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One Day Or Day One! Kicking Procrastination To The Curb

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One Day Or Day One! Kicking Procrastination To The Curb

Most people will probably say that they would like to get more accomplished every day and stop procrastinating so much. Unfortunately, this can often seem to be easier said than done. For a lot of us, procrastination almost seems to be a part of our daily routine. We tend to put things off what we see as unimportant, or perhaps less important than other tasks.

This inaction can often lead to stress later on when that ‘unimportant task’ comes to the forefront of what you really need to get done.

Procrastination may have worked back in school when you had to finish up a paper in the last minute. But in the adult world, not taking action and getting essential tasks done can really hold you back from reaching your full potential and achieving your goals.

Taking action may not always seem easy, but when you stop procrastinating and start actively working towards your small daily goals, you will be able to eventually accomplish larger and more purposeful goals in your life. Most people who avoid procrastination and take action do so with certain strategies in place. Let’s take a look at a few of these strategies that will help you take more action and kick procrastination to the curb.

Don’t Overthink It

Very often, we put off doing something because the more we think about it, the more overwhelming it can first seem. Even the most basic tasks can start to feel like giants when we give them too much power. Many of us tend to be perfectionists with the things we do, which sometimes causes us to over think and then over-plan.

While a planning your day doesn’t hurt, over-planning can take too much time and allow you to become stressed about what you have to accomplish. Don’t be afraid of failure or rejection by getting something done without a detailed plan in mind. Rejection will sometimes happen and even failure will occur occasionally. These are facts of life that you will face, no matter what. It is better to put yourself out there and work towards your goals rather than always wondering ‘what if’ and turn these small tasks into giant mountains in your mind.

One Day Or Day One! Kicking Procrastination To The Curb

Begin With the Hardest Task

Whether you make out a list to plan your day, or you already know what you have to get done, we often put off the hardest thing as long as possible. Instead, make your toughest task the first thing you accomplish each day?

The more you think about a difficult task, the more it can weigh you down throughout the day. Maybe it is something that scares you or something you are not overly skilled at. Push through it anyway, as early in the day as possible. It will help to clear out a big chunk of your mental ‘to-do’ list, and will likely give you a huge boost of motivation to complete your other tasks throughout the day.

Change Up Your Environment

Take a look at the environment that you surround yourself in each day. Is it a place that makes you feel productive? If your work space is distracting or too comfortable, it can be easy to feel unmotivated. Create a space for yourself that encourages productivity, inspiration and action. Don’t be afraid to change your scenery every once in awhile to keep that inspiration fresh. Getting too comfortable in our surroundings can make it easy to relax in our goals for the day.

One Day Or Day One! Kicking Procrastination To The Curb

Make It Hard On Yourself

One of the reasons many people procrastinate so much is because we make it easy to do so. Much like your work environment can affect your productivity, so too can the distractions you surround yourself with on a daily basis.

We live in a world full of daily distractions, and it is easier now than ever before to get caught up in them. Unfortunately, it is also extremely easy to get caught up in them for long periods of time. Maybe you start out watching a video on YouTube, only to get distracted by watching three or four more. Before you know it, a huge chunk of time can pass you by.

The key is to identify what distracts you throughout the day. Is it talking to co-workers? Playing around on your phone? Having too many tabs open on your web browser that doesn’t deal with work? Distractions are different for everyone. The sooner you can identify your time wasters, the harder you can make it on yourself to get sucked into them. For example, you can block certain websites from your computer if they are taking up your time. Or, you can hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign on your office door for several hours a day to avoid interruptions from fellow employees.

When you make it hard on yourself to be distracted, you are more likely to be able to zone in on what you need to do and stay focused.

Make Your Goals Clear…Today!

It is not uncommon to create goals for ourselves. Almost everyone has accomplishments that they would like to reach, no matter how big or small. Far too often, however, we don’t take the time to re-evaluate and update those goals. This allows us to become stagnant in what we are doing and doesn’t push us to move forward faster.

If you outgrow your goals, that’s perfectly fine! In fact, it is normal and can be really exciting, because it encourages further growth. But, you have to change and amend your goals to reflect that. Otherwise, you will stay in the same place for far too long, and not accomplish anything. While that may not seem like a big deal at first, if you don’t feel as though you have a sense of achievement, it can lead to feelings of inadequacy or depression.

One Day Or Day One! Kicking Procrastination To The Curb

By developing some unique habits and putting some of the strategies in this article into play, you can overcome procrastination. I have found that using the wonderful 5 Minute Journal has helped me to keep on track with my daily tasks. You don’t have to be held back by your own distractions, you just have to make a decision on what you’re going to do, and take action on that decision today. Is it always going to be easy? No. But putting these strategies into place every single day will help to give you the tools and resources to overcome the pitfalls of procrastination, and reach your wonderful goals sooner.

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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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