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10 Powerful Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked

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10 Powerful Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked

In this digital era, everyone feels overworked. We all are flooded with lots of information. With more information comes more ideas. With more ideas, there is an urge to implement all these ideas.

By spreading the wings in all directions, we are not able to concentrate on our main work. As a result, we are trapped under the illusion of overwork.

There are two solid reasons for calling your overwork an “illusion

  • You are the source of all your thoughts. You have the power to create a heaven or hell for yourself.
  • In order to stay away from self-guilt, we start plotting overburden stories. By focusing on these stories, we create a cursing zone in which we blame the external conditions only.
If you are feeling overworked, these 10 tips will help you to have a productive lifestyle:

 

1. Overburden decreases your productivity

Your success is not determined by the “hours of your hard work”. Your success is determined by the “productive hours of your hard work”.  More time on your tasks is not equivalent to more output.

Recharge your body by relaxing. Remember one thing: You are just a human being, not a machine. In order to bring out the creative elements, your body needs some proper rest.

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu

2. Know your initial point

How does it feel by looking at the pile of folders or emails waiting for you? You feel exhausted by looking at them only. Before starting the work, you frame an impossible image in your mind.

Only one question haunts you: From where to start from? While writing this post also, I devoted some time for writing the introduction. It gave me the lead to discussing different sub-heading with ease. Before starting anything, devote some quality time on your initial point for gaining focus and clarity.

 

3. Stop procrastining your small targets

When you are handed small targets, you simply twist your face (with an ease on your face) with a simple thought: Tomorrow, I will handle this small baby. And, the tomorrow never comes.

When the deadline comes near, all these small tasks pile up together to become a big beast. Now, you twist your face (with stress on your face) with a pessimistic thought: If I am overburdened by small things, how will I cope up with big tasks. Before taking a splash in the negative pool, finish your work on time without any delays.

 

4. Know your working mojo

Are you a morning or a nocturnal person? Do you feel refreshed after starting a day by meditating or by taking meditative breaks between your works? You have to recognize your magic charm for gaining your rhythm.

By understanding your fertile zones, plant the seeds of success by watering your hard work in the proper manner. In this zone, you suck all the creative juices within to give your best results. Working Mojo differs from person to person. So, you don’t need to copy anyone.

 

5. Plan your work by focusing on a single goal

Clear off all the distractions to work on your single goal. Don’t mess up the whole situation by putting your legs in different directions. At the end of the day, you are not going to find any meaning from your hard work.

A small magnifying glass is capable of burning a sheet of paper. It has the ability to “focus” the sun’s rays at one point. In a similar manner, focus all your energies on a single goal to burn out all negativity from your life.

“This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” – Scott Reed

6. Don’t bombard yourself by the cloud of over-thinking

By over-analyzing, you dig a grave for yourself. Let me explain, why? Instead of adding more bricks of optimism, you form a crack in the previously settled bricks by putting so much weight on the foundation of your thoughts.

Due to the weak foundation, your work demolishes in front of your own eyes. Before starting anything, you create a cloud of doubts. So, begin your work with a clear picture in mind.

 

7. Stop complaining and start accepting

I was not able to complete the task, due to…. (there are many reasons). Does it sound familiar? It is very easy to pass on the blame on other’s shoulders. You always have some reason to coat your shortcomings.

Accept your fault and start working on your weak points. There is no use of gaining any temporary happiness. In the long run, you can’t escape by simply playing the blame game. Have the guts to take the responsibility for your actions.

 

8. Make a proper schedule

Prioritize your work by allocating a different amount of time for every task. Firstly, finish off the most difficult task. You will feel relaxed after the completion.

Then, you can focus on other important tasks. Do not pick any random stuff. Plan daily, weekly and, monthly strategies. Analyze each strategy at the end of the day, week, and the month. Ask one thing: How much time will I take to complete this task? Then, set realistic deadlines.

 

9. Indulge in “stress-free” time

While you are surrounded with external work, spare some time for yourself. When you are not getting a way out, take a deep breath to calm down. This time is not restricted to you only.

It represents the wonderful interaction with everyone to make you forget about the busyness of life. So, interact with your family members. Play with your kids or indulge in your hobbies. Do not pollute this time with your official work.

 

10. Don’t say yes to everything

You must have heard this proverb: All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Let us design this proverb to understand the importance of ‘no’. All ‘yeses’ and no ‘noes’ make you a dull individual. Don’t add more miseries by agreeing on every point.

