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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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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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Why We Love Fitness (And You Should To!)

That said, fitness comes in all forms and being fit simply means to be active in your community.

why we love fitness

The Self Starter Guide thinks fitness is awesome. Being able to exercise is one of the best things that blog contributor, Anh Phan, is so grateful for. The benefits and exhilaration that comes with exercise and staying fit is very rewarding. At the Self Starter Guide, we encourage everyone to take their personal fitness into their own hands and get yourself to love fitness. Here are some reasons as to why we love fitness.

Variety

There is so much variety when it comes to exercises. You have the athletes who love sports and working together on teams. You have yoga enthusiasts who want a more soothing setting to stretch and achieve greater flexibility. And you have the working mom and dad who go to the gym to stay fit whenever they are given a chance to. That said, fitness comes in all forms and being fit simply means to be active in your community. Walk around and do stuff. Don’t just sit and ponder your life away. That’s not what fitness is.

You’ll Look And Feel Good

A lot of people decide to immerse themselves in fitness in order to change their appearance. This should not be your goal! You’re beautiful how you are! BUT exercising and keeping track of your health does provide these added benefits as bonuses. Furthermore, being fit will allow you to feel good about yourself. I know that after a 3-4 mile run, as exhausted as I may be, I become happy with my workout. I feel positive and energetic for the rest of the day. I end up getting things done. I feel better about myself as a result.

Making New Pals

Yes! The fact that you focus on your fitness and well-being means that the people you surround yourself in these setting will also feel the same way. You’ll find like-minded people who want to stay active. You join a community of healthy people the more you put into your fitness. I found that over the years, the friends I have formed have been truly inspirational people able to achieve fitness goals because they are motivated by the people around them. So if you are looking for others to motivate you and make you smile, then continuing to invest in your fitness is key.

Have a workout! Go to the gym! Have fun and talk to others! There is a community out there for people dedication to being healthy. Make that commitment to really focus on how you look and feel. You’ll find that the more open you are to exercising and keep yourself in shape, the more you will attract people with similar interests. Have fun, exercise safely and keep promising yourself that fitness is a priority.

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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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5 Ways To Boost Your Creativity

In this fast changing world, you need to stay ahead of your peers.

5 Ways To Boost Your Creativity

Innovative thinking and broadening your horizons is a must if you want to work your way up to the road of success. Creative thinking is not something that is just restricted to good genes. There are many ways you can boost your creativity. Sometimes, all you need is a fresh perspective and the will to get inspired. In this fast changing world, you need to stay ahead of your peers. Hence, do not be afraid of stepping outside your comfort zone and thinking outside the box. Here are some tips to boost your creativity:

1. Restrict Yourself

It is easy to overwhelm yourself when you have a supernova of ideas inside your head. Sometimes, when you are focusing too much on thinking outside the box, you can get carried away. This hinders your performance and keeps you from having a proper sense of direction. Dr. Seuss would often put word restrictions on himself while writing books. Restricting yourself prevents you from falling back on past success. The next time you are writing a short story, aim for 500 words instead of a 1000. This method will challenge your mind to brainstorm for the best ideas.

2. Partner Up With Somebody

Creative solutions are a result of a string of ideas. Team up with a person that not only inspires you and has great ideas but is easy to work with. Understand that one thought leads to another until you finally find your way to a solution. Talk to somebody and brainstorm ideas with them. On the plus side, you are less likely to get distracted when you are working with somebody as you will be held accountable for your setbacks and shortcomings. However, be sure to pick somebody that is easy and flexible to work with.

3. Daydream but Only After Getting Started

Daydreaming can actually result in improving productivity and stimulating creativity. However it only works when you have already committed effort towards the project. Formulate a plan and get your foundation ready before you start daydreaming. Daydreaming allows you to incubate new ideas but this is only useful when you already have a plan in action.

4. Stay Positive

While negative mood can sometimes spur creativity, recent research has shown adopting a positive attitude invites more ideas. Influence your mood by thinking happy thoughts. Recall good memories that you have with your family and friends. A positive atmosphere will help boost your creative skills.

5. Stop Making Excuses

If you want to achieve something, you need to get off the couch and stop making excuses. The primary thing holding you back from your creativity is procrastination. It does not matter how much potential you have if you are not willing to unleash it. If you want to get somewhere in life or want something dearly, you need to make a serious effort towards reaching your goals. Creativity will come if you give it a chance. You just need to get up and get going, else all you will have is disappointment and regret.

