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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 Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

    How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

    Most of you made personal, one sentence resolutions like “I want to lose weight” or “I vow to go back to school.” It is a tradition to start the New Year with things you want to achieve, but under the influence resolutions are often unrealistic.

    If you’re wondering when will be a good time to write a mission statement, NOW is the time to take a personal inventory to make this year your most productive year ever. You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to do that?” You, my friends, are going to write personal mission statements.

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    A large number of corporations use mission statements to define the purpose of the company’s existence. Sony wants to “become the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products” and 3M wants “to solve unsolved problems innovatively”. A personal mission statement is different than a corporate mission statement, but the fundamentals are the same.

    So why do you need one? A personal statement will help you identify your core values and beliefs in one fluid tapestry of content that you can read anytime and anywhere to stay on task toward success.

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    For example, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire came to the realization that he had lost track of what was important to him. After writing a personal mission statement, we saw him start his own business and he got the girl, Renee Zelleweger. Not bad, wouldn’t you say? A personal mission statement will make sure that, through all the texting, emailing and constant bombardment of on-the-go activity, you won’t lose sight of what is most important to you.

    Mission statements can be simple and concise while others are longer and filled with detail. The length of your personal mission statement will not be determined until you follow this simple equation to create your motivational springboard for 2008.

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    To begin your internal cleansing, you will need to jot down the required information in the following five steps:

    1. What are your values? Values steer your actions and determine where you spend time, energy, and most importantly, money. Be specific and unique to yourself. Too much generalization will not be as effective. It is called a “personal” mission statement for a reason.
    2. What are three important goals you hope to achieve this year? Keep your list of important goals small and give them a date. It is better to focus on the horizon and not the stars. Realistic goals are keys to ultimate success.
    3. What image do you hope to project to yourself? How you see yourself is how the world will view you. Think about this carefully. Your image should encompass what you look like and feel after you have achieved your goals.
    4. Write down action statements from each value describing how you will use those values to achieve your three goals. Start with “I will…”
    5. Rewrite your statement to include only your action statements. Make portable copies for your wallet, car or office.

    If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You have just written your first personal mission statement. Your personal statement will change over the years as your goals change. You can have more than one statement for the different compartments of your life such as your career, family, marriage, etc.

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    Writing a personal mission statement is an effective method to ensure your productivity is at its peak. It is an ideal tradition to start so that when next year rolls around, the outdated practice of resolutions will be something you permanently left in the past.

    Featured photo credit: Álvaro Serrano via unsplash.com

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