You must keep your point forward and eliminate the excessive junk from your schedule. If you are finding it hard to say ‘no’ to your office colleague or friend immediately, say you’ll come back with an answer later.

 

Thank you for reading my article! I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

Yatin Khulbe is a content writer who enjoys the company of small kids. He is the founder of the personal development blog-Buddytation: Connect With Your Inner Buddy. He helps everybuddy to realize their true dreams by sharing ideas on personal growth, motivation and happiness. Join him to build a buddysphere of positive thoughts.

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8 Comments

  1. Jerrold Benford

    Jun 2, 2016 at 1:08 am

    I loved this article! Very informative and necessary for people like myself! Is it ok to repost on my website?

  2. viswa

    Jul 27, 2015 at 9:08 am

    yeah your points are very clear as i could relate it to my present. work scenario.Yeah I liked the wording All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. This is true so guys make us feel irritated by just doing there without a smile.. I know they are busy but some point of time its get irritated.

  3. Muyiwa Osibolu

    Jul 12, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you so much for this motivating piece. You just helped me figure out how to get a good sense of direction

    • Yatin Khulbe

      Jul 18, 2015 at 12:26 am

      Hi Muyiwa
      I am glad you can connect with the article. Wishing you all the best for your future journey

  4. Chris Delaney

    Jul 12, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Some good points here. Learning to say no (point 10) is a key strategy to stop being overworked. You can tell the person that you will think about the task and give them answer later.

    If it’s manager who can’t wait for an answer, question them; I have x to do today, what would you like me to prioritise x or y?

    When they answer explain how why wouldn’t be completed until ‘date’

    Many people ask you to do task without realising what your workload is

    • Yatin Khulbe

      Jul 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Ya, Chris. Saying no is really important. If we don’t hurt the sentiments, it is always better to allocate the task for some other day. There is no use to feed the body with lots of stress by stuffing everything at one time only. I have seen many people who don’t bother about other’s workload.

  5. Heitem Ak

    Jul 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    You’re right Yatin, over-thinking can be a real killer!

    We plan, begin moving toward our goals, then start to over-think and destroy our faith.

    Keep them coming,

    Heitem Ak

    • Yatin Khulbe

      Jul 12, 2015 at 1:02 am

      Thanks Heitem for appreciating the article. Ya, over-thinking can be a real killer. It is always better to calm down our senses and look things in a calm manner.

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How One Small Step Back Backwards Is One Giant Leap Forwards

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For me, this conjures up a scene in Monty Python’s Holy Grail where the king is explaining about how he built his castle on a swamp, each castle sank into the swamp until the fourth one stood firm.

It’s so incredibly important to have solid foundations on which to build your life or business. There are times though where we think we have a rock-solid foundation and ignore the holes forming in it. Just like we think we’re invincible and nothing can hurt us or affect us, we think our foundations are too.

There are times when we need to fix those holes and cracks but that means taking a step backwards and many see it as a weakness. Their ego will tell them they’re going in the wrong direction. Their ego will tell them they’re letting themselves down and they’ve become as weak as a little field mouse. I disagree though. I see the act of taking a step backwards to be one of the strongest and most powerful things we can do!

We begin these journeys whether in life or in business with big plans. We’re excited, our emotions are running high and just like a kid on Christmas day, we forget about most things because our focus is on the prize (or the presents). Maybe we forget to put the battery door back onto one of our gifts properly.

At first, everything is amazing. We spend hours playing with the new toy, it seems like only surgery will remove the smile from our face. Then it happens, the toy stops working because the batteries have fallen out (remember the door?), the smile weakens, the tears begin, the special day is filled with wails of sadness. All because you’d missed something at the beginning.

“When things go wrong, go back to the basics” –Urvi Mistry

Tame our ego

One of the most powerful things that stop us taking that step backwards is our ego. It would be like asking a NASA rocket scientist if they would like to read “Rocket Science for Dummies”, they just wouldn’t do it because they would see it as belittling their existing knowledge. I’ll be honest, I would have felt the same if someone had handed me an “Archery for Dummies” book just as I’d won my second British championship title.

These are the times when we have to suspend our ego. It can be difficult and many times we have to force ourselves to do it, but when we do we massively grow. It’s like when we go to a workshop or conference. The speaker lineup is awesome, you’re excited to see them. The event begins, the house lights dim and the stage is spotlit.

