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8 Lessons I’ve Learned from the Characters of the Avengers

8 Lessons I’ve Learned from the Characters of the Avengers

Who would have thought a summer blockbuster could be so entertaining, yet so thoughtful? Marvel’s The Avengers worked on a lot of levels. It’s definitely a popcorn flick, but it also makes you think about important topics like honor, belief and taking orders. Here are eight lessons to be learned from The Avengers.

1. “You people are so petty… and tiny.”

thor
    “Godly” people may see the “ungodly” as weak. Some of the people who are in power need to learn the Avengers lessons that teaches how humility goes a long way. Sometimes we have to bring those kinds of people down to earth, like the way that the other Avengers ground Thor and make him appreciate humanity.

    2. “Seeing, still working on believing.”

    Iron Man
      Not everyone is going to accept the fantastical at face value. Even Tony Stark, a man who fights and flies in an armored suit, is hesitant to believe that actual gods roam the earth. That kind of skepticism is good up to a point; no one wants to be naive. However, if disbelief in something is preventing you from moving forward with your life, you need to learn to accept that thing even if you don’t fully understand it yet.

      3. “Puny god.”

      hulk
        Even if you accept the existence of gods, they don’t control your life. Even the most powerful people don’t own you; you choose your own destiny. Their control over you only reaches as far as you let it reach. Remember that even the most “godly” people in our lives are puny if we don’t give their godliness too much weight.

        4. “You don’t understand. Have you ever had someone take your brain and play? Take you out and stuff something else in? You know what it’s like to be unmade?”

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          When you aren’t in control of your life anymore, things go wrong fast. This is one of the Avengers lessons Clink Barnes a.k.a. Hawkeye learned when someone literally took over his mind, and it’s one we should take heed of in the real world, too. We run serious risk of being too controlled, whether that be by a friend, a superior, a controlled substance or something else. Remember, though, that even if you’ve been unmade, you can be made whole again.

          5. “We have orders, we should follow them.”

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          Cap

            Captain America, in true soldier fashion, believes that orders should be followed, no questions asked. Keep in mind that he just awoke from the World War II era, and his beliefs may be antiquated. Most people believe today that there’s a lot of danger in not questioning the orders we receive, including many of his fellow Avengers. Case in point:

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            6. “I recognise the council has made a decision, but given that it’s a stupid-ass decision, I’ve elected to ignore it.”

            fury
              According to Fury, even when you’re facing the most powerful people in your world, you shouldn’t take orders if you don’t believe in them. Especially not if the actions have terrible consequences such as, for example, destroying New York. Take even the most respected and influential leaders’ words with a grain of salt, unless you want to risk making a huge mistake.

              7. “We could… use… a little worse.”

              black widow
                Sometimes, as Black Widow can attest, we have to go further than we ever knew we could to achieve goals that are truly worth it.

                8. “Aaargh!”

                coulson2
                  Pro tip: don’t get stabbed through the heart with a giant spear. But if you do get stabbed through the heart with a giant spear, make sure it was for a good purpose. Agent Coulson laid down his life because he believed in the Avengers’ mission. His Avengers lesson was the most costly by far, but it was a meaningful death as he was protecting the people he put his faith in. To be like him stand for the right causes; don’t waste your time on trivial matters.
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                  Last Updated on December 4, 2020

                  10 Best Task List Apps to Boost Productivity in 2020

                  10 Best Task List Apps to Boost Productivity in 2020

                  Organizational drag is anything that eats up time and keeps people from getting things done in time. Companies that wish to boost productivity do so by creating more efficient processes.

                  This also applies to individuals, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. Whether you work alone or as part of a team, it is important to use the right tools to boost productivity, and having an accessible and easily manageable task list can go a long way.

                  Here is a list of the top ten productivity apps that you can use to achieve more.

                  1. ToDoist

                    ToDoist is an awesome to-do task list app that is used by over 10 million people. To use the app, you just have to write down all the activities that you plan to do. The software will then interpret these activities and categorize the tasks accordingly.

                    For instance, if you create a task to go for lunch at noon with a friend, the app will automatically categorize this task as a meeting and will send you a reminder at the right time.

                    However, this app is more than a personal activity planner. You can use it to plan activities for the entire team. It is also good for planning entire projects, discussing details about the project, and monitoring the deadlines.

                    The basic functionality is free, but you can unlock premium features for $36 or $60 a year for full access.

                    Available on iOS and Android

                    2. monday.com

                      This productivity app lets you manage your workflows and tasks. It is a great tool for creating a task list and helping you have a clear view of your work and the status of each task.

