgeous in San Francisco and I kept myself quite busy on projects and freelancing. Now onto the Untemplater Income Report for March 2015!2015 Goals Update1) Goal: Grow More TrafficNow that I’m creating these income reports, I find Google Analytics a lot more interesting than in the past. My total traffic was up overall in March from February. But…
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    Wake Up Cloud

  • Why You Can’t Logically Figure Out Your Passion

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:03 am
    I’ve been helping people find and follow their passion since 2009. And I’ve been on this path myself for my whole adult life. What I’ve begun to see is that you can’t logically force your passion to reveal itself. It’s a process of unfolding, discovering, and letting go. We’re all born with a specific set of strengths. We each view the world in a slightly different way, which means that we contribute to it in our unique way. But we grow up around people that tell us what we can do, and what we can’t. We’re told we can’t do this, or say that. So we learn to suppress who we…
  • When You Don’t Have Time to Follow Your Passion

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    Sometimes people come to me with a laundry list of excuses. One of the main ones is: “Henri, I can’t follow my passion because I have kids and a job. I’m not like you. I don’t have enough time.” But time is never the problem. You can always use whatever time you have to explore and follow what makes you come alive. Even if you only have five minutes, you can use that time to listen to an audiobook, read a book, take a course, or explore your interests. Just because you can’t do much doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything. It’s about starting with what you have. The…
  • Doing What You Love Isn’t Always Fun

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    There’s a fantasy floating out there. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It’s that when you find your passion, or do what you love, you won’t have problems anymore. When an obstacle lands on your path, you’ll fly over it on your shiny unicorn, and all will be well. But reality is quite different. Because you see, even when you’re doing what you love, you’re still living life, and life is a mixed bag. The consequences If you believe that everything should be perfect when you find your passion, you may never believe that you’ve found your passion. Or found something you’re…
  • What I Wish People Knew About Starting a Business

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    When I was starting my online business, I worried about things that didn’t matter. I got stuck in the details. It was only by taking action that I learned what mattered, and what didn’t. I see this happening with clients, and members in the Academy. People get stuck on trivial things. They want absolute clarity before moving forward, but clarity doesn’t come until you move forward. You uncover your path as you take action. You cannot figure things out before you start. We think we know what matters But we really don’t. You could say that you can learn what matters, but you…
  • When You Feel Like Nothing is Happening

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    There are times when I feel like nothing is happening. In fact, I’m in one of those times right now. I don’t feel inspired to do much. I don’t feel like writing. I don’t have ideas for books. I don’t know what to do, or what’s coming. But I know that something is building up. It always is. Just because I feel like nothing is happening doesn’t make it so. Life is always changing. There is always something going on. I used to resist these times And to be honest, I still sometimes do. But the resistance comes from within me. I am the one creating the feeling of stuckness, anxiety,…
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    Asian Efficiency

  • The 3 Most Important Rituals for Productive Parenting

    Annie Mueller
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I know you’re wondering (again) if being productive as a parent is actually possible. Yes. It is. Put your fears to rest: you can be productive and be a good parent. And you can establish rituals that help you to be a productive person and a present, fulfilled and calm parent. Reminder: It Takes Conscious […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • TPS35: A Year of Productivity w/ Chris Bailey

    Asian Efficiency Team
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Chris Bailey joins Zachary to discuss his productivity “experiments” (including A Year of Productivity), the rule of 3, the power of intention and the pitfalls that come from relying on coffee & caffeine. Cheat Sheet Why being intentional and deliberate about what you do is the same as being productive. (hint: it’s not about how […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • The Backlog, April 16 2015

    Asian Efficiency Team
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    For this week’s Backlog entry (where we share posts you might have missed from us and others), we’re going to talk about how to get your email under control, and three ways to reduce inbox stress. 1. 7 Email Hacks That Will Save You An Hour a Day The fastest way to spend less time monitoring your inbox is to […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • TPS34: Developing an IT Mindset w/ Scotty Loveless

    Asian Efficiency Team
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Scotty Loveless of joins Zachary to talk about becoming your own IT person by changing how you think and talk about your tech problems, the role of empathy in IT, and reveals the secret to maximizing your time at the Genius Bar. Cheat Sheet Learn the science behind stress and how it kills your […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • 10 Ways to Turn an Unproductive Morning Around

    Thanh Pham
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest day. Do it right and you’ll have a uber productive day. Do it wrong and you’ll be struggling all day long to get things done. Luckily, it’s easy to turn your sluggish morning around and save yourself from an unproductive day. If you’re […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
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    The Summit Blog

  • Is it funny - or "mean girls" at work?

    Julie Poland
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    When you laugh you bring out the child ego state that Google Images: confidentialfaith.netis often hidden in the workplace. Laughter and lightness of spirit unlock creativity and open the mind to learning. But attempts at humor in the workplace reveal different perceptions and perspectives among colleagues that create some risk for the humorist. You are not alone if you have had a joke (or ten) fall flat on its face from time to time.Our local newspaper columnist, Mike Argento, receives weekly (maybe daily) hate mail from readers. His fans say his column vacillates between thought…
  • You've been dealt a blow - now what?

    Julie Poland
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:41 am
    Everybody experiences them at some time or another -Google Images: thegardenrose.comthe loss of a job, or a loved one, or a separation or divorce.  Personal tragedy and/or crisis takes many shapes.  And when you're at the bottom of the well of grief it seems (for a while) that you are going to be stuck there forever.  But that need not be the case.Processing timeYou need a period of time to assimilate whatever it was that just happened.  This is a grieving phase.  Even if whatever came before the ending wasn't all that great, you were accustomed to it.  You knew…
  • Symptoms of being spread too thinly

    Julie Poland
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    Perhaps you're a person with many roles - worker, Google Images: howto.renkochartsystem.comparent, youth sports coach, community volunteer, active church or temple member, etc.  Perhaps you're a helpful individual who has difficulty saying no when somebody asks you for help.  Or maybe you're interested in a lot of diverse arenas, and you are excited to learn more and do more in any and all of them.However it is that you got to where you are, you may be at risk of being spread too thinly.  You may have too much on your plate- too much responsibility, too much time commitment,…
  • Wasting sales time with Seymour

    Julie Poland
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    Are you doing a lot of sales activity and not gettingGoogle Images: etohum.comenough yes decisions?  You might be squandering opportunities by wasting sales time with Seymour.  One of the biggest time-wasters for sales persons who are out in the field actively making contacts is to invest too much time talking to someone who won't be making the buying decision. Getting to the right person can be a challenge for several reasons:With widely varying company structures it's not always clear what job title would describe the person making the decision.  And in team-based businesses,…
  • How do you dream?

    Julie Poland
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:56 am
    One of the early assignments in our professional Google Images: welcometothebigleagues.orgdevelopment groups is to create a dream inventory.  We issue the challenge to come up with 50 dreams, unlimited by conventional concerns like spousal approval, money, time, etc.  Some people struggle with the task, so accustomed to their current (often self-imposed) limitations that it's difficult for them to see beyond the present.  But in every group there are a few people who are energized and excited by the process of contemplating possibilities and what they would really want from…
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    Good Vibe Blog

  • How to Attract Financial Windfalls

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Earlier this month my friend Melanie Bates shared an abundance exercise I’d never used before. I played along for fun and ended up manifesting a roughly $10,000 windfall in 10 days. (My goal was one thousand in ten days, so I was impressed with the results.) Some of you may be interested in playing with this one, too, so here’s the “money out of the blue” exercise as I learned it from Melanie (who picked it up from Martha Beck): Get out paper and pen to write out three short lists: The first list is to jot down three times you’ve felt abundant. The second list…
  • Janette’s Identity Shift Challenge

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    When I saw Janette Dalgliesh post this LOA alignment challenge to her private Identify Shift Ninja group, I knew it had the potential to be a game-changer for our manifesting success. Janette generously gave permission to share it here: If there is anything you want to change in your life, you’re seeking to shift identity into that version of yourself. Shifting identity takes you another step toward alignment, so you become that girl with the healthy body, that guy with the fabulous relationship, or that woman with the kickass business. But it can be tricky to get into that new identity…
  • Manifesting with a Magic Hat

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I was buying sandals at REI for an upcoming Maui beach trip when I ran across the floppy hat I’ve always wanted. It was perfect in all ways. Even though Russ said I should just buy one once we got there, I knew this was my hat. I liked it so much I wore it on the way home from the store. As soon as I put it on, I laughed out loud. I felt carefree, lighthearted and more fun. This hat made me happier. Could a hat really do that? I know some women feel that way about shoes. There’s even a song about that, so why not a hat? I wore my new floppy straw hat at home while Russ made…
  • Q&A: How to Manifest a Marriage Proposal

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I’ve seen my share of beach weddings in Maui this week, so it seems serendipitous to post this reader’s question about what it takes to manifest a marriage proposal. Here’s the question from an LOA-savvy aspiring bride: I’ve been wanting and trying to manifest marriage (or at least a marriage proposal) from my boyfriend for about the last year. I feel like I’ve tried everything to manifest a marriage proposal from him, and while over the last year I seemed to get close (he brings it up and talks about our future, his mom even mentions it) – I still…
  • The Only Manifesting Skill You Need

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    What’s the most powerful manifesting skill out there, that by its very own self can transform your experience of life? It might not be what you think … Yes, it’s helpful to be able to script like a pro, to engage a rich visualization, and to affirm our desired reality like it’s a done deal. And who can deny the power of ignoring a dream-stopping reality, answering the call of inspiration, and releasing resistance on a dime? These are among many highly touted elements in our manifesting playbook. But there’s one skill that outdoes all the rest when it comes to…
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    CFYD | Self-Care

  • Jellybean Facts

    Gladys Anderson
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    What’s our fascination with jellybeans? Is it because they are colorful, super sweet and readily available for a quick sugar pick me up? Or is there something more to our attraction to jellybeans? Here are some interesting facts about jellybeans for you to ponder: • Jelly Beans were first introduced to the Easter scene in […]
  • Popular Self-CareTip Posts

    Gladys Anderson
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Have you ever spent hours jumping from one web link to another trying to gather relevant information for a specific topic only to find yourself in a maze of information overload? I have and I know just how time consuming and frustrating that can be. Don’t you sometimes wish you had a handy reference guide […]
  • The Power of Quiet Time

    Gladys Anderson
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Most of us don’t have quiet time. We’re usually too busy to sit quietly for even a minute. We certainly don’t believe we deserve a space of our own in which to go within to replenish our energy. In the book, A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf refers to a woman needing a quiet […]
  • What picture are you painting?

    Gladys Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    What picture are you painting in your mind about yourself? Anytime we paint a picture in our mind that’s not authentic or represent who we really are, it leaves an indelible imprint.  It’s an image that we constantly try to emulate, assimilate and redefine based on someone else’s picture. Recently I attended a paint party.  […]
  • 7 Warning Signs of Depression

    Gladys Anderson
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The world was saddened this week by the death of Mr. Robin Williams, an iconic comedian, beloved American legend and accomplished actor. Mr. Williams reportedly suffered from severe depression. He appears to have taken his own life.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Williams family. Depression is an insidious mental health disease effecting […]
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    Dave Ursillo

  • I Am We: Faces, Pieces, Incarnations, Under the Banner of One Soul. My New Book of Poems.

    Dave Ursillo
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am a brawler, a fighter, an untamed jerk, and an animal. I am a poet. A lover. A compassionate servant. And a giver. I am a blasphemer. I am devout. I am an agitator. I am an artist. I am all of these things. I am none of them. This is who I am. This is who I’ve discovered–all these sides, these incarnations, of my Self. This is all that I am when I am unapologetically me. It’s not about the image. It’s never about how someone sees me, interprets me, or understands me. This is how I must understand my Self–the many sides, pieces, incarnations of my True…
  • There Will Always Be More… Of What? How to Live, Work and Create from Abundance.

