The Trick To Getting Things Done And Being More Productive

We all want to accomplish things. What stops most of us is not motivation, but a lack of discipline to get things done. This can be a major obstacle in achieving your life goals. We are going to offer some great tips to help you get things done.

Stop Procrastinating and Begin Chipping Away

Chipping Away At Things Can Allow You To Accomplish Huge Tasks You Never Thought Possible

Think about the great pyramids in Egypt. Do you think they just built them overnight? They took decades of work. One of the greatest accomplishments ever was done using our mantra of chipping away (literally in this case).

You may feel stuck in a project and not know what to do next. This often leads to putting it off for a while. These things can drag on and eventually you never complete your goal.

Just do something. If you are about to write that great novel and don’t know where to begin, just start writing random words and sentences. If you want to learn something new, but it seems very difficult, you can begin by reading the first couple sentences of a book. Don’t feel guilty if you did not get much done. 1% of something is that much closer to your goals compared to doing nothing. Do you want to get more fit? Just do a little activity each day, but be consistent. How about weight loss? Again, you just keep at it.

Many great achievers use this method without even being aware they are doing it. Nobody knows all the answers, but some people seem to find them better than answers. Often, their “secret” is not much of a secret. They just keep chipping away each day. Some days are more productive than others, but they never get discouraged. It is that type of personality that separates people who achieve great things compared to most people.

Are you ready to start that next big thing? Just start chipping away. It will happen, but only if you start!

The Trick To Making Perfect Microwave Popcorn

We all love popcorn. It tastes great and is healthy too, as long as you don’t use too much oil and butter. A serving of popcorn has about 4 grams of fiber and is only 30 calories per cup. We are going to tell you how to make the best microwave popcorn.

Don’t use store bought microwave popcorn packages. You can make it better yourself and it will be a lot healthier and cheaper too. They tend to over salt the store brands and add all sorts of nasty artificial flavors you don’t want in your body. All you need is a microwave-safe glass bowl, a plate, salt, and some oil. However, there is a trick to making it taste amazing.

You first need to make popcorn salt. Put a few tablespoons of salt in a spice grinder. You can also use a blade coffee grinder. Keep grinding until the salt becomes powdery. You can store it in a small glass jar with a lid on it. Throw in a few popcorn kernels so you can shake up the jar in case the salt is clumping together. The powdered salt sticks much better to the popcorn and is important.

Next, get a glass bowl and a plate that can fit over it. It should be big enough to hold your popcorn after it is popped. A 2 quart bowl should be good enough, but use a larger one if you make more popcorn.

Measure out some popcorn kernels (about 2 ounces, or 56 grams is good for 1-2 people). Any brand is fine, but you may find you like certain ones better. The popcorn can’t be too old or the kernels won’t pop well and you will be left with a lot of “old maids”. If you have any extra dry-pack silica gel desiccants (the ones that say “don’t eat”), throw it in your popcorn jar to keep the kernels from getting too much moisture. You can buy them, but many products have them, so just save them for later.

Next, add some oil to your popcorn. A teaspoon is good, but if you want lower calorie popcorn, you can use less. We like canola oil, but any type of oil is good. However, don’t use olive oil, since it can burn at a low temperature. You now want to add some of the powdered popcorn salt you made. 1/4 teaspoon per serving is good, but adjust it to your preference. You can always add more salt later. Use a spoon and mix well.

Cover the bowl with a glass plate the fits over it. It does not have to be a tight fit. You might find that it fits better with the bottom of the plate facing towards the bowl. The plate will keep the popcorn from popping out and also let out excess steam.

Set your microwave to high power. Set the timer to about 8 minutes. If you are making more popcorn it might take more time. Longer is better, since you will be manually stopping the microwave when it is ready. After a few minutes the popcorn will start popping. Keep your eyes and ears open. Let it continue to run until the popping slows down to about 1 pop ever 2-3 seconds. Once that happens you are ready to remove the popcorn.

