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How to Stop Stress Eating (3 Uncommon Strategies) – Personal Development Article

We are currently living through extremely stressful times. If you find yourself responding by “stress eating,” know that you are not alone. One of the top issues faced by clients in our 1-on-1 Online Coaching Program is emotional or stress eating. With the eruption of the pandemic, these episodes have only increased. You’re not alone in this. Learn how a Nerd Fitness Coach can help. Today, we’re going to show you exactly how we address emotional eating with our clients,…

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The Right of Refusal: Six Ways to Politely Say No to More Work – Productivity Article

“It’s only by saying “no” that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”—Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Longtime readers of this blog know that one of my least-favorite phrases is, “That’s not my job.” I believe most workers should willingly try to handle all aspects of their positions. Taking on new tasks is the only way of really understanding and internalizing them, no matter how well-documented the task is. Some nuances only become evident when you’re in…

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Should I Go Back to the Gym When It Reopens? (Gym Safety) – Self Improvement Article

Gyms across America are slowly starting to open back up. Is this safe? Should you go? We’ve been flooded with questions on gym safety from our Online Coaching Clients, so we decided to dive into the topic today with this guide. Learn how NF Coaches are helping clients train during the pandemic. Here’s what we’ll cover: Important Notice: I am not a medical doctor! This should not be taken as personal advice on whether you as an individual should go…

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Jump Rope Workout for Beginners (How to Jump Rope) – Personal Development Article

Let’s learn how to jump rope! Even if you’re stuck at home, a jump rope can provide a great cardio workout. You just gotta know what you’re doing so you don’t keep hitting yourself in the shins. Have no fear, even if you’ve never touched a jump rope before, we’ll get you started.  We specialize in helping people train from home, with little to no equipment whatsoever. Today, we’ll share with you a beginner jump rope workout routine that you…

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7 Rules for Staying Productive Long-Term – Self Improvement Article

Easily the best habit I’ve ever started was to use a productivity system. The idea is simple: organizing all the stuff you need to do (and how you’re going to do it) prevents a lot of internal struggle to get things done. There’s a ton of systems out there. Some are elaborate, like Getting Things Done. Others are dead-simple, such as simply using a prioritized daily to-do list. Some require software. Many you can do with just pen and paper.…

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Disengaging Autopilot: How to Recognize and Fix Workplace Sleepwalking – Productivity Article

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”—Elie Wiesel, American-Romanian writer, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel laurate Indifference is the death of productivity. We’ve all seen the employee disengagement figures, with more than two-thirds of all American workers partially or completely disengaged from their jobs. When you don’t care, you let your…

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What is the Flexitarian Diet? (How to Become a Flexitarian) – Self Improvement Article

It’s time to explore the Flexitarian Diet. You may have questions like: What is it?  Why’s it so popular?  Will it make me more flexible? The answer to that last one is “nope,” but the others we’ll explore today! Have no fear, you’re in good hands. We analyze different diets in our 1-on-1 Online Coaching Program, so you’ve come to the right place to learn all about semi-vegetarianism.  Is the Flexitarian Diet right for you? Maybe! Let our coaches help…

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Help Me Meet Your Needs [A Short Survey] – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

My mission at Life Optimizer is helping you reach your full potential. To be able to do that, I need to know your needs. That’s why I have created a short survey. If you could take just a few minutes to fill it out, I’d really appreciate it. Click here to take the survey I’m looking forward to reading your response. Thanks in advance and have a great day! This is only a snippet of a Self Improvement article written…

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How to Improve Flexibility in 30 Days (The 3 Best Exercises) – Personal Development Article

You’re here because you want to learn how to improve your flexibility. Well, you’ve arrived at the right place! We’ve been livestreaming flexibility challenges as part of Nerd Fitness Prime, and today we’ll share with you our video series on the best exercises to improve flexibility. We livestream home workout classes in Nerd Fitness Prime! Learn more here. If you’ve always considered yourself “inflexible,” you need this guide! Here’s what we’ll cover today: I promise you, if you follow the…

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The Hard Way is the Easy Way – Self Improvement Article

In my previous essay, I argued that much of success boils down to a simple maxim: do the real thing and stop doing fake alternatives. Always start by asking yourself: “How would I do this, if doing it well were all that mattered?” Now, you might object: You don’t have enough time. You have a job, kids and responsibilities. Doing it well sounds too daunting. This is okay. The point of this thought experiment isn’t to deny that obstacles exist.…

