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12 Websites That Can Make You Incredibly Smarter

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Self-learning has been more popular as the amount of information available online is increasing, allowing us to broaden our views with any topics that interest us. As you can find almost any course you wish to attend online, on popular websites such as Coursera and Khan Academy, you can easily change your career and start learning about something that really inspires you.

We present you with a list of 12 websites that you can use to expand your knowledge base and seize new opportunities.

1. CreativeLive

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    If you strive to nurture your creativity, you can join live online workshops by CreativeLive about photography, video, design, music, crafting and so on. If you feel like a creative soul, this is the place where you can unlock your potential and be surprised with how much you can learn.

    2. Code School

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      With entertaining content and experience instructors, Code School offers you over 60 courses on various programming languages. Every course is designed so as to feel like you are playing a game rather than boring you with a lot of information.

      3. Brain Pump

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        With Brain Pump, you can learn something new and interesting every day. You can learn about topics such as technology, chemistry, history, casual science, food, game design and much more.

        4. Guides

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          Guides is a free publishing platform where different authors, teachers, bloggers and researchers can share their knowledge. With many different “How To” guides, you can learn everything about marketing, entrepreneurship, fitness, health, design and so on.

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          5. Chalk Street

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            Chalk Street presents you with more than 60,000 lessons on technology, business, arts and lifestyle, such as yoga, languages, smartphone photography, everything about Excel and many others.

            6. Psychology Today

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              If you want to work on yourself and improve your mental health, Psychology Today is the right website for you. This site gathers a group of psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers, thus you can educate yourself on a number of topics, such as anxiety, cognition, creativity, parenting, memory, and so on.

              7. MIT OpenCourseWare

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                MIT OCW is a place where you can find course content of more than 2,000 MIT courses that can help individual learners enrich their knowledge base. Some of the most popular courses include: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Algorithms, Introduction to Programming in Java, and so on.

                8. Investopedia

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                  If you are looking for a website to improve your knowledge on finances, Investopedia is the right place for you. You can learn everything about investing and personal finance from a team of data scientists and financial experts.

                  9. Makezine

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                    For those of you who like to play with technology and craft their own invention, step-by-step articles on Makezine will become your favorite pieces of writing.

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                    10. Quora

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                      Quora’s mission is to connect people who have knowledge with the people who need it. You can ask almost any question and people will give you useful pieces of advice and their insights, or you can look at previous discussions and find the answers you are looking for.

                      11. Udacity

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                        Udacity focuses on active learning and its mission is to bring higher education to people around the world so as to help them with improving their careers. It has a long list of available courses from the field of programming, business studies, web design, marketing and so on.

                        12. Highbrow

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                          You can always spare 5 minutes per day to learn something new, and 5 minutes is all Highbrow asks from you. You can have 5-minute lessons delivered to your inbox daily, and learn how to improve your brain health, boost your emotional intelligence, about body language, SEO, HTML, CSS and many other topics.

                          How to make the most of self-learning

                          In order to get the maximum from self-learning process, you first need to set goals, and ask yourself why you want to know more about a certain topic. First set mini goals, and after you meet each goal, cross it off your goal list and that’s how you can track your progress. This is also a great motivational tool since it creates the sense of accomplishment. The next step is to make a schedule – how much time you want to spend each week learning and when do you plan to finish a course, and stick to it.

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                          10 Best Productivity Planners To Get More Done in 2021

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                          10 Best Productivity Planners To Get More Done in 2021

                          Productivity planners and journals are tools of a trade. There’s an art to productivity. Just like art is very personal to the artist, productivity is very personal to the person. What works for you may not work for me. This is an important distinction if you really want get more done in less time.

                          Too many of us dabble in productivity hacks only to move on to the next tool or trend when it didn’t workout for us, missing the lesson of what worked and didn’t work about that tool or trend.

                          We put the tool on a pedestal and miss the art. It’s worshipping the paint brush rather than the process and act of painting. We miss the art of our own productivity when the tool overshadows the treasure.

                          As an artist, you have many brushes to choose from. You’re looking for a brush that feels best in your hand. You want a brush that doesn’t distract you from your art but partners with you to create the many things you see in your mind to create. Finding a brush like this may take some experimenting, but when you understand that the role of the brush is to bring life to your vision, it’s easier to find the right brush.

