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Don’t break the chain

Do you ever have days when you wake up and are immediately ready to conquer the world?

And then other days when it just feels so good to pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep?

Motivation and discipline are such fickle beasts.

That’s why it’s important to know some of the little tactics you can use to trick your stupid brain into doing what’s right for it!

Why You Need Visual Goals For Your Finances [Hi Charlie] – “If you have a big, audacious financial goal, it can seem really overwhelming — maybe you’re wondering how you can keep yourself motivated, or how to tackle the goal in the first place.” Very good piece by Sarah Li Cain, who blogs at Beyond The Dollar, that shares why you should visually track your goal and gamify it!

Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret [Lifehacker] – An oldie but goodie that fits with the first post – “He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don’t feel like it. He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write.”

10 Cognitive Biases in Your Brain That Are Costing You Money [Money Crashers] – “… sometimes we buy for reasons that have nothing to do with the product. Our brains can trick us into making choices that seem logical, but don’t stand up to close inspection. These mental traps are called ‘cognitive biases.’ Cognitive biases can seriously hurt your bottom line if you let them. Fortunately, by learning how these biases work, you can put your brain on guard against them. Here’s a look at ten of the most common biases, and how to protect yourself from them.”

Now for a change of pace…

Do you remember the story of D.B. Cooper? In 1971, he hijacked a Boeing 727 between Portland and Seattle. He got $200,000 in ransom money and then parachuted away, never to be found. It’s the only unsolved case of air piracy in modern history… and people have been looking for him ever since.

Has the Mystery of Skyjacker D.B. Cooper Finally Been Solved? A TV Newsman’s Obsessive Quest [Hollywood Reporter] – “For several days in May 2013, the Hollywood sting operation surveilled the grandfather at the condominium he sometimes shared with his ex-wife in the tony San Diego district of Bankers Hill. A $30,000-a-week private security group, armed because they deemed their subject a hostile threat, watched his movements aboard the 45-foot cruiser Poverty Sucks, docked nearby. They tracked him at his boat shop, Coronado Precision Marine. And they followed him to his local P.O. box. When they felt confident that they’d clocked his routine, they sent in Tom Colbert, the veteran newsman who’d hired them. He wore a wire and a hidden camera in his glasses.”