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The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review

The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review

Life Hack: Year in Review for 2010

    Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first week of 2011 and many of us are getting ready to kick off the brand new year with a big bang. As we start off 2011 with our new resolutions and goals, let us now look back at the best posts at Lifehack in the past year.

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    In this review post, I have gathered 100 of the best LifeHack articles in 2010. These articles have been selected based on your votes and how much YOU have talked about them in social media (Facebook and Twitter). I have categorized these 100 articles into 11 main categories of Overall Personal Growth, Maximizing Productivity & GTD, Lifestyle & Habits, Inspiration & Motivation, Goal Achievement & Success, Emotional Mastery, People Skills & Relationships, Communications & Writing, Business & Career, Creativity & Inspiration, Family and Miscellaneous.

    Do not attempt to read this whole post at once! Instead, bookmark this mega list post and come back time and again to read the articles relevant to you at that point in time. I’ve ranked the posts within each category in order of popularity, with the most popular post being #1. I’ve also included the (1) author name and (2) total number of retweets and Facebook likes/shares beside the article, so you can gauge how well-received the article was among the LifeHack readers.

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    Let me start off with the top 10 most popular life hack posts out of the 100s of posts published in 2010. Each of them is a gem in itself. Be sure to check each of them out!

    Following which, I’ll present the 100 top articles presented in the 11 catetgories. Enjoy! And remember to share this to others via the retweet and Facebook buttons above! :)

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    Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2010:

    Overall Personal Growth

    1. 42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself (by Celestine Chua, 2176)
    2. Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect (by Celestine Chua, 367)
    3. The Quickest Way to Create a New Mindset (by Craig Harper, 263)
    4. The Law of Attraction is a Dangerous Delusion (by Paul Sloane, 249)
    5. 7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions (by Hulbert Lee, 236)
    6. 5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life (by Celestine Chua, 150)
    7. What Do You Need To Let Go Of? (by Craig Harper, 132)
    8. How To Save Thousands on Personal Development (by Craig Harper, 114)
    9. Can You Transform Without Getting Uncomfortable? (by Craig Harper, 99)
    10. Do Your Beliefs Empower You or Limit You? (by Craig Harper, 97)
    11. 9 Ways To Tell If You Are A Self-Help Junkie (And What To Do About It) (by Celestine Chua, 90)

    Maximizing Productivity and GTD

    1. The Not-Do List: 9 Things You Need To Stop Doing (by Celestine Chua, 940)
    2. 11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination (by Celestine Chua, 823)
    3. 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity (by Celestine Chua, 700)
    4. Twitter Hack: 5 Ways To Up Your Visible IQ (by Seth Simonds, 505)
    5. 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management (by Celestine Chua, 497)
    6. How To Tweet in Just 5 Minutes a Week (by Seth Simonds, 229)
    7. A New Productivity for the Smartphone Era (by Francis Wade, 222)
    8. 5 Types of Emails You Should be Automatically Filtering (by Sid Sivara, 170)
    9. 12 Useful Ways To Get Out Of Ruts (by Celestine Chua, 164)
    10. Are You Becoming a “Productive” Moron? (by Francis Wade, 163)
    11. Staying Organized: 8 Tips for Daily Sanity (by Debbie Bowie, 160)
    12. Productivity Pr0n: 5 Unusually Useful Notepads (by Dustin Wax, 151)
    13. How I’m Getting a Smartphone, While Avoiding Crazy Habits (by Francis Wade, 144)
    14. 7 Ways To Stay Grounded by Staying Organized (by Debbie Bowie, 127)
    15. Fight Bad Cellphone Habits For Better Time Management (by Francis Wade, 124)
    16. Are You a Productive Person? Look at the Number of People Waiting (by Francis Wade, 121)

    Lifestyle and Habits

    1. 7 Caffeine-Free Ways to Increase Alertness (by Seth Simonds, 369)
    2. 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life (by Celestine Chua, 357)
    3. 5 Tips For Becoming An Early Riser (by Seth Simonds, 290)
    4. Do You Have A Morning Ritual? (by Seth Simonds, 279)
    5. 7 Effective Ways To De-Junk Your Life (by Seth Simonds, 254)
    6. 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick(by Celestine Chua, 242)
    7. 9 Tips For Better Sleep (by Seth Simonds, 213)
    8. Sleep Hack: A Simple Strategy For Better Rest In Less Time (by Seth Simonds, 187)

    Inspiration & Motivation

    1. 5 Simple ways to live a life you love (by Seth Simonds, 692)
    2. 20 Inspirational Quotes To Brighten Your Day (by Celestine Chua, 573)
    3. 7 Ways To Demonstrate True Strength (by Seth Simonds, 407)
    4. 8 Life Lessons You Should Learn Today (by Mike Brown, 275)
    5. What Advice Would You Give To Your 18 Year Old Self? (by Seth Simonds, 157)

    Goal Achievement & Success

    1. 11 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Results (by Celestine Chua, 368)
    2. 11 Simple Ways To Avoid Burnout (by Seth Simonds, 348)
    3. Brilliant Thinkers Relish Ambiguity (by Paul Sloane, 340)
    4. Top 10 Resolutions To Set For The New Year (by Celestine Chua, 304)
    5. How To Be In The Right Place At The Right Time More Often (by Seth Simonds, 239)
    6. How To Start and Run a Mastermind Group (by Sid Sivara, 208)
    7. 10 Tips to Create a High Performance Environment (by Debbie Bowie, 161)
    8. Change Your Focus For Better Results (by Craig Harper, 155)
    9. How To Walk On Water (by Seth Simonds, 130)
    10. How to Do What You’ve Always Wanted (by Steve Errey, 130)
    11. Education Should be More than Academic Basics (by Craig Harper, 115)

