The 10-Step Guide to Reading More

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Books, Productivity | 6 comments

The 10-Step Guide to Reading More

I have always been an avid reader. When I was a kid, my parents joked that my books and I were inseparable. It was true – I carried a book with me everywhere I went and read whenever and wherever possible.

As I grew older, I found it more and more difficult to find time to read for pleasure. However, by following a few simple steps, I have managed to average about thirty books a year. This year I have decided to push myself even further, challenging myself to read forty books.

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The Most Important Lesson My Father Has Taught Me

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Inspiration | 0 comments

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Tomorrow is Father’s Day, and I thought I would share with you a little of the wisdom my father has taught me over the years. Wisdom that I have carried with me throughout the many ups and downs of life. Wisdom that has had such an integral role in making me who I am today. I sit here poised at my keyboard and say to myself, “I’ll pick the most important lesson he has taught me,” and, suddenly I don’t know where to begin.

There is so much I could tell.

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Is Sleep Deprivation Sabotaging Your Grades?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Health, Productivity, Time Management | 8 comments

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It’s easy to think that you are invincible in high school and college, that you can go hours upon hours without sleep, that you can effectually push your brain to its breaking point without suffering any negative consequences. The truth, however, is that sleep deprivation not only saps your health and energy, but also harms your brain.

I have always been a night owl so it was only a matter of time before I pulled my first all-nighter in college. I put every minute of that night to good use (at least, I thought so) as I hammered away at my keyboard, racing to finish a very important term paper. But in retrospect, those all-nighters and other nights of little sleep were far from wise decisions. I ended up barely able to stay awake in class, exhausted as I tried to finish my other homework projects.

Ultimately, I learned the hard way that being a night owl doesn’t make you smarter, and sleepless nights are not something to brag about. The myth of the successful and productive genius who only needs four hours of sleep at night is just that: a myth. In today’s post, I’ll be looking at the importance of prioritizing sleep and how to make sure you are well rested especially on those days when you have a crucial exam.

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5 Free Apps to Supercharge Your Productivity

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Productivity, Technology, Time Management | 6 comments

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When I sit down to work on a blog post, one of the first things I do is log off of Facebook and email. This is because every time I stop to check a notification, I will undoubtedly fall into the procrastination wormhole that leads me meandering across the Internet and reading things that have nothing to do with my original blog post. According to this Wall Street Journal article, “It takes more than 25 minutes, on average, to resume a task after being interrupted.” Even worse, “It takes an additional 15 minutes to regain the same intense focus or ‘flow’ as before the interruption.” That’s forty entire minutes. And that doesn’t even take into consideration multiple interruptions.

Of course, interruptions are an unavoidable part of daily life. But we can limit them! And we can also find ways to make ourselves more organized and more productive so we will have a little more time left over once we finally find our way out of that wormhole. Today, I’ve put together a list of five of my favorite apps that help me work smarter and faster. All of these are absolutely free and some you can download right onto your computer.

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