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Ease Into 'Deliberate Learning' With The Five Hour Rule

Deliberate learning, when you set aside time and effort specifically to learn, helps you make progress mastering a new skill because you’ve dedicated time to thinking and reflecting. But finding the time can be tough, so use the five hour rule, where you set aside five hours a week to better yourself, to ease into it.

Jump Start Your Motivation By Forcing Yourself To Make More Choices

We all have days where our motivation falls flat. Just the thought of getting started with your work is overwhelming. If you need to get the gears turning, you can motivate yourself simply by making a choice, big or small.

The Feedback Loop From Hell

There’s an insidious quirk to your brain that, if you let it, can drive you absolutely batty. Tell me if this sounds familiar to you: You get anxious about confronting somebody in your life. That anxiety cripples you and you start wondering why you’re so anxious. Now you’re becoming anxious about being anxious. Oh no! Doubly anxious! Now you’re anxious about your anxiety, which is causing more anxiety. Quick, where’s the whiskey?

Reverse Your Workout To Make It More Enjoyable

It’s tempting to want to start your workout with the easiest part, and build up to the more intense stuff by the end. But if you’re having trouble motivating yourself to come back for another sweat session, flipping your workout around could leave you with better parting memories.

Beat Procrastination By Using Small Wins To Build Momentum

When you really have to get things done, all you need to do is get started. If you’re struggling, focus on something small. Even an answered email, short report finished, or another small win is all it takes to build a little momentum to tackle the big stuff.

The Best Productivity System Is The One You Can Trust

If your productivity system isn’t one that you can trust to actually help you work, it’s no good. In a recent post at the GTD blog, David Allen explains why it’s so important for your productivity system to trustworthy, or you’ll wind up putting more effort into the system than into the work you need to do.

Ask LH: How Can I Overcome My Fear Of Failure At Work?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a habit of coming up with an idea, and then not actually following through with it. I have a specific project that I have really wanted to do for a long time, but I have never actually made an effort to make it happen. I think my main reasons for not doing this are fear of failure and a general sense of being easily distracted. What are some good ways to force yourself to see a project through to completion, despite fear of failure? Thanks, Long Deferred

The Psychological Origins Of Procrastination And How To Stop Putting Things Off

We’ve all had the experience of wanting to get a project done but putting it off for later. Sometimes we wait because we just don’t care enough about the project, but other times we care a lot — and still end up doing something else. I, for one, end up cleaning my house when I have a lot of papers to grade, even though I know I need to grade them.

Why You Should Always Schedule A Night Off When Meal Planning

Meal planning is a great way to de-stress your week and save some money, but it’s a good idea to plan a meal or two to skip too. Just like with a diet or other long-term goal, it’s good to give yourself a cheat day so your motivation doesn’t wane.

Get Started On Large Goals With An Easy Task That Has Huge Rewards

Big goals are daunting, and it’s common practice to break them into smaller tasks. But you can still have trouble getting started. To get over that initial fear, choose a task with little effort and huge rewards.

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