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By Junaid Tahir
Yes, this book is great; The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People® as it has inspired millions of lives across the globe; includes me!
The title triggered me to search and read about Seven Habits of Highly Effective Muslims, I googled it but couldn't find any results although I found 7 habits of Bloggers, Christians, Catholics,  Churches, Missionaries, Teachers and Believers which have been well thought and well written. This saddened me but at the same time initiated a thought process to come up with Seven Habits of Highly Effective Muslim. When I say effective that means a Muslim is having a positive and constructive EFFECT on himself/herself and also on the society; the society which comprises all kinds of humans regardless of any condition of religion, skin-color, nation and country.
When I compiled the list of 7 habits, I decided to split them in to two groups INTERNAL EFFECT and EXTERNAL EFFECT. I put Four Habits under INTERNAL EFFECT group and 3 Habits in EXTERNAL EFFECT category. By 'Internal Effect' I mean that these habits are impacting at the individual level and by 'External Effect' I mean that these habits if adapted by a Muslim will have a positive effect on society. However, the INTERNAL EFFECT Habits form the basis of EXTERNAL EFFECT hence all 7 habits are critically important.


1.     Habit of COMPLIANCE: A Muslim, by all means, is supposed to comply with the mandatory requirements of Islam. This covers but not limited to Prayers, Zakat, Hajj, Fasting and belief in Allah & the Day of Judgment.  A Highly Effective Muslim clearly understands that  these pillars of Islam teach us several lessons which eventually have Effect on the Muslim himself and then on society both. For example, Hajj teaches the lesson of patience which is need of the hour considering the psychological conditions of the society. Zakat teaches the lesson to take care for others by financial means. Fasting teaches us to have control on desires. So all these mandatory things result in super-positive Effect on a muslim's personality.

2.    HABIT OF SELF AUDIT: This habit makes a Muslim a Convicted (Mujrim) and the Judge at the same time. An Effective Muslim keeps auditing himself, specially at the end of each day. He asks himself several questions before he sleeps, for example, what Major sins I did today. Did I do lie, back-biting, harshness with parents, fraud, stealing, abuse, deceive, alcohol and/or illegal sex. In case the answer for any question is yes then he performs Touba. The process of Touba purifies a Muslim's thoughts and indirectly improves his personality by taking out all bad habits. To develop the habit of Audit, an Effective Muslim always remember his death and always remember that he is going to be answerable for his deeds which he is doing every second in this world since every single activity is being recorded by Almighty.

3.    HABIT OF HONESTY: The Effective Muslim is always honest, honest at home, honesty at office, honest in every single deed he does. He is honest in earning, he is honest in paying tax, honest in treating people, honest in all kind of financial matters, honest in judging people and resolving conflicts. He loves people and use things; not vice versa. This quality cleanse his heart, mind and soul.  The article written by Junaid Tahir (mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com)

4.    HABIT OF DIFFERENTIATING HALAL-HARAM:  An effective Muslim clearly understands the difference between Halal (allowed or lawful) and Haram (forbidden). He understands that Halal is not limited to eating only rather the concept of Halal-Haram is applicable to every aspect of life. He understands that if he earns money by illegal ways (financial frauds, by lying, by deceitful ways, by not giving his energies to his job as per the company's requirements) then his earning is not pure. He stays away from all Haram things.


5.     HABIT OF GOOD MANNERS (Ikhlaqiat): An Effective Muslim is a live example of Great Manners. He speaks politey, he does not dishearten others by his tongue or deeds, he sets example by actually doing good things. He respects the elders and kind to youngsters. He is helpful, friendly and an easy going person. He stays away from gossips, back-biting and other social diseases. He understands fully that "The most hated person in the sight of Allah is the most quarrelsome person." Ref:  Sahih Bukhari Volumn 003, Book 043, Hadith Number 637.  He wins people's hearts by his kindness, gentleness, politeness, courtesy and helping nature. The article written by Junaid Tahir (mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com)

