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7 Simple Habits To Stay Positive

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Life throws challenges at us daily, and in the increasingly hectic pace of life, you need to work on positivity. This doesn’t mean you have to spend all day reading a self-help book.

Instead, you can use tiny habits daily to build up your positive mindset.

Being positive may sound a little esoteric and you may think, “How can this make my life better/make me more successful…?” but the way you think has an enormous impact on how you view and live life and this in turn will definitely have an impact on how successful you are.

By focusing on the positive aspects of life, you will become more happy, more content and probably more willing to take risks than you would be otherwise.

And you will also tend to attract similar people to you which helps to reinforce your positive attitude; people who will support you and pick you up when you fall down. Whereas negative people delight in pointing out your faults to make themselves feel better.

So, are you now beginning to appreciate the power of having a positive mindset?

If the answer is yes, here are seven simple habits you can start with today to boost your positivity.

Manage Your Words Wisely

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Words and how you use them are essential to your mental well-being and the ability to stay positive.

Frequently throughout the day, you need to monitor if a negative thought comes into your head or you actually state something negative about yourself.

Work on finding the times you are triggered to think this way and then change the words you are using.

For example, if you are saying to yourself, “I’ve studied for two hours and still don’t get it, maybe I am not smart enough,” you need to rephrase that. Try saying, “I will change the way I study and come at this when I am fresh. It may take a bit longer, but I can do this.”

When you find yourself being very negative all day, it is helpful to write down what you said and go back to see why you would say that. Then look for ways to change that phrasing to a positive and keep working on it.

Manage People Wisely

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People will make mistakes, and sometimes it is too easy to be critical of them.

When you need to speak to someone about an issue, take a pause first; your first reaction is rarely the best, so think before you speak!

Think about how you can approach this and give them a solution at the same time. We all need teamwork, whether it is family or work situations.

Great coaches come with solutions rather than constant complaining.

Manage Rejection Wisely

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Rejection is part of life. Everyone gets rejected multiple times during their life. Adopt the belief that rejection is a chance to learn and grow.

An author who has never been rejected is scarce. In fact, even the most prolific authors were rejected multiple times in their careers.

When you are hit with rejection, take the time to ask yourself what you can learn from the experience. Is there something you need to change to make you a better person? Always look for the gold in a rejection moment.

Fear of failure is normally a fear of rejection and can be a real hurdle to overcome, so by thinking of them as opportunities to grow rather than insurmountable obstacles will help you a lot.

Be Grateful

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The poison arrows of rejection, stress, and depression will always try to pierce your heart. You must deflect these negative issues as much as possible.

One of the surest ways to work on this is by using a gratitude journal. If you are a spiritual person or a person of faith, you can start your day with a prayer of thanks to God for all that you have. What about your health, your family, partner etc.?

When you pause and consider all the great things in your life (and everybody has a lot to be thankful for), the negative loses much of its power over you. Write down everything you are grateful for, no matter how small it is.

Try asking yourself a few powerful questions in the morning to put you in a positive state.

For example: “What am I most happy about in my life right now? What about that makes me happy? How does that make me feel?”

Or “What am I really excited about in my life right now? What about that/why does that make me feel excited? How does that make me feel?”

Thinks how great answering these questions can make you feel in the morning!

Even the act of waking up in the morning is something you should be thankful for as you have been granted another day to be the best you can be.

Be Joyful

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Bringing joy to others will rebound back to you. Just the simple act of smiling and seeing someone’s face light up from this simple gesture will fill you with positive feelings.

So many of us are too busy to deal with other people so when you make the effort the rewards can be so uplifting.

Try it today. When you walk past a stranger in the street, smile and say hello and see what reaction you get; it might just make your day. Simple but effective.

Stop Comparing

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Too many people watch television and wish they had the life of the rich and famous.

They have no concept of what is happening in the lives of those they admire so much. When you stop comparing yourself to others and revel in the bright star that you are, it increases your positivity.

Fame and fortune do not always account to happiness. Look at famous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe or John Belushi who were huge stars in their day but they both decided to take their own lives when they appeared to have everything; don’t be fooled by outward appearances!

Declutter

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Starting today, if you do not make your bed right after you wake up, begin this habit. It will give you a boost of satisfaction, and then you will be more apt to engage in cleaning up after yourself throughout the day.

Decluttering your space at home and work on a daily basis makes you feel great.

When you let things slide, you become anxious or stressed at the mess that has accumulated.

Stay positive by staying on your daily chores and considering decluttering your digital space daily for even more positivity boosts.

OK, so there are seven quick habits that you can use to boost your positivity today.

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Choose What You Focus On Wisely

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Life can be very stressful for any number of reasons. Some of them are self-inflicted, while others are out of your control.

Regardless of why life is stressful for you, you need to be able to block it out when it’s time to get to work, otherwise you’re going to be pulled away from the projects you need to do in order to make money.

One type of burden that has appeared much more often recently is now known as “doom-scrolling,” which refers to the act of continuously scrolling through bad news even though it has a negative impact on you mentally.

You might go to just check the top headlines on any news site, and just continuously scroll through looking at all the bad news you can, which ends up making you more stressed and upset.

This is one of the more self-inflicted burdens. Much like being addicted to social media, people have found themselves addicted to reading the most upsetting headlines constantly, which just ends up being bad for them.

If this type of behavior is inhibiting you from working well, you need to tune out from the news for a little while and focus on work, especially during hours that you should be working.

There are tons of burdens which are either out of your control or only partially in your control, such as marriage problems and concerns with friends, which can also negatively affect you in work.

You have to understand that there is a time to work on these problems, which is outside of work. If your job stresses productivity as most jobs do, you’re not going to fare very well if you’re constantly distracted by problems outside of work.

Wait until you’re on your own time to deal with these types of issues. There are a few different reasons as to why these types of issues should be dealt with on your own time.

For one, they can make you stressed out and have you on edge, which can negatively affect your work performance in many ways.

