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Actionable Lifetips is a combination of a Trello-based e-book filled with checklists and a companion website/blog that aims that introducing curated actionable tips, systems and information into your life in bite-sized chunks/steps for immediate improvement.

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It is essential, for newcomers, to take action in the order recommended in this Trello board and/or the companion website/blog to derive the maximum benefit from this project.

Please refer to the Index / Table of Contents on the left hand side of the blog for the recommended order of action.


 

Monster List of Values

Monster List of Values

Values are “concepts, principles, or standards that drive one’s decisions and actions.”

While choosing values, think long and hard about what it means to you in your daily life and the life you wish to lead. There are no right or wrong answers. There is no right or wrong context. The interpretation for each value is whatever you want it to be. Just be clear what you mean by it.

 

Present below are 516 “Values” to live your life by curated from the most common sources (listed at bottom).

For the Google Sheet version of this list, click here.


  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Abundance
  3. Acceptance
  4. Accessibility
  5. Accomplishment
  6. Accountability
  7. Accuracy
  8. Achievement
  9. Acknowledgement
  10. Activeness
  11. Adaptability
  12. Adoration
  13. Adroitness
  14. Advancement and promotion
  15. Adventurous
  16. Affection
  17. Affluence
  18. Aggressiveness
  19. Agility
  20. Alertness
  21. Altruism
  22. Amazement
  23. Ambition
  24. Amusement
  25. Anti-Bureaucratic
  26. Anti-Corporate
  27. Anticipation
  28. Appreciation
  29. Approachable
  30. Approval
  31. Art / Artistry
  32. Articulation
  33. Assertive
  34. Assurance
  35. Attention to Detail
  36. Attentive
  37. Attractiveness
  38. Audacity
  39. Authenticity
  40. Authority
  41. Autonomy
  42. Available
  43. Awareness
  44. Awe
  45. Balance
  46. Beauty
  47. Belonging
  48. Benevolence
  49. Best
  50. Bliss
  51. Boldness
  52. Bravery
  53. Brilliance
  54. Buoyancy
  55. Calm
  56. Camaraderie
  57. Candor
  58. Capable
  59. Careful
  60. Caring
  61. Celebrity
  62. Certainty
  63. Challenge
  64. Change and variety
  65. Character
  66. Charity
  67. Charm
  68. Chastity
  69. Cheerful
  70. Citizenship
  71. Clarity
  72. Clean
  73. Clear-Minded
  74. Cleverness
  75. Clients
  76. Closeness
  77. Collaboration
  78. Comfort
  79. Commitment
  80. Common Sense
  81. Communication
  82. Community
  83. Compassion
  84. Competence
  85. Competitive
  86. Completion
  87. Composure
  88. Concentration
  89. Concern for Others
  90. Confidence
  91. Confidentiality
  92. Conformity
  93. Congruency
  94. Connection
  95. Consciousness
  96. Conservation
  97. Consistency
  98. Contentment
  99. Continuous Improvement
  100. Contribution
  101. Control
  102. Conviction
  103. Conviviality
  104. Coolness
  105. Cooperation
  106. Coordination
  107. Cordiality
  108. Correctness
  109. Country
  110. Courage
  111. Courtesy
  112. Craftiness
  113. Craftsmanship
  114. Creativity
  115. Credibility
  116. Cunning
  117. Curiosity
  118. Daring
  119. Decency
  120. Decisiveness
  121. Decorum
  122. Dedication
  123. Deference
  124. Delight
  125. Democracy
  126. Dependability
  127. Depth
  128. Desire
  129. Determination
  130. Development
  131. Devotion
  132. Devout
  133. Dexterity
  134. Different
  135. Dignity
  136. Diligence
  137. Direction
  138. Directness
  139. Discipline
  140. Discovery
  141. Discretion
  142. Diversity
  143. Dominance
  144. Down-to-Earth
  145. Dreaming
  146. Drive
  147. Duty
  148. Dynamism
  149. Eagerness
  150. Ecological awareness
  151. Economic security
  152. Ecstasy
  153. Education
  154. Effectiveness
  155. Efficient
  156. Elation
  157. Elegance
  158. Empathy
  159. Empowering
  160. Encouragement
  161. Endurance
  162. Energy
  163. Engagement
  164. Enjoyment
  165. Entertainment
  166. Enthusiasm
  167. Entrepreneurship
  168. Environmentalism
  169. Equality
  170. Equitable
  171. Ethical
  172. Euphoria
  173. Exceed Expectations
  174. Excellence
  175. Excitement
  176. Exhilaration
  177. Expediency
  178. Experience
  179. Expertise
  180. Exploration
  181. Expressiveness
  182. Extravagance
  183. Extroversion
  184. Exuberance
  185. Fairness
  186. Faith
  187. Faithfulness
  188. Fame
  189. Family
  190. Fascination
  191. Fashion
  192. Fast living
  193. Fearlessness
  194. Ferocious
  195. Fidelity
  196. Fierce
  197. Financial gain
  198. Financial independence
  199. Firmness
  200. Fitness
  201. Flair
  202. Flexible
  203. Flow
  204. Fluency
  205. Focus
  206. Focus on Future
  207. Foresight
  208. Fortitude
  209. Frankness
  210. Freedom
  211. Fresh Ideas
  212. Friendly
  213. Friendship
  214. Frugality
  215. Fun
  216. Gallantry
  217. Generosity
  218. Genius
  219. Gentility
  220. Giving
  221. Global
  222. Goodness
