How To Set Smart Daily Goals
It can be challenging to be productive in the long-term when you do things you don't feel motivated to do. Unless you have to push through with a specific task, it is much easier to work around things that keep you motivated.
Ask yourself: Why do you do this every single day?
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The mind solves its stickiest problems while daydreaming—something you may have experienced while driving or taking a shower.
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