The first speaker comes on stage, begins talking and your first thoughts are “But I already know that”. The mental walls shoot up and you miss all of the golden nuggets available because your ego shut off your mind to any new information.

This is exactly the same process that happens when someone suggests to us that maybe we should take a few steps backwards to strengthen our foundation. The mental walls go up and our mind goes into lockdown. It’s like sticking fingers in our ears and loudly shouting “La La La La La La” so we don’t hear someone saying things.

So what can you do?

The first step is to slap your ego around the face with a wet trout. Your ego is used to being in control so doing something to disrupt that situation gives your conscious mind the control back long enough to jump in and begin reasoning and questioning the situation.

Start asking yourself “What do I REALLY need to do to fix things?”. The solution won’t be to stick a band-aid on, it’s to fix the core issues which can be anything from lack of systems/procedures, lack of academic knowledge or lack of experience. All of these fall into the realms of your foundations and that’s where your focus should be.

All too often we complicate things to the point where we stop seeing the solution. To stop your pizza from sticking to the box lid, you wouldn’t start to develop a non-stick cardboard coating so the cheese doesn’t stick to the lid when it gets dumped around by the delivery driver. You’d keep it simple and put the little plastic thing in the centre of the pizza instead.

“It’s very satisfying to take a problem we thought difficult and find a simple solution. The best solutions are always simple.” – Ivan Sutherland

When we complicate things, not only do we lose sight of the end goal, but we forget about the simple solutions. Those simple solutions reside in the realm of the basic, that place you get to when you take this valuable but sometimes difficult steps backwards. Yes, it’s going to be hard at first, yes it’s going to give you those feelings of failure and going back to school, but believe me when I tell you they will be the best, strongest and most powerful steps you take, on a par with Neil Armstrong’s small step for man.

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2 Simple Steps to Help You Break Through Your Fears

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If you are addicted to success you most certainly are addicted to fear too. Why? Because they are a direct consequence of each other. When you achieve success, it’s because you have taken actions and broken through fears that were holding you back. Every success you have comes from breaking a fear you held onto.

It is incredible to think how much energy and time entrepreneurs waste looking after their fears, making sure they are listened to. It is much harder to feed the energy of fear than feed the energy of success. I want you to think about the mental dilemma you face every single day, the battle you will probably have in your mind when it comes to taking certain actions in your business.

Shall I take that risk?

What if I’m rejected? What if I’m not good enough? What if I’ll be ridiculed in front of others? What if I fail? Just think of how hard it is to constantly listen and obey these thoughts.

The battle in your head is real and challenging. The good thing is you can win it, and the bad thing is there will always be a battle going on in your head. However, you can become a more consistent winner.

Success will always require a new level of expansion which will result in a new level of fears needed to be broken. Imagine this like an elastic band. Every time you face a fear, the elastic will stretch more and more, and the tension will be greater. When you become brave and take the action, the tension will be released and the elastic band will fly further creating a bigger expansion.

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Fears are normal and essentials to your success

If there are no fears, there’ll be no stretch and no expansion from you. If you want to succeed, you must break through some fears, and this is obvious. But how can you break through fears with ease? I personally used all the possible solutions available in the world to win my fears: meditation, counseling, talking therapies, exercises and many more.

Although those helped, the ultimate way to conquer your fears is to go straight through them. I won some of my biggest fears since starting my entrepreneurial journey that no one else and nothing could help me break. This seems better said than done, but by following a few simple steps, you can do it too.

Here are 2 simple steps to help you breakthrough those fears:

1. Becoming aware of what your fears are

Often they’re very well camouflaged, and they’ll appear in your life as if on autopilot, in the same way electricity comes when you flip a light switch. They’re often triggered by someone else’s actions or words, or by your idea on what the consequence of a certain action will bring to you.

Fears contain so much energy on their own, so imagine what you could do with that energy if you could use it to your advantage. Imagine fear being a close wrist. Every time you activate the fear, you give more energy to it. Every time you think of the fear, you feed the wrist with more power.

As you live your life controlled by fears, the wrists will get more and more powerful. Picture that. Then you try to take certain actions in your business like going live for the first time, proposing a deal to a certain client, writing an article where you express your very own controversial opinion about something, or invest money you currently do not have.

Fears will come in, fully charged. You try to win by punching towards the wall of action. You want to break through, and you know that on the other side of the wall there’s success.