  223. Goodwill
  224. Grace
  225. Gratitude
  226. Greatness
  227. Gregariousness
  228. Growth
  229. Guidance
  230. Happiness
  231. Hard Work
  232. Harmony
  233. Health
  234. Heart
  235. Helpful
  236. Helping other people
  237. Helping society
  238. Heroism
  239. History
  240. Holiness
  241. Honesty
  242. Honor
  243. Hopefulness
  244. Hospitality
  245. Humility
  246. Humor
  247. Hygiene
  248. Imagination
  249. Impact
  250. Impartiality
  251. Impious
  252. Improvement
  253. Independence
  254. Individuality
  255. Industry
  256. Influence
  257. Ingenuity
  258. Inner harmony
  259. Innovative
  260. Inquisitive
  261. Insightful
  262. Inspiration
  263. Integrity
  264. Intellect
  265. Intelligence
  266. Intensity
  267. International
  268. Intimacy
  269. Intrepidness
  270. Introspection
  271. Introversion
  272. Intuitive
  273. Inventiveness
  274. Inviting
  275. Involvement
  276. Irreverent
  277. Job tranquility
  278. Joy
  279. Judiciousness
  280. Justice
  281. Keenness
  282. Kindness
  283. Knowledge
  284. Leadership
  285. Learning
  286. Legal
  287. Level-Headed
  288. Liberty
  289. Lightness
  290. Listening
  291. Lively
  292. Local
  293. Logic
  294. Longevity
  295. Love
  296. Loyalty
  297. Majesty
  298. Making a difference
  299. Marriage
  300. Mastery
  301. Maturity
  302. Meaningful work
  303. Meekness
  304. Mellow
  305. Merit
  306. Meticulous
  307. Mindfulness
  308. Moderation
  309. Modesty
  310. Money
  311. Motivation
  312. Mysteriousness
  313. Nature
  314. Neatness
  315. Nerve
  316. Noncomformity
  317. Obedience
  318. Open-mindedness
  319. Openness
  320. Optimism
  321. Order
  322. Organized
  323. Originality
  324. Outdoors
  325. Outlandishness
  326. Outrageous
  327. Partnership
  328. Passion
  329. Patience
  330. Patriotism
  331. Peace
  332. Perceptive
  333. Perfection
  334. Performance
  335. Perkiness
  336. Perseverance
  337. Persistence
  338. Personal Development
  339. Personal Growth
  340. Persuasive
  341. Philanthropy
  342. Physical challenge
  343. Piety
  344. Play
  345. Playfulness
  346. Pleasantness
  347. Pleasure
  348. Poise
  349. Polish
  350. Popularity
  351. Positive
  352. Potency
  353. Potential
  354. Power
  355. Practical
  356. Pragmatic
  357. Precise
  358. Prepared
  359. Presence
  360. Preservation
  361. Pride
  362. Privacy
  363. Proactive
  364. Productivity
  365. Profane
  366. Professionalism
  367. Profitability
  368. Progress
  369. Prosperity
  370. Prudence
  371. Public service
  372. Punctuality
  373. Purity
  374. Pursuit
  375. Rational
  376. Real
  377. Reasonableness
  378. Recognition
  379. Recreation
  380. Refined
  381. Reflection
  382. Relationships
  383. Relaxation
  384. Reliability
  385. Religiousness
  386. Reputation
  387. Resilience
  388. Resolute
  389. Resourceful
  390. Respect
  391. Respect for Others
  392. Respect for the Individual
  393. Responsibility
  394. Responsiveness
  395. Rest
  396. Restraint
  397. Results-Oriented
  398. Reverence
  399. Richness
  400. Rigor
  401. Risk
  402. Rule of Law
  403. Sacredness
  404. Sacrifice
  405. Safety
  406. Sagacity
  407. Saintliness
  408. Sanguinity
  409. Sanitary
  410. Satisfaction
  411. Science
  412. Security
  413. Self Awareness
  414. Self Motivation
  415. Self Responsibility
  416. Self-Control
  417. Self-Directed
  418. Self-Reliance
  419. Self-Respect
  420. Selfless
  421. Sense of Humor
  422. Sensitivity
  423. Sensuality
  424. Serenity
  425. Serious
  426. Service
  427. Sexiness
  428. Sexuality
  429. Sharing
  430. Shrewd
  431. Significance
  432. Silence
  433. Silliness
  434. Simplicity
  435. Sincerity
  436. Skill
  437. Smart
  438. Solidarity
  439. Solitude
  440. Sophistication
  441. Soundness
  442. Speed
  443. Spirit
  444. Spirituality
  445. Spontaneity
  446. Spunk
  447. Stability
  448. Standardization
  449. Status
  450. Stealth
  451. Stewardship
  452. Stillness
  453. Strength
  454. Structure
  455. Success
  456. Supervising others
  457. Support
  458. Supremacy
  459. Surprise
  460. Sustainability
  461. Sympathy
  462. Synergy
  463. Systemization
  464. Talent
  465. Teaching
  466. Teamwork
  467. Temperance
  468. Thankful
  469. Thorough
  470. Thoughtful
  471. Thrift
  472. Tidiness
  473. Timeliness
  474. Tolerance
  475. Tough
  476. Traditional
  477. Tranquility
  478. Transcendence
  479. Transparency
  480. Trustworthiness
  481. Truth
  482. Understanding
  483. Unflappability
  484. Uniqueness
  485. Unity
  486. Universal
  487. Usefulness
  488. Utility
  489. Valor
  490. Value Creation
  491. Variety
  492. Victorious
  493. Vigor
  494. Virtue
  495. Vision
  496. Vitality
  497. Vivacity
  498. Volunteering
  499. Warmth
  500. Watchful
  501. Wealth
  502. Welcoming
  503. Willfulness
  504. Willingness
  505. Winning
  506. Wisdom
  507. Wittiness
  508. Wonder
  509. Work under pressure
  510. Work with others
  511. Work/Life Balance
  512. Working alone
  513. Worldwide
  514. Worthiness
  515. Youthfulness
  516. Zeal