6.    HABIT OF PROMOTING GOOD AND STOPPING BAD: An Effective Muslim knows the importance of Amr bil maroof and nahi a-nil munkar. This is what Allah has mentioned in Quran that Muslims are the best nation because they Promote/encourage for Good and discourage/stop the Bad. The Effective Muslim understands that he is supposed to help others in the manners of goodness and righteousness and he is supposed to discourage the evil matters. He does not take the law in hand but handles the bad situation by involving the right Law Enforcing Agencies or by dialogues. The article written by Junaid Tahir (mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com)

7.    HABIT OF BRINGING PEACE:  An Effective Muslim always endeavors for peace. He is patient in the situations of brawls and quarrels. He understands that two people can definitely have difference of opinion so he respects this fact and respects others too. He strives for resolving conflicts whenever observed. He believes that every single soul on earth has his/her rights so he respects the humanity regardless of skin color, country, nation, level of education.
So these are the 7 habits which every single Muslim must adapt in order to have a Positive and constructive EFFECT at individual and social level. How many habits are you practicing? Are you an effective Muslim? I appeal you to please go through these 7 Habits one more time and evaluate yourself and change your life style to become an Effective Muslim starting today. Always remember, everyone of us is answerable to Allah for every single deed we do so we have to change ourselves the way our religion demands. May Allah guide me towards the right path. Prayers requested.


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To improve your communications skills you must first improve your listening skills. Effective listening is all about eye contact, because people listen with their eyes as well as with their ears. Also, learning to be silent in your mind and on your tongue are both important listening traits. Truly listening to another is showing that other person that you care and what they have to say is important.
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Job Interview One-Sheeter - Your Personal Cliffs Notes
Brought to you by Jenny Blake, LifeAfterCollege.org

Note from Jenny: My approach to preparing for interviews is to treat them like preparing for finals. I create a bullet-ized one-sheeter about myself with short buzz-words and answers to key potential questions that I can quickly glance down at (if necessary) during job interviews. 9 times out of 10, just preparing the one-sheeter will lock these ideas into your brain so you don't even have to look down - but it's nice to have the Cliffs Notes with you just in case. This template has nine areas that were helpful to me - feel free to add/edit for what you feel is most useful for you.

Five Key Points:
The top 3-5 things I want the interviewer to remember about me. Highlight key strengths.


This is why I rock:
Stories/examples that show I'm a rockstar and uniquely suited for this position! 

Areas for Development:
Strategic answers to that dreaded "tell me about your weaknesses" question. 

Brilliant Ideas:
Based on what I know, my suggestions for improvement or future direction of team.

My overall work/team philosophy:
How I generally approach challenges & opportunities, and what excites me.

Questions I have:
About the role, interviewer, company, future growth opportunities, etc. 

My Short/Long Term Goals:
How this role fits well in my career plans. Why do I want THIS position? What makes me a good fit?



Specific Challenges:
What are some specific challenges I've faced, and how did I overcome them?


Other Notes:

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Virtually everyone wants a life filled with harmony and peace. Yet, there are surprisingly few people who know what it takes to achieve this state of being. On the surface, it seems impossible or like it would take a huge shift in your entire way of life to bring about that kind of change. However, there are very straight forward steps you can take to streamline and harmonize your life – and they are easy to implement. Discover the amazingly simple 5 steps to a harmonious and peaceful life; create the existence you have only dreamed of.

1. Discover who you really are. Decide what you expect of yourself and live by those guidelines. Since we are all different, the expectations one person has can fit only that person. Explore your strengths, weaknesses and passions. Ask yourself what you truly want out of life and what makes you happy. Ask questions like: " "Do I like working in this field," and "Will I be happy being a doctor, or am I just doing what is expected of me?" Along with this, accept that the only person you have control over is yourself. This is a very liberating concept. When we understand that we cannot change anyone around us but ourselves, we've liberated ourselves from a lot of stress. We need to decide whether we can or cannot accept the people in our lives the way they are or we might need to streamline or even eliminate the ones who bring too much stress into our lives.

