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email habits

If you’re old enough to remember when email first became popular–it used to be a great experience. You would go home, boot up your main computer (before browser-based email became a thing) and lavish those 4 or 5 emails you received from a few people you cared about a lot. You would write out long thoughtful responses, […]

 

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5 habits of a social entrepreneur

  Varun Arora is the founding director of OpenCurriculum, a Pittsburgh non-profit startup that’s turning the textbook and knowledge-sharing industry on its head. OpenCurriculum allows teachers and students to upload or create educational material in a stylistic fusion between Wikipedia and Dropbox-turned-public. These resources are then curated by the community through a system of upvotes and downvotes […]

 

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I watched a girl shop for dresses in class this morning. It was an odd thing to watch: she’d scroll through a few dresses, look up and take notes, scroll through dresses, take notes, and this went on for about an hour. As I sat there occasionally watching her, I thought about how we’ve become very bad […]

 

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Hey Everyone,

I’m trying something different this week: a video! Normally I’d just write a post on taking control of your calendar, but I wanted a more active visual representation of what I was talking about so I decided to make a video instead. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments either here or on YouTube!

 

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how to pull an all nighter

I stand by what I said in my last post: all nighters are ruining your life. But, I recognize that sometimes they’re necessary. Even when we avoid them at all costs, there are sometimes incidents that require us to stay up all night or most of the night, especially in college or in certain professions. It could […]

 

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all nighters

I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been settling back into college, and it messed up my posting schedule and threw off my habit of maintaining this blog but I’m back! In the spirit of school starting again, I want to discuss something that comes up way too often at college (especially at Carnegie Mellon): pulling “all-nighters.” […]

 

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to don't list

We’re all familiar with to-do lists. They’re ubiquitous, you can get hundreds of apps for them, and every other blog about productivity tells you the importance of keeping one. They’re certainly valuable–they help us remember the dozens of different things we need to do at any given time, and help us get a lot more done than […]

 

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productive habits from getting things done

Getting “stuff” done, and getting it done quickly, is the ultimate goal of productivity. We’re limited to our 24 hour days, and all desire on some level to get more done during that amount of time. But with commitments, work, classes, friends, family, and everything else than can come up and get in the way, we frequently […]

 

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Pomodoro Technique

I discovered the Pomodoro technique when I was studying for finals last year, and since finding it I’ve come to realize that it has had the single biggest impact on my productivity of all the different time management systems I’ve used. It’s very simple, easy to use, and can be done almost indefinitely because of how it […]

 

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quantified self

Changing our habits is a form of self experimentation. Many people will be content to go through their lives with the same habits, the same way of living, never questioning what they’re doing. If you’re interested in changing your habits though, then you’re interested in experimenting on yourself and different ways of living in order to find […]

 

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