Source

  1. jamesclear.com/core-values
  2. http://www.mantelligence.com/how-to-define-your-list-of-personal-values/
  3. http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2004/11/list-of-values/
  4. https://www.akpsi.org/admin/document.doc?id=486
  5. Photo via Visual hunt

Monster List of Habits

Monster List of Habits

Below is one of the longest list of habits you will see on the internet as it has been combined using various sources (mentioned in the end) and my experience. Use the above three principles, choose a few habits you think are reasonably simple, stack them, make them mini, track them and get started.

The categories are:

  1. Being Organized
  2. Career
  3. Emotions, Spirituality & Mindfulness
  4. Finances
  5. Fitness
  6. Healthy Eating
  7. Hygiene
  8. Learning
  9. Love & Relationships
  10. Personal Growth
  11. Productivity
  12. Self-Confidence
  13. Sleep
  14. Social

1. Being Organized

  • Reduce your goals & tasks to essentials. One of the problems with GTD is that it attempts to tackle all incoming tasks. But this can overload us, and leave us without the necessary focus on the important tasks (MITs). So instead, ZTD asks you to review your task and project lists, and see if you can simplify them. Remove everything but the essential projects and tasks, so you can focus on them. Simplify your commitments, and your incoming information stream. Be sure that your projects and tasks line up with your yearly and life goals. Do this on a daily basis (briefly, on a small scale), during your weekly review, and your monthly review.
  • Set and keep routines. GTD is very unstructured, which can be both a strength and a weakness. It’s a weakness for some people because they need more structure. Try the habit of creating routines to see if it works better for you. A morning routine (for example) could include looking at your calendar, going over your context lists, setting your MITs for the day, exercising, processing email and inboxes, and doing your first MIT for the day. An evening routine could include processing your email and inboxes (again), reviewing your day, writing in your journal, preparing for the next day. Weekly routines could include an errands day, a laundry day, financial day, your weekly review, family day, etc. It’s up to you — set your own routines, make them work for you.
  • Keep simple lists, check daily. Basically the same as GTD — have context lists, such as @work, @phone, @home, @errands, @waiting, etc.

2. Career

  • Decide the position or job you want and what it takes to get there. Take one action a day toward making it happen.
  • Arrive at work 30 minutes to an hour early every day.
  • Practice dressing like the person in the position above you. Dress one step classier than your coworkers.
  • Brainstorm 10-20 things that would increase revenue, make your boss’s job easier, or decrease expenses and begin implementing them or sharing your ideas.
  • Practice avoiding unnecessary meetings or outings that suck your time.
  • Decide what you want within your organization, and regularly discuss this with decision-makers.
  • Continue to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills outside of work to support your career goals.
  • Practice the habit of networking every week to meet people who can support and mentor your career goals.
  • Work on your resume for 15-30 minutes a day until it is ready for prime time.
  • Research and practice interview skills.
  • Practice confident body language and communication on the job, even if you aren’t feeling it.
  • Make a habit of under-promising and over-delivering with your clients or boss.
  • Practice taking initiative on a new idea or suggested project.
  • Get in the habit of considering how to be more efficient with your work and implement your ideas.
  • Regularly practice the habit of a positive attitude with your co-workers and business associates.
  • Be sure to speak up at least once in every meeting. You need to be noticed and heard.
  • Show up at the office. Beware of work-from-home arrangements. If you are not seen in the office and people don’t know what you are contributing, you run the risk of getting let go (or passed over for promotions.)
  • Rehearse presentations in the mirror beforehand. You should also rehearse important statements and arguments ahead of time so you can work out the kinks.

