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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 14:38

HA-022-Spider-Web-1Think all spiders are basically slackers just waiting around for home food delivery? Stop and look closer. Sure, some of them may not have any ‘gusto’, but the more industrious ones are driven to succeed. You’ll find not just one web but two, three or even four of them ready for the catch of the day. One might be larger (for the big hauls) and the others will be smaller (hey, snacks can be a meal!), but they are set up and ready. Pretty smart thinking on the spider’s part. Different size webs, kept within a defined area that was manageable. Think about it. You wouldn’t find a crab or lobster fisherman just setting out one trap, would you? Now, think about your own webs…your […]

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Author: "Brad Apling" Tags: "Development, Productivity"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 14:26

60“Black” or “white”, “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad”, “smart” or “stupid”, “strong” or “weak”. Do you live your life in black and white terms? Is your mood in constant fluctuation, going from great to depressed in under one minute? Many people suffer from this black-and-white thinking pattern, which is greatly influenced by their childhood and earlier experiences. The all or nothing type of thinking can seriously damage your sense of self, well-being, happiness, and relationships. How do I know? Because I am a recovering black-and-white thinker. I, too, used to see the world as a scary place, where you have to be prepared for the worst, where some people are good and others are bad (but most are bad and can’t be trusted), and […]

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Author: "Adelina Moisan" Tags: "Change, Fear"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 14:10

iSpring_Cleaning_MedWhen the birds return and the grass starts turning green, we want to fling open windows and set to scrubbing the house down from top to bottom to match the fresh new season outside. Spring cleaning can be hard work, but it can be made easy, too! (Permanently) Foggy Glass Shower Doors No, it’s not the remnants of your steamy shower. It’s a winter’s worth of soap scum built up on your once crystal clear doors. There are two solutions that can get those doors looking pristine again. The first is to use white vinegar in a spray bottle or to use a soap scum removal product (vinegar fixes a lot of house cleaning problems). Avoid using abrasive products or items to scrub it clean; […]

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Author: "Hannah Whittenly" Tags: "Clutter, How To"
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Date: Monday, 14 Apr 2014 14:17

happy-and-healthy-marriageMarriage isn’t always easy. That’s a fact. Relationships take work. We all know that. What we may not know is how to do the work or when there’s nothing left to be done. There are things you can do to improve your union in an attempt to preserve it, as well as to have a happy and healthy marriage. Start with these suggestions. Be Self-Centered That’s right. Focus on yourself. See what you can do to make things better and to promote change in your relationship. We can’t make other people change. Figure out what tangible steps you can take toward improving interactions with your partner. Along these same lines, learn to use “I statements.” These are statements in which you focus on sharing with […]

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Author: "Erika Remmington" Tags: "Communicating, Marriage"
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Date: Friday, 11 Apr 2014 14:02

quote-Muhammad-Ali-its-not-bragging-if-you-can-back-104890I bet you have some great stories. Almost everyone has something interesting or memorable about them which makes for good cocktail party fodder. Take my friend Tom, for example. Tom went to West Point, then spent a few years in a U.S. Army special forces unit where his job was to parachute deploy into warzones from helicopters. That’s right — his job was to jump out of helicopters. And he didn’t stop there. While still active duty, Tom wrote two books and started a boutique publishing company. If he wasn’t such a nice guy, I’d probably hate him. His background is so incredible, that it’s hard to imagine how he can talk about his background at all without coming off as an insufferable jerk. Tom […]

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Author: "John Corcoran" Tags: "Communicating, Success"
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Date: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 14:23

energy1. Choose – Diplomacy or Silence?  As you grow up you realize that being honest and straightforward doesn’t mean you blurt out everything that comes into your mind. You have two choices, either you learn to be diplomatic or if that route is too political for you, then learn to keep quiet! If you choose neither then you will only create trouble for yourself. 2. Do not give advice unless asked for While we can never watch our near and dear ones suffer.  Unless you are a parent you better keep your opinions to yourself. No one likes to hear how he or she should lead his or her life. Plus, the advice would always be better received when the other person is open and […]

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Author: "Tanvi" Tags: "Change, Communicating, Stress"
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Date: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 15:16

gentleman-printable                      You may be a great guy and have good intentions, but until you become the man that you know you can and should be, people won’t rush to show you more respect. This is a subject that I know a lot about because it is something I went through myself. I went from being a man who was overlooked for promotions at work, rejected by women and ignored by friends to a man who is running his own successful business for the last nine years and yes, even the ladies have noticed Along the way, I have learned a lot about what it takes to be more respected as a man. Here are my […]

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Author: "Dan Bacon" Tags: "Leadership, Security"
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Date: Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 14:33

giphyYou’ve spent a lot of time, energy, effort and money to achieve your goal. You’ve even sacrificed your favorite TV shows, shopping, dating, and your sleep. You utterly, wholeheartedly want to succeed. And yet your results seem insignificant. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? But remember this: “Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat.” It’s not the time to give up yet. Here are 5 simple steps to revive your motivation and keep going. 1) Rest “When all else fails, take a vacation.” – Betty Williams You have been striving hard for so long. If you feel you can’t go any further, stop, rest, and travel. Detach yourself from seeking for solutions, forget […]

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Author: "Noel" Tags: "Goals, Motivation"
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Date: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 15:00

memory-post-its-400x400When lost car keys, missed appointments, and forgotten passwords are everyday occurrences, it gets frustrating. If your memory isn’t as good as it used to be, as good as you’d like it to be, here are some of my favorite easy ways to compensate for a “less than perfect” memory. Checklists Surgeons, pilots, and emergency workers use checklists. Shouldn’t you? Create a checklist for any task you do regularly like paying bills or household chores. Checklists are particularly helpful for tasks that are done infrequently such as doing your taxes, seasonal home maintenance, or taking a vacation. That way you don’t have to rethink the entire process every time it rolls around. Create a Word document or Excel spreadsheet so you can easily make changes […]

