This Mental Hack Allows Me to Work 12–14 Hours a Day

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Did you know that you can deduce how much money someone earns by asking them a simple question?

You can, in fact, deduce a lot about them, about their principles, ethics, dreams, and goals.

What is that question?

Well, it’s simple.

“Do you believe in work-life balance?”

If it takes you less than 10 seconds to have a negative emotional reaction to what I am implying here, stop and think about why.

If you feel the need to say, “Yeah, but…” you should also stop for a minute and ask yourself if life’s a balancing act or not, and if going through life as if walking on tightrope is the only available option.

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Why You Shouldn’t 80/20 Your Life

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In 1906 Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto noticed that every year 20% of the pea pods in his garden produced approximately 80% of the peas.

He soon realized that this principle held true in all sorts of areas and industries. This became known as the Pareto Principle, or what is now often referred to as the 80/20 Principle.

The 80/20 principle stipulates that 80% of the output or results will come from 20% of the input or action.

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Good Enough: The Mantra of Unsuccessful People

I wake up, get out of bed, drink my coffee, then it’s time to browse the web for a while.

Today is one of those days when I don’t feel like doing anything.

Later on, after a few hours of aimlessly wandering on social media, I sit down to write a new blog post. It’s inspired by a quote. I write a couple hundred words, don’t even bother to read them over.

It’s good enough!

I click on the publish button, and that’s it.

Maybe I’ll reply to comments, maybe I won’t.

Who knows?

It’s good enough that I even wrote something and published it.

How often have you used these two words? Good enough?

And how often was good enough actually good enough? To get the results you wanted, to earn that raise, to get in shape?

In today’s world, good enough is almost as bad as nothing at all.

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Motivation Doesn’t Exist

To be honest, I do not want to write this post. At least, not right now. I just don’t feel like writing anything at all.

In other words, I do not feel motivated to punch those damn keys.

But I have to.

Not in the sense that there’s someone holding a gun to my head. No.

I have to because I promised myself that I am going to do it. I have to because I made a commitment to write a new blog post every single day.

And, yes, right now, I don’t feel like it.

Before writing these words, I spend a few hours going through draft after draft, trying to figure out which post to finish writing. I didn’t feel like it. I’ve lost focus at least a dozen times, which translates into me wasting 10-15 minutes of my time going through e-mails or replying to comments.

But the truth is that motivation does not work like that. The truth is motivation’s just this word people keep throwing around when they don’t want to do something.

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Habits Instead of Goals

It’s quite simple, actually.

The way I see it, a habit actually leads to a goal.

For example, if you want to have a clean body, you must develop the habit of washing yourself regularly. If you want to lose weight, you might develop the habit of working out.

What you do today influences what will happen with your long term goals.

This is the trick that eludes most people, when starting out, the goal is not the goal, but rather the goal is to create the habit(s) that will allow you to achieve your goal. Your first goal is to focus for as long as it takes to create a habit.

Once you’re on autopilot, it will be far more difficult to give up on working out, no matter what.

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Here’s How You Make 2020 The Best Year of Your Life

As I look back on this year, I realize that 2019 has perhaps been my best year ever. It’s funny, because that’s what I thought about 2018, but the thing is that this is not by chance.

I have this strong desire to evolve, to develop myself into who I’ve always wanted to be. I do so in order to be happy.

But in order to get our what, we must understand how. And this is why I’ve come up with a list of things that are necessary in order to improve your life.

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15 Insanely Easy Ways to Get More Done in Less Time

It seems to me that the last couple of years have been all about the grind.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson famously works out twice before we even wake up. Elon Musk sleeps on a couch in his office. Everyone is either working hard or telling everyone else to work hard.

But what about working smart? What about becoming more efficient? Getting more done in less time. Isn’t that something worth looking into?

Well, lucky you, here are fifteen ideas to help you work smarter, not just harder.

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How Many Hours Do You Have in Your Day?

How many hours do you have in your day?

Theoretically, there are 24. For me. For you. For each and every one of us.

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Declutter Your Mind

There seems to be so much stress and worries and errands and just so much noise that we must all endure and overcome these days. There’s so much information and entertainment and social media and news, and all that begs for a bit of space inside our minds.

And thus we sometimes cannot find the calm that we so desperately need…

So, how do you declutter your mind?

How do you get rid of excess information or take a moment to find peace and tranquility in this ocean of chaose we call day-to-day livin?

The mind is complex and confusing, the essence of who we are as humans. It is often covered in old hurts and traumas, and layered in so many levels of consciousness it feels impossible to sort through it all.

Most of the times, even to our own selves, we don’t make much sense.

So how do we begin decluttering? It’s actually not difficult, if you give it a little thought: simplifying is, by definition, easy.

You can declutter your mind with simple actions, little things that can make a big difference, especially when used in combination.

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