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The 12 Days of Giveaways: Day 1 – Knock Knock

The 12 Days of Giveaways: Day 1 – Knock Knock
    On the first day of giveaways...

    Today marks the beginning of our 12 Days of Giveaways promo, and up to bat first is a company that makes productivity really, really fun: Knock Knock.

    If you haven’t heard of Knock Knock, they are a company that has a fantastic philosophy when it comes to putting together stuff to help you get things done. Whether you’re looking for general productivity items or paper products that cater to a specific theme, Knock Knock breathes life into what can be a very dry area of your life.

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    If laughter is considered to be the best medicine, then Knock Knock is the prescription you need to improve your overall productivity.

    For the first day of our holiday promotion, Knock Knock has generously offered the chance for one lucky Lifehack.org reader to win a “Hack Your Way to a Fresh 2012” gift basket.

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    So, what’s in the basket? The included items (as described by the folks Knock Knock themselves) are:

    • Pro/Con Journal – The Pro/Con Journal represents decision-making technology at its finest! This efficient journal will help you make the right choice, and track the outcome of future (and better informed!) decisions.
    • Idea Log – The Idea Life Log taps into today’s list-making, self-improvement zeitgeist by providing a clear, organized format in which to catalogue genius in all its forms. Containing a tracking grid for inspiration, brainstorming, and projects, it provides both breadth and depth in a compact, portable format.
    • Pep Talks & Picker-Uppers for All Occasions – Everyone needs a little encouragement from time to time. Unfortunately, as our near and dear look to us for reassurance and wisdom, we often find ourselves at a loss for words. Pep Talks & Picker-Uppers for All Occasions provides verbatim lines to spread well-timed cheer and reality checks. With this pocket-sized prompter, your feel-good— or at least brilliant — advice is sure to give everyone, including yourself, a whole new outlook.
    • High-Five Nifty Note – What could be more satisfying than congratulating someone with a classic high five? Unfortunately, this tried-and-true greeting is depressingly short-lived. Maximize avowals of approval with our High Five Nifty Note—guaranteed to outlast even the most overzealous verbal praise.
    • Great Job On Sticky Note – Positive vibes for friends & coworkers alike. With these ultra-witty yet oh-so-useful Cubicle Notes, office communication has finally caught up with the sticky revolution. Express yourself the fill-in-the-blank way, then make it stick.
    • Cook This Pad – For people to try/share new recipes. Cooking may be an art, but just like painting a masterpiece, creativity isn’t always enough. Making a tasty meal not only requires passion—it downright depends on planning. Forgo trial and error altogether and ensure every dish is a chef d’oeuvre!

     

      Knock Knock's "Hack Your Way to a Fresh 2012" gift basket

       

      How to Enter

      In order to enter to win this Knock Knock prize pack, leave a comment below or on our Facebook fan page telling us the following:

      “What item in the “Hack Your Way to a Fresh 2012” gift basket appeals to you the most…and why?”

      Leaving a comment on both our Facebook fan page and here at Lifehack.org will get you 2 entries, so but you need to give us two items that you like the most – no copying and pasting!

      The Fine Print

      Employees of Knock Knock and of Stepcase (including current independent contractors of both) are not eligible for this contest. The prize can only be shipped to addresses within the continental United States (in other words, Alaska and Hawaii don’t count), so keep that in mind when entering. The winning entry will be judged by the Stepcase Lifehack editing team and winners will be notified on the platform in which their winning entry was placed (either on the Lifehack.org Facebook wall or by email through our commenting system here at Lifehack.org). Please note that by submitting an entry, Knock Knock and/or Stepcase may use your comments for promotional purposes, although neither entity will use your name without permission. Entries must be submitted by 10 am Eastern the following weekday and winners will be chosen by 12 pm Eastern time on the same day. The winner will be announced the same day on Lifehack.org, and will be notified beforehand.

      Good luck!

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      Last Updated on October 16, 2018

      16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

      16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

      The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

      How about a unique spin on things?

      These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives.

      Learn from these highly successful people’s personal development skills, turn these skills into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

      1. Empty your mind

      It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

      Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

      Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

      Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

      How to Increase Brain Power, Boost Memory and Become 10X Smarter

      2. Keep certain days clear

      Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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      This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

      3. Prioritize your work

      Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

      Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

      Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

      How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

      4. Chop up your time

      Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

      5. Have a thinking position

      Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

      What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

      6. Pick three to five things you must do that day

      To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

      Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

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      7. Don’t try to do too much

      OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew.

      Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

      8. Have a daily action plan

      Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

      Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

      9. Do your most dreaded project first

      Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else.

      This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

      10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule”

      The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then.

      Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

      11. Have a place devoted to work

      If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

      But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

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      Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

      Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

      12. Find your golden hour

      You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

      Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

      Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

      Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

      13. Pretend you’re on an airplane

      It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

      By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

      Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

      If you find yourself easily distracted and can’t focus, this method will help you overcome distractions.

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      14. Never stop

      Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

      Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

      There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

      15. Be in tune with your body

      Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it.

      Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

      16. Try different methods

      Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

      It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

      Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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