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                      The app is a bit similar to a spreadsheet. However, it looks much nicer, and it allows you to toggle between multiple views. It gives you alerts and notifications, and it allows you to attach files as well as communicate with colleagues.

                      The features of Monday.com include a task board that can be customized to manage due date, hours spent, task status, and much more. Users can upload and attach files, make comments, mention members of their team, and more. It can also be integrated into Google Drive, Slack, GitHub, Jira, Dropbox, and many other platforms.

                      If you have problems setting it up, you can contact the customer via email or phone.

                      Available on iOS and Android

                      3. CloudApp

                        CloudApp is a great app for boosting productivity. It offers highly intuitive communication, which can help you save up to 56 hours a week. Your only problem will be deciding how you can utilize all the extra time.

                        Whether you are talking with a customer, colleague, or client, this app has all the features you need. With GIFs, screenshots, and image annotation, you no longer have to write lengthy emails. Instead, you can show people what you want them to do.

                        The app has over 3 million users. It has proven quite reliable when it comes to helping users to boost productivity. You can opt for the free version or you can opt for a $9 a month upgrade to access premium features.

                        Available on iOS

                        4. Quip

                          If you are working closely with members of your team, Quip is a great app for team activities. The platform combines spreadsheets, documents, slides, and chat. Its main strength is that it comes with a suite of Live Apps. You can use them to increase the functionality of Quip.

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                          Moreover, you will waste less time by being able to streamline the use of various tools. Quip is one of the most adaptable productivity apps in the world.

                          There are options to use connected tools to track time, manage work, and much more. Some of the integrations of Quip are Dropbox, Github, Slack, Salesforce, and much more. The app costs just $30 a month for 5 users.

                          Available on iOS and Android

                          5. Trello

                            Trello is an app that makes managing projects an easy task. This is made possible by the app’s Kanban philosophy. It is a visual and intuitive platform.

                            Users can break huge tasks into small chunks, making it useful for creating a task list. This is made possible by creating cards for each task. The cards can be organized into different columns, which are representative of various stages of the project. Once a task is complete, a card is moved from one column to the next.

                            The app is free but it comes with a premium plan with $9.99 a month.

                            Available on iOS and Android

                            6. Focus Keeper

                              This app is perfect for those who wish to improve their work habits and minimize distractions while maintaining focus on current tasks. Focus Keeper is based on the Pomodoro technique. This method utilizes timeboxing to ensure each task is complete.

                              This is more than a task list app. If you wish to understand how you work best, the app delivers a suite of tools that you can use to set up your workday. It tracks your hours, analyzes, checks interruptions, and much more. Some of the integrations of Focus Keeper are Trello, Asana, Todoist, Basecamp, Outlook, Google Keep, and many others.

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                              The app costs $2.99 a month for those who wish to access premium features. It is accessible on Linux, iOS, Android, web, macOS, and Windows.

                              Available on iOS and Android

                              7. Quire

                                This app is designed as a professional and personal to-do task list manager. The app has a very efficient and optimized design due to the developers’ philosophy on visual task management. It allows you to easily get updates and work with your teammates.

                                The app also allows users to customize and choose templates based on their preferences. It is easy to use, but it helps you get things done. The app is currently free.

                                Available on iOS and Android

                                8. Asana

                                  This Kanban-style app is quite popular. It helps you visually organize your tasks. With this app, you can set deadlines, tasks, assignees, and visualize your workflow. It is quite popular and used by many people.

                                  The app features a sleek clutter-free design and comes with several integrations. As a result, it can be adapted to a wide range of projects. The app costs $9.99 a month.

                                  Available on iOS and Android

                                  9. Toggl

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                                    You can use this simple time tracker to help boost your team’s productivity. It works on different devices across several platforms, and it comes with numerous friendly reminders to ensure that you remember to keep it on. It usually sends you a report once you complete a task to help you make improvements next time.

                                    The app is free and those who wish to access premium features pay $9 a month.

                                    Available on iOS and Android

                                    10. Omni Focus

                                      This app is considered the gold standard of the to-do apps. Omni Focus delivers a huge number of features that can be used to sort, prioritize, and plan tasks. It features several ways to categorize tasks such as location, energy needed, and priority.

                                      It is only available on Apple devices and it costs $39.99 for the standard package.

                                      Available on iOS

                                      Summary

                                      All the apps above are great for boosting productivity. However, you will need to pick one that best suits your needs. Try a number of them out before you decide to settle on one.

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