Summary of “3 daily habits of geniuses that can make you smarter”

Natural talent exists, but most people we consider geniuses still worked daily and put in considerable effort.
Reflecting for 10 minutes, reading for 20, and focusing for 30 minutes a day can help you get smarter at anything – even if you weren’t born brilliant.
Reflect for 10 minutes a day How often do you ask yourself why you do what you do?
Read for 20 minutes a day Taking time to read online is a great way to keep up and get ahead. The internet has a lot of good hiding in some of its corners, and there are many great minds that are sharing worthy content with the world.
An article like this may engage you, and you may even learn something new and valuable - and I hope people keep reading them - but it can’t quite do the job of absorbing you like a good story or some detailed research might.
If you were to read for 20 minutes, or about 15 pages of a book, every day, then by the end of the year, you’d have completed between 15 to 20 books.
While everyone spends 10 minutes reflecting, they don’t do so deeply; while everyone reads for 20 minutes, they don’t read the kind of things worth consuming; and while everyone works on something for 30 minutes, they don’t do so with the aim of purpose and progress, without distraction.
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Summary of “Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you”

Long hours, stress and physical inactivity are bad for our wellbeing – yet we’re working harder than ever.
Memories were still fresh of Moritz Erhardt, the 21-year-old London intern who died after working 72 hours in a row at Bank of America.
Technology was supposed to liberate us from much of the daily slog, but has often made things worse: in 2002, fewer than 10% of employees checked their work email outside of office hours.
Last week, 15,000 workers called a strike, demanding a 28-hour work week with unchanged pay and conditions.
Science is on their side: research from the Australian National University recently found that working anything over 39 hours a week is a risk to wellbeing.
Is there a healthy and acceptable level of work? According to US researcher Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, most modern employees are productive for about four hours a day: the rest is padding and huge amounts of worry.
Because there is a danger that merely reducing working hours will not change much, when it comes to health, if jobs are intrinsically disenfranchising.
In order to make jobs more conducive to our mental and physiological welfare, much less work is definitely essential.

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“They’ll auto open/close and you aren’t supposed to touch them.”To communicate better with taxi drivers, says marayas, “Keep the hotel business card on your wallet or your phone, but make sure the address is in Japanese.”The view from the Tokyo Metropolitan government building was incredible,” says crs12.
JR rail passes are a great deal if you’re travelling outside Tokyo.
It’s not cost-effective to use the JR pass only for the lines within Tokyo, so don’t add extra days or buy it only for the Tokyo part of your trip.
Use a Pasmo/Suica card instead. Unlike most cities, Tokyo’s Metro/subway system is not owned by one entity but several private companies.
The train loops around Tokyo in both directions, so if you get a day pass, you can just take it around.
You can even store large-size hard cases at train hubs when you’re off on an overnight trip outside of Tokyo.
Take the Tokaido Shinkansen all the way to Osaka and work your way slowly back to Tokyo.
As a foreigner, Tokyo kind of eases you in to Japan.

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Summary of “12 Daily Reminders We Need to Read Every Morning for the Rest of the Year”

What we tell ourselves first thing in the morning is a big part of what we hear for the rest of the day.
Positive morning reminders are honestly one of the simplest and most powerful tools for mental growth.
It’s all about keeping the right thoughts top of mind from the get-go every day, so they’re readily available on those hard days when you need them most.
Some people call them affirmations, or prayers, or convictions, but in any case these positive morning reminders keep Monica on track by keeping peaceful, productive thoughts and perspectives centered in her mind, even as she struggles to cope with her injuries.
Let’s choose one of these reminders every morning, and then sit quietly for a couple minutes while repeating it silently to ourselves.
Embracing the full range of life’s experiences this year means embracing every moment with our full presence, being open and vulnerable to reality, being gentle with ourselves when times are tough, and practicing sincere gratitude no matter what happens.
It means not expecting the best to happen every time, but instead accepting whatever happens every time, and making the very best of it.
YOU are worth working on, starting first thing every morning.

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Summary of “Finally Starting Your Business This Year? Here’s Your Ultimate 12-Point Checklist”

You are finally launching a business.
Where do you start? We asked some of the top business minds what you should do in the first 90 days, a crucial time in your business’s life.
Get these early steps right and you’ll create a sound foundation for a profitable, growing business.
“At the very least, you’ll want an experienced eye to look over your business plan, if you decide to do one. At Sweetgreen, our mentors asked a lot of tough, helpful questions-about our financial model, our brand positioning, our restaurant design, and more.”
“When I began, I didn’t know anything about business. I was excited about starting Student magazine, and then we had the idea to use the publication to sell music, too. I didn’t create a formal business plan. That seemed really boring to me. I just thought about the high cost of records and the sort of people who bought Student; we believed we could sell cheap mail-order records through the magazine. We made enough money from mail-order to open a record shop.”
More important, in the very beginning, are insights about your own proposed business that you achieve by stress-testing your assumptions.
“You and your spouse must determine on day one how much you can afford to invest and how you’ll make up lost income and maybe benefits. Schedule regular business meetings between the two of you. And when the business needs more money than expected, you should resist pushing too far beyond your spouse’s comfort level. Another $25,000? OK. A second mortgage? No.”.
It’s important to build your 12- or 18-month projection and build a spreadsheet that shows a driver of the business, but ultimately the only thing that’s certain is that that spreadsheet probably won’t be right, so the only thing they’re betting on is you as the founder.

