50 things you should be doing to be Productive in your Life!

23 10 2009
  1. Keep discovering who you are: Get engaged in self discovery by knowing your passion, temperaments, skills, abilities, finding out your purpose………
  2. Observe Some Me Time: Give yourself some me time. It must be all about you for a little period. Create time for yourself. It’s not being selfish.  Do things to make you happy.
  3. Avoid Making Comparisons: Avoid making too many comparisons with other people (friends, family etc).Remember we are individuals with different backgrounds, upbringing and each one of us is unique in our own way.
  4. Face Your Fears: Face your fears knowing, it only becomes a problem, when you can’t stand up to the pressures that come your way.
  5. Think: Stop for a moment to think. Think before carrying out any actions. Think before you speak. Think about yourself, friends, family, work….. As Christopher Robin (Winnie The Pooh) would say ‘Think Think Think’.
  6. Develop your skills: Don’t be satisfied with the level of skills, talents and abilities you possess. There is always room for improvement and personal development.
  7. Plan: Give your life some order and structure by planning. It helps to have a routine in certain areas of your life. Plan for your present  and the future.
  8. Implementing Your Plans: It’s not just thinking or planning alone.  You also need to implement your strategies. Take positive actions that would have an impact on your life/future.
  9. Doing something new: This is slightly different from the tip above. This involves you taking risks, being open to challenges, trying out new ideas, stepping carefully away from your comfort zone….
  10. Sharpen Your Brain: Solve some mathematics, crossword puzzles, brain training games etc.
  11. Set Targets: Set realistic targets for your life and strive to attain them.
  12. Pursue Knowledge: You can gain constructive knowledge through several avenues such as the media (newspapers, television, radios…), blogs, books, schools, friends, colleagues etc.
  13. Work on your vices: Work hard in replacing your bad habits, character flaws, negative thoughts, low self esteem etc. with positive ideals.
  14. Stop Talking: At times you need to keep quiet and listen to your thoughts. Try as much as possible to think before talking. Be careful of the things you say, when you say it and how you say it. I am not sure it’s cool being a TALKATIVE.
  15. Start Listening: Spend some time listening to people, understanding how they feel. You can also listen to various inspirational speakers to motivate you for the day.
  16. Use Your Imagination: Have a creative imagination. Imagine a bright and positive future ahead of you.
  17. Energy drainers: Weed off people, activities that drain your energy levels.
  18. Improve your physical appearance: Go for a new look. Get a new hairstyle. Look beautiful or well groomed.
  19. Keep A Diary/Journal: Your dairy could serve as a journal of your thoughts. Cultivate the habit of scribbling your thoughts on paper.
  20. Show Love: Spend time showing love to people. You could be nice, care for them, help the needy, buy gifts/presents………..
  21. Ideas: Come up with useful ideas for yourself, family, blog or business etc.
  22. Difficult Tasks: Develop an interest in resolving difficult tasks.
  23. Domestic chores: Enjoy spring cleaning and doing your own laundry. It could be fun at times.
  24. Start a business: You could start up a small business to gain your independence, fulfil your ambitions, and create an additional source of income.
  25. Get A Job: Go out and search for jobs. Don’t sit at home idle. If you are not happy with your current job, start looking for another.
  26. Work: Work Work Work !!!! There are little/no more opportunities for lazy people. Work at home, on your blog, profession, job etc. Display a high level of excellence in what you do.
  27. Lunch Break: The tip above said work,work, work!!But don’t neglect having a lunch break at work.
  28. Delegate or Outsource. Learn to delegate or outsource certain jobs/ responsibilities. It will allow you focus on other important things and save you so much time.
  29. Avoid Gossip: Being involved or listening to gossip is a big time waster. There are so many other productive things you can do with your time.
  30. Budget Your Finances: Spend some time planning your finances, repaying your loans, credit cards and working towards living a debt free life. It’s essential you have a monthly budget, allocating funds to things that are of high importance.
  31. Go shopping: I am sure the ladies will love this one lol!!! (My wife does). There is always a burst of excitement, pride, happiness, an increasing level of confidence, fulfilment associated with shopping and from experience it could raise one’s energy levels because we feel good about it.(Warning: Good practice is spending within your means, buying what is necessary and what you can afford.)
  32. Spend time with your children: Children need to understand family values, build good character, know that their parents will always love, support and care for them.
  33. Spend time with your spouse: Our spouses need time & attention too. Go for dinner, sight seeing etc. Do things together. This promotes better communication, understanding and builds healthier relationships.
  34. Meditate: Take time to meditate. It refreshes you spiritually and mentally.
  35. Sleep: Sleeping replenishes your strength after various activities in the day. It puts you in the right frame of mind and recharges your batteries.
  36. Relax: Go for a holiday, participate in several leisure activities. Take time out to rest/relax your body, mind, muscles etc. Go for a massage, spa treatment, aromatherapy………..
  37. Exercise: It is important you stay in good shape by exercising as often as you can. Apart from the healthy benefits, you would feel attractive, secure, confident and in shape.
  38. Walk: Take long walks. Spend time alone walking and reflecting your activities.
  39. Medical Check up: Go for regular medical check ups with your doctor.
  40. Eat Healthily: It is important you eat healthily and have balanced meals each day. Don’t forget your fruits!!!! Eat with moderation and watch what you eat.
  41. Study(Read): Spend time studying, reading and carrying out researches on various subjects. For you to become an authority in any subject, you’ve got to study hard.
  42. Hobby: Start a hobby. It could range from supporting your local football, basketball or baseball team to having pen pals, building….
  43. Get An Academic Qualification: I think it’s important you place a certain value or importance on boosting academic knowledge by going to schools, colleges or the university.
  44. Contribute to the community/society: Serve your community or borough. Volunteer your spare time to do something positive for the community or society. Sponsor various charity organizations.
  45. Cook: Spend time cooking. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It’s very exciting if you cook with your spouse and before the men start acting too macho for their boots, remember there good male cooks such as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and my humble self laugh!!!.
  46. Spend Time with Friends: Have fun with your friends. You need friends for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual support. Friends are there to encourage you, make you laugh, challenge you and admonish you when necessary.
  47. Date: If you are ’single and searching’ go out on a date. Stop staying at home alone and go out on a date!!
  48. Networking: Establish positive networks with people of various fields, backgrounds, professions etc. Carefully join constructive groups on facebook and twitter.
  49. Go On  A Facebook/Twitter Strike: It wouldn’t cause any harm abandoning facebook/twitter in a day. Curb your addiction to social media. I am not jealous of those who have large followers on twitter or friends on facebook (I joined 2months ago lol!!!) but it’s important to exercise moderation in what you do. 
  50. Switch off the television/computer/mobile phone: Yes switch them off!!!(When necessary)  We are so engrossed in them. Switch off (silent) your phones, in order to get goodnights sleep, shut down your computer, and turn off the television because they could be a source of distraction.


