As a mom who’s working from home, you deal with all kinds of executive-level administrative stuff, like scheduling appointments, coordinating events, and establishing procedures that make sense for everyone who’s in the “office.” What may be most challenging is accomplishing your work at hand, whether it’s freelance writing or consulting for nonprofits. Take heart! Here are five nifty tips that will keep you productive despite all the chaos that greets you daily.Read More
Successful people may have their fair share of secrets, but they also have a number of important habits that fuel their accomplishments. These regular behaviors aren’t hard for any of us to do, and they’re not expensive or weird! But they will bring success if you practice them until they become as normal in your life as spring rain!
Habit 1: “Power-Up” to Start Your Day
Your mindset largely determines your experience of success. The way that you begin your day influences how you move through the next several hours, so spend 15 to 30 minutes (or longer) to get amped up before you hit the door!
•Express gratitude for being alive, for what you’ve learned through the years, and for all your accomplishments to date. Research shows that just 5 minutes of giving thanks literally makes you feel good and prepares you to be an active participant in your day – and thus far more productive than a passive onlooker!
•Take time to be inspired and motivated! A short motivational reading or even a single inspirational quote can change your perspective, so that “problems” become challenges that you eagerly take on!
•Spend a few minutes planning. In addition to a daily to-do list, plan times to multitask and to take breaks!
Habit 2: Maximize Every Minute
•Replace “down” time with rejuvenation and productivity: review your vision and goals or listen to a podcast in your field of interest.
•Use all the helpful technology and apps that will save you time!
•Whenever possible, multitask in ways that increase your productivity without causing you stress.
Habit 3: Read!
•Books and articles about your passion, be it photography or politics, enhance your critical thinking skills so that you can produce smartly.
•Read to expand your imagination, a crucial ingredient to your success – just ask Bill Gates!
Habit 4: Spend Time with People Who Uplift You
When I was a child, I had a babysitter who often told me, “Hang out with dogs and you’ll get fleas!” Flipping this to the positive, make it a point to spend time with people who can only lift you up because negativity is foreign to them! Their positivity will encourage and motivate you whenever you doubt your potential to accomplish great things. These people will also be supportive when you make a career move or other major transition!
Habit 5: Relax and Rest Well!
Would Oprah Winfrey be as impactful if she were constantly sleep-deprived? Don’t fool yourself into believing that you can trade-in your rest, relaxation and refreshment for success! Maintaining good physical health is part of being successful: you’ve gotta bring your body along!
•Take brief moments throughout each day to unwind.
•Laugh (don’t just smile, but really laugh) regularly. Laughter reduces stress throughout your body!
•Look forward to bedtime. Before journaling your end-of-day thoughts, try putting on some relaxing music or taking a warm, candle-lit bath to bring on a restful night’s sleep!
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“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
― Anthony Robbins
Over the years I have struggled with remaining consistent, I would often start something and stop within a few months of starting. Staying consistent is vital if you want to succeed in anything. Let me give a quick example of how lack of consistency had a negative effect on a goal I had set for myself. A few years ago, I started a YouTube channel about plant based living. I was posting every few days, I was killing it. Then I stopped and started posting once a month or twice in the space of three or four months. I struggled with staying on top of things, eventually I stopped posting altogether. The people that started their channels at the same time that I did have all grown significantly in their YouTube careers. I am just learning the hard lessons of not staying consistent. Read More
3 Essential Principles For Effective Goal Setting
It is that time of the year when energy levels are high, and most of us are pumped and ready to take on the new year with determination and vigour. However, it rarely works out the way we want it to. Research from the University of Scranton found that only 8 % of people are successful in achieving their New resolutions. By the end of January, most people have given up. If this is you, if you struggle to maintain the high energy and focus that you had at the start of the year, maybe you need to rethink how you set your goals.
In this post, I am going to outline three major principles of goal setting. Take these into account and work on them intently, you should notice a difference in how successful you are at achieving your goals in 2019.
The more specific or explicit the goal, the more precisely performance is regulated.” – Edwin Locke
Getting clear is essential, in fact it is crucial. If you vague, unclear goals, how do you expect to achieve anything at all? For example, if you were playing football, and it was unclear where your actual goal was on the pitch, how on Earth do you expect to work towards scoring a goal. You need to know where the goal is. Otherwise how can you make plans to achieve it? Read More