    Dave Ursillo
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Let’s play another word game, shall we? This word game is about redefine our relationship to an important word and, ideally, guiding our souls to expand in the process. The word of the day is a New Age-y, trendy term of modern lexicon: abundance. Originating in the mid-14th century from Old French abondance and Latin abundantia meaning “fullness” or “plenty,” the word abundance has found renewed popularity in the common tongue. Yielding over 90 million results in a Google search today, the… abundance of the word abundance seems to be a sign of…
  • Email, Inboxes and Autoresponders, Oh My! How to Be Highly Efficient (and Stay Stellarly Polite) at Your Online Communication

    Dave Ursillo
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    We’re living in the dawn of a golden age of self-expression. We have more freedom and ability than ever to say conceivably anything to conceivably anyone today, and all at a moment’s notice. Instantly. Almost any place in the world. (Or even on a spaceship. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.) It’s no wonder a writer like me is so excited about life these days, pulling apart the meanings of words like busy, yes and no, and need and want in my writing lately. Why? Because our words reach across the globe at light-speed. In this age we’re in, our words…
  • The Overuse of ‘Need.’ Why You Don’t Know What You Want. And, the Case for Wanting More.

    Dave Ursillo
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    “You’ve created space in your life,” I tell her from across the table. A fire roars over her shoulder. It makes this back room, a mini art gallery in our town café, unusually warm. Outside, feet of snow are piled onto the sidewalks, carved into narrow lanes by shovels, footprints and dog paws. “Now you have more room to breathe, to live, to do whatever you want,” I continue, “So, what do you want?” She pauses. Her eyes search for an answer. Framed paintings and hung photos listen, waiting. “What if I don’t know what I want?”…
  • Embody the Warrior: Channel Your Inner Warrior With These 3 Archetypes of Yoga Mythology

    Dave Ursillo
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    As a writer, my fascination with the art of story is the psychology of story and how our minds narrate the stories of our lives. I deeply entrench myself in the language we use everyday because it reflects how our minds interpret facts, details, perspectives and beliefs. Words, spoken or thought, affect our lives. If our hearts can beat faster or more calmly from how a few words are ordered, just imagine what kind of an impact the larger stories that we tell ourselves have on the courses of our entire lives. When you step back and try to detach your emotional connection to a story…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Becoming High Performance and Building A Sales Machine

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Below you’ll find the first ever “guest re-post” on Life-LongLearner as well as a new podcast with my buddy Ryan Denehy. The post + podcast combo effectively  makes this a Denehy centerfold. Ryan is a close friend who most recently co-founded Swarm Mobile which was acquired by Groupon. In the podcast episode, we riff on the mental and emotion journey of getting there. In the post, you’ll see all the things he learned building the local sales machine that fueled their growth. Enter Sensai Denehy…. Listen On Itunes “Building A Startup Sales Machine: 64…
  • Using Identity to Sell

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:28 pm
    It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything, especially about BD/sales, but I’m going to start writing about things I’m learning and am being reminded of again more regularly . One of the most interesting drivers for the people we try to sell and market to is identity. Specifically what type of person does the person you’re trying to influence say they are? Example identities: I’m a numbers driven executive. I’m a doer. I’m an early adopter of new tech that’s going to give me an edge. Most people want to remain consistent with the identity they claim for…
  • VISION: Winning In Your Mind – TCE 060

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes What do Michael Jordan, Arnold Schwarzengger, and Oprah have in common? They practiced creating success in their mind, to make it happen in real life. They had a vision for the future that drove them, and they made sure to see it every single day. A big theme for this year and something that’s been a part of every single Peak State class is setting and seeing your vision everyday. If we don’t ever stop and remember why we’re grinding, what do you think we’ll do when things get hard? When self doubt sets…
  • Upgrade Your Performance Through Mindset with Satori Prime – TCE 059

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes If you listened to this podcast by now you’ve probably heard me say this over and over again, whether we’re talking achievement or happiness…it’s all an inside job. To win in business, you need to win in your mind first. Today’s conversion is all about mastering the internal dialogue and focus that shapes our life experience. I’m so fired up to bring two of the most stout guys I know in terms of mindset: Ilan and Guy Ferdman from Satori Prime. You might have heard of these brothers because their company Satori…
  • Achieving Peak Health and Performance with Ben Greenfield – TCE 058

    3 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Awhile back I asked one of my friends who the most impressive person he knew was… The reason I was curious is because he spends pretty much all of his time amongst tier 1 entrepreneurs who seemingly live extraordinary lives. Without hesitation he answered Ben Greenfield who I’m honored to have as a guest on today’s show. Ben is an absolute beast. He has competed in over 10 ultra marathons, his site BenGreenFieldFitness is one of the most popular & well researched sites on health and performance enhancement, and he…
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    Zen Inspiration

  • The cracked jar

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    An Indian legend tells of a man who carried water to his village every day, in two large jars tied to the ends of a The post The cracked jar appeared on Zen Inspiration.
  • 9 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Your Life

    9 Feb 2015 | 2:13 am
    Post written by Marc for Marc and Angel and this is a wonderful post which gives us a insight about our daily life which helps The post 9 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Your Life appeared on Zen Inspiration.
  • The right to choose

    7 Feb 2015 | 2:11 am
    Dr. Victor Frankl, survivor of the concentration camp in Auschwitz, wrote in his diary: “Those who lived in these places of death can still recall The post The right to choose appeared on Zen Inspiration.
  • The Things That Get in the Way of Doing

    7 Feb 2015 | 2:09 am
    This list isn’t complete, but just some ideas to get you thinking: Online distractions. Being overwhelmed Email is piled up. Feeling indecisive. Lack of discipline.The post The Things That Get in the Way of Doing appeared on Zen Inspiration.
  • Someone who understands

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:33 pm
    A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups, and set about nailing it to a post The post Someone who understands appeared on Zen Inspiration.
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Superhuman Productivity

  • Surprising Stats on Scheduling, Sleep and Success

    Marissa Brassfield
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    A wave of recent research reveals a close link between sleep and success. Essentially, the more sleep you get, the more likely you are to be successful and financially comfortable. Let’s dive into the statistics.1. Wealthier Households Sleep More.In the startup world, we tend to glorify the extreme schedules of small teams and entrepreneurs (not at Ridiculously Efficient, of course). But for one-third of those who live around the poverty level, sleeping less than six hours a night is the norm.Here’s what Centers for Disease Control lead author Lindsay Black found when she analyzed…
  • Jia Collection Provides Multifunctional Clothing for Efficient Fashion [Interview]

    Rosemina Nazarali
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Living a life of efficiency isn’t just confined to your work life — here at RE we try to make all aspects of our lives as efficient as possible. In some cases, that means streamlining our wardrobes to help rid ourselves of decision fatigue and keep us from getting overwhelmed by the mundane. We’ve already talked about using a simplified subscription service for all your fashion needs. Now we bring you Jia Collection, a brand dedicated to providing busy women with multifunctional clothing.Each item from Jia Collection serves more than one purpose — it’s a dress…
  • Millennial Monday: Gen Y Wages, and Why We’re Turning Down $150,000 Jobs

    Marissa Brassfield
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    © atoss – Fotolia.comIn this week’s edition of Millennial Monday, I’m sharing my take on two recent articles regarding Gen Y wages.A key reason I procrastinate is if I just don’t like doing something (either the activity itself or the context around it), so it’s telling that I put off writing this Millennial Monday post for an extra week.I’m just not motivated by money. Of course, I want to make plenty of it — I’ve got a house and lifestyle that I’d love to keep above water — but it’s not the driving factor that makes me push…
  • TaskRabbit Research Reveals the Secret Way We Get More Done During the Workday

    Kelley Lujan
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    (CC) TaskRabbitRecent TaskRabbit research uncovered a surprising secret behind how some of us get more done during the workday than others: we outsource. The outsourcing company found that 50% of tasks on its service are booked in the middle of the workday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time.These findings make sense: the middle of the day is often that point in the workday when we reflect on our day and start to think about what we still have to do later.If you work a traditional 9-to-5 job, you have to be at work day in and day out at 9 a.m. and cannot leave until 5 p.m. For most people,…
  • Inside Ridiculously Efficient Founder Marissa Brassfield’s Backyard Officebar Sanctuary

    Marissa Brassfield
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    As much as I talk about the importance of an inspiring work environment, I don’t think I’ve ever shared mine. In honor of my new officebar sanctuary, I’d love to show you around.The ShedWe started off with a Costco shed, thinking it’d be easy to assemble in an afternoon. Imagine our surprise when a truck arrived and dropped off stacks on stacks of perfectly cut wood and a thick instruction guide.Many, many trips to Home Depot later, we got this. The whole process took two guys in their late 20s a couple weeks to build, insulate, roof, paint and finish. (Brian and Mike…
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    Personal Excellence

  • Is It Too Late to Pursue My Dreams? [Ask Celes]

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Hey everyone! While we’re in the middle of the life purpose series (part 3 is coming up, stay tuned), today I’m excited to address reader Marie-Anne’s question on whether it’s too late to pursue her dreams. While Marie-Anne is 60, she asks a question that’s actually shared by many even in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Most people tend to assume that it’s too late to pursue what they want to do, especially if they’ve been working in a totally unrelated field. So, is it too late? And if it’s not too late, what can we do? Watch my reply below. (If you’re unable to see the video…
  • Why Have a Life Purpose? 5 Reasons You Should Have a Purpose

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    This is part 2 of a series on how to discover your real purpose in life. If you haven’t done so, read part 1 first: How to Know If You are Living Your Life Purpose NOW “When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” ~ Seneca “Having a purpose is the difference between making a living and making a life.” ~ Tom Thiss “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” ~ John F. Kennedy Have you ever wondered, What is “life purpose”? Is it some woo-woo thing that only people who…
  • How to Know If You are Living Your Life Purpose NOW

    11 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    This is part 1 of a series on how to discover your real purpose in life. “The biggest threat to our well-being is the absence of moral clarity and purpose.” ~ Rich Sherman “The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates “Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” ~ Richard Bach Have you ever wondered what your life purpose is? How do you know if you are living your life purpose or not? Well, here’s a simple test: If you are not living each day with excitement, energy, and passion, then you…
  • “I’ll leave love to fate.” 5 Myths Keeping You from Finding Love, Debunked

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:03 am
    For a long time, I wanted to set up this friend of mine. She’s attractive, smart, and an overall great catch. But every time we talked about love, dating, and possibly setting her up, she’d respond with, I’ll leave things to fate. At first I thought, Okay, maybe she’s just not ready. But then one year passed. Three years. Five years. It’s been six years, and she’s still single. While there’s nothing wrong with being single, my friend does want to be with someone, but she does nothing about it, instead always saying, “I’ll leave things to…
  • The Day I Got Married ♥, Part 2: Wedding Ceremony

    10 Feb 2015 | 5:17 pm
    This is part two and the last part of my wedding series featuring my wedding with Ken Soh. If you haven’t, check out part one first where I share pictures of my preparation in the bridal room before my walk down the aisle: The Day I Got Married, Part 1 ♥ (From The Day I Got Married, Part 1 ♥)   Our Childhood & Relationship Montage [Video] As I was telling reader Calae in part one, one of my goals of this series is to allow all of you to experience my wedding as if you were there with me on my big day. Really, if we could have our way, we would have loved to invite all…
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    Productive Superdad

  • 5 Ways to Increase Your Sleep Quality and Set Yourself Up to Be More Productive Tomorrow

    Timo Kiander
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Photo Credit: Merlijn Hoek via Compfight cc ​This is a guest post by Matt Murrell. Whether you are a self-employed entrepreneur, 9-5 employee, or a stay-at-home parent, we can all agree that it is difficult to relax and wind down at the end of the day. [...]
  • 5 (+18) Ways I Work Smarter, Not Harder, at My Home Office

