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How to Stop Procrastinating? Regulate your emotions. An interview with Dr Timothy Pychyl. More on how to stop procrastinating tips and ideas in the article.You’ve been through this many times, haven’t you?

You want to finish up that essay, clean up that corner in your room, get through those 5 pesky things on your to-do list…

But you just can’t seem to do it.

Instead, you find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed, daydreaming or maybe even skimming through this article.

Being an avid procrastinator, I’ve tried tons of time management hacks, downloaded plenty of apps; thinking that there must be a problem with the way I spend my time. But this article by Dr. Timothy Pychyl opened my eyes. It’s not so much about your time management – though that is also important – as it is more about your emotional state when you are about to do something.

Dr. Pychyl has devoted many years of study and research into the area of procrastination, having written a fascinating number of articles and books on it. An Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Dr. Pychyl is also a Director for the Initiatives in Education. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Pychyl recently and he has shared his insights and tips on tackling procrastination.

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8 Insanely Effective Career Hacks that will skyrocket your career. Novel career advice and career ideas. Reading widely, coaching, mentoring, personal branding, forming relationships and so on.Is work the same old thing for you everyday? Do the same stuff for 8 hours, attend the same meetings, talk to the same people, go home, rinse and repeat for x number of days after?

What are the words that pop up in your mind when you think of your career? Boring. Monotonous. Lame. Awful. Stupid.

OR. Do words like – Exciting! Fun! Purposeful! Meaningful! Amazing! Appear more?

Notice how different each set of descriptors make you feel?

If you belong in the former group and are dying to feel more excited about your job, look no further. Here are some hacks that will guarantee you get out of your career rut, learn new skills, get more out of your work hours and experience amazing growth and development. Work will never be the same again!

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Are these study techniques effective at boosting your learning and memory retention? 10 popular study methods are examined by psychologists. What is their conclusion? Fit their study tips into your learning.Do you remember all the content you’ve studied? Do you know what study techniques work for you?
If you are anything like me; you read – no, skim – your notes a day before the test, cramming everything into your head at the last minute…Praying to the Study Gods that somehow, something will stick… That you will be able to regurgitate material like a pro on exam day.
 
That didn’t work out too well. I have a hard time recalling information and studying was also a huge pain. I still have no clue what works for me and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
 
Worry no more, dear friends, as help is here! Several educational psychologists have recently reviewed 10 popular study methods. They analysed learning conditions, student profiles, the context in which the techniques are used, and the effects these has on performance.
This review will help anyone – not just students – who has new material to learn, but are constantly struggling to engage with the content and retain information.
Let’s find out what the research has to say.

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Need time management strategies, ideas and time management tips for your life? Here are 12 of the best time management blogs you should follow right now. You will be mastering time management in no time!You stare at the clock…ticking away.

3 hours. That’s all you’ve got and the deadline is up.

To your left, a pile of laundry sits in the corner – untouched and unwashed.

And that pile of letters on your desk desperately needs mailing out.

“Oh, if only I had more time to do all these!” You think.

You start to panic, running your hands through your hair, feeling the anxiety build up…but yet here you are, reading my blog scrolling through your Facebook feed for the umpteenth time.

My friend, you can get ALL the above and more done. You need better time management skills.

And to help kickstart your journey to becoming a time management guru, we’ve gathered 12 of the best blogs and online forums dedicated to the subject. These are chock full of tips, tricks, strategies and ideas that will be having you finishing projects way before their deadlines, and balancing that with the unwashed laundry, mails and whatever else life throws at you.

Here we go!

 

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Which toxic chemicals in our cosmetics and skincare products do we need to avoid? These dangerous beauty products are harmful to our skin and body. Let's find out which ones they are. Have you ever taken a really good look at that long list of ingredients on that shampoo or foundation you bought?

Like a REALLY good look?

No?

Ok, go to your dressing table right now and pick up just one tube or bottle of whatever you find there and read the ingredients list on the back. Go on. I’ll be waiting right here.

Did you see a couple of unfamiliar words on that list, some of which you couldn’t even pronounce? Do you even know how much of each ingredient is in the product or even, how those products could affect your skin or your body?

