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7 Ways You Can Be More Productive

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7 Ways You Can Be More Productive

Most people want to feel more productive every day. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems as though there simply are not enough hours in a day to get everything done. What’s worse, sometimes the mental checklists we create for ourselves can feel overwhelming. This can actually lead to a lack of productivity, which can in turn spiral into a more unproductive lifestyle than you desire.

Becoming more productive doesn’t magically happen overnight. People who tend to get the most done in a day and are more productive usually follow a specific set of rules or patterns until they become daily habits. These habits can be learned by just about anyone. By making them a part of your daily routine, you can be more productive at work, at home, and everywhere in between.

1. Fuel Your Body Properly

One of the best ways to get your body and mind in a optimum productive mood is to choose the right kind of fuel. The old saying of ‘you are what you eat’ is truer than you might think. What you are eating each day can have a huge impact on your energy, focus and response time, as well as your overall motivation.

Be sure to start each day with healthy fuel that will energize your mind and body. Have fun creating your own recipes, but stick to things like whole grains, lean proteins, and fruits and vegetables. A few simple changes in your daily eating habits can make a big difference in how you feel, and how much you are able to get accomplished.

2. Get Started The Night Before

Instead of feeling rushed in the morning, plan out your day the night before. It should only take about ten minutes and can make you feel accomplished before you even get out of bed in the morning. Plus, you won’t be restless all night wondering about everything you have to do the next day, because you will already have a plan of attack! A better night’s sleep means you’ll be able to get to that list even faster.

3. Say Your Affirmations

It may sound a bit cliché, but positive affirmations and personal mantras can really go a long way. If you tell yourself daily that you are the most productive person you know, it can do more for your motivation than you may think.

The best use of a personal creed is using it when you are feeling ‘lazy,’ or like you’re not getting enough things done. A few motivating, positive words can quickly bring you out of that slump and allow you to start checking things off your list. It might take a bit of practice to get used to it at first, but don’t be afraid to say your mantra out loud to yourself several times a day.

4. Get More Exercise

Along with fueling your body properly, taking care of it with exercise can help to jump start your motivation and make you feel more productive. This is especially true if you start the day with a workout.

There are so many benefits to exercising, but when it comes to being more productive it can help in several specific ways. First of all, it gets your blood flowing. This can help you with focus and cognitive response. Exercise also releases endorphins. Not only will you feel more energetic throughout the day, but you are less likely to feel ‘down’ or overwhelmed by any tasks you may have. A good workout can make you feel as though you’re ready to take on the world! Add it to your daily routine, and you are bound to get more done in a day than ever before.

5. Make The Decision

Don’t tell yourself that you’re “trying” to be more productive. Make the decision to be a productive person, and stick with it. You have to really decide that you are going to become that person right now. Not only does that include actually believing you can do it, but it also means you need to let go of the past and any mistakes along the way.

It doesn’t matter if you had a ‘lazy’ day or didn’t get everything accomplished that you wanted to. You can still make the decision to be more productive without holding on to some bumps in the road. The sooner you make this conscious decision and don’t allow yourself to accept defeat, the easier it will be to keep moving forward, even when setbacks might occasionally occur.

6. Beat The Midday Slump

Many people tend to slow down in the afternoons. They get tired, bored, or let their minds start wandering off to other things. To avoid this, there are a few habits you can easily change. First, take your lunch somewhere else. If you work in an office, try eating outside, or in a new/different area. The change of scenery can make a difference in how inspired you feel.

It is also important to take time for yourself. If you’re able to spend a few minutes away from work in the afternoon, it’s a good idea to take a short walk. Or, find something that re-energizes you and can allow you to carry that focus through the rest of the day. Being productive doesn’t have to mean working at a grueling pace with no breaks throughout the day. In fact, if you’re able to take some time for yourself to get away and relax, you will likely get more done than if you tried to work nonstop.

7. Avoid Distractions

If you know that you get easily distracted, try to avoid or restrict the things that take away your focus. Working in an office can sometimes be noisy, especially if people are trying to talk to you about different things all day. If you know you need silence for complete concentration, consider hanging a ‘do not disturb’ sign on your office door for a designated time each day.

If your phone is always in your hand, turn it off and put it away for the majority of the day so you will not be tempted to look at it every few minutes. Everyone has different things that cause them to lose concentration. The sooner you identify yours, the sooner you can reduce their impact on what you can accomplish in a day.

Is It Really Possible to Be More Productive?

Almost anyone can be more productive with their daily work. It doesn’t matter what your work environment may be, as long as you are willing to make a few simple changes. The tips listed here can help you get started on the right path toward a more productive you.

Turning these tips into daily habits will not only help you feel more energized and motivated, but they can help you get more done than ever before. Once you make the decision to be more productive, these simple steps can help you to achieve those goals.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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