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Lifehack.Community Beta is Online!

Lifehack.Community Beta is Online!

Appreciated everyone who has commented in Ask Readers: A community on lifehack.org?. After a week of testing and deployment, it is online now!

Since lifehack.org online, our visitors has increased month by month. For instance this month (half way through the month), our number of unique visitors has already exceed June and 200% more than May. Our posts had hit to varies blogs, web sites and del.icio.us popular page constantly.

There are readers who emailed me asking for a place to share their tips, views, or asking questions. It urged me to create a place for the community.

For now, I am going to put Lifehack.Community into beta cycle for public test out (I like beta because I am a geek), reason being I really want to see how active will it be first. If this model is not suitable to readers, I am willing to improve it.

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So please register a free account and start posting discussion, news and tips. Remember you need other to moderate (vote) your post before it hits to the community front page. So let’s help each other!

Comment and feedback are welcome. Enjoy!

Here is what I posted on What is Lifehack.Community and FAQs. It should help you get started:

What is Lifehack.Community?

Lifehack.Community (http://community.lifehack.org) is basically a weblog (blog). A little twist on this site compared to lifehack.org homepage is that readers are in control in here – you can be an editor and post your own story. You can moderate what story to show on the front page.

What sort of things I can post here?

  • You can post questions or topic for discussion.
  • You can post your own article to share your views.
  • You can post news you saw from other web sites.

How does it work?

Once you have registered a free account and logged in, you will see Create content -> Story on your navigation menu. It should bring up to a submit story page. Enter the Title of the story. Select the appropriate Type of the story, then choose the Topic(s) related to the story and type away.

Once you have submitted the story, it will move to Submission queue. People within the community can moderate the submission. For moderation, go to Moderate submissions on your navigation menu. You can vote whether you think the story should be posted or not. You can vote to post it (vote +1), neutral against the article (vote 0), or you think it should be dropped from the system (vote -1).

Once the vote is over the post threshold, it will be posted to the front page. On the other hand, if it is lower than the drop threshold, it will be dropped.

Why Lifehack.community is using this model?

This model will let community driving the discussions and stories. It is more collaborative, interactive and friendly to vote for posting (or dropping), than having an editor to sit in between the post queue and moderate all the posts before it get posted.

Can I suggest something or send you feedback?

Sure, please use this form for contacting us.

Have fun on reading, posting and interacting!

Lifehack.Community

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How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them

How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Learn the differences between a short term goal and a long term goal. 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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, you have definite dates on which to do things.

7. Use Your Reticular Activating System to Get Your Goal

Learn in this Lifehack’s vlog how you can hack your brain with the Reticular Activation System (RAS) and reach your goal more efficiently:

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8. 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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