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22 Killer Personal Development Resources You’re Missing Out On
NOVEMBER 19 BY BRYCE CHRISTIANSEN IN LIFESTYLE, UNCATEGORIZED
You’ve got the personal development itch once again.
You know the feeling. Maybe you want to be more productive, finally tackle that goal of yours, or start waking up earlier.
So you go to Google or your favorite personal development blogs. Maybe if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for you try searching for a Youtube video or ask your Facebook friends if they know of any good sites.
And that’s it. You’ve exhausted your resources and don’t know where else to look.
Sometimes you find what you need, but you still have a sense that there’s got to be more. That you don’t know – what you don’t know.
And that’s where you get stuck. Wanting more, but just not knowing where to find it.
Today I hope to change that by sharing with you 22 of the killer personal development resources you’re missing out on.
I know, you thought Reddit was just for gamers, atheists, and students – but that’s a misconception. If you search deep enough you’ll find several subreddits for anyone who wants to grow personally. For starters, you can check out: r/selfimprovement, r/getmotivated,r/iwanttolearn, r/lifeprotips, r/productivity, r/zenhabits and r/selfhelp.
Mindbloom.com is a nifty personal development web application. Think of it as a social network for your personal development. You create a tree with branches representing the elements of your life you want to work on. It encourages you to nurture your tree through inspiration (sun) and action (water). There’s a lot built into this tool, so go check it out if you’re curious.
Lately, it seems there have been hundreds of eLearning websites popping up across the web. One of my favorites however isUdemy. The structure is clean, the classes are well organized, and the instructors are top-notch. Although they have plenty of academic courses available, there are a number of personal development ones worth checking out such as: How to Enjoy Work More,Discover The 1 Thing You Were Born to do in 5 Easy Steps, or Getting Things Done.
There are plenty of ways to motivate you to work out, but the app Gympact does something quite clever and unique. They hit you where it hurts…right in the wallet. The concept behind Gympact is that you set a monetary consequence for when you miss your work outs, typically a $1 or so. Then anytime you miss a work out you committed yourself to, you pay the fine. But it doesn’t stop there. What if you’re a good boy or girl and hit all of your workouts that week? Well friend, you get a share of all the slacker’s fines that week.
Okay, so plenty of you know Ted already, but do you remember the first day you discovered it? It was amazing right? If you’ve heard about TED but never checked it out, now’s the time. It’s inspiration on steroids.
Stumbleupon is another excellent resource for personal development. I recommend stumbling interests such as: self improvement, personal development, career planning, spirituality, productivity, or motivation.
7. The Habit Factor
This is the world’s bestselling, #1 “Goals & Habits App” on iTunes. It combines the book by the same name with a neat app that helps you track your goals and keep up with your progress.
Lumosity is your one stop shop for brain training. If you want to have an easier time remembering names, learning new subjects, or maintaining focus – this is the place to hang out.
9. Remember The Milk
If you are a list person, this is a must have. Remember the Milk let’s you manage your lists anywhere. It will send reminders to your email or text, sync to your calendar and more.
This one is a bit tricky since there are sooo many blogs out there dedicated to personal development. Thankfully, others have already done the research for you by listing posts and blogs to checkout.
Lifetick is a web application for tracking your goals and keeping you focused. Their status widgets, charts, and reports make this the dream app for any detail oriented goal-getters.
12. 43 Things
Speaking of goals, we all know the chance of completing them comes down to how good of a support group you have. 43 Things is just that. A community of goal minded people dedicated to helping each other reach their goals.
Have you ever been out in public shopping, watching a movie, or eating a burger when you were suddenly struck with a brilliant idea? You hope to hold onto it long enough to make it home where you can write it down, but by then you’ve moved on or forgotten it completely. Evernote is a handy app for recording written or audio notes on your phone or pc that you can take anywhere. All your ideas are stored in one place and it’s easy to use.
People are always surprised to learn Youtube is the world’s second largest search engine. But Pinterest works in a similar way. Just as you can search Google or Youtube for personal development content, you can do the same for Pinterest. Put in productivity, self-help or personal growth, and you’ll find hundreds of pictures, articles, and posters related to the topic.
...you like TED, this is another resource you should check out. 99u has a wide selection of videos delivered by scholars, leaders, and business men around the world on topics ranging from leadership to well-being.
The great thing about books is that there are always new ones coming out to help you with your personal development needs. Over the years, Lifehack has written a number of posts featuring their favorite book recommendations.
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17. Vision Board
Happytapper has created a virtual version of one of coaching’s favorite tools – The Vision Board. It’s an easy way to give yourself some quick inspiration and motivation wherever you are.
One of the things I look forward to every day is listening to podcasts on my way to work. Thankfully, there is a wide selection of excellent podcasts in the personal development arena. For starters you might check out Achieving Predictable Success, Great Work Interviews, or Lifehack’s own Lifehack Live
It took some time for me to warm up to Youtube. At first it was difficult to find quality videos on the subjects you were interested in, but that’s not the case anymore. Even in the personal development world, there are many amazing Youtube channels and videos you can follow. Whether it’s classics like The Last Lecture or How to Have Your Best Year Ever or newer ongoing channels such as TedEdand ZeFrank there’s something for everyone.
Lift is an app that visualizes your goals and progress while combining the support of your friends. Forbes wrote a nice piece on the app calling it “probably the most affordable self-help product ever created.” It relies on an interesting check-in system and helps you focus on taking single steps versus tackling a multitude of challenges all at once.
