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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 Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them in 7 Simple Steps

    How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them in 7 Simple Steps

    Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.

    Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:

    Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.

    Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination:

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    1. Make a list of your goal destinations

    Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.

    So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?

    Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.

    If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.

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    2. Think about the time frame to have the goal accomplished

    This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.

    Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.

    3. Write down your goals clearly

    Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.

    For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.

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    4. Write down what you need to do for each goal

    Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal. 

    These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!

    5. Write down your timeframe with specific and realistic dates

    Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.

    For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.

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    Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.

    6. Schedule your to-dos

    Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.

    Write these action points on a schedule so that you have definite dates on which to do things.

    7. Review your progress

    At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.

    Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.

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