    Timo Kiander
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: IntelFreePress via Compfight cc I have the luxury of working at home and this has clearly improved my productivity in many ways. For instance, I don’t have to worry about phones ringing all the time, running from a meeting to another or being constantly interrupted by my fellow colleagues. I can pretty much control the way I work, define my hours and tackle the distractions. [...]
  • 9 Work-Life Balance Tips for Busy Parents [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Timo Kiander
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you are a parent, you have probably a lot of things you have to manage at the same time: taking care of the kids, spending time with your family, spending time with yourself and earning a living (either by working for someone else, by building your own business or even, by doing the both!). [...]
  • Consistency: The Real Fastlane to Success and Productivity

    Timo Kiander
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Photo Credit: Yandle via Compfight cc This is a guest post by Michal Stawicki. Persistence is the prerequisite of results, hence the prerequisite of productivity. Only lasting results matter in the long run and you are here for the long run, years, and decades. Developing persistence is your shortcut to success. The raw meaning of success is that consistent action, is superior to intermittent action in every aspect. [...]
  • 4 Ways to Take Advantage of Procrastination (+ a Book You Might Find Interesting …)

    Timo Kiander
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    Photo Credit: Cristian Ştefănescu via Compfight cc Ok, so this is a productivity blog and it may sound ridiculous if someone says that procrastination can make you more productive. When you look at procrastination from a traditional point of view, it is indeed something you want to fight against. However, there is another side to procrastination and it can actually help you in your everyday work. So check out these four tips on how you can turn procrastination from an enemy into an ally. [...]
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    Thad Thoughts

  • How Google is Going to Kill Low Wage Jobs

    Thad Puckett
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    There’s been a lot of news lately about the protest movement for a so-called “living wage”. Here’s news to the protesters: it’s Google who will be the biggest threat to your jobs. Let me explain. Here’s the problem for the protestors: there’s very little incentive for a business owner to add so much additional cost. They will look for options. This is already happening in places like Seattle where the local city council mandated a minimum wage hike. Restaurants either raised prices for consumers, or, in some cases, they closed. These are here and now options.
  • Scan Function in Evernote is a Winner!

    Thad Puckett
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    I have continued to use Evernote almost daily, though I haven’t written much about it lately. While I haven’t been as prolific writing about Evernote of late, I’ve grown interested in one of their products. I’ve written a post about Scannable just recently. One of the things that I have liked about Evernote through the years is that they tend to iterate regularly. They don’t just modify a little when they iterate, they also learn from their other applications. They grow from the experience of having put things in the marketplace that can improve the core offering,…
  • Seven Tips for Working With a New Boss

    Thad Puckett
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    A few years ago I had a job change. My former career, the one for which I trained and had experience, was unexpectedly forced to change.  I don’t regret it, but it was a paradigm shift for me.  It has been an amazing opportunity to learn new things, to experience grace in new ways and in new locations. It has also provided me the opportunity to work for new bosses.  I have been blessed to work with some incredibly brilliant and gifted leaders. In all of my work experience I have had the opportunity to observe transitions in leadership.  We all do, or, if we are just beginning our…
  • Evernote Scannable Is Best Scanning App for iOS

    Thad Puckett
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    I am a big fan of simple. I want technology I own and use to work right all the time. I want upgrades to be seemless and smooth. I want functionality to improve with time, and I want to have “aha” moments months or even years after I start using a new technology. I hope you are like this too. We live in 2015, and having to be concerned with anti-virus software (think Microsoft or Android) or having to buy new phones every year because the newest operating system doesn’t work on that 1 year old phone (again, think Android; there’s reams of data on this stuff). So, when you find a new…
  • Saturday Reading Options – April 11th Edition

    Thad Puckett
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:58 am
    Saturdays are for winding down and chilling out. But they can be productive too. For your April 11th reading enjoyment can I suggest to you the new biography, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender? It doesn’t matter if you’re an Apple fan or just interested in one of the giants of US technology, this will be a book you’ll enjoy, written by a technology journalist. Enjoy! The post Saturday Reading Options – April 11th Edition appeared first on Thad Thoughts. If you've enjoyed this, be sure to follow Thad on Twitter.
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    Sacred Earth Partners Training and Retreat Center

  • Movement + Meditation + Muse

    Lori Lynn Smith
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Update: April 6, 2015 Where oh where did the first 100 days go? I knew that my 100 day challenge would be difficult but I wasn’t quite prepared for how hard it would be.  First, I know better I should have only picked one that rather than three.  Second, I have a vague idea that this would be emotional challenging, but wow! Needless to say in many ways I didn’t complete the challenge, I did almost no exercise related movement occasional walks in the forest is all. Mediation and Journalling were high but not daily.  This is the area that impacted me the most though and it has…
  • PDR 79 – 4 Ways to Achieve the Life You Desire with Lene St John

    Lori Lynn Smith
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Join us as Lene’ shares how her very personal trauma allows her to help so many others. Lene’ Lynn St. John (first name is pronounced Len-AY) has 30+ years of life experience in the Self-Development field. From becoming a Peer Counselor as a High School Senior to staffing an experiential self-knowledge seminar in Phoenix, called Omega Vector to now being a Life Coach and Motivational Speaker. She is also the host of her own radio show, called “BEING TRUE TO YOU” on Her experienced speaker/facilitator for classes, workshops, seminars and support groups is…
  • PDR 78 – The Secret of your Immortal Self with Guy Finley

    Lori Lynn Smith
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Join us as Guy and I chat about the universal truths that he has written about in his new book The Secret of your Immortal Self. GUY FINLEY is the bestselling author of The Secret of Letting Go, The Courage to be Free, and 40 other works that have sold over two million copies in 24 languages worldwide. For over 30 years Guy has revealed the authentic path to a higher life of happiness, success, and true love. He lives and teaches in Merlin, OR where he is Director of non-profit Life of Learning Foundation.  In The Secret of Your Immortal Self: Key Lessons for…
  • PDR 77 – THE DOLPHIN’S DANCE: Discover Your True Self Through A Powerful 5-Step Journey Into Conscious Awareness with Micheline Nader

    Lori Lynn Smith
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Join us as Micheline walks us through the journey to Conscious Awareness. Micheline Nader is a successful entrepreneur who founded, managed, and sold a number of healthcare companies. Micheline holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master’s in Public Health and a doctoral degree in healthcare management.   Interview Hot Topics What is the Dolphin’s DANCE? Micheline shares her journey into conscious awareness Why the dolphin an important symbol What is the difference between emotions and feelings? What is a Belief Matrix? What is the “core pattern” vs. the “shadow…
  • PDR 76 – Partner with the Soul of Your Business and Flourish Financially in Your Transformative Business with Susanna Maida

    Lori Lynn Smith
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Join us as Susanna shares how to align your business with your soul purpose. Susanna Maida, Ph.D., is a wild woman alchemist and contemporary shaman. She mentors visionaries who care deeply about the future of our world, helping them create the soul-satisfying sense of alignment that comes from growing financially flourishing, world-changing businesses doing their great work. It’s part of her bigger mission to restore the sacred to how we do business so that conscious business can become a force for good in our world. One of Susanna’s many gifts is helping transformative entrepreneurs…
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    BucketListly Blog

  • Follow Me & I’ll Show You Vietnam 2 Weeks in Vietnam...

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    Follow Me & I’ll Show You Vietnam 2 Weeks in Vietnam in 33 Photos On the 17th of March 2015, I embarked on a journey through Vietnam starting from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) up through Hoi An, Phong Nha, Ninh Binh and ended my trip in Sapa. I was not there to simply learn about the Vietnam war, but to embrace the nature, the caves, the culture and, my god, the coffee and the food. Vietnam delivered in all fronts very well, and that is why I am here today to show you what it is like in Vietnam. Given my previous outstanding success of the “Follow Me” post of New Zealand, where I would…
  • The Routeburn Track: The Best New Zealand Great Walk New...

    21 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    The Routeburn Track: The Best New Zealand Great Walk New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 11 Brace yourself, we are going to walk one of the best great walk in New Zealand together from the beginning to the end. A 3 days journey with me, joined by Ashley (whom I met in Rotorua) and her sister, Rachel through one of the most photogenic trail in the world, the Routeburn Track. Within this post, you will experience lush forests, massive waterfalls, and ridiculously beautiful mountain range like we did but with the comfort of your seat. Without further ado, let’s begin the journey:…
  • The Milford Sound New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s Journal Part...

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    The Milford Sound New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 10 The Milford Sound is worth all the hype. Need I say more? After Queenstown, I went straight to Te Anau and hop on the first tour available going to the Milford Sound. People have talked great things about the Milford Sound. Countless photographs were shot at this place and yet I was skeptical about it. As a place gets popular over time, the wow factor reduces as well. This was not the case for the Milford Sound though. My mouth was wide open throughout the whole tour beginning from the ridiculously beautiful road leading to…
  • Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World New Zealand’s...

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 9 Following up from a few laid-back days in Wanaka, it is time to head to Queenstown for a dose of adventure. Queenstown is considered the adventure capital of the world and I could see why. Any extreme sports or activities humanity could endure, it is invented and made available here. From going down a track with a luge to plunging from a moving plane from 15,000 ft above the town, you can do all that in Queenstown. I had 3 days in Queenstown and these were what I did: Video Interesting Links…
  • Wanaka, You Magnificent Beauty New Zealand’s Solo...

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Wanaka, You Magnificent Beauty New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 8 From hitchiking to climbing a glacier in Franz Josef, we are back for another entry of the New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s Journal. This time we will be exploring the mountaineous landscape of Wanaka, where the South Island’s nature truly shines. Wanaka is considered to be one of the hidden gem in New Zealand. Since Queenstown is only a few hours away, most people tend to skip Wanaka and go straight to Queenstown. If only these people knew what Wanaka offers, they would have to think twice. Video Interesting…
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  • Emoji Mac shortcut, LLOP emoji, Unicode 7.0 emoji list and Symbola font

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    You might see “broken” images in this post, and this is totally explainable. I’m using symbols that are not yet included into standard fonts on most devices for testing purposes. It’s all good. This is my little cheatsheet for emoji stuff: opening Mac emoji keyboard, pasting hidden emoji and viewing Unicode 7.0 emoji. Emoji Mac shortcut Press Ctrl+Cmd+Space to call emoji keyboard on a Mac. Press and hold yellow skinned emoji to reveal human skin tones. Live long and prosper emoji Here’s a list of LLOP emoji with skin tones. #FFC430 (basic yellow) llap emoji…
  • Sky Garden in London

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sky Garden is a public garden on top of the Walkie Talkie skyscraper (20 Fenchurch Street — the one melting cars with its concave glassy surface.). There’re observation decks, open air terrace, public spaces up there. And it’s free! Though you’ll have to make an advance booking. There’s an option to book a table at one of the Sky Garden’s bars/cafes: Skypod (great cocktails), Darwin or Fenchurch Seafood. You’ll get a table for 2 hours as well as the access to Sky Garden. Celebrating 1 year in London: There’re a great view of Shard, Thames, Canary…
  • Card game: Star Realms review

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Star Realms card game was born as a successful Kickstarter project. Back in 2013 the creators (partly responsible for Ascension, too) reached the $20,000 funding goal in less than 5 days. Now in 2015 it’s released as both physical deck and multi-platform digital game (iOS/Android, Windows, Mac). It’s a 2 player a spaceship combat deck-building game, average playing time is 20 minutes. If you want to play with 3-4 players, you can do it, but you’ll need two copies of the deck. As you play, you make use of Trade to acquire new Ships and Bases from the cards being turned face up in…
  • Smashing Conference roundup: books, tools, photos from Oxford 2015

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    * TBU I attended Smashing Conference, an event for web designers and developers. Here’s a roundup with tools, tweets, quotes, links and slides. Marked with #mustwatch are the talks that have been of the most interest for me personally. The videos of these talks should be available soon enough, and I will update this post with the links when they are released. My early morning in Oxfordshire (got up at 4am to get there by 7:30 from London). TL;DR Read a lot to write better. Crowdfunding and flexible pricing for publishers. Users will use your app “wrong”, use the tools to see…
  • Laundrapp review

