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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Jul 08, 2019.

Write a Short Biography About Yourself to Kickstart Your Success

Write a Short Biography About Yourself to Kickstart Your Success

It’s always fun to read biographies about other people and learn from their experiences and mistakes. But what about your story? There may be important lessons and insights in the stories we tell about ourselves, and there’s one easy way to find out: write them.

Knowing your life story can help you look at yourself from a different perspective, and that can be powerful. It can help you...

Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Jul 08, 2019.

Changing Your Habits Is More Important Than Meeting Specific Goals

Changing Your Habits Is More Important Than Meeting Specific Goals

When you want to change your life, you probably have a specific goal in mind. However, if you only adopt new habits to meet that goal and then stop, you’ll end up back where you started. Instead, focus on building whole new habits.

As advice site Make Smarter Decisions explains, habits come with an entirely new approach to living your life. Goals are milestones along that new path. Having a...

Jul 02, 2019.

Build Better Habits With an Improvisational Mindset

Build Better Habits With an Improvisational Mindset

Breaking out of your daily routines can be a powerful way to unlock great new ideas, both personally and professionally. Jazz musicians and improv comedians are often masters at this idea of breaking from routine and taking a novel approach.

This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.

Take, for example, Miles Davis’s 1959 album, Kind of Blue, which is considered by many to be one of...

Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Mar 01, 2019.

This Video Gives You a Primer On How to Take Criticism

This Video Gives You a Primer On How to Take Criticism

Learning to take criticism isn’t a skill most of us want to learn, but it’s essential to getting an objective view of your strengths and weaknesses. This video gives you a start-to-finish primer on how to take, filter, clarify, and apply criticism you receive.

As The Art of Manliness explains, filtering which criticism is worth your time and which isn’t is essential to improving....

Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Jan 03, 2019.

The Best of The Upgrade 2018

The Best of The Upgrade 2018
Best of LifehackerWhether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year.  

Another year in life hacks come and gone! We’re celebrating our favorite moments, hacks, guests and episodes of 2018 with this,...

Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Dec 19, 2018. 6 comments

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

There’s school smart, street smart, business smart, but we tend to forget about feelings smart: emotional intelligence. Like your ability to think critically, your ability to read and express emotions can be developed. 

All exercises designed to gradually increase are abilities involve dedication, and that includes heightening one’s “EQ.” Author Justin Bariso writes for Inc.com that his new...

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Heather Yamada-Hosley Heather Yamada-Hosley Nov 09, 2018.

Ease into "Deliberate Learning" with the Five Hour Rule

Ease into "Deliberate Learning" with the Five Hour Rule

Deliberate learning, when you set aside time and effort specifically to learn, helps you make progress mastering a new skill because you’ve dedicated time to thinking and reflecting. But finding the time can be tough, so use the five hour rule, where you set aside five hours a week to better yourself, to ease into it.

The idea behind the five hour rule is that you have a set amount of time...

Nov 05, 2018.

The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time

The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time

Many people, myself included, have multiple areas of life they would like to improve. For example, I would like to reach more people with my writing, to lift heavier weights at the gym, and to start practicing mindfulness more consistently. And those are just a few of a long list of goals.

This article originally appeared on JamesClear.com.

The problem is, even if we are committed to working...

Mihir Patkar Mihir Patkar May 21, 2018. 4 comments

The "Game of Life" System Tracks and Changes Your Habits

The "Game of Life" System Tracks and Changes Your Habits

Building good habits is a difficult process. Most experts recommend doing it through small changes and not being hard on yourself when you falter. The “Game of Life” system is built around this idea.

How to Build Life-Altering Habits Through Tiny Changes

Last year I became a morning person, learned a new language, and read five times as many books as…

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Here’s how it works: Start...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft May 02, 2018. 3 comments

Set Aside a Portion of Your Investments to Invest In Yourself

Set Aside a Portion of Your Investments to Invest In Yourself

When we talk about investing , we always mention the ways your money can make more money. However, there’s one asset that’s almost always neglected that you should be investing in: you.

As business site Entrepreneur points out, you’re necessarily limited in how much you can invest by your income. However, there’s virtually no limit to how many skills you can learn or how much you can do to...

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Mihir Patkar Mihir Patkar Apr 19, 2018.

Four Questions to Ask Before You Try to Make or Break a Habit

Four Questions to Ask Before You Try to Make or Break a Habit

Everyone wants to quit their bad habits and start good ones instead, like a half-hour of exercise instead of sleeping in, or drinking seltzer instead of soda. But more often than not, you’ll stop halfway into your resolutions . The reason, Gretchen Rubin says, is poor self-assessment before you get started.