3. Emotions, Spirituality & Mindfulness

  • Practice awareness of your negative thoughts during the day.
  • Once you are aware of your negative thought patterns, practice interrupting the thoughts and thinking or doing something positive.
  • Don’t Waste Energy on Hate
  • Don’t Succumb To Malice or Gossip
  • Write down positive affirmations about the way you want your day or a particular situation to unfold and say them out loud to yourself in the morning.
  • Begin a practice of morning or evening meditation, prayer, or contemplation, starting with just five minutes a day.
  • At defined times during your work day (mid-morning, after lunch, late afternoon), take five minutes to close your eyes and practice diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Every day, begin the morning by putting your life and problems into perspective by contemplating the size of the Earth, our solar system, our galaxy, and the universe.
  • Practice noticing and identifying your emotions when you feel them without judging them.
  • Take 5 minutes a day to contemplate everything you are grateful for.
  • Spend five minutes mentally reliving a happy memory including as much detail as you can remember.
  • Spend 5-10 minutes a day just imagining and daydreaming about something positive you want to do.
  • Consciously let go of worry or regret. Tell yourself “Future Me will take care of that” or “The past is the past.”
  • To be more mindful, find a quiet place, set a timer and spend 15 minutes focusing on your breathing
  • When you feel stressed during the day, make yourself stop for 5 minutes to identify the source of the stress.
  • When you experience negative emotions (sadness, anxiety, anger, etc.), practice having your “higher self” step outside of the emotions to remind you they are temporary and don’t define you.
  • When you have negative feelings, begin to notice the thoughts that preceded the feelings and actively change the thoughts.
  • Challenge your mental assumptions about people or expected outcomes.
  • Practice a mental mind shift where you accept you are capable of far more than you previously believed.
  • Begin a daily practice of walking meditation.
  • Begin to pay attention to the foods you eat and how they affect your emotions (ie: coffee making you anxious, sweets making you sleepy, etc.)
  • During the day, notice how the people around you make you feel — whether they energize and uplift you or drain you.
  • In whatever you are doing, mindfully redirect your focus to the present moment and the task at hand.
  • Pay attention to the details of now. What color is that butterfly? How does that salad taste? How many shades of green can you see right now?
  • Focus acutely on an immediate sensation, like how great it feels to be tucked into your comfy bed, or how invigorating that brisk wind is.
  • Invest emotionally in a current interaction. How does your friend feel about her problem? What emotions are you feeling right now? What can you do comfort/inspire/rejoice with the person you are with right now?
  • When you must make a decision, practice giving yourself a time limit for contemplation and research, and then decide even if you aren’t completely sure.
  • Practice a habit of serving others or performing an act of kindness every day.
  • Read or watch something that makes you laugh out loud every day.
  • Seek out one or two positive, upbeat people to spend time with every day.
  • Perform one thoughtful act of kindness for a stranger.
  • Practice gratitude. There are lots of ways to practice gratitude, from keeping a journal of things you’re grateful for, sharing three good things that happen each day with a friend or your partner, or going out of your way to show gratitude when others help you.

  • Give up one physical pleasure or material possession.
  • Join a group of like-minded individuals from whom you can learn and be inspired.
  • Write a diary (if possible with your non-dominant hand, in multiple languages). Record your emotions. Record your aspirations. Plan your day.Write out how a person you encountered that day could enrich your life journey.
  • Write down three good things that happened to you each day.
  • Try to perform one daily random act of kindness for a stranger
  • Create the habit of spending time in nature every day and mindfully appreciating the beauty around you.
  • Enjoy a sunset or sunrise.
  • Walk in the woods.
  • Look up at the stars.

4. Finances

  • Mindfully decide how much money you want to save each month, and put aside a specific amount toward savings daily or weekly.
  • Decide to cut back on purchasing a Starbucks drink, and put that money in a jar each day instead.
  • Keep track of daily expenditure using an  excel sheet or app like Mint, YNAB, MoneyView, Walnut, etc.

5. Fitness

  • Park your car farther away from entrances to work or stores.
  • Take a walk every day.
  • Walk or jog in place while watching TV, rather than sitting.
  • Make it a habit to take the stairs instead of the elevator when you are going less than four floors. In most cases, it will save you time and help you get a small amount of exercise.
  • If you sit much of the day, stand up from your desk every 30 minutes and do 5 minutes of movement.
  • While working at a screen, periodically stare at something that’s far away, like out the window. If necessary, get up and find a window or at least a hallway so that you can focus at a distance. This keeps your eyesight from degenerating.
  • Move your body for ten minutes or longer first thing in the morning. A brisk dog walk or ten minutes of an exercise video is a perfect way to increase your metabolism.
  • Stretch for 5 minutes first thing in the morning or after your shower.
  • Work out for a total of an hour a day, five days a week. If you can break that up into two workouts, you will benefit even more (since you will create two spikes in metabolism that day.)
  • Practice 10 minutes a day of aerobic exercise, like running, jumping jacks, dancing, or swimming.
  • Practice 10 minutes a day of muscle-strengthening activities, working different muscle groups each day.
  • Commit to an easy form of exercise each day. Increase time spent exercising by five minutes a day until you reach your goal of how long you want to work out daily.
  • Write down your exercise goal and actual achievements each day. Increase the intensity of your workouts slowly.
  • Take your pulse while exercising. Calculate out your exercise heart rate so you know what zone to shoot for while exercising, and stay in the recommended zone.
  • Pay attention to how you feel while exercising. Push yourself to the point where it’s tough, but not miserable, each day.
  • If you want to get fit, you need to schedule exercise like an appointment that cannot be missed
  • Make protein the focus of every meal.
  • Perform a set number of squats every morning before work. Increase the number of squats every week.
  • Perform a set number of pushups every morning before work. Increase the number of pushups every week.
  • Lift a set number of weights each morning before your shower.
  • Run or jump on a rebounder for 30 minutes a day. It’s really fun and great for your overall health!
  • Find a running buddy and begin running every other day, starting with a walk/run if you are new to running.
  • Take a fun exercise class like Zumba or Jazzercise.
  • Join a community sports team, like softball, basketball, soccer, or volleyball.
  • Find an outdoor habit you enjoy like biking, hiking, or inline skating.
  • Perform a specific number of sit-ups and/or push-ups every morning before your shower.
  • Try a new physical activity (rock climbing, whitewater rafting, yoga, dance class.)
  • Walk your dog (or a neighbor’s dog.)
  • Have sex regularly. Regular sex relieves stress, boosts immunity, burns 85 or more calories (per 30 minutes), improves cardiovascular health, reduces pain, lowers the risk of prostate cancer, and helps you sleep.
  • Remind yourself that cravings usually lessen if you delay gratification. Tell yourself “All I have to do is wait ten minutes” each time you experience a craving.
  • Suck on a mint every time you want to smoke. Make yourself wait until the mint is gone before allowing yourself to decide if you really need to smoke.
  • If you usually smoke outside, force yourself to walk around the block twice before allowing yourself to decide if you really need to smoke.
  • If you have certain places you used to smoke, find replacements for those places. Establish new habits, for example, going to a restaurant where smoking is not permitted for lunch each day, or buying coffee in the office instead of walking somewhere (if you used to smoke while getting coffee down the street.)