2. Let go of all expectations. When we let go of all expectations, it does not mean we leave everything to chance. Be prepared, make a plan and do the best you can; then be willing to release the outcome and let it be what it will be. This frees you from disappointment and frustration. Accept the fact that you can't do it all – be the best parent, husband or wife and CEO and be at peace with yourself. No one can do it all, no matter what the books tell us. Something has to give in your life. Know where your priorities lay and be the best you can at that. Know the roles you can excel in and be the best you can in them. Delegate what you can and learn to accept that you don't need to do it all or be it all.

3. Take time for yourself. It is very hard for most of us to fit in the things we feel we have to do into our day. Scheduling time for ourselves can be extremely challenging. Start your day, every day, with a prayer, silent moment or a five minute time of meditation. Take the time to unplug and be away from it all. Simplify your life by resisting the temptation to grasp your phone or turn on your computer and check your email first thing in the morning. Take and revel in a moment just for you. You will find that you are much more relaxed and at peace with a little downtime. Take the time to enjoy whatever it is you are doing in the moment you are doing it. Too often we go through life on autopilot. We don't notice the things around us, especially the important moments and the relationships that are a vital part of such moments. Put away your cell phone while on vacation. Focus on and enjoy your meal when eating. Delight in the presence of your friends when spending time with them. Live life deliberately.

4. Don't do anything you don't want to do. While there are a lot of reasons why this is not rational, it can be very necessary. Resist the urge to take this advice at face value and simply give up on doing the dishes and taking out the trash. This is more about saying no to things that take up your time and energy, things that could be done by someone else. Quite simply, you cannot be at peace if you are doing things you would rather not be doing. An old adage that illustrates this states, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life." Find things you love to do and do them.

5) Live the life you want to live, while allowing others the privilege of doing the same. Simply put, this means that you shouldn't use others in order to achieve your perfect life. Everyone deserves to have the same privilege you have. As previously mentioned, everyone is different, and the life one person wants certainly is not what another might want. Don't negatively impact others in your quest for the life you desire. Show respect to those around us as we intentionally put things into place that will ensure we live the life we want to live.

You will notice, as you work on these steps, that they are all about things that you as an individual can do. A peaceful life is possible and is yours to create. Take the time to study and implement these straightforward guidelines and before you know it, your life will have the peace you seek.

Esther Francis Joseph is a personal and family coach and author of, "Memories of Hell, Visions of Heaven: A Story of Survival, Transformation, and Hope," her personal story of survival and perseverance, despite a violent childhood. Growing up on the picturesque island of St. Lucia, Esther molded her literary talents with her childhood experiences as she continues down her path to leading a joyous and fulfilled adult life. To learn more or contact Esther, please visit www.unityinherited.com



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By Junaid Tahir
There is a famous saying that we are the product of our thoughts. That means we become what we think about so I decided to write this article to understand the importance of thoughts, their contributing factors, thought analysis and purification techniques.

During all day we keep thinking about things, events, families, issues, future, money, office and several other stuff. Our thoughts drive us to take some actions and hence we are moving towards our destiny by each and every action. That means our thought is the strongest part of our destiny as it is the root cause of every action. In my opinion, our Thoughts Process primarily consists of following five contributing factors. I will include some of the details of each factor and summarize the Thought Purification tips under each category below:

