10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today | The Personal Blog of Zack Kanter


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10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Today | The Personal Blog of Zack Kanter

Changing or improving your life doesn’t have to be a long, frustrating, drawn-out process. I’m always in search of the smallest changes that yield the biggest returns, and below is my collection of quick tips that can make your life easier, more fulfilling, or just less of a pain in the ass.

Try one or two of these and tell me how great they worked.

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Zack’s Not-So-Secret List of Simple Ways to Increase Happiness, Productivity, or General Awesomeness

1. Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the past 2 months.

We both know that you should really donate everything you haven’t worn in the past two weeks, but I’ll cut you some slack. This isn’t about throwing away clothes you hate – it’s about getting rid of things that you don’t love. Having excess clothes that you’re never going to wear clogs up your closet, makes decision making more difficult, and serves as a constant reminder of unfinished business. Take two hours out of your weekend, tear everything out of your closet, put it in a big pile and start sorting. I’ll give you an allowance for three nostalgic t-shirts that you’ll never wear again (fraternity Beer Pong Championship shirt, etc).

When you’re done with that, think about the deep metaphor that you’ve just learned and apply it to other parts of your life. Shed yourself of activities, TV shows, people, work, and other obligations that you don’t love. You’ll feel lighter without a life that’s cluttered with fluff, and you’ll quickly fill those voids with meaningful things (you can think of me as a modern-day Mr. Miyagi, Daniel-san).

2. If something takes less than 2 minutes to do, do it immediately.

This is my favorite way to improve personal productivity. Whenever you encounter a task/obligation that requires less than 2 minutes of your time, like sharing this post on Facebook (hint, hint), just do it now. You’ll be amazed as how much this will reduce stress – both because you have less to remember and because you have a higher personal output.

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10 Things We’ll Probably Regret When We’re Old


12 Honest Reasons Why Time Is Not On Your Side

Reaching out to all you fellow teenagers and young adults out there, how often do you sit and wonder how many of the decisions you make now you might regret in the future? I’m not talking about regretting being a teenager/young adult or regretting this rebellious stage in our lives (staying out too late; flunking the odd test; making the wrong decisions when concerning a night out), I’m referring more to making decisions now that could downgrade the quality of our lives as we grow older by a significant amount.

To be honest, I feel that I live by the quote: “Never regret anything because at one time it was exactly what you wanted.” I don’t know who said it (I’d be thankful if you let me know in the comments, if you know who it was) but I find it particularly apt. That being said, there are some things that I feel I might regret in the future in terms of the quality of my life.

If you’re not sure what I mean, allow me to illustrate it to you…

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I Have A Confession


This is an attempt of free-writing. The words just start flowing and I may ramble, my paragraphs may fail to make sense or work in a coherent, chronological order, but this is my heart and soul poured into a post. You might opt not to read it, in which case enjoy your day, but if you do prepare for perhaps the most raw post you will have ever read on this blog. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.


I find blogging really difficult. There’s nothing more daunting then seeing a blank screen and having nothing to write about, nor is there anything as frustrating as finding that anything you do write is lifeless and dull – certainly not captivating enough to capture and immerse an audience.

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The Liebster Award #2


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I recently had the honour of being awarded by second Liebster Award (read all about my first here and, for a list of other awards I have been lucky enough to receive, click here) by the wonderful Jet over at My Red Shades. Jet is an outstanding writer and her blog has quickly become my favourite.

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John Green is Overrated


John Green is overrated.

Not a bad writer, not a hideous storyteller, not a terrible man, just overrated.

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Notebooks


As I sit, slightly overwhelmed with the amount of work life has thrust upon me, I think myself lucky to own a set of notebooks.

And by a set I don’t mean two or three. It mean thirty or fourty.

Quotes, the authors of which I sometimes fail to write down; Latin phrases that allow me to appear slightly more educated; lists that I lose three hours into the day of the days’ tasks; sketches and drawings from the times where I find myself somewhat distracted, bored even; story ideas that I cannot bear to part with but have no use for. My notebooks are like the creative section of my brain written down on paper.

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“I am very inte…


“I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Wishlist: Home, Funny Story, Disney Pullover, Nowhere Boy


Wishlist: a new series where I shall present certain items that intrigue me and have grabbed my interest; items that I wish to purchase in the near future.

Music: Home (Single), Dan Croll

British singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Dan Croll’s single ‘Home’ is one that I’ve loved for quite some time. Everything from Croll’s fascinating voice to the intriguing lyrics (“So if you ever come ’round to my house take your shoes off at the door / ‘Cause it’s impolite not to; you’ll be damaging my floor / ‘Cause it’s my home”) appeals to me and this is definitely a track I can see myself purchasing in the near future.