6. Healthy Eating

  • Drink an 8 ounce glass of water first thing in the morning.
  • Eat that first meal within 30 minutes of waking up (to jumpstart your metabolism.)
  • Eat breakfast every day, including a combination of complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and a small amount of fat.
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Having six smaller meals rather than three large ones a day will help you manage hunger and manage your weight.
  • Drink a glass of water when you feel hungry in between meals. In many cases, the hunger will go away. If you are still hungry 30 minutes later, go ahead and get a snack.
  • Reduce your serving portions at lunch or dinner by half. Sit for 15 minutes before adding more food to your plate to see if you’re still hungry.
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal.
  • Begin a practice of eating more mindfully and slowly. Take twice as long to eat your meal.
  • Substitute one unhealthy food choice for a healthy food (ie: instead of snacking on chips, eat carrots with hummus).
  • Add one additional serving of vegetables to one of your daily meals.
  • Increase dark green leafy vegetables in your diet like kale, spinach, swiss chard, and mustard greens.
  • Fill your plate with vegetables and lean meat; use fat, grains, starch and sugary foods as condiments.
  • Replace something white (starch, processed foods) with something green, orange, red or brown (vegetables, protein, lentils) at every meal.
  • Substitute a lean protein like chicken or fish for red meat once a week.
  • Substitute fruit for a high calorie, sugary dessert.
  • Switch from white, bleached breads and grains (pasta, rice) to whole grains.
  • Replace one main meal per day with a salad or broth-based vegetable or lentil soup. By eating several servings of vegetables per day, you will feel more energetic, lose weight, feel fuller and lower your chances of contracting cancer and many other diseases.
  • Eat one piece of fruit or one serving of raw vegetables (carrots, celery, cucumbers) mid morning and mid afternoon.
  • Fill your plate with fresh, colorful vegetables one meal per day.
  • Don’t carry money for vending machines. Instead eat a snack you brought from home. Pretend vending machines don’t exist.
  • Pack a healthy snack for the ride home from work. Pretend fast food restaurants don’t exist.
  • Stop eating fried food.
  • Count your calories using an app like MyFitnessPal etc.
  • Keep a full water bottle on your desk and drink water throughout the day.
  • Add a slice of lemon or lime to your water.
  • Drink a cup of green or white tea every day.
  • Replace soda with seltzer water.
  • Replace cold sugar-sweetened drinks with iced herbal teas or iced coffee (sans cream and sugar.)
  • Replace high fat hot drinks with flavorful hot tea or flavored coffee.
  • Replace regular juice with low sugar juices or flavored seltzer waters.
  • Avoid cream and sugar.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time.
  • Clean out your pantry and get rid of all processed snacks.
  • Go to the grocery store on a full stomach only.
  • Shop from the outer rim of the grocery store (produce, meat, dairy), avoiding processed foods.
  • Once or twice a week, eat a 100% plant-based dinner.
  • Cook with healthy oils like olive oil or coconut oil rather than butter.
  • Split restaurant meals in half. Take half home for later, and only eat half of the meal in the restaurant.
  • Order meals off the healthy section of the menu. Tell yourself you cannot eat anything on the menu that isn’t listed as healthful.
  • Order a child-sized or senior-sized meal off the menu.
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink. Consider having it only on weekends.
  • In social situations, set a number of conversations per drink. For example, you might force yourself to mingle with three guests (three full conversations) before you allow yourself to refresh your drink.
  • Make yourself drink a full glass of water before you indulge in each serving of alcohol.
  • Alternate club soda and alcoholic drinks.
  • If you normally pour yourself a drink right when you get home at night, replace this habit with another habit. Walk the dog, take a shower, do an exercise video, or eat a salad before you allow yourself to pour that first drink.
  • Make it a point to avoid smoke (including second hand smoke.) This may mean you ask a roommate to smoke outside or you decide it’s time to quit smoking.

7. Hygiene

  • Wash your hands every time you use the restroom, handle raw meats, pet a strange animal, or cough/sneeze.
  • Take up the habit of flossing your teeth every morning or evening. Floss immediately after brushing, or put the floss in the shower and don’t leave the shower until you floss.
  • Don’t leave home without being showered and groomed.

