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The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review

The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review

Life Hack: Year in Review for 2010

    Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first week of 2011 and many of us are getting ready to kick off the brand new year with a big bang. As we start off 2011 with our new resolutions and goals, let us now look back at the best posts at Lifehack in the past year.

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    In this review post, I have gathered 100 of the best LifeHack articles in 2010. These articles have been selected based on your votes and how much YOU have talked about them in social media (Facebook and Twitter). I have categorized these 100 articles into 11 main categories of Overall Personal Growth, Maximizing Productivity & GTD, Lifestyle & Habits, Inspiration & Motivation, Goal Achievement & Success, Emotional Mastery, People Skills & Relationships, Communications & Writing, Business & Career, Creativity & Inspiration, Family and Miscellaneous.

    Do not attempt to read this whole post at once! Instead, bookmark this mega list post and come back time and again to read the articles relevant to you at that point in time. I’ve ranked the posts within each category in order of popularity, with the most popular post being #1. I’ve also included the (1) author name and (2) total number of retweets and Facebook likes/shares beside the article, so you can gauge how well-received the article was among the LifeHack readers.

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    Let me start off with the top 10 most popular life hack posts out of the 100s of posts published in 2010. Each of them is a gem in itself. Be sure to check each of them out!

    Following which, I’ll present the 100 top articles presented in the 11 catetgories. Enjoy! And remember to share this to others via the retweet and Facebook buttons above! :)

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    Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2010:

    Overall Personal Growth

    1. 42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself (by Celestine Chua, 2176)
    2. Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect (by Celestine Chua, 367)
    3. The Quickest Way to Create a New Mindset (by Craig Harper, 263)
    4. The Law of Attraction is a Dangerous Delusion (by Paul Sloane, 249)
    5. 7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions (by Hulbert Lee, 236)
    6. 5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life (by Celestine Chua, 150)
    7. What Do You Need To Let Go Of? (by Craig Harper, 132)
    8. How To Save Thousands on Personal Development (by Craig Harper, 114)
    9. Can You Transform Without Getting Uncomfortable? (by Craig Harper, 99)
    10. Do Your Beliefs Empower You or Limit You? (by Craig Harper, 97)
    11. 9 Ways To Tell If You Are A Self-Help Junkie (And What To Do About It) (by Celestine Chua, 90)

    Maximizing Productivity and GTD

    1. The Not-Do List: 9 Things You Need To Stop Doing (by Celestine Chua, 940)
    2. 11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination (by Celestine Chua, 823)
    3. 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity (by Celestine Chua, 700)
    4. Twitter Hack: 5 Ways To Up Your Visible IQ (by Seth Simonds, 505)
    5. 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management (by Celestine Chua, 497)
    6. How To Tweet in Just 5 Minutes a Week (by Seth Simonds, 229)
    7. A New Productivity for the Smartphone Era (by Francis Wade, 222)
    8. 5 Types of Emails You Should be Automatically Filtering (by Sid Sivara, 170)
    9. 12 Useful Ways To Get Out Of Ruts (by Celestine Chua, 164)
    10. Are You Becoming a “Productive” Moron? (by Francis Wade, 163)
    11. Staying Organized: 8 Tips for Daily Sanity (by Debbie Bowie, 160)
    12. Productivity Pr0n: 5 Unusually Useful Notepads (by Dustin Wax, 151)
    13. How I’m Getting a Smartphone, While Avoiding Crazy Habits (by Francis Wade, 144)
    14. 7 Ways To Stay Grounded by Staying Organized (by Debbie Bowie, 127)
    15. Fight Bad Cellphone Habits For Better Time Management (by Francis Wade, 124)
    16. Are You a Productive Person? Look at the Number of People Waiting (by Francis Wade, 121)

    Lifestyle and Habits

    1. 7 Caffeine-Free Ways to Increase Alertness (by Seth Simonds, 369)
    2. 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life (by Celestine Chua, 357)
    3. 5 Tips For Becoming An Early Riser (by Seth Simonds, 290)
    4. Do You Have A Morning Ritual? (by Seth Simonds, 279)
    5. 7 Effective Ways To De-Junk Your Life (by Seth Simonds, 254)
    6. 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick(by Celestine Chua, 242)
    7. 9 Tips For Better Sleep (by Seth Simonds, 213)
    8. Sleep Hack: A Simple Strategy For Better Rest In Less Time (by Seth Simonds, 187)

    Inspiration & Motivation

    1. 5 Simple ways to live a life you love (by Seth Simonds, 692)
    2. 20 Inspirational Quotes To Brighten Your Day (by Celestine Chua, 573)
    3. 7 Ways To Demonstrate True Strength (by Seth Simonds, 407)
    4. 8 Life Lessons You Should Learn Today (by Mike Brown, 275)
    5. What Advice Would You Give To Your 18 Year Old Self? (by Seth Simonds, 157)

    Goal Achievement & Success

    1. 11 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Results (by Celestine Chua, 368)
    2. 11 Simple Ways To Avoid Burnout (by Seth Simonds, 348)
    3. Brilliant Thinkers Relish Ambiguity (by Paul Sloane, 340)
    4. Top 10 Resolutions To Set For The New Year (by Celestine Chua, 304)
    5. How To Be In The Right Place At The Right Time More Often (by Seth Simonds, 239)
    6. How To Start and Run a Mastermind Group (by Sid Sivara, 208)
    7. 10 Tips to Create a High Performance Environment (by Debbie Bowie, 161)
    8. Change Your Focus For Better Results (by Craig Harper, 155)
    9. How To Walk On Water (by Seth Simonds, 130)
    10. How to Do What You’ve Always Wanted (by Steve Errey, 130)
    11. Education Should be More than Academic Basics (by Craig Harper, 115)

