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Things You Can Do Earlier In The Day More Often Than Later

Waking up earlier will allow you more productivity than you can imagine and give you the time to work on things that need to get done earlier rather than later.

earlier in the dayI’m typing this blog post around 6:30 AM in the morning. I’ve been up since 5:00 AM. It’s a blessing. Getting up this early in the morning has been a ritual that I’ve instilled in myself. But it hasn’t been easy. In fact, this is one of the first times I’ve been able to get up this early in a long time. In part, it’s mainly due to me having to show up at work early to avoid gosh-darn traffic. But waking up at 5:00 AM is a game changer for me. It opened up a whole new world of productivity that I didn’t expect to have. I thought I’d be groggy and sluggish for the morning and I thought I would spend most of it with my head on my keyboard. In reality, I’m getting the bulk of everything I need to get done a few hours in the day and it provides me an adrenaline rush just thinking about it. Waking up earlier will allow you more productivity than you can imagine and give you the time to work on things that need to get done earlier rather than later.

Writing

This is a big one for me. Writing, researching and getting your ideas together takes time. It’s incredibly important to me to hone my writing skills any chance I get but unfortunately, I don’t get that much time often during the day. There are always so many more pressing matters related to work and because I can’t allocate 30 minutes to get my writing done, I find that I often skip out on my writing habit if I don’t wake up early. If you are maintaining a blog and need to write more content, I highly encourage you to wake up 45 minutes earlier than your usual time and spend it brainstorming and writing down whatever is in your head.

Reading

We all know the pleasures of being able to relax with a book and soaking in everything you see on the pages. I find it difficult to read right before bedtime. My mind is always spinning and recounting everything that happened that day. I can’t focus on the book. Upon waking up, my mind is clearer and it allows me to have a clearer vision of the words I see in the book. And depending on what kind of book you read, you might feel more inspired to get things done after reading a few pages. I tend to read productivity and motivational books early in the morning because it gives me the push I need to make things happen.

Meditation

Everyone has a busy lifestyle and as we go about our day, our mind gets cluttered with nonsense. We’re always frantically thinking about this and that. We get worried by the amount of work that is placed on us. We don’t know how to slow down and appreciate everything in our lives. Meditating early in the morning provides the utmost clarity you need to make the most out of your day. It sets up your mind to be in a very clear state and allows you to hone in on everything you need to get done. Take 5-10 minutes in the morning just to sit, appreciate life, and be grateful for all you’ve been given.

Listen to Podcasts/Motivational Videos

Aside from reading, I get my source of inspiration by listening to podcasts and motivational videos on YouTube. I find that it is always nice to hear a different perspective when listening to podcasts and see how successful entrepreneurs go about their day. By focusing on their habits, their methods, and their enthusiasm, it motivates me to emulate them. Motivational videos on YouTube is the encouragement I need. Sometimes reading is great but you might need a stronger stimulus to get you going in the day. Some people are more visual and require more images to make them more productive. During work, it’s hard to set aside time to listen and watch these content so make sure to do it in the morning.

Most Important Task

And finally, the most important task. This is the one thing you want to get done in order to feel like your day is a success. You do not want to let your most important task linger on too long in your day because ultimately, you will find that other priorities will take place. The most important task can take a long time to be completed and need your utmost dedication. But if you push it off, then you will realize that sooner or later, it will be the one thing you procrastinate on the most and it’ll constantly get pushed to the next day and then the next day, so on and so forth. Don’t let this be you. Make it a priority that after clearing your head and getting your morning ritual in place, to focus on this most important task because it will make a difference on how you feel the rest of the morning.

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Being Creative In A Dull World

I use the word dull very loosely. It can be interpreted as not feeling like you are in the mood to create anything.

be creative in a dull world

The world is how you choose to look at it. Some days it’s bright, wonderful, and you are filled with imagination. And then on some days, boy, does it seem like the skies are gray, dreary and life is full of nothingness. Those days suck your imagination dry. But you must endure. You must find ways to become creative when all things seem dull. You must overcome your procrastination and lack of wanting to create. As an artist, you have to choose to be creative no matter the circumstances. Be willing to be creative in a dull world.

Let’s begin by discussing what creativity is all about. It’s about using your imagination and thinking out of the box and finding a different way to represent or solve something. It means you are coming up with ideas that no other person is thinking about and you are choosing to take the initiative in order to bring the idea alive. Creativity makes us feel free. It works our mind. And a better version of ourselves comes out when we decide to embrace our creativity.

