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6 Game Changing Habits to Transform Your Work Life

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When it comes down to it, productivity is what it’s all about. Crossing things off your to-do list is such a good motivator and feeling productive can really help to improve your mood. But sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves to get everything done. When deadlines are looming, bosses are complaining and clients are waiting, the stress can sometimes be counterproductive.

Distractions are everywhere. From chatty colleagues and phone calls to viral videos and long lunches. It’s easy to let time get away. Where you work and how you work can have a huge impact on how productive you actually are day-to-day. So, your small daily habits can have a big impact on your future.

Fear not, if you are someone who struggles to stay motivated throughout the day, there are things you can do to help keep your mind on track. Studies show that there are little habits you can develop which, if they become part of your subconscious, will see you smashing your targets and clearing your to-do list in plenty of time.

Here are some of the best habits to cultivate which can help you get motivated, get working and get stuff done:

1. Look at your phone later

Most of us reach for our phones as the first thing we do in the morning. Often, we check our phones before we’ve even left our bed. It normally starts by just turning off the alarm but ends up with you scrolling through Instagram, checking the emails that came in overnight and shooting off a few replies before you’ve even put your feet on the floor.

However, if you can avoid the temptation of your screen for just twenty minutes in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more ready to face the day properly after you’ve eaten and let the caffeine kick in. Give yourself some crucial minutes in the morning to get into the right headspace before you try to tackle anything work-related. You’ll find yourself less stressed and you’ll actually get more done once you start.

“Put down your cell phones, put everything away, and feel your blood pulsing in you. Feel your creative impulse, feel your own spirit, your heart, your mind. Feel the joy of being alive and free.” – Patti Smith

2. Prioritize

Sometimes, having a super long list can be overwhelming. When your inbox is stacking up, making sure you know what needs to be done first is a huge part of being productive. Getting on with the important, time-sensitive tasks will not only make sure you hit your deadlines but will also motivate you to work at the best pace.

Hitting deadlines and managing your time is an effective way to ensure you work well throughout the day. If you know which tasks need to be done right away you won’t be distracted or procrastinate with other menial jobs. Take some pressure off yourself but knowing which things need your attention immediately and which don’t.

3. Get organized (and stay organized)

Tidy workspace, tidy mind. Making sure you aren’t surrounded by junk and old coffee mugs is key to being productive all day. If you’re always searching under old papers to find what you need, you’ll not only waste time but you’ll also lose focus. Whether you work at a desk, or on a laptop or phone or spend lots of time in the car, if it’s clean and organized, you’ll find it easier to concentrate on the task at hand.

Train yourself to always take your mug to the sink, file papers in the right place and put stationary back where it belongs as you go along so you’ll never have to dedicate time to tidying up. The habit of keeping your spaces clean and tidy will benefit your productivity levels to no end.

4. Exercise daily

However, you like to do it, moving your body helps your mind. Successful entrepreneurs and business gurus all know that mental health is linked to physical health. Challenging yourself, pushing through the pain and setting goals is a great way to focus your thoughts, relieve stress and check out of the office for a while. This means when you get back to the grind, you’ll be refreshed, attentive and prepared.

Just twenty minutes of moving around can help get you back on the right track. If you can’t find time to dedicate to exercise, try to get in the habit of walking during your lunch break or cycling to work. Even a quick stretch in the morning to get your day going will help.

“Exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.” – Nelson Mandela

5. Get that natural light

Obviously, if you work at a fixed desk in an office, then rearranging may cause some problems. However, science has shown that those who work near natural light from windows are 12% more productive. Moving to work by a window is a quick and easy way to up your productivity without doing a thing!

If you work from home, try to make sure your desk is positioned by a large window. If you have to work in a dark space, try to get in the habit of taking your breaks in a light space. Drink your coffee or tea in a space with windows, if you like walking while on a business call, try to walk in space with lots of natural light. You’ll end up being more productive without even noticing. 

6. Take a time out

It’s so easy to stay connected these days. Smartphones mean we are never more than a few taps away from sending an email or comparing some numbers. But everyone needs a break. If you are constantly trying to stay in touch with work and never take some time for yourself, you may find yourself burnt out.

Taking a break and carving out some time in your busy schedule to relax will help keep your enthusiasm for your work and prevent you from feeling lethargic or tired. Finding some time to spend with friends, or learn a new skill will give you the mental stimulation you need to keep your focus and means when you do start working, you’ll be at your most productive. 

Emily Derrick is a freelance writer and editor based in the south of France. Specializing in creating engaging online content, she has a strong focus on travel and lifestyle. Emily also writes about her experiences moving to another country and setting up her own business in a foreign language. She provides advice for those wishing to go-it-alone and start freelancing.  For more information go to www.emily-derrick.com.

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Knowing Your Message vs Delivering Your Message

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Have you ever sent a text message only to have it misinterpreted by the person reading it? Happens all the time. Have you ever given a presentation that you were totally prepared for only to have it fall flat? Happens all the time. Have you ever had someone ask you something like, “Why are you mad?” when you were not at all mad? Happens all the time. (more…)

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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Building a business is about more than sales, marketing, and flexing on social media. While those things tend to draw attention, they attract the wrong type of clients and are not how you build a sustainable and freedom-focused business. (more…)

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Practicing Self-Devotion: 3 Ways Towards a More Mindful and Compassionate You

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I can still hear the voices of my older relatives and my elementary school teachers telling me “be disciplined”, “keep at it”, to give time and energy towards what we want. As a young, impressionable child, I believed all those things because well, they made sense. They worked. And honestly, I felt like it’s the only way to flourish. (more…)

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