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Motivating Your Friends to Eat Better

Eating healthy requires one to have a lot of self-control and it is only reasonable your friend may at times go astray and find comfort in a tub of sugar loaded ice-cream.

Motivating Your Friends To Eat Better

Going on a diet and changing to a healthier lifestyle is not easy. However, eating healthier becomes a whole lot easier if you have a friend who is in the same boat as you. Eating healthy requires one to have a lot of self-control and it is only reasonable your friend may at times go astray and find comfort in a tub of sugar loaded ice-cream. Here’s how you can motivate your friends to eat better:

Acknowledging Their Efforts

A compliment can go a long way. Compliment and acknowledge your friend’s efforts and let them know how happy you are to see them progressing in their fitness regime. If they have lost weight or have managed to keep off those salty potato chips for a week, let them know how proud you are of them sticking to their goals. A small compliment can make a whole world of a difference as it will keep your friend motivated and will provide encouragement to do even better.

Create an Incentive Program

If you and your friends are on a diet, plan a cheat day to keep yourselves motivated. All work and no play can make Jack a dull boy. You need to reward yourselves after eating bland chicken and boiled vegetables for an entire week. Pick any day according to your convenience and plan a dinner out. Plan your goals together and find a fun way to achieve them. Your fitness regime does not have to be all about eating bland food and spending tedious hours at the gym.

Have Fun

Eating healthy is not a punishment. Have fun! You can convince your friends to join a healthy cooking class with you. Not only will you be able to spend some quality time with your friends but also meet new people who you can now share your ideas and experiences. If you guys are not up for a cooking class, you can go through a bunch of recipes together online in the comfort of your home.

Be a Role Model

Your friends are most likely to eat better if they see you doing the same. Be the role model they need. They are likely to look up to you as you are their friend. Change their perspective about eating healthy and introduce them to new and better fitness techniques. Once they see how well you are doing, they will be compelled to follow in your footsteps and do the same.

Offer Them Comfort and Support

As mentioned earlier, eating healthy is not as easy as it looks and requires one to let go of their cravings and constantly monitor their calorie intake. If your friend is having a rough day, be there for them and offer moral support. Let them know the road to wellness may seem difficult but it definitely is worthwhile. So, share your struggles with them and be there for each other.

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Be Ballsy In Life

Have you ever thought about doing something but decided not to due to fear? For example, you might have an invitation to go skydiving but decided to opt out because of the fear of heights

Be Ballsy In Life

What does it take to be ballsy in life? It means you need to take risks. You have to like adventure. You’re willing to commit to the unknown and although you may be afraid of the outcome, you choose to accept it. Life is too short to not live life to the fullest. Do not be afraid to be ballsy in life.

Have you ever thought about doing something but decided not to due to fear? For example, you might have an invitation to go skydiving but decided to opt out because of the fear of heights. We all have fears that we deal with on a regular basis and on some days we are able to overcome them. We are ballsy. On other days, our fears consume us and we can’t be as ballsy as we like.

It’s totally acceptable to be afraid in frightening situations. It’s our way of protecting ourselves. But sometimes you just have to do it. Don’t think about the consequences. Take the risk and be ready to face the outcome. More often than not, you will be happy with your actions. When you conquer your fear, you will be surprised by the level of bravery you display and as a result, this leads to you gaining more courage the next time you have to face another similar situation.

I always try to encourage people to be ballsy in life because ultimately, what is the worst that could happen! If you have a crush on someone, be willing to approach them for a conversation. The worst they could say is no and at that point, you will get the closure you need and deserve. We wait around anticipating good things to happen to us and it never comes. That makes it difficult for us to live the life we want. We’re waiting on people. Being ballsy in life means you are taking life by the horns and living it on your own terms. If you want something, you go ahead and take it. You don’t have to wait for anyone to dictate what you have to do next.

Make a concentrated effort to be ballsy in life. Do not be concerned with how you are perceived. Do not be afraid of the risks attached. Learn to live life freely and without fear of anything wrong happening to you. Be ballsy in life and see yourself soar above your competitors. People will start to notice your confidence and want to be around you more. Be ballsy in life and see your world change for the better.

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Get A Massage Now

Getting a massage help eases the tension in any part of your body. With the soothing touch from the hands of a masseuse, you’ll feel like you are on top of the world.

Get A Massage Now

Do you get stressed at work? That stress can lead to aches and pains all over the body. That is…until somebody starts rubbing your neck and caressing your back. A sense of comfort and relief overcomes you. This is the power of a massage.

