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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 Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

When you become an early riser, you’ll experience a lot of benefits including feeling more energized and having more time to do what you want.

If you’d like to become an early riser, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your oft-ignored alarm clock.

So how to become an early riser?

Here are five tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper to early morning wizard:

1. Choose to Get up Before You Go to Sleep

You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock. You’re frustrated, angry, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

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No more!

If you want to be a consistently early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you have only to follow through on your decision from the night before.

Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually, your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

2. Have a Plan for Your Extra Time

Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day?

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If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

What to do? Before you go to bed, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. Do you have a book to write, paper to read, or garage to clean? Make a plan for your early hours and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed.

You’ll get things done and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

3. Make Rising Early a Social Activity

Your internet or social media buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning. But wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am?

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The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

4. Don’t Use an Alarm That Makes You Angry

If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning?

I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ring tone alarm as a back up for my bedside lamp plugged in to a timer.

When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you. Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

5. Get Your Blood Flowing Right After Waking

If you don’t have a neighbor, you can pick fights with at 5am, you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head.

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Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it!

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