How To Become More Efficient

People are constantly distracted by random situations that make them lose focus and stop them from doing whatever it is they were doing.

1. Keep your work space orderly.

Get rid of the clutter, being at your desk, file closet or your emails and desktop. Stop putting yourself in a position where you can’t find something either physical or digital – a document, email, pencil or whatever you need at the moment. Save time by having everything in its place. Sounds banal, but it’s not.

Numerous researchers have proven that physical clutter affects productivity in a negative way – it can affect your mood. A cluttered desk or an office can negatively affect your mood and the ability to work productively, not to mention how hodgepodge creates stress. Do you need it?

2. Have Mindset of an Entrepreneur

An enterprising mindset means that you do what’s important right now.

According to the famous entrepreneur his Do it now’ attitude is one of the main reasons for his success. Once you have set your goals, it is vital that you develop an enterprising attitude.

The simplest way to do that is to focus on the most important activities first. You might be tempted to get the easier tasks out of the way before you focus on the more difficult ones, but putting first things first is an important step on your way to an efficient life.

3. Set deadlines for each of your tasks.

The amount of time spent on a certain task directly depends on how much time one can make available to complete it. Without a deadline, the task can go on forever. Don’t worry about the pressure once you set a due date, it will drive you to finish the task even before your deadline, making you work faster to beat the clock.

You should know that an interesting thing happens when you are timing your task. It will put you in a mental state of flow. And the flow is good. That means that you are immersed in the activity and you can focus on it, unaware of everything else going on.

The flow is triggered once you set a time limit on a task and only then you can use your skills to their highest potential.

4. Quiet your inner perfectionist.

Stop manically reviewing your work, double-checking for errors, and doing extra work “just to be on the safe side”. Perfection is the enemy of productivity and it will drain your energy, leaving you with a strong feeling of frustration and helplessness.

It’s not about “all or nothing” here. It’s rather about “all you can do in a healthy and productive manner”. If you consider a failure every work that it’s not perfect, soon enough you will find yourself polishing and refining your work with no end or beginning. You have a bigger fish to fry. Like moving onto a next task or a project even.

It’s quite enough if you deliver solid work and hit all deadlines. That will do. Everything else is just about you and your ego. Drop that.

5. End the day by doing something productive

Even the most efficient, productive workers hit lulls during the day when they hit a caffeine dip or there is a particularly engaging conversation among coworkers in your collaboration tool. But if you focus on hitting a productivity high note at the end of the day, you can get more work done and end the day with a sense of accomplishment, helping you rest better and start the next morning reinvigorated. It’s a positive cycle.

Beside having a set time for everything, list out your daily/weekly tasks in your schedule based on priority and get started on the most important one. In case of an unforeseen interruption, deal with it and get back on the horse.

Self Talk For Good Self Motivation

I am bad at doing things … I am not looking good …
We all have that negative self conversation that brings us to nowhere.
We spend a lot of time with ourselves and in that time, it really matters what we are feeding our brains because your internal dialogue plays a massive role in your motivation and productivity levels.

1. PRACTICE POSITIVE SELF TALK

To have a positive self talk that gives effects it has to be believable and doable.
Create a positive mental image. The phrases and words you choose should be those that you can immediately call up and create a visual picture of yourself doing exactly what you say. The image along with the words is a powerful combination that creates a positive message tied to a belief.

2. REPLACE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

If there is something you don’t like about yourself and you are well aware of it, try to disguise it for a while. Focus on what you are doing to change what you don’t like about yourself or your life. If the message that you are feeding yourself is false, then stop. Replace the thoughts with correct messages such as “I am fast, looking good, in shape, and I should be proud of how hard I have worked to get to my physical fitness level”.

3. HAVE GOALS BIGGER THAN USUAL

Being unrealistic about your goals is surely bad, but having bigger goals than usual is definitely right. Big goals are stretching our abilities and our performance. Big goals are great motivation, we can agree on this one that big goals are getting us out of the comfort zone.

4. DON’T DIG INTO THE PAST

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone has a past. Everyone has bad things in their past.

Don’t concentrate on these failures, mistakes, or negative things that have happened in your life.

Keep your mind focused on the future and what is possible, especially the positive things that are possible.

For example, imagine that you are in a new relationship after going through a divorce or bad breakup. You harbor ill feelings toward your ex because they cheated on you. You have the right to be angry, but there comes a time to move forward.

