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Simple Hacks For A Happier Life

Simple Hacks For A Happier Life

Everyone wants to live a better life. Looking for ways to do that is what brings most readers to Lifehack. Whether it’s finding ways to improve your relationships with your family and friends, improve your productivity at work, live a healthier lifestyle, have more peace of mind, and so on, you can find advice on how to achieve all of those things right here.

But, what if you were just looking for a few basic tips and tricks for life in general? If that’s the case, here are the five best pieces of advice we can give you.

1. Eat less CRAP and eat more FOOD.

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    That’s right– eat better. For our bodies and minds, it all begins with what we put in our mouths every day. You can work out all you want, but all the exercise in the world can’t overcome a bad diet. Everyone is always benefited by eating healthier.

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    2.  Pick an exercise routine you’re going to enjoy and not dread.

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      If you hate running on a treadmill, don’t force yourself to do it. You’re most likely going to eventually quit. If you enjoy playing tennis instead, then do that. Whatever form of exercise you enjoy the most (running, lifting weights, yoga, playing sports, mountain climbing, bicycling, etc.) just do it because as long as you’re doing some form of exercise, you’re improving your health and life in many ways.

      3. Develop positive habits.

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        To improve your life you need to develop positive habits that will override any negative ones you already have. So, how do you accomplish that? The answer is: you spend the next 66 days (or so) developing a new habit.

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        Science now says that it takes, on average, 66 days to develop a habit. How long it takes you to develop it depends on two factors — the complexity of the habit and your dedication. Drinking a glass of water every morning when you wake up is going to be easier to make as a habit than something that requires more physical effort.

        Still, scientists have offered suggestions on how to create habits. It’s basically a three-step process where the 66 days is broken down into thirds. The first 22 days is about loudly proclaiming your desire to create this habit and asking your friends and family to hold you accountable. The second 22 days is about looking inward and holding yourself accountable. The final 22 days is about making that final push and getting that extra motivation. After that, it’s about enjoying your success.

        4. Be in control of your responses to actions and words.

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          Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor and the last of the ancient Stoic philosophers. Stoics believed in mind over matter and to use logic and not emotions when dealing with what happens around them. Aurelius dealt with many issues in his reign, including his best friend attempting a coup against him. Through it all, Marcus chose to forgive those who betrayed him. In his collection of writings, Meditations, he also wrote that, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” People say things based on how they perceive what’s around them. How you react to what people say and do to you is purely up to you.

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          Another way to put it is the quote from Dennis Kimbro, “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” So, control your reactions… All of this brings us to our last tip.

          5. Love unconditionally.

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            Unconditional love is affection without limitations or boundaries. Conditional love is requiring someone else to earn your affection. Your family and loved ones should not have to earn your love. It should be given freely and without obligations. When you give unconditional love, you will receive it in return– maybe not by all– but you will. Conditional love, on the other hand, can lead to resentment because it requires some sort of exchange between individuals. Exchanges can be measured, and if one party feels their exchange is worth more than what they get in return, anger, resentment and jealousy will build up.

            If you love someone unconditionally, you accept their flaws, and you will still love them regardless.

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            Certainly, there are hundreds of more tips and tricks we could include here. You have an entire website here with Lifehack to help you uncover them. These five tips are meant to be the foundation you will use to build upon with all of the other tips and tricks available in the articles on this site. They are the building blocks for adding more success into your life.

            Featured photo credit: Pietro and Silvia via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on November 19, 2019

            Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

            Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

            I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

            How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

            Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

            So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

            1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

            Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

            For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

            Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

            “When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

            2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

            These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

            This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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            But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

            Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

            For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

            There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

            3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

            It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

            Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

            4. Use Your Phone Wisely

            Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

            If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

            5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

            If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

            In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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            One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

            6. Use a “To Don’t” List

            We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

            But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

            Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

            7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

            When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

            Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

            “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

            And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

            8. Be Concise

            Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

            One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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            Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

            • Making new contacts
            • Talking about yourself at a job interview
            • Meeting people at conferences or parties
            • Phone calls to new clients

            9. Ask the Right Questions

            “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

            How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

            When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

            Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

            Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

            10. Learn as Much as You Can

            You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

            Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

            “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

            11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

            No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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            If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

            What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

            Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

            12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

            As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

            But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

            The Bottom Line

            The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

            Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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