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The Best of Lifehack – July 2012

The Best of Lifehack – July 2012


    July has come to a close, and now it’s time to present the best of the month gone by with the latest edition of our Best of Lifehack series.

    This month we covered a wide range of topics here at Lifehack (as we do), as well as launched a couple of new initiatives in Lifehack Lessons and Lifehack Quotes. It’s been a busy month here and as we head into the latter half of the year we’ll keep bringing you the great content you expect from Lifehack.

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    Now, let’s check out The Best of Lifehack – July 2012:

    10 Bad Habits Worth Losing

    It’s a good idea to put together a list of bad habits to remove from your life this year. And the good news is – we still have a few months months to get rid of them! To get you started, here are Zoe B’s top 10 bad habits to lose.

    Constantly Feel Good About Yourself Using These 3 Steps

    If you feel as if you are currently in a state wherein you need some help on bolstering your feelings of self-worth, here are some ideas from Kara Heissman that you may find helpful:

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    8 Body Hacks To Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels

    In this article, Curt Pedersen provides 8 tips that research shows can help to increase your body’s production of this hormone. Give them a try to help give yourself a natural boost.

    3 Hacks to Be a Better You

    We should always work to be better people. We have the tools, and they shouldn’t be wasted. How you decide to become a better person is up to you. With that said, if you need a little direction then here are 3 hacks courtesy of Josh Bell help you to be a better you.

    Not Losing Weight? Listen Up!

    Not losing weight? Here are some simple tips from Justin Miller to get you over the hump – ones you can apply immediately to achieve success. So listen up!

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    101 Ways to Feel Happy on a Daily Basis/a>

    Want to feel happy — or even happier than you are already? Annabel Candy offers 101 ways to feel happy on a daily basis.

    How to Optimize Your Daily To-Do List

    There is one simple way you can optimize your to-do list, and make sure stuff that needs to get done, gets done. Every item must relate to annual/life goals. Dolly Garland delivers some great tips on how to optimize your daily to-do list so that you keep your items connected to those goals.

    10 Ways to Live a More Meaningful Life

    How can we live a more meaningful life? The answer is usually complicated, but David Loker suggests 10 ideas for cultivating one in this piece.

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    How to Really Start a Business (or Why You Don’t Need Money to Make Money)

    In this post, Greg Miliates explains how to get past the myths that prevent you from starting a business and discusses how to start a business on the cheap — and change your life in the process.

    Why Are You Getting Things Done?

    CM Smith, Lifehack’s Associate Editor, asks the big question: Why Are You Getting Things Done? If there are too many mundane tasks on your to-do lists or you feel like you have no direction, then you need to find out why you are getting things done.

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    5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

    5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

    Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

    Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

    But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

    Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

    But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

    Journal writing.

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    Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

    Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

    Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

    1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

    By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

    Consider this:

    Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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    But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

    The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

    2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

    If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

    How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

    Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

    You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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    3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

    As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

    Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

    All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

    4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

    Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

    Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

    The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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    5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

    The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

    It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

    Kickstart Journaling

    How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

    Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

    Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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