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Lifehack Digest for January 10

Lifehack Digest for January 10
  • Note taking made easy
    Hack Your Day gives a pretty thorough review of Übernote, a new online note-taking service. I’ve been meaning to have a closer look at this one for you, but now I don’t have to — Hack Your Da has doe a good job of explaining the finer points.
    Tags: web-apps notes
  • Spiritual Development for 9 to 5’ers
    A new-ish blog for “Everyday people” with a yearning to add a little spirituaity to their lives. Not for everyone, but fyou’re looking for some deeper meaning in your life, this might be a good plce to start.
    Tags: spirituality development
  • 33 Reasons to Start a Blog
    Like the title says, 33 pretty good reasons to start blogging. Ranges from giving something back to your community to learning to write better (which as far as I’m concerned is a form of giving back in itself) to exercising your freedom of speech.
    Tags: blogging writing
  • Stop Planning: 50 Ways to Improve Your Finances Today
    Fifty basic, immediately doable things you can do today to help put your financial situation in order. Ranges from writing an article for a trade magazine in your field to cancelling subscriptions for services you don’t se to opening a Roth IRA.
    Tags: finance money action
  • Time Zones and Daylight Savings Time
    Useful tool for comparing the time difference between any two places in the world. Takes into account daylight savings time differences, as different places start and end it at different times of the year — and some places don’t observe it at all.
    Tags: time daylight_savings_time

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Last Updated on October 9, 2018

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

Most of you made personal, one sentence resolutions like “I want to lose weight” or “I vow to go back to school.” It is a tradition to start the New Year with things you want to achieve, but under the influence resolutions are often unrealistic.

If you’re wondering when will be a good time to write a mission statement, NOW is the time to take a personal inventory to make this year your most productive year ever. You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to do that?” You, my friends, are going to write personal mission statements.

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A large number of corporations use mission statements to define the purpose of the company’s existence. Sony wants to “become the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products” and 3M wants “to solve unsolved problems innovatively”. A personal mission statement is different than a corporate mission statement, but the fundamentals are the same.

So why do you need one? A personal statement will help you identify your core values and beliefs in one fluid tapestry of content that you can read anytime and anywhere to stay on task toward success.

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For example, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire came to the realization that he had lost track of what was important to him. After writing a personal mission statement, we saw him start his own business and he got the girl, Renee Zelleweger. Not bad, wouldn’t you say? A personal mission statement will make sure that, through all the texting, emailing and constant bombardment of on-the-go activity, you won’t lose sight of what is most important to you.

Mission statements can be simple and concise while others are longer and filled with detail. The length of your personal mission statement will not be determined until you follow this simple equation to create your motivational springboard for 2008.

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To begin your internal cleansing, you will need to jot down the required information in the following five steps:

  1. What are your values? Values steer your actions and determine where you spend time, energy, and most importantly, money. Be specific and unique to yourself. Too much generalization will not be as effective. It is called a “personal” mission statement for a reason.
  2. What are three important goals you hope to achieve this year? Keep your list of important goals small and give them a date. It is better to focus on the horizon and not the stars. Realistic goals are keys to ultimate success.
  3. What image do you hope to project to yourself? How you see yourself is how the world will view you. Think about this carefully. Your image should encompass what you look like and feel after you have achieved your goals.
  4. Write down action statements from each value describing how you will use those values to achieve your three goals. Start with “I will…”
  5. Rewrite your statement to include only your action statements. Make portable copies for your wallet, car or office.

If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You have just written your first personal mission statement. Your personal statement will change over the years as your goals change. You can have more than one statement for the different compartments of your life such as your career, family, marriage, etc.

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Writing a personal mission statement is an effective method to ensure your productivity is at its peak. It is an ideal tradition to start so that when next year rolls around, the outdated practice of resolutions will be something you permanently left in the past.

Featured photo credit: Álvaro Serrano via unsplash.com

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