Why do we do what we do, How can we do it better

21 10 2009

“Action is [Decisions are] not about resources, it is about resourcefulness”

“Emotional fitness, psychological strength…that’s what it is about”

It is not about desire, it is about needs. 6 needs:

  1. Certainty (uncertainty) “How many like suprise? Bullshit, we like suprises we want…all others are problems.”
  2. Significance
  3. Connection
  4. Love
  5. Need to Grow
  6. Contribute beyond Ourselves

Stuff White People Like

21 10 2009

List by the guy who wrote Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander. @ stuffwhitepeoplelike.com.  I put his commentary in on a few of my favorites about me or people I know :-p

  • *#128 Camping
  • *#127 Where the Wild Things Are
  • #126 Vespa Scooters
  • #125 Bob Marley
  • *#120 Taking a Year Off
  • *#118 Ugly Sweater Parties
  • *#115 Promising to Learn a New Language
  • *#114 America
  • *#113 Halloween
  • *#112 Hummus
  • *#111 Pea Coats
  • #110 Frisbee Sports
  • *#108 Appearing to Enjoy Classical Music
  • *#106 Facebook
  • *#103 Sweaters
  • #101 Being Offended
  • *#100 Bumper Stickers
  • *#99 Grammar
  • *#98 The Ivy League
  • *#97 Scarves
  • *#96 New Balance Shoes
  • *#93 Music Piracy
  • *#91 San Francisco
  • *#89 St. Patrick’s Day
  • #88 Having Gay Friends
  • *#87 Outdoor Performance Clothes
  • #84 T-Shirts
  • *#83 Bad Memories of High School
  • #82 Hating Corporations
  • *#81 Graduate School
  • #79 Modern Furniture
  • #76 Bottles of Water
  • #75 Threatening to Move to Canada
  • *#72 Study Abroad
  • *#71 Being the only white person around
  • #66 Divorce
  • #64 Recycling
  • #62 Knowing What’s Best for Poor People
  • #61 Bicycles
  • #60 Toyota Prius
  • #59 Natural Medicine
  • #58 Japan
  • *#51 Living by the Water
  • *#50 Irony
  • *#49 Vintage
  • *#48 Whole Foods and Grocery Co-ops
  • #47 Arts Degrees
  • #46 The Sunday New York Times
  • #45 Asian Fusion Food
  • *#42 Sushi
  • *#41 Indie Music
  • *#40 Apple Products
  • #35 The Daily Show/Colbert Report
  • *#34 Architecture
  • #33 Marijuana
  • #32 Vegan/Vegetarianism
  • *#31 Snowboarding
  • #30 Wrigley Field
  • If one would like to meet a lot of white people, one of your best bets would be to go on a Snowboarding trip. Snowboarding is the practice of skiing sideways on one ski. White people love snowboarding as opposed to basketball or football because there is a sense that it is an alternative sport outside of the mainstream. Also too many ethnic people are skiing now. White people enjoy activities that cost a lot of money and require expensive clothes. Even though pro snowboarders make far less than football or basketball players, it is an activity that is exclusive to those who have money. Below are some of the prerequsites for snowboarding

  • *#28 Not having a TV
  • *#27 Marathons
  • *#26 Manhattan (now Brooklyn too!)
  • *#24 Wine
  • *#23 Microbreweries
  • *#19 Traveling
  • White person travelling can be broken into two categories – First World and Third World.