You can end up being more intimidating to clients and co-workers if the perceive you to be stressed out, and you can also end up working much slower if you’re distracted, leading you to have much worse performance.

If you’re getting poor performance reviews and losing clients due to being stressed out, you’re going to be adding on more stress to what you already have, due to the financial problems that come along with lower bonuses and less clients at work. It is difficult, but you have to leave the problems you have at home behind when you go to work.

Remember that you choose what you focus on so choose wisely. These decisions can have a significant impact on the direction of your life so learn to make wise decisions.

One way to do this is to study decision making and there is a great book that can help you do just that. It is called Mental Models and I have done a quick review of the book below.

Mental Models Book Review

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If you’re like most people, you can often make decisions based on the wrong input. The information that you get can fools you into thinking that you must handle something when it doesn’t need to be handled at the moment.

In the book, Mental Models, the author shares valuable lessons ranging from how to make better decisions to how to approach those decisions. Readers will also learn how to handle problem solving when the need arises.

The book opens with a chapter on decision making. The first part teaches readers the importance of focusing on the things that are important, rather than things that are urgent.

When something is important, this is what your true priority is. The author explains that important things are what will help you to achieve your goals. These are necessities and require action, but they won’t come across as urgent things to deal with.

You’ll discover that urgent matters can sometimes masquerade as important but aren’t. These are things that you think you must take care of right away but it’s not true. Usually, these urgent matters come up as a result of other people acting like the matter is urgent.

Or you can prioritize a matter as urgent when you want to put off doing something else – something you should be doing. The author shares the “Eisenhower Matrix” with readers.

This is a system that divides tasks into important and unimportant. Then it takes those tasks and further divides them according to what’s urgent and what’s not. The system teaches you what you need to do right now, what tasks you should plan to do, what someone else can handle and what you can ignore completely.

Another chapter shares with readers the importance of being able to correctly see. This part talks about using the brain’s second system. This system is where slow and deliberate choices are made, unlike in system one of the brain, which often makes decisions without thinking things through.

You’ll learn how to know if your perspective is correct when you’re solving problems. This same area of the book also shares how you can understand your own issues or faults and how you can learn to check those.

An interesting chapter in the book focuses on avoiding things and how doing this can actually help you to succeed. The information shared in this chapter goes against the most common advice you might have heard.

For example, one directive is on avoiding to-do lists. Another part tells readers to avoid dealing with direct goals. While this advice is contrary to some popular advice, the information in the book is solid and can help you learn to improve your decision making.

If you want to become a powerful decision maker, his book is a great place to start. Check out Mental Models here.

As you can appreciate, all of this decision making and maintaining focus can take a lot of self-discipline and a positive attitude. If you don’t have this, you will probably struggle to maintain any focus and creativity, so it is well worth your while to adopt the correct mindset; I know this may sound a little cliched, but it does really work.

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Ten Tips To Achieve A Success Mindset

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It’s safe to say that we all want more success in our lives, and that success may take many different forms.

You may be looking for financial success in your career or business, or you could be looking for personal success in relationships etc.

Whatever you are striving for, hopefully this post will help on the way to achieving it.

Want to give your mind a kick up the backside and put it into 5th gear? Well, these ten tips will help you shift your paradigm into a success mindset.

Here goes…

1 View Failure As A Learning Opportunity

Don’t view failure as a crushing defeat but rather as a chance to learn and to come back stronger!

So many people fall foul of this and give up before they have even really started. Don’t let that be you!

Fail forward and fail fast; don’t dwell on your past mistakes as these don’t define your future.

2 View Obstacles As Challenges

Likewise, try to view problems as challenges to be overcome. This will just make your victory all the sweeter.

This is closely linked to point one and if you can reframe failures and obstacles as challenges that will help you to grow, this will help you to keep going.

Remember that nobody grows in their comfort zone; you must be pushed to grow and this is the type of opportunity that obstacles will give you.

3 Don’t Choose Between Two Things

When trying to choose between two things that you really want, the best answer is always to find a way that you can make them both happen.

Focus and clarity are important so you need to decide which is the priority and put all your energy into that one first.

Don’t try to multitask and tackle multiple goals as this is a recipe for failure; multitasking is a myth and NOT for the success minded person.

4 Don’t Let Others Define Your Success

Too many of us have one set view of what success looks like and we struggle to see it in any other way.

Success is doing whatever it is that makes you happy. Don’t worry if that just so happens to make other people raise their eyebrows!

Like I said in the beginning, what you want for success can vary wildly and will probably change during various stages of your life so don’t be constrained by other people’s idea of success.

Determine what you want to achieve ad really go for it.

5 Invest In Yourself

Investing in yourself is the most important way to start achieving more.

This is the best way to spend money and the best way to spend time. Develop your skills, buy a suit and fix that hair!

If you are buying training to learn a new skill and you put your new skills into action, then what initially looked like an expense has turned into an investment and should more than pay for itself in the long run.

6 Act Like You’ve Already Won

Acting like you’ve already won is the best way to empower yourself to be stronger and more successful.

When you do this, you give off an aura of success that makes others gravitate to you!

Visualisation can be a very powerful tool and can really help to keep you motivated, especially when you do hit the inevitable obstacles.

Always have your eye on the end goal but don’t forget to enjoy the journey too!

7 Know Yourself

This can be tough, but you really need to do this.

Know yourself and be honest about what you want, who you are and what your strengths and weaknesses are.

By doing this, you can focus your efforts on what you do best. If you need help in another area to reach your goals, consider outsourcing to experts in that area so it won’t hold you back.

8 Avoid Toxic People

Avoid the people in your life who are constantly telling you what you can’t do, who are making you feel bad about your dreams.

This is absolutely vital to your success. Don’t stay around people who constantly drag you down or are negative or call you a daydreamer.

This can be especially difficult if the people concerned are close family or friends.

As you start to achieve success people will become jealous of you and try to pull you back down to their level because you are exposing their flaws, and this makes them uncomfortable.

Find people who encourage you and celebrate your success with you.

