Readers,

I want to introduce to you The Sunday 6 – Vol 1!  Throughout the week, and in my free time, I read a lot of articles. From small bloggers, to larger publications. I consume lots of information.

Some pieces influence my content, and others teach me new things. In any case, these 6 articles are my favorite ones that I come across.

This digest will be segmented into categories – productivity, psychology, personal finance, etc. and will contain “Post highlights” from each article. I will include the link to the original post for your viewing pleasure.

I encourage you all to visit the other blogs and see what other nuggets of knowledge you can grab.

If there are any articles that you think are worth including for the week, please share them with me! I’m always looking to learn more!

Here are my favorite posts from this week:

Productivity

1. “Here’s The #1 Habit You Need to Cultivate to Beat Procrastination”

by NJLifehacks

Post highlights:

  • Get into the habit of starting. Fight that initial resistance.
  • The pain of procrastination comes from anticipation.
  • Getting started leads to making progress leads to increased happiness, motivation, optimism, confidence leads to putting in more effort leads to making more progress leads to even more happiness, motivation, optimism, confidence leads to even more effort and so on…” – NJLifehacks
  • NJLifeHacks provides you with 7 tips on how to get started!
    • Breaking big projects down into small, actionable steps helps you fight overwhelm. Instead of worrying about the hundred things you might have to do, focus on the one thing you can get started on immediately. Inch by inch, life’s a cinch; yard by yard, life is hard.
    • Lowering your standards drastically reduces the resistance to getting started and helps you build consistency. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting a goal of meditating twenty minutes daily. Set a goal of meditating one minute daily.
    • Focusing on the process reduces overwhelm and simplifies everything. Don’t allow yourself to worry about cleaning the whole house or studying for the next big exam. Focus on cleaning or studying for a certain amount of time instead. Trust the process, let the outcome take care of itself.
    • Forming implementation intentions is about recruiting your unconscious mind as a potent ally. Simply define when, where, and how you want to get started and your unconscious mind will take care of the rest, detecting cues and directing your behavior even in your absence.
    • The 2-minute rule helps you get started on small tasks, making it much more likely you’ll be able to get started on bigger tasks as well.
    • The 5-second rule out-tricks your excuse-making mind and takes the guesswork out of getting started. Want to exercise, meditate, or write on your book project? Give yourself a 5-second countdown and get started. 5-4-3-2-1-GO!
    • Thinking concretely helps you focus on the specifics – the exact steps of what you need to do. This simplifies things and pushes uncomfortable and overwhelming thoughts or emotions out of your consciousness, making it easier to get started.

2. “You’ve Been Using Your Brain Wrong: Human Brains Aren’t Designed to Remember Things”

by Lifehack.org

Post highlights:

  • We suck at memorizing things – our brains are designed to remember up to 8GB of info
  • We take up to 34GB of data per day – We can’t keep up
  • “Outsource the job of memorization by designing a system to organize and store potentially useful information” – Leon Ho
  • “The important idea here is to become a skilled information handler rather than trying to stuff your brain with information.” – Leon Ho

Inspiration

3. Ambitious People Rarely Become Successful.

by Lifehack.org

(My wonderful girlfriend found this article)

Post highlights:

  • You’re ambitious? That’s nice… but not enough
  • Ambitious is nothing without commitment
  • “When you’re committed, you stop justifying mediocrity in the name of authenticity” – Benjamin P. Hardy @Inc.com

Psychology

4. The Magic of Marking down Your Mood Every Day

by Lifehack.org

Post highlights:

  • We should keep track of our emotions like we do money and calories
  • Throughout the day, write these down
    • Your general emotion of the day
    • The events of the day
    • The link between your emotion and what happened
  • By tracking your moods, you’re able to understand the factors in your life that affect it

Personal Finance

5. Own Your Student Loan Repayment – 4 Tips to Overcome Student Debt

by Drew Cloud, founder of The Student Loan Report via Distilled Dollar

Post highlights:

  • The first thing you have to do is understand your loans.
    • How much debt do you have?
    • Whom you owe?
    • What’s your interest rate?
    • Which loans are eligible for income-based repayment and which ones aren’t.?
  • 4 tips:
    • Research during the grace period – The grace period is the amount of time after graduation before you need to start paying back your student debt. Take this time to research all loan repayment and payment reduction options so you can try to reduce your debt. This means refinancing to reduce interest and seeing which repayment programs you qualify for. The Department of Education has repayment plans for Direct Loans and FFEL loans. For income-driven plans, it is possible to have the remainder of the loan forgiven after a certain number of qualifying payments have been made. Learn about your options and use those you qualify for so that you can pay off your student debt faster.
    • Consider Consolidation – When you have multiple federal loans, you can consolidate them into one Direct Consolidation Loan. This simplifies the repayment of the loans so you don’t have to make multiple payments. Despite the convenience, federal consolidation doesn’t save money; on the contrary, private student loan consolidationoffers the chance for a lower interest rate. With this as an additional option, consolidation opens up more doors towards savings.
    • Pay more than the minimum payment – You will almost always hear that the best way to defeat student debt is to pay more than the minimum payment. This will pay the loan balance down faster and will save money on interest in the long term. To ensure you make your overpayment consistently, you can sign up for auto-debit so the lender takes the payment from your bank account every month. This prevents you from forgetting to make the payment and keeps you from reducing how much you pay at the last minute. It can be tempting to pay just the minimum if you want more money in your pocket. Auto-debit will prevent you from doing that, which will make you happier later.
    • Explore loan forgiveness programs – There are many loan forgiveness programs out there. For instance, you can volunteer with a nonprofit in exchange for having at least a portion of your loans forgiven. Some states will even forgive a percentage of student loans when people move there to work in certain fields. It’s also possible for loan forgiveness to be job-specific. Look at opportunities in your state and your field of work to determine which programs you may qualify for.

Everyday Success

6. Fast functional feet (3F)

I’ll admit that this last feature is not exactly a blog article.

A couple of my close friends, Chris & Boyah Co-founded a local, Bay Area sports performance group. They’ve been working with student athletes ranging from ages 6 – 18. 3F believes in building the proper foundation through movement, maximizing the performance qualities, and refining sport-specific skills. Boyah & Chris Co-founded 3F back in December 2015. I’ve been working directly with them to help set up their social media channels, email marketing campaigns, and most recently, the 3F website.

It’s easy to idolize and celebrate the uber-successful, but it’s more inspiring when it’s someone within your closest circle of friends. 3F is having their first performance camp beginning this week. I’m proud of how they’ve come. I am looking forward to watching 3F grow and helping them in any way I can.

Readers, if you have any posts or articles that you think should be featured in “The Sunday 6” please send them to me via email 2ndhandsuccess@gmail.com or DM the articles to me @2ndhandsuccess@gmail.com. Don’t forget to sign-up for the Secondhand Success newsletter for my latest posts!

-KG