1.     Education: Education broadens the horizon of our minds. More education means that the mind is exposed to more knowledge and possibilities. Education when combined with experience result in more mental growth as compared to a less educated person. Hence the quality of thoughts are directly linked with the education. So to keep our 'thoughts seeds' healthy we must seek for Good knowledge, the knowledge which freshen up our brain cells, which gives us positive energy and boosts up our mental power. So we must keep learning new things throughout our life in order to synergize.    Article written by Junaid Tahir. Feel free to feedback at mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com
2.    Desires: This is sometimes a killing factor. For example, If we let our brain running behind our desires blindly, we will end up with considering short-cuts in our life for achievements. These short cuts basically kill the purity of thoughts and consequently bound us doing social evils such as back-biting, lying, deceiving, stealing, fraud, bribery and other forms of corruption. Hence, we have to have sold control on our desires to control this phenomenon. But this does not mean, we should drop our genuine desires. Remember, Positive desires combined with Positive Thoughts and Actions will result in success.  However Positive Desires combined with Negative Thoughts and Action will result in crimes which I just mentioned above.  Article written by Junaid Tahir. Feel free to feedback at mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com
3.    Brought up: Each one of us has been brought up in a unique way by our parents. Some of us have been grown in very healthy physical and mental family environment. Some have mixed kind of situations both positive and negative in terms of finance, family bonding and social lives. Our mental growth has been based on all the events which have been taking place in our childhood, teenage and even our current day to day life. We can't go back to past to change our brought-up but what we can do is to drop the negative part of our past and tightly hold on to the positive one. It's pretty much straight forward. If we wish to keep the Negative things in mind, that means we are polluting your brain and your 'Thinking System'. So the choice is ours!
4.    Company (family & friends): This is something we can really work on to make our life happy. A mature 'human environment' is an indication of healthy mental growth. We must always try to surround yourself with positive, fun-loving, friendly, optimistic, constructive,  cheerful and bright people so the brain is free from stress consequently brain will automatically start working on positive thoughts.  When with family, we should always endeavour for creating a happy environment by meeting the logical desires of family members, cracking jokes, listening empathically. This helps divert the brain towards positive feelings and hence our upcoming thoughts would be mature, positive and stress-free. Article written by Junaid Tahir. Feel free to feedback at mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com
5.    Circumstances: Good and bad things happen to everyone but we must not throw ourselves totally on our circumstances. It is said that life is 20% what happens to us and 80% how we react to it. So consider every challenge as a new adventure and try to adopt a positive approach for a safe exit. Control your circumstance by surrounding yourself with positive people, behaving good with others, taking corrective and preventive measures for any mishaps. There are situations when we don't have control on the events happened to us. In this case, we don't have much choice but to live with the situation. However we shouldn't let such things steal our peace of mind. So we need to seek help from others and try to find solution. It is advised not to get involved too much for any situation. It is wisely said by someone that if you can't laugh on the same joke again and again so why worrying on the same trouble again and again! Article written by Junaid Tahir. Feel free to feedback at mjunaidtahir at gmail dot com

Conclusion: You are the product of your thoughts. Quality of your thoughts determines the level of peace of mind. Good thoughts result in good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit. So every seed of thought matters. Always remember: Small minds think and discuss about people, average minds think and discuss about events, higher minds think and discuss about ideas and great mind actually execute & innovate in silence.

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Nike is encouraging a more active lifestyle and before you go outdoors, you may want to strap on its latest product called Nike+ FuelBand.

The special band uses a new metric the company calls NikeFuel. It measures your movements and you earn NikeFuel as you become more active.

Nike wants you to get more NikeFuel and to show how serious they are, no less than seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, NBA All-Star Kevin Durant and 2011 IAAF World Champion Carmelita Jeter graced the launch of the product.

If you're the type who want to track your stats, the FuelBand might just be your thing as its 20 LED lights provide various indicators and the band itself may be synced to Nike+ through USB or a free iPhone app.

Itching to earn your NikeFuel? Prepare $149 and head on to the company's online store for a pre-order of the Nike+ FuelBand.

Via: Engadget


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By: Vincent Chang | 19th Jan 2012

A US firm has developed a mobile phone that it says can run on a single domestic AA battery and act as a back-up for at least 15 years. The SpareOne phone is a no-frills dual band GSM phone designed to act as an emergency backup handset.

The company says that "SpareOne is the only cellular phone in the world that runs on a single AA battery", although there was a Motorola handset released back in 1994, the "Personal Phone" that used 4 AA batteries and was also marketed at the emergency user.

"SpareOne's breakthrough technology provides an unprecedented lifeline during dire situations that require an emergency response," said Alan Cymberknoh, SpareOne Project Director at XPAL Power.

It boasts an incredible talk time of up to 10 hours and can keep its charge for up to 15 years if unused.

SpareOne, equipped with an Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA battery and a Micro SIM card, will be available in the USA shortly for $49.99.

