Hacking The To-Do List: How To Be More Productive With Your Time

Have you used to-do lists before?

Most of us probably have. In fact, most of us probably have an active to-do list somewhere with tasks beckoning to be checked off.  

But have you thought about why we use to-do lists?

At their simplest, to-do lists prevent us from forgetting tasks. Often these tasks come in the form of mundane tasks like buying stuff from the grocery store — lower priority tasks that aren’t top-of-mind and so we are afraid we might forget. 

But at more advanced levels, to-do lists become mission-critical tools that serve not only to remind, but also to boost productivity, which we can define as making more effective use of our most valuable resource: time. As a wise man once said:

“Time isn’t money. Time is much more valuable than money. We can always make more money, but we’ll never get more time."

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Hacking Self-Improvement: How To Become 37x Better Each Year

Do you have a book that you've been meaning to read for a long time but just haven't gotten around to it? 

For me that book was "Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. The book sat on my iBookshelf for nearly three years until I finally dusted off the imaginary cobwebs and started reading what is now one of my favorite books. 

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Hacking Anger Management: Why I Lose My Temper and 3 Ways To Avoid Tearing Someone’s Head Off

Lately I’ve been getting comments from friends on how my temperament has changed. Apparently I’ve “chilled out” and no longer get irritated or lose my temper as often as I used to. 

Looking back on my former, ill-tempered self, it seems I did indeed have an anger management problem. It was not uncommon for friends to witness me yelling at waiters, drivers, colleagues and basically anyone unlucky enough to have annoyed me in some way or another. On several occasions, employees have left my office in tears after feeling my wrath, and I’m not proud of it.

I never want to go back to being angry and annoyed all the time. It’s pointless, distracting and extremely draining. 

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Instagram Hacks: How To Get More Followers

So I recently setup an Instagram account. I had zero experience with Instagram, but was intrigued by the hype surrounding the social network that everyone around the world seemed to be using (though less so here in China). After one week of posting five photos and occasionally liking/following other people, I had 11 followers and averaged 5.6 "likes" per post.

Pretty dismal. 

But everywhere you look on Instagram you see plenty of ordinary folks with thousands of followers. I thought to myself: what hacks do these people use to get more followers on Instagram?

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