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Grit: The Secret Ingredient to Success
What is Grit? According to Psychologist Angela Duckworth in a Ted Talk video – “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Duckworth has been studying this fascinating trait for more than a decade now and has tons of research that shows grit being the best predictor or success.
Grit then it seems, is more important than talent and intelligence. The consistency of striving for your goal and pushing through no matter what matters the most than being a genius.
In case you’re wondering if you have “True Grit”, here are characteristics to see how you measure up to it:
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A planner is a must if you want to stay sane and organized. It’s a great life management tool that enables you to keep track of your day by taking note of your appointments, events, tasks and more. Franklin Planners are a classic sample of such a powerful amenity, letting you also add your notes.
You might be fond of your planner but maybe, you’re now looking for a modern version, an app with some similar features, that you can use both on your iPhone and iPad devices. You can actually turn Daily Notes into that beloved, classic time management tool.
Here are some ways of turning Daily Notes into your very own Planner.
1. Create multiple sections.
Daily Notes has Tabs, which acts as sections, similar to a Planner. In these Tabs, you can sort and keep your notes, photos, even PDF attachments, sketches and voice recordings. Set up multiple Tabs for the different aspect of your life: Work, Personal, Projects, Workshops and more. You can even set up a Tab for your Master Tasks lists. You can also have a Tab for Addresses and Contact Information, just like a Planner.
Routines make our life easier. If you had to think hard doing the most mundane of things like brushing our teeth or putting on slippers, our brains will be on overload and our willpower will tire out easily.
Automation of behavior saves us brain and will power. Habits are powerful as it helps us streamline mundane decisions, saving our mental capacity and energy for more complicated ones.
Forming new habits and leaving behind old ones can be quite a pickle. If it was that easy, then everyone will follow through with their New Year’s resolutions. Tricky as it maybe, it can be done. You just need to understand first the basics behind the science of habit-forming.
Building a habit has a process which the scientists call the “habit loop.” It has 3 parts; a cue, a routine and a reward. Say for example, using toothpaste. Nobody used it about a hundred years ago. But a certain guy named Claude Hopkins introduced its concept via the habit loop.