    First world is Europe and Japan, and man, this travel is not only beloved but absolutely essential in their development as white people.

    Every white person takes at least one trip to Europe between the ages of 17-29. During this time they are likely to wear a back pack, stay at a hostel, meet someone from Ireland/Sweden/Italy with whom they have a memorable experience, get drunk, see some old churches and ride a train.

    What’s amazing is that all white people have pretty much the same experience, but all of them believe theirs to be the first of its kind. So much so that they return to North America with ideas of writing novels and screenplays about their experience.

    Upon returning home, they will also find an affinity for a particular beer or liquor from a country they visited. They use this as an excuse to mention their travels when at a bar. “Oh, I’ll have a Czechznlishiyush Pilsner. You see, that was my favorite beer when I was travelling through Slovenia and the Czech republic.”

    The second type of white person travel is Third World. This is when they venture to Thailand, Africa or South America. Some do it so that they can one up the white people who only go to Europe.

    But like with Europe, white people like to believe they are the first white people to make this trip. As such, they should be recognized as special and important individuals.

    That’s right, by going to a country, riding around on a bus or train, staying at a hotel or hostel and eating – they are doing something important for the world.

    If a white person shows up in your country, you can make them feel fantastic by saying how you’ve never seen a white person before, and that you are amazed by their iPod – “a device that plays many songs? impossible!”

    They might give it to you, then you can sell it for profit. Repeat as necessary.

  • *#17 Hating their Parents
  • #16 Gifted Children
  • #15 Yoga
  • *#14 Having Black Friends
  • #13 Tea
  • *#12 Non-Profit Organizations
  • It is a known fact that white people make up 95% of non-profit organizations.  They can’t get enough of them.

    They like working there for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that it gives them a sense of self importance.  This is important so that they can tell their friends and parents that they are “helping” society, and not just working to make money.

    But the sweet side of non profits is that you are paid a competitive salary for your field.  So you can be working at a non-profit and still make six figures, and you don’t have accountability or pressure.  Again, like most things with white people – you can’t lose!

  • #11 Asian Girls
  • #8 Barack Obama
  • *#7 Diversity
  • *#6 Organic Food
  • *#5 Farmer’s Markets
  • #2 Religions their parents don’t belong to
  • *#1 Coffee

  • First Armless Female Pilot and Other People Who Can’t, But Who CAN!

    21 10 2009

    People Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams, Don’t Give up On Life… Watch these People 😀

    The Story behind Team Hoyt http://www.teamhoyt.com/

    The Future 2025: Through the Eyes of the Intelligence Community

    20 10 2009

    global trends

    Here is the unclassified version of the Future 2025


    From Terrorism to the Economy

    Top 100 Web Applications

    20 10 2009

    This is from last year but if you want a very quick, thorough understanding of the most popular, lucrative web apps or Web 2.0…click to find out more.  They are organized in their respective genres. Maybe you will find some you are not overly familiar with. 



    One web app that they failed to list is Stumbleupon.  This is a recent find of mine and I thoroughly love it.  It finds websites and information I want to read at the click of a button. 😀  It helped me find fun calculators, articles, guides on things I love  😀


    Men vs. Woman: The Brain

    19 10 2009

    Hilarious 😀 So True!!!

    My Favorite Books

    16 10 2009

    Childhood Favorite:

    The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Other great works:

    The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

    Why I am not a Christian? By Bertrand Russell

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    Informative Books:

    Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy by Mark Lownthal

    Average American Male by Chad Kultgen (easy read)

    Most Recent Favorite:

    4-hr Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

    ****Check out his blog: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/

    Current Reads:

    Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    Walden by Henry David Thoreau

    The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

    14 10 2009

    The first principle is you must not fool yourself and your are the easiest person to fool. ~Richard P. Feynman, Nobel Prize winning physicist

    I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. ~Herbert Bayard Swope

    I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. ~Mark Twain

    If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake. ~Frank Wilczek, Nobel Prize winner

    1. The most important actions are never comfortable.
    2. Doing the Realistic is easier than doing the Unrealistic.
    3. Being busy if a form of mental laziness- lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.

    ~Tim Ferriss, Author of the 4-Hour Work Week