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Tuesday Tunes: Lower Than Atlantis


It was a few years ago that I heard of Lower Than Atlantis – a band that emerged onto the alternative rock scene from the London town of Watford back in 2007.

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A Tiger Does Not Lose Sleep Over The Opinion Of A Sheep


For any music lovers reading my blog, particularly people who enjoy listening to genres such as rock, indie/alternative rock and punk, I present you with a new playlist featuring music from Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, The Killers, Coldplay, You Me At Six, All Time Low, Bon Iver, Boys Like Girls, Sleeping With Sirens, Snow Patrol and others.

Check it out here, thanks.

Mandela


In the absence of Nelson Mandela yesterday afternoon, I thought it appropriate to collect my thoughts and opinions for the inspirational man and share them with you.

“In South Africa, they’re dancing. This is how you celebrate a great man.”

- Peter Gabriel

I know that heartbreaking stories are not hard to find these days and many of them often go unnoticed. Because of this, I know that some people might turn around and say “People die every day and no one their stories are untold – how does a celebrity status make you any more important?”. And to an extent, I agree. But I don’t think that Nelson Mandela was ‘just a celebrity’ or ‘just a politician’. He was an inspirational figure and one who will go down in history.

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Over the Rainbow: Closets Are For Clothes


Disclaimer: the purpose of this post is not to offend any one and I sincerely wish that I do not do so, however, I ask my readers to respect everyone’s opinion despite whether or not you agree with it. Should you disagree with another opinion, shared within this post or within the comments, please construct a dignified response as to not to offend anyone – and please keep the amount of expletives to a minimal amount, thank you.

A few weeks back, I was asked the question Can you remember who you were before society changed you? Today, I am asking you the same thing.

If there wasn’t the need to fit in with social conformities and have social approval, who would you be? Of course, we have no way to tell whether or not the person we are today would be the person we would be should our need to fit in with society not be so intense, but pondering over the question opened a thousand other questions and topics of discussion to mind.

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The Butterfly Song


As a young child, I remember learning ‘The Butterfly Song’ and the lyrics being stuck in my head for days on end. Every Monday morning we had assembly and we’d sing a hymn. Often, ‘The Butterfly Song’ was that hymn. This went on for three years. Three years of repeating the lyrics over and over.

Then I started a new school, and then another. ‘The Butterfly Song’ had seemingly left my memory. As far as I was concerned, it no longer existed. Then, bam, one day I walk into hymn practice (on a Tuesday now I was at my new school) and the lyrics are plastered on the over-head projector. Another week of the wretched song stuck in my head.

A good four years and another new school later,  I’m wondering why it is that one this late Monday evening [this post is scheduled, because I'm clever like that. ;))], whilst I listen to You Me At Six’s brand new, absolutely amazing song, the song suddenly pops into my mind?

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Friendship: The Long And Short of A Good Friend


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Time after time I have heard people say that if you want to succeed, you have to do things for your own good; if you want something done, do it yourself; if you want to be successful, forget everyone else and focus on what you want and where you’re going.

I honestly disagree.

These people have forgotten the unsung heroes that have stood behind every successful person, or there about. They have forgotten the friends and support that are often the only reason we see colour in this world that is otherwise monochrome.

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I’m Not Dead


It’s been quite some time. That can be said.

April 14th was the date of my most recent post. That’s almost five months ago. I’m appalled.

But, I’m back. Or, at least, I’m trying to be back.

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Stay, Stay, Stay


This post is going to be discreet for a number of reasons – a) I don’t want to offend anyone, b) I don’t have enough facts to write a reliable post and c) this post could be seen as controversial. The only reason I’m writing this is to raise awareness (both about cyberbullying and also about the fact that there are some truly beautiful people alive right now).

Instead of delivering you the story as I first planned to do, I’m going to scatter the clues and leave it up to you to do research and find out the subject of this post. It’s a strange way to write a post, I know, but I feel it’s the best thing to do.


Clue One:

Words can break someone into a million pieces, but they can also put them back together. I hope that you can think before you speak and can use your own words for good.

People throw rocks at things that shine.

- Taylor Swift, Ours

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Mothers Know Best


(I was going to ask you to check out or like this page but I thought that’d be cheeky of me, so I won’t… ;))

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Happy Mothers day to all of you wonderful mothers!

I’m most lucky to have a wonderful mother by my side through thick and thin and would not only like to thank her but also pay my respects to those whose mother is absent.

I’m not really sure how to start this post, nor how to end it. In fact, I have no idea how I can get what I want to say into words.

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