                          Planners are the same way. You want a productivity journal that supports you in the creation of your vision, not one that bogs you down or steals your energy.

                          Let’s dive into the 10 best productivity planners and journals to help you get more done in less time.

                          1. The One Thing Planner

                          The NY Times best selling book, The One Thing, just released their new planner. If you loved this book, you’ll love this planner.

                          As the founder of the world’s largest real estate company Keller Williams Realty, Gary Keller, has mastered the art of focus. The One Thing planner has its roots in industry changing productivity. If you’re out to put a dent in the universe, this may be the planner for you.

                          Get the planner here!

                          2. The Full Life Planner

                          The Full Life Planner is Lifehacks’ ultimate planning system to get results across all your core life aspects including work, health and relationships. This smart planner is 15 years of Lifehack’s best practices and proven success formulas by top performers.

                          With the Full Life Planner, you can align your actions to long term milestones every day, week, and month consistently. This will help you to get more done and achieve your goals.

                          Get the planner here!

                          3. The Freedom Journal

                          Creator of one of the most prolific podcasts ever, Entrepreneur on Fire, John Lee Dumas released his productivity journal in 2016. This hard-cover journal focuses on accomplishing SMART goals in 100 days.

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                          From their site:

                          “The Freedom Journal is an accountability partner that won’t let you fail. John Lee Dumas has interviewed over 2000 successful Entrepreneurs and has created a unique step-by-step process that will guide you in SETTING and ACCOMPLISHING your #1 goal in 100 days.”

                          Get the planner here!

                          4. Full Focus Planner

                          Michael Hyatt, author of Platform and host of the podcast “This is Your Life”, also has his own planner called the Full Focus Planner.

                          From the site:

                          “Built for a 90-day achievement cycle, the Full Focus Planner® gives you a quarter of a year’s content so you aren’t overwhelmed by planning (and tracking) 12 months at a time.”

                          This productivity planner includes a place for annual goals, a monthly calendar, quarterly planning, the ideal week, daily pages, a place for rituals, weekly preview and quarterly previews. It also comes with a Quickstart lessons to help you master the use of the planner.

                          Get the planner here!

                          5. Passion Planner

                          They call themselves the #pashfam and think of their planner as a “paper life coach”. Their formats include dated, academic and undated in hardbound journals with assorted colors. With over 600,000 users they have a track record for effective planners.

                          From the site:

                          “An appointment calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log & personal and work to-do lists all in one notebook.”

                          They have a get-one give-one program. For every Passion Planner that is bought they will donate one to a student or someone in need.

                          They also provide free PDF downloads of their planners. This is a great way to test drive if their planner is right for you.

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                          Get the planner here!

                          6. Desire Map Planners

                          If you’re looking for a more spiritually oriented planner, Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map, created the Desire Map Planners. With Daily planners, Weekly planners and Undated planners you can find the right fit for you.

                          Behind this planner is the Desire Map Planner Program including 3 workbooks that not only support you in using the planners but guide you in your thought process about your life and intentions you’re using the planner to help you fulfill.

                          Get the planner here!

                          7. Franklin Covey Planners

                          The grandfather of all planners, Franklin Covey, has the most options when it comes to layouts, binders, and accessories. With over 30 years in the productivity planner business, they not only provide a ton of planner layouts, they also have been teaching productivity and planning from the beginning.

                          From the site:

                          “Achieve what matters most with innovative, high quality planners and binders tailored to your personal style. Our paper planning system guides you to identify values, create successful habits, and track and achieve your goals.”

                          Get the planner here!

                          8. Productivity Planner

                          From the makers of the best selling journal backed by Tim Ferriss, “The Five Minute Journal”, comes the Productivity Planner.

                          Combining the Ivy Lee method which made Charles Schwab millions with the Pomodoro Technique to stay focused in the moment, the Productivity Planner is both intelligent and effective.

                          It allows for six months of planning, 5-day daily pages, weekly planning and weekly review, a prioritized task list, Pomodoro time tracking, and extra space for notes.

                          From the site:

                          “Do you often find yourself busy, while more important tasks get procrastinated on? The Productivity Planner helps you prioritize and accomplish the vital few tasks that make your day satisfying. Quality over quantity. Combined with the Pomodoro Technique to help you avoid distractions, the Productivity Planner assists you to get better work done in less time.”

