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How many times have you tried to make or break any habit and failed miserably? I’ve done it many times and yes, failed too. But one day, when I was on YouTube, I found this magical thing called the 20-second rule.

Since then, it has been pretty simple to break and make habits knowing how the brain works. From being a heavy social media user where my screen time was almost 10 hours daily, I’ve managed to reduce it to less than 2 hours. …


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Once, I went to visit my friend and for his own reason, he was going to be late for two hours. So I went to one of the book shops nearby and started reading books. I easily passed two hours reading books and discovering new books. But I was not there to buy any book and I hadn’t carried any money either.

And when I was about to leave, I was feeling difficult because I was in a book shop for more than two hours reading and taking every book out of the bookshelf that I was not going to…


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Think about how many headlines you read every day when searching for content online and checking social media. What makes you actually click on the article and read it? Usually, it’s a headline, which is why it’s super important to spend more time crafting a winning headline.

“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar”. — David Ogilv

According to Copyblogger, 8 out of 10 people will read your headline. Only 2 out of 10 will read…


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When I first came across the Zettelkasten method of note-taking, I was confused. It took me a while to get a hold of it. I read every article on the web and watched every video on youtube. But even after so much research, one thing I couldn’t understand was the difference between literature notes and permanent notes.

Along with all the articles and videos I read and watched, Sonke Ahrens's book, how to take smart notes helped me get a better perspective on the difference between these different types of notes. In this article, I will try help you understand…


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I received a newsletter from ConvertKit yesterday about their new challenge. They stated that I could make up to $2000 in the month of September by doing nothing from my side. Yes, nothing. So, I thought why not share this opportunity with the fellow writers and here I am.

If you have been creating content for a while, be it in whatever form, you have heard the term ‘newsletter’. And I guess if you have been in the game of content creation for a while, you already have a newsletter. So in that case, you are already halfway to making…


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Tags are one of the key factors that determine the success of your story on Medium. The use of appropriate tags will take your stories from gathering a few views to hundreds, if not thousands.

Sure, there are other factors that will play a key role in whether your story performs well. Like the headline, featured image, the story itself, its formatting, etc. But tags are the post-production factors that you can’t ignore.

The use of appropriate tags will give your stories better exposure throughout the platform. …


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“Hell yeah or no’ by Derek Sivers is a short book that can be finished in one sitting. You will get the best value per page from this book. Sivers popularized the philosophy of “Hell Yeah or No”, but this book goes far beyond that. It is a collection of short stories and life lessons that you can apply in your life. Here are 5 lessons I learned from this book:

You Don’t Have to Be Local

With the evolution of the internet and technology, you no longer have to focus only on the local market. You can choose to focus locally or globally. If you…


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I was attending the statistics classes. The teacher was teaching us coefficient of regression or something like that. Then, after the class, he gave a set of 60 questions to solve that would count as internal evaluation for the semester examination.

I stood up and asked him why it was necessary to do all the calculations by ourselves when there is software like SPSS built for that purpose. “You need to understand and learn how to do it”, he answered.

On the contrary, he never taught us how to use any software to do statistical calculations which is what we…


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“I’m a productive person. I am not here to be average. I don’t waste my precious time.” I wrote this over 500 times in the past 33 days. Why? I was practicing the 3–6–9 manifestation.

I found this when I was scrolling through my TikTok feed. I was spending way much time on social media sites instead of doing something fulfilling. I needed to quit my smartphone addiction and focus on reading and writing instead. …


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“Rich people don’t sleep 8 hours a night. That’s one-third of your life.” This was a short clip of Steve Harvey that created a wrong perception of sleep for me. When I first heard it, I thought sleeping 8 hours is just a waste of time. I said to myself, “I should be doing something productive instead of laying on my bed for 8 hours every day.”

I constantly tried to look for ways to cut down my sleep. I tried to wake up as early as 4 a.m. but failed badly. Every day, I tried to cut down my…

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