No? Don’t worry. You aren’t alone. Analyzing an ingredient list is incredibly complicated due to the sheer number of ingredients listed (and many hidden ones!). How they are formulated, the effects these formulations have on our skin and if they even work aren’t clear. Even products that are “natural” or “organic” have ingredient lists that are difficult to decipher.

To kickstart the process for you and make it all simpler, I’ve compiled a list of the common potentially harmful chemicals in your beauty products, its uses and how it could possibly affect you.

Read on!

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Want quick happiness tips from scientists and psychologists? Check out these 7 Ted Talks and change how you view your life and happiness.

Want to feel amazingly happy right this instant? Check out these 7 Ted Talks for quick tips to boost your happiness levels.

Feeling the weight of life upon your shoulders and finding it hard to feel happy?

Do you wake up each morning filled with dread about the day ahead of you?

Unable to pick up your spirits after an incredibly nasty meeting with the Boss?

We feel you.

And the good news is…we’ve found the solution for you.

We rounded up some of the most inspiring, positive and uplifting TED talks.

Each video is less than 25 minutes long, and is the perfect quick pick me up to inspire you when you are down in the dumps.

So, grab a coffee, get comfortable and let’s dive into those happy feels!

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50+ music playlists from spotify, soundcloud and tumblr for insane focus at workAre you someone who needs to have the radio on while you work?

As someone who grew up with the radio always on in the background, I find it extremely hard to work in an environment that is completely silent (libraries don’t work for me). I focus way better when there’s abit (noisy cafes don’t work for me too!) of noise/stimulation in the background and that’s where music comes in.

Read on for some links to playlists that help keep you focused while you work.

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5 Barriers to success in life and what you can do to overcome itHave you had conversations like these in your head?

“The presentation in the morning was alright I guess, I think it could be better? But how much better could I have done? I mean, the room was so hot and I couldn’t even focus!! That wasn’t my fault. And Tommy in front? He’s sooo distracting, typing away on his laptop whilst I was speaking. Rude. But see, my less-than-fantastic presentation wasn’t my fault…”

“I really should ask for a pay rise. I’ve been taking on all these extra responsibilities and my pay isn’t increasing. But…I don’t even think I deserve a pay rise. And even if I do ask they sure as hell aren’t giving it to me. They’ve always been so stingy. Best to just keep my head down and work hard.”

I’m sure these may sound familiar – having heard it from someone or we might have said something similar at some point.

So what are some ways in which we are preventing our very own success? Here are 5 things we could be guilty of.

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Life changing things to start (or stop) doing in your twenties. Tips and tidbits on habits and goal setting that will ensure your successLife can be a very confusing journey. An AMAZING journey – but definitely a confusing one.

We are flooded with information and responsibilities. At the same time, we want to make the most of our time on Earth – setting goals and chasing dreams. Navigating all that can be really draining.

For many of us, our 20s can be a very bewildering time. It’s when we start to grow into and develop our identities, define our life goals and make sense of adulthood. We want to accomplish so many things, but where exactly do we start?

I’ve been there and I know how it feels. And I want to make things less confusing for you.

So in Part 2 of this ongoing series, I outline another 10 tiny habits you could start picking up in your 20s (or anytime right now). I hope that this post leaves you with some food for thought and some insight into and inspiration to navigate your life’s journey.

Here are the next 10.

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Life changing things to start (or stop) doing in your twenties. Tips and tidbits on habits and goal setting that will ensure your successAre you currently in your 20s? The 20s can be a confusing time for many of us. It’s always when we have lots of things going on in our lives – college/getting an education work, starting a family, finding a life partner, purchasing your first house and so on.

It’s also that time in our lives that we are discovering ourselves in a much deeper way and establishing our identities. 20s is also the time of youth. And like it or not, it’s usually dubbed the “golden era” of our lives and This will be the decade where you are at the prime of your life – the most energetic, the best looking, little responsibilities, and tons of opportunities at your feet.

So how then can we make the most of these 10 years? And not just that, what sorts of habits could we establish in our 20s that will set us on a good path for the rest of our lives? I outline some of my thoughts in these series of posts (more to come in the near future), gathering observations from strangers, friends and most of all, my own life.

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