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20 Productivity Tips That Can Change Your Life Forever!

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20 Productivity Tips That Can Change Your Life Forever!

Who wouldn’t like to be more productive? Who wouldn’t like to get more things done each day that would improve their health, their business and indeed their overall well-being? Being more productive and achieving your goals is not necessarily about working harder, but instead it usually requires that you work smarter.

I have put this list of 20 productivity tips together so that you can start making some small changes to your daily routine that can make a huge difference in both your personal and professional life.

To start seeing the positive effect that these tips can have on your life, try to incorporate perhaps five or six of them into your daily routine at first until they become second nature and a habit. By just incorporating a few of these productivity tips into your daily routine you will start to notice the positive difference, then add a few more and then a few more. After a few months you will be possibly the most productive person that you know. Now wouldn’t that be something!

20 Productivity Tips That Can Change Your Life Forever!

1. Write out a to-list every morning. I use a journal to write out my tasks and goals for the day. Using a journal is also a great way to motivate yourself and have you feeling excited for the wonderful day ahead.

2. Get up early. Take your personal development to the next level by waking up before almost everyone else. Get up early enough each morning to give yourself enough time to exercise, journal and read some motivational material. Set yourself up for the day ahead by starting the wonderful habit of getting up earlier. It might seem difficult at first, but after a few days it will become second nature.

3. Read affirmations. Reading some powerful positive affirmations in the morning is a great way to kick-start your morning routine and get your mind-set in a productive state for the rest of the day.

4. Exercise. Research has shown that exercise can help to boost productivity, improve your mood and can have you feeling great for the day. If you wake up early, you could do some exercise, or you can go for a short walk on your lunch break or after work to get your heart pumping, your muscles working at the same time. Exercise is a great way of releasing serotonin, which will have you feeling calmer, more focused and full of positivity.

5. Eat for Success. You literally are what you eat! Eating a healthy balanced diet will give you the energy to exercise, have you feeling more focused and alert to do a great days work without having a mid-day slump or have you craving another coffee to get through the rest of the day. Take a few minutes each night to prepare your healthy lunch and snacks for the following day.

6. Set exciting goals. Having goals that excite you every day, will have you feeling more motivated and inspired to get things done.

7. Eliminate distractions. Top of the list here is stop checking your phone every few minutes. Switch off email and message notifications, and close those social media sites open on your desktop. Limit yourself to using your phone to certain times during the day.

8. Love what you do. Enjoying what you do is a great way to increase your productivity. I changed jobs not so long ago and I now look forward to going to work every day. I no longer dread the alarm going off in the morning as I did in the past. It is never too late to change!

9. Turn your car into a mobile classroom. Listen to educational audio books while you are traveling to work. Audio learning has the amazing power to add hours of quality time to your day. You can learn new skills, improve your knowledge and get motivated rather than getting stressed out while you are stuck in traffic.

10. Tell other people your goals. This is a great way for others to hold you accountable in a positive way to achieve your goals.

11. ‘Eat the frog’ first thing in the morning. Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worse thing that is going to happen to you all day long. Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.

12. Learn to say “No”. Don’t let your mouth overload your back! You have to learn that sometimes it is impossible to do everything. Get into the habit of saying ‘no.’ Tell people that if your schedule changes you will get it done.

13. Drink more water. Get into the healthy habit of drinking more water throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Keep a bottle of water beside you at work. Drinking water will re-hydrate you after exercise, it will also keep your brain more alert with the added benefit of giving you wonderful glowing skin.

14. Switch off the computer. The Internet has become one of the biggest distractions of modern life. To increase your productivity and to get more things done, try to do as much of your work offline as possible.

15. Just start. Very often, simply starting can be the hardest part. Once you get going, you will feel glad that you did and you will have a great sense of accomplishment. Don’t put off reading the book, exercising or taking action with your goals. Just do it!

16. Everyone has a certain time of the day in which they are more productive than others. It might be early in the morning, or perhaps the afternoon or you might be more productive in the evening. Find out when your best time is for productivity and schedule your daily tasks accordingly.

17. Keep a journal and pen on hand at all times. This way, you can write down your thoughts, ideas, problems, solutions and to-dos at any time. The key is to get everything out of your head and down on paper.

18. Switch off the TV. The average American watches more than 4 hours of television every day. This is the equivalent to over 60 days a year! Turn off your TV and instead read a book, start a conversation, call a friend, or go for walk.

19. Learn to Re-charge. Get into the positive habit of getting a wonderful relaxing massage or a nice soothing bath to relax your muscles and have you feeling great. Don’t think of these as treats, think of them as necessities. You deserve it!

20. Get enough sleep. It is vitally important to get enough of sleep so that the following day you will be alert, focused and as productive as possible.

Bonus Tip.

Review your day. At the end of each day read your journal and review your goals and your tasks for the day. Did you get everything done that you wanted to? Did you exercise, read, and complete your to-do list? If not, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, think of the reasons why you did not and remember, you have another 24 hours to catch up tomorrow.

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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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