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Evening Habits That Will Make You More Productive

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Evening Habits That Will Make You More Productive

You no doubt have read numerous articles and tips of how you can be more productive every morning. Did you know that your evening habits are just as important, if not even more so as your morning routine! After all, your evening routine is a great way to set yourself up for the following day.

While I still highly recommend getting up early enough each morning to journal, read and do some exercise. The following evening habits are equally as important if you want to be more productive and get the most out of every day.

Read

While most people switch on their televisions as soon as they get home in the evening, to catch up on the latest talent show or soap opera. I highly recommend that you get into the more positive habit of reading for at least 30 minutes every evening. Do you have some great books that you haven’t read in years? Maybe you could dust them off and start reading them again! Or you could go online and invest in a few new books to start reading. Better still, you could always go to your local book store for some inspiration and pick up some great new books there. Almost every successful person is an avid reader. Reading is a great way to keep your mind healthy and sharp and also lower stress levels. So each evening, instead of reaching for the television remote control, reach for a great book.

Evening Habits That Will Make You More Productive

Reflect

“How was your day?” This is a popular question many of us get asked when we get home after work. But really, how was your day? Did you get all of your tasks done? Did you achieve your goals for the day? Did you come up with any ideas? How could today have gone better? What were your achievements?  Taking just a few minutes each evening to reflect on how your day went is a great learning and motivational tool. I use The Five Minute Journal, this wonderful journal has spaces for both the morning and the evening to keep you on track with your goals and tasks in a simple to use format.

Evening Habits That Will Make You More Productive

Relax

Many of us relax in different ways. For some it can mean walking or exercising in the gym, for others it may be a Yoga class helps them to unwind, for others it might be meditation is their favorite way to relax. Whatever works for you, do it! I like to mix things up, mostly I will exercise with some light weights at home or go for a fast walk in the local park and take in the fresh air. Other times I might use my singing bowl for five minutes or so to help me totally relax and unwind. Including time to relax each evening has so many benefits, from helping you to sleep better at night to helping to reduce stress, anxiety and even depression. 

Unplug

How often do you check your phone each day? According to comScore’s 2017 report, the average American adult (18+) spends 2 hours, 51 minutes on their smartphone every day. That’s about 86 hours a month! Why not get into the productive daily habit of not using your phone for a least an hour before you go to bed. This will help you to fall asleep quicker and free up more time to read, exercise and generally be more productive. It might seem tough to give up your phone before bed at first, but it will pay off in the long run.

Evening Habits That Will Make You More Productive

Prepare

Each evening, take just a few minutes to prepare a healthy lunch rather than going for the Footlong and a coffee option. Perhaps get into the habit of taking a few minutes each evening to get your clothes ready for the following day and perhaps ironing your shirt. This will free up more time in the morning, and also stop the mad morning dash to get ready before running out of the door.

Ditch The Coffee And Evening Snacks

Do you drink coffee in the evening? This habit is effecting how you sleep, feel and in turn how much rest that you are getting each night. If you constantly feel tired in the morning is it because you were up half the night watching Netflix helped with a steady flow of coffee? When you drink coffee in the evening or eat late-night snacks, it keeps you in the lighter stages of sleep and prevents you from falling into a deeper, more restorative sleep. You should get into the habit of not drinking coffee or snacking for least a few hours before your bedtime. 

Benefits of Evening Routine

As you can see, most of these tips are quite easy to include into your evening routine, and the productivity payoffs can be massive. By following these simple tips, you will be reading more books, you could be learning new skills and keeping your brain healthy and more alert. You will also be improving your general fitness, reducing any stress and anxiety. And by using a journal each evening, you will be keeping on target with your goals and tasks that need to be done each day. Finally, by following these simple evening habits you should also start to sleep better at night and generally feel more rested.

 

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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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