Put the past in the past. Don’t bring up your ex every time you watch a movie that involves infidelity. Don’t bring up your ex and their wrongs on a regular basis. Doing so is bringing your ex into your current relationship. Your current spouse or partner didn’t sign up for you and another person in tow.

Leave your baggage at the door. Don’t speak the words about your past when they aren’t necessary. Doing so keeps them going and gives them new life.

15 Motivational Songs That Inspire

1. Don’t Give Up’ – Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

2. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

3. Get up, Stand Up – Bob Marley

4. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

5. Beautiful, Christina Aguilera

6. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

7. Christina Aguilera – Fighter

8. Don’t Worry Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin

9. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

10. Started From The Bottom – Drake

11. Walking On Sunshine

12. Bob Marley – Three Little Birds

13. It’s the Final Countdown – Europe

14. Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

15. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

How To Get Hard Things Done

Hard things are the main reason for procrastination. If there are no hard things to be done, that means you either made it or you are doing something related to your passion.

Here is list of things you can do to make your life easier and get hard things done:

1. Understand your own ‘effective times’.

We all have times when we feel like we are not that smart. What ever you are doing in that time it will be hard.

You need to find out what time works best for you. You might be morning person or you might be a night owl.

What ever it is the case make sure that you are well rested for that period of the day.

2. Break your time down into chunks.

The old saying “Yard by yard, life’s hard. Inch by inch, life’s a cinch” has so much wisdom in it. Breaking hard things into time chunks is smart way to approach your problems.

Promodoro is perfect way to set your tasks with time sequences and breaks between them. Promodoro says you should take breaks every 25 minutes. Make the breaks short and watch how your hard task becomes much less harder.

3. Watch out for online distractions.

Turn your email off. Turn your wi-fi off. Turn off all your social media alerts.  The internet and its constant distractions is a very clear source of time-sucking for most people. Turning your connection to the net off may feel like a small part of you has died, but try instead using the time chunking methods as above, and check your emails and social media only once an hour rather than every few minutes as a new email comes in.

4. Building Discipline

Even when we’re taking the road of ‘least resistance’ there still will be resistance at times. There still will be times when it gets hard and tough and we want to quit.

This is where discipline comes into play, not willpower. Becoming clear on our own plan to get to where we want to go and disciplining ourselves to, effectively, follow through on what we said we would do.

And this comes as a theme throughout our entire lives. We’re not just hanging onto willpower, the particular plan to build a bigger business, improve our physical health or achieve whatever other goal we might have. Rather, we’re stepping into the entire identity of being a ‘disciplined person’.

It’s a subtle, yet powerful difference. Because how we do one thing is how we do everything.

5. Check your surroundings

Are you in capital city near the sound of busy street? Or maybe there is construction work near by. This pool of distraction can be covered by white noise machines.

But, what if you are surrounded by too many extroverts who are either discussing or booling around. In this case you have to change your place and go work somewhere else.

The Power Of Affirmations

Positive thinking. It’s the basis of creating positive habits, relationships and having an overall positive and fulfilling experience of life. Yet many of us seem to make negativity the norm and positivity the exception. Why not start making positivity a routine?

Our thoughts inevitably ripple outwards into our actions, our treatment of others and how we respond to challenges that come our way.

Affirmations are powerful when are used daily and with persistence, but sometimes they may not be enough on their own, and can end up being quite superficial and unsustainable at times. That is, unless they are being done in conjunction with actions to support and actualize them. You need to pick and choose your affirmations, don’t just use them randomly.

If your goal is become public speaker, choose affirmations that helps overcome fear and promote communications skills.

What you can do to emphasize the power of your affirmations is to limit them to three different. Also, you can do them in the morning so that you can think of them the whole day, and right before sleep so you can dream about them.

Another, good practice is to set your affirmations in remainder app and have them shown in the morning and before sleep. This will help you to remind yourself visually and not miss a day without affirmations.

How To Overcome Procrastination

1. Make The First 30 Minutes Of The Day Always For Work

Does this sound familiar: you start the work day/study session by telling yourself you’re “just going to check email/facebook/twitter/reddit for 5 minutes, then I’m going to get to work”. Before you know it, 5 minutes has dragged into 2 hours, and 2 hours has dragged into 4 hours, and you realize you’ve spent half your day sucked into a never-ending loop of checking email, social media, youtube, and your favorite viral news sites?

