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GOAL TRACKING

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Tags celebrate, goal tracker, goals, microtasking, motivation, tools

GOAL TRACKING

Our Goal Trackers are based on the science of goal achievement and motivation. Read below to learn more about the psychology of each section and examples for how to use it towards your own goals.   #1: What's your goal? This one is easy -- write down your goal as specifically as you can, for example, do you want to learn a new skill? Save up for a car? Get that passion project going? Hell, even just clean out your fridge or get 15 minutes of exercise every day? Whatever it is, big or small, write it down. Research shows that writing...


FIGHT PROCRASTINATION with MICROTASKING

FIGHT PROCRASTINATION with MICROTASKING

WHAT IS UP WITH PROCRASTINATION? Well, from a habit perspective, we find that humans tend to procrastinate on tasks that fall into one of three categories: (1) Tasks they find boring or unpleasant, (2) Tasks they find overwhelming or (3) Tasks that they (unconsciously or otherwise) are concerned they'll fail at. In a future post, we'll go over methods to tackle the first and third category, but first, let's discuss a myth that gets in the way of addressing all three categories.  WILLPOWER: A pesky myth about procrastination is that it's simply an issue of willpower. Some people are better are...


WHERE ARE YOUR KEYS?

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Tags dishes, hooks, losing, lost, organization, trays

WHERE ARE YOUR KEYS?

If you're like most of us, there's an object in your life that you repeatedly lose: Keys, phone, your favorite pen, sunglasses and other important items can be frustrating to track down.  The key (no pun intended) is to create "environmental cues". THE PSYCHOLOGY: There's two important things about the brain we can leverage here: It feels rewarded by visually-pleasing things,  and it looks to its environment for cues about what to do next.  So, beautiful "cues" (a hook, a little box) increase the likelihood that your brain will want to put things in a consistent place, making those things always easy...


The Science of Focus

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Tags CLUB ELEVEN, creativity, earbuds, focus, headphones, problem-solving

The Science of Focus

Sound can be a powerful tool for getting things done. Here's our guide to headphones, earbuds, and the soundtrack for focus.  REPETITIVE or PHYSICAL TASKSSuch as cleaning or copy-pasting digital contentChoose: Upbeat music, heavy-bass music, with or without lyrics. To stay on-task, pick music you already know and love (new music may distract you by introducing an element of surprise). Psychology: Researchers have found that motivation increases with our favorite music. In one study, factory workers' productivity and happiness increased simply by playing upbeat music while they worked. This applies only to work that does not require prefrontal cortex functions (ie creative...