9 Surround Yourself With Positive People

Likewise, surround yourself with positive people and surround yourself with people who share your vision and can help it grow!

True friends should always want what is best for you and will be happy when you achieve something.

You can also find online forums of likeminded people who are all there for the same reason and will all help to support and encourage each other; don’t underestimate the online community.

10 Do What You Are Most Passionate About

The simplest way to be successful in life, is to put more effort it. That means being willing to get up earlier, to work harder and to work smarter toward that goal.

But this shouldn’t feel like work. Why? Because it should be something that you absolutely love.

Spending your life working hard on something you don’t care about is a waste and when you find your passion, you’ll find it unlocks boundless energy and enthusiasm.

So, there are ten tips to help you to increase your success mindset.

Another tool you can use to increase your chances of success is to adopt habits of other successful people…

The Positive Habits Of Successful People

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What do positive people have in common? Lots of things. And in fact, if you look at the most successful people across every different discipline, you’ll often find that they have more in common than they have differences.

Top athletes have a lot more in common with top CEOs than you might expect and the same can be said for artists too.

And when we recognize these habits, we can often break them down and work backward to discover some of the most important traits and habits we need to adopt in order to join them. Here are some of those positive habits…

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On his podcast, author Tim Ferriss interviews some of the most successful people in the world ranging from actors, to singers, to athletes to programmers.

One of the things that almost all of them surprisingly have in common is that they start their day with meditation. And of course a lot of them exercise too.

What does this tell us? It tells us that the successful mindset involves being willing to work on yourself and get better. When you do that, you have no limitations and you can keep on getting stronger and better!

Following A Passion

Another thing that you’ll find without exception when speaking with successful people is that they have one singular passion that they follow in every single aspect of their lives.

You’ll be able to tell because they will start talking about it right away and their eyes will light up!

It makes sense too – because when we have a real passion, it gives us the drive, focus and determination to work harder and smarter than everyone else.

Breaking The Mold

Something else that all of the most successful people in the world share is the willingness to break the mold – to walk the path less trodden.

This is how they discover opportunities that others miss but it’s also fundamentally what made them able to question their life’s path in the first place.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was certainly unique for deciding he wanted to become a bodybuilder (he came from a small village in Austria). He certainly raised eyebrows when he moved to America. But he had the courage to know what he wanted and to go after it – even if it was a bit unusual.

Don’t be afraid to be you and to go the way you want to go. Rules are there to be broken – that’s why they’re called breakthroughs!

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Master Time Management Techniques To Help Maintain Focus

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Time and stress are always closely tied together. Most of your stress will likely come from you being worried about not finishing your work on time, and that same stress will likely delay you even further, which ends up becoming a vicious cycle that leaves you stressed out and without much work done.

It can be frustrating for you, your co-workers, and your clients. To avoid all of this, you need to master some proper time management skills in order to give yourself enough time to get your projects done easily, and to avoid a scenario in which you’re overly stressed out.

When you’re stressed out because you don’t feel like you have enough time to complete a project, the logical thing to do would be to get to work. However, that rarely ends up being the case.

Chances are, if you’re stressed out about work, you’ll find ways to distract yourself so that you feel better in the mere short term, while in the long term you’re going to be making things much worse for yourself.

There are all kinds of excuses that you’ll see yourself come up with. You might claim that you’re distracting yourself to be more creative for a bit or to get yourself feeling better so that you can then work more efficiently.

Even if that’s true, chances are high that you’re going to be spending more time than you’re saving, leading to you having even less time to actually complete your project. With time management skills, you can avoid this situation altogether, because it’s difficult to get out of once you’re in it.

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First, you can carefully plan out your project’s schedule and how long it’s going to take you to do it. Don’t cut corners at this stage – you need to be completely honest. If you claim that a part of your work will only take 30 minutes, because that’s the fastest you can do it, don’t count on that.

If there’s a chance it’ll take you two hours, budget for that to take you two hours. If you end up taking less time, that’s great. However, if you do take up that much time, you’ll have already accounted for it, so you won’t be playing catch-up.

You need to also cut out any time distractions to see how much of your time is being spent on things that aren’t work. You’d be surprised how quickly time can fly when you’re watching shows online or scrolling through social media. That time could be better spent getting ahead in your work or catching up if that’s what you need to do.

And it’s not just time distractions that you need to be aware of! There are so many things that will try to divide your attention and stop you from staying focused and being creative.

It takes a lot of discipline to try to ignore these distractions, but you do need to try to set boundaries. The question is “How?”

Set Strong Boundaries For Dealing With Interruptions

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No matter how hard you may try to avoid it, you’re going to be put in situations where you’re working and getting constantly interrupted. It can happen in many places, whether it be at work with other co-workers, somewhere with friends, or at home with your family.

It can be frustrating, or it can take you off track, so you need to learn how to deal with these interruptions properly so that you keep up with your work while also being civil with others.

For example, let’s say that you’re working at home writing up some documents on your laptop. Your kids might come in and start talking to you or make loud noises in the background again and again.

What you shouldn’t do is get mad at them, but rather you should tell them to be quiet during certain times of the day or interact with them every so often so that they’re less prone to interrupting you later on.

The situation with your family can depend on age as well. Toddlers won’t understand very easily that you need to focus on work, so try and patiently work with them to not come in so often, or try and play with them a bit more when you can so that they feel like they’re seeing you enough.

With older kids they can be a bit more understanding, so you should be able to explain it to them, and with teens they probably want to be in their own rooms anyway. When it comes to coworkers, you don’t want to seem like a complete stick in the mud, but you also have to be able to focus on the work you’re there to do.

Ask them nicely to talk later when you’re not working, and if that doesn’t work, get a little sterner. They of all people should hopefully understand that you need work, and if they’re still preventing you from doing your work, you might have to take the problem to someone above you instead of dealing with it personally.

Finally, you have friends that can be distracting. They might badger you into going out and hanging out with them, or prod you about working too much, but you should be able to tell them that you have to work, and you’ll just have to organize some time to hang out later.