Ignite is a global event run by volunteers where speakers are given five minutes to talk about their ideas, passions, or interest on 20 slides for 15 seconds each. The format may seem rigid, but the presentations go quickly and you hear only the good stuff as a result. The best way to find videos put on by this organization is to either go to their website and search, or look up your local ignite organization on Youtube.
22. Live Happy
Live Happy is more than an iPhone app, it’s a “happiness boosting positive psychology program.” Based on the book, The How of Happiness, the app helps you carry out the concepts taught in the book. Things such as journaling, giving thanks, or savoring a beautiful moment.
This is the site I've used to create my website and it's been TOTALLY AWESOME!!! I've upgraded my website/blog so as to enjoy some extra features, but the free versions is really great too :)) If you are thinking of making up your own blog or website, they are definitely worth checking out!
Weebly is a free, very straightforward tool for creating a website. It features simplistic drag-and-drop elements for designing, so you don't have to worry about complicated coding. Online stores can be created quite easily thanks to PayPal and Google Checkout functionality, or you can even earn a few bucks with built-in Google AdSense. Even if you are just looking for a tool to speedily get a blog or basic website up and running, then definitely take a look at Weebly.
I am a big fan of using Drupal as a content management framework, but someone recently caught my interest when they introduced me to WordPress. WordPress is a free content management system based on PHP and MySQL. In other words, if you are looking to create a good-looking website or blog, then WordPress might be for you. It is a lot simpler to use than Drupal, although I personally don't think that the common designs and themes WordPress has are as nice as Drupal's. Don't misunderstand my statement of opinion though; you can make very nice websites with WordPress. In fact, it is widely used by millions of websites, including CNN. So if you are thinking of starting a website or blog, or even if you just want a new tool to use, then check it out at http://wordpress.org/.
Need some web design tutorials? Looking for news, articles, templates, and free stuff related to web design? If so, you might do well to check out www.webdesignlibrary.org. This website has all of the above and hosts links to other websites with useful tools. Definitely a pool of resources worth tapping.
If you have anything to do with hosting or creating websites, you realize that HTML is essential knowledge. But what about those of us who have no clue what HTML is? Fear not, for http://www.html-5-tutorial.com/about-html.htm is here to save the day! I came across this website this morning while looking for a good HTML 5 learning resource. When the chance comes along, I'll have to make sure that I take the time to start educating myself!
http://www.webdesign.org/ houses tutorials on web design principles, HTML and CSS, vector graphics, Drupal, Joomla, and a bunch of other useful stuff to get you started. I particularly appreciate the how-tos for Drupal, as some of the most aesthetically-pleasing websites I have come across used Drupal. Definitely worth checking out!
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Keyboard Shortcuts (Microsoft Windows)
1. CTRL+C (Copy)
2. CTRL+X (Cut)
... 3. CTRL+V (Paste)
4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
5. DELETE (Delete)
6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
8. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
11. CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
12. CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
13. CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
14. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
15. CTRL+A (Select all)
16. F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
17. ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
18. ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
19. ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
20. ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
21. CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents opensimultaneously)
22. ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
23. ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
24. F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
25. F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
26. SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
27. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
28. CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
29. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu) Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
30. F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
31. RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
32. LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
33. F5 key (Update the active window)
34. BACKSPACE (View the folder onelevel up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
35. ESC (Cancel the current task)
36. SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROMinto the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)
Dialog Box - Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
2. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
3. TAB (Move forward through the options)
4. SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
5. ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
6. ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
7. SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
8. Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
9. F1 key (Display Help)
10. F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
11. BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts
1. Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
2. Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
3. Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
4. Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
5. Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restorethe minimized windows)
6. Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
7. Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
8. CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
9. Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
10. Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
11. Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
12. Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
13. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
14. Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)
15. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
16. Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)
17. SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)
18. NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)
19. Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
20. Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
21. END (Display the bottom of the active window)
22. HOME (Display the top of the active window)
23. NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
24. NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)
25. NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-) (Collapse the selected folder)
26. LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder)
27. RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)
Shortcut Keys for Character Map
After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:
1. RIGHT ARROW (Move to the rightor to the beginning of the next line)
2. LEFT ARROW (Move to the left orto the end of the previous line)
3. UP ARROW (Move up one row)
4. DOWN ARROW (Move down one row)
5. PAGE UP (Move up one screen at a time)
6. PAGE DOWN (Move down one screen at a time)
7. HOME (Move to the beginning of the line)
8. END (Move to the end of the line)
9. CTRL+HOME (Move to the first character)
10. CTRL+END (Move to the last character)
11. SPACEBAR (Switch between Enlarged and Normal mode when a character is selected)
Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
Main Window Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+O (Open a saved console)
2. CTRL+N (Open a new console)
3. CTRL+S (Save the open console)
4. CTRL+M (Add or remove a console item)
5. CTRL+W (Open a new window)
6. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
7. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the MMC window menu)
8. ALT+F4 (Close the console)
9. ALT+A (Display the Action menu)
10. ALT+V (Display the View menu)
11. ALT+F (Display the File menu)
12. ALT+O (Display the Favorites menu)
MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+P (Print the current page or active pane)
2. ALT+Minus sign (-) (Display the window menu for the active console window)
3. SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
4. F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
5. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
6. CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
7. CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
8. ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for theselected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)
Remote Desktop Connection Navigation
1. CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
2. ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
3. ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
4. ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
5. ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
6. CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
7. ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
8. CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
9. CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place asnapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboardand provide the same functionality aspressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
1. CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
2. CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
3. CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
4. CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
5. CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
6. CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
7. CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
8. CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the same as CTRL+L)
9. CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
10. CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
11. CTRL+W (Close the current window)
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