motivation

Why The Hardest Tasks Matter The Most

Life hacking is all about doing things easier, but it’s important to remember that not everything is easy. There aren’t many “get rich quick” schemes in life — whether you’re talking about money, productivity, relationships or something else. Sometimes, the hardest tasks are the ones that matter the most.


The Three Key Steps To Creativity: Copy, Transform And Combine

In an information economy, originality and creativity are all-important skills. They’re also some of the most misunderstood ideas. Speaking at TED, author Kirby Ferguson argues that creativity comes from copying, transforming and combining other works.


'Taking Time To Think Is Massively Underrated'

Developer Matt West reminds us that it’s a busy world out there. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget to stop and let ourselves think.


The Myth Of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don't Wait

Franz Kafka is considered one of the most creative and influential writers of the 20th century, but he actually spent most of his time working as a lawyer for the Workers Accident Insurance Institute. How did Kafka produce such fantastic creative works while holding down his day job? By sticking to a strict schedule.


'Good Books Are Hard To Write, Bad Books Are A Breeze'

Many of us have a tendency to get frustrated when our work gets difficult. Writer Jon Acuff reminds us of one very simple truth: if you’re doing your work well, it’s supposed to be hard.


Track What You Waste Time On Right Alongside Your Accomplishments

We all have those little time wasters in our lives. Perhaps you turn the TV on while getting ready in the morning and get a bit too sucked in. Or maybe you start your day with emails when diving into a project would be better. You can identify and then eliminate those time-sucks simply by keeping better track of them.


How To Stay Focused On Your Goals When You Get Bored

We all have goals and dreams, but it can be difficult to stick with them. Each week, I hear from people who say things like “I start with good intentions, but I can’t seem to maintain my consistency for a long period of time.” Or they will say “I struggle with mental endurance. I get started but I can’t seem to follow through and stay focused for very long.” Don’t worry. I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else.


'Take A Breath'

When you see something you don’t like and feel like sharing your opinion, designer Jason Santa Maria suggests you first take a breath and consider what you’re going to do. The world can, at least, wait those few seconds to hear what you think and perhaps you’ll realise the weight your message might carry to others.


Five Rules The Grateful Dead Followed To Find Success

While following in the footsteps of the successful doesn’t guarantee success, it provides a pretty good outline when forming your own strategies. The biography of the late Jerry Garcia points to such an outline of how the Grateful Dead approached their work that might serve useful in yours.


How To Take A Pay Cut For A Job You Actually Love (And Survive)

Not too long ago, I jumped ship from an office job and career path that was great, but not my passion. I took a huge risk to follow my dream, and learned a lot of lessons along the way. If you’re thinking about following your dream or doing what you love, here are some tips to keep in mind before you do it, and some of my mistakes to learn from.