So now that we know what creativity is, what does a dull world mean? I use the word dull very loosely. It can be interpreted as not feeling like you are in the mood to create anything. Procrastination overcomes you and the thought of thinking creatively bores you. There’s a lack of inspiration in your life and you choose to let it be. Dull can also be a reflection on the weather. The skies are gray and cloudy and it further makes you not want to do anything. Bright and sunny makes you cheerful. Anything otherwise makes you somber and uninventive.

How do you overcome this dullness? Here are some ways:

Force Yourself To Just Do It

Force yourself to put something down on paper! Even if it’s a line of a sentence, forcing yourself to do something will stimulate your mind. You’ll find that once you start, you’ll have an easier time managing the task. A lot of people have trouble getting to this point so if you manage to get something down, you are more ahead of the game than you think. You overcame the initial hurdle. It’s just a matter of using this momentum to keep going.

Create A Peaceful And Creative Space

If the weather outside doesn’t get you to create then you must take action and create your own space. Corner off a part of your bedroom that can be dedicated to writing. Move around to another area that looks calm and peaceful and plop yourself down with a book and read! There are ways you can choose to not look outside at the gloom. If you cannot control the weather, then, at least, control your environment and where you choose to do your work.

Collaborate!

I find that dull days can be brightened with the help of friends. Pick up your phone, ring a friend up and hang out together. Do you have a shared interest? Then choose to collaborate and work on something together that you both enjoy putting the effort in. Because you feel uninterested in creating by yourself, there is a higher chance you will change your mind if you do work with someone you get along with.

I find it important to always find a way to stay creative no matter what the circumstances are. You must push yourself as much as you can. You need to learn how to motivate yourself to become the best that you can be. When you start doing this, it’ll become a lot easier to be creative 24/7. Keep it up. Conquer the dull world.

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Think About The Worst Case Scenario And Breathe

The worst case scenario is exactly as it sounds. Whenever you are stressed about something, take the time to think about the worst thing that can happen in your head. Let that fear, panic and dread fill your mind.

worst case scenario

I’m a natural worry wart. I am anxious about everything. Whether I am at a job doing my duties or at home taking care of errands, I always feel like something will always go wrong. I panic at the thought that I will miss a small detail and ruin the flow of things at work. I cringe thinking I will not have enough time to do my laundry before having to go to an important party that has been in my books for many months. But in the end, it all works out and my stress and anxiousness during these times made no sense. I’m trying a new method lately and it has been working for me. It’s called the worst case scenario situation and I encourage you to do it with me.

The worst case scenario is exactly as it sounds. Whenever you are stressed about something, take the time to think about the worst thing that can happen in your head. Let that fear, panic and dread fill your mind. Let it be the thing you focus on and cause you to shiver. Thinking about the worst case scenario is not easy nor fun. It might even add more anxiety to your life. But do it anyways.

After you’ve had time to panic, go ahead and meditate in order to clear your head. Then start to analyze how likely it would be for that worst case scenario to actually occur. Be realistic. Are you imagining all the bad things to happen, when it most likely won’t? What evidence is there to show you that it could go down the worst road imaginable? When you start to get grounded in your thoughts, more often than naught, your worst case scenario will never actually occur. It’s all a figment of your imagination and what you create for yourself.

I find that when we think about our worst case scenario, we are able to have more common sense. We amp ourselves up thinking about all these different situations that after a few moments, you know that it won’t turn out to be true. I find that I have become less stressed in my day to day life because I am now always assuming that the worst is never going to occur and that life will move forward. No one will be mad at me for anything I do, and if something does go wrong, I know there will be solutions to help smooth things over.

As you go about your day and you find that your anxiety sets in, be calm and rest assured that it will not be as bad as you think it is. Let your stress roll off your shoulders and walk away confidently knowing that the worst case will not really happen.

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Life Lessons We Should Learn From Kids

When was the last time you had a heart to heart conversation with somebody? As adults, we suppress our feelings and allow them to boil up inside us. Do not suppress your feelings. Who cares what others think?

life lessons we should learn from kids

Being an adult is not as thrilling as we thought it would be when we were kids. Children are more confident and courageous as compared to adults. Sometimes it seems we are growing up only to relearn the lessons we once lived by when we were kids. Here are some life lessons we can learn from children:

To Find the Joy in Little Things

Remember when we were kids and a large shiny balloon was enough to have us grinning for half an hour? Or remember how going to the park on the weekends seemed like the greatest adventure of our lives? As adults, we have lost out ability to find the joy in simple things. The truth is we all want to be happy but perhaps we are looking for happiness in the wrong places. Happiness and positivity radiates from inside you. If you fail to see the beauty in little things, it becomes quite difficult to stay happy.