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Laundrapp is a new UK based service with a neat app for arranging laundry pickup and delivery. You select laundry type from given packages and book time slots for collection/delivery. Looks neat, huh! I had to try it, even though I prefer doing laundry myself. So, I selected a £15 package, applied first-time discount, booked the collection for 8-9 pm and prepared the laundry bag for collection. To my surprise, the pickup man was late by 1 hour. Quite astonishing for a newly baked service thriving on promotions and positive reviews. He sent 2 apologetic messages and called at 9:30 to say that…
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    Rebel Male

  • Too Busy to Hit the Gym? What’s Your Excuse

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    “I try to get to the gym, but work always gets in the way?” “Training? Oh yeah, I train when I find the time.” “I’d love to be able to work out more, but I’m just so busy at the moment.” EXCUSES….. all of them They’re not valid reasons as to why you’re unfit, out of shape and miserable. They’re weak, limp, lily-livered excuses. Now, that might sound harsh. And yep, I’ll give you that. But I’ll be honest, I’m not just talking to you here – I’m also talking to the David (that’s me) of 5 years ago too. The same David who thought that the gym was for…
  • The Rebels That Made a Difference

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Conventional wisdom sucks. Remember all that crap your parents, teachers and even friends used to tell you? “Do well at school” “Get good grades at college” “Attend University” “Find a nice steady job and work your way up” Following that never got anyone anywhere – apart from a life of miserable mediocrity. It certainly didn’t create any rebels… those that had REAL IMPACT on the world. The Rebel vs. The Herd All the above is what I call “the herd” mentality. It’s the idea of doing the done thing, because it’s simply that – “the done thing.” People…
  • Who’s Driving Your Daily Agenda?

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Meet Duncan…. Duncan’s the epitome of a stressed out man in his mid-thirties. Things started out so well – he did great at University, landed a job in the corporate world with plenty of prospects, and thought he was “going places.” Fast forward 10 years, and Duncan is pretty pissed off. Although he’s moved up a few rungs in the company structure, managing a team, and taking home an extra 15k every year…. he still has bosses. He dreads the daily commute. The lunch breaks filled with idle chit-chat from ditzy colleagues. He lives for his weekends. (Even if those…
  • Everything That’s Wrong with the Commercial Gym

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Oooooh, it’s so pretty.” I glared at her, sweat pouring from my brow, stinging my eyes while I tried to work out whether someone was stabbing cigarettes out on my chest, or my lungs were just burning from exhaustion. She carried on her inane warbling…. “I like this. Everything’s so shiny, so clean. Oh, and that’s just fabulous – they have bottled water in the fridge, and you get Facebook on the treadmills. Have you seen it Marcus, we simply must join.” Weighing up whether it was worth taking out my aggression on this ditzy young lady and her skinny jean-wearing…
  • About This Rebel Male

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve always considered myself to be a bit of a rebel. But I’m now in my mid-forties. These two things don’t usually go together. But hey… I’ve never really cared what others might think! Allow me to introduce myself… I’m David, the founder of Rebel Male. I Don’t Want to Conform Growing up in Bolton (that’s a large-ish town in the North West of England for all you people “across the pond” reading this) I was told that I needed to be normal. I had to conform to what society expected … Go to school Get good grades Head off to college and then university Find a job…
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    Leading Edge Advocate

  • How to Reach Your Potential Despite Your Limitations

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    You know you want to become more but something is stopping you. Or maybe it’s a bunch of things. It happens when you know you’re good at something but you can’t seem to polish it just right to get to the level you aspire to. For instance, let’s say you’re
  • 8 Habits of Successful People You Need to Adapt if You Want to be Anything Like Them

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    For some people being successful seems to be the way they live their lives. Pretty much everything works out for them in a great way. It reminds me of a time when someone was describing this type of person to me. She was actually telling me about a time when
  • Comfort Zone? How Being Uneasy Will Make You Happier

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:35 pm
    I know it’s kind of hard to believe but it is true. Being weirded out can be the best thing for you. Doing something that you otherwise wouldn’t, can make you uneasy at first but in the end you’ll be so much happier. Remember when you were a baby. You
  • 5 Invincible Ways to Keep Your Cool When Dealing with Difficult People

    10 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Yes, there are ways to handle the most difficult person without pulling your hair out. Remember the last time they drove you mad? You were just trying to get an answer to a simple question but they kept making the process so complicated. They poked holes in every solution you
  • 7 Vicious Beliefs You Need to Abandon to Get on the Road to Success

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Yup, the most powerful tool you have to use to becoming successful could be the very thing that is holding you back. The way you think, your common understanding around certain things is preventing you for making the breakthrough you so desperately desire. With every single attempt you’re sabotaging your
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  • The Best Affiliate Programs 2015

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Affiliate marketing for many is a favorite way to make a living earning online. For bloggers worldwide, this is the activity and strategy of choice to make money online.There are thousands of affiliate marketing opportunities available online today. Which one is the best? This is a hard question to answer because you  may be prefer to be an affiliate for a certain company, company type, product type or service type or you may prefer to join an affiliate service that offers a catalog of programs that you can join. What program will I join? I you are new to affiliate marketing then you…
  • Start Making Money With Infolinks

    8 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Do you have a blog? You can start making money from your content by joining the Infolinks ad network. This ad network offer a wide range of solutions for bloggers including intext links, in frame adverts and pop under adverts. How do they work? The intext links are simply links on certain keywords withing your content. In frame adverts appear within the sidebars of your website of in the frame of the page if your website is not full width. The pop under adverts work in the same way as the above inframe adverts however, the adverts appear from the bottom of your screen. How do I apply? Head…
  • Free Promotion to 50,000 People on Twitter

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    How would you like free promotion on Twitter? If you would like your product/service or app promoted to 50,000 followers on Twitter for free, then check out our special promotion on our services page. Whats the offer? Offering 1 free promotional tweet to a following of 50,000 people. Take advantage of this limited time only offer now by clicking here… The post Free Promotion to 50,000 People on Twitter appeared first on Moneyjojo.
  • QuickRewards the Swagbucks Alternative

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Do you love Swagbucks? Do you live in the USA, UK or Canada? If so you can start earning money online by signing up to QuickRewards. The website has been the main rival of Swagbucks since it launched thirteen years ago in 2002. QuickRewards works in a similar way to Swagbucks in that you get paid for taking surveys, using coupons for offers, playing games and videos. Other features unique to this site includes visiting websites and shopping. The Rewards on Offer QuickRewards offer over 50 redemption offers for you to cash out your earnings. You can redeem your earnings via, PayPal,…
  • Your guide to making money with online surveys

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Moneyjojo is an advocate of paid surveys and there are many reviews of various surveys throughout the website. The great thing about paid surveys are that they are free, you do not need any qualifications only to be the age that the service requires. If a survey site asks for payment upon sign up, it is most likely to be a scam and you should not proceed. Various sites offer a certain amount of credit per survey completed while others offer cash per questionnaire. The rate paid depends on what the company offers to its members, whether they have different levels of membership based on surveys…
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    9 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
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    15 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
        Miscellaneous 1. go to youtube 2. pull up your fav song that you don’t have on your laptop, phone, ipod 3. copy the URL 4. paste the url on to youtube mp3 converter 5. now you can download!!! Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Improve Your Mental Capacity by Memorizing SongsDropbox Trick: Use Dropbox as a download delivery system for sales.YouTube Hack: Download YouTube VideosWatch Videos on your Laptop While Laying on your SideDownload Safety Apps like Stay Safe on your Phone RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick download…
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    7 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
        Technology & Electronics If you keep damaging your headphone cords or charger cords wrap a spring from a ball point pen around it. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Threaten to Leave your Cable or Phone Company (Even if you Don’t Plan to)Run out of Charging Space?Cleaning Your BlenderReattach a Bike LightChange your Address at Least 2 Weeks Prior to Moving RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick cable saver comes from LifeTricks.
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    13 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
        Miscellaneous Put a dollop of toothpaste on an old tooth brush. Rub the toothpaste into your diamond ring or pendant any piece of jewelry with diamonds. The toothpaste will clean off any dirt or grim on the diamonds. It will look shiny again. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Use Liquid Dish Washing Detergent and a Tooth Brush to Clean Diamond JewelryDrink While you CleanClean Coffee Pot With EaseHow To Clean Dirty BlindsTwetiquette: Be Nice & Keep It Clean RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick How to Clean Your Diamonds…
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    9 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
        Miscellaneous Press Shift + Tab it will reverse the way you go. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Google Chrome Hack: Quick Way to Bookmark All Open TabsGoogle Chrome Hack: Reopen Accidentally Closed TabsiPhone Hack: iCloud Reading ListCan Tabs are Also Built-in Straw HoldersStarbucks Secret Menu: Black Eye RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick Tabs secret comes from LifeTricks.
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    High Performance Lifestyle

  • You Want Progress In Life? Stop Learning… Start Implementing

    Kosio Angelov
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Your success in life is directly proportionate to your ability to take action and get stuff done. But… That is most likely the opposite of what you’ve been brought up to believe. Chances are you’ve been putting more emphasis on the thing that does not necessarily lead to great results – learning. It is time to stop learning and stat implementing: FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. We all have goals. It is normal to assume that the gap between where you are and where you want to be can be closed…
  • Got Interrupted? Here’s How To Regain Focus & Restart Work

    Kosio Angelov
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Phone ringing, people coming to ask you questions, your own mind going in 5 different directions at the same time… interruptions are part of every-day life. There is even a scientific field dedicated to them called “interruption science”, believe it or not. Why? Because interruptions can destroy your productivity and job performance. Learning how to regain focus after you have been interrupted has become a necessary survival skill in the jungle we call work. A skill that you need to develop and get extremely good at if you want to get any work done. Here’s how to do…
  • The Secret To Happiness? Inbox Zero For Your Mind

    Kosio Angelov
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The secret to happiness? A clear mind. It is not really a secret. I bet you knew it already. The big question is: how do you get there? How do you clear your mind and get rid of all that stress and mental clutter that is holding your happiness and productivity back? It is easier than you think. Let me show you how to do it in just 4 easy steps: FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. When your inbox gets filled up with emails, you take the time and make the effort to clean it out, right? What about your mind? Do you take time…
  • How To (Automatically) Train Your Brain For Success

    Kosio Angelov
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Everything around you affects how you feel and how much energy and motivation you have. Your surroundings can either help your success and productivity, or hinder them. The choice is yours. You can either let them feed negative, destructive, or at the very least, useless messages to your mind, or you can train your brain for success by using this simple 3-step process: FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. The subconscious mind works in a very interesting way and controls more of your life than you realize. Scientists from…
  • Time Management Is Dead: Long Live Energy Management

    Kosio Angelov
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Time management is dead! There is a new sheriff in town and he is called “Energy Management”. If you want to be truly productive, you need to manage your energy properly. No lifehack, productivity app, or time management technique can help you, if you are wiped out on a Tuesday afternoon and don’t even have the energy to get up from your desk. Here’s how to keep your focus and energy high using a simple, but highly effective, energy management strategy: FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. We live…
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  • The muse is inside us, not outside.