IMPORTANT: The popcorn will be very hot. You must use oven mittens or a big thick kitchen towel when removing it. Put the popcorn down on a table. DO NOT REMOVE THE PLATE WITHOUT PROTECTION. The steam is hot enough to cause serious skin burns.

You can now eat the popcorn right out of the bowl which keeps it warm for a long time. Add more popcorn salt if needed. If you want to indulge a bit, you can also add a little melted salted butter, but this popcorn tastes so good you might not even need it. If you want to control calories, but still want butter flavor, try melting some in a small cup and dip your kernels in it before eating. Having your butter on the side is a great way to cut extra calories while enjoying buttered popcorn. You can also use commercial butter spray, but we like real butter the best.

You now know the secret to making amazing tasting popcorn at home that is inexpensive and healthy.

The Trick To Achieving Any Goal And Becoming Successful

We all want to be successful. Without a doubt, hard work is needed to achieve your goals. The main obstacle that keeps most people from achieving their goals in life is a lack of motivation. It is easy to stay motivated for a few days when starting a new project, or even several weeks. However, big goals in life usually take months, or often years to complete.

We are about to reveal the trick to achieving any goal. This simple method works for anything, including weight loss goals, getting a degree, fitness goals, business achievements, etc. Further, the method has been proven to work by top researchers at places like Harvard University.

Micro Rewards

The secret is simple. Micro rewards. It is the same method pet trainers use to teach a dog how to do a new trick. When the pet does something close to the reward, we give them a small treat. This rewards the brain and motivates the pet to keep doing the same positive action. For example, if you want a dog to give you its paw on command, you give a small treat whenever they do it. However, at first they may get a reward just for moving their paw slightly. As thing progress, they will eventually only be rewarded when they shake their paw and achieve the goal.

Humans are no different. The key is to break the task up to smaller items and give yourself a reward whenever you do it. For example, suppose you have a goal to lose 20 pounds. You would first set a small micro goal, such as losing 1 pound. When you meet this goal, give yourself a reward. The reward could be watching a movie you wanted to see, dining out, or eating one of your favorite snacks. The rewards don’t have to be elaborate, but you must be consistent and always given them to yourself. This trains the brain to want to continue to lose weight.

Each “treat” you give yourself generates special brain chemicals (dopamine) that motivates you to keep going. It is very powerful and causes addictions when the goal is a negative one, like taking drugs. Of course, you will be making your “addiction” a positive goal, such as losing weight, staying fit, or getting a degree.

You now know one of the most valuable secrets to achieving success in life. Dream big, but break things up into small tasks with plenty of micro rewards to keep you motivated.

The Trick To Making A Perfect Korean Dalgona Iced Coffee

The internet is buzzing about a new Korean iced coffee drink call Dalgona. You may have seen videos showing people making it. However, they often leave out crucial steps to make it properly. Unless you do things right, you might just end up with sweet coffee milk instead of that fluffy ice texture that made it so popular.

The first thing you need to know is that this recipe won’t work with regular ground coffee. Even if you use fine ground espresso beans, it won’t whip up much. You must use instant coffee. We suggest using instant espresso powder for the right flavor. You can find it online and at most stores.

Get a small cup. We like using a glass measuring cup (one cup size is good). Put in 4 teaspoons of your powdered instant coffee into the cup. Next, add the same amount of sugar (4 teaspoons). You can whip it up, but we find chilling it in the freezer for about 20 minutes gives a better thicker cream.

Take it out of the freezer. Use an electric hand mixer, like the kind you would use to mix cake batter. However, you only need one of the beaters inserted. Place the beater into the cup and start whipping at high speed. Keep going until your mixture becomes thick, like the consistency of frozen yogurt. It should only take about a minute or so. Make sure to use a really high speed. Things can splatter, so doing this in your kitchen sink or other protected area is a good idea.