It’s a difficult balancing act, but you should be able to still enjoy the time you have with your friends and family without sacrificing your work.

As you can appreciate, all of this can take a lot of self-discipline and a positive attitude. If you don’t have this, you will probably struggle to manage your time and distractions, so it is well worth your while to adopt the correct mindset; I know this may sound a little cliched but it does really work.

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How To Energize Your Life

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Do you struggle to make it through the day? Do you constantly feel tired and worn out? If you do, you will know that it can be incredibly frustrating to have no energy.

The simple fact is that you must have energy to enjoy and profit from anything you do in life.

Some people seem to have an abundance of energy to do anything, while others struggle with every little task they face. There are ways to increase your personal energy and become a vibrant and successful person.

It’s been said that we’re living right now in the worst energy crisis of all time – the crisis of personal energy. We’re more stressed and pulled in more directions than we’ve ever been and the fast pace we’re expected to meet is depleting our energy levels at an alarming rate.

Managing your personal energy has never been more critical. Doctors say that the number one complaint of their patients is, “I have no energy.”

There can be a number of reasons that a persona may be suffering from lack of energy, but most of the time it has nothing whatsoever to do with a medical condition, but you should at least get checked out first to rule this out.

Chronic fatigue is often linked to circumstances such as a difficult or abusive relationship, lack of passion or being a caregiver to a parent or child.

Rather than deal with lack of energy by prescribing drugs, doctors are now more likely to suggest some tools that will help to restore energy levels and help the person enjoy their lives more and this is a good move; drugs are not the answer as they tend to just treat the symptoms and not the real underlying cause.

Here are some tools designed specially to increase your personal energy levels:

  • Do what you’re passionate about. Passion is one of the greatest energy restorers available. You may not be passionate about everything you do, but find something that makes you happy.
  • Take care of yourself. Give yourself breaks when needed. Most people today think they have to keep going long after their energy levels are depleted. Taking care of yourself will help to keep your energy levels high.
  • Know your emotions. Your thoughts drive your emotions and some emotions can wear us out. When you think positive thoughts, you’re naturally going to have positive emotions and that is a natural energy booster.
  • Let your values determine your lifestyle. If you don’t live according to your values and react and perform out of guilt and shame, your energy will wane rapidly.
  • Take responsibility for your life. You, and only you, can make the choices that determine whether you will be successful or always floundering just on the precipice of success. Make wise choices when it comes to your wellbeing.

To enjoy a happy and vibrant energy level and shift from lack of energy to an abundance of energy, you must tap into the powers that only you hold – to love yourself enough to take care of yourself.

Keeping energy levels high all the time may not always be feasible so how do you get your replenish energy levels quickly? Let’s look at that now…

How To Recover Your Energy Quickly

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Restoring your energy after it feels depleted doesn’t require magic.

Sometimes, a hot cup of herbal tea will do the job. Other times, it may take some rest to bring your body from feeling like you have nothing left to the point where you feel vitality and inner strength again.

There are some strategies involved in giving your body what it needs to recover its strength and rebound to a point of well-being. They are:

  • It may sound counter-productive but moving can actually help you connect with your body. Movements such as stretching, yoga movements and poses and a walk can help restore your energy. Moving is especially helpful when you’ve spent hours at a desk or focusing on something intensive.
  • Your body should tell you when it needs rest. Rather than pushing yourself to go on until you fall down, get the rest you need. Your body will appreciate it and your energy will be restored.
  • When you’re still and go within yourself, you experience a new energy that you didn’t have before. Try to find quiet spaces and times during the day to just be still and meditate about peaceful and restful things.
  • Guard your time. Everyone has the same amount of time, but how we use it varies from person to person. Some give it away without thinking, while others always schedule time to take care of themselves. Watch how you spend your time and guard it carefully.
  • Take some time to feel your breath as you take one after the other. Inhale and exhale until your entire body feels the power and life that it’s providing your body and mind.
  • Make the world a better place. It may be as a parent, teacher, manager or friend, but take some time in your busy life to appreciate your experiences for what they are. They will all teach you something and help you grow.
  • Take care of your body. Through diet, exercise and other ways, nourish your body so that your choices can help your energy restore itself.
  • Take part in what inspires you. Your desires usually indicate what your passion is, and your passion can ignite your energy. The truth is in what you’re thinking of most of the time and what you are excited about.

Rather than do things and be around people who drain you, stay away from that and nourish the things and people who make you feel alive and more energetic.

If you’re exhausted from a day’s work, treat yourself kindly, get rest and feel compassion for yourself.

Another benefit of having good energy levels is that you will become more productive so let’s now take a look at managing your energy levels and increasing your productivity.

How To Effectively Manage Your Energy And Increase Productivity

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More and more, people are realizing the importance of managing your energy level rather than you time to increase productivity. There are many things and tasks that can zap your energy levels and make you much less productive than you could be.

You may also experience low energy levels during certain times of the day and should either take a break during those times or schedule non-important tasks.

If you find that certain people, tasks or times of the day are taking a toll on your energy, it’s time to assess what those problems are and do something about them. It’s about managing your energy effectively rather than your time.

Energy levels are different from person to person. If you’re a morning person who is at the top of their game at the first crack of dawn, you should schedule the more difficult, mind-boggling tasks at that time. Others, who are night owls, should plan their schedules the opposite.

Some other ways to effectively manage you energy to get more done include:

  • Delegate – Some people have difficulty with delegating tasks to others. If the kids can help fold towels or there’s a good writer in your business that could develop a sales page – delegate those tasks to them. You’ll be saving the energy you would have spent on something that can clearly be completed by someone else.
  • Track your tasks – There are some great online tools (such as Google Tasks) that can help you track where your time and energy is being spent. You can break the larger tasks into smaller increments; do the most difficult ones when your energy level is high and mundane tasks when your energy level is lowest.
  • Get rid of distractions – Distractions can be huge energy-drainers. If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and other social media sites, you may find yourself wondering where the time has gone after you’ve spent an hour on one of these sites. Disconnect to save your energy and get more done. Stop alerts and hide the sites until you have some relaxing time to devote to them.
  • Refresher breaks – Some of us can spend hours at our work desks without looking up or moving around. At the end of one of these sessions, you’ll notice that your energy is drained and you don’t have much left for anyone or anything else. The remedy is to take refresher breaks – get up and stretch and move around for a few minutes. Your productivity will likely increase.

