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Learn More Vocabulary Words and You’ll Be Amazed!

Learn More Vocabulary Words and You’ll Be Amazed!

Bueno. Konnichiwa. A good hello is one way to start up a relationship.

It’s interesting, I was in Phoenix, AZ all last week, and I noticed a Japanese man sitting outside smoking a cigarette. I smiled at him and said, “konnichiwa.” He was startled. He appeared lonely, and it looked as if no one had spoken to him. Isn’t it amazing what one friendly word, accompanied by a smile can do? I wonder what the rest of his day looked like…

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1. You will be puzzled when you learn more vocabulary words.

Being puzzled is a good thing because it gets you outside of your comfort zone. It takes you out of your intrepid state of homeostasis, and places you into a world unknown. In other words, you’re in the position to learn something new. Isn’t that exciting? You are going to learn something new today! You may already be sitting up a little bit straighter in your seat. You may already be a bit more focused. Learn more vocabulary words.

2. You will see fresh roses gently replace dated plaids.

In other words, new patterns will develop. Our minds were created to be utilized to their fullest potential. You might have failed miserably in the past at science or math or writing business plans or whatever it may be, but each new word you learn will build a bridge to a larger vision of your future. Rather than making a New Year’s resolution this year, check out this book and website My One Word: Change Your Life with Just One Word. Learn more vocabulary words.

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3. You will love it when it rains.

Welcome, you are now a pluviophile. You find joy and peace in hearing the melodic dripping of drops of rain on the window pane.  Do you love music? Then, you are an audiophile. Do you have any idea how important it is to realize who you are? It is so important to find your identity. Who would have thought you could find that through learning a word? It is important for you to learn more vocabulary words. You will become a seeker.

4. You will find yourself in a position to leapfrog.

One word might make the difference between getting a job and not getting a job. Competition is fierce in the job market today. No matter what kind of work you do, opposition is out there. Imagine if knowing the difference between a terabyte and a megabyte during a casual conversation over coffee with a stranger either opens or closes a door to your future.

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If you don’t know those words, look them up!

5. You will comfort others by speaking their language.

Do you have a friend with Cancer? What is chemotherapy? Learn more vocabulary words. Do you have a friend that has diabetes? What is insulin? How does it effect the body? Learn more vocabulary words. Can you learn a word a day? Do you have a friend from a different country? Are you up for the challenge? Join me in learning 30 new words for the next 30 days. Then, start over, duplicate it. Learn more vocabulary words.

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If you learn more vocabulary words, you may also be provided the opportunity to teach another person; to pay it forward as they say. You may find yourself in the position to mentor or coach someone. Yes, even you! You may find yourself experiencing success beyond what you had ever imagined.

One thing is certain though, you will have a larger reservoir of words from which to draw. No matter where you are in life, that is not a bad thing. We all need to keep ourselves hydrated, be it literally or metaphorically. Reach beyond the 6 inches in front of your face and establish a vision for tomorrow. It’s okay to take it step-by-step. The world will not stop moving because you stopped talking. You only live once. Enjoy the journey!

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Last Updated on June 18, 2019

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Making Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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