The first 30 minutes of your day/work day/study session should be spent doing work. If you need to check email or your social news sites, do it once you’ve established a good work groove and you’ll find it much easier to shut it off. Or better yet, block distractions out completely until you’re done.

Having trouble jumping into those first 30 minutes? Tell yourself that you’re just going to get 10 minutes of work done and if its just too painful, you’ll give yourself a break. That first 10 minutes is usually all you need to start getting focused.

2. Become More Realistic

As you establish your schedule, set yourself up for success. Projects often take much longer than expected, so bake in some extra time. And look for ways to make it easier on yourself: If, for example, you are not a morning person, don’t expect yourself to get up an hour early to start the exercise program you have put off for months. It might be better to schedule that activity during lunch or before dinner.

3. Become More Self Aware

Procrastination usually comes in two forms. There’s:

  1. Difficulty in starting a task
  2. Getting distracted while working on a task

They both follow a similar pattern of self rationalization.

  • You tell yourself “I really need to get started on this.”
  • You feel stressed.
  • You feel an urge to do something else, so you tell yourself “I’ll get started soon, but I can afford another 5 minutes doing this one other thing.”

Giving yourself this little reprieve relieves the stress temporarily and reinforces the neural pathways associated with procrastination, making it just a bit easier to fall victim to procrastination again, 5 minutes later.

Try this next time you find yourself facing this never-ending cycle. Next time you’re about to start a task and you feel a voice in your head telling you to “check your email, it might be important!”, or “I wonder if anyone commented on my Facebook status”, resist the urge. Tell yourself you’ll just resist it this one time.

You’ll find that the urge does pass once you acknowledge it for what it is – a sudden impulse driven by your reptilian brain.

4. Block Out Distractions

Distractions come in many forms. Sometimes, it isn’t Facebook or Tetris or cat pictures, but it’s work itself. Certain tasks are less important than others, and if you’re spending more time on those tasks, then you should treat them like a distraction from the work you should be doing.

To avoid distraction, use software like Rescuetime, StayFocusd or Freedom to block distracting websites, or block the internet out altogether. Not having to deal with the temptation of constant distractions will not only make it less likely that you’ll succumb to momentary temptation, but it will actually give you more energy to focus on your work and avoid procrastinating when you’re tired.

5. Embrace Imperfection

One of the reasons we procrastinate is to avoid having to make tough decisions and deal with a difficult task. If you’re trying to write the perfect paper, coming up with the perfect thesis can be so intimidating that you don’t even want to get started.

Instead of always aiming for perfection, start intimidating projects by just getting started. Can’t come up with a perfect first line for your essay? Just start writing anything that comes to mind on the topic. Can’t think of a topic? Just start writing down anything vaguely related to the subject matter.

The same can be applied to studying. Is the thought of reading that thick textbook too intimidating? Just start by reading the table of contents, or the first page. Too tired to take notes or really process the concepts? Just skim through what you need to get through and come back tomorrow to re-examine the material when you’re refreshed. Getting something done is better than doing nothing, and once you get started, you’ll often find you have more energy than you thought you did.

6. Make Yourself A Date

Human beings can be strange – if we’re meeting a friend, we’ll set a fixed time to do so, and we show up. Most of us would never make an appointment with a friend and simply avoid showing up for no reason. Yet when it comes to important tasks like going to the gym, or getting another chapter written for your novel, we’ll just set vague goals and feel perfectly comfortable pushing back our self-imposed deadlines.

Start scheduling your important tasks and showing up every time, no matter what. You wouldn’t bail on a meeting with a friend just because you feel a little tired, would you? So why do you do it with the gym? If you want to go to the gym 3 times a week, instead of just telling yourself you’ll go 3 times this wekk, pick 3 days and 3 times that you’re going to show up, and don’t miss those appointments no matter what.

7. Chunk Your Tasks

When a task seems overbearing, procrastination often follows. So how can you break that task into smaller, more manageable parts? For example, if you want to write a book, you may choose to make an outline, identify each chapter, figure out the sections in the chapters, and then commit to writing one segment at a time. Chunking it down like this will help you feel less overwhelmed and more empowered.

Ways To “Positive Vibes Only”


BE GOOD TO YOURSELF

If you are people pleaser, this is especially important for you. Try to build relationship with yourself and finally please your inner self.

