You can count me in as one of the people that succeeds from an analog to-do list. I’ve tried countless to-do apps, and none of them push me to get stuff done like the written word.
Keep yourself honest by adopting the bullet journal system, if only to remind yourself what actually deserves your attention.
How a Bullet Journal Works
Here is how it works: you take a blank notebook, any blank notebook. You can, if you wish, buy a special one, but the notebook isn’t the point – the Bullet Journal is a method, not an object. You number the pages as you go along, having set aside a few pages at the front that over time become your contents list. Then each month you handwrite a calendar called the “monthly log” followed by a “daily log” of tasks, events and notes, marked respectively by bullet points, circles and dashes. Each day you manually cross out tasks you have completed and then rewrite the undone ones for the next day.
Whether you’re on your computer or tweeting from your mobile device, Grammarly ensures that your writing looks polished before you hit publish.
Grammarly is a free plugin for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that proofreads your writing wherever you write on the web: in Gmail, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, WordPress, Facebook updates, Tweets, LinkedIn, etc.
Say you’re posting your latest status update on Facebook. With Grammarly installed, you’ll see instant grammar and spelling corrections in your sentences right after you type them.
I always run my blog posts, novels, work emails, tweets, cover letters and resumes (Grammarly offers a resume setting for premium users) to ensure the most effective and mistake-free writing.
My favorite Grammarly features
My favorite part of the app is the quick grammar check. Just when I think a piece is perfect, I run it through Grammarly only to find missed commas, slight misspellings and repeat words. Below is an example of how your piece of writing might look before and after scanning it through Grammarly.
Not only does Grammarly pinpoint errors my eyes overlook, it also explains why it is suggesting the edit by providing brief explanations for any errors in punctuation, subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, run-on sentences, and other mistakes to improve your prose.
The auto-suggest word replacement feature is also extremely helpful. As someone who tends to repeat the same words, Grammarly recommends using stronger, alternative but similar words to help me strengthen a sentence.
If you upgrade to the premium version you get the full power of Grammarly. This includes advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure plus genre-specific writing style checks. It also comes with a plagiarism detector that checks more than 16 billion web pages to ensure your work is original!
Whether you’re a worker, student, or blogger, Grammarly meets all types of writing requirements. You can install the Grammarly app for free as an extension in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, or on your iPhone or Android, for instant proofreading or wait to check your writing aftward with a click of a button.
There’s also a standalone native browser on Grammarly.com and a native Mac app for more focused writing.
I listen to audiobooks on the road, at home, and at the gym. It’s also a pleasure to take a respite from the lite bright of my phone or Kindle.
According to recent studies, people comprehend books listening just as much as they do reading them. The brain doesn’t have to do any additional decoding.
Says University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Willingham:
“If you take the question from the perspective of cognitive psychology — that is, the mental processes involved — there is no real difference between listening to a book and reading it. So, according to that understanding of the question: No, audiobooks are not cheating.”
Of course, there’s no beating the tangible reading experience of a paperback with the sound and smell of turning fresh pages.
About: Audible, an Amazon company, offers the world’s largest selection of digital audiobooks and spoken word content. With Audible, customers can listen anytime and anywhere to professionally-narrated audiobooks across a wide range of genres.
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Instagram users spend as much time on the app as they do on Facebook. Some even predict that Instagram will be as big as Facebook in the next five years with over 2 billion users.
If you’re a business, an influencer, or just want to get your work seen, you need to be actively publishing and engaging on Instagram. But if you’re like me, you either don’t have the time nor want to waste all your energy poking at the mobile screen while your primary focus should be scheduling awesome content. That’s why I recommend outsourcing that labor, not to bots, but to real people.
Firing Table is a service that grows Instagram accounts quickly and organically. They interact within designated parameters 24 hours a day on behalf of their clients. This constant interaction leads to more exposure and in turn more followers and interaction for businesses. And they do all of this based on information given to us at signup so the users that are seeing your account are relevant.
Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies has been helping people defeat their creative block since the mid-1970s.
But Alain de Botton’s The School of Life is taking the concept a bit further and applying the deadlock to other life’s philosophies such as a career crisis, kindness, self-knowledge, calm and confidence.
‘All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,’ said Abraham Lincoln. All those life lessons and bundles of love deserve to be shown some appreciation.
With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, here are some last minute gift ideas for the busy lady in your life.
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1. Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug ($79.95): Ember is a self-warming coffee cup controlled via an app that maintains set temperature for your tea or coffee. It’ll keep your loved one’s cup warm if they happen to get distracted or have to run off to a meeting.
3. Daydreams Coloring Book ($12.51): The true artist never forgets their crayons. This hardbound adult coloring book also makes an excellent coffee table item. Just wait until she buys her friends a copy.
5. Get her a WordPress blog at Bluehost ($3.95/month): There’s a lot of moms out there who want to blog but don’t know where to start. Bluehost offers a free domain and one-click WordPress installation at an affordable price.