Life Hacks

Discover the shortcuts that will change your life
On the road to productivity, we need a few shortcuts. In this section, we explore useful hacks for everyday life, from tips on improving your networking response rate to cutting down the time you spend on administration. Consider this section your guide for those little tricks that will squeeze the most value from your time and energy.

How to Build a Friend Circle From Scratch – Part 1


Arriving at the AoC house

For many years now I’ve been coaching people struggling with low self-esteem and social anxiety that were lacking a good friend circle. AJ and Johnny got word of me through a mutual friend. Long story short, they want me to come to Los Angeles, so I can coach for The Art of Charm. “Sure,” I said. And so I jumped on a plane, headed towards Hollywood. *** 3 PM, June 20th, 2018 “I’ve just landed. After sitting in my seat for 12 hours, I’m dying to get my feet moving again. It’s my first time on American soil, and as … Read More


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5 Common Frustrations and How to Handle Them


5 Common Frustrations and How to Handle Them

I was browsing Reddit the other day when I came across a thread that caught my eye. The title was simple: “What frustrates you most about life?” The frustrations people submitted ranged from economic to familial, psychological to political. They were all universal human concerns — problems men and women from all walks of life struggle with every single day. Many of them focus on the same themes we explore in our live residential programs and on the podcast. Several were questions I’ve wrestled with in my own life. As I read, I found myself wanting to respond to each … Read More


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How to Influence Someone’s Memory and Affect Their Decisions


How to Influence Someone's Memory and Affect Their Decisions

The strongest skill any modern communicator can develop is the skill to influence other people’s memory — and therefore have an impact on their decisions. Here, we look at three ways to use this power for good — never evil! [Photo by Roman Boed] The concept of being able to influence someone’s memory doesn’t really make sense, does it? How can you influence something that’s already happened? We only remember stuff that’s already happened, right? Not quite. Retrospective memory — that’s when we recollect the past. But prospective memory — that’s when we remember to act on a future intention. … Read More


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3 Ways to Make Your Email Pop


Are they opening and reading your emails? Follow these five strategies and they will.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been sharing some of our best email hacks, from mastering the call-to-action to creating killer email templates. In this piece, we’ll be focusing on stepping up your personal correspondence style — and using that style to get what you want by email. Specifically, we’ll be talking about how to create compelling subject lines, use scannable writing, and mirror other people to really connect by email. If you use these techniques, you will find your open rate, click through rate and compliance rate rise dramatically, as people start truly engaging with your correspondence. So let’s … Read More


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The Secret Power of Email Templates


Email templates are the gateway to more efficient correspondence. We promise.

This is the second in our series about email productivity. Be sure to check out what we have to say about mastering the call to action (CTA) and making your email pop. Email is a great way to get what you want. With the right language, a clear call to action, and an engaging personal style, you can turn your correspondence into a powerful productivity tool. The trade off, of course, is efficiency. You can write brilliant emails that get you results every time, but that can just as easily become a full-time job. For many of us, it is. … Read More


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How to Get Anything You Want by Email


Get anything you want by email using a clear and compelling call to action.

This is the first in our series about email productivity. Be sure to check out what we have to say about creating killer email templates and making your email pop. I have a love-hate relationship with email. On one hand, I love that I just need to waggle my fingers to get pretty much anything I want. In fact, my livelihood depends on email, and if I wield my powers of persuasion correctly, life becomes much more efficient, whether I’m requesting a client’s approval on a project or asking my roommates to submit their rent checks. On the other hand, … Read More


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Jonathan Bailor | The SANE War on Obesity (Episode 421)


Modern science tells us how we can exercise less and eat more to naturally lose weight, avoid diabetes, and beat the obesity epidemic. “You don’t cure diseases through starvation.” -Jonathan Bailor The Cheat Sheet: Is sugar more dangerous than cigarettes? Why are there as many overweight people today as there were total people alive a century ago? Why does calorie counting fail for 19 out of 20 people who try it? Tell the difference between the quality approach vs. the quantity approach to wellness. Learn how to keep your diet SANE (Satiety, Aggression, Nutrition, Efficiency) for weight loss without starvation … Read More


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8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 2


8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 2

Acquiring new skills is often the most difficult part of starting a new project or pushing through an existing one. Here’s the second part of how to develop a new skill without giving up — part one is here. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower In the first installment of this piece, I shared my experience learning how to produce drumming videos by discussing the importance of planning and defining an approach to develop new skills. I hope I made it abundantly clear that planning is indeed … Read More


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8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 1


8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 1

Acquiring new skills is often the most difficult part of starting a new project or pushing through an existing one. Here’s the first part of how to develop a new skill without giving up — part two is here. About a year ago, I had the idea to start a website based around my drumming and writing, with a strong video component. Skills required: Drumming? Check. Writing? Check. Video production? …Hello? Is anybody there? I’m not sure how I overlooked the most crucial element required to tie everything together. It was one of those things I figured I would hire … Read More


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How to Stick With Your Gym Routine


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It’s a new year, and the most common new year’s resolution is “lose weight,” while the more general “get fit” comes in at number five. Chances are pretty good that if you’re reading this, you want to hit the gym more in the coming year. And if you’re like most people, you’ll find it hard to achieve your New Year’s resolutions. That’s why I recently discussed how you can increase the chances of achieving your New Year’s Resolutions. Today, I want to drill down on fitness-related resolutions, and specifically, how to stay committed to exercise. As you get older, regular … Read More


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