    albert van zyl
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    There are many things that want to do or that I feel I should do, that I don't know how to do. I want to train to become a good long distance runner. But many of my friends are cyclists and when I don't ride with them, I don't see them. Or at work we will soon have a meeting with some high flyers to solve an issue that they disagree on. I feel that I should be able to solve this, but at the moment I don't know how. The tension between what I feel I should and what I can causes stress and worry.I've been reading Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey's book Slowing Down to the Speed of Life.
  • The energy to step free of negativity and self criticism

    albert van zyl
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:46 am
    We had had an amazing long weekend with friends. Now we had to go to a family Easter lunch. And after that we had tickets to go to a concert in Kirstenbosch, the local botanical garden. Sounds great, right? But my introverted nature had had enough. OK, I know I had to do the Easter lunch. But that was enough, no? To pack our stuff up again and go to a concert? Arggghh. The introverted Albert needed some time in the cave. So I told my wife that I didn't want to go this evening and went and lay down on the bed.As soon as I lay down and closed my eyes, I knew that I wanted this situation to be…
  • Keep your seat

    albert van zyl
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:18 am
    Pema Chodron says: "Understand that if we hold our seat when we want to retaliate - even if it's only briefly - we are starting to dissolve a pattern of aggression that will continue to hurt us and others forever if we let it."I get a lot of energy from 'holding my seat'. When someone says something that bothers me and I can prevent myself from reacting immediately, externally or internally, then magic happens. Someone criticizes me and my immediate reaction is to want to lash out at them (when I think they are wrong) or at myself (when I think they are right). When I can prevent…
  • The opposite of determination: Change your life gently

    albert van zyl
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    I have been trying to lose weight and cut down on caffeine for a very long time. I'm as determined as they come, but before I can catch myself, there I am: overeating and over-caffeining again. Why? I hope this scenario is not familiar to you. But a few conversations with friends (field work for this post :-) suggest to me that it is. So why do we keep doing things that we'd love to stop doing?There is a story from India about how to catch a monkey. You make a hole the size of a monkey's claw in a pumpkin. The monkey sticks its claw into the hole and grabs the seeds from inside the pumpkin.
  • Run slowly. Run daily. Drink moderately. Don't eat like a pig.

    albert van zyl
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    The title of the post is the famous, if now somewhat forgotten, advice of German cardiologist and running cheer leader Dr. Ernest van Aaken. I first read his advice in Riel Hauman's  classic "Hardloop en leef", but at that time I was not yet ready to hear it. The penny finally dropped when I started reading ex Runners World editor Joe Henderson.At the time that I read Henderson, work volumes had increased dramatically and I could just not handle the flat out efforts that I habitually do on the bicycle and running. Henderson's reminder of van Aaken was just on time. Henderson also…
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  • 33 Experts Share Their No. 1 Tip On Living A Fulfilling and Meaningful Life

    Bastiaan Blikman
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    Let’s face it. You’re frustrated. It’s so difficult to feel certain about what you’re supposed to be doing with your life. One minute, it’s the happiest day of your life, the next you’re feeling unsatisfied or even a bit depressed. If only there was a way to find a real sense of meaning and purpose. So that you could feel driven, motivated and like you’re on a clear path in life. Well… it just so happens that you’re in luck. Chantalle and I have been fortunate enough to get the No. 1 TIP from 33 influential bloggers to help you live a fulfilling and meaningful life. And…
  • 5 Things You Should Never Do After a Breakup (And What To Do Instead)

    Bastiaan Blikman
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    It hurts, doesn’t it? You start out a relationship with great expectations… Slowly you let down all your walls, and put all your trust in this one person. And you hope to live a life of shared dreams and commitments. And then suddenly… It’s all over. What happened?! Maybe it hit you like a hammer in the head or maybe you saw it coming. Unexpected or not, it’s painful! You get thrown into unknown territory and wonder how to survive a break up. The dreams and expectations you had get shattered. You feel completely crap and lost. And you doubt if you will ever feel truly happy…
  • 101 Thought Provoking Questions Too Ask Yourself

    Chantalle Gerber
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    This is your chance to live the life you wish you had. You could close down this page right now, pretend that you never saw it, and go on living your life as usual – but when do you plan on challenging yourself to live an even ‘bigger’, more meaningful, more fulfilling and deeper life? You see, many of us live our lives on autopilot. We are no longer piloting and steering our life and rather, we get into patterned and routined ways of living. The worst part is – we stop challenging ourselves to live a meaningful life – and we ‘settle’ for a comfortable life. If you feel that you…
  • 7 Powerful Ways To Add Meaning To Your Life

    Chantalle Gerber
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    “Life is short. It’s easy to waste and hard to use” – Michael Steger You’ve probably asked yourself these questions countless times… “Why am I here?”, “What’s the point of it all?” and “what am I meant to do with my life?” At the end of the day, what you’re really looking for is to live a meaningful and purposeful life…a life that matters. Am I right? You’re worried that you’re going about your life the wrong way and that by the time you’re 50 or 60, you’ll have nothing but a deep sense of regret and unfulfilment. It makes sense though. Because the truth…
  • 7 Big Mistakes We Make When Striving For Happiness

    Chantalle Gerber
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    Lets’ face it. Every time you turn around, you find new advice on being happy. Books promising to reveal the true secret of happiness. Blogs 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 right? Well, yes. Of course it is. But we are being taught that our lives should be a straight and narrow path toward happiness. We are taught that we should strive for happiness, and happiness alone in…
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  • 3 Things To Do When You Need a Break From Complicated

    Tamisha Ford
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
      Alright – I have a bit of a confession. I really have had no idea what to write this week, so here I am doing it just hours before the deadline. Since I’m not one to miss deadlines, I just decided to write on something real from my own experience. When I was in my 20’s, my life was pretty complicated. I really didn’t do well with boundaries, I always tried to be like my extroverted friends, and I got sucked into a lot of events and things I didn’t want to do. I had NO idea why I loathed crowds for extended periods of time, why I was light sensitive, or…
  • Aspiring Writer? Get the Productivity Tips & Tools to Get You Started

    Angie Mizzell
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    To anyone who wants to write, I’ll tell you, You are a writer. If the desire to put words on the page stirs within you, you already are. You have to start by claiming it. Say it with me, out loud. “I am a writer.” Next, you have to actually write. As Amy Poehler says in her memoir, Yes, Please, “The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” But here’s the truth: writing is hard. The writing life can be very rewarding, but it’s not glamorous. There will be days when you feel inspired and the words flow easily. You’ll love those days. Writing…
  • The Collective: How Did You Break Your Hardest Habit?

    Shauna Mackenzie
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This month, we focused a lot on streamlining your life, minimizing it, and purging it from all negativity. We asked our Collective about what their hardest habit was to break and how they overcame it in order to streamline their life to new changes. I’m sure you have or have had a hard habit you overcame! Let us know in the comments below! But first, check out what our Collective’s hardest habits were. #BestKeptSelf has had to kick some nasty habits, learn how they did it:Click To Tweet Shauna, our Founder The hardest habit to stop so far in my life was drinking milk. Growing up…
  • Knowing Your Limits and How to Make The Best of Them

    Shauna Mackenzie
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    You know what I love? Katherine Heigl movies. She always plays the person that has her life together. Typically her character may be a little uptight and lacking in the love department (at least for the first half of the movie) but I mean, she has her life together. I guess one of the reasons I love her movies so much is because I’ve always aspired to be Katherine Heigl’s character. I mean who wouldn’t? She has an amazing career, gets everything done and always looks fab. It’s no wonder that ever since the first time I saw 27 Dresses I knew what my life was supposed to be like.
  • Projections of Love: A Simple Practice to Ignite Your Light

    Aleka Thorvalson
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the earlier blog post, The Gift of Conflict, I explained the nature of projection as it relates to displacing our shadow on another. This is the notion that what we most reject in ourselves, we often recognize and experience in other people and our reality. What that means is every encounter, every time we are “triggered” by another, there is learning for us about ourselves. This is not to say the other person does not have accountability. It just means there is learning for ourselves. For every encounter we face, there is an opportunity to learn about ourselves.Click To Tweet Our…
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  • Minimalist Living: The Mindset For A Beautiful Existence

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    Minimalism is a beautiful thing. I’ve realized, with 100% certainty, that less is truly more. With fewer possessions comes richer experiences, new opportunities, awesome spontaneity and most importantly – new found freedom. By having less, you can focus on bringing more quality into your life. Your possessions will be fewer but what you do own will be meaningful and of the highest quality. You’ll have healthier and stronger relationships. You’ll have deeper and richer experiences. Simple living means quality over quantity. But at the heart of all of this is a mindset…
  • Short Inspirational Quotes: The Next Chapter In Your Life

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Something exceptional happened to me recently. I got married. Wow. I still can’t believe it! It was the most amazing day of my life and I shared it with everyone I care about most in the world. And even though I’m still in the midst of the celebrations, I’ve had one BIG realization: I’m now entering a major new chapter in my life. And what’s even clearer is that this chapter will be written by me. I’m the author.  And I can make my story be about anything I want. See, where you’re at right now in your life and where you’ve come from in the…
  • Minimalist Living: 9 Things I Learned When Simplifying My Life

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    I’ve been working away for some time now to create a simpler, slower existence. Minimalist living appeals to me for so many reasons; it brings less stress, less complications and most importantly, less demands on my precious time. This means I have more time for the things and people I love. What’s not to like, right? “The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less” – Socrates Tweet this minimalist living quote! But here’s one thing I’ve learned about myself.  In most of my efforts to live more simply, my…
  • 10 Tips To Have More Energy For Your Creative Ideas

    13 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Ever feel sluggish, exhausted or run down? Or that your your energy levels have just crashed? Or think you could achieve so much more if you just had enough energy to keep going? Well, most of us blame a lack of time for not getting shit done. But as it turns out, it’s energy (not time) that’s the main ingredient of high performance. And this means that energy is also the main factor in achieving all of the amazing things you’re capable of in your life – whether it’s doing what you love, creating amazing art, earning more money, attracting the perfect mate or…
  • My Personal Goals For 2015: February Report

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:48 am
    Me and my best man, Richie Hey there. Welcome to my monthly goals report, where I share with you the progress I’ve made over the last four weeks towards killing it on my personal goals for 2015. February was a crazy a month. The biggest event during the last four weeks (and the one that caused most ‘disruption’ to my usual levels of productivity) was my stag trip with my friends. I’m getting married in April, so myself and 6 of my best buddies headed off to Munich for two nights for the bachelor parties to end all parties.  And how was it? Well, let’s just…
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  • The Pomodoro Technique with Noisli

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    What is it? The Pomodoro Technique is a simple method for time management. By breaking down your work into small intervals (traditionally 25 minutes in length) you can improve your work and study habits and thus be more efficient and productive.The goal The goal is to conclude as many sessions as possible during your day. It is important that during one session you fully focus on your task and avoid any outside distractions. If somebody or something tries to distract you, inform the other person that you don’t want to be disturbed, schedule a time when you can get back to them and do so…
  • Re-Imagining Work

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem — and could it also be part of the solution? A reflection by Dave Coplin on the future of work and how our workplaces might be if more organisations would adapt the full, empowering potential of technology and encourage an open, collaborative and flexible work culture. — Your Noisli TeamRe-Imagining Work by Noisli Blog.
  • Stop The Noise In Your Open Office

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    A recent article of Harvard Business Review is talking about the biggest frustrations for employees in open offices. Sure, open offices can make a great impact to a visitor, but for the people working there the positive aspects, having for example more light and an eventual view of nature instead of concrete walls, are not enough.Following are the top reasons why employees don’t like open offices: The biggest issue is with no doubt sound! Sound privacy is on top position, meaning that there is no place for private conversation and everybody will be part of your team talk. Annoyance…
  • How Long Should You Nap?