Getting in sync with your natural energy rhythms can help in so many areas of your life. Work, personal life and health are just a few of the ways that managing your energy can make you a happier and more productive person.

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Is Lack Of Education Really An Obstacle?

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Do you worry about not being clever enough? If you are like most people, I’m sure that this fear has cropped up at least once in your life and it can be difficult to overcome or come to terms with.

If you don’t have a certain skill and are looking to get into a certain field, it becomes an immediate obstacle to getting your foot into that industry. It’s something that holds a lot of people back from realizing their dreams before they have even started and that is a real shame.

Today, there are more opportunities than ever, to get the needed training and you don’t necessarily need to go to college to get it.

By some measures, ten thousand baby boomers are retiring each day. What this means for those still in the workforce is companies are left with a gap in resources.

These resources need to be filled. In the past, if you didn’t have the skills to fill that gap, you were stuck, because there were plenty of people that could step up with the right skills.

But, with the mass exodus of one large group of people, companies are less stringent about strict college requirements. If they aren’t now, they soon will be.

It’s a matter of common sense and economics. If you have a shortage of skills, you are going to be more lenient in who you find. This means that you can train yourself and approach companies to present your new skills. You won’t need a degree, nor will you need much experience.

And in some countries, the barrier to acquiring a degree has been pushed so low that it means it isn’t worth anywhere near as much as it once was which is a real shame.

You need to be aware that if you don’t have that degree you may have to start out at a lower salary while they are training you.

But, when you get the needed training and some experience under your belt, you will be in a better position to negotiate. Experience beats qualifications any day and that is become even more so in the modern work place.

It is possible the company training you will require you to stay for a predetermined amount of time. You will need to decide if this is acceptable to you. Remember, it’s about getting your foot in the door.

As far as where to find the training, believe it or not, you can start with YouTube. They have many training videos that can give you some beginning advice and instruction. When you go through some training, then you can step up your efforts and look for more advanced instruction.

At this point, it’s a good idea to get on some mailing lists related to the field you are trying to break into. Involve yourself in forums as this is a good way to get familiar with the influential people in your field.

Consider starting a blog related to this new field so you can add credibility to your efforts. Maintaining a blog shows you are serious about committing to the field.

And don’t be put off by anyone or anything; there are plenty of people out there who have become great successes despite poor education or some other type of obstacle.

They often look like they have it all and it was handed to them, but more often than not, that is far from the truth.

Here are a few to inspire you…

Examples Of People Who Overcame Obstacles

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The following people are well-known and have overcome obstacles at some point in their lives. This article profiles what types of obstacles they faced and how they became who they are because of them.

If there is any story that can help people overcome obstacles, it’s that of Helen Keller. Here is a woman who went deaf and blind before she turned two from a sickness. Others may have sheltered themselves from the world.

With the help of Anne Sullivan, who became her governess and companion, Helen rose above her obstacles and learned how to help others in similar situations like hers.

Helen became a renowned author and speaker, which was incredible during her time. People with her type of disabilities were not expected to do much. She became an activist for women’s suffrage among other causes.

To say that Abraham Lincoln had a lot on his plate is probably the largest understatement in history. He lost his mother when he was still a child and his family lived in poverty.

He taught himself law and went on to become one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States.

But, he dealt with severe depression. Some believe this is what defined him and it led him to greatness. He focused on what he could control and understood what was beyond his control.

The war was a difficult time for him, but he persevered. Even his enemies admired the man for what he accomplished.

The author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, struggled before becoming well known. She was divorced and living in poverty with her daughter in Scotland.

This low point in her life was both depressing and revealing. She used the pain at the time to transform a concept she carried with her, i.e., the concept of Harry Potter, into an epic series. You are unlikely to find too many people who are not familiar with this story.

Her example is one of not giving up and writing during her low point. Where others would simply feel sorry for themselves and continue to live in poverty, Rowling wanted a better life for her and her daughter. So, she persevered and catapulted to success.

As you can see from the profiles in this article, these people overcame their obstacles and went on to greatness. It is within us all to do the same, as long as we are willing to do what it takes to get there.

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Can Everyone Find Their Passion And Purpose?

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Do you find that some days you wish you lived a different life? Perhaps you find yourself wishing that you were Richard Branson, Donald Trump or Brad Pitt.

It isn’t unusual to wish you lived a different life or were someone else. If you find that you have days where you feel unsatisfied or discontented, then it may be time to think about what you can do turn your life around.

What’s different about your life and that of those you admire and who inspire you? At first glance it may be that you think it’s money or fame. Often you will look at possessions.

Instead look deeper and list those qualities that you admire. It may be that you are inspired by their skills, knowledge, generosity or temperament.

What do they have that you don’t? They have passion and a purpose. They have something that they care about and are filled with a desire to make a difference; not just for themselves but for others.

Your life can be fulfilling. Living a life with passion and purpose is possible for everyone. You do not need to be rich, famous or highly educated.

To find your passion and purpose you need to discover what you really want. Don’t just consider material objects, look deeper at lifestyle, relationships, your health and emotions.

For a positive difference to take place you don’t need to give up your job and follow your calling 100% of the time. You can start small and paint your masterpiece or write your novel in your spare time.

This will allow you to begin to feel the benefits of doing what you love and feeling the positive effects and changes while still working and earning an income.

Not everyone wants to change the world. It may be that you want to make a difference by volunteering at the local homeless shelter. Your desire to bring about positive change in the lives of others, less well off than yourself, will bring about an enormous change in your life.