To Express Our Feelings More Freely

When it comes to expressing our true feelings, many of us choose not to do so. Children, on the other hand, scream and cry their eyes out until they are heard and comforted by their loved ones. When was the last time you had a heart to heart conversation with somebody? As adults, we suppress our feelings and allow them to boil up inside us. Do not suppress your feelings. Who cares what others think? Expressing yourself more freely will allow you to feel better about yourself and that is what matters at the end of the day.

To Forgive

One moment a child is upset and in the next moment, they have already forgotten about it. Children can forgive and forget so easily. As adults, we hold grudges and hold our egos more important than the people we love. Cherishing a relationship is more important than arguing about who is right and who is wrong. Forgive the people who have wronged you as it will allow you to heal and grow.

To Believe In Yourself

Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” —Mary Kay Ash

If you do not believe in yourself, how do you expect others to do so? Everything starts with you. As we grow up, we slowly start to lose belief in ourselves. Start believing in yourself and you will notice how easily things fall into place. You need to stop looking for the approval of others. Your dreams are your own to pursue and you will have to work for it yourself.

To Ask For Help

As we grow older, we find it more difficult to ask for help. Our thirst for knowledge diminishes and we start to become ignorant. Never be afraid to ask for help when you truly need it. As human beings we are by nature, dependent on others and our surroundings, though most of us will never admit that we cannot get by on our own.

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Habits That Are Hindering Your Productivity

It is important to say “no” and put your foot down when necessary.

habits that are hindering your productivity

As human beings, we carry both positive and negative traits. It is important to realize some of our habits could be sabotaging our ability to get things down. Here are some habits that are hindering your productivity without you even realizing it:

You Never Say “No”

While it’s good to be helpful and efficient, you need to know when to say “no”. Always saying ‘yes’ to volunteer work, projects, tasks and people can hinder your productivity as you will eventually realize you have taken on more work than you can actually accomplish within a given time. It is important to say “no” and put your foot down when necessary. The next time you are thinking of devoting your time and energy to different projects, think carefully.

Using Ineffective Tools

While cutting food, you can’t expect to get perfect results with a dull knife. The same principle applies to your productivity. Make sure you are using tools which are effective and get the job done in a short amount of time. Make sure you are up to date with the latest apps and have installed them on your phone or tablet. Review your work systems regularly and never be afraid to ask somebody for help.

You Always Demand Perfection

While it is commendable you are always striving for perfection, it is okay to have less than perfect results now and then. Think for yourself: why should you waste your time and demand perfection from a task that is not worth it? Be choosy when deciding to use your energies. Think hard about where and when you should invest your time and attention.

You Don’t Work Well With Others

It is important you maintain a healthy relationship with your colleagues, co-workers and clients. Are you treating others the way you want to be treated? In order to work well in an organization, you should be able to get along well with your peers and pay attention to teamwork. Pay attention to your people skills. You do not want to be the person that hinders the efforts of a group just because you do not work well with others.

You Do Not Learn From Your Mistakes

Mistakes are actually wonderful gifts in disguise as they provide us knowledge and experience. The worst mistake you can make is ignoring your mistakes. Not learning from your mistakes not only hinders productivity but also wastes your time and energy. The next time a personal project doesn’t go well, ask yourself what you did wrong and how you can prevent the same mistake in the future.

You Waste Time on Social Media

Are you guilty of scrolling through your Twitter feed at work? Well then, do not be surprised when you are not able to get your work done on time. Try switching your phone off when you are doing something important. Do not allow yourself to get distracted by something that isn’t worth your time. You can always get to your social media profiles once you are done with your work for the day.

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Productivity Is Important

We all want to know we have a purpose in life. This means that we have an end goal in mind and that we are waking up every morning working towards that purpose.

productivity is important.

Productivity is such an important part of our day to day life. We want to know that we are on the right track in our lives and not wasting it away. On days where there has not been very much completed, we get down on ourselves for not doing enough. If other people distract from your work, tell them that your time of productivity is important. You want to get all of your tasks completed because it’ll make you feel better. But what other reasons are there on why productivity is so important?

Purpose

We all want to know we have a purpose in life. This means that we have an end goal in mind and that we are waking up every morning working towards that purpose. If you do not work towards it or get very little done in a day, you may feel you are not working hard enough. This can make you feel sad about yourself and create insecurity. You might reanalyze your purpose in life and whether it truly is meant to be. This is why staying productive is so key because if you don’t keep working towards your end desire, then what is the point of waking up and going about your day. Everyone needs to have an ultimate dream and being productive will inch you closer to it.