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    Sleep is a very fundamental variable not only for our health but also for our productiveness. We tend to work more and more hours every day, and while doing this, sleep is being sacrificed. Sacrificing sleep is not only unhealthy, but it is also making you tired and unproductive.Napping can be a great way to balance work and sleep but how long should you nap? Here’s a little guide: 10-20 min Nap Time A power nap that will boost your focus and productivity. A length that usually limits you to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement sleep, making it easy to get back to work after…
  • Noisli is Starbuck’s Pick of the Week

    10 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    We’re excited to announce that the Noisli iOS app got selected by Apple and Starbucks to be Starbucks’s Pick of the Week!!! If you’re lucky and live in the US or Canada you can get a free Noisli app in the Starbucks stores. Coffee Shops are a great place to work from if you are for example a freelancer or a student, since the background buzz keeps your brain active. The silence that you usually find in your home office or at the library is often distracting and not helping your motivation, drastically decreasing also your productivity. Researchers confirm that a…
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  • Tips on Choosing A Best Portable Dehumidifier 2015

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Portable Dehumidifier Reviews and Guides 2014 – 2015 Why We Choose Portable Dehumidifiers? Are you desiring for a dehumidifier that provides effective removal of excess moisture while can be easily relocated to the area where dampness problems are worse. If you are, perhaps, a portable dehumidifier is what you require. This post is about portable dehumidifier reviews. Portable dehumidifiers are able to extract moisture out from the air and store in a reservoir that should be emptied regularly when it’s… Continue Reading ›› The post Tips on Choosing A Best Portable…
  • Best Home Dehumidifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Guides for Home Dehumidifiers 2014 – 2015 An ideal home dehumidifier not only can take away excess moisture balancing relative humidity level, but also maximize the ease to use it offering unexpected joys. But how can we get a dehumidifier that fits our conditions most? Since every specific requirement may be different. In this post, we will share some tips to choose a home dehumidifier and compare some best of them and give our home dehumidifier reviews. Home Dehumidifier Comparisons… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Home Dehumidifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015…
  • Reviews of Eva-dry Dehumidifier 2014 – 2015

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Small Dehumidifiers’ Brand: Eva-dry Just look at the name you will know Eva Dry is a company that concentrates itself in the dehumidifier industry, and it is definitely one of the best brand. This post is for Eva-dry dehumidifier review info. The terms reusable, compact and environment-friendly have been always used  with dehumidifiers of Eva Dry. These mini-dehumidifiers are constructed using patented technology. Eva Dry is actually the leader of the small dehumidifiers industry right now. Eva Dry dehumidifiers have… Continue Reading ›› The post Reviews of Eva-dry…
  • Guides to Choose A Best Room Dehumidifier

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:13 pm
     Room Dehumidifier Reviews, Consumer Reports 2014-2015 Why do we need room dehumidifiers? If you have experienced the heavy moisture climate, you must know how awful it is. Proper moisture in the air can be a good factor to maintain comfortable environment, but too much moisture can cause the other way around. Generally, high amount of moisture in the air is more likely to create favorable condition for bacteria and molds to grow and cause discomforts, loss of sleep and excessive… Continue Reading ›› The post Guides to Choose A Best Room Dehumidifier appeared first on…
  • Asthma Diagnosing

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Diagnosing Method for Asthma There are several essential components to diagnose asthma, including medical histories, physical exams, breathing tests or others. The primary care physician usually arranges a few tests, and then determines what levels the patients have been. Generally, asthma can be clinically classified as four levels based on the frequency of asthma, forced expiratory volume (FEV) in a second and peak expiratory flow rate: intermittent, mild persistent, moderate persistent and severe persistent. If you have asthma, be prepared… Continue Reading ›› The post…
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  • The Zen of the Everyday Pastime

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    At the beginning of the month, I embarked on a creative adventure: to learn how to sew. I set off to make a nightgown for each of my daughters, because I’ve found that specific goals (make two nightgowns) have a much greater chance of being accomplished than vague ones (learn to sew). It was a challenge in every sense of the word... The post The Zen of the Everyday Pastime appeared first on .
  • The DIY Lotion Project and The Case for Natural Cosmetics

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Coconut oil. Almond oil. Beeswax. Shea butter. Essential oils. That’s what you need to make some silky smooth body lotion. I’ve become a bit obsessive about the stuff I put in and on my body, so I thought I’d take advantage of DIY month and try my hand at making homemade beauty products. To help, I invited my dear friend Victoria... The post The DIY Lotion Project and The Case for Natural Cosmetics appeared first on .
  • The Joys and Benefits of Being a Beginner

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Oh, what have I done, what have I done, what have I done, what have I done. I knew sewing month would be challenging, but in my head, it was supposed to be fairly straightforward. Silly me for not realizing just how technical, precise, expensive and time consuming it is. Apparently you need four different kinds of cutting tools just to get started!... The post The Joys and Benefits of Being a Beginner appeared first on .
  • A Month of Making: On Sewing, Crafting & Working With Your Hands

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    I’m not what you’d call a domestic person. I don’t bake, I don’t craft, I don’t send hand-made cards or decorate my house for Halloween. I typically have to ask for assistance wrapping Christmas presents because if the box is too big or too small or unusually shaped, I will find a way to botch the job. So I’m bad at arts... The post A Month of Making: On Sewing, Crafting & Working With Your Hands appeared first on .
  • How to Learn Lucid Dreaming: A Primer

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “Am I dreaming or am I awake?” I look at a spot on the floor. I look at the pattern of the wood. I look away. I look back at the floor. Everything is the same. I am awake, obviously. But I do this anyway, several times a day, in hopes that one day, out of pure habit, I’ll ask myself, “Am I dreaming... The post How to Learn Lucid Dreaming: A Primer appeared first on .
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  • MEME – She asked me to tie her up and do anything I want

    The Munk
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Most guys can relate to this meme, some times it’s a hard choice but just sometimes getting to do something on your own you don’t get much time for is more rewarding than sex….but only sometimes mind you, a hot woman tied up is pretty hard to resist   The post MEME – She asked me to tie her up and do anything I want appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
  • MEME – So which colour dress did Grumpy Cat see ?

    The Munk
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    After the huge debacle caused on the interwebs about the Dress colour debate, people still can’t get enough. Is it ‘Gold and White‘….or ‘Blue and Black‘ ? And of course that means our favourite feline Grumpy Cat has to weigh in on this and set the record straight once and for all ! To be honest The post MEME – So which colour dress did Grumpy Cat see ? appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
  • Is this dress ‘Blue and Black’ or ‘White and Gold’? What colour do you see?

    The Munk
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:59 am
    The internet almost broke with the recent dress colour debacle which went viral and was sparked after Scottish singer Caitlin McNeill originally uploaded the picture to Tumblr asking “Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black?”. Some people see the colour below as being a white and gold dress The post Is this dress ‘Blue and Black’ or ‘White and Gold’? What colour do you see? appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
  • MEME – Grumpy cat doesn’t think you need to worry about zombies

    The Munk
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    What’s better than zombies ?  A Grumpy cat and zombies ofcourse! If there was ever a zombie apocalypse I’m pretty sure Grumpy cat would survive, he’s just too bitter for them to eat. But damn he sure makes funny memes ! MEME TOP LINE:    Zombies eat brains MEME BOTTOM LINE:  Don’t worry, most of you have nothing The post MEME – Grumpy cat doesn’t think you need to worry about zombies appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
  • Amazing video of Killer Whales chasing a speedboat

    The Munk
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
    It seems that it’s not only hippos that like to chase speedboats but killer whales too. The video below shows a speedboat moving really fast and orcas chasing it for quite some time, jumping out of the water every now and then. This is something that dolphins have been known to do from time to time, but The post Amazing video of Killer Whales chasing a speedboat appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
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  • Questions to Ask When You Choosing An Air Purifier

    D stone
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    This post is from ItQuestions to Ask When Choosing an Air Purifier Before choosing an air purifier, here are five essential questions that you need to ask yourself: 1. Would I rather have a room or a whole house air purifier? According to experts, Opting for a furnace filter that’s much cheaper and works well with an existing [...]The post Questions to Ask When You Choosing An Air Purifier appeared first on
  • For Different Type of Pollutants: How to Choose An Air Purifier?

    D stone
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    This post is from ItAir Purifiers and Types of Pollutants There are various pollutants in the air and each of them requires a different type of treatment. An air purifier that is able to treat some combinations of pollutants can easily be found. However, it can be difficult to get an air purifier that deals with all types [...]The post For Different Type of Pollutants: How to Choose An Air Purifier? appeared first on
  • 5 Tips to Choose an Allergy Air Purifier

    D stone
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    This post is from It5 Things to Consider When Choosing An Air Purifier for Allergies An air purifier is an indispensable device in every home considering how inhaling particles in the air can trigger allergic symptoms. However, with a vast array of air purifiers available in the market, choosing the right one for your needs can be quite [...]The post 5 Tips to Choose an Allergy Air Purifier appeared first on
  • How to Choose Carbon Filters

    D stone
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    This post is from ItTips for Choosing an Effective Carbon Filter The Definition of Carbon Filtration Carbon filtration is based on a filter type that uses carbon for adsorbing smells and gases, for the purpose of purifying the air. This filter can be used along with HEPA filters for improving the way the air is purified. Did you [...]The post How to Choose Carbon Filters appeared first on
  • How to Clean An Air Purifier

    D stone
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    This post is from ItThe most ideal way of cleaning an air purifier is to follow the instructions printed in the purifier’s manual. If you no longer have it, you can search for it online by simply indicating the purifier’s serial number, model and make. But just in case you fail to find the manual online, here are [...]The post How to Clean An Air Purifier appeared first on
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    The Essential You

  • Lifestyle Diet Comparison: How to Choose the Best One for You

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    With so many lifestyle diet trends out there nowadays, it’s hard to keep track of which is which and what exactly the rules of each one are. Even if we can manage to identify them, there is so much information (most of it untrue or unbacked by scientific evidence) on the internet that it can […] The post Lifestyle Diet Comparison: How to Choose the Best One for You appeared first on The Essential You.
  • 15 All Natural Weight Loss Solutions to Spice Up Your Diet

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    The world of weight loss is filled with empty promises, high expectations and less than hoped-for results, especially when it comes to the next big “miracle diet.” For those who have exhausted all conventional weight-loss options and found themselves in the land of frustration and disappointment, you may consider giving it one last shot. Many herbs, […] The post 15 All Natural Weight Loss Solutions to Spice Up Your Diet appeared first on The Essential You.
  • 7 Obstacles You Unconsciously Place Between Yourself and Success

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    We’re all guilty of self-sabotage in one way or another – whether it’s telling ourselves that we can’t accomplish something or letting our fears keep us from taking the next step. Everyone has their own poison that prevents them from achieving the things they always dreamed of. To get past these obstacles, the first step […] The post 7 Obstacles You Unconsciously Place Between Yourself and Success appeared first on The Essential You.
  • Essential Oils: History, Uses and Medicinal Properties (Infographic)

    17 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    If you’re familiar with alternative or holistic medicine, you’ve probably heard about essential oils before. If you’re new to this field, you might be wondering what the heck they are and why, or even how, you would use them. Essential oils are not just like your average cooking or even mineral oils – they are highly […] The post Essential Oils: History, Uses and Medicinal Properties (Infographic) appeared first on The Essential You.
  • How to Make a Living From Anywhere, With Almost Anything

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    I know what most of you are thinking; “oh there he goes talking about blogging lifestyle.” Well if you are one of those you are terribly wrong. Maintaining this blog is nothing more than a way to help people to overcome the obstacles we all face, and are still facing. My goal is to provide […] The post How to Make a Living From Anywhere, With Almost Anything appeared first on The Essential You.
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  • How to Get More Done in the Next 3 Months Than in the Past 3 Years

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The following is a guest post from one of my Audacity Coaching clients, Carrie Smith. Carrie’s no-nonsense, cathartic shove-filled three steps of how she’s accomplished so much is so little time is EXACTLY what Audacious people need to hear! I think you’ll love how real and honest her article is. Enjoy! When you work for yourself, or have a full-time job along with a side hustle, your personal projects and hobbies often get pushed to the back burner. You’re busy doing everyone else’s work because, well, you have to keep food on the table and a roof over your head. This…
  • Learn How to Live an Audacious Life

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In a recent interview with Michael Peggs of You University, I talk about how to live an audacious life. Some of the specifics we covered are listed below as well as the links to Michael’s post. I hope you’ll give it a listen and join in the conversation in the comments. What we talked about: How to turn yourself all the way up and reach your potential Suckdom and overcoming sucky circumstances How to create a personal support system Why tenacity is the greatest virtue of them all How to NOT live by default Click here to head over to You University and check it out. Or listen on…
  • The Power of Your Inner Dork

    2 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest post from one of my Audacity Coaching clients, Vicki Aubin. In this super vulnerable article, Vicki shares her story with a lesson for Audacious people everywhere. Enjoy! If 10 years ago, you’d told me that someday I’d be speaking publicly and on video about all things career development, I’d have said you were nuts. I was always a shy geek growing up but always had a TON of creativity and ideas inside of me, more than most people know or that I cared to remember. I did well in school, had lots of friends, participated in activities like dance, band and sports,…
  • Motivation Is a Solopreneur’s Worst Enemy

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    As a solopreneur, you simply do not have the luxury of waiting to feel working on your top priorities. But, if you find yourself unproductive and bouncing from email to Facebook to reheating your coffee for the fifth time, you are probably using motivation as your go-to productivity strategy – and it’s the worst strategy imaginable. This is where you hope that some external pressure (read: motivation) will come along and prod you into action. While it does feel good, motivation is completely unreliable. Motivation relies on your emotions and your emotions are constantly changing. Want to…
  • When the Going Gets Rough, Remember This

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    The following is a guest post from one of my Audacity Coaching clients, Sara Frandina. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out the right way to introduce her beautifully written story to you, but it needs no preamble. So without further ado, I give you Sara’s story… When March began, I was on a mission. In fact, I declared it my official new year. It was time to pivot in my business — and this was going to be the month that would kick it off. The goal? Freedom in my business. Here’s what that looks like for me: a work week devoid of 16-hour days. Days marked by…
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    The Life Hacker

  • Test Yourself: How Happy Are you?