You will experience the joy of giving and in return feel a sense of satisfaction. In addition, you’ll probably pick up new skills, make new friends and connections and discover other changes you want to make in your own life.

Everyone deserves to live their best life. All you need to do is find what you really want to do that can make you feel excited, joyful, engaged and fulfilled. That way you can begin to live your best life instead of settling for a humdrum existence.

Four Secrets To Achieving Success

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Everyone wants to be successful. Focus generally tends to be towards career success.

However, personal or life success, is also important. Success is about achieving goals.

After all if you haven’t got a goal then how can you be successful? So what are the four secrets that can help you be successful?

Set Goals

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It is vital that you set yourself goals for your personal and professional lives. These will provide a target to aim for.

Once you’ve listed your goals then write down the steps you are going to take to achieve them. Add who or what can help you to your list.

Find an accountability partner, mentor or coach who can help and support you.

And when you are setting goals, don’t always be totally focused on the end point but try to enjoy the journey along the way. Life is about enjoyment, not just achieving something.

If you want to discover how you can embrace your passion and enjoy the journey, then check out this excellent training here.

Remember That Your Personal and Professional Lives Are Inter-dependent

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You may think that your career goals are totally separate from your personal goals.

However, they are inter-dependent. Your career relies on your well-being, impacts on your family and relationships, your health and happiness.

Your happiness, relationships and health are affected by your career.

If you’re not happy at work or doing a job you love then it will have an impact on your emotional and physical well-being, as well as affecting other areas of your personal life.

To be successful in one area you need to create success in the other.

Find Your Passion And Purpose

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If your personal and professional lives are inter-dependent, then to be successful in them you will need to discover your passion and purpose.

By discovering these you will create determination to succeed, enhance your creativity, spark inspiration and be able to harness the power of flow in your activities.

 Ask yourself what you really want to do with your life. What do you want your legacy to be?

Don’t Focus On The Money

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While many people consider amassing wealth to be a sign of success, that should not be your end goal or sole success indicator.

 Instead focus on your emotions, lifestyle and well-being. What will your life look and feel like when you have successfully achieved your goals? How will your family and friends feel? Why not create a vision board with words, quotes and pictures showing your life as a success?

When thinking about your professional success consider how you will know you’ve succeeded. What will your position be? How will you be making an impact in your company and in the wider community? What will your working day look like?

Think about work/life balance and the effect on your family and relationships with friends. How will your new role or business affect your life, health and happiness?

 While success can mean different things to different people, one thing all definitions have in common is that success is measured by achieving goals that make you feel positive emotions, for example, happiness and achievement.

You will find the greatest success comes when you use your passions to create your goals in life and work.

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Using Time Blocking To Stay Motivated

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We are all guilty of suffering from a lack of motivation in our lives!

Am I right? Of course I am. This is just human nature and with all the distractions of modern living, it can be harder than ever to remain motivated and focused.

What happens when we push our brain to keep thinking, focusing and creating hour after hour? It shuts down. It goes on strike. It says “I’m outa here, buddy”.

This is especially true when we keep requiring it to focus on the same task for hours at a time.

Neuroscience now tells us that changing tasks regularly, taking consistent breaks and blocking out our time keeps our brain more engaged when it is working so that we actually get more done in less time.

So, let’s look at blocking time.

This is not a new concept. But it’s one we don’t use often enough to maintain our enthusiasm and focus, not to mention our mental and emotional health.

Blocking time is a way to schedule your work hours in a way that sets up a dedicated time to a particular task. And then, when that time is up, you switch to a new task.

But why you may ask, is this important to performance and productivity?

  • Keeps your brain from getting bored (aka, low motivation)
  • Mentally prepares you for the tasks ahead
  • Lowers stress because you see work getting done
  • Ensures no multitasking occurs
  • Improves self-confidence in your ability to succeed

So, how should you go about blocking your time? Usually, it’s recommended to work in 2–3-hour work chunks at a time, while allowing a short 5–10-minute break every 30-45 minutes.

  1. Decide how you will block your time. There are many ways to do this, including various apps and email calendars. Google Calendar is a great way to get started because it’s easy to use and readily available.
  2. Chose the date and time for your task. Remember to keep it to 2-3 hrs if possible
  3. Decide where you will complete the task.
  4. Include any details you need to remember before performing the task in the memo area. This will make it faster to get started when you get to that time block. No searching for the sticky note you wrote the directions on.
  5. Set reminders so you know when it’s time to switch tasks. You can get a reminder via email, pop-up or app notifications.

If 2-3 hours seems a long time to focus on a particular task, then you can use smaller chunks.

The Pomodoro technique uses time chunks of only 25 minutes, each followed by a 5-minute break. After 4 of these chunks, you should take a 15-minute break.

If you a little more information about the Pomodoro technique, you can read this blog post

Using time blocks keeps your motivation high for all the reasons stated above, and also because it allows you to use several of your skill sets each day. It breaks up the monotony of doing the same task all day long.

When working on tasks, you should also schedule breaks you’re your routine.

Why, you ask? Well, let’s look at a scientific reason now…

3 Reasons Science Tells Us To Take Breaks

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Too busy to take a break? That’s a common thought in our fast-paced world.

We are a society with consistently too many things on our collective plate.

But science tells us that we need to make taking regular breaks a priority to maintain inspiration and productivity.

Advances in neuroscience have proven that we need breaks as well as focused work time, as some cultures have known and practiced for millennia.

Why We Need To Take Breaks

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There are a number of reasons why it is important to take scheduled breaks, and we will cover just 3 of them in this article.

It makes perfect sense to stop every now and again as if we don’t, we will get tired and lose focus.

This causes us to become frustrated and becomes a negative feedback loop, so it is important to take a break.

Let’s look at 3 big reasons to stop…

Make Connections And Retain Information

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Our brain has two modes of operation. The focus mode, which is where we spend most of our day, concentrating on tasks and challenges as they arise.

