A successful work strategy is about knowing what time of day to do high-value tasks

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How do you spend your mornings?

Is it planned from the night before? Do you know what activities you want to do every morning to start your day right?

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows,” says Ralph Marston.

You can do so many high-value tasks in the morning. There’s so much anyone can achieve in the first half of the day.

I write almost 90 percent of my essays before midday. And I choose what to write the night before. It prevents me from wasting my most productive half of the day.

You are most energetic and…

Thinking harder, deeper and wider

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A good decision is about making wise trade-offs — knowing what to ignore and the right paths to take.

When we make decisions, we choose options we think will deliver the best results. The outcome we believe our future selves want.

When we make decisions, we expect things to go right. If we think through our options, we know what could possibly happen. If we don’t, we are surprised when the unexpected happens.

“Nobody’s life is ever all balanced. It’s a conscious decision to choose your priorities every day.” Elisabeth Hasselbeck once said.

When you make any hard decision, it’s…

Improve your brain health, one habit at a time

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A healthy lifestyle improves your overall well-being. Learning to keep your brain healthy can also improve other parts of your body. Your emotional, physical and psychological well-being depends on the state of your mind.

Good health largely depends on your daily habits. The choices you make every day either make you a better person or bring out the worst in you. Bad habits should not dominate your life. Just a few changes in your habits and routines can improve your cognitive health and change your life.

Spending too much time alone

Hell is oneself. Hell is alone, the other figures in it. Merely projections. There…

How the sprint method can help you get deep work done

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In our information-rich world, getting real work done is hard.

There’s always something else to do, even when you have a few essential tasks to do. If you are like most people, managing your limited time can be stressful and overwhelming.

David Allen once argues that “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”

Resisting new emails, notifications, and urgent meetings is difficult, but tools can help you get things done faster.

There is no single rule, principle or habit for getting things done. There are multiple…

A powerful tool to improve the quality of your decisions

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There are two ways to make a decision. We either choose to be subjective or objective. Subjective decisions are based on personal and past experience.

On the other hand, if your decision is based on facts combined with experience, you are more likely to be objective.

Many people make decisions based on past experiences. They rely on what they already know to make future decisions. And they rely primarily on their emotional brain.

“Feeling and thinking are ways we process information, but our emotional sensation is normally faster than a conscious thought,” says Alex M. Vikoulov.

The problem is, if…

Do you have to finish every book you start?

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I read a lot. It’s a habit I’ve developed over the years. Also, reading informs what I write. Reading and writing help me think better.

Reading is thinking outside your comfort zone. It forces you to learn someone else’s idea, assumptions, opinions and principles.

It’s an opportunity to learn from experts of all backgrounds. And people with amazing stories to share.

Many of us like to read more books. We want to get the best ideas out of your selected books without wasting time.

I appreciate deep reading, so I make time to read slowly. I hardly skim great books…

Learn to spend time with knowledge, one day at a time

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Compound interest is a powerful principle — a small amount of money can grow into large amounts over time if left alone. If you don’t interfere with the process unnecessarily, you will reap the benefit with time.

In simple terms, it’s interest on interest.

It’s got the snowball effect. As long as it keeps “moving”, it will get bigger — all things being equal. Anyone can benefit from it. Compound interest is why people invest money early in life.

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays for it.”…

Learning to discern what you value most in life

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Meaning has purpose.

It’s something we all want. The good news is: you can meaning is something you can build into your life. It’s something you create. It’s a lifestyle choice you can design.

You can’t pursue meaning. Viktor Frankl, the author of Man’s Search for Meaning, believes that pursuing meaning itself is a wrong goal.

But you can build a meaningful lifestyle. It takes effort and a lot of planning, but it’s worth it. You will be happier if you can design your personal meaning.

“Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or…

It’s better to take action from a few books than spend hundreds of hours reading 50 books a year

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Reading is a life-changing habit. It one of the best ways to improve ourselves, learn a new topic or understand new ideas.

And you can read whenever you want. You don’t even have to rush it. There are no obligations. You can also read however you want. Both physical and digital copies are equally impactful.

The only problem with reading, especially non-fiction books, is that many people don’t do anything with the ideas. You can easily read 50 books a year but never have to implement a single idea.

Great non-fiction books are full of advice, recommendations, insights, wisdom, principles…

Ancient principles for a happy life

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All pursuits lead to either happiness or misery.

Whatever you think you want in the next 5 or 10 years, ultimately, you want to end up a happy human.

But pursuing happiness for its own sake a wrong goal.

You can improve your happiness sources, but aiming can easily distract you from the lifestyle that can unconsciously lead to happiness.

Epicurus was a famous Greek philosopher who was dedicated a lot of time to the study of happiness.

He wrote extensively about happiness in the prime of his life. He had radical ideas on happiness, though, but many of them…

Thomas Oppong

Writer | Author | Founder @AllTopStartups. As seen on Forbes, Business Insider, Inc., Entrepreneur, Quartz, CNBC and Pocket. https://thomasoppong.com

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