The 10 Most Popular Articles on Agile Lifestyle: 2013 Edition

2013 was a great year for Agile Lifestyle, including twelve straight months of record-breaking readership levels.

That was all because of you, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

In one handy spot, here’s the top 10 most popular posts that were published in 2013:

The Top 10 Posts of 2013: Agile Lifestyle Edition

1. Lack of Concentration: Why It’s a Symptom, Not a Cause

This post caught fire on social media and easily topped the list for the most popular Agile Lifestyle post of 2013. I can guess the reasons why, but my suspicion is that in an Age of Distraction, people are looking for answers. This was my attempt to apply “root cause analysis” to dig into why lack of concentration seems to be such a problem right now, as opposed to just tactics to try and overcome it. I’m proud of this article. It’s on pace to become the most read article on this site period, not just in 2013.

2. 11 Subtle Ways You Commit Self-Sabotage Without Knowing It

Here’s another favorite on social media. I think the confrontational tone of this post struck a chord with a lot of readers. The truth is, for most able-bodied people with an Internet connection (that’s most of you), nothing’s standing in the way of living the life you want to lead. Except you. Sometimes a kick in the butt is what Agile lifestylists need, and I’m happy to provide.

3. Why You Should Burn Your Five-Year Plan Right Now

My disdain for the army of MBAs and their 5-year plans is well documented, but 2013 was the year I let loose with both barrels. A quick initial plan and a commitment to learning and iterating beat rigid planning every time.

4. The Top 10 Personal Cash Management Strategies (That Actually Work)

This Top 10 post represents everything I know about personal finance from thousands of hours of research on the subject. Anyone who needs to get a grip on their finances in 2014 should read this.

5. Set a Massive Reading Goal: How I Read 150 Books a Year

This article came out in 2013, but it was about my reading goal for 2012. In case you’re wondering, I also read 150 books in 2013! Nothing supercharges learning like reading a good book. Check this out if you need some inspiration for 2014 resolutions.

6. 6 Proven Methods to Generate Business Startup Ideas

The number one obstacle to starting a side business is coming up with ideas. It always surprises me when I hear this from people. I feel like I’m always coming up with million-dollar ideas that I don’t have time to execute. But for folks who feels stuck, the results of my research point to six recurring strategies that are spelled out in this article. More on the Barnacle Strategy in 2014.

7. The Craigslist Locker Method: Sell Everything You Own and Move

I was visiting a friend over the holidays and noticed the wall of DVDs and Blu-rays in their den. I realized that since virtualizing my DVD collection with Netflix, I never felt the need to own hundreds of movies on disc. The “virtual locker” for physical items is only going to grow in 2014, making the techniques discussed in this post more relevant as time goes on.

8. The Pomodoro Technique: Boost Personal Productivity with Timeboxing

Applying your attention effectively was a big theme of Agile Lifestyle posts in 2013. More than any other time management technique, the Pomodoro Technique has completely changed how I work day-to-day. Can’t recommend it enough.

9. The Rule of 3: Take Control of Your Day, Take Charge of Your Life

Huge tip-of-the-hat to J.D. Meier, godfather of applying Agile to your personal life, for The Rule of 3 concept. January 1st is always an exciting date since I get to pick 3 outcomes to focus on for the year, the quarter, and the month.

10. 4 Simple Tips to Reclaim Your Mental Focus and Concentration

Making a “Stop Doing” list and limiting WIP are great tips, but the biggest takeaway from this article is that time is a finite, nonrenewable resource that should get VIP-level treatment in your life. If time has become a second-class citizen in your life, I hope you reevaluate your priorities in 2014.

That closes the chapter on 2013. I hope wherever you are celebrating tonight (and even if you’re reading this in the future): have fun, stay safe, and here’s to an agile new year!

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