8. Learning

  • Take up learning a new language and spend time every day working through a language program.
  • Get in the habit of listening to relaxing music or educational cd’s in your car rather than blaring news programs.
  • Cook a new recipe for dinner every night.
  • Challenge yourself to become more proficient and comfortable with computer technology and learn a new skill daily.
  • Take a certification program to learn CPR and first aid.
  • Learn how to create your own blog.
  • Decide you are going to write a book, and begin a daily writing habit.
  • Learn how to improve the speed of your reading by taking a speed reading course online.
  • Take online guitar lessons and practice the guitar for 30 minutes to an hour a day.
  • Improve your photography skills and learn Photoshop online.
  • Complete a course or book on money management or investing.
  • Join Toastmasters or another public speaking program and improve your speaking skills.
  • Make a list of basic skills you don’t know (like changing a tire, building a fire, remembering names, etc.) and tackle one every day.
  • Research what it takes to start a business, and take a few actions a day to get your own business off the ground.
  • Read out loud.
  • Record yourself reading key points (you need to memorize) out loud. Replay the recording as you rest in bed, right before falling asleep.
  • Underline or highlight important information.
  • Chew mint gum while you study.
  • Pinch yourself or hold a bag of ice cubes while memorizing difficult formulas. The physical sensations will stimulate adrenaline production, locking the formula into your memory.
  • Create a poem or song to memorize tough material.
  • Use pictures (images, drawings, colors) to link definitions to new vocabulary words. For example, draw a picture that symbolizes a definition.
  • Explore new areas.
  • Follow your questions.
  • Hang out with people smarter than you.
  • Do something scary.
  • Come up with 10 ideas every day.
  • Every day, substitute positive and uplifting reading material, TV shows, and other media for negative, depressing mental input.
  • Watch educational videos instead of TV.
  • Review any recent or past failures or mistakes for a few minutes a day, and think about what you learned from them and how you can apply what you learned.
  • Mentally challenge yourself during a project or task to push yourself just beyond your comfort zone or a bit longer when you want to quit.
  • Play “smart” games.
  • Take up a mentally challenging hobby like crossword puzzles, Suduko, or other brain games to keep your brain active.
  • Memorize a poem, a quote or piece of prose every day.
  • During a daily task or work project, stop before proceeding and ponder a new, more creative way to approach or implement the work.
  • When you make a decision during the day, use critical thinking skills using self-examination, review of possible outcomes, and consideration of alternatives.
  • Teach other people what you learn.

9. Love & Relationships

  • Begin every morning by offering your spouse/partner a hug and saying, “I love you.”
  • Mindfully catch yourself saying something disparaging or negative to your spouse and change your words.
  • Every day, brainstorm some kind act or gift you can offer your loved one unconditionally.
  • Practice asking for what you want and need in the relationship — emotionally, sexually, and otherwise.
  • Determine your relationship boundaries and put them into practice every day.
  • Create daily practices to add romance, intimacy, and sexuality to your relationship.
  • Set aside a special time each day to simply sit and have a conversation with your spouse.
  • Take time every day or week to learn more about your partner by asking growth-oriented relationship questions.
  • Actively replace controlling or critical comments with supportive, loving language.
  • When you feel angry at your partner, practice the habit of breathing and counting to 20 before speaking.
  • Create a daily habit of doing something fun together.
  • Practice open and honest communication rather than passive-aggressive behaviors or words.
  • If you and your partner are apart during the day, find a time to call and talk during the day.
  • Create the habit of cooking and cleaning together daily.
  • Offer your partner regular non-sexual touch.
  • Prolong foreplay by at least five minutes beyond what you think is expected.
  • Pay attention to how your lover is responding.
  • Hold off on eating anything substantial in the two hours before you expect to make love. If you must eat in that time frame, keep it light and easy to digest.
  • Engage in prolonged eye contact.
  • Set up a sensual environmental. Clean up the bedroom; light candles.
  • Get in touch with your playful side. Laugh; relax; have fun.

10. Personal Growth

  • Define your core values and every day plan your activities and make decisions using these values as a guide.
  • Take 30 minutes to an hour every day working toward finding your life passion.
  • Every morning read something inspiring, informative, or uplifting to support your self-awareness and inner development.
  • Write a vision for who you want to be and how you want to live, and take one action a day to make the vision real.
  • Make a list of all of the assumptions and beliefs you hold (about people, politics, religion, society, etc.) and take a few minutes each day to challenge a belief and research a contrary opinion or fact.
  • Begin to let go of attachments to material things by giving away or throwing away things every day.
  • Notice when you are acting or making choices in order to please other people and practice pleasing yourself first.
  • Catch yourself when you start to whine or complain, and say something grateful and positive instead.
  • When you find yourself making excuses, practice the habit of being honest with yourself and others.
  • Develop the habit of being a creator rather than a reactor by mindfully deciding how you want to live.
  • Begin the habit of behaving compassionately and generously toward everyone you encounter.
  • Actively work on healing old wounds and limiting beliefs every day through counseling, coaching, reading, and self-awareness.
  • Define your own integrity and the specific behaviors related to your integrity and practice them daily.
  • Get in the habit of paying attention to your intuition and using it to help you make decisions.
  • List three things you genuinely like about yourself. Read those three things out loud.
  • Stand up straight. Let your hands hang naturally at your sides.
  • Dress in clothes that flatter you.
  • Outline your thoughts/words before you enter an intimidating situation. Being prepared will help you feel more confident. Bring cheat notes if acceptable.
  • Refuse to fidget. Instead, go to a private place (car, restroom) where you can stretch and get out the jitters. Then focus on relaxing.
  • Pay attention to the other person instead of your own insecurity.
  • Repeat a mantra in your head.
  • Make a list of things you like about yourself.
  • Ask for compliments from a trusted friend or relative.
  • If you want to be more confident, make a list of things you like about yourself.

