The overlooked productivity hack that will improve your work-life balance

Being a human task planner never helped me become more flexible, and I always struggled with finding free time for unexpected tasks or events. I love to micro-manage my tasks and remain aware of what I finished and what I did not. Still, when it comes to flexibility, delaying, or rescheduling, I freeze.

In the past, this lack gave me headaches, until one day, while scheduling a meeting with a friend, I noticed how flexible he was. …

Use the proximity principle to complete your projects

A writing on the wall saying “Projects”
A writing on the wall saying “Projects”

Have you ever noticed a decrease in motivation towards the ending of some projects, while for others you cannot wait to finish? Every time you approach the finishing line of a task, in some cases you procrastinate for days while, other times, you are determined to end it as soon as possible.

Wouldn’t it be great to focus and stay motivated until the end of any of your tasks? With the right knowledge, you might be able to do so.

The Studies

In the past years, many human behavior studies spotted a common pattern in the habits of their subjects — the…

Annual thinking is ruining all your goals.

Do you still remember your new year’s resolutions? Like, all of them, specifically?

I don’t. I never did and never will. Not because I don’t have any goals for this year, but I am not in the same situation I was 6 months ago.

What changed?

I did, my goals did, and so my strategy to complete them. This year, I abandoned the annual time frame I used to track my goals in favor of an easier and more successful one.

Why is annual thinking wrong?

In 2020, a study led by Strava showed that the majority of the new year’s resolutions failed in the…

This is my three-step process to environmental influence.

There’s no workaround: motivation is the Holy Grail of productivity. For the last few years, I believed it too.

But motivation sometimes doesn’t matter. There are moments in which, even if your motivation skyrockets, you still work poorly, or you don’t work at all. You get distracted, lose focus, and wish to work better, but you just can’t.

For the last few years, one question rumbled through my mind over and over again.

How could I remain productive and achieve all my goals?

First, I thought I have to deal with motivation. So I searched for techniques to keep it…

3 Simple Steps to set up your Budgets

Exploiting my money to reach financial security has always been one of the purposes of my life. When I think about the future, I see myself as a person that enjoys his life entirely, without any money worries. But I am sure I am not the only one.

Many people question themselves on this argument daily, and if you are reading this article, maybe you are doing it too. So how could you reach financial security? What do you need to cut this month? Can you afford a new TV? Can you afford to eat out?

These daily decisions might…

Rule #1: Find a mentor

When I first heard about the 10.000-hours rule, I was disappointed. Does it take that much time to learn any skill? Could I master any skill in less than one year instead?

Short answer — yes, it is possible, but you need to use the correct techniques.

First of all, what is the 10.000-hours rule? The 10.000-hours rule is a rule of thumb, invented by Anders Ericsson and popularized by Malcolm Gladwell, which states that it takes 10 thousand hours of deliberate practice to master any skill. …

5 Tips to Avoid any kind of Unnecessary Stress

Woman stressing out in front of her laptop
Woman stressing out in front of her laptop

Either if you are a productive person or not, you may have read many articles on reaching high efficiency. But did you ever read about not burning out? How do you reach high efficiency without burning out?

You may already know how to achieve productivity, but what about avoiding losing all your motivation at once?

That is the problem with high efficiency — you use all your forces to get better and learn the best productivity techniques. Still, you don’t spend the same time studying how to take a break correctly so that you can recharge your batteries.

I love…

A step-by-step guide to financial security

Woman counting money and planning her finances
Woman counting money and planning her finances

If you still don’t have a secure emergency found, even tiny, you should immediately build one.

According to a 2020 poll by Bankrate, 40% of Americans would know how to manage a 1000$ emergency using their savings. This means 60% of the American population should ask their families for help, open a loan, or even sell their belongings to cover the emergency.

Also, Bankrate defined how only 26% of the familiar emergencies of 2019 were below 1K dollars, 42% were between 1K and 5K, and 29% were over 5K. …

The Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning

Coloured dish with tomatoes, vegetables, bread and eggs.
Coloured dish with tomatoes, vegetables, bread and eggs.

Even if I had some hints on the efficiency of meal planning, and its ability to make you lose weight, I never tried it. But, a month ago, the situation became unbearable. Finishing a master thesis while working was not easy and left me with almost no time for pleasure, food included. Hence, in the middle of a nervous crisis, I decided to enjoy my free time again, starting from eating.

In fact, I was rushing every lunch and dinner, developing a habit of eating fast, not feeling satiated, and therefore eating irregularly. …

Personal Finance starts with Mindful Expenses

Person putting a coin in a piggy bank.
Person putting a coin in a piggy bank.

Most people think that growing money and becoming financially stable is related to the richness one starts with, which is false. Growing money has much more to do with the strategy and the mindset you use to manage your money than your starting situation.

To grow your money, value them first.

I come from a poor family, for example, so I always had to deal with personal finance. When I was 13, my father decided to give me 10$ a week to go out with friends. It seemed stupid to me, but later I understood it was the best money lesson he ever taught me. …

Cosmin Angheluta

Passionate about self-improvement, personal growth and creativity. I love to inspire people to become better.

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