Stress kills. From the worries we have about our careers to problems in the family, stress adds an unnecessary burden on our lives. We should strive to avoid it. But unfortunately, it is everywhere and no matter how much we try to escape it, we can’t.

There are remedies that can alleviate the stresses in your life. A great way to combat stress is to get a massage. Yes, the act of someone putting pressure on your aching body can sound somewhat frightening but the truth is, it is one of the most enjoyable things you can do for your life.

Getting a massage help eases the tension in any part of your body. With the soothing touch from the hands of a masseuse, you’ll feel like you are on top of the world. Any pain that you may be feeling will most likely go away after having an intense massage session.

Some people can’t handle the intensity of a massage. That is totally fine. I was not used to it at the beginning and it hurt when the masseuse seemed to be pressing too hard. Just let them know! If you think they are applying too much pressure, especially on a sensitive area of your body, you have the right to tell them to tone it down. The masseuse is there to help and not to cause you pain. You know your own body than they do.

Most people can’t justify getting a massage because of costs. I consider it a healthy investment in your life to get one from time to time. I am not suggesting you do it on a weekly basis, but maybe once a month can provide much-needed relief in your life. By going to these massage sessions, you’ll find yourself less stressed over time and healthier, avoiding potential health risks in the future.

Massages create an amazing experience for its recipient. You’ll feel great after getting one. The benefits of getting rid of stress are important enough to justify you spending money on it. If you haven’t gotten one, be sure to do so in the future because your world will change for the better. Get a massage now.

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Fast Food Is Not A Quick Fix

Fast food has an awful reputation and rightfully so. By choosing to go to these restaurants, you are deliberately harming your body by ingesting greasy and unhealthy food.

Fast Food Is Not A Quick Fix

Mmmm…McDonalds. Wendys. Burger King. Taco Bell. The list goes on and on. There are many fast food restaurants out that makes our mouths water. Yet, we know better. Honestly. We do. How often have you told yourself that you would give up fast food but never do? Plenty, right? Now is the time to get it into your head that fast food is not a quick fix for when you are hungry.

Fast food has an awful reputation and rightfully so. By choosing to go to these restaurants, you are deliberately harming your body by ingesting greasy and unhealthy food filled with saturated fat and content high in sodium. Why do we make this mistake of consuming them when we know they are bad for us? Because it’s easy.

Getting fast food when you are busy in life is an easy choice to make. You have plentiful of options around your neighborhood. When you do not feel like cooking, the first thing we jump to is fast food. It’s convenient and is there for us for when we need it.

The issue with this though is that we become too reliant on fast food as a result. We live busy lives and finding the time to cook can be difficult. We have been dependent on the availability of fast food and it has been ingrained in our mind that this is okay. But it’s not. It is the reliance on the fact that fast food is readily available is why we may be facing our own downfall.

Fast food is not a quick fix and can have a damaging effect on your health and well-being. The consumption of fast food will make you sluggish, force you to spend money, and hurt your heart. It is a given that the more fast food you eat, the less productive you will become.

If you think that there is no solution as opposed to starving then I suggest you try the following alternatives.

Cook Your Meals The Night Before

Gather the ingredients for the next day’s meal and cook it the night before. Or cook two meals at one go. That way, the following day at work, all you have to do is heat up your food and you are good to go. By doing this, you overcome the procrastination element. Yes, you still have to make an effort to cook, but preparing a few meals ahead of time will save you time.

Buy Food You Enjoy And Vary It Up!

When you are out shopping at the stores, make sure you are buying food that you enjoy. The tastier the food, the more you will be inclined to cook. A lot of people buy the same food but make sure you vary up your ingredients. We want to encourage you to mix up your meals and in doing so you will feel like you have an abundance of things to eat.

Plan One Cheat Meal

Choose a meal during one day of the week and use that as your go-to meal when it comes to fast food. I’ve been in that situation where I’ve been craving KFC or Pizza Hut and I give in to my temptation and eat there. I then regret my decision. If you have one cheat meal during the week, it will be a meal you are anticipating. Once you satisfy yourself, you can go about your week until the next cheat meal. Think of it as a reward for doing so well during the rest of the week.

Fast food is delicious. Fact. Fast food is convenient. Truth. But fast food is not a quick fix. Don’t mistake it for being the best choice you can make when you do not want to cook food at home. You will be hurting yourself more than you know if you go down that route. Make an effort to eat healthier and to cook more at home. Your body will thank you.

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