The other mode is just as important, though often underappreciated – the diffuse mode. This is the state of daydreaming or letting our mind wander. You may have experienced the benefits of this mode when you are doing something mundane on autopilot.

For example, you may have an ah-ha moment about a solution to a problem that you’ve been trying to solve while you are driving someplace familiar or taking a shower. This diffuse mode is when most of our insights and out-of-the-box thinking happens.

Re-Evaluate Our Goals

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When we stay focused on a task or problem constantly, we can easily become caught up in all the little details instead of questioning if we are completing the right tasks in the best order and way.

The devil may be in the details, but we need breaks to gain perspective on how our work is advancing and if there are more productive or effective ways to reach the same or even better results.

Stepping out of work mode for even just a few minutes is enough time to help us re-evaluate our goals and the way we are going about achieving them.

Keep Us Engaged And Motivated

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Our brains weren’t meant to stay in focused mode all the time, even though we think they should sometimes.

Neuroscientists have found that taking short breaks on a regular basis is a more effective way to work, even though that might seem counterintuitive.

Breaks give our brains a rest from constant focus so that they can “regroup” if you will. When we take breaks throughout the day when working on tasks that take a lot of concentration or take a longer period of time to complete, we actually are more productive and motivated when we are working on the task than if we worked straight through.

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9 Truths You Must Embrace To Be Successful

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It’s a no-brainer. Everyone wants to be successful, right? And in theory, everyone can be successful. But you may have noticed that most people give up way before they achieve their goal.

Or they’re happy with some short-term success, early on in their careers. They choose to stay in comfortable stagnation and think that success is only for highflyers.

But if you want to be successful at anything, you need to accept and run with some basic principles.

Here are nine hard truths you must embrace to succeed.

Success Is Different For Everyone

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Not everyone perceives success in the same way. For many of us, and the way society paints it, success is about making money, having power and influence. It’s about being asset-rich with a big house, a big car, and expensive possessions.

To become truly successful, you have to work out what success means to you, not to your parents or your friends or colleagues, but you.

What sort of life do you want? Lots of travel, or the big house ideal? Or do you want to alleviate poverty or discover new health treatments? Are study and research your passion?  Or do you want to balance your life and family commitments?

Maybe being home in time for family dinners and keeping your weekends free is your priority.

Take the time to work out really what success means for you. You will be much more motivated to achieve it and much happier when you get there! Whatever success means for you, focus on that.

Be Prepared For The Cost

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Whatever your success goal is, you must be prepared to give up some comfort to get there. Because whenever you make a choice, you are also choosing to give something up or to miss out on something.

If you want to focus one hundred percent on being a CEO in five years times, you are choosing to spend all your energy and time on achieving that goal. There won’t be much time left over for friends or family.

There won’t be time for a lazy weekend or vacations. That’s the cost.

If you choose to prioritize family time, you are giving up the opportunity for fast-tracking your career.

None of these are bad choices, but you need to make them with your eyes open. You must understand what you’re giving up to succeed at what you want.

Whatever your decision you must be prepared to be flexible, to learn and adapt to changing circumstances. You must be ready to grow and to sit with discomfort.

Prepare For Some Pain

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Being successful may not be a comfortable road. In fact, comfort is the enemy of success. If you’re comfortable, your energy goes down. You’re not going to take chances, and you’re not going to explore.

If you want to stay in the same position, if you choose safety, then that’s your choice – but accept that this will not lead to a successful life.

To be successful, you have to choose to learn and evolve and grow. You’ll need to engage with the world and be open to possibilities. It’s not a hard-nosed race to the top but a journey to becoming your best you.

Growing and learning and being prepared to start again, acknowledging that you don’t know everything – these can be painful concepts to accept. And that is why most people choose not to learn and grow.

But the road to success requires you to be humble. It requires you to accept that you still have so much to learn. To be truly successful you need to be constantly changing, constantly becoming a better version of yourself.

Prepare To Fail

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Fear of failure is what prevents many people from succeeding. They think that failure is final and conclusive and ends up defining you as a person. The most successful people allow themselves to fail.

They pick themselves up, recover and learn from what went wrong. Failure can and does happen to everyone. Sometimes factors outside your control can scuttle your project. Sometimes you make mistakes.

But regardless of how you came to fail there is only one way out that leads to success.

You assess, and you learn, and you don’t make that mistake again. You don’t beat yourself up. You see that failure as a stepping stone to your future success.

Don’t Confuse Willpower With Commitment

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People tend to mistake willpower for commitment. Just wanting something to happen will not make it so. That’s why most New Year’s resolutions don’t work.

If you rely on willpower, you will run out of energy fast. You’ll get discouraged, and you’ll give up, thinking that success is not for you.

If willpower is teeth-gritting, ‘in spite of’ negative energy, commitment is a different kettle of fish. Commitment is positive. It assumes that your goal is achievable and getting there will happen. It is a considered approach to achieving goals.

Commitment focuses your energy, your mind and your passion on achieving something that is truly important to you. If you’re committed to your goal, you will plan and work and adapt to get there.

Show Up

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Persistence and consistency will beat innate talent every time. To achieve anything, you have to show up and keep showing up day after day, week after week, month after month.

You have to do the work and keep doing the work. And like any project, each step builds on the last. A big goal might seem impossible if you try to do it all at once or expect to get there in a week.

But by breaking your big goal into smaller steps, you’ll slowly build up one small win after another.

Before you know it, you will accomplish what you set out to achieve.

Plan For Success

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Key to this is accepting that you need to treat your goal of lasting success as a marathon, not a sprint. Short bursts of activity will leave you depleted and discouraged and more than likely you’ll give up.

Success is a lifetime project. If you truly want to be successful, treat it like any other big project.

Work out what resources you need, plan your short, medium and long-term goals and deliverables. Take it seriously enough to make a proper strategic plan and prepare to adapt as the environment changes.

The other advantage of mapping your success is that you consciously take control of your destiny. Planning for success means you don’t think of success as a mysterious innate talent or a piece of luck. It is something you can decide to have and work hard to achieve.

