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The Best of Lifehack: March 2012

The Best of Lifehack: March 2012

    We know how busy our productive readers can get, so we here at Lifehack bring you the best articles during the month just in case you missed them. So, without any more pomp and circumstance, let’s dig in to the best of Lifehack for March, 2012.

    Ask The Entrepreneurs: 16 Ways to Master Your Work-Life Balance as an Entrepreneur

    How do you find time to live your life while making sure your life’s important work gets done? The Young Entrepreneur council picked the brain of 16 Entrepreneurs to show us how making time for yourself is possible while staying productive.

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    How 30 Minutes a Day Can Increase Your Intelligence

    Knowledge workers often forget that if we put small routines in our schedules we can accomplish amazing things one day at a time. Zoe B. shows us that if we want to learn something we can do it by simply scheduling 30 minutes a day to work on it.

    Five Simple Yet Effective Tips for Managing Your Email

    Managing and keeping on top of your email is the bane of most of our existence. Thanh shows us how we can easily keep on top of our email with his 5 simple tips.

    5 Ways a ROWE Can Supercharge Office Productivity

    A ROWE (results only work environment) concentrates solely on the results of your work, not on how long you have been at the office. If you are part of a work team or office, following Marissa’s 5 ideas can turn your workplace’s productivity around.

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    The Power of Execution: Why Intention is Never Enough

    Mike Vardy reminds us that even if we have awesome ideas and plans for our lives, they are null and void until we act on them. A great piece to read if you have been struggling to make your ideas a reality.

    10 Questions That Will Improve Results in Any Area

    Royale gives us 10 easy to answer and important questions that we can use to analyze and improve the results we seek in any area of our lives.

    21 Counter-Intuitive Break Ideas to Boost Your Productivity at Work

    Do your breaks at work consist of you vegetating in front of your computer screen, watching cat videos on YouTube? If so, you need to back away and follow Arina Nikitina’s advice to make your breaktime more useful.

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    9 Habits of Highly Productive Leaders

    What makes a leader so productive? Ciara Conlon gives us the 9 habits of the most productive leaders. It may be a good idea to install some of these habits into our lives!

    5 Ways to Stay Productive During March Madness

    Well, March Madness is almost over and if you would have followed Andy Small’s advice, you could have stayed productive while being in the know of the games.

    Super-Efficient Writing: How I Consistently Write Over 1,000 High-Quality Words in Less Than 60 Minutes

    Want to write more, better, and faster? I know I do. Knowing that, I followed Danny Iny’s process and it works great for pumping out high quality articles in record time.

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    4 Critical Ways You Can Stop Wasting Time Today

    If you feel like your days are slipping away and you aren’t really getting the right things done, take a look at Jeff Doubek’s post on how we can stop wasting time in our days to get our best work done.

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    How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

    How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

    The brain is a tangled web of information. We don’t remember single facts, but instead we interlink everything by association. Anytime we experience a new event, our brains tie the sights, smells, sounds and our own impressions together into a new relationship.

    Our brain remembers things by repetition, association, visual imagery, and all five senses. By knowing a bit about how the brain works, we can become better learners, absorbing new information faster than ever.

    Here are some study tips to help get you started:

    1. Use Flashcards

    Our brains create engrained memories through repetition. The more times we hear, see, or repeat something to ourselves, the more likely we are to remember it.

    Flashcards can help you learn new subjects quickly and efficiently. Flashcards allow you to study anywhere at any time. Their portable nature lends them to quick study sessions on the bus, in traffic, at lunch, or in the doctor’s office. You can always whip out your flashcards for a quick 2 to 3 minute study session.

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    To create effective flashcards, you need to put one point on each flashcard. Don’t load up the entire card with information. That’s just overload. Instead, you should dedicate one concept to each card.

    One of the best ways to make flashcards is to put 1 question on the front and one answer on the back. This way, you can repeatedly quiz yourself into you have mastered any topic of your choice.

    Commit to reading through your flash cards at least 3 times a day and you will be amazed at how quickly you pick up new information.

    As Tony Robbins says,

    “Repetition is the mother of skill”.

    2. Create the Right Environment

    Often times, where you study can be just as important as how you study. For an optimum learning environment, you’ll want to find a nice spot that is fairly peaceful. Some people can’t stand a deafening silence, but you certainly don’t want to study near constant distractions.

    Find a spot that you can call your own, with plenty of room to spread out your stuff. Go there each time you study and you will find yourself adapting to a productive study schedule. When you study in the same place each time, you become more productive in that spot because you associate it with studying.

    3. Use Acronyms to Remember Information

    In your quest for knowledge, you may have once heard of an odd term called “mnemonics”. However, even if you haven’t heard of this word, you have certainly heard of its many applications. One of the most popular mnemonic examples is “Every Good Boy Does Fine”. This is an acronym used to help musicians and students to remember the notes on a treble clef stave.

    An acronym is simply an abbreviation formed using the intial letters of a word. These types of memory aids can help you to learn large quantities of information in a short period of time.

    4. Listen to Music

    Research has long shown that certain types of music help you to recall information. Information learned while listening to a particular song can often be remembered simply by “playing” the songs mentally in your head.

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    5. Rewrite Your Notes

    This can be done by hand or on the computer. However, you should keep in mind that writing by hand can often stimulate more neural activity than when writing on the computer.

    Everyone should study their notes at home but often times, simply re-reading them is too passive. Re-reading your notes can cause you to become disengaged and distracted.

    To get the most out of your study time, make sure that it is active. Rewriting your notes turns a passive study time into an active and engaging learning tool. You can begin using this technique by buying two notebooks for each of your classes. Dedicate one of the notebooks for making notes during each class. Dedicate the other notebook to rewriting your notes outside of class.

    6. Engage Your Emotions

    Emotions play a very important part in your memory. Think about it. The last time you went to a party, which people did you remember? The lady who made you laugh, the man who hurt your feelings, and the kid who went screaming through the halls are the ones you will remember. They are the ones who had an emotional impact.

    Fortunately, you can use the power of emotion in your own study sessions. Enhance your memory by using your five senses. Don’t just memorize facts. Don’t just see and hear the words in your mind. Create a vivid visual picture of what you are trying to learn.

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    For example, if you are trying to learn the many parts of a human cell, begin physically rotating the cell in your minds eye. Imagine what each part might feel like. Begin to take the cell apart piece by piece and then reconstruct it. Paint the human cell with vivid colors. Enlarge the cell in your mind’s eye so that it is now six feet tall and putting on your own personal comedy show. This visual and emotional mind play will help deeply encode information into your memory.

    7. Make Associations

    One of the best ways to learn new things is to relate what you want to learn with something you already know. This is known as association, and it is the mental glue that drives your brain.

    Have you ever listened to a song and been flooded by memories that were connected to it? Have you ever seen an old friend that triggered memories from childhood? This is the power of association.

    To maximize our mental powers, we must constantly be looking for ways to relate new information with old ideas and concepts that we are already familiar with.

    You can do this with the use of mindmapping. A mind map is used to diagram words, pictures, thoughts, and ideas into a an interconnected web of information. This simple practice will help you to connect everything you learn into a global network of knowledge that can be pulled from at any moment.

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    Learn more about mindmapping here: How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

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