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Author: "Deane Alban" Tags: "Brain, Clutter, Organization"
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Date: Friday, 04 Apr 2014 13:00

Growing up, we all want to be accepted. For some of us, we work hard at a project, making it perfect in our minds, and when we receive praise for it, we associate acceptance with perfectionism. From that point on, we strive to be perfect in all that we do and in all that we are. But perfectionism isn’t a good thing – in fact it’s detrimental. Here are the many downsides to perfectionism: Perfection is Subjective Everyone’s definition of perfection is different. For this reason, trying to be perfect in everything you do is futile. Take for example a project at work. You work hard at making it perfect. But it’s only perfect to you. You have someone else review the work you did […]

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Author: "Jay White" Tags: "Happiness, Productivity"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 15:00

Nowadays, you simply have to be productive. In school, at work, in your personal life. We live in a create-on-demand world so you must have felt the pressure every now and then. The thing you always have to remember when it comes to being productive, regardless of the context: you got to have a clear mindset. Clarity of thoughts, needs, of the objectives you have to attain. Apparently, wearing the same thing every day could also help, but that’s not on our agenda today. Some people have a native skill in making the best out of their time. They are living the prolific life. They achieve so many things by the end of the week as if they worked 100 hours instead of 50, and […]

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Author: "Jay White" Tags: "Goals, Lifehacks"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 14:52

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own. – Bruce Lee

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Author: "Daily Cork" Tags: "Happiness, Motivation, Poster"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 14:52

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friend. – Walt Disney

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Author: "Daily Cork" Tags: "Happiness, Motivation, Poster"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 14:52

If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. – Albert Einstein

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Author: "Daily Cork" Tags: "Happiness, Motivation, Poster"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 14:52

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? – Sun Tzu

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Author: "Daily Cork" Tags: "Happiness, Motivation, Poster"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 14:52

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan

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Author: "Daily Cork" Tags: "Happiness, Motivation, Poster"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 14:52

Better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow minded and all too prudent. – Vincent van Gogh

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Author: "Daily Cork" Tags: "Happiness, Motivation, Poster"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 14:52

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Author: "Daily Cork" Tags: "Happiness, Motivation, Poster"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 14:52

The person who says something is impossible should NOT interrupt the person who is doing it. – Chinese Proverb

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Author: "Daily Cork" Tags: "Happiness, Motivation, Poster"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 09:00







Nowadays, you simply have to be productive. In school, at work, in your personal life. We live in a create-on-demand world so you must have felt the pressure every now and then. The thing you always have to remember when it comes to being productive, regardless of the context: you got to have a clear mindset. Clarity of thoughts, needs, of the objectives you have to attain. Apparently, wearing the same thing every day could also help, but that's not on our agenda today.
            Some people have a native skill in making the best out of their time. They are living the prolific life. They achieve so many things by the end of the week as if they worked 100 hours instead of 50, and they still have the energy to enjoy themselves. They are efficient, brilliant and healthy at the same time. If it's not your case, don't panic because you are not the odd one out. You just have to work on your productivity habits.
            Here are 5 first-hand tips that won't let you down:

1. “Frogs for breakfast”

            Do you know Mark Twain's notorious quote that says: “eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day”? It inspired Brian Tracy to name his legendary personal productivity book.
            The whole meaning of this unappetizing advice is that we should start our day by dealing with the tasks we feel like postponing. They are the most difficult and important, and this is the very reason for our hesitation. On the other side, once you've solved them, you will feel free and rather enthusiastic for any other assignment.
            Let's say there are mornings in which there are one too many “frogs” for your taste. My advice for you is to cut your day in a couple of chunks, each of them with its own frog – it works perfectly for me. Taking a break after each part will make this technique easy and rewarding.

2. Manage your energy, not your time
            Productivity is about doing the best job and still have energy and room left for other activities. There are numerous techniques that promote dividing your workday into sprint-break cycles. Some people find it efficient to work for an hour and then take a 5-minute break. Others are more loose, they work 45 minutes and go outside for a 15-minute break. You'll have to experiment until you find a technique that suits you best.
             The moment you'll realize that you have to be productive in the long run, you will find ways to prevent burnout.


3.                  Healthy self-analysis

            Don't be afraid to look in the mirror and see your productivity flaws:
                     Do you have problems prioritizing your tasks?
                     Do you start the day already stressed out by the full amount of work you are dealing with? Do you head to the pit stops too frequently – texting, tweeting, sending e-mails or socializing on Facebook?

           Try to brainstorm a little about this and mind map your productivity habits. It's very important to be completely honest in the process. Once you have the big picture, you can start setting deadlines for the changes you want to make. Mapping your progress and rewarding yourself can also be very stimulating.


4. Anchor yourself in the present

           Pay attention to the way you connect with people, the way food tastes, how you feel about different matters you come across, and how you are influenced by the outside world. It will uplift your awareness, and you will pay more attention to details. Eventually, details will turn into original ideas. And you need creativity in order to be productive.


5. Make the best out of your resources

            Productivity is about being efficient while using your resources. You have to plan carefully all your work, set deadlines to speed up the rhythm, find people who can add value to your projects, and objectively assess your actions according to the achievements. Whenever you skip planning, you eventually find yourself reacting to the day's events as they occur, rather than being proactive about your objectives.
Author: "Daily Cork (noreply@blogger.com)" Tags: "Goals, Lifehacks"
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