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Create a Reward Task On Your To Do List to Get More Done

The satisfaction of crossing items off your to do list is a reward in and of itself. Pairing that with an actual reward, though, could add an extra incentive. Alongside your tasks to get done for the day, create a parallel reward task list. Sidin Vadukut over at Quartz explains: “I call these “reward tasks” […]

Teach Children Good Password Habits by Making it a Game

Creating strong passwords is essential to protecting your accounts. Getting your children involved at an early age sets a great habit for life. Over at the Wall Street Journal, they suggest making privacy into a game. The game started with using Diceware for passwords and expanded from there: Harriet loved building strong passwords. Soon I […]

Get 3rd Degree Connection Information From LinkedIn for Free

LinkedIn is a great way to expand your network or find key people at a company. If you don’t have a shared contact with someone on LinkedIn, however, you can’t view that person’s full contact information. Here is how to work around the limitation without paying for LinkedIn Premium. First, find out as much as […]

Write Down What Tools You Need to Assemble Furniture Right Away

During furniture assembly is the ideal time to track tools you may need in the future if you ever have to break down or reassemble the piece. Unclutterer recommends a few solutions. You can make notes in your computer or even write it directly on the furniture: Save assembly instructions and copy them to online […]

Unhide the Users Folder After the OS X 10.9.3 Update with Terminal

For some reason, the Apple’s OS X 10.9.3 update has been hiding the /Users directory for a lot of users. So, if you need easy access to that folder, you’ll need to enter in a Terminal command. To bring back the Users folder, just enter this command into Terminal: sudo chflags nohidden /Users Enter your […]

Appeal to People’s Emotions When Giving Presentations

When you give a presentation, you need to captivate your audience. Just like a good movie or TV show, appealing to people’s emotions can help you engage them. Geoffrey James, author of Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know, talked with Inc. about taking your audience on a journey during […]

Google Now Starts Reminding You to Pay Bills Based on Your Email

Android: Continuing the never-ending onslaught of new Google Now cards, Google has begun rolling out a feature that will remind you of upcoming bills. Provided you have email scanning turned on, of course. The feature probably won’t be able to check all bills (notably because not all bill reminder emails include due dates or amounts […]

Create “Spikes” of Excitement in Your Weekly Routine

Even if you love your job, your weekly routine can feel monotonous. If you find yourself “working for the weekend,” weblog Asian Efficiency recommends creating “spikes” of exciting activities during the week. Your standard work routine can get boring fast, but here’s some tips on things you can do to liven up your same ol’ […]

Change Your Beliefs About Yourself to Form Better Habits

Identity-based habits can be powerful things. Essentially, the beliefs you have about yourself can drive your long-term behavior. And by focusing on small actions you can take everyday, you move towards your aspirations and form new habits. This post originally appeared on James Clear’s blog. I discussed the concept of identity-based habits in one of […]

Make Your Own Version of Adam Savage’s Multi-Tool Belt Holster

Adam Savage knows a thing to two about using tools, and over the years he’s tried all kinds of belt holsters for his multi-tool with no success. So, he built his own, and in a video over at Tested, he shows off how. The holster is made out of a piece of metal and is […]

Time Yourself at the Grocery Store to Prevent Overspending

Moseying around a supermarket is a surefire way to spend more money than you planned to. Set yourself a time limit to make sure you get in and out of the store with only what you need. To keep yourself from grabbing things you didn’t put on your shopping list, Apartment Therapy suggests picking a […]

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