You punch and keep punching but nothing happens. Then, imagine you taking the leap, pointing the wrist towards the wall and BANG! You break through.

Now, the energy of fear has been released and is now ready to be used to your advantage.

The energy will disperse and free itself and it will transmute into freedom and power to take further actions.

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

2. Figure out why you fear that certain thing

After you realise what the fear is, ask yourself, “Why do I fear to take this action?” Explore the consequences that breaking that specific fear will bring you. “What will happen if I break this and I achieve the results I desire?

These questions are vital, as you’ll realize your fears are just trying to keep you safe. Humans are not wired for success, they are wired for survival. So anything to do with success will be filtered through your lens of fear.

Once you realize WHAT will happen if you achieve the success you desire, which usually are negative scenarios, calm your mind and imagine a positive scenario instead. Write this down for each negative scenario your mind will create.

One of my biggest fears is the fear of being successful as I believe (my scenario) that people won’t like me anymore, and that I won’t be able to spend time with my family. So once I detected the fear, I changed the scenario. Instead of thinking people will not like me anymore, I create a new reality I desire which could look something like this: I will be able to help and impact more people and I will make sure I take lots of days off and delegate stuff to my team so to spend time with my family.

It is that simple. Once your subconscious mind is reassured with the new positive outcome, it will become easier for you to take action. In the end, always remember you’re in charge of your life, no one else, let alone your fears.

How do you conquer your fears? Let us know your advice and thoughts below!

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Being Alone With Yourself Is the Most Important Skill We Have Lost

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We live in a world where we’re always around people either at work, in the store, and on our phones through social media. In fact, our society tends to label anybody who wants to be or is alone, as a lonely person or even more terribly, a depressed person. We have forgotten how to enjoy our own company.

This is particularly surprising since some of the admired and highly celebrated icons in human history are well known to be “loners.” We have mastered a lot of skills from society, but perhaps we have neglected the most important skill of all. The ability to learn alone, to learn about your strengths and weaknesses, to reflect on the way forward in life, to just sit and appreciate nature, is invaluable.

Here are 4 ways to make being alone fun and productive:

1. Change scenery

You don’t have to do this all the time, but one way to enjoy your time alone is to take a trip or a very long drive or run. It can be difficult to spend time alone when you’re around familiar faces. It’s one of the reasons why people go on vacations away from home. Just get out and spend some time alone reflecting and enjoying your own company.

2. Switch off everything

We live in a world of digital communication. If you truly want to be alone for a while, it would be better if you didn’t login to Facebook and Twitter at all. Better yet, turn off your phone.

3. Reflect

Now that you are alone, it is time to reflect on what you want, what you have done, what you want to be doing. Silence or cool music might be good here. Whichever way, one of the things that make being alone rewarding is the fact that it affords you the opportunity to reflect.

“I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.” – Kobe Bryant

4. Give yourself a treat

Go see a movie, buy a plate of food or a cup of ice-cream. Being alone is not only a time to think, it is also a time to pamper yourself. Treat yourself to the best things that you can afford and be happy and proud about it.

Now that you know how to make being alone fun and productive, it’s time to see the benefits of being alone. Here are 6 benefits you can expect from embracing being alone:

1. It aids personal growth

Apart from all the skills we get from self-development books, being alone helps build us. Through it, we are able to make plans, to ask critical questions and put our lives in the proper perspective. To grow, it is important that you take yourself out and properly assess your life alone, away from friends, families and colleagues.

2. It energizes

There are times when we’re stressed out by work, family, and friends, so being alone is a wonderful way to renew yourself with extra energy. This is the time to give yourself treats and plenty of rest and leisure, away from the stress of the world.

3. It increases the value you place on relationship

When you come to a point where you love being alone, it makes it so that you’re very intentional about your relationship with others. Being alone can also help you properly evaluate and see all there is to love and enjoy about your relationship with others.

4. It increases self-confidence

Another wonderful benefit of being alone is that it helps to boost your self- confidence and self esteem. The more time you spend alone with yourself, the more comfortable you are with your skill and with your strengths and weaknesses.

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

5. It helps you become more empathetic

One thing about having friends and those we relate with very often is that we unconsciously develop a mentality that makes us empathetic towards them rather than others. Findings have shown that the more time you spend alone, the more compassion you’re able to show to a wider range of people.

6. The difference between being alone and being lonely

The desire to be alone is quite different from loneliness and sometimes, we do not take the required time to be alone because we don’t want to be perceived as “lonely” by others. To be lonely is to deeply want to relate and have communication with someone or some people but to be unable to.