11. Productivity

  • Always maintain a sense of Urgency.
  • Begin the habit of waking up earlier each morning. Start with just 5 minutes earlier and work up to an hour over a few weeks.
  • Write down three main goals for the day and begin with the most difficult or challenging first.
  • Do your ONE most important thing first.
  • Schedule your toughest task for your most productive time slot (whenever you typically feel your best) of the day.
  • Arrive at work fifteen minutes before you are expected each morning.
  • Sequester yourself for 45 minutes each day where you can crank uninterrupted on tasks. Consider booking a conference room or putting on noise cancelling earphones and posting a “do not disturb” sign during this time each day.
  • Determine your most productive time of day, and schedule your tasks accordingly.
  • Block Off Time Needed to Finish Tasks Instead of Just Setting Deadlines
  • Develop the habit of removing distractions when you work. Turn off your phone, clear your desk, close browsers on your computer, close your door, etc.
  • Turn off your email for an hour per day. Disconnect from social media for chunks of the day.
  • Practice saying “no” to those who interrupt your time.
  • Do things today that make more time tomorrow.
  • Set daily, weekly, and monthly deadlines for completing tasks and goals.
  • When you have big goals to accomplish, break them down into smaller tasks or habits and work on them one by one.
  • Schedule out your day, setting mini goals and milestones throughout the day. Then race against your self-set goals for accomplishing tasks.
  • Practice batching similar tasks together, such as making all of your calls or responding to emails at the same time.
  • Write a list of the no-so-urgent tasks you consistently avoid, and set aside 30 minutes a day to work on them.
  • When you begin working on a project or task, set a timer for 30 minutes or an hour, and work non-stop until the timer goes off.
  • Take a break every hour. Stand up, stretch, use the restroom or get a drink.
  • Write an “I Did” list.
  • Consider all of the obligations, clubs, projects, subscriptions, etc. that take up unnecessary time or aren’t a top life priority and begin to let them go every day.
  • Begin the habit of making purchases online rather than going to stores.
  • Implement a reboot at 1 p.m. every day. Assess how much you’ve accomplished, remind yourself of what’s critical, and alter your plan so you can tackle the most important thing. If you wait until 5 p.m. to evaluate your day, you’re out of time and in crisis mode, putting out fires.
  • Make quick decisions on things in your inbox, do not put them off. Letting stuff pile up is procrastinating on making decisions. Process your inboxes (email, physical, voicemail, notebook) at least once a day, and more frequently if needed. When you process, do it from the top down, making a decision on each item, as in GTD: do it (if it takes 2 minutes or less), trash it, delegate it, file it, or put it on your to-do list or calendar to do later. See Getting Your Email to Empty and Keeping Your Desk Clear for more.
  • Set MITs for week, day. Each week, list the Big Rocks that you want to accomplish, and schedule them first. Each day, create a list of 1-3 MITs (basically your Big Rocks for the day) and be sure to accomplish them. Do your MITs early in the day to get them out of the way and to ensure that they get done.
  • Do one task at a time, without distractions. This is one of the most important habits in ZTD. You must select a task (preferably one of your MITs) and focus on it to the exclusion of all else. First, eliminate all distractions. Shut off email, cell phone, Internet if possible (otherwise just close all unnecessary tabs), clutter on your desk (if you follow habit 2, this should be pretty easy). Then, set a timer if you like, or otherwise just focus on your task for as long as possible. Don’t let yourself get distracted from it. If you get interrupted, write down any request or incoming tasks/info on your notepad, and get back to your task. Don’t try to multi-task. See How NOT to Multi-Task for more.

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4.12. Self-Confidence

  • After you brush your teeth, pause for a moment and smile at yourself.
  • Write a list of all of your positive qualities, skills, and talents and read it in the morning and evening before bed.
  • Every day, consciously practice confident body language by smiling, looking others in the eye, and standing up straight.
  • Take care of your personal appearance every day. Dress nicely, get your hair styled, put on make-up, and groom yourself well. When you look your best, you feel more self-confident.
  • Practice walking with an air of confidence, even if you don’t feel it.
  • Every day examine your limiting beliefs about yourself. Then challenge a belief by finding evidence from your life that disputes it.
  • Determine an area of weakness you would like to improve upon and take daily action for improvement.
  • Learn about the skills of emotional intelligence and begin practicing emotionally intelligent behaviors.
  • Develop the habit of taking small actions toward whatever it is you feel fearful about.
  • Practice authenticity every day. Be genuine and real, and have the courage to be your true self. Do not say things that are false, even to yourself.
  • Get in the habit of practicing self-compassion and self-love, even if you don’t feel it right away. Forgive yourself, take care of yourself, and learn to appreciate your uniqueness.

13. Sleep

  • Create a consistent bedtime ritual to prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep.
  • Go to sleep at the same time each night.
  • Enforce or create the habit of getting enough sleep. Start going to bed 15 minutes earlier a night and add to that time over the next few weeks until you are getting the optimal amount of sleep.
  • Schedule at least eight hours (possibly nine – find out what you need) of sleep per night. Getting adequate sleep will improve your mood, give you more energy, make it easier to absorb new material, help you make healthier eating choices and improve your work performance.
  • Keep daily activities out of the bedroom; retire to the bedroom a half hour before bed, using the bedroom for sleeping and bed-related activities.
  • Lower the temperature in your bedroom and use a heavy blanket for warmth.
  • Dim the lights in that half hour before bed. Cover (or move) all LED lights in the room.
  • Do not drink alcohol; instead drink a cup of herbal tea in that hour before bed.
  • Do not drink caffeine after 2:00 p.m.
  • Exercise, but not within two hours of bedtime.
  • Meditate, pray or journal for ten minutes as part of your nightly bedtime routine.
  • Turn on a sound machine (ocean, rain, white noise) for the night.
  • Snuggle (with a person or pet) – the rhythmic breathing of another living being will help you relax.
  • Tense up all of your muscles, and then relax them, repeatedly, until you feel completely relaxed.
  • Deliberately visualize something pleasant and calming as you relax in bed.
  • Wake up at the same time every morning (including weekends and holidays.)

