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How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It | TechCrunch

How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It | TechCrunch | Do it better | Scoop.it
Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $150 lower-division online courses at one its campuses--a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it.
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This is great, and an important add to the list. Though it's been in the making for a long time...  MIT OpenCourseWare, EdX, Khan Academy, the change is here!

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New year's resolutions: apply some pressure

New year's resolutions: apply some pressure | Do it better | Scoop.it

Statistics show that only 8% of people ever actually achieve their new year resolution...

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Time to make that number slightly higher: apply some pressure on yourself!

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5 Simple Daily Habits to Practice This New Year

5 Simple Daily Habits to Practice This New Year | Do it better | Scoop.it
Forget the super-size resolutions. Instead, try making tiny investments each day in these five areas, advises business coach Ann Mehl.
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Small changes make a big difference when applied over a long time. There's something about that which is difficult for our brains to get a hold of. Also, the short-term reward is small and hard to notice, which is probably a major reason why it is hard for us to stick to those changes for long enough.

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Richard Branson's tips for making lists

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I have always lived my life by making lists...
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Richard Branson shares his 10 tips for making lists. Some very traditional tips, yet I cannot think of many people in the world who couldn't learn from Branson's example in things like: "set far off, outlandish goals".

Or maybe to be more specific, Branson is extraordinarily good in not just setting but also  ACHIEVING  those far off, outlandish goals. :)

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How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused

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By studying thousands of people, Rock found that we are truly focused for an average of only six hours per week. "You want to be really diligent with what you put into those hours," he says.
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Ever finding it hard to focus? Me neither. But just in case, here's a short list of 3 things that isn't too long for the below-average concentration. 

Average of six hours of truly focused work? Ouch. Though it sounds about right. Hoping to push that number up with these tips.

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12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013

12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013 | Do it better | Scoop.it
This set of inspirational thoughts for the new year will galvanize you into action.
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More lists of "... for 2013" before the year gets too old. 

My favourite motivational quote has to be: "If at first you don't succeed, then maybe you just suck." from Kenny Powers of Eastbound & Down

 

 

Oh well, just give it another try. (Unless 'skydiving maybe isn't for you').

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9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money

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Don't show 'em the money (even if you have it). Here are nine better ways to boost morale.
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Ilya Pozin shares good tips on how to motivate employees. Probably very important for start-ups in their early days with shoestring budgets, but worthy of thought for big business too. 

"Pay your employees what they ask. Take the money out of the equation." he further shares on LinkedIn.

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5 Anti-Resolutions for 2013

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These five New Year's anti-resolutions will help you achieve your real goals for 2013.
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Listing things NOT to do 2013... and hey, making resolutions one day a year, forgetting them the next and changing nothing from previous year usually won't work (we have most likely tried that one time or another). 

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I'm Guy Kawasaki, and This Is How I Work

I'm Guy Kawasaki, and This Is How I Work | Do it better | Scoop.it
Thirty years ago, Guy Kawasaki was the chief evangelist for a little company called Apple.
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Thoughts from Guy Kawasaki are always worth hearing. And it's kind of nice to hear that he is human too: "I procrastinate and then I work in a fury. The secret to my success is that I work hard, not necessarily smart. :-) "

Well, there's probably some smartness thrown in there somewhere as well. ;)

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11 Productivity Hacks From Super-Productive People

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"I waited tables for four years in college and may have captured more useful lessons there than I did in my thermo-dynamics or option-pricing classes," says Kaihan Krippendorff, author of Outthink the Competition.

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Note to self: to improve your productivity, stop reading these lists. The internet is filled with them...

I guess I'm the kind of person who just likes them.

And hey, there is usually at least one tip in each list that suits well for you. But reading a list alone won't improve your productivity, unless your behaviour changes as a result.

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