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    The post Test Yourself: How Happy Are you? appeared first on The Life Hacker .
  • How to Be Happy in Life…Starting Now (!)

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    How to Be Happy in life … A Fundamental Truth. Here is a fundamental truth. The only person responsible for your happiness is you. Do you find it shocking? This idea is not new,... The post How to Be Happy in Life…Starting Now (!) appeared first on The Life Hacker .
  • Life Begins at The End of Your Comfort Zone

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
             Do you have a vision of how your dream life looks like? Taking an educated guess, I will risk saying its include a better you. A happy (much happier) you... The post Life Begins at The End of Your Comfort Zone appeared first on The Life Hacker .
  • Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

    13 Dec 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Why is it, that we always evaluate ourselves in a comparing to others? Why we are using someone else as a benchmark of our success?  Yes, I know it’s a tough question, but still… ... The post Stop Comparing Yourself to Others appeared first on The Life Hacker .
  • How to Live a Happy Life

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Congratulations for your decision to live happy and fulfilling life. It’s doable and in a matter of fact easy to achieve. If you are reading these lines you probably feel there is a room... The post How to Live a Happy Life appeared first on The Life Hacker .
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    Hacked Living

  • The Greatest Tipping Guide To Ever Exist

    Fred Gorgias
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
      Everybody has an opinion about how to tip these days. They are all wrong. This guide to tipping is the best guide to tipping ever written.   As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t tip a cow… but this is 2015 and we’re a civilized people, so if you find yourself at a restaurant being served by a cow, you should probably tip it. But not too much, maybe 10%. Just because she’s overweight doesn’t mean she won’t mistake a generous tip for an invitation for sex. And definitely don’t ask her if she “moo”s in bed. Women have feelings, man.
  • 3 Reasons Your Marriage Failed (For Men)

    Fred Gorgias
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
      Remember when you were happily married? You remember the good times because of the positivity effect (people favor positive memories over negative ones). Your marriage actually sucked. Hard. That’s why you are divorced. Don’t be stupid.   If you don’t want to have the same shitty marriage over and over again, it’s important to identify what went wrong with your last marriage. History has a tendency to repeat itself, and while it may be alluring to righteously coldcock a bitch without a twinge of guilt, your rap sheet down at the station is getting close to…
  • How To Solve Worldly Concerns That Keep You Up At Night

    Fred Gorgias
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Sometimes the problems of the world at large keep me up at night. War, starvation, abuse, rape, genocide, whether or not I’ll get to see Justin Bieber in my hometown, how horrible it must be to die, how intolerant people are, how people willfully hurt one another, the fact that I can’t give candy to a child without being demonized, and so much more. These concerns make life a lot more difficult than the typical persons apathetic lifestyle permits. And so, over the years, I’ve sought to be more apathetic.   To become successfully apathetic, you have to never think about…
  • A Simple Demonstration of The Absurdity of Your Beliefs

    Fred Gorgias
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:38 am
    Here is an interested fact: There are over 7 billion people on this planet. This means if I know 1,000 people, I only know 1 out of 7 million people. If I knew a million people by name, there would be 7,000 times more people whose names I don’t know. It’s a very humbling piece of information.   What I find even more interesting is that virtually all of those people don’t have the same beliefs. Sure, there are a lot of shared beliefs, but if you accounted for every area of belief that a person can have (including the cosmos, what will happen in the future, what has…
  • How To Know If A Woman Wants You To Ask Her Out

    Fred Gorgias
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:11 pm
      There is a growing number of women who are tired of the roles we’ve assigned to the sexes when it comes to the dating game. These women simply find it appalling that a man would be interested in her and try to ask her out or talk to her without provocation. For a long time now, men everywhere have wished that these women would somehow signify that they don’t want to be approached. Most men wish that women pursued men rather than men pursuing women and we have long wished that there was a way to know if a particular woman should be approached or left to do the approaching.
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    Live and Dare

  • Episode 006: Guided “I Am” meditation

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.I am personally a fan of unguided meditations, but I recognize the power of guided meditations, especially for beginners. The type of guided meditation in this audio is what I like to call “I Am Meditation”. The first time I experienced something similar was with a Satsang with master Mooji, in the year 2008.Meditation is the art of controlling your attention. While in most styles of meditation we focus our attention on a certain object – either external or internal, gross or subtle – in…
  • Meditation for Beginners – The Ultimate Guide for Building a Meditation Habit

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.Do you wish to start meditating? Perhaps you have tried to start, but simply can’t find the discipline or time to start. If that is your case, you came to the right place. This is a meditation guide for beginners, to help you build a meditation habit.If you have strong willpower, clear motivation and unshakable discipline, then this guide won’t be needed for you. Otherwise, keep reading.These principles are designed to make creating a meditation habit as easy as it can be. It will guide you to create…
  • Muse Headband Review – How Technology Can Help Your Meditation

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.When you start to meditate, one of the questions you often ask yourself is “Am I doing this right?” or “Is this how I am supposed to focus my mind?”. We usually have no means to know. Even if we have a meditation teacher and try to explain what is happening inside ourselves, our internal world is so subtle (if not messy) that it is hard to accurately explain our experience.On the past decades, scientists have studied the effects of meditation on the brain using EEGs and fMRIs…
  • Episode 005: From CEO to Healer – Guillaume Gauthereau on the value of surrender

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.Guillaume Gauthereau, is an entrepreneur, green activist, energy healer, and tantric meditator.Between 2008~2013 Guillaume was the co-founder and CEO of Totsy, the second largest website in the US dedicated to moms and tots, and was elected by Forbes as one of the top 100 most promising private US companies. He has been featured on a variety of media outlets, including FOX News, CNN & CBS. You find details about his entrepreneurial journey in this video.Unhappy with the direction of his life, Guillaume…
  • Episode 004: Mindfulness, Right View, and Meditation – a Buddhist perspective by Buddy Fichera

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:34 am
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.Buddy Fichera is a corporate coach, meditation teacher, and long-term Buddhist practitioner.He has practiced with John Kabat-Zinn and Thanissaro Bikkhu. Besides practicing in the Thai Forest Tradition of Buddhism, he oversees two meditation centers located in Fort Worth, and Austin, TX.Buddy provides consulting & coaching solutions to individuals and organizations desirous of growth and well-being, through his company, Radyx Skillful Solutions. He is a Gallup® Certified coach.In this episode you will…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Law of Attraction: Clearing Up Some of Your ‘Action Anxiety’ Part 1

    Kelli Cooper
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:46 am
     If our reality is created by our vibration, which is comprised of our thoughts, beliefs and feelings, then what is the role of action? How much ‘work’ do we have to do to get what we want? This is something that can really trip us up at times, and it can take a bit to work through it. It is one area that can really get our mind all in a tizzy. We have been been brought up to believe success is borne of hard work, that really toiling and going through all sorts of unpleasantness, is what makes us deserving of the end result. Taking action makes us feel like we are in control.
  • I Was Interviewed on Blogging from Paradise: LOA, Clarity and Other Tidbits to Create Awesomeness

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    Today I did an audio interview with my husband Ryan, who owns the awesome site Blogging from Paradise. There he helps people  build successful blogs and retire to a life of island hopping or whatever type of life they most want to live.  He does so much more than offer  practical blogging tips, and loves talking about the mental aspects of success and creating our most desired lives. He wants to inspire people. and he does a hell of a job at it.  As a personal development blogger, he thought I could share some great advice with his audience, and I know this crowd would love it too. LOTS…
  • Law of Attraction: Shifting Energy When You’re Freaking Miserable

    Kelli Cooper
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    While not always the case, many people often start working with law of attraction when the shit has really hit the fan. There may be a bit of desperation. Things really suck and they are willing to try anything to bring some relief. The idea we can control our reality through our thoughts, feelings and beliefs gives a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, life can get better if we can adopt some more empowering and positive ones. Maybe, just maybe, we don’t have to keep suffering and letting our life be dictated by outside forces. The concept seems simple enough, but as anyone who…
  • Law of Attraction: Signs What You Want is On Its Way

    Kelli Cooper
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    It would be great if there were these set, ummistakable signs, like a notification from the Cosmic FedEx your manifestation has left the facility and is now in transit, or your right pinky finger beginning to tingle from 8 to noon daily in the three days preceding the arrival of your stuff. This post is courtesy of a question one of my very regular readers asked me in one of her comments. She wanted to know about signs that what we want to manifest is on its way. Lots of good questions lately that were juicy enough to turn into a full-fledged blog post, so thanks for that question-askers! The…
  • Law of Attraction: Where Do I Even Begin?