Work Ethic

Productivity is important because it is a reflection of your work ethic. You want to be seen as someone who is hard-working and someone others can rely on. Nobody wants to work with someone who has a poor ethic. If that is the case then nothing would ever get done. We want to be around others who can help us carry the load of our work and someone we can trust. Being productive helps build your reputation as a hard-worker and can make it easier for everyone in a team setting.

Piece of Mind

Being productive allows you to afford some piece of mind. It reminds you that at you are indeed on the right path if you are getting everything that you wanted to get done, accomplished. It shows you that you are a hard-worker and that nothing can get in your way. You don’t have to rely on other people telling you what needs to be completed because you know that you will get to it. You establish yourself as a reliable individual and one that others can depend on no matter what. Who doesn’t want to feel like  that?

Productivity is important if you want to succeed in life. Do you want to succeed? If so, make productivity a huge part of your day to day life and do not let anything distract you along the way. Each day is short. You need to get as much done as you can to make it worth it.

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Top Ways To Overcome Hurdles In Your Productivity

Sure I have my systems and they often fail and I find myself starting at the bottom again. It’s okay.

ways to overcome hurdles

Being productive is constantly a challenge for me. You may think that I am an ideal role model, but that is far from the case, especially when it comes to productivity. Sure I have my systems and they often fail and I find myself starting at the bottom again. It’s okay. Learning to be productive is part of getting through life. If you struggle with productivity, here are the top ways to get over the hurdles. I find myself using these techniques and they work.

Buy A Timer

I find that I do best when I am racing against a timer. For me, I am innately competitive and I want to prove to others that I can abide by a deadline or a time to get things done. By setting 15 minutes aside to work on a task, I want to make sure that I finish it and make sure my mind does not wander. In fact, I have a 15-minute timer as I am writing this and it’s creating this sense of urgency to get this blog post completed. The timer can become the catalyst to you being productive. Anytime you want to get a task done, just set it and forget it. Focus intensely for that period of time and you’ll see your workflow will start to prosper as a result.

Anti-Procrastination Bowl

This is a new thing that I started doing. It is another task management system that I have in place to help me get stuff done. So far I haven’t used it as often as I would like but it is a fun way for a decision to be made, without exerting addition decision power. The anti-procrastination works by collecting all of your to-do tasks in a bowl. You write down each task on an individual index card, fold it up, and place it in the bowl. After all the tasks you want to get done are in the bowl, you randomly choose one of the cards. Regardless of what it says, make the choice to set aside 30 minutes to only focus on that task and nothing else. You’ll find that once you finish that card, you’ll have the urge to complete the next task at hand. I find this to be a fun way to vary your projects and to ensure that you don’t dwell on what to do next too often.

Get An Accountability Partner

Find someone who is able to motivate you to get stuff done. This accountability partner will check in with you from time to time and make sure that you are on track with everything that you need to get done. At the same time, you need to make sure you are keeping your partner in check as well and that they are being productive, otherwise, this won’t work. It’s important to have someone always in your ear and watching over you because you’ll feel more pressure to not let your partner down. Also, being around people who are focused and driven will encourage you to be the same.

There are many hurdles in the world of productivity and sometimes you just have to force yourself to jump over them. Try these techniques to overcome your procrastination and watch your productivity soar beyond your wildest imaginations. It’s important to always keep searching for a process that works for you and always make sure you are mindful of your habits and productivity. You’ll find that you will overcome anything you set your mind to.

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Balance Your Social Life

There are 24 hours in a day and while 8 of those 24 should be spent sleeping, the other 16 hours is up to you as to how you want to spend your time.

Balance Your Social Life

If you have a great social life, there must be many things about it that you enjoy. You have plenty of activities/hobbies you can pursue and a group of friends you can choose to be with. But have you ever felt like you were doing too much and never leave time for yourself? Your life becomes strained for having “too much fun?” While it is important that you satisfy the social department of your life, you need to make sure to balance your social life effectively.

I do a lot in my life. I work, I exercise, I do game nights and I run a dodgeball league. In addition, I go out dancing with friends, knock a couple of beers down on different nights, and have casual conversations with friends in their homes. It’s an amazing feeling to have things to do, but I also get bogged down by all of my social duties and expectations and you may find yourself in this very similar predicament.

