I recently listened to an excellent podcast episode from NPR. It’s about how Instagram was built. The story is remarkable. The founders of Instagram – Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger – launched the app in October 2010. In April 2012 – just one and a half years later – the service was acquired by Facebook for 1 billion dollars! How could someone make a billion dollars in just a year and a half? It’s amazing. I learned some success lessons from the story, and I’d like to share them with you. Here they are:
If you want to live an effective life, one important thing you should focus on is simplifying your life. It’s not easy though; I’m still learning myself. I’m a person with many ideas on what to do and often got distracted here and there. I was able to see this when reviewing my life map. There were times when I did things that turned out to be unnecessary. Worse, I could spend months on them. Of course, that didn’t help me progress in the right direction. I slowly learned how to simplify my life, and here I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned on the why and how of simplifying life.
My wife and I recently had a two-weeks trip to Vietnam and Thailand. It was exciting! The best part was that we got to meet some readers there. I also learned some lessons from the trip, and I’d like to share the biggest lesson that I learned with you. The lesson is this: To live your life to the fullest, you need to learn new languages.
Note: This post is written by Alicia Honeycutt Stress. A word often used and a feeling that everyone can relate to. Stress is a state of discomfort, a very intuitive reaction to anxiety; before you know it, it’s written all over your face, oozing from and stiffening your body even as you attempt to hide it and remain nonchalant. The causes and triggers of stress are varied and you never really know when a situation turns stressful. Stress is directly related to pressure, deadlines and achievements. If you fall short of achieving something, you begin to feel the pressure, force yourself to work harder and cause yourself mental stress, simply because you couldn’t meet a deadline.
Can you believe it? Today is Life Optimizer’s 10th anniversary! I started this blog on September 7, 2006 with this first post. Since then, I have published 755 posts, most of which I wrote myself. That’s a lot of writing! Ten years is a long time, especially in the Internet world. Back then I was still working on my master’s degree in Singapore. I had always been interested in personal effectiveness, so I thought, “Why not start a blog?”
Note: This post is written by Joan Selby A productive member of society is the bastion of civilization. People that contribute little or nothing to society are a burden to it. That said, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy, so there’s no call to look down on people that want to have a little fun. However, productivity is critical to your work success. Whether you are a regular employee or self-employed, your level of productivity will determine how far you will go. It makes it easier to be productive when you like what you do, but no matter how much you love your work, sometimes you need an extra boost. Here are four best tips to boost your productivity at work.