We feel that time is precious, and we shouldn't waste it. We often try and fill the void with carefully-planned tasks. But turning down the volume on life can be extremely beneficial. We fight against boredom, distraction and procrastination all the time, but that doesn't mean you should get rid of them completely.
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We've talked before about using mind maps as a means to kickstart creativity, but former Google career coach Jenny Blake suggests using one to figure out your personal goals for the year.
You spend more time with your own failures than anyone else on Earth. Eventually, you might internalize them and come to fear failure. However, for everyone else, they barely know your failures even exist.
It's an understatement that learning to say no is a critical life skill. It's important both personally and professionally, and once you learn how to do it without being a jerk, you have time to focus on the things you need (and want) to do, instead of other people's priorities. Here's a quick way to master it.
Finding the silver lining in rough situations can help you keep your head up. But according to a recent study, it can also be detrimental to your overall well-being. It all depends on the situation.
Staying motivated at work during the last few weeks of December can be surprisingly difficult. You're supposed to be working on a new project but all you can think about is the impending Christmas break and the year ahead. If you're having a hard time staying productive, these science-based hacks are here to help.
There's nothing inherently wrong with reading Facebook, unless you'd rather be reading a good book instead (and that whole fake news problem.) Luckily, the habit loop, which David Kadavy describes as the "habit hook" in his post, holds the key to breaking that Facebook habit and replacing it with a reading one.
Even if you're a night owl, you can still have more productive mornings if you put in a little effort to make getting up easier. Of course, it still won't be easy, but if you like the idea of a more relaxing start to the day, here are some suggestions to get you started.
For most of my life, I've just drifted. I would work passionately at one thing for a while, then I'd burn out on that thing and move on to something else. I felt like I had a good grip on what I needed to do today, but in terms of thinking about the big picture of my life, I just didn't have any idea.