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The Lifehack Top 10: October 2012

The Lifehack Top 10: October 2012

As Halloween passes by, signalling and end to yet another month, it’s time to check out The Lifehack  Top 10 for October 2012:

  1. What Drinking Coffee Does to You – Is coffee, in fact, good for you?! Lifehack contributor Graham Tripp explores why coffee is better for your health than we first thought…
  2. From Nobody to Being Unforgettable in Under 5 Minutes: 16 Ways to Connect with Anyone – Scott Dinsmore from Live Your Legend offers 6 simple things you can do to allow you to be unforgettable instantly and surround yourself with the community.
  3. How to Quickly Improve Your Ability to Make Small Talk – Small talk can be awkward. Hoi Wan explains how you can use and modify the F.O.R.M technique for your personal conversation needs.
  4. 40 Tips to Boost Your Writing Skills to a Master Level – Being a master of writing not only helps you do tasks more quickly, it can boost your career. Brian Lee presents 40 tips that could boost your writing skills.
  5. The Ultimate Trick to Sleep Better at Night – Do you go to bed, close your eyes and blissfully sleep for 7 hours? Here`s an ultimate tip to sleep better at night courtesy of Anne-Sophie Reinhardt.
  6. How to Use Evernote for Everything – While many productivity apps have built-in Evernote integration, many still don’t. Fortunately there is a terrific technique that allows you to integrate Evernote into almost every app or program, and in this video tutorial Steve Dotto shows you how.
  7. 14 Tips to Help You Build More Confidence – Confidence can be built and strengthened until it becomes natural, just as any other habit. It simply takes a little time, some effort, and a bit of attention. Lifehack’s Royale Scuderi explains.
  8. Avoid These 5 Things to Make Sure You Aren`t Blowing People Off – When we are busy it’s tough to know that we are ignoring others. Alexandra Levit suggests that you watch for these 5 signs that you are blowing people off.
  9. 10 Hacks to Help You Stop Worrying Now – Want to stop worrying? Try these ten shortcuts assembled by Bobbi Emel and let go of worry for good.
  10. How to Stop Being Ridiculously Busy – Jared Latigo often finds himself to be busier and busier as life goes on. Do you have that problem? Why is that? Because we often make ourselves busy instead of productive — and he’s got a way to help you get beyond that.

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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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