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5 Insanely Simple and Effective Ways to Take a Mental Break From Work

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A study conducted by Gettysburg College found that you spend one-third of your life at work. On average, a person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. This is a lot of time away from family while undergoing a lot of mental and physical stress. Overtime work starts to take priority over family and before you realize it, your productivity, creativity, mental, and physical health starts to decline. Why does this happen?

The reason is we do not give our minds time to re-charge and refocus on our priorities. We keep letting lesser priority tasks slip into our daily schedule and end up working long hours with less motivation. Then, every day starts to look like what Bill Murray experienced in the movie “Groundhog Day”. It is the same day every day!

Below is a five-step process to break this vicious cycle, reset your mind, and take a break from work:

1. Do a Mind Dump

Our minds already have all the information about our goals, interests, passion, and what motivates us. We need to tap into this rich information by strategically writing them down and making them visible. This is where the Mind Dump Exercise helps. Whenever you feel lost, not accomplishing your goals, overcommitting yourself to various tasks, feeling overwhelmed with ideas and thoughts, do this exercise, and document everything in your mind on to a piece of paper. 

The exercise helps to give more visibility into your emotions, and you can take action accordingly. There is no right or wrong way to do this exercise. The goal is to write down everything you have in your mind. Then use this to guide your actions. 

“Rest when you are weary. Refresh and Renew yourself. Your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” – Ralph Martson

2. Write Down All of Your Accomplishments

One of the biggest problems with the human mind is it easily sways towards negative thoughts if we allow it to. We are constantly thinking about the things we haven’t accomplished and feel bad about ourselves. Let’s change that narrative in our minds.

Write down all your accomplishments in a given time frame. It could be – three months, six months, a year, or whatever you see fit. Once you start writing down all your accomplishments, it gives you a chance to appreciate the past and the present, in terms of all the items you have already completed that gives you purpose in life. Don’t think about the future alone.

I may go one step further and take a print out of all these accomplishments and stick it in a visible portion of your office to remind yourself every day that you are doing great work.

3. Write Down All of the Things You Are Grateful For

Yes, life sucks and throws you curveballs that hit you when you least expect it. But, each time you fall, you can stand up again and keep marching. One way to help do this is to write down all the things you are grateful for, like – your family, health, job, kids, friends, having money to support your family, having a roof over your head, and much more. Research conducted at UC Berkeley found a strong correlation between gratitude and well-being. It directly impacts mental and physical health.

When you observe the things you are grateful for, it helps give a different and more informed perspective on your current situation. Remember, “Tough times don’t last, tough people, do.” – Robert Schuller.

4. Give Yourself Some Grace

The problem with us as humans is that the way we treat ourselves is different than the way we treat others. We are kind to our best friend, and make sure we treat him/her with respect. But, when we mess up or do something that we do not like, we berate ourselves. We tell ourselves we are not good enough; we always mess up; we are stupid, and we do not deserve a second chance. Would you say these things to your best friend? Of course, you wouldn’t. Then, why do you treat yourself any differently?

It is unusual for people to say, “I am not going to do the best I can.” We all strive to put in our optimum effort to do what is best for our loved ones and us. So, when things aren’t going well for you, or you feel like giving up, give yourself some grace. Recognize that you are doing the best you can under the circumstances you are currently in. Sometimes things do not work out, and that is okay. There is always next time.

“Treat yourself with love and respect and you will attract people who show you love and respect.” – Rhonda Byrne

5. Do Something Fun

We get so attached to our work, that we sometimes forget life is more than just our job. Many beautiful experiences are waiting to be explored. There are fun things to do by yourself and your family. This could be as simple as spending more time with family, going on a mini-vacation, taking a staycation – where you catch up on reading, favorite TV shows, and eating great food. Detach from your busy life at work. Remember “We all have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we have only one” – Confucius.

So are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious at work? Then, it may be time to take a mental break from your job and focus on you. Follow the five-step process and give yourself the headspace you deserve.

Raj Subrameyer is an international keynote speaker, author, and tech career coach who helps people to land their dream job and become successful leaders. He has helped countless individuals discover their zone of genius and leverage it to live a life that they love. He is a sought-after speaker at various conferences and has been featured in numerous publications, including Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, and The Good Men Project. He is also the author of the new book – Skyrocket Your Career. You can connect with him on twitter @epsilon11, or his website www.rajsubra.com.

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7 Ways to Share Your Story on Social Media

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Content marketing is “A type of marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that does not explicitly promote a brand but is intended to stimulate interest in its products or services”. In other words, explicit marketing is simply saying “buy my stuff!” whereas content marketing is the art of persuading people to do so through storytelling. (more…)

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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Defining Your Own Success: A Step by Step Guide

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Everyone wants success in their lives, but success can be defined in so many different ways that it can sometimes seem daunting. In this blog post, you will learn how to make success easier for yourself by defining what success means to you. (more…)

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5 Characteristics of Athletes You Need for Business Success

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Michigan State basketball coach, Tom Izzo, wrote “Players play. Tough players win.” I would add to that, “It’s tough to win.”I think if you, as a leader, are looking to build an organization that is successful – that wins – you first have to accept that it will be tough. There are no shortcuts to success. In my 44 years of coaching, I was fortunate to coach a lot of tough players. I believe the toughness I have seen in athletes corresponds well to any organization or business. (more…)

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