Top 10 Life Tips that we Should be Informed About?

Life is our own, we all walk our own paths and need guidelines to help us. What are the main life tips we should be made aware of,

1. Realize that nobody cares.

and if they do, you shouldn’t care that they care. Got a new car? Nobody cares. You’ll get some gawkers for a couple of weeks—they don’t care. They’re curious. Three weeks in it’ll be just another shiny blob among all the thousands of others crawling down the freeway and sitting in garages and driveways up and down your street. People will care about your car just as much as you care about all of those. Got a new gewgaw? New wardrobe? Went to a swanky restaurant? Exotic vacation? Nobody cares. Don’t base your happiness on people caring, because they won’t. And if they do, they either want your stuff or hate you for it.

2. Some rule-breakers will break rule number one.

Occasionally, people in your life will defy the odds and actually care about you. Still not your stuff, sorry. But if they value you, they’ll value that you value it, and they’ll listen. When you talk about all of those things that nobody else cares about, they will look into your eyes and consume your words, and in that moment you will know that every part of them is there with you.

3. Spend your life with rule-breakers.

Marry them. Befriend them. Work with them. Spend weekends with them. No matter how much power you become possessed of, you’ll never be able to make someone care—so gather close the caring.

4. Money is cheap.

I mean, there’s a lot of it—about forty thousand billion dollars floating around the world, largely made up of cash whose value is made up and ascribed to it, anyway. Don’t engineer your life around getting a slightly less tiny portion of this pile, and make your spirit of generosity reflect this principle. I knew a man who became driven by the desire to amass six figures in savings, so he worked and scrimped and sacrificed to get there. And he did… right before he died of cancer. I’m sure his wife’s new husband appreciated his diligence.

5. Money is expensive.

I mean, it’s difficult to get your hands on sometimes—and you never know when someone’s going to pull the floorboards out from under you—so don’t be stupid with it. Avoid debt on depreciating assets, and never incur debt in order to assuage your vanity (see rule number one). Debt has become normative, but don’t blithely accept it as a rite of passage into adulthood—debt represents imbalance and, in some sense, often a resignation of control. Student loan debt isn’t always unavoidable, but it isn’t a given—my wife and I completed a combined ten years of college with zero debt between us. If you can’t avoid it, though, make sure that your degree is an investment rather than a liability—I mourn a bit for all of the people going tens of thousands of dollars in debt in pursuit of vague liberal arts degrees with no idea of what they want out of life. If you’re just dropping tuition dollars for lack of a better idea at the moment, just withdraw and go wander around Europe for a few weeks—I guarantee you’ll spend less and learn more in the process.

6. Learn the ancient art of rhetoric.

The elements of rhetoric, in all of their forms, are what make the world go around—because they are what prompt the decisions people make. If you develop an understanding of how they work, while everyone else is frightened by flames and booming voices, you will be able to see behind veils of communication and see what levers little men are pulling. Not only will you develop immunity from all manner of commercials, marketing, hucksters and salesmen, to the beautiful speeches of liars and thieves, you’ll also find yourself able to craft your speech in ways that influence people. When you know how to speak in order to change someone’s mind, to instill confidence in someone, to quiet the fears of a child, then you will know this power firsthand. However, bear in mind as you use it that your opponent in any debate is not the other person, but ignorance.

7. You are responsible to everyone, but you’re responsible for yourself.

I believe we’re responsible to everyone for something, even if it’s something as basic as an affirmation of their humanity. However, it should most often go far beyond that and manifest itself in service to others, to being a voice for the voiceless. If you’re reading this, there are those around you who toil under burdens larger than yours, who stand in need of touch and respect and chances. Conversely, though, you’re responsible for yourself. Nobody else is going to find success for you, and nobody else is going to instill happiness into you from the outside. That’s on you.

8. Learn to see reality in terms of systems.

When you understand the world around you as a massive web of interconnected, largely interdependent systems, things get much less mystifying—and the less we either ascribe to magic or allow to exist behind a fog, the less susceptible we’ll be to all manner of being taken advantage of. However:

9. Account for the threat of black swan events.

Sometimes chaos consumes the most meticulous of plans, and if you live life with no margins in a financial, emotional, or any other sense, you will be subject to its whims. Take risks, but backstop them with something—I strongly suspect these people who say having a Plan B is a sign of weak commitment aren’t living hand to mouth. Do what you need to in order to keep your footing.

