motivation

Stick To Your Goals With An Anti-Charity System

If the carrot doesn’t work, it’s time for the stick. Instead of rewarding yourself for meeting your goals, pay an “anti-charity” money when you cheat on your resolutions.


The 'Secret' To Coming Up With Great Ideas Is Showing Up

Psst. Want to know how creative geniuses come up with their great ideas and masterpieces? The answer isn’t luck.


The Three Most Important Factors For Maintaining Work Motivation

Work shouldn’t always feel like a burden, but keeping your motivation can be a constant struggle. Here are three factors that can help you understand and upkeep your motivation.


Schedule A Date Night With Your Finances To Make Saving More Enjoyable

I’ll be honest. Even I scoffed at this one at first. Planning your budget, paying bills and allocating your income for investments are super-boring words. Sitting at a desk with a spreadsheet open is also dreary. Make it a little less tiresome by changing the ambiance.


How Smartphone Addiction Is Bad For Your Career

The joke among lecturers goes like this: you can receive “instant feedback” on your teaching simply by observing how many texts and social media posts your students send on their mobiles during class. If a student sends 20 messages during your three-hour session, your lecture is probably lacking and has likely failed to capture much of their attention. If, on the other hand, a student only sends five texts, your lecture must be excellent.


Never Let Your First Attempt At A Project Be Your Last

Starting a project is easy. Finishing it is hard. Hard enough that, when we’re done, we can feel happy with the results and move on. To truly improve, however, iteration is often more important than completion.


Steve Jobs's Best Productivity Tricks

Regardless of how you feel about Apple, Steve Jobs was an incredibly prolific CEO who was more than just the face of the company. Before his death in 2011, he managed to provide a unique workplace lauded for its productivity. Let’s take a look at just a few of the ways he did it.


Ask LH: How Can I Stay Motivated When Studying?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a PhD student who just completed his first year. Looking back I really didn’t get a lot done. I suffered through a lot of unforeseen problems and setbacks, which cost me a lot of time. Do you have any good advice for keeping motivated in the face of constant problems that keep you from progressing?


How To Keep Going When You're Demotivated At Work

Sometimes, you reach a point at work where your motivation is completely depleted. But circumstances dictate that you can’t quit. So how do you keep going? There’s always a way.


Include A 'Fun Fund' In Your Budget To Help You Stick To Your Financial Goals

We’ve mentioned that one of the reasons personal budgets fail is because people don’t remember to give themselves some spending money for entertainment or leisure purchases. Instead of trying to guess how much you’ll spend every week or month on fun, set up a “fun fund” you can add to or drain depending on your mood.