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Focus on the Inputs

https://www.raptitude.com/2020/05/focus-on-the-inputs/

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Focus on the Inputs
When quarantine started, I imagined my day would remain more or less the same before 5pm, because I already worked from home. To the logical part of my brain, this was a simple algebra equation. My nine-to-five life stays constant, […]

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Down Shifting Effect

Down Shifting Effect

The forced days at home have disrupted sleep and increased procrastination for many, making the ordinary workday a huge challenge.

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Change Your Actions

The scenario of a life turned upside down can be improved by:

  • Monitoring the quality of one’s input.
  • Pushing yourself for some exercise, which is sure to beat the bl...

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