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The Best of Lifehack: February 2012

The Best of Lifehack: February 2012

    This is the continuation of our Best of Lifehack series that we will be featuring the first week of every month showcasing articles from the month before. We bring you a bunch of amazing content every single month, and sometimes some of the most important and interesting ones aren’t seen by our busy readers for whatever reason (probably because they are busy!).

    So, here is The Best of Lifehack for February, 2012.

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    The Only 5 Tools You Need to Implement GTD

    Karol Krol, the same guy that brought us our awesome series on GTD in January, shows us the 5 essentials tools we need to Get Things Done. A great article that supplements his series.

    101 Ways to Break Free and Level Up Your Life

    Lifehack Editor, Mike Vardy gives us 101 quick ways to make our lives better, get unstuck, and just be an all around awesome person.

    Ask The Entrepreneurs: 13 Golden Rituals That Keep Entrepreneurs Sane

    The Young Entrepreneurs Council brings us 13 rituals from some amazing people that keep them on the straight and narrow and not going crazy. These are some good tips to keep you sane, especially if you are a new entrepreneur.

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    5 Productivity Lessons From the Millennial Work Style

    The Gen Y workforce is upon us in full force. Marissa Brassfield gives us 5 lessons about productivity that we can all afford to learn from these Millenials.

    Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work and Done Lists Do

    Instead of obsessing over what we have to do, Leo Wildrich argues that we should keep track of what we have done and base what we should do off of it to be more productive and effective. This is a truly inspirational piece.

    7 Time Management Tips for Road Warriors

    Thanh Pham gives the road warrior 7 tips that can save them time and frustration while they are traveling. These are also great for anyone that needs to get their work done in different, disparate places.

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    9 Ways to Get Rid of All the Crap in Your Life That’s Holding You Back

    Caz Makepeace shows us how to make this year the simplest one ever in this prolific article. Go back to paper productivity, go to sleep early, and improving your diet are just three of the ways she offers to get rid of the junk in your life.

    Manage Your Twitter Followers With Three Simple Tools

    Chris Skoyles, a guy who knows a thing or two about social networking, shows us some tools to use to tweak our Twitter accounts by getting rid of people that don’t follow us, unfollowing inactive accounts, and whether you should friend or follow someone.

    Warning: You Have Entered the Burnout Zone

    Burned out? Not sure? Royale Scuderi provides us with some handy lists to identify if we are burned out as well as some ways to fix our burn out.

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    There are no do overs, but there are 2nd chances

    Instead of regretting our past actions and mistakes, Judy Belmont suggests that we create a “second chance checklist” so we can start to look at how we can correct an issue rather than regret it.

    5 Productivity Habits That Will Rock Your World

    Sometimes we need big changes to start being more productivity again and Ciara Conlon shows us 5 habits that will rock our non-productive worlds.

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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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