Boost Your Productivity!

How to Manage College, Political Activism, Volunteering, Work, and Other Responsibilities, and Still Have a Social Life

I’m hearing from more than one of my good YAL friends now that you are struggling to keep up with all of your many responsibilities. It’s true: most of the people I know in YAL are the brightest, most ambitious, hardworking, goal-driven, passionate, life-loving people I have ever met, and if anything gives me faith in this country and its future, it is knowing that all of you are going to be the ones running this country in the near future.

But in the meantime with studies, exams, work, hobbies, relationships, responsiblities, and obsessive political activism to secure our blessings of liberty to ourselves (hey- and our future children!) it is very easy to get burnt out. That is why I am a personal devotee to the techniques and habits of personal productivity “life hackers” -who emerged mostly out of the Silicon Valley culture as young, hip, super-hardworking geeks who wanted to get the most out of their life and work with minimum inputs and burnout.

Below is a sampling of some articles that have helped me out the most in my hectic life of travel, activism, volunteering, juggling jobs, running a blog website full time, and lavishing as much time and attention as necessary to keep my love life, family life, and church life vibrant and fulfilling:

10 Tips for College Students

Do It Now

Time Boxing

10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It

Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life

A Short Collection of Unconventional Ideas

Stop Checking E-mail on the Evenings and Weekends

10 Steps to Become an E-mail Ninja

6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm

Relax Like a Pro: 5 Steps to Hacking Your Sleep

Now if you’re feeling overwhelmed, just take a deep breath, pick the one or two articles above you want to read the most, and just read those and take to heart what they have to say. You can always come back to this post later if you want to read more. Enjoy!

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