    Emotional Mastery

    1. 63 Ways to Build Self-Confidence (by Steve Errey, 754)
    2. 7 Simple Ways To Be Happier (by Seth Simonds, 509)
    3. 7 Quick ways to turn a bad day around (by Seth Simonds, 449)
    4. 11 Reasons to be Cheerful (by Paul Sloane, 430)
    5. 5 Simple Ways To Spread Positivity (by Seth Simonds, 272)
    6. How Much Stuff Do You Need To Feel Happy? (by Seth Simonds, 254)
    7. 5 Ways to Stop Second Guessing Yourself (by Steve Errey, 169)
    8. 5 Ways to Brighten A Cloudy Day (by Seth Simonds, 110)

    People Skills & Relationships

    1. 9 Helpful Tips To Deal With Negative People (by Celestine, 760)
    2. 9 Ways To Manage People Who Bother You (by Celestine Chua, 554)
    3. 5 Simple Ways To Be A Better Listener (by Seth Simonds, 357)
    4. Top 10 Ways to Lead More Effectively with Humor (by Mike Brown, 236)
    5. 5 Steps To Conquer Any Networking Event (by Seth Simonds, 183)
    6. 5 Keys To A Better Love Life (by Seth Simonds, 178)
    7. 5 Keys to Building Networks Over Time (by Alexandra Levit, 122)

    Communications & Writing

    1. 11 Paradoxes of Being a Better Public Speaker (by Mike Brown, 326)
    2. 9 Expert Tips For Better Writing (by Seth Simonds, 240)
    3. 10 Ways Blogging Can Improve Your Life (by Annabel Candy, 232)
    4. 9 Ways To Handle Interruptions Like A Pro (by Seth Simonds, 211)
    5. 8 Qualities of Powerful Writing (by Dustin Wax, 182)
    6. 31 Proven Ways To Get More Comments On Your Blog (by Seth Simonds, 167)
    7. Develop Your Greatest Skill – Language (by Paul Sloane, 106)
    8. How to Tell a Funny Joke (by Hulbert Lee, 96)

    Business & Career

    1. 7 Things you should stop doing at work (by Seth Simonds, 845)
    2. 8 Ways To Bring Your Creative Passions to Work (by Mike Brown, 238)
    3. 9 Strategies to Make Selling Your Ideas More Successful (by Mike Brown, 192)
    4. How to Be Successful When You Can’t Plan Ahead (by Mike Brown, 190)
    5. Wise Money – 5 Tips From Billionaire Investor Warren Buffett (by Seth Simonds, 171)
    6. 5 Things You Should Know About Personal Finance (by Ibrahim Husain, 137)
    7. 8 Ways to Recharge a Tired Old Job (by Mike Brown, 121)
    8. How to Shine in a Job Interview (by Steve Errey, 110)
    9. It’s Time to Manage Your Online Personal Brand (by Dan Schawbel, 107)

    Creativity & Inspiration

    1. 9 Great Ways to Be Exceptionally Boring (by Paul Sloane, 387)
    2. How to Feel Inspired When You’ve Lost Motivation (by Hulbert Lee, 308)
    3. 12 Tips for Being Good Feng Shui (by Debbie Bowie, 256)
    4. Stop Trying To Be Creative (by Seth Simonds, 182)
    5. How to Kill a Radical Idea (by Paul Sloane, 132)

    Family

    1. The Secret to Helping Your Child Excel in School and in Life (by Erin Kurt, 183)
    2. 11 Way to Instill a Love of Reading in Your Child (by Erin Kurt, 182)
    3. Parenting: 6 Myths You Should Know About (by Erin Kurt, 165)
    4. 8 Reasons Why Children Misbehave (With Solutions!) (by Erin Kurt, 158)
    5. How “Fun” Can Be Your Best Discipline Technique(by Erin Kurt, 119)
    6. 4 Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids When You Have No Time (by Erin Kurt, 115)

    Miscellaneous

    1. Kitchen Hack: One-Minute Bread (by Seth Simonds, 2126)
    2. Newbie Fashion Tips for Grown-Up Men (by Dustin Wax, 924)
    3. 11 Sinfully Easy Sangria Recipes (by Seth Simonds, 257)
    4. Kitchen Hack: 7-Minute Chocolate Covered Strawberries (by Sarah Joy Albrecht, 112)
    5. 4 Tips for Getting Started and Self-Publishing a Book (by Debbie Bowie, 100)

    Last but not least, here’s a special thank you to Leon Ho (founder of Lifehack.org) and all the writers at Lifehack who have contributed the articles above and more. LifeHack would not be where it is today without all of you. Thank you so much everyone! :)

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    How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

    How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

    For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

    If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

    Example 1

    You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

    You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

    In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

    Example 2

    You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

    People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

    You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

    Example 3

    You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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    The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

    Example 4

    You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

    Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

    If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

    Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

    • Understand your own communication style
    • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
    • Communicate with precision and care
    • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

    1. Understand Your Communication Style

    To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

    In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

    Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

    2. Learn Others Communication Styles

    Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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    If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

    “How do you prefer to receive information?”

    This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

    To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

    3. Exercise Precision and Care

    A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

    On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

    Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

    I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

    I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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    In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

    The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

    Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

    4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

    Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

    In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

    “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

    Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

    Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

    It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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    It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

    It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

    Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

    Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

    The Bottom Line

    When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

    I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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