How Elon Musk Gets So Much Done: 5 Productivity Lessons

For quite a while now, I’ve been fascinated by Elon Musk’s (as well as his various teams’) ability to accomplish incredibly difficult things – often on a ridiculous schedule.

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Musk is a pretty productive guy. And, as someone who loves digging into the habits of successful, productive people, I recently started to wonder:

What are the habits, practices, and mindsets that drive Elon Musk’s ability to get things done?

Or, in other words – what aspects of the way that Musk works and thinks can we adapt in order to improve our own level of productivity? Read More…

What’s In My Backpack: My 2017 Gear and EDC

A couple of years ago I did one of those What’s In My Backpack videos that all the kids seem to be doing these days.

And despite the fact that my backpack didn’t contain anything truly exciting, like a gateway to a pocket dimension filled with talking hot dogs, or disco ball gloves, people seemed to enjoy it anyway.

Given the response that article received, I figured it was high time to take a renewed look at the gear I’m carrying on a daily basis. Read More…

How to Stop Being Tired All the Time

Let’s be real here.

You and I both know that the one singular difference between you and people like J.K. Rowling and Elon Musk isn’t your smarts, isn’t your motivation, and isn’t even your work ethic.

The only difference between you and them is that you’re constantly tired, right? If not for that one teensy little difference, you’d easily be able to crank out a couple chapters of the next great american novel each morning before heading out to fight crime. And lesser tasks – like studying for exams and not subsisting entirely off of Totino’s pizza rolls – would be trivially easy.

But, as it stands, you can’t do those things because you are basically a zombie. Well, maybe not a literal zombie, like in that one episode of Space Dandy – but the similarities are mounting. You feel sluggish, you’ve got bags forming under your eyes, and then there is that inexplicable craving for raw meat…

But, more importantly, you just don’t have the energy to do the things you want to do. So today I want to explore some methods for breaking that cycle of constant tiredness. Read More…

How to Make Studying Fun

Let’s get one thing straight: studying is boring, right?

You know the feeling: every time you have to read a textbook or review for a test, you start thinking of a million things that you’d rather be doing – like skydiving, or watching paint dry. You know, fun stuff.

Of course, studying is just something you have to do – which leads to the obvious question: if I have to do it, is there at least a way to make it fun?

The answer is yes, and today, we’ll be covering some mindsets and practical tricks you can use to make studying something you look forward to more often.

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8 Habits of Highly Successful Students

We have talked a lot about how to do well academically here at CIG.  That includes:

But of course, successful students don’t just do well academically; they usually do well all around.

So, the question is:

What separates truly successful students who have it together and do well in all areas of their lives, from the ones who just do well on the academic side of things? Read More…

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