    Emotional Mastery

    1. 63 Ways to Build Self-Confidence (by Steve Errey, 754)
    2. 7 Simple Ways To Be Happier (by Seth Simonds, 509)
    3. 7 Quick ways to turn a bad day around (by Seth Simonds, 449)
    4. 11 Reasons to be Cheerful (by Paul Sloane, 430)
    5. 5 Simple Ways To Spread Positivity (by Seth Simonds, 272)
    6. How Much Stuff Do You Need To Feel Happy? (by Seth Simonds, 254)
    7. 5 Ways to Stop Second Guessing Yourself (by Steve Errey, 169)
    8. 5 Ways to Brighten A Cloudy Day (by Seth Simonds, 110)

    People Skills & Relationships

    1. 9 Helpful Tips To Deal With Negative People (by Celestine, 760)
    2. 9 Ways To Manage People Who Bother You (by Celestine Chua, 554)
    3. 5 Simple Ways To Be A Better Listener (by Seth Simonds, 357)
    4. Top 10 Ways to Lead More Effectively with Humor (by Mike Brown, 236)
    5. 5 Steps To Conquer Any Networking Event (by Seth Simonds, 183)
    6. 5 Keys To A Better Love Life (by Seth Simonds, 178)
    7. 5 Keys to Building Networks Over Time (by Alexandra Levit, 122)

    Communications & Writing

    1. 11 Paradoxes of Being a Better Public Speaker (by Mike Brown, 326)
    2. 9 Expert Tips For Better Writing (by Seth Simonds, 240)
    3. 10 Ways Blogging Can Improve Your Life (by Annabel Candy, 232)
    4. 9 Ways To Handle Interruptions Like A Pro (by Seth Simonds, 211)
    5. 8 Qualities of Powerful Writing (by Dustin Wax, 182)
    6. 31 Proven Ways To Get More Comments On Your Blog (by Seth Simonds, 167)
    7. Develop Your Greatest Skill – Language (by Paul Sloane, 106)
    8. How to Tell a Funny Joke (by Hulbert Lee, 96)

    Business & Career

    1. 7 Things you should stop doing at work (by Seth Simonds, 845)
    2. 8 Ways To Bring Your Creative Passions to Work (by Mike Brown, 238)
    3. 9 Strategies to Make Selling Your Ideas More Successful (by Mike Brown, 192)
    4. How to Be Successful When You Can’t Plan Ahead (by Mike Brown, 190)
    5. Wise Money – 5 Tips From Billionaire Investor Warren Buffett (by Seth Simonds, 171)
    6. 5 Things You Should Know About Personal Finance (by Ibrahim Husain, 137)
    7. 8 Ways to Recharge a Tired Old Job (by Mike Brown, 121)
    8. How to Shine in a Job Interview (by Steve Errey, 110)
    9. It’s Time to Manage Your Online Personal Brand (by Dan Schawbel, 107)

    Creativity & Inspiration

    1. 9 Great Ways to Be Exceptionally Boring (by Paul Sloane, 387)
    2. How to Feel Inspired When You’ve Lost Motivation (by Hulbert Lee, 308)
    3. 12 Tips for Being Good Feng Shui (by Debbie Bowie, 256)
    4. Stop Trying To Be Creative (by Seth Simonds, 182)
    5. How to Kill a Radical Idea (by Paul Sloane, 132)

    Family

    1. The Secret to Helping Your Child Excel in School and in Life (by Erin Kurt, 183)
    2. 11 Way to Instill a Love of Reading in Your Child (by Erin Kurt, 182)
    3. Parenting: 6 Myths You Should Know About (by Erin Kurt, 165)
    4. 8 Reasons Why Children Misbehave (With Solutions!) (by Erin Kurt, 158)
    5. How “Fun” Can Be Your Best Discipline Technique(by Erin Kurt, 119)
    6. 4 Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids When You Have No Time (by Erin Kurt, 115)

    Miscellaneous

    1. Kitchen Hack: One-Minute Bread (by Seth Simonds, 2126)
    2. Newbie Fashion Tips for Grown-Up Men (by Dustin Wax, 924)
    3. 11 Sinfully Easy Sangria Recipes (by Seth Simonds, 257)
    4. Kitchen Hack: 7-Minute Chocolate Covered Strawberries (by Sarah Joy Albrecht, 112)
    5. 4 Tips for Getting Started and Self-Publishing a Book (by Debbie Bowie, 100)

    Last but not least, here’s a special thank you to Leon Ho (founder of Lifehack.org) and all the writers at Lifehack who have contributed the articles above and more. LifeHack would not be where it is today without all of you. Thank you so much everyone! :)

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    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

    You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

    Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

    Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

    Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

    1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

    According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

    “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

    Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

    Warming up

    If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

    If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

    Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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    1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
    2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
    3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

    Stay hydrated

    Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

    To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

    Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

    Meditate

    Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

    Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

    Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

    Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

    2. Focus on your goal

    One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

    Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

    Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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    Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

    If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

    3. Convert negativity to positivity

    There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

    ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

    It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

    Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

    Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

    Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

    4. Understand your content

    Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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    However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

    “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

    Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

    Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

    One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

    5. Practice makes perfect

    Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

    In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

    Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

    6. Be authentic

    There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

    Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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    Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

    To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

    With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

    Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

    7. Post speech evaluation

    Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

    Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

    We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

    You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

    Improve your next speech

    As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

    Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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    • How did I do?
    • Are there any areas for improvement?
    • Did I sound or look stressed?
    • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
    • Was I saying “um” too often?
    • How was the flow of the speech?

    Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

    If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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