It’s an ache that you carry around throughout the day, and it seriously affects all you do. It could make the entire world seem frustrating. The death of a loved one can lead to loneliness after a while.

Being alone on the other hand, as seen earlier, is intentionally deciding to get away from everybody and enjoying being with yourself as you reflect on your life and all that’s to come.

Taking time to be alone is very productive and it can be a wonderful thing for you. Take time away from social media and friends and find a nice spot to relax with yourself and analyze your habits and see how they affect your life.

Do you enjoy spending time by yourself? Share your thoughts below on if you think it benefits you and helps you recharge!

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Simple Meditation Techniques To Enhance Your Productivity

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At times, the workplace can be a stressful place to be. Whether you are faced with demanding clients, even more demanding colleagues, or just the incessant activity of the environment itself, the workplace can at times feel like it is exerting a pressure down upon your shoulders that is difficult to extricate yourself from.

Not only is this unhealthy and detrimental to your wellbeing, it is also highly counterproductive for your organization. A stressed or unhappy employee is, for the most part, an unproductive employee who you do not necessarily want interacting with valuable clients, while its difficult to forge fruitful relationships with co-workers.

However, with these easy-to-use techniques, you can help turn your business space into an oasis of calm, boosting your work productivity at the same time.

At-desk meditations

It may be that you want to invoke some form of meditative state, but the last thing you want to do is draw attention to yourself from wide-eyed colleagues. If this sounds like you, then there are a number of at-desk meditations you can perform which will not only assist in destressing and boosting performance, but will do so without attracting unwelcome glances.

Here are a few of the most easy to use:

1. Tap your fingers to the rhythm of time

Put both of your hands on your thighs or on your desk, and proceed to start tapping each finger individually, starting with your pinky finger. It is important that you use a sequence, and time it effectively to a slow rhythm. The last part is to then recite a five-word mantra that relates to time.

There is an infinity of options here, but you could go with ‘I do have enough time’ or ‘Time is my best friend’. The idea is to create a zen-like state where you are breathing regularly and focussing on the small activity at hand (literally). Continue until your breathing has become regular and the repeated-mantra has eased though you to your core.

This is an immensely achievable meditative process that I love to utilize in any number of situations because it is so private.

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Shake it off

Now is the time to focus on exactly what or who is causing your stress. Take some time out, sit quietly on your chair, and take a few deep breaths while you think about the origin of your stress. Next, start to recite to yourself a mantra along the lines of ‘It’s OK and I can move on from this.’ Then, start to take a few deeper breaths and use the time you breathe out to really sigh away your frustration.

Finally, shake your body to release the tension from you. There is no need to make any deep noises or draw unwanted attention to yourself, but that really shouldn’t be a consideration anyway, and will only exacerbate your stress in the process. This is about breathing and release.

3. Eyes to the flame

If you are feeling a little braver, and you understand that an open flame will not cause any undue disquiet in the workplace around you (or that you are breaking any health and safety regulations), using a candle can be a wonderful tool to help create a meditative state. Start by switching off your computer. In fact, this is a good place to begin with any meditative activity as the glare from the screen will distract your attention.

Light the candle and then bring the flame towards your eye level, holding it approximately 20 inches away, or into a position that is comfortable. Then, stare into the flame for up to 2 minutes, remembering to breathe regularly as you do so.

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” – Dalai Lama

Meditations for a private space

If you have access to a private space in the workplace, there are other types of meditative positions which you can undertake, including, lying on the floor. Lying down immediately helps to put you in an unfamiliar position for work, which is helpful in itself, but a familiar position for feeling comforted and relaxed.

Close your eyes and then once again, start to breathe in a rhythmic manner. It is essential that your breathing becomes your primary focus, so you breathe in and out with a deep concentration on what you are doing.

When starting out, five minutes is more than apt, as long as that’s five minutes of a concentrated nature. You can then start to push out those times, and there is no reason why before long you shouldn’t be able to manage 20 minutes of perfect meditative calm. This can easily be done during a lunch break or even a mid-morning break.

There are also walking meditations for more adventurous types, which involves focusing on your steps and breaths simultaneously, concentrating always on a forward motion, both literally and figuratively. Emotional calmness and wellbeing in the workplace is just around the corner.

Have you tried meditation? If so, do you like it? Let us know your thoughts about meditation below!

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