3 Tips For Greater Productivity

Do you have a buddy who seems to breeze through even the most challenging tasks? Do you wonder how they do it? Because they get a lot done!

Here are three tips that will make you more productive than any of your pals.

Take A rest

Taking a break may seem counterintuitive while trying to maximize productivity, but it really achieves the opposite. When you give your mind some downtime for relaxation and imagination, it can perform at its peak. You may achieve this by taking regular pauses from your activities. Try to do it once an hour, but more often is great too.

You shouldn’t just spend a few minutes away from your task to check your email or check social media; instead, you should entirely disconnect from work in order to go to the restroom, get a food, or engage.  Experiment with different break intervals to see what works best for your mind, and then adhere to that schedule religiously.

Working in short bursts

To maximize productivity, use a timer for each work session in addition to taking frequent breaks. You should only use this timer for brief intervals of time, no more than 20 or 25 minutes. Time of day is not crucial. It may take some trial and error to determine the optimal length of a work session for you. Creating manageable sub-goals can boost your motivation and make the whole effort seem more manageable. You’ll also work more conscientiously with the danger of a timer.

You may overcome procrastination by setting timers for 20 minutes at a time and telling yourself you only have to work for that amount of time.

Reduce Outside Interferences

People who are easily distracted might benefit from breaking up their work into shorter chunks of time. Reduce the number of potential interruptions in your workspace. Turn off email alerts and set a certain time each day to check your inbox. Don’t bring your personal devices to the office. You shouldn’t eat at your desk.

You’ll appreciate your meals more if you take advantage of your breaks to do this.

Having a specific place to do your job may also help you focus and get things done.

When you take regular pauses, work in short bursts, and eliminate distractions, you’ll discover that improved productivity finds you organically, even if it seems impossible at the time. You’ll soon be like your friend who seems to effortlessly get everything done.

10 Ways to reduce the complexity of your usual life

The society in which we live is really hectic. I am sure you got it. There are a great deal of commitments that we are expected to fulfill. There is a great deal going on right now. Someone, somewhere, is constantly in need of something. There is a high probability that any opportunity you have to relax will be disrupted by another problem, wish, emergency, or distraction. There is little opportunity to relax and take some deep breaths. Think about this if you wish to keep things straightforward in your life…

  1. Figure Out What You Consider to Be Most Important

Knowing what is truly important is the first step in living a life that is simpler and more enjoyable. What aspects of your life do you prioritize? How would you describe the lifestyle of someone who lives a modest life? Writing down the top four to five objectives of your life and using that list as a guide might be a useful tool.

  1. Get rid of all the extra stuff

You and your dreams become stifled when you accumulate more and more stuff. When you have a lot of things, you also have a lot of things that need to be taken care of and worried about. Consider yourself a first-time buyer and examine any room in your house as though you were doing it for the first time. What can be ditched? What can be preserved? After that, get started on the process of decluttering.

  1. Establish Normal Daily Habits

It’s important to establish routines so that you can get things done while still having time to enjoy life. You should begin by identifying any activities or responsibilities that involve repeating the same steps. Make it a habit to develop routines that you can perform almost mindlessly. You will economize both time and effort as a result of this.

  1. It’s Ok to Say No

Saying “no” more often will help simplify your life, even if it hurts to let people down. It means you’ll have fewer commitments and more time to focus on what really matters. The ability to say “no” and mean it is a powerful tool in achieving success.

  1. Relish your time with those you care about

Life is easier — and, truth be told, more enjoyable — when you prioritize spending time with the people who matter the most to you. In other words, you shouldn’t abandon your loved ones. You need only identify who deserves your undivided attention.

  1. Cut ties with negative people in your life

Toxic friends, family, or partners can complicate our life more than anyone else. Remove the unnecessary complexity from your life by choosing not to participate in their drama. Try to spend as little time as possible in their company.

  1. Curb your online habits and usage time

A simple life does not consist of being constantly available via notifications, social media, or email. Although it may be challenging, it is important to find methods to minimize the disruption caused by your phone and email. One step in the right direction is to schedule times when you will check your email and social media accounts.

  1. Cut Down on Clothing Clutter

Probably only about 20% of your closet items get any actual use. Then why do you keep so many clothes that it’s difficult to find something to wear? It’s time to pare down your closet to a select few high-quality, versatile staples. Just think about how much more relaxed your mornings just got.

  1. To get the most out of your week, plan it out

The best method to streamline your week is to spend some time planning it out. It serves as a guide for your future actions. There will be no more time wasted wondering what to do next or rushing to finish off tasks you forgot about.

  1. Put an end to your striving for perfection

Paralyzing perfectionism is a real problem. You just freeze up. When we have a lot on our plates and it all seems too much, we tend to focus on the big picture and not on figuring out how to break it down into manageable chunks. then we end up sitting around doing nothing. There’s an African parable “How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

Do you have any tips on ways to simplifying this life to make the journey ever more pleasant? Share it in the comments.

The Simple Things Add Up… There Is So Much To Be Grateful For!

It’s real easy to become one of those people who love to complain (the woe is me people). They tend to complain all the time about everything under the sun. As a youth and young adult, I was innocent enough to believe what people were saying. I really thought there were plenty of valid reasons to complain: about the weather (most often), lack of money (runner-up), “white” folk, “black” folk, neighbors, friends, coworkers, the heavy set person taking up two seats on the subway, bad health, etc. I assumed the world just turned out to be like this and there was nothing much I could do about it. Being in that environment it’s really easy to get infected by that way of being.

Fortunately for me something clicked though, especially as I started traveling outside of the U.S., and reflecting on the culture and society I was born into. One of the great benefits of being born and spending time outside of the United States is having a different view of the world. Even though I was born and raised in the central city of Georgetown, Guyana, and we had indoor plumbing; I knew of and were friends with other kids who weren’t as fortunate. I saw poverty of a kind not comparable to that in the U.S. Yet these folks often had nothing but big smiles on their faces, while we had everything and were still complaining! How could this be?

It became crystal clear to me that the complaints had nothing to do with the outer circumstances. It was an attitude, a habit formed over time.

As I matured, and through countless interactions in the world, I learned that inner loneliness, clinging to expectations of how “we” think things should be, instead of appreciating what is, was among the reasons why we complain so much.

I realized further that the people, who seemed to complain very little, were those who connected to something “greater” than themselves.

Here’s what shifted for me. I began to express sincere gratitude for all the love and “hate” I had received and will keep receiving throughout your life. I became grateful for the clean water coming out of the tap, with just a simple gesture of my hand. Take into consideration that there are many people in other parts of the world spending upwards of six hours every day to get a little bit of water, and an unfortunate number die of thirst.

I became grateful for the lights that came on when I would flip the switch in my apartment. Large parts of the world have to do without electrical power! Say “thank you” for the variety of food that is available to you every day, around the globe there are countless numbers who get by on one scarce meal a day, or are simply starving.

Who Am I? – A Meditation Of Self Identity

Who am I? What comes up for you when you ask this question of yourself? In terms of memories, ideas, how you’ve been described? What do you identify with? Does this process of identification help you, or just cause suffering? Are you still figuring or learning about who you are?

Perhaps when your favorite basketball team loses, you suffer as though YOU lost. When your car is damaged it feels like YOU got hurt. When someone attacks who they think you are, does it seem as though they’re actually reaching inside and poking at your true nature (they’ve struck a nerve)? How can you escape the unnecessary drama and pain? (more…)