14. Social

  • Make a conscious effort to smile.
  • Relax. Roll your shoulders, sit up straight and open your stance. Uncross your arms and let your palms rest open, facing up. All of this sends the vibe that you are confident and approachable.
  • Make eye contact with someone new.
  • Establish and maintain eye contact. Hold the other person’s gaze longer than you usually would, but not so long as to stare.
  • Make a habit to introduce yourself to someone new every day
  • Ask open-ended questions about this new person’s preferences.
  • Talk about common ground issues.
  • Find a way to laugh together. Tell a joke, make a self-deprecating statement or engage in an activity that makes you both laugh. Laughter is bonding.
  • Refuse to gripe, complain or talk about anything negative.
  • Don’t burn bridges
  • Deflect Partisan Conversations – Arguments about politics and religion never have a “right” answer, but they definitely get people all riled up over things they can’t control. When such topics surface, bow out by saying something like: “Thinking about that stuff makes my head hurt.”
  •  Be mindful to stay in regular contact with your friends and to see them frequently.
  • Get in the habit of initiating fun outings and interactions, even if you are the one doing this most of the time.
  • Practice open and honest communication with your friends and share both your good and bad life events.
  • Learn the habit of active listening when your friend needs your ear without offering unrequested input or advice.
  • Make a habit of telling your friends how much you value and appreciate them.
  • Compliment one person every day.
  • Practice radical reliability and trustworthiness with your friends.
  • In every encounter with your friends, treat them the way you want to be treated.
  • Decide exactly how much time you want to spend with friends, and actively carve that time out of your week and make it happen.
  • Create special rituals that involve your friends or include them in family rituals.
  • When you find yourself judging your friend, substitute those thoughts with acceptance thoughts and reminders of what you love about your friend.
  • Pay attention to how you talk about and treat yourself in front of your friends, as they may treat you as you treat yourself.
  • On a regular basis, find ways to surprise and delight your friends with gifts, your words, new activities, or surprise visits.
  • Make a habit of thanking someone with a card or email as soon as possible after they give you a gift or do something for you.
  • Faithfully return phone calls right away
  • Continuously seek out ways to improve their relationships.
  • Acknowledge dates that are important to others.

Source of list of Habits:

  1. http://liveboldandbloom.com/08/habits/list-of-habits
  2. http://www.developgoodhabits.com/good-daily-habits-list/
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/24-daily-habits-that-will-boost-your-intelligence_b_9780116.html
  4. http://zenhabits.net/2007/02/top-10-productivity-hacks-7/

Monster List of Websites

Monster List of Websites

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College-level Academic / Professional Courses

  1. Specific US Universities

  2. Multiple Universities

    • edX — Free online courses from the world’s best universities
    • Coursera — Free online courses from the world’s best universities
    • Iversity – Free online courses from inspiring professors. Top European Universities.
    • Open Culture – Get 1200 free online courses from the world’s leading universities like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more.
  3. Search Multiple MOOCs

    • Class Central – Discover free online classes (MOOCs) from top universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc.
  4. Khan Academy — Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.
  5. Udemy — Learn real world skills online.
  6. Open2Study
  7. Wikiversity – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research.
  8. CreativeLive — Take free creative classes from the world’s top experts.
  9. Future Learn – Learning for life, provided by UK and international universities
  10. Springboard— Search a catalog of over 21,000 courses. (Paid)
  11. Lynda — Learn technology, creative and business skills. (Mostly Paid)
  12. Saylor Academy – provides free and open online courses and affordable college credit opportunities to learners
  13. Open.edu – Gives you free access to course materials and expert opinion on topical issues. 
  14. NPTEL Online Videos, Courses – IIT Video Lectures


 

General Educational / Edutainment Websites

  1. Edutainment Video Websites

  2. Guides.co — Search the largest collection of online guides.
  3. Squareknot.com — Browse beautiful, step-by-step guides.
  4. Learni.st — Learn from expertly curated web, print and video content.
  5. Coursmos.com — Take a micro-course anytime you want, on any device.
  6. Highbrow.com — Get bite-sized daily courses to your inbox.
  7. Skillshare.com — Online classes and projects that unlock your creativity.
  8. Curious.com — Grow your skills with online video lessons. (Paid)
  9. cosmolearning.com— A free educational website for students and teachers.
  10. academicearth.org— Video lessons on every subject.
  11. http://animagraffs.com/ – Educational Animations
  12. https://library.hubspot.com/ – All of HubSpot’s marketing content, in one place
  13. http://www.biography.com/topics/index.jsp
  14. http://openstaxcollege.org/
  15. ureddit.com— Free courses taught by Redditors.
  16. wikihow.com— Wiki entries on how to do pretty much anything.
  17. doityourself.com— DIY how-tos for the home.
  18. instructables.com— Learn to make just about anything.
  19. takelessons.com— Find someone to teach you lessons on anything.
  20. Flashcard Websites