                          Get the planner here!

                          9. Self Journal

                          Endorsed by Daymond John of Shark Tank, the Self Journal takes a 13 week approach and combines Monthly, Weekly and Daily planning to help you stay focused on the things that really matter.

                          Self Journal includes additional tools to help you produce with their Weekly Action Pad, Project Action Pad, the Sidekick pocket journal to capture your ideas on the go and their SmartMarks bookmarks that act as a notepad while you’re reading.

                          Get the planner here!

                          10. Google Calendar

                          You may already use Google Calendar for appointments, but with a couple tweaks you can use it as a productivity planner.

                          Productivity assumes we have time to do the work we intend to do. So blocking time on your Google Calendar and designating it as “busy” will prevent others from filling up those spaces on your calendar. Actually using those blocks of time as you intended is up to you.

                          If you use a booking tool like Schedule Once or Calendly, you can integrate it with your Google Calendar. For maximum productivity and rhythm, I recommend creating a consistent “available” block of time each day for these kinds of appointments.

                          Google Calendar is free, web based and to the point. If you’re a bottom line person and easily hold your priorities in your head, this may be a good solution for you.

                          Get the planner here!

                          Bonus Advice: Integrate the 4 Building Blocks of Productivity

                          Just as important to productivity planners as the tool are the principles that we create inside of. There are 4 building blocks of productivity, that when embraced, accelerate your energy and results.

                          The four building blocks of productivity are desire, strategy, focus and rhythm. When you get these right, having a productivity planner or journal provides the structure to keep you on track.

                          Block #1: Desire

                          Somehow in the pursuit of all our goals, we accumulate ideas and To-Do’s we’re not actually passionate about and don’t really want to pursue. They sneak their way in and steal our focus from the things that really matter.

                          Underneath powerful productivity is desire. Not many little desires, but the overarching mother of desires. The desire you feel in your gut, the desire that comes from your soul, not your logic, is what you need to tap into if you want to level up your productivity.

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                          A productivity planner is just a distraction if you’re not clear on what it’s all for. With desire, however, your productivity planner provides the guide rails to accomplish your intentions.

                          Block #2: Strategy

                          Once you’re clear on your overarching desire, you need to organize your steps to get there. Let’s call this “strategy”. Strategy is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. You must first turn over all the pieces to see patterns, colors, connections and find borders.

                          In business and life, we often start trying to put our “puzzle” together without turning over all the pieces. We put many items on our To-Do lists and clog our planners with things that aren’t important to the bigger picture of our puzzle.

                          Strategy is about taking the time to brain dump all the things in your head related to your goal and then looking for patterns and priorities. As you turn over these puzzle pieces, you’ll begin to see the more important tasks that take care of the less important tasks or make the less important tasks irrelevant.

                          In the best selling book, The One Thing, the focusing question they teach is:

                          “What’s the One thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else is easier or unnecessary?”

                          This is the heart of strategy and organizing what hits your planner and what doesn’t.

                          Block #3: Focus

                          With your priorities identified, now you can focus on the One Thing that makes everything else easier or unnecessary. This is where your productivity planners and journals help you hold the line.

                          Because you’ve already turned over the puzzle pieces, you aren’t distracted by new shiny objects. If new ideas come along, and they will, you will better see how and where they fit in the big picture of your desire and strategy, allowing you to go back and focus on your One Thing.

                          Block #4: Rhythm

                          The final building block of productivity is rhythm. There is a rhythm in life and work that works best for you. When you find this rhythm, time stands still, productivity is easy and your experience of work is joyful.

                          Some call this flow. As you hone your self-awareness about your ideal rhythm you will find yourself riding flow more often and owning your productivity.

                          Without these four building blocks of productivity, you’re like a painter with a paintbrush and no idea how to use it to create what’s in your heart to create. But harness these four building blocks and find yourself getting more done in less time.

                          The Bottom Line

                          Your life is your art. Everyday you have a chance to create something amazing. By understanding and using the four building blocks of productivity, you will set yourself up for success no matter which planner, or “paintbrush”, you choose to use.

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                          As you experiment with different planners you will narrow which one is best for you and accelerate your path to putting a dent in the universe.

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