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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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    10 Success Principles for Living Your Dream Life

    10 Success Principles for Living Your Dream Life

    Are you stressed out and overwhelmed, wishing you had more time to do the things that really matter? Are you ready to do something better, something special in your life or your career?

    You were born with a gift that no one else in the world can express like you. When you dance to your own music, you naturally develop your innate abilities and excel in work and life. You are a total rock star. But when you live someone else’s idea of who you should be, it throws off your groove.

    Many people—maybe you—stopped following their dreams way too early in life because their talents were ignored, minimized, or shamed. They didn’t have the chops to win an American Idol competition or nab an Olympic gold medal, so they stopped expressing their inborn gifts altogether.

    You don’t need to be an award winner to rock your life. Living your dream life is about discovering your superpowers and feeling vibrant and joyful when you use them. It’s about owning what makes you unique and finding like-minded people to support you.

    Here are 10 success principles to help you live a rich and rewarding life on your terms that have worked with thousands of people in my workshops and will work for you, too.

    1. Get a Hobby to Move Closer to Your Dreams

    If you never became a professional dancer or a world-renowned author, it does NOT mean you should stop dancing or writing! These activities make you come alive, even if you “only” do them as favorite pastimes.

    Engaging in a hobby is one of the most important success principles you can follow to move closer to your dreams.

    When you try something creative for the first time or in a long while, you begin to see opportunities at work and in life that you were unaware of before. You also feel happier and more energized, according to a recent study from New Zealand.[1]

    Some of my most burned-out executive clients reinvigorated their careers by discovering a creative outlet that refueled them after the workday ended. Research at San Francisco State University shows that having a hobby lowers stress and helps you succeed at work.[2]

    So, give yourself permission to try new things and revisit old passions you gave up long ago. Setting aside just one hour a week for personal exploration can significantly change your life.

    Who knows? Your creative outlet could transform into a thriving business or lead to a new profession down the road.

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    2. Focus on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

    Did you know that you are more likely to succeed when you develop your natural strengths rather than work on your weaknesses? The problem is that you probably don’t know where your true talents lie.

    Here are a few options to help you discover your unique strengths. You can:

    • Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey[3]
    • Try Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Assessment[4]
    • Answer a few Superpower Questions

    Once you understand what makes you tick, you can use these skills at work and your personal life to get more done in less time. If you boost your unique abilities through practice and study, you can accelerate your career and become a leader in a field that matters to you. It’s worth investing in yourself this way.

    3. Jumping off a Cliff is NOT Required

    Here’s the deal: most people are too afraid to change. When participants first come to my workshops, they tell me they have mouths to feed, bills to pay, and fear that if they follow their dreams, someone will get hurt.

    The old saying “leap and the net shall appear” does not comfort them. Because they are hesitant to plunge into the unknown, they believe their only option is to stay put where they are in life. Can you relate?

    You do not have to sacrifice the life you have now to start a new one. I was a psychology professor by day and singer by night for years before I transitioned into a full-time music career.

    Just take a little time out each week to do what enlivens you through a hobby, volunteer work, etc. Get a feel for it.

    Is it what you really want? If so, increase the time you spend doing it and make the transition when the time feels right.

    4. Give Your Inner Critic Some Love

    The main culprit that keeps you from stepping outside your comfort zone and getting the life of your dreams is KCRP or K-CRAP – the radio station that plays 24/7 in your head. The moment you try to do something interesting with your life it slaps you down with such chart-topping killer hooks as “Who do you think you are?” and “You’ll never be good enough!”.

    Have you ever noticed that KCRP’s mean-spirited DJ sounds like your parents, teachers, bosses, and other authority figures who shut you down creatively? These folks don’t need to stifle you any longer (although they often still do) because your inner critic does it for them. That keeps you stuck in a rut.

    To break free, try thinking of this DJ as a gruff old grandfather who gives you crap to keep you safe. Remember, this grumpy grandpa is woefully out of touch with the times. So, his stern opinions don’t really matter much, do they? Give him a pat on the back for his good intentions, and put your focus back on what makes you come alive.

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    This success principle will give you the courage to venture into the unknown where you can dance to the beat of your own drummer.

    5. Embrace Your Inner Weirdo

    Many of us don’t go after our dreams because we’re afraid folks will find out how odd or strange we are. But our little eccentricities often turn out to be our greatest strengths. Yes, it’s good to be quirky.

