Author Archives: Munro Stewart

Dale Carnegie’s top 10 tips for improving your social skills

Dale Carnegie’s top 10 tips for improving your social skills

Henrik Edberg summarizes some of Dale Carnegie’s best ideas and thoughts on communicating with people. Carnegie, of course, is the author of the popular book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. One of my favorite tips in this article is about Carnegie’s thoughts on saying positive things to other people instead of being negative by complaining, criticizing, and condemning. (Continued…)

Three useful tricks for organizing your messy Windows taskbar

Three Useful Tricks for Organizing Your Messy Windows Taskbar

Whitson Gordon wrote about a few of the best taskbar tricks I’ve come across. Each one is very simple, but could change how organized and productive you feel on your Windows computer. I recommend the separators trick as it has really helped me keep apps categorized on the taskbar. I came across it when I first read this article a couple of years ago, and I still use it. (Continued…)

Overcast 2 iOS podcast app now completely free with all features

Overcast 2 iOS podcast app now completely free with all features

Instead of requiring people to pay for an upgrade, the developer is accepting optional donations. Check it out to listen to some podcasts, and don’t forget to subscribe to a few useful ones that might help you learn something new or improve your life in some way. Overcast was already considered one of the best podcast apps for iOS. This update includes streaming, chapters, a podcast directory powered by recommendations from other Overcast users, and quite a few other improvements as well.

Here’s a quick overview of the new features along with a note from the independent developer, Marco Arment, about why he has offered this new version for free. (Continued…)

Todoist update brings redesigned web, plug-in, desktop apps, and gets new logo too

Todoist update brings redesigned web, plug-in, desktop apps, and gets new logo too

They are calling it the new Todoist, so it’s a pretty big update with a new design and new features. From the comments so far on the blog post, users seem to like the new design, but they don’t like the new circle check boxes instead of squares. Along with the new design, comes a new brand for the company, starting with a new logo for the apps. Here’s an overview of what’s new, and links to the apps on different platforms. (Continued…)

Tim Ferriss celebrates 100th podcast episode by calling fans

Tim Ferriss celebrates 100th podcast episode by calling fans

Fans talk with Tim and ask him all kinds of questions on the 100th episode of The Tim Ferris Show. He talks with fans about marketing yourself in interviews, digging yourself out of downward spirals, and how he organizes his various income streams. Plus some other crazy and risque questions asked by fans. (Continued…)

2 Kinds of People tumblr blog (Pictures)

2 Kinds of People tumblr blog (Pictures)

I came across this great picture blog which uses two graphics to show the differences between people. Here are a few of my favorite ones. I’m filing this under life science for the Life Thinkist blog. So whatever you do, don’t laugh at any of these. This is serious stuff. Remember, you’re studying life and figuring out how to improve your life. Not just looking at funny pictures on the internet. (Continued…)

The surprising science of happiness TED talk

The surprising science of happiness TED talk

Watch  this great TED talk to understand what will really make you happy. Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling Upon Happiness, says basically that we aren’t that great at predicting what will make us happy or unhappy. And he backs it up with different research that has been done to prove this.

I watched this talk a number of years ago. And I still remember what it was about. That’s how much of an affect it had on me. It wasn’t the first time that I had heard about focusing on your attitude and thoughts to be happier. But it was the explanation of how our mind isn’t able to predict our future happiness very well that really struck me. And the examples he used to show how we don’t really predict very well how happy we will be as a result of different things happening.

Because we overestimate how much positive and negative changes will affect our happiness, he thinks that we should focus more on changing our thoughts. He calls it synthetic happiness, which probably isn’t the best word for it. But nonetheless this was such an amazing TED talk that I think anyone would benefit from watching it. (Continued…)