Month: July 2019

5 Things That Will Make You Productive During School Holidays

5 Things That Will Make You Productive During School Holidays

It’s the beginning of the summer holidays and, for some, the end of exams for a long while to come. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have anything productive to do during these school holidays! 

Now is not the time to get complacent! 

Conversely, by taking the gift of time as an opportunity to get ahead can be a game-changer. (Remember, too, that you can apply the principles in this article to any school break, not just the summer.) 

Do you not believe me? 

To demonstrate my point, merely look at all of the idiots who choose to spend their school holidays unproductively; you’ll find most people can’t get their priorities straight and thus don’t make progress in life. They may: 

  • Play video games all day long 
  • Take a full-on holiday away in a foreign country or some resort 
  • Socialise — excessively 

On the other side of things, you want to spend your holidays productively as a student — you’re ambitious. (Or, at least, I hope you have big dreams in your life if you’re reading this.) 

Anyway, as you can see, the competition is small. Therefore, it is very possible for you to achieve great things in your spare time. 

That is, as long as you are willing to put in the hard work and make sacrifices others aren’t willing to make. 

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Bored of the Same Routine Every Day? This Is What You Can Do

Bored of the Same Routine Every Day? This Is What You Can Do

Inevitably, when you start adopting the plethora of productivity techniques ever created, something will happen: your life becomes rather routine. So, let me show you how you can stop being bored with the same routine every day.

Techniques such as the Pomodoro technique, time blocking, as well as the highly praised morning routine all get plenty of attention. What is more, the spectrum of time management techniques is spectacularly diverse.

Although, take the majority of these techniques, and you will find that they all have something in common:

Those productivity tips all add structure to your life in one way or another.

(Structure, here, is the key concept — without it, you would not get bored with your day-to-day dwellings.)

Indeed, I encourage the use of the Pomodoro technique and such, but please don’t mistake me for being contradictory.

Mixing structure and variety is a balancing act. Nonetheless, it is certainly something you cannot afford to ignore when conducting your daily planning.

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Posted by Luis Thiam-Nye in Productivity Systems, 0 comments
How to Quit the News: What to Read Instead (No Risk)

How to Quit the News: What to Read Instead (No Risk)

Is it truly possible to quit the news — avoid it altogether — and still be an educated citizen? Indeed, it is.

In this article, I will show you better alternatives to watching or reading the news. Afterwards, you should be equipped with the knowledge you need to abolish your dependence on the news.

Besides, by quitting the news, you will certainly enable yourself to be a more productive citizen of society. This, by a long stretch, is undoubtedly more valuable than being informed on useless worldly matters.

Before diving deep, though, I advise you to first read my take on why the news is a harmful information source; not useful in any significant way.

When you know how to quit the news, you have evolved.
Only the more evolved population are not slaves to the media.

Once you can understand those reasons, you will be ready to replace the news with something better.

If you’re addicted to news, this method of replacement may not only be more beneficial, but more feasible. After all, a fundamental rule of habit is that it is substantially easier to replace a habit rather than simply quit it.

Also, you will love the sense of satisfaction from productively using your time to learn useful things; compare this to today’s trend of pseudo-learning (reading the news is not productive learning).

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How to Develop Mental Discipline: Just Stop Thinking

How to Develop Mental Discipline: Just Stop Thinking

If you’re struggling to stay productive, you may be overthinking life. By thinking less, you will develop the mental discipline to break out of procrastination before it’s too late.

But you may be thinking,

“What do you mean — do I have to stop using my mind? How can I be productive if I can’t reason or use logic?”

If you’ve studied meditation to any extent, you will be familiar with the concept of a thinking mind and an observer. Between these two entities, there lies a crucial distinction.

Firstly, the intellectual mind is the part of you that uses logic. Also, it is always trying to explain, justify, rationalise, and reason.

The left brain is logical and the right creative. Develop mental discipline over these: stop thinking.

Indeed, these are all useful functions for human dominance, though, this part of the mind can be excessive; it is not turned off nearly as often as it should be.

Secondly, the observer is your awareness of the world — your consciousness. Not only does it include your experience of the five senses, but it allows you to observe your own (intellectual) mind.

Therefore, you are able to “listen to yourself” (in your head) and even argue with yourself — absurd!

Henceforth in this article, I will use this model to explain how mental stimulation affects productivity. This is based on reflections of my own experience, so think carefully about how you can incorporate this information into your own life.

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