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Tips for the coffee addict

I’ve talked a lot about productivity tricks, but what is productivity without coffee?

It is said that software developers are machines that convert coffee into code. But also in other sectors, not much is getting done before the first cup of Joe.

Here are a number of tips to feed your caffeine addiction.

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The ripple effect

Why your goals are too small

Is there anyone you know that has huge goals and ambitions? I’m not talking about celebrities but people you know personally.

I don’t know many, if any.

And even of our friends that have modest goals we often think they are over-ambitious.

 The fact is that our goals and dreams are much too small. 

People tend to strive for things that are within reach and then underestimate the work it takes to get there.

And when they don’t reach their goals because they don’t put in enough effort, they get demotivated and the next time they will set even smaller goals.

It’s not just you. It’s also me, it’s our parents, our managers, our business leaders and politicians. Our religious leaders, our guidance counsellors, our teachers, ….

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10 notebooks to help you organise your life

If you read my other post, you will know that planning is important to keep your life organised.

Here are 10 notebooks that can help you to stay on track.

1. Freedom planner

Freedom Planner

The Freedom Planner is a powerful notebook that includes a monthly and weekly planner and daily schedule. All schedules are undated so you can start using it at any day of the year. Continue reading

The snowball

I’ve just finished the book: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder.

I wrote a small review in my Books section for those interested in this book.

My next book will be How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams.

Feel free to recommend more books via the comments.

Goals versus Habits

The contradiction

I’ve written about goals before and also about weekly planning and thinking small.

At a first glance, there is some contradiction in these posts. You can think big (goals) or small (micro-tasks).

And creating a weekly planning can reduce stress, but having too many goals and tasks can increase stress.

Yet all these techniques can work nicely together.

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