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Summary of “18 Years Into the New Millennium, Finding My Younger Self”

Does the girl texting as she hurries forward realize she’s going to plow into me? Are there enough hedge-fund managers to fill all the apartment buildings shooting skyward around me? Which is more likely to hit me as I cross this street, a taxi or a bike?
The therapist’s objective was to invigorate neurons that were less active – the rarely quiet part of my brain – while dimming those firing more vigorously.
While I’ve meditated for years, the peace I feel during 30 minutes of mindfulness is quickly eclipsed by noise in the street and in my head. I had to begin replacing the dramas playing in my mind with the quiet needed to reflect on how I was going to spend the time remaining to me.
I’m trying to break other habits in far more conventional ways.
We decided to become more adventurous, shedding some of those habits.
He added exercises I had never attempted, pedaling and running in brief bursts of intensity, lifting weights while balancing on one foot, focusing more on reaching and lifting movements that mimic the functions of everyday life, countering the stiffness accompanying aging by stretching, bending and leaping.
The workout I now follow is mentally and physically taxing but within the capabilities of someone my age, and I regard it as part of my intention to ask more of my mind and body in these remaining years.
I feel I’ve stepped off the conveyor and am experiencing some of the passion and adventure I felt in the first 18 years of my life.

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Summary of “Start a new habit, kill an old one”

“Habit is a good servant but a bad master” is how author Gretchen Rubin summed it up in her book “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habit of Our Everyday Lives.” Hers was one of three recent books I read back-to-back on the subject of habit formation; the others were Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” and Jeremy Dean’s “Making Habits, Breaking Habits.” Together, they helped me understand more deeply the importance of habit control, how to choose a habit to begin or end, and the mechanics of sticking with it.
The first thing to identify for yourself is the habit you want to work on, whether it’s starting a new one or ending an old one.
One was a good habit to start, the other a bad habit to quit.
Rubin, who approaches the topic personally and looks for specific techniques that work for her, recommends starting a habit at the same time as a big turning point such as pregnancy, marriage, a medical diagnosis, a family death, an anniversary, a long trip or a new year.
So it’s easier to think about any habit formation, even new “Good” ones, in terms of replacing unwanted behavior.
A supply of healthy snack options kept me on a new course of action that largely followed the old eating habit pattern.
At the end of 66 days, I stopped tracking my new habits and found that they had largely stuck.
She’s the author of the bestselling “The Happiness Project” and wrote this new book, she explained, after concluding that habits were the best means to actually achieve happiness.

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Summary of “New Study: Here’s Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older”

“The more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last,” the New Yorker’s Burkhard Bilger writes.
“This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older,” neuroscientist David Eagleman tells him.
Less is new and noteworthy for adults, so we remember less and time goes faster.
It seems our increasing familiarity of the world isn’t the only reason time flies as we get older.
New research may have uncovered another cause of this sometimes terrifying phenomenon – and helpfully the findings also suggest ways to slow it back down.
‘ Part of the reason your 30s seem half as long as your 20s, according to a new study out of the University of Kansas, is ‘chunking.
How to “Unchunk” your life This meshes well with earlier studies showing that more detailed memories extend our experience of time.
“People who try to live ‘in the moment’ may better appreciate the uniqueness of those moments once they have passed, making it less likely that they’ll be swallowed up into a ‘chunk,'” notes BPS. Art too might help you get back in touch with your sensory impressions of the present, and help you notice the small things that distinguish one day from another.

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Summary of “Navy Kicker Turns Last-Second Loss into a Lesson in Leadership”

Already, his cellphone was buzzing with text messages, emails, Facebook messages and Twitter shout-outs, many from people who had seen Moehring’s quotes online and were impressed with how he had handled the disappointment.
The notes were mostly from strangers, who recognized Moehring’s effort and propped him up.
“Hey, man, last kick aside, I don’t even know how you made the first two in those conditions,” Eddy Pineiro, the kicker for Florida, said in a text message that made Moehring laugh.
A Kansas Highway Patrol officer sent a tweet to Moehring: “This field goal doesn’t define who you are.” With all due respect, Moehring would disagree.
Moehring also took a required course in leadership, which came in handy after the missed kick.
Moehring knows people will be watching how he responds to the potentially crushing disappointment of his missed kick, and as a future naval officer – he hopes to fly planes someday – he feels compelled to be a role model.
A few days after the Army-Navy game, Moehring watched tape of his kick and considered what had unfolded in those final seconds.
The day after his finals ended, Moehring opened a letter from the 1984 Navy lacrosse captain.

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Summary of “The Ultimate Guide to Personal Productivity Methods”

If you put off your most important tasks until the very last second, you’re not really improving your productivity on the things that matter.
To start timeboxing, just split up your day into blocks of time with specific tasks assigned to each one.
Perfect for people who: Love data and self-experimentation and want to optimize their days for maximum productivity.
Is your most productive hour around 10am? Schedule your most important tasks for that time and push meetings off for later in the day.
Use due dates to mark anything that’s time sensitive and mark your high-impact tasks so you don’t get distracted by “Urgent, but not important” or “Not urgent, not important, but really easy” tasks on your list.
Open your task manager, complete everything you got done, and add any tasks that came up throughout the day.
Then identify the 3 tasks from your digital to-do list you want to focus on the next day.
If you’ve given the To-Done List a shot and find that little tasks are still clogging up your day, you might try the To-Don’t List.It’s exactly what it sounds like.

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