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Calling It a Day: Five Ways to Leave Work on Time and Still Be Productive – Productivity Article

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ lists.” —Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States. Part of crafting a work/life balance that you can maintain indefinitely is knowing when it’s time to pack it in for the day. You may not have the option of leaving at 5 PM, but then, who does these days? Still, setting a reasonable time to leave work will keep you sane — and…

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26 Easy Meals You Can Cook at Home (During the Apocalypse) – Self Improvement Article

You’re stuck in the house and most businesses are closed. Whelp, looks like it’s time to learn how to cook (apocalypse style)! We’ve been teaching folks how to feed their family with whatever resources they may have available in our Nerd Fitness Prime livestreams.  If you’re just learning how to cook while the pandemic is erupting around you, you’re in the right place!  We livestream cooking classes in Nerd Fitness Prime! Learn more here. Here’s what we’ll cover in today’s…

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How to Exercise With Your Kids: The Ultimate Guide for Working out as a Family – Personal Development Article

So you’ve got kids running around the house…  And you need to work out, but can’t seem to distract the little monsters any longer? No problem! We’ve been teaching people how to exercise at home since 2009. These days, since everyone’s trapped together, we’ve been sharing fun ways to get the kids involved too.  If you need some ideas on how to work out as a whole family, this guide is for you. (Sign up in the box below and…

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Do the Real Thing | Scott H Young – Self Improvement Article

Success largely boils down to a simple distinction. It’s glaringly obvious once you see it, but also easy to find ingenious ways of ignoring it: do the real thing and stop doing fake alternatives. Consider one person who wrote to me saying she turned down a job working in French. She didn’t feel her French was good enough yet. So instead, she planned to listen to podcasts at home every day until she was ready. You know what would have…

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Bumping Up Productivity: Five (Relatively) Easy Team Performance Boosters – Productivity Article

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.”— Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher Sometimes it’s hard enough just ensuring your own performance is up to snuff, much less implementing techniques to push it higher. But since few of us work alone (even I have a small entourage, virtual and otherwise), team performance is just as important. This is especially true if you happen to manage or otherwise lead your team. Even if you lead other co-workers, you can do many…

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What Is the CICO Diet? (Counting Calories for Weight Loss) – Self Improvement Article

It’s time to learn about The CICO (“calories in, calories out”) Diet! You probably have questions like:  Steve, does CICO work?  Will counting calories help me lose weight? Okay, what the hell IS a calorie? Well my friend, you’ve arrived at the right place! I’ve been writing about this stuff for 12 years, and our team of coaches help their Online Coaching clients with all types of diets (including CICO). We are really flippin’ good at it! Is CICO right…

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Resistance Band Workout (The 10 Best Band Exercises) – Personal Development Article

Let’s start training with resistance bands! Whether you just got exercise bands in the mail from Amazon during quarantine, or they’ve been sitting in your closet since the 80s, you’ve finally decided it’s time to learn how to use the darn things.  Either way, you’re in the right place!  After all, we’ve been specializing in home workouts since 2009! Today I’m going to  provide you with a full-body routine you can do with any resistance band, anywhere.  (By the way,…

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Renouncing Workaholism: Five Ways to Overcome the Habit of Overwork – Productivity Article

“Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window… but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.”—Mark Twain, American author and storyteller Unlike the form of substance abuse it was named after, workaholism is neither a disease nor an addiction. Rather, it’s an out-of-control bad habit that can damage your health, ruin relationships, destroy self-esteem, and even kill you. It may make you a bit more productive, but the productivity rise typically proves minimal; for most workers, a 40- to…

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Designing the Perfect Practice Loop – Self Improvement Article

All this week I’ve been sharing lessons to prepare for a new session of Rapid Learner. Previously, I wrote about why now is the perfect time to start an ultralearning project, and gave three different paths you can take to come up with ideas. I also shared pitfalls people make in choosing their project, particularly the peril of indirectness. Today I want to get into the weeds and talk about a useful concept to think about learning any skill, whether…

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One Day Left to Get 75% Off Purpose Mastery – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Last month, I announced that I offered 75% off my Purpose Mastery course to help people cope with the current situation. Due to platform limitations, the offer is only valid for one month and will expire tomorrow. The course helps you reconnect with your deepest values and get a renewed sense of purpose. If you think it’s for you, you may check it out here. This is only a snippet of a Self Improvement article written by Donald Latumahina Read…