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Why I Won't Hire You

If you've ever hired anyone for a job, you understand a whole new perspective on what makes an applicant stand out—and what makes you toss an application to the bin. Fair or not, blogger, consultant, and hirer Charlie Balmer discusses honestly the mistakes that can ruin your chances with a potential employer.

Photo by StockLite (Shutterstock).

I will be very honest with you in this post. Most interview articles only show obvious mistakes, as if most people don't know showing up late is bad form. I will tell you the things I didn't really know about until I was the one interviewing, and interviewing for a variety of positions and person-types. No interview prep article ever prepared me in the right way for how interviewers really think. That is what I will be sharing with you today.

When you first walk in to my office, I am expecting you to be one of the 99%+ people who I know I won't hire in the first 5 minutes. I am hoping I will be proven wrong, because I really want to hire you and be done interviewing. Unfortunately, most people looking for jobs don't deserve them. Here are the most common ways I know you don't deserve any job I have to offer.

You send me a stupidly long resume

If I have to spend more than 30 seconds finding out what you have accomplished, forget it. You have annoyed me. Somehow, since resumes went digital, people feel like they can cram in 10 pages of boring essays talking about this achievement or that role, and expect me to read every juicy word. More likely, I will ignore the whole thing, write down in my notes "poor communicator", and move on. If you have a good set of skills or something catches my eye, you might still get an interview, but I'll still never read the resume. And you had better be a better communicator on the phone or in person.

Think about it this way – the resume items communicate to me your past successes in a (supposedly) succinct manner. If you can't nail it in one sentence, do I really want to look forward to your rambling emails every day? If I can't read your resume, it doesn't bode well for your emails, and I get enough of those in my inbox as it is.

To craft a great resume, tailor it to my job posting. If I have a skill set in there like "Windows Administration", make sure you have at least one bullet point talking about success in a project where you used that skill. Make the bullet no longer than three sentences. One is better. I am likely to read one sentence. I might read three. More than that and I won't even know what you wrote there. You wasted my time and your own.

You can't tell me why you like your current job

I always ask people what they like most about their current job before I get into any details about a role. Why? I want to see if you'll be happy working in this new job. If you can't tell me anything you like, or you tell me something you like but it sounds really generic? Then forget it, I have no idea what you want to do in life and you probably don't either. Come see me when you know what you want to do. I would even be happy with something like "Well, this job doesn't enliven me, but my last job, I loved doing XXX every day, and man, I miss that. It looks like this role will let me get back to that." Let me know you're passionate or don't waste my time.

The worst answers? "Well I like the challenge" or some other BS. Don't BS me. I have a super BS detector, and most other interviewers do too. The worst BS is the kind where more than 50% of candidates say the same thing. If you can't be original about what you like about your unique job how can I expect you to be creative working for me?

If you have a generic answer like you enjoy learning, the challenge, helping customers, that can be alright. Just sound excited when you talk about it. Give me an example of a time when you got really fired up about it. I don't mind if it doesn't relate to the job I am interviewing you for, though that helps. Just expect me to ask why you think this job will give you the same passion – and have a good answer ready. Really, why else are you applying if you don't know this?

No career plans or vision

When I ask you what your next role is going to be after the one you're interviewing for, you had better have a good answer. Everyone should have a story about why you want to come work for me, in this specific role. If you can tell me how this role helps you accomplish your long term goals, I'm much more likely to think you'll be happy here and work hard in the job. If you just want a job, why should I care? Someone else will come to me with their vision. Eventually.

A good answer is a well thought out vision. You should have that anyway. Here is a good example: "I am looking to move away from working in my current small company to a bigger company with more career growth and opportunities. I want to rise to an executive level in the next 10 years, but my current company is too small to allow me to stretch effectively in that way. [This role] builds on my strengths in communication and project management, and will help me grow as a leader and improve my influencing skills. In a few years, I would look to becoming a senior manager…" and on with how this role fits into your life vision.

