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Lifehack Digest for November 7th

Lifehack Digest for November 7th
  • How to Write a Great Term Paper in One Evening | studenthacks.org
    Student Hacks outlines a strategy for writing a good-enough paper in one night. Obviously this isn’t the best way to go about your studies, but if poor planning leaves you in the lurch, this approach might be just the thing your fat out of the fire.
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  • Getting Things Done… Faster
    OrganizeIT suggests that not only can you Get Things Done but you can do it faster by following a few tips: set a time limit, avod distractions, stay healthy and alert, use the right tools, and create habits.
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  • The 5 Rules of Writing Effective Email
    Edith Yeung lists fice questions you should ask about your email before you send it to make sure it gets read and acted on.
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  • Conquering your fear of public speaking
    I’ve seen students literally trembling with fear before making a presentation, so Steve Trobak’s advice at CNET is well appreciated. In short: face your fear, know your material, don’t worry so much, interact, and spell out your worst case scenario.
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  • How to Be Interesting
    Russell Davies shares some tips on how to attract and hold the attention of others. What t boils down to is being interested — in others, in the world around you — and sharing what interests you, freely and openly.
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  • 64 Interview answers you need to know
    64 common interview questions and answers, including possible reminder on traps from the questions. A great start to prepare for interview.
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  • 150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively
    An exhaustive list of sources, references, and guides for writers of all kinds. Perfect for journalists, business writers, students, and any other writer looking for authoritative sources and help on mproving their written style.
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  • 8 Steps to running your business on (mostly) free apps
    Found|Read discusses the practical and psychological aspects of running a business using free/low-cost applications. This help small and new companies save money and offers greater flexibility as new technologies and services become available.
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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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