How to Accomplish Any Goal: The SMART Guide to Making Your Dreams a Reality

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Foreign Language, Productivity, Study Tips, Time Management | 10 comments

The SMART method is a fantastic fail-safe five step approach to accomplishing your goals.

The SMART method is a fantastic fail-safe five step approach to accomplishing your goals.

It’s easy to set goals. Sometimes it’s even easy taking those initial steps towards achieving them. Maybe we want to learn to play an instrument so we buy a guitar and sign up for lessons. The first few days are fun, but somehow life gets in the way, and it becomes more and more difficult to find time to practice. Or maybe we want to learn a foreign language. We buy several books that promise we will be fluent in a matter of months, but after memorizing a few phrases, our interest wanes and our goal is abandoned. What are we doing wrong? How do we maintain that original interest and energy that motivated us during those initial stages? In today’s post, I’ll share a fantastic fail-safe five-step approach called the S.M.A.R.T. method that has helped me transform my goals from dreams into reality.

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The Key to Productivity: 4 Steps to Laser-Like Focus

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Creativity, Productivity, Time Management | 6 comments

Mister Spock Inkwell Scholars

“I object to intellect without discipline.”

Even if you’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek, you’re probably familiar with one of the show’s most famous characters: Mister Spock.

He’s the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of the starship Enterprise. The highly-intelligent Vulcans dedicate their lives to mastering logic, learning everything they can, and suppressing their emotions.

Of course, Spock is just a fictional television character. No one can suppress their emotions as coolly as he does. Nor should anyone want to. Indeed, his crew mates, Captain Kirk and Doctor McCoy, continually try to prove to him that emotions are often just as important as logic when making decisions.

But from Spock we discover one of the keys to productivity and expertise: laser-like focus.

Read on for four steps to train yourself to think like a Vulcan so you can boost your productivity and allow your creativity to flourish.

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How To Maximize Study Time & Master Any Subject

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Study Tips, Time Management, Videos | 15 comments

Neo Matrix Study Skills

How to maximize your study time & get Matrix-style results.

It’s the night before a final exam.

I’m poring over the class study guide and wishing I had the ability to download all of the course material into my brain, Matrix-style.

In the film, the main character Neo is hooked up to a giant computer. Download the kung fu computer program and zap. He’s now a martial artist.

You’re probably thinking, “Only in the movies.”

But what if I told you there is a surprisingly easy method to study quickly and effectively and get Matrix-style results? What if I told you that anyone can use this method to raise his or her grades by at least half a point in one semester?

And, even better, after graduation this skill will be a life-long asset, helping you in any career you decide to pursue.

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How A Tomato Supercharged My Productivity

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Time Management | 2 comments

My Series of Unfortunate Events:

Me before discovering the pomodoro technique.

Cartoon drawn by Linda Causey.

I’ve always struggled with procrastination. In high school when a teacher assigned an essay, I often put the assignment off until the last possible moment. This led to frantic writing sessions several days or even the night before the paper was due. I usually ended up turning in my first draft of the paper, rather than having time to rewrite and refine.

Despite my procrastination, I maintained high grades. In retrospect, I believe this was unfortunate because I eventually got into the habit of procrastinating and bragging about it: “Yeah, I got an A on this paper. Guess when I wrote it? Two hours before it was due.”

By the time I reached college, my procrastination backfired.

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