No Skills

Please, don't bother applying if you don't have the required skills. I will know. If you'll be programming, expect to program in the interview. And program well. If you'll be project managing, you had better be able to tell me about the right way to build a project plan and project vision. I'll probably even describe a project and ask you to build a plan right there, with me. Just because the title has something in it you vaguely think you can do, if you don't meet the requirements, please don't waste my time. I might be ok if you are up front with me and tell me you want a career change and are willing to take a more junior position to learn. I might take a chance on you if everything else is solid. But tell me that in your resume so we don't waste time. Yes, telling me that in your resume improves your chances of getting hired, even if not necessarily for this job or winning an interview. I won't claim this is true for all interviewers, but it is true for me.

It's about setting expectations. If you come in, and my expectation is, for instance, that you know Unix administration, and then you tell me "Well, I read a book and I really want to learn it", no, I won't like that. If instead you put in your resume an objective line "Looking to grow skills in Unix administration from a project background", now we are on the same page. If I don't need an expert right now, maybe I will invest in training you since you have the vision and self-motivation. Oh, and describing what you are doing to prepare is also good, even if you don't have on the job experience. See how the expectation can change my perspective? Give me happy surprises, not unhappy surprises.

Answer my questions with conjecture

I will test you in a lot of ways. I will ask you to describe a lot of situations – where you failed, where you succeeded, what you would change, what you hate and what you love. Don't sit there and tell me what you would do in the future. I didn't ask what you would do, I asked what you did. If I have to wait for you to finish talking, then say "Could you give me a specific example where you did something like that?" Then you have failed to answer my question. If I ask for an example, please give me one. If you don't have one, that's ok, tell me you have never been in that situation, but you have some ideas if I would like to hear them. Yes, I probably would like to hear them, but I might also have another question with different examples I would rather know about.

If you don't think well on your feet, spend some time reading through and practicing situational interview questions. I won't ever use one I see online, but it will help train your mind to answer, and give you fresh memories to draw from. I also don't mind when a candidate pauses to think. I will wait. I know everyone has different styles of thinking and responding.

How to Win the interview

I think it's pretty simple. I look for a few traits in people I am going to hire. If you are missing even one, I'm probably going to pass you up for someone who doesn't. Do your best to show off these traits and you'll win. This is true in every case, from hiring a janitor to an executive.

  • Show me you can get things done. This means you can accomplish challenging tasks quickly, come up to speed when necessary, go the extra mile if you have to, influence peers. You must be self-motivated.
  • Show me you are intelligent. I will ask you questions that are designed to make you think. Show me you can. Don't confuse intelligence with education. I don't care what kind of schooling you had, if you can't think, no job. If you can think, and aren't educated, no problem in my book, though I'll probably look for more experience instead.
  • Show me how I fit into your vision. Truthfully, we'll work best together if you think this job is the best place for you to be right now. I want to help you succeed in your career, let me.
  • Be highly skilled. Unfortunately, I don't hire awesome people who don't have the right skill mix. But I do keep their information around for when I need their skill mix. I also tend to recommend these people to others who are hiring as strong candidates. The skill level required to be hired depends on the job and expectations. Entry level can get away with rough skill sets or classwork. Senior needs to be top of the field, regardless of years in the workforce.
  • Be Passionate. If you are bored working in a similar job somewhere else, you'll be bored with me. Period. I don't want any of that.
  • The End

    Most of the stuff I am talking about here has nothing to do with Golem Technologies, but more about what it is like to hire in the first place. There are so many articles out there with bad advice for both those hiring and those trying to be hired, I wanted to inject some raw honesty into the equation. If you are looking to hire people, then I would recommend you use my 5 points above to screen people. As for me hiring, no, I am not currently hiring, so please don't ask me. When I am hiring though, and if you happen to apply, the above is the criteria I will use to decide.

    This is true across business functions and across companies. The people who have the stuff I listed to win the interview will get jobs they want consistently. If you are lacking something, then figure out a way to get there. Just having a plan puts you ahead of 99% of job candidates. I also like giving people a chance whenever they let me, as long as I have the flexibility to do so. So far, I haven't been disappointed.