Don’t Feel Obligated

A large reason why we have this pressure to be social and active in our life is the sense of obligation to our peers. We think that by turning down an offer to hang out, we are, in a way, denying the friendship. This is further from the truth. In reality, you are asserting the notion you want to take care of yourself and focus on your own needs. By committing to your friend’s plans, you are at their beckoning and feel obligated to show up. This isn’t what you want. So when someone offers you to hang out and you don’t want to, simply say no. A true friend will understand your situation and won’t judge you for it.

Spend Your Time Wisely

There are 24 hours in a day and while 8 of those 24 should be spent sleeping, the other 16 hours is up to you as to how you want to spend your time. When trying to balance your social life, make sure you set aside an appropriate and equal amount of time with everyone you care about. It’s not a good feeling to invest in one relationship or hobby and then completely minimize your interaction with another close friend or enjoyable hobby. Spend your time wisely to see if you can make room for everything and in doing so, you won’t feel like you’re leaving a friend behind or losing your passion for a hobby.

Take Time To Decompress

Along the same lines as not feeling obligated to say yes, make sure you set time for yourself to decompress in life. You are the most important person on this planet and your attention to your own needs matter. If you are tired from going out and doing so much, then feel free to relax. Sit down, read a book, and do not think about what your friends are doing. We always want to feel like we are involved but always being involved can take its toll on even the strongest individual.

We balance our career, family and day to day life regularly. Our social life should be factored in as well. We need to avoid the feeling of being burnt out from everything. We want to make sure that we keep our life energized for our friends and for our hobbies. If you do too much, you might see your passions wane a little. It’s an indication that burnout is upon you and you must do everything you can to alleviate it. So balance your social life properly and make sure that ultimately, you are taken care of in this world.

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Keep Imagination Alive

Keep imagination alive by setting a day in your week to have all outs fun. Go crazy and eat at a fun restaurant that you’d normally do not go to.

Keep Imagination Alive
Imagination keeps us from going crazy. Without our imagination, we would be uninspired and lost in this wacky world. You need to make sure that you do all that you can to preserve your imagination because it may be the one thing that can keep you going.

My definition of imagination is the ability to think freely without being hindered by reality. You are able to go beyond the ordinary and not give a darn to its feasibility. You are given permission to imagine whatever you like because whatever you conceive, is yours and no one can take that away from you.

As we get older, our minds falter and our busy lives give us no time to sit and use our imagination. We become encumbered by work and our duties that imagination ends up on the back burner. This is normal. But we must make sure we do not lose sight of it. Keep imagination alive by trying the following.

HAVE A DAY OF FUN

Keep imagination alive by setting a day in your week to have all outs fun. Go crazy and eat at a fun restaurant that you’d normally do not go to. Plan a day where you are hanging out with friends and chatting about the “what ifs.” Don’t limit the day or set any expectations. Live carefreely and enjoy life. The more you enjoy it, the more you will allow imagination to roam. I find that the more fun I have, my imagination of what my friends and I can do for the day has no limits.

DAYDREAM

Yes, you are given permission to daydream. Keep imagination alive by thinking about all the fun scenarios you have created in your mind. Don’t judge your thoughts If you want to be a superhero, fine, embrace it. Are you secretly crushing on someone? Don’t feel bad. Imagine yourself in their warm embrace. Laugh about the idea and learn to enjoy that moment. Daydreaming stimulates our minds and can give us clues to what our subconscious wants in life.

READ

Be sure to read, read, read as much as you can. By reading fictional stories of adventures and wonders, you immerse yourself in that landscape. Don’t limit the book options you have. Be open to reading about anything and everything. The more you know, the more you can invent things in your mind which allows for the expansion of your imagination. Keep imagination alive by fueling it with any information you didn’t have before and open up new doors of thoughts!

Imagination is a wonderful thing to embrace. Many people do not care for it and I find they can get grumpier as they become older. They lost their fascination for life. Make sure you don’t lose this. By encouraging yourself to not hold back and by using imagination freely and without judgement, you are freeing yourself of feeling burdened by the realities of life. You will be living in multiple worlds as you imagine and that is totally okay. Embrace it.

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Learn To Schedule Your Day

The way I schedule my day involves looking at my To Do list and making sure I set enough time to get individual tasks done.

Learn To Schedule Your Day

By waking up every morning, you are given the gift to make the most out of your day. Some people spend it foolishly and waste the time they have by being unproductive. They may lounge around the house all day when there are chores to be done. They refuse to write even though their dream is to be a writer. They munch on snacks and watch TV rather than exercising and keeping fit. I fall into this trap many times. I am one of those individuals. But lately, I’ve been able to get more done by practicing a better productivity habit in my day to day life. I learn how important it is to schedule your day out and adhere to it strictly.

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