Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker | WIRED:
Interesting read. Just like watching a Hollywood movie. :)
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Almost all of us periodically sets ourselves a new goal or challenge — and just as often in the end fails to achieve them. We end up telling ourselves that we’re just not ready yet, that we’ll do it next week, next month...next year.
We might even pursue them with zeal at the start. But once we’ve made a small amount of effort, we’ll tell ourselves we’ve done enough, and it’s time to take this whole ‘starting a new life’ thing more slowly.
Why does it always turn out like this? The answer’s fairly obvious: Because we try to achieve too much, too fast; because we get sick of the new responsibility; because it’s difficult to change old habits and try something new.
Kaizen, or the one-minute principle
In Japanese culture there exists the practice of Kaizen, which includes the idea of the ’one-minute principle’ for self-improvement. At the heart of this method is the idea that a person should practice doing something for a single minute, every day at the same time. Clearly, it shouldn’t be any trouble for absolutely anyone — even the laziest person — to carry out a given task for such a small amount of time. Whereas you will more often than not find an excuse not to do something when faced with carrying it out for half an hour or an hour a day, you should be able to do without any misgivings for just 60 seconds.
Whether it’s doing press-ups or reading a book in a foreign language, in this case the task before you won’t seem like something unpleasant which you have to get through, but will instead be an activity which brings you joy and satisfaction. In taking one little step at a time, you’ll will move on to the path of self-perfection and achieve great results.
It’s important to overcome that lack of confidence you might have in your own abilities, as well as free yourself from those feelings of guilt and helplessness. You need to experience a sense of victory and success to move forward. When you’re inspired by such feelings, you will gradually begin to increase the amount of time you spend doing the task which you have set yourself — maybe at first just for five minutes more, but then this will soon turn into half an hour, and then even longer after that. In this way, the one-minute principle lets you see the progress you’re making right before your eyes.
Kaizen originated in Japan. The word itself contains two roots — ‘kai’ (change) and ‘zen’ (wisdom). It was invented by Masaaki Imai, who believes this philosophy can can be applied just as successfully to the world of business as it can be to one’s personal life.
At first glance, this practice might seem doubtful and ineffective for people who have grown up in Western culture, with its emphasis on the idea that results can be achieved only by undertaking immense efforts. But elaborate, challenging programmes of self-improvement which deprive a person of huge amounts of energy can simply end up exhausting him, and leave no tangible results, whereas Kaizan is something that anyone can attempt in virtually any sphere of their life. In Japan for example, it is often applied to improve management techniques.
All you have to do is understand what it is you want to achieve, and you’re already set to go.
A Japanese technique for overcoming laziness:
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Bullet journals (or BuJos for short) are definitely having a moment right now. Everywhere you look—Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest—there's bullet journal fever. If the cult-favorite organizational system has piqued your curiosity but you are not quite sure if it's for you, we're walking you through a few key things you need to know before you decide to BuJo or not to BuJo.
A Bullet Journal is Not a Diary
First off, don't let the word journal fool you. A bullet journal isn't a 'dear diary' type of thing where you write about your day for pages on end. Bullet journaling is a rapid logging organizational system that allows you to track all of your tasks, appointments, and goals all in one place. Unlike pre-made planners, bullet journals are a much more flexible, creative, and decidedly beautiful way to plan and organize your life.
Bullet Journaling is Not As Complicated as it Seems
Before you actually dive into bullet journaling, I highly suggest first watching this video where Ryder Carroll, the creator of the system, walks you through the basic elements. Yes, it seems a little overwhelming at first but once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze. There are four main modules you need to start off with, which include an index (basically, a table of contents), a future log for planning far in advance, and monthly and daily sections for specific tasks that need to be done. The rest is pretty much up to you, which brings us to our next point.
Bullet Journaling is Completely Customizable
Store-bought agendas are great, but the downside is that they don't offer much in terms of customization. They typically don't include too many blank pages and you're forced to cram your entire day into these tiny boxes. With a bullet journal, you pretty much make your own rules. You can add, tweak, and change things as you go.
A Bullet Journal Can Help You Reach Your Goals
In addition to keeping track of your daily appointments and to dos, bullet journals will work wonders with helping you reach your goals and establish better habits. You can keep a gratitude log, track your workouts, meal plan, budget track, jot down ideas, write down wish lists, and so much more.
Bullet Journaling is for Creatives and Minimalists Alike
One of the many beauties of bullet journaling is that you can get as creative as you like in between the pages of your BuJo. It's become a therapeutic creative outlet for many. You can practice calligraphy, sketch, watercolor, play with stickers—the possibilities are endless. However, making your bullet journal look fancy isn't a requirement. So if crisp white pages with beautiful handwriting are more your jam, bullet journaling will work for you too.
Bullet Journaling is Super Affordable
Although you can go as crazy as you like buying creative tools to adorn your bullet journal with (Stickers! Washi tape! Markers!), all you really need to get started bullet journaling is a fresh notebook (any will do, even one from the dollar store!) and a pen, which makes this planning system super budget-friendly.
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