Being good to yourself is so much beneficial than being good to anybody else. Not saying to quit being good to other people, but to put yourself first.

TURN “STOMACH BREATHING” INTO A HABIT

Yogis and monks have discovered a long time ago that our thoughts are directly connected to the way we breathe.

When we start breathing slowly and deep in our belly and by exploiting 100% of our lungs capacity, our thoughts seem to slow down and we become more relaxed. Therefore, this is used in almost every meditative technique. Life simply slows down, all stress leaves both the mind and body, and the individual who breathes this way gains clarity and mindfulness.

This practice will not only calm you down, it will affect your health and your overall blood circulation, too. It will boost the activity of your brain and it will never fail to improve your mood.

Breathing is automatic but it is the essence of life, so start doing it properly.

Simply start exercising this until it becomes a constant habit. Breathe deep in your belly and fill it like a balloon. Instead of inhaling shallow breaths in the chest only, expand your belly as much as you can.

The longer you practice this technique, the deeper and more effective your breaths will become. Your consciousness will clear and clarity and inner peace will take place.

FIND WHAT’S POSITIVE IN OTHERS.

Bird of feather flock together. Find people that poses positive energy and hung-out with them. Start to notice what is that makes them so pleasant to be around. You can even start to imitate them to sort of pick up that good energy.

Sometimes you can’t switch your friends for some other more “positive” friends. But, you can still learn and find something positive in your current friends. If you are looking, you will find it.

When relatives are in question, we have even less choice. Toxic relatives can drain energy, so instead focusing on the dark side, filter it and look for positives.

MAKE GOING IN THE WOODS A HABIT

Have you ever wandered why its called “forest”? Because it’s made for you to rest. If you have one nearby, visit it daily if you can. It will help you release all your negative emotions and connect with the calmness of the nature.

PRACTICE GRATITUDE

When you are grateful for something in your life, when you see it, it should remind you of that good feeling when you are thankful. The more things you are grateful for, the better. These things should make you feel good and positive about yourself and life in general.

Gratefulness is the secret to a peaceful, happy and positive lifestyle.

GIVE AND TAKE COMPLIMENTS

Compliments are like loans. You can’t truly get them without giving in return.

If criticizing makes people feel bad, then the opposite which is giving compliments has to make them feel good. Not only will it make the person you compliment feel amazing, it will come back to you as well.

How To Stay Motivated Most Of The Time

Nobody can stay motivated all the time. Even the most motivated people have ups and downs.

Remind yourself of your goals

When it comes to motivation, attitude is everything. And sometimes it gets boring down the road, because you do the same thing over and over again, that’s why i suggest you to remind yourself of your goal. Don’t lose sight of your goals, because then you might become less motivated. Write down your goal and put it up in your bedroom, inside your locker, on a school folder or as a screen saver on your phone or make a poster of it. Look at this EVERYDAY.

Find the good reasons and the positive effects

Everything you do, has a good reason, and that’s why you do it. For example let’s say you want to lose weight, but you can’t stay motivated it. Just visualize the end result, just imagine yourself being in the body shape you would like to be. Feels good? Go hit the gym now!

Now on the other hand If you’re ever stuck with some task you hate and there seems to be no motivation to complete it whatsoever, here’s what you need to do: find your good reasons. There are always good reasons in what you do, for example you hate studying, but you have to know that knowledge is power, and that’s a good reason to study more or you hate running but running is healthy and it’s one of the best way to lose weight. So no matter what you do always find the good reasons.

Watch, read and listen motivational stories or speeches

Watch inspiring videos, quotes or read inspiring articles, books and stories, and watch motivational videos. Try finding success stories that are connected to your niche.

Always have long-term and short-term goals. 

Short term goals will keep you busy and long term goals will keep you determined. To keep the course in the right direction you can practice very famous method. Every morning on empty sheet in small circle write the short term goal that you need to work that day and in big circle around the small one write down your long term goal. This will keep you focused on your goals and will help you to stay on the same lane until is done.

Surround yourself with like-minded people.

The company you surround yourself with has a direct influence on how you behave, both in your personal life and in the workplace. We are all human and we learn most effectively from other people.

Give yourself a break from times to times

Sometimes, you need a break. You may be crumbling out, and a break might be just what you need. Just spend few hours doing an activity that has nothing in common with your goal, this way you may clear your mind, and suddenly you will feel your motivation rising again.