11 Habits for Developing a Good Study Routine

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Are you finding your current study routine not as effective as it could be? Maybe it’s time to follow a new study schedule that will help you better retain material, manage your time and even help you improve your concentration and focus. Here are some ways to enhance your learning style, and start achieving your goals.

Read on to see all 11 good study routine habits….

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Fall Sale (5 Habit Books for $0.99 Apiece)

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Fall Sale of Habit Books

Fall is my favorite season.  The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and it’s fun to get outdoors.

So I thought it would be a great time to run another special deal on some of my habit books.

From today (October 8th) to the end of Wednesday (October 15th) each of the following books will be sold for $0.99 (or 99 pence in the U.K.)

Get them now, while they’re at a deep discount.

(Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t allow me to run a special deal in countries outside of the U.S. and the U.K.  If you don’t see the above price in your country, simply contact me and I’ll see what I can do.)  Continue Reading →

How to Be Happy Alone: 9 Habits for Living Life to the Fullest

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We all have different explanations and definitions of what happiness is and what it means to each of us. No matter what challenges, crossroads, and lifestyle changes you come across in your life, at the end of the day, your happiness is what truly matters most.

Whether you’re in a relationship, have children, have a busy work life or whatever the circumstances are, it’s important to know how to be happy alone. When you know what makes you truly happy, practice self-love, take care of yourself and step out of your comfort zone, you will be able to see how powerful being happy alone can be. Continue Reading →

8 Tools For Building Strong And Effective Habits

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tools and apps for habit change Good habits are hard to come by.

We have to work to build them, sometimes for long, long periods of time. It’s effort which we – understandably – don’t like to deal with. It’s just so much easier to drift through life with the habits we already have (both the good AND the bad ones).

Aren’t we already good enough? Do we really need to “improve” our habits?

The answer? Yes, we do.

But not because we’re flawed, but because we can be better. All of us. But building better habits doesn’t have to be such a burden, we just need to know where to get the right kind of help.

You need knowledge for building good habits

Habit building requires not only willpower and motivation, but the right knowledge as well. But the thing is, attaining that knowledge requires us to expend that willpower and motivation.

So right off the bat, we’re using the most important sources of habit-building fuel just to get the knowledge to build good habits.

You aren’t using technology to minimize the knowledge requirements

Sure, you could learn how to build strong habits through research and diligence, but not everybody has the time and patience for that. So what do you do instead?

Use technology.

More specifically, use tools/apps designed to build long-lasting habits.

8 tools to build strong habits

These tools take the tedious learning out of building great habits and destroying bad ones as well.

Since there are so many types of habits you could build, it makes sense to include apps that cover many different areas. Feel free to skip around till you find the best app for your specific habit-building goals. Continue Reading →

How Walking Helps with Weight Loss (a Pound-Per-Step Breakdown)

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The following is a sample from my book 10,000 Steps Blueprint: The Daily Walking Habit for Healthy Weight Loss and Lifelong Fitness.  If you’re having trouble developing the “exercise habit,” then I recommend this book to get started on a routine that can be added to any busy day.

Many people want to lose weight and keep it off or some want to maintain their healthy weight. Challenging yourself when it comes to weight loss can be difficult, but no one ever said it would be easy. If you are someone that does not have a lot of time for a full workout,but feel the need to get back in shape, then walking can be the solution for you. A great way to start is by committing to taking 10,000 steps per day.

Going on a diet is generally a more temporary solution, as it often results in a rebound effect. As it was said before, 10,000 steps a day is a great way to start making a sustainable lifestyle change. When planning the change, you should take your weight and daily routine into consideration. Continue Reading →

115 Productivity Apps to Maximize your Time (Launch Week)

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Productivity_Apps_Smallest We live in an increasingly digital world and it’s easy to get buried under an avalanche of information overload.

One solution is to use productivity apps which can streamline our daily tasks and help us get things done.

The problem?

Finding just the right app for your time management needs can be a laborious process.  The app marketplace has some gems, but it’s often like finding a needle in a haystack.

That’s why I’m pleased to announce my newest book:

115 Productivity Apps to Maximize Your Time

Let’s take a quick look at this title and what it offers.

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How to Improve Your Bad Posture Habits

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How to Improve Your Bad Posture Habits

Bad posture is something that most people don’t think about — until they experience negative health consequences .  But numerous studies have shown that it can lead to long-term back pain, fatigue and even migraine headaches.  In this guest post, James Hollister goes over a simple action plan for improving your bad posture, with specific habits you can easily add to your day.

At some level I think we all know that we could do better when it comes to our posture.

Even if we can’t explain any of the health benefits or any “real” reasons to get better at it, we still go through periods when we try to work the problem.

Just like any other long term, ingrained habit it can be extremely tough to make any headway. We try for a little while and then give up because we feel like it’s not working or we just forget.

This article should give you some tips on how to make it stick this time.

First – Fixing your posture is all about awareness.

There’s even one of those big Latin medical sounding terms to describe that awareness – proprioception – basically the understanding of our own body and the position of each of its parts relative to each other and to our environment. The problem is that our lifestyles have stifled our awareness. The things around us have numbed our ability to even perceive where certain parts of our body are at any given time.

When we’re thinking about fixing our posture we’re working against decades of behavior, it’s going to take some time to make progress. These are behaviors that go as far back as when you first started walking, crawling even. Lessons you learned from your parents, lessons they learned from their parents.

Don’t give up on yourself though. Celebrate each time that you realize that you’re standing or sitting incorrectly, catch yourself and fix it. Continue Reading →

Why You Can’t Fight Bad Habits Directly

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Stephen Guise has written multiple posts on this blog about his “mini habits” concept.

Today he talks about one reason many people struggle with their habit development — they focus on direct resistance.   To learn more about Stephen’s work, check out this book: Mini Habits: Smaller Habits. Bigger Results.

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6 Limiting Beliefs about Email That Kill Your Inbox Productivity

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The following is a sample from my book Declutter your Inbox: 9 Proven Steps to Eliminate Email Overload.  If you’re struggling to keep up with stream of messages that flood your inbox, then I encourage you to check out this book and learn how to develop the habits that lead to “daily inbox zero.”

Getting a handle on your inbox starts before you check email. In order to end every day with a clear conscience, you’ll need to address the underlying psychology behind how you view email. In this section we’ll cover six limiting beliefs many people have about email.

They’re called “limiting beliefs” simply because they limit your ability to do great work. Rather than spending your time focused on important projects, it’s often easier to respond to that ding of a new message and immediately respond to it—kind of like a rat chasing down a piece of cheese.

If you want an empty inbox on a consistent basis, you first have to address these six limiting beliefs. Some of them might not apply to you, but take the time to look at each one and decide if you’re making these mistakes.

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Master Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Organizing Your Life with Evernote

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Master Evernote (Revised)In many of my books and blog posts, I mention one tool time and time again.

That tool is Evernote.

This simple (but free) app can organize your life and set you on a path to becoming a lean, mean, efficient machine.

It’s also a tool that can be ubiquitous to your life.

You can use it for your personal, professional and even for working on those all important habits.

That’s why I’m pleased to announce the launch of my latest book:

Master Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Organizing Your Life with Evernote (Plus 75 Ideas for Getting Started)

Here are the details on why you should check it out…

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