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How to Build a Home Gym (When Everything Is Sold Out) – Personal Development Article

Public gyms are closed for the foreseeable future and that sucks. So you’ve decided to build a home gym, and that’s great!  Luckily, we’ve been helping people train from home for the past 11 years, and today we’ll share with you our top 16 ideas for building a gym in your garage (or apartment). We’ve already covered how to stay in shape while staying inside, so today we’re tackling how to create your own home-gym space!  Yes, we know most…

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Being and Time: An Interesting Book You Probably Shouldn’t Read – Self Improvement Article

I just spent the last two months doing a deep dive trying to understand Martin Heidegger’s seminal work, Being and Time. You probably shouldn’t read it. It’s also one of the most interesting and thought-provoking books I’ve read in the last decade. This post is my attempt to reconcile those two beliefs. The reasons not to read Being and Time are obvious. The book is only half-finished. Of what was written, the second division is so muddled, that even after…

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Maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude: Few Cons, Many Pros – Productivity Article

“Complaining can be an easy way to bond with people. Feeling like things are less than perfect can be an automatic place for your mind to rest.”—Marie Forleo, American media pundit During these trying COVID-19 times, when everyone is stuck at home, it can be difficult to be grateful. Oh, sure, you thought you’d love to be able to work from home full-time, but when it happened, many people changed their minds and got down in the dumps. It’s hard…

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Is Your Path a Staircase or a Circle? – Self Improvement Article

Tomorrow I’m going to be opening a new version of Rapid Learner—with 20+ new lessons, deep dives, options for personal coaching and more. If you’ve been following my work on learning and are ready to take things to the next level, this is your opportunity. I’ve already shared a few key ideas this week. I wrote about why now is the perfect time to start an ultralearning project. I explained common mistakes people make when picking projects (and how to…

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Should We Reward Efficiency with Shorter Work Days? Five Reasons Why That Won’t Work – Productivity Article

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”—Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine. We all perform our work tasks at different rates of speed. What might take one person eight hours might take another four, due to experience, training, focus, automation, or systems. And therein lies one of the biggest issues at the heart of the standard modern business model — one that has increased annual productivity on the one hand and stalled it on the other. Until…

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What are the Core Ideas of Self-Improvement? – Self Improvement Article

In any field, there are a few ideas that are core to understanding everything else. Biology makes little sense without evolution. Physics without symmetries and conservation laws is baffling. All mathematics can be built out of sets. Self-improvement isn’t usually regarded as an intellectual field. It’s mostly an assortment of various gurus and pundits’ suggestions on how you ought to be more successful, happier or wise. Thus it might seem like self-improvement doesn’t really have core ideas at all—just opinions.…

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Avoiding the Classic Productivity Drain: Six Alternates to Traditional Meetings – Productivity Article

“People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.” – Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple. We all know that traditional meetings, while necessary and useful to some extent to make decisions, tend can be time-wasters; in some companies, they take up most of the day. Then there are the nap-inducing slide presentations, complete with lowered lighting. Whole books have been written about the shortcomings of such meetings, so I won’t belabor them here. That said, there are some alternatives to…

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The 7 Best at Home Workouts (No-Equipment Required) – Self Improvement Article

So you want to start working out, but you don’t want to leave the house? No problem!  Our online coaches specialize in helping people get fit from home. If you’re in a hurry, sign-up for our free weekly newsletter and we’ll send you PDFs of our “Work Out at Home” guides! Download our Free Home Workout Guides! Let’s go over the 7 Best At-Home Workouts so you can start training today: no gym or equipment required! Note: If you’re here…

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The 42 Best Bodyweight Exercises (Work out ANYWHERE!) – Personal Development Article

Here are the 42 best bodyweight exercises you can do to build muscle and burn fat, no gym required!  These are the exact exercises we start our coaching clients on, and many perform them from their house or apartment. In a hurry? Sign-up for our free weekly newsletter and we’ll send you PDFs of our “Work Out at Home” guides! Download our Free Home Workout Guides! We’ve organized the exercises in today’s guide by major muscle groups (click to jump…

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Finding Purpose With Purpose Mastery (75% Off) – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

We now live in difficult times. Schools have been closed and many people have to work from home. I’ve never experienced this in my life and I guess you haven’t either. I’m sure we will go through this, but in the meantime, we need to cope with this unique situation. A small thing I can do is offering 75% off my Purpose Mastery course. I never planned to do this, but I hope this can help you get a renewed…

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