http://www.MeaningfulHQ.com 034: Decide To CRUSH It In 2015

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Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

http://www.MeaningfulHQ.com Resolution Recharge: Top 10 Tips For Making Habits Stick This New Year.

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Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 4:51pm PDT

http://www.MeaningfulHQ.com Resolution Recharge: Top 10 Tips For Making Habits Stick This New Year

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Rank

Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2014

1

Lose Weight

2

Getting Organized

3

Spend Less, Save More

4

Enjoy Life to the Fullest

5

Staying Fit and Healthy

6

Learn Something Exciting

7

Quit Smoking

8

Help Others in Their Dreams

9

Fall in Love

10

Spend More Time with Family

 

Statistic Verification

Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology

Research Date: 1.1.2014

 

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Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:22pm PDT

http://www.MeaningfulHQ.com On the morning of Friday, December 26th, 2014, my Grandmother left this world...

What will YOU reflect upon when it's time for YOU to leave this world?
What if you don't have TIME to reflect?
What if it comes out of nowhere?

In this episode, I want to offer 4 powerful questions to ask yourself as you enter into 2015.

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Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 10:53am PDT

030: The Pomodoro Technique: Is It Right For You?

http://www.meaningfulhq.com/pomodoro-technique.html TMS030: The Pomodoro Technique: Is It Right For You? 

If you spend any time at all researching life hacks, you’ve probably heard of the famous Pomodoro Technique. Created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique is one of the more popular time management life hacks used today. But this method isn’t for everyone, and for every person who is a passionate adherent of the system, there is another person who is critical of the results.

 

Is the Pomodoro Technique right for you? It’s a matter of personal preference. But if you are curious about the benefits of using the technique, this article will break down the basic information you will need to decide if this technique is worth trying out.

 

What is it?

 

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management philosophy that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness, thereby allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue.

 

The process is simple. For every project throughout the day, you budget your time into short increments and take breaks periodically. You work for 25 minutes, then take break for five minutes.

 

Each 25-minute work period is called a “pomodoro”, named after the Italian word for tomato. Francesco Cirillo used a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato as his personal timer, and thus the method’s name.

 

After four “pomodoros” have passed, (100 minutes of work time with 15 minutes of break time) you then take a 15-20 minute break.

 

Every time you finish a pomodoro, you mark your progress with an “X”, and note the number of times you had the impulse to procrastinate or switch gears to work on another task for each 25-minute chunk of time.

 

How can it help you?

 

Frequent breaks keep your mind fresh and focused. According to the official Pomodoro website, the system is easy to use and you will see results very quickly: “You will probably begin to notice a difference in your work or study process within a day or two. True mastery of the technique takes from seven to twenty days of constant use.”

 

If you have a large and varied to-do list, using the Pomodoro Technique can help you crank through projects faster by forcing you to adhere to strict timing. Watching the timer wind down can spur you to wrap up your current task more quickly, and spreading a task over two or three pomodoros can keep you from getting frustrated. The constant timing of your activities makes you more accountable for your tasks, and minimizes the time you spend procrastinating. You’ll grow to “respect the tomato”, and that can help you to better handle your workload.

 

Who loves it?

 

Steven Sande of The Unofficial Apple Weblog is a fan of the system, and has compiled a great list of Apple-compatible Pomodoro tools. Before he started using the technique, he said, “Sometimes I couldn’t figure out how to organize a single day in my calendar, simply because I would jump around to all sorts of projects and never get even one of them accomplished.”

 

Another proponent of the Pomodoro Technique is Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal. Shellenbarger tried out this system, along with several other similar methods for time management, and said that “It eased my anxiety over the passing of time and also made me more efficient; refreshed by breaks, for example, I halved the total time required to fact-check a column.”

 

Criticism

 

Despite the number of Pomodoro-heads out there, the system isn’t without its critics. Colin T. Miller, a Yahoo! employee and blogger, tried using the Pomodoro Technique and had some issues.

 

“Pomodoros are an all or nothing affair,” he says. “Either you work for 25 minutes straight to mark your X or you don’t complete a pomodoro. Since marking that X is the measurable sign of progress, you start to shy away from engaging in an activity if it won’t result in an X. For instance…meetings get in the way of pomodoros. Say I have a meeting set for 4:30pm. It is currently 4:10pm, meaning I only have 20 minutes between now and the meeting…In these instances I tend to not start a pomodoro because I won’t have enough time to complete it anyway.”

 

Another critic is Mario Fusco, who argues that the Pomodoro Technique is…well…sort of ridiculous.

“Aren’t we really able to keep ourselves concentrated without a timer ticketing on our desk?…Have you ever seen a civil engineer using a timer to keep his concentration while working on his projects?…I think that, like any other serious professional, I can stay concentrated on what I am doing for hours…Bring back your timer to your kitchen and start working in a more professional and effective way.”

 

Conclusion

 

One of the best things about the Pomodoro Technique is that it’s free. Yeah, you can fork over some bills to get a tomato-shaped timer if you want…or you can use any timer program on your computer or phone. So even if you try it and hate it, you haven’t lost any cash.

The process isn’t ideal for every person, or in any line of work. But if you need a systematic way to tackle your daily to-do list, the Pomodoro Technique may fit your needs.

 

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Sources:

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- the pomodoro technique

 

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Category:Productivity -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

029: Brendan Baker - The Start of Happiness
 
Brendan Baker is the founder of a popular personal development blog called The Start of Happiness and a startup called GradRecruit - an online hub that supports students and graduates entering the workforce.
 
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028: Tyler Tervooren - Riskology

http://www.MeaningfulHQ.com 029: Tyler Tervooren - Riskology

 

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027: Robert Fortunato - Leadership, Happiness, TED Talks, and The Green Idea House

http://www.MeaningfulHQ.com 027: Robert Fortunato - Leadership, Happiness, TED Talks, and The Green Idea House

Robert Fortunato is the President of ForStrategy consulting, an international leadership consulting firm. He's also a speaker, teacher, and founder of the Green Idea House.

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026: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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025: Nir Eyal - Hooked: How To Build Habit Forming Products

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025: Nir Eyal - Hooked: How To Build Habit Forming Products

Nir Eyal is an investor, educator, and author of the book “Hooked: How To Build Habit Forming Products.” He’s also a frequent contributing writer for Forbes, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. You can also find him on his blog, NirandFar.com, where he writes about Business, Behavior, and the Brain. - See more at: http://www.dean.li/hooked-how-to-build-habit-forming-products/#sthash.bcGB4qFm.dpuf 

 

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Category:Business -- posted at: 8:06pm PDT