Forming Habits, Mastering Skills, and Surviving the Supermarket Checkout Line

January 4, 2013

woody guthrie new year's resolutions

woody guthrie new year's resolutions

Still haven’t gotten around to making your New Year’s resolutions? Brain Pickings compiled famous resolution lists from Jonathan Swift, Marilyn Monroe, Woodie Guthrie, and Susan Sontag. Our favorite came from Guthrie, “Keep hoping machine running.” With resolutions like this, how could we not be inspired? We decided to make our own resolution here at the TaskRabbit Blog. Each week, we’ll round up our favorite items on productivity, entrepreneurship, and the collaborative economy to share with you here. Let’s get started:

Forbes unleashed a little advise on developing new time management habits — from Benjamin Franklin. According to the article, “Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013,” modern psychologists recognize three key elements in Franklin’s approach: he commits to a habit, works on only one at at time, and uses visual reminders.

Ever found yourself stuck in the express checkout lane at the grocery store, wondering why all the regular lanes were moving more quickly? Math teacher Dan Meyer decided to drop some science on this common occurrence, and found that express lanes just aren’t worth the wait. To save time, head to lane 13 (or hire a TaskRabbit to handle your groceries).

Our friends over at Etsy posted this very cool New Year’s exercise, “Reflect on 2012 to Create an Awesome 2013,” for their sellers. If you run an Etsy shop (or any other kind of small business), it’s definitely worth a read.

Productivity guru, best-selling author, and TaskRabbit superfan Tim Ferriss chatted with Behind the Brand host Bryan Elliott about how to master any skill. Whether you want to learn how to shoot a three-pointer or how to cook the perfect steak, we suggest watching this conversation first.

TechCrunch announced the nominees for the 2012 Crunchies, and there’s a new category in town. We’re nominated, along with some other incredible companies in the sharing space, for Best Collaborative Consumption Service.