Category Archives: Lifehacking

We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Being selfish or altruistic? It might be related

Some people struggle a lot with the choices between being a Good Samaritan: altruistic or putting themselves first, and by doing so being selfish.  But in fact, being selfish works in favor of an apparent altruistic behavior.

I usually reflect on how I can make my life better. Sometimes it is very clear when something is wrong, sometimes it’s something hidden between layers that make the “issue” hard to find. After reflecting and thinking thoroughly, to see if I’ve reached the root cause, I draft alternatives to solve the issue that’s keeping me from a merrier life. A good example of this is my dog; he was a gift from my wife, back when she was my girlfriend (almost 11 years ago). At that time, he was living with me, under my parents’ roof, and he used to sleep with me, in my bed. After we got married, and we moved into our own place, my wife “educated” him to stay in his own bed. The reason for doing so: hygiene. When he goes out for number 1 & 2, he usually steps on other dogs’ 1 & 2, not very clean, to say the least. What I realized after a couple of years is that I love to cuddle with my dog, and have him on the bed. How could I solve this?

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Boost Your Energy With Exercise

As you may already know, exercise has many positive effects on your life: it helps you relief stress, get better sleep, live longer, boosts your metabolism and immune system, etc. All of these benefits help you become more productive, but I want to discuss exercise mainly from the energy point of view: boost your energy with exercise

Boost Your Energy

A study involving 6800 people concluded that 90% of the people who exercised regularly reported an improvement on their fatigue levels. This improvement could be explained by another study that showed that exercise improves the mitochondrial content that generates power to meet the body’s energy requirements.

Exercising helps your body produce energy, making you feel better and less tired, which might seem counterintuitive.

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Not-to-do List "... What you don't do determines what you can do."- Tim Ferriss

The Not-to-do List: The most effective list to boost your productivity

As the quote suggests, the first time I heard about The Not-to-do List was from Tim Ferriss’ blog.

I have to completely agree with Tim on not-to-do lists being more effective than to-do lists. This is basically a fixed list of things that you commit to not doing.

By not doing certain things we can limit “busy work”, increase our focus, keep our priorities in check, and overall live a less stressful life.

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Make it so easy you can't say no - Leo Bauta

7 Steps to Create Habits that last

Habits (by which I mean ‘good habits’) are automated routines that get performed given certain stimuli and yield desired results. By creating habits, we can automate part of our lives to become extremely productive.

To understand how to create habits, we first need to dissect them. Four elements compose habits:

  1. The Cue: The trigger that initiates the Habit.
  2. The Action/Routine/Behavior: The ‘thing’ we want to kick-in.
  3. The Belief: What we believe is the long-term benefit of acquiring this habit.
  4. The Reward: The immediate positive feedback we get by the Action/Routine/Behavior, and that serves as short-term motivation.

Ok, having these four elements in mind, let’s go through the seven steps to create habits that last.

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