Discard The First Draft

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Successful people know that they won’t achieve their goal immediately. Or even anytime soon. They know that whether your goal is to write a book, discover the cure for cancer, or win an Olympic medal, your first efforts will suck.

If you’ve ever written a job application or a presentation, you know how hard it is to get that first draft done. But you have to get it done to get it out of the way. Then you can get on with writing the better version.

And there will be lots of versions before you get one that you’re happy with and finally use.

Take heart from Edison, who famously tried more than a thousand times to invent the light bulb that worked.  In his view he merely got thousands of poor alternatives out of the way, so he could invent the one that did work.

Don’t give up at the first obstacle. If your first version sucks, be glad you’ve got that out of the way, so that you can get closer to the right one.

Learn To Say No

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If you’re focused on achieving success, you’ll have to learn to say no. And not just say no to things you don’t want to do. You’ll have to turn down some really attractive offers, things that sound like fun, even opportunities that sound great.

Because if they don’t align with your goal, they are just distractions. Saying yes to too many things scatters your energy. Obligations that you feel you can’t refuse are also distractions.

You can learn to say no politely but firmly to all the things that prevent you from achieving success. You might have to be prepared to disappoint people you care about, even yourself.

If an opportunity for a vacation with friends comes up and that clashes with a work priority, you’ll have to choose between pleasure and achieving success.

Being aware of the opportunity cost will help you to say yes to the great opportunities that align with your goal, and you will be successful.

Mastering success above all means being aware of what you’re choosing and why. Consciously working out your version of success and working towards it will help you to have a happier, more meaningful life. It means choosing growth and learning and adapting.

Above all, it means choosing a path that may not be easy but leads to your success.

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How To Be More Efficient

How To Be More Efficient

You hear all the time that you or your company needs to be more efficient. But do you know how to accomplish that?

And with more people working at home, efficiency and productivity are the name of the game at the moment.

There are many distractions around you, both in the workplace and especially at home so you really need to stay focused to remain efficient and get your tasks done.

Efficiency seems like a word that is thrown at as the end-all be-all answer to problems within an organization.

However, without a proper plan, the likely result will be confusion and chaos, and this could potentially have the opposite effect! So, you need to plan out how you and/or your employees can become more efficient

The following ‘efficiency hacks’ can help you when you are given the initiative to be more efficient.

Learning

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Always be on the lookout for how to improve your job or your teams’ jobs.

This often requires learning new skills. The more you learn, the easier it will be to find alternative methods that work better.

As an entrepreneur, you should always be looking to increase your skills, especially your marketing skills.

Anyone who wants to be successful in life should be constantly learning.

Organization

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If your office environment is cluttered and there is no sense of organization, it can impact the productivity of the entire group.

There are professionals who can assess your current situation and make recommendations on how to improve the environment.

This can include such aspects as desk clutter, filing, and even ergonomic issues and proper placement of fixtures or furniture.

Automation

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When you find ways to automate, this frees up your staff to work on more important tasks.

Mundane tasks that eat away the time of your staff are the best candidates for automation. It is possible to go overboard with automation which can cause slowdowns when the automation processes fail.

There are many types of software that can automate tasks and this is useful to a business and invaluable to an entrepreneur (particularly a solopreneur)

Try to determine the best tasks to automate without overdoing it.

Delegate

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If you are micromanaging the work of your team, you won’t have time to handle your own tasks.

Your team won’t respect the fact that you are doing tasks that they should be doing. You hired them for a reason. Let them get their jobs done. It’s okay for them to come to you when they get stuck.

But you should guide them rather than simply doing everything for them.

Outsource

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With corporate cutbacks, delegating may not be easy to accomplish.

Companies are expecting their employees to do more with less. But managers still need to get their work done. In such cases, it may be worthwhile to consider outsourcing some of the tasks of your team.

The benefits of outsourcing are that it does not increase the company’s headcount. And as a solopreneur, you can outsource content and product creation and then you can concentrate on the marketing.

If you want to know more about outsourcing, you can download a really useful free report here.

Time Management

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If you and your team are not managing your time efficiently, you are going to find it hard to move the company forward.

The team will constantly be missing deadlines and playing catch up. This makes the group look bad and causes undue stress on the team.

The likely result will be high turnover at times when team members are needed the most.

If you are working from home, especially if you are an entrepreneur, you can employ the Pomodoro technique. If you want to know about this, check out this post here.

Time Management And Efficiency Go Hand-In-Hand

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If you want to know the best time management system available, the answer is, choose one. This may seem like a cop-out to you. But it’s like a gym membership. What is the most expensive gym membership available? The one you never use.

Time management systems are going to have similar traits from one to the next. Whether one is better than the other is largely dependent on who is trying to get you to use theirs. If you find a time management system, give it a shot and see if it is right for you.

The key is to find one. That is going to be one of the main components of increasing your efficiency. If you read about a particular system, implement it for a couple of months and see how it goes.

But and this is crucial, keep going. The worst time management system is not having one. You will be spinning your wheels if you go this route.

Time management is going to take discipline and habit, especially if you haven’t been doing it. You need to get started, and you continue using it. If you are one that believes habits form in 28 days, then use your system for 28 days.

Just make sure you have something in place that allows you to evaluate that system. Hopefully, you will be experiencing higher productivity during that period.

Don’t get discouraged if you stop using your system. Maybe it isn’t the right one for you. Find another one. Ask colleagues and friends for suggestions. Just make sure you “get back on the horse.”

Once your time management system is habitual and useful, there will be no stopping your progress.

When you discover a time management system that works for you, become an advocate. You can help others and, in the process, help yourself. If you and your team are operating more efficiently through the use of proper time management, your company becomes a bit more efficient as a result.

Who knows, your team may become the model for the company. Stranger things have happened.

One outcome that is highly likely is your team will get recognition. You will get your tasks done faster and will be able to take on more than you were able to before.

You and your team will prove to your management that you are capable of taking on bigger and better tasks. It’s all possible with the help of time management.

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