    Kelli Cooper
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
      So, today we have another post based on some reader questions that were left on a post about some things screwing up your manifesting mojo.  Hi Kelli. Could you explain the exact process you use when you want to attract something? You just ask once or think about it once and focus on feeling good by getting on with everyday life and forget about it? You don’t visualize? Also. Could you explain this? ‘Also, you might want to know that you can not think about what you want ever again besides that first time, and you would still get it. Crazy, but true.’ *Do you have an article on…
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  • 11 Things You Should Never Say To Your Girlfriend

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    Girlfriend’s needs to be handled with lots of love and care and most importantly you need to care what you speak in front of your girlfriend. Girlfriends are human beings just like us and they are actually not the way most magazines lead you to imagine.  Here are some of the things you should better not say to your lady. If you say, be ready to face the consequences. Never Say These To Your Girlfriend Say These 11 Things To Simply End up in a Fight! #1 Amy was looking pretty If you say this, you will probably have a fight with your girlfriend. Even though, you had no intention of…
  • 7 Things on Which You Should Spend Money

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:39 pm
    So, you are in your early twenties and thinking about things to spend money on? In early twenties, we are more of a kind of kid who just pretends to be an adult. It is the time when we start earning real money for the first time in life and therefore we can feel very pressurized to handle it. Early twenties are the time when you discover a lot of new things in life and also your creativity. You discover your aim and things you want in life. You will fail and start over-and-over again until you get success. Maybe you will even leave your Mom and Dad to follow your passion. But how you utilize…
  • SIX Easy Ways To Boost Your Confidence

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Believe it or not. It is very easy to try an advice people to look forward and start things afresh. However, it’s exactly not that easy when things are placed in front of you on that same situation. Things get harder. You may feel confident, but your thoughts seems to end up back on your insecurity. Everyone has their own insecurities in life. But with times we move on and learn a lot. Which, later becomes a part of our daily life. Here are some of the tips for moving from being insecure to being confident. Try To Live And Work Out On Your Short Comings. The little the loopholes, the harder…
  • 8 Traits of Truly Genuine People

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    Everyone wants to hang around with genuine people, No doubt on it. But in this modern world; where people mostly communicate virtually, it is very hard to differentiate a fake personality from the genuine ones. In a world ruled by Social Media, anyone can easily hide their real personality with a fake. We like our friends because we know they are real and that they don’t hid behind a fake personality. Finding original people is like almost impossible in this age. However, it isn’t that hard to differentiate either. Here are some of the traits of Genuine People which will help you…
  • 60 Quotes on “Failure” that will Motivate you for “Success”

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Do you think you are failed? Well, you aren’t! Failure is actually the stepping steps of Success. Failure happens to each one of us and in every moment of life; but that shouldn’t make you sad. Read some of the best quotes on “Failure” by famous personalities which will life your mood and motivate you for success. So, here comes “60 Quotes On Failure, That Will Motivate You For Success”. Motivational Quotes on Success   Indecision and delays are the parents of failure. – George Canning I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
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    Imperfect Spirituality

  • How to Get Unstuck

    Polly Campbell
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    Erin Cairney White We all have times when we feel like we are stalled in the fast-lane of life. Stuck in the routine. Bored and maybe even burned out. In Monday’s post, which you can find here, I offered some tips to get unstuck. Here are a few more worth trying. Do something for someone else. Tough to remain stuck when we move outside of ourselves to help another. This is the easiest way to get back in the game of life. Go sweep a neighbor’s porch. Hide love notes around the house for your partner. Make a casserole for the new mom down the street. Go eat lunch with your daughter’s…
  • How to Get Your Swagger Back — Part 1

    Polly Campbell
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    There are only so many meals you can cook, commutes you can make, bills you can pay, socks you can match before life begins to feel a little mundane. Boring even. You know the feeling when the same ol’ stuff, feels drab and uncomfortable. Motivation is flagging and you no longer feel fired up about the work or activities that you used to enjoy. You are stuck. Been there done that. It’s not uncommon to hit a point where we feel depleted and worn by the daily routine. But you don’t have to stay stuck in in that overall sense of is-this-all-there-is dissatisfaction. When you are ready to…
  • How to Get Grit

    Polly Campbell
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    Grit, say psychologists, is the quality that makes us willing to commit to the long-term goals and see them through despite adversity. It’s a stick-to-it-ness requiring tenacity and a combination of  other qualities like courage, social support, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-motivation. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania who study resilience and grit say that grit is even more important than intelligence or talent when it comes to succeeding in school, work, and at other tasks. Grit is even the quality, according to research, that helps cadets survive at West point and…
  • What it Means to Be Gritty

    Polly Campbell
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Yesterday, my husband finished a marathon. An achievement for sure. The fact that he’s even walking around today and has already done the grocery shopping is, in my eyes, a mega-achievement. After all, walking to the mailbox can wipe me out. But, it isn’t the strong finish that I was most impressed by or that he stayed awake on the drive home. Noteworthy, yes. Impressive no. I was most impressed with all of the work he put in ahead of time. How he prevailed in training. Almost every Saturday for a year, Mr. J would get up before dawn, throw on his fluorescent running gear, strap on a…
  • Contagious Optimism: How To Pick It Up And Pass It On

    David Mezzapelle
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    David Mezzapelle is the author of two books including the recently released 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People: Power Your Life with the Positive. As humans, we are all born with a bias towards optimism.  No question there.  Well-respected doctors, scientists, and spiritual advisors, such as Dr. Martin Seligman, Dr. Tali Sharot, and even Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, will go deep into how and why we are this way.  However, on a very simple level, we believe that when we wake up we will not be hit by a bus, struck by lightning, or die suddenly for some unknown reason.  This is a bias we all…
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  • Reviews to Choose A Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floor 2015

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Guides On Choosing Vacuums for Hardwood Floors In your quest to finding the best vacuum cleaner for your hardwood floors, you ought to look for one that can effectively and efficiently do the work. Hardwood floors are easy to get scratched, and the normal vacuums used on carpet may harm them. So, you need to pay... Read Article → The post Reviews to Choose A Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floor 2015 appeared first on
  • How to Choose A Best Air Purifier for Home?

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    5 Factors to Consider When Buying a Room Air Purifier Different air purifiers exist on the market today, with a big chunk of them having been made for purifying only one room at a time. Many aspects of a one-room air purifier are considered when one wants to settle on the best one for their... Read Article → The post How to Choose A Best Air Purifier for Home? appeared first on
  • Top 10 Best Air Purifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015

    12 Apr 2015 | 7:09 pm
    The Guide to Buying The Best Air Purifiers What is An Air Purifier? How Does An Air Purifier Work? An air purifier is a specially designed device whose key purpose is to remove contaminants that may present in air. These air purifier devices are effective in removing the airbore contaminants, and very effect useful to... Read Article → The post Top 10 Best Air Purifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015 appeared first on
  • Top 10 Best Coffee Maker and Reviews 2014 – 2015

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Coffee Maker Reviews and Buying Guide If you need A right kitchen appliance to brew your coffee in an instant, then you should invest on a best home coffee maker. These machines have numerous features, but the main thing about this unit is coffee makers comes with a metal filter where you put coffee grounds.... Read Article → The post Top 10 Best Coffee Maker and Reviews 2014 – 2015 appeared first on
  • Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Ultimate Guides for Fat Soluble Vitamins

    5 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Benefits,Use, Side Effects… The different types of fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins E, K, D and A. These are incapable of dissipating fat, and they are not necessary to be replenished frequently. Additionally, these vitamins tend to accumulate in fatty issues and liver as they absorb dietary fat located in small intestines. Unlike water-soluble... Read Article → The post Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Ultimate Guides for Fat Soluble Vitamins appeared first on
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    Life Jottings

  • Small things matter in life

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Have you ever seen weightlifters lifting phenomenal weights during the competitions? With their huge muscles, they will lift the weights onto the top of their heads, hold it for a couple of seconds and then throw it down. But, do they lift such heavy weights from day one? No, they would have started with trying… Continue Reading Small things matter in life The post Small things matter in life appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • How to apply pareto principle in life

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    In the book, 4 hour work week, Timothy Ferriss talks about a simple principle that will help anyone to improve their life. It is called the 80:20 principle, coined by the famous economist Vilfredo Pareto. This Pareto principle can be applied to any of the fields, and today let us see how pareto principle can be… Continue Reading How to apply pareto principle in life The post How to apply pareto principle in life appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • Top jewellers in India

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:23 am
    I have been always fascinated by huge business enterprises and its owners. I always make it a point to do some homework and find out the owner of any new business that I come across. This gives me an inspiration to dream big and achieve it by pursuing a well articulated plan. Of late, jewllery… Continue Reading Top jewellers in India The post Top jewellers in India appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • Drinking woes of high paid executives

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Rishi is a very senior IT executive who draws a huge salary which others can only dream about. He drives a Merc and has everything that one needs to enjoy a lavish lifestyle. But, he does something and is unaware that it has the potential to strip him off, and bring his entire family onto… Continue Reading Drinking woes of high paid executives The post Drinking woes of high paid executives appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • Cab driver and his dream to own his cab

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:07 am
    This morning, I travelled to office in a famous cab in Chennai which I shall leave unnamed. The driver was a charming mid forty person and was very friendly.  We picked up a conversation, and I used the opportunity to ask him about his work and how the taxi business is shaping up in Chennai… Continue Reading Cab driver and his dream to own his cab The post Cab driver and his dream to own his cab appeared first on Life Jottings.
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    Fierce and Finest

  • The best GoPro motivation videos

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The GoPro has brought a revolution to the world of self recording by offering a unique point of view for a completely immersive experience of what once were regularly filmed videos.  Trying to capture your most memorable moments from your own perspective and sharing them to the world has never been so easy. If there is anything you need to do to push yourself to experience life to the fullest and start living your dreams, instead of being glued to your armchair, it’s watching someone else turn their dreams into reality. The GoPro brings you just that, the motivation of seeing near…
  • Why optimists make great leaders

    11 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Optimism is a real thing, with real scientific basis, and real success stories that confirm why it is so important to have enough of it to live a healthy, happy life.  Optimism isn’t just about being happy all the time, that’s what people often get confused about.  An optimistic leader operates on a different level than someone who is just going with the flow, taking whatever life puts in front of them. Optimistic Leaders are Logical Another common misconception about optimists is that they are deluded by their own happiness or they wish for things to happen.  This is not true,…
  • Stay The Course

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    You can plan for the worst and hope for the best. You can pray to get, rather than righteously, just to be. You can wish and dream and seek and search, but, if you’re on the right path to begin with, then ultimately, you shall receive. Once your path is charted, never, and I mean never, give up. Life will continue to knock you down, a lot, as no one is ever uncontested by challenges. Your journey will be defined by not “how many” times you get knocked down, but “how” you get back up, each and every time stronger, with more resiliency and resolve, from each brutal…
  • Podcasts – The ultimate personal development medium

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Over the years podcasts have developed into one of the most influential form of internet media and their presence as a personal development resource makes them hard to be neglected. Be it self improvement through awareness, spirituality, business success or just topics that will change your perspective on the world around you, these podcasts have everything to be a part of your journey to a better self: London Real London real has it all, from success stories of some of the most influential people in business and entrepreneurship to self awakenings and life journeys of today’s personal…
  • Rise and shine – Motivational coffee mugs

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    There is nothing more important than to set yourself up for the rest of the day. These amazingly designed mugs are just the motivational boost you need while drinking your favorite hot beverage: Get Shit DONE   Be awesome   Think bigger Quotable Mug   Quotable Mug   The post Rise and shine – Motivational coffee mugs appeared first on Fierce and Finest.
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    Edited Daily

  • Meditation: 5 reasons to NOT do it

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    You have heard about meditation. People tell you to do it. But you don’t know if it is worth it. Let us help you make up your mind. 1. You will lose your daily companions Let’s face it, we love ourselves, and we have grown accustomed to our predominant habitual feelings. Stress is one of them, and we have [...] The post Meditation: 5 reasons to NOT do it appeared first on Edited Daily.
  • Top 5 apple watch apps, and some thoughts on the watch.

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    The apple watch is finally here, and we know you are curious. We will find out more in the coming days when enough people have used it for a few days. Something worthy of mention is that unlike iPod and iPhone, for which there was no competition at the time of launch, Apple is launching their watch when the [...] The post Top 5 apple watch apps, and some thoughts on the watch. appeared first on Edited Daily.
  • The art of small talk – 5 questions never to ask

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    A great post at the art of manliness. Ask anything, but these questions 1. “Did you go there for fun?” When someone tells you they had gone somewhere, don’t jump into it with “did you go there for fun?” It could be that he had gone there because of a sad reason. Better to ask, [...] The post The art of small talk – 5 questions never to ask appeared first on Edited Daily.
  • Chile’s volcano eruption

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted on April 22nd, after being quiet for over 42 years. The volcano sent ash more than 6 miles skyward — which means the dust could contaminate water cause respiratory illnesses. It happened near a town nearby and several people took some dramatic pictures and videos of the eruption. Here are a few of them: Asi comenzo la [...] The post Chile’s volcano eruption appeared first on Edited Daily.
  • Optimism: 5 steps to go from being a pessimist to an optimist

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    According to the dictionary, optimism is – a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome. And, pessimism is – the tendency to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad or undesirable outcomes, results, conditions, problems, etc. Read the meanings again. It is our habitual tendency [...] The post Optimism: 5 steps to go from being a pessimist to an optimist appeared first on Edited Daily.
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