The final step uses about a cup of very cold milk. Pour it into a small bowl or cup. Add some ice cubes to the milk. Finally, spoon in your whipped coffee mixture. Use a small spoon and enjoy. If you want to make more, just add more coffee, always keeping the same amount of sugar.

The Trick To Making A Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Coffee. Just thinking about it can make you happy. However, a bad cup of this liquid gold can make you sour. Luckily, making a great cup of coffee, one that has the perfect balance of coffee flavor without being too bitter or sour, is easy once you know the trick to it.

A basic coffee maker is all you need for that perfect cup. The key is to use fresh whole beans. Check the expiration date to make sure they are still fresh. Store them in a dark container in a cool area, but never in the refrigerator or freezer, since it can add moisture. You want them dry. Keeping them in the original coffee bag is a good idea.

The coffee brand is up to you. In general, we have yet to find good coffee that was also cheap. We like Starbucks brand. Breakfast Blend and Sumatra are our favorites. While more pricey, it is cheap compared to buying coffee at a coffee shop. Did you know that there are only two main types of coffee beans – Arabica coffee and Robusta. All the other hundreds of varieties come from how they roast them. Stay away from Robusta and stick with Arabica. Most of the super cheap brands are Robusta.

Next comes the grind. You should invest in a good burr grinder. However, an inexpensive blade grinder works for most people. We suggest using a medium grind, but on the course side to keep things from getting too bitter. Grind things finer for a stronger brew. Add your water to the coffee maker. You really should use filtered water from either a bottle or a water filtering system. Without good water you will never have good coffee. We suggest following the instructions on your coffee maker for the amount of water. They usually have lines that tell you how much to add for a given amount of cups.

After good filtered water, the next most important item is determining how much coffee to add. Most people use way too much. Even places like Starbucks make it too bitter and sour. We suggest using 1 coffee scoop per cup of water. If you don’t have a coffee scoop, you can use 2 tablespoons per cup which is the same thing. The scoops should be level, but you can make them more rounded if you want a strong brew.

Make your coffee in the coffee machine. All of them are about the same, but we like the “Mr. Coffee” brand. They are cheap and make a great cup of coffee. At this point you should also boil a lot of hot water in a tea kettle.

Get your mugs out. When the water boils, pour it in your cups. In order to have a hot cup of coffee you must warm the cups before adding coffee. When the coffee in the coffee maker is ready, you dump out the hot water. Make sure you have extra hot water for this next important step.

Here is the trick in our opinion that will make your coffee taste smoother and give you a lot more control over the flavor. Fill your warm cups with coffee, but only about half full. Try your coffee. If the strength is good for you, you can continue to fill your cup. However, if it is too strong, which is often the case, just add hot water to the cup until it tastes the way you want. If it gets too weak, add more coffee. You in a sense will be “cooking” your coffee in the mug to make it personalized to your tastes. Each time you make coffee the strength and flavor will vary based on the bean type, grind, amount of time they have been opened, water temperature, and many other factors. Adding hot water is how you can adjust for these things and make that perfect cup.

If you want a fancy drink, like a Cappuccino, you can add milk foam to your coffee. One trick to make it fast and easy is to pour milk (we like whole milk) into a cup and microwave it until the temperate is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. You need to invest in a thermometer since the foam won’t happen unless you are at this critical temperature. All that is left to do is use a small whisk to get your glorious foam. Whisk longer and faster for more foam. Pour the foam on top of your coffee. You can even make some fancy designs by using a coffee stirrer and drawing different lines in the foam. There are lots of online tutorials and videos on making coffee art.

Sit back and enjoy your delicious cup of coffee. Don’t keep leftovers too long, since your coffee will go sour after about 30-45 minutes of sitting in a coffee pot. Just make smaller amounts more often to avoid wasting coffee. This is a big advantage to making coffee at home. Most restaurants keep coffee sitting in a pot way too long, resulting in bad tasting sour coffee when they serve it.