Rubin, author of habit-changing book Better Than Before , says self-knowledge...

Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Apr 14, 2018. 2 comments

Deal With Haters by Thinking of Three Awesome Things You've Done

Deal With Haters by Thinking of Three Awesome Things You've Done

No matter how hard you try to blow off the negative things people say about you, some things can stick and linger in your mind. Here’s a mental trick to help you overpower any haters in your life.

When someone throws hate your way, Neil Patel at Entrepreneur recommends you first identify if any of what they said is true. If it’s something you can fix, fix it. If not, forget it. If you can’t...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Mar 03, 2018. 5 comments

Don't Ignore Advice Just Because It's Cliché

Don't Ignore Advice Just Because It's Cliché

Some pieces of advice are so common they’ve become a cliché. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re invalid. If you’re trying to improve an area of your life, don’t start with exotic new trends. Stick with the basics at first.

As advice site Barking Up the Wrong Tree explains, it’s easy to ignore cliché advice because we assume that it’s either wrong or there’s more to it than that. Yet,...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Mar 02, 2018. 5 comments

Focus On Your Growth Areas, Not Strengths, to Prime Yourself For a Promotion

Focus On Your Growth Areas, Not Strengths, to Prime Yourself For a Promotion

What makes you qualified to get a promotion? You might expect to get promoted based on seniority, or by working the most hours. One reliable way to get noticed for a new position, however, is to hone in on the areas where you can grow.

As advice site The Muse points out, you’re a lot more likely to get promoted if you’re willing to self-improve. After all, the skills you already have are the...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Mar 01, 2018. 8 comments

3 Wins Challenges You to Stick to Three Simple Tasks or Habits Every Day

3 Wins Challenges You to Stick to Three Simple Tasks or Habits Every Day

iOS: With all the little tasks you have to accomplish every day, sometimes it helps to keep things simple. 3 Wins challenges you to complete three basic tasks every day.

Top 10 Unusual Ways to Make Your To-Do List Actually Doable

We’ve shared an awful lot of to-do list tips over the years, including how to simplify your to-do…

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It’s an incredibly basic app. Every day, you plug...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Mar 01, 2018. 6 comments

Improve 1% Each Day In Small Areas, Rather Than Aiming For Huge Changes

Improve 1% Each Day In Small Areas, Rather Than Aiming For Huge Changes

When you decide that life needs to change, the biggest problem areas of your life will stand out. The gap between where you are and where you want to be is overwhelming. Don’t focus on the end point. Focus on the minor steps you can take to get there instead.

As entrepreneur James Altucher explains, focusing on fixing the big picture stuff can screw with your perceptions. While you’re planning...

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Emily Price Emily Price Feb 26, 2018. 17 comments

Stash Your Keys Under Important Items so You Don't Leave Them Behind

Stash Your Keys Under Important Items so You Don't Leave Them Behind

If you end accidentally leaving important items at home in your rush to leave the house in the morning try stashing your keys under what you don’t want to forget.

Earlier this week Reddit user opticianjuice suggested leaving your keys on top of things you don’t want to forget. Specifically, he leaves his car keys in the fridge with his lunchbox so he can’t leave home without lunch.

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Jaime Green Jaime Green Feb 01, 2018. 11 comments

Make Resolutions Without Moralizing

Make Resolutions Without Moralizing

“Self-improvement” is a tricky framework for resolutions. We take the phrase for granted, but what is it really saying? That changing a lifestyle habit improves your very self? That implies moral value to your choices, labeling some habits intrinsically “good” and others “bad.” This ends up at the idea that your lifestyle choices affect your inherent worth and value as a person. And honestly,...

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Tim Donnelly Tim Donnelly Jan 12, 2018. 8 comments

Start Your New Years Resolutions in April, Not January

Start Your New Years Resolutions in April, Not January

I am, to be clear, a believer in the power of putting arbitrary constraints on yourself in order to achieve something. It’s why I make to-do lists (and write “make to-do list” at the top of the list, for an immediate hit of accomplishment), why I demand deadline even when writing an evergreen story and why I agree self-improvement doesn’t just manifest itself out of thin air without a little...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Jan 05, 2018. 2 comments

How to Quit That Addictive App

How to Quit That Addictive App

I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard a lot of people say that they want to quit some particularly addictive aspect of modern technology in 2018. Maybe you want to delete Candy Crush from your phone once and for all. Maybe you only want to check Twitter once a day. Maybe you want to stop hate-reading a feed or forum, maybe you want to quit Instagram-stalking your ex, and maybe you just want...

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