10. You both need and don’t need other people.

You need others in a sense that you need to be part of a community—there’s a reason we reflexively pity hermits. Regardless of your theory of anthropogenesis, it’s hard to deny that we are built for community, and that ‘we’ is always more than ‘me.’ However, you don’t need another person in order for your life to have meaning—this idea that Disney has shoved through our eyeballs, that there’s someone out there for all of us if we’ll just believe hard enough and never stop searching, is hokum… because of arithmetic, if nothing else. Establish your own life—then, if there’s a particular person that you can’t help but integrate, believe me, you’ll know.

Time is becoming an increasingly precious resource causing many of us to consistently seek methods to enhance productivity. Tools for managing complicated schedules, project management, and curating information have accumulated to feed the desire for more time and better efficiency in work life.

From reducing inefficiencies in often redundant and overlooked regular tasks to providing more advanced resources tailored to specific professions and businesses, productivity tools are increasingly prevalent. Conversely, simple methods for managing time more effectively and taking necessary breaks can alleviate stress and reduce instances of wasted time.

Time Boxing & Limiting Technology

Timeboxing has become an essential method for managing overloaded schedules, reducing stress, and increasing productivity. Timeboxing is predicated on the concept of managing tasks through interval time periods of topic-oriented work with small breaks interspersed between them.

 Similar to the Pomodoro Technique–which has been optimized and implemented in a variety of fields and applications–timeboxing aims explicitly to create a more consistent focus and mental clarity that mitigates fatigue. Stress is a byproduct of being overworked, which frequently stems directly from inefficient work and time management. Health concerns around stress are well-documented, and improving time management and productivity is not only good for your career but also your general health.

Timeboxing takes some practice to develop into a habit and requires that you learn more about your attention and energy patterns. Dividing your time into intervals where you focus intensely on work for extended periods followed by shorter small breaks are designed to facilitate concentration. Our brains tend to work the most efficient through small intervals, and short breaks in between these intervals can provide a reprieve from stress and the feeling of work overload.

Limiting technology usage–mainly before bedtime–has also been touted as a practical way to improve efficiency in work, improve sleep, and increasing morning focus. Staring at screens at night or throughout the day can reduce energy and motivation the following morning. Overexposure to blue-screened device light can even throw off your circadian rhythm.

It’s exceptionally challenging to limit technology use in today’s world, especially considering the prevalence of screens everywhere, seemingly endless news feeds, and social media. However, reducing the use of technology–or at least monitoring it better with an app like Forest–can increase focus and even improve mood.

Tools and Tech

Digital tools for enhancing productivity are everywhere nowadays. Many of them provide automated task and project management while others offer more field-specific resources like software libraries. Regardless of how you’re looking to tackle time-saving and improved productivity, the variety of productivity technology and tools available today is seemingly endless.

Evaluating more general day-to-day time-saving tools, Vivid Technologies — led by founder and CEO Omer Khan — distinguishes itself as the company behind their Digital IVR product. The goal is to remove the frustrating customer service experience by transitioning the phone call into an interactive, user-friendly interface. Users can exchange voice, text, and picture messages with agents while concurrently working on other tasks. There is no waiting for a customer service rep to answer as the call service integrates directly with the user’s phone to alert them once an agent is available. Vivid developed out of a Google and Microsoft Accelerator and has now partnered with Telenor–one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world–to offer their products to all customers of Telenor.  Phone customer service is a largely outdated model, and Vivid caters to millennials with a more efficient and interactive approach.

Other platforms like ActiveCollab are comprehensive project management tools for working with clients and teams. The integrated payment and invoicing functionality bridges many of the challenges facing entrepreneurs, small businesses, and freelancers who have to jump back and forth between task management services and payment applications. Users can either select from a self-hosted application option on your own server or through their monthly cloud service plan. Communication tools, project management, and payment are primarily siloed technologies, incorporating them into one platform can ease learning curves for new tools and support business processes within one interface.

Another emerging collaborative tool is LucidChart, designed for working on diagrams and charts with other team members on any device. A diverse template gallery can be used for building diagrams on anything from financial portfolios to software development workflows. Businesses are trending to an increasingly visual medium, with the ability to confer their message easily projected through informative graphics and interactive guides to their products. LucidChart is available to anyone who needs to diagram rapidly and effectively.

The Productive Road Ahead

Increasing productivity to save time is one of the most effective ways to reduce work overload and balance your schedule. Subsequent effects on improved health through reduced stress are profound. For businesses, specific productivity tools and platforms can help reduce inefficiencies by heightening collaboration and providing the fundamental resources to build new products and designs. In a professional world moving faster than ever, sometimes it is vital to slow down and take measure of how to subtly improve productivity and save precious time.