    Do you have hiring war stories (interviewer or interviewee)? Share them in the comments!

    Why I Won't Hire You | Golem Technologies

    Charlie Balmer is an entrepreneur, technology blogger, and website consultant. He has worked for multiple fortune 500 companies in IT management, marketing, and application design. His latest company, Golem Technologies, is a cloud based website security scanning application for IT departments and security professionals.

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if you want to improve your memory try writing down all your worries. Researchers have speculated that the cathartic act of writing down your feelings may free up cognitive resources in your brain. The physical act of writing down your worries frees your mind from avoiding thoughts about them. Hence, your mental energies that were devoted to avoidance are now free for other tasks, such as building up your memory skills. Further, writing down things, reduces the stress on the mind.

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a suggestion is not to use the bcc option instead send the blank email to them...


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Dear Lifehacker,
What is the deal with lithium-ion batteries (the kind found in smartphones and laptops)? I've heard lots of different things about how to take care of them, like that they need to be kept charged between 40% and 80%, or that they should be drained completely and charged to 100%. What is the ideal approach to maintaining a good battery-life-to-battery-health ratio?
Befuddled About Batteries
Dear Befuddled,
There is a lot of confusion surrounding this issue, mostly because lithium-ion batteries are different from older, nickel-based batteries (which suffered from a nasty memory effect not present in lithium-ion batteries). You're right, though—charging them incorrectly can decrease their lifespan. Most lithium batteries should last you a few years, but improper care can decrease that lifespan, meaning that your battery will be unable to hold a charge—or unable to hold as big a charge as it used to—quicker. So, to clear things up, here's how to actually extend your battery's health as much as possible.
  • Perform shallow discharges. Instead of discharging to 0% all the time, lithium-ion batteries do best when you discharge them for a little bit, then charge them for a little bit. The table, from Battery University, shows that discharges to 50% are better for your battery's long-term life than, say, small discharges to 90% or large discharges to 0% (since the 50% discharges provide the best number of cycles-to-usage ratio).
  • Don't leave it fully charged. Similarly, lithium-ion batteries don't need to be charged all the way to 100%. In fact, they'd prefer not to be—so the 40%-80% rule you heard is a good guideline. When possible, keep it in that range to prolong its life as long as you can. And, if you do charge it to 100%, don't leave it plugged in. This is something most of us do, but it's another thing that will degrade your battery's health. If you need to charge it overnight, use something like the Belkin Conserve Socket to stop it from charging after it's full.
  • Fully discharge it once a month. This may seem contradictory, but hear us out. While lithium-ion batteries shouldn't be discharged regularly, most modern batteries are what's known as "smart batteries", which means that they can tell you how long you have until your battery dies (e.g. "2 hours, 15 minutes remaining"). This feature can get miscalibrated after a lot of shallow discharges. So, manufacturers recommend fully discharging your battery once a month to make sure this stays accurate.
  • Keep it cool. Most people overlook this one. Excess heat is not only bad for your processor (and your lap), but your battery as well. Once again, see the table from Battery University at the right—which you can click on for a closer view—a hot battery will degrade in health much quicker than a cool one. As such, we highly recommend using a laptop stand, like one of the many DIY options we've featured here at Lifehacker. When it comes to your phone, check out our previous Ask Lifehacker on keeping your phone temperature down.
Keep these things in mind and your battery will last longer. That said, remember that you don't need to be super strict about these things. Don't sacrifice practicality just to keep your battery alive—if you're in a situation where you don't have a charger, it's okay to discharge it to 0%, or charge it up to 100% if you want to do so for a long plane ride. Remember that your battery is going to die in a few years, no matter what you do—even if you just let it sit on a shelf. So don't go overboard: use your battery as you need it. But, if you're just sitting at home or in a coffee shop, these guidelines will help you keep it healthy for as long as possible (and when it's dead, check out what do to when your battery doesn't last as long as it used to).
If you want a more detailed look at how lithium batteries work and how to take care of them, check out the links below from Battery University.


*M Junaid Tahir