    Odds are, you lost track of your true passions and talents before you were even old enough to know you were getting off-track. You became slowly “adulterated” by learning to:

    • Take on family roles that don’t match who you really are.
    • Spit back what teachers taught you in school rather than risk getting bad grades for being original.
    • Hide parts of yourself that don’t seem acceptable to certain social groups.

    The price for fitting in is that you may wind up leading a life that doesn’t fit you all that well. Your true calling becomes clear when you embrace what makes you different from others and allow yourself to stand out from the crowd, even if it feels awkward.

    Often, the very qualities you view as your flaws are your greatest gifts.

    6. See the Bigger Picture to Find Your True Calling

    I cannot stress the importance of this success principle enough. Your true calling is right in front of you. But you may miss it because you’re looking for it in the wrong place.

    To “see” it clearly, try widening your point of view.

    Case in point: Maria felt she needed to retire early from being a police detective, so she could travel abroad. I encouraged Maria to think of ways that she could continue to serve as a law enforcer (a career she loved) and travel overseas at the same time.

    A few months later, Maria landed a job with the United Nations in Bosnia training the local police force to understand and embrace human rights procedures.

    Like Maria, you are an everyday rock star capable of accomplishing greater things than you can imagine. Is what you’re looking for right in front of you, too? Do you have an inkling of what it may be?

    Look beyond your day-to-day activities, your current job, and even the town you live in. View your life from an eagle’s perspective and be open to new possibilities.

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    7. Try a Little Wish-List Magic

    Pretend I’m your fairy godmother and I give you permission right now to be your most magnificent self. What kind of life would be music to your ears? It doesn’t matter whether it seems unattainable or even downright crazy. Write it down on a wish list.

    Get quiet. Be honest. Think big.

    What would you like your career, your relationships, your health, your finances, and your spiritual life to be like? Jot down enough details so that your wishes seem tangible to you. Then, look at this list every morning before you start your day and every night before you go to sleep.

    Sounds silly? It’s not. It works! Permitting yourself to daydream about a rich and fulfilling life is the first step to manifesting it.

    8. Take Breaks to Get Clues About Your Ideal Future

    Did you know that working straight through to a deadline leads to diminishing returns? Research shows that taking a break for 15 minutes every 75 to 90 minutes can help you recharge, refresh your focus, and get more done in less time.[5]

    Wait, it gets better! A Stanford study shows that walking increases your creative output increases by 60 percent. Doing repetitive activities such as walking, running, riding your bike, swimming, and sweeping allow solutions to problems to pop into your mind out of nowhere.[6]

    What does this success principle have to do with creating your dream life?

    These mini-breaks allow you to get vital clues for what to do next to attain your ideal future. Plus, you won’t waste precious time and energy getting lost in other people’s agendas.

    9. Take Action on Your Inspired Ideas

    Once an inspired thought pops into your mind, take action.

    This is one of the most powerful success principles for turning your dreams into reality; the sooner the better. Whatever it is—from calling an old friend to taking a new route home—be sure to do it!

    Pay attention to your oddball hunches. You need to go after what you want, not just dream about it. As comedian Jim Carrey warns,

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    “You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”

    10. Count Your Rockstar Moments

    Still not sure you have what it takes to get your dream life? This final success principle is guaranteed to help.

    Make a list of everything you’ve ever accomplished. As you read back through it, put a star next to each item, and let it sink in.

    You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how good you’ll feel about yourself afterward. You’ll also see how effective you’ve been in the past at getting what you want. You’ve succeeded before, you can succeed again.

    You already rock. You just need to own it. Trust me, you’ve got this!

    Final Thoughts

    Eleanor Roosevelt said,

    “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

    Following these success principles will help you find the time and energy to do the things that really matter and live with clear intention.

    By spending just one hour a week doing something you love, focusing on your strengths and achievements, embracing what makes you different, and acting on inspired ideas, you can create a life that is a perfect fit for you, step-by-step.

    If you don’t have a clue about what your dream life could look like yet, don’t worry. Your heart knows. It has been “talking” to you for a long time. It’s just being muffled by KCRP, buried under a lot of “shoulds” and fear.

    This article can also help you figure out the life you truly want to live: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up.

    Stand still, get quiet, and listen. It’s constantly telling you what you need to do to realize your own rockstar potential. It may be just a whisper now, but the more you pay attention to it, the louder it will get, and the easier it will be to follow.

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