Saturday, 18 October 2014
Do you want to know the secret? It’s the same thing that they do every other day. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Here are 12 weekend habits of highly successful people:
1. Get up early
Successful people do not stay in bed until 2 p.m. on a Sunday. Or even 11 a.m. Research shows that our brains are sharpest two and a half to four hours after waking. Get up early on a weekend and you’ve got a head start on the rest of the world.
2. Have a plan
“What good shall I do today?” Successful people know the importance of even daily goals — the weekends are no exception. Sure, they can be a time for (planned and purposeful) rejuvenation. General slacking off is not an option.
3. Don’t multi-task
Multi-tasking is so 2005. It may be tempting to maximize your weekend productivity by running on the treadmill while calling your mother and trolling your newsfeed, but successful people know that this just reduces efficiency and effectiveness. Instead, be present for each single activity. A maximum of two goals or tasks per day ensure productivity and accomplishments are align.
4. Stay active
Successful people know the importance of an active body for an active mind — weekends included. If nothing else, it will also counteract that glass of wine and cheese platter from Saturday night.
5. Prioritize what’s important
“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” Weekends are the time to remind yourself of the forgotten little things — to keep your work-life harmony (the new ‘balance’) in check and reset if needed. Spending time with your friends, children or partner might not directly increase profits that day or propel you into the limelight, but that doesn’t make it any less important.
6. Make time for hobbies
Successful people are often interesting people — and their hobbies have a lot to do with that. Sure, golfing on Saturdays can be a great way to network and source business opportunities. But, even solo hobbies can aid success through fostering creativity and relieving stress.
7. Practice stillness
This once-best-kept secret of the yogis is now common knowledge. Even the corporate world is acknowledging the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for reducing stress, improving productivity, facilitating creativity and maintaining general well-being. The weekends can often be busier than week days with attempting to cram in chores, exercise, family commitments, social engagements and more into a 48-hour period. The most successful people take daily time out for stillness, weekends included. They don’t call it a meditation “practice” for nothing.
8. Forget FOMO, Embrace JOMO
We’ve all done it — posted a tastefully filtered snap of our weekend antics or checked in on social media to elicit “likes” and envy from our friends/followers (#bragging). Enter, the era of FOMO (fear of missing out). On weekends, we’re even more prone to FOMO. People should be focusing on JOMO (the joy of missing out) — the mantra that “there is nowhere I’d rather be than exactly where I am.” Successful people are often competitive, high achievers by nature — practicing an attitude of gratitude and resisting social-media-induced FOMO is key for a happy weekend. And isn’t happiness the real marker of success?
9. Take time to reflect
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Reflection should be a daily practice but the weekends are a perfect opportunity to step back and reflect on the lessons of the previous week and to make improvements for the next. Try starting a “one sentence journal” to encourage daily reflection. Make Saturday or Sunday your day to flick back through the week’s entries!
10. Give back
It is amazing how focusing your mind on issues like health, poverty, conservation and climate change can help to re-energize your thinking in other areas. Successful people agree with Anne Frank: “No one has ever become poor from giving.” Nothing helps put things in perspective and reduce stress more than helping those less fortunate. Weekends are a great time to get involved in local and community volunteer events.
It’s settled then. Success is a 24/7 lifestyle choice — weekends included!
Monday, 13 October 2014
One of the best ways to create a happier life for yourself is to make other people happier.
– You see it. You’ll feel happier as someone’s face lights up with joy.
– You did a good thing. You’ll feel happier because you feel you have done a good thing. And so your self-esteem shoots up too.
– You get what you give. In the long run you tend to be treated by others as you treat them. Plus, the way you treat and think about others also tends to be the way you treat and think about yourself.
So how can you make someone happier?
Here are 21 quite quick things you can start doing today. Pick one and see how it can affect someone in your life.
1. Give a sincere compliment. Many positive things tend to go unsaid. So give someone a sincere compliment today. It can mean especially much if it’s for something that is close to the other person’s heart. Or something he or she been putting in a good effort with like getting into better shape for the last few months.
2. Let someone into your lane while driving you’re driving. It can unstress his or her day quite a bit.
3. Hold a the door open for a few extra seconds. It doesn’t take much of an effort but it can put a smile on someone’s face.
4. Express your gratitude for what is too often taken for granted. We may sometimes take what others do a bit too much for granted. Like the food they cook, how they keep doing their job consistently each and every day or how to they are there to listen when we need it.
5. Share some of your tasty homemade cookies. Or bread, ice cream or jerky.
6. Give away a piece of your hobby. Like a bracelet or a drawing you have made for instance.
7. Share some of your fall harvest. For example some jam, canned vegetables or dried delicious mushrooms or fruit.
8. Encourage.The world can be a tough and discouraging place at times. So encourage someone who is in a negative situation at the moment. Add your own perhaps more grounded and optimistic perspective on the situation to lessen his or her worries and perhaps exaggerated fears.
9. Tell a good – or terrible – joke. Or a funny story about something that happened to you last week.
10. Share something funny you found online. Play one of your favorite clips from a stand-up show you love if you are out of jokes and good stories at the moment.
11. Help out practically with advice. If a friend needs some help then ask someone you know who has been in that situation for advice. Or do a bit of online research to find what he she might be looking for.
12. Pick some flowers. It only takes few minutes but the joy lasts for days.
13. Give a hug. It unstresses and it can disrupt negative thoughts and change someone’s mood surprisingly quickly. Use when appropriate though.
14. Cook their favorite food if they have had a bad day. It can really cheer them up on such days.
15. Get their favorite takeout food. If you want a quicker option than cooking a meal when they are having a crummy day. A variation on this idea is to get just a small piece of their favorite chocolate or other treat.
16. Smile. Even if you’re only spending 30 seconds on talking to the cashier in the supermarket checkout line.
17. Run an errand or do one chore for that person. It can be big stress reducer if he or she is having a hectic day.
18. Just listen. It’s sometimes all that’s needed to help someone out of a negative headspace.
19. Bring a cup of tea or coffee the way that person likes it. It only takes a minute while you are already up and getting a hot beverage for yourself.
20. Hide a secret note for him or her to find. A note of thankfulness. Or a note with a compliment. Or simply a note of love. Hide it in their tea container, lunch box or hat for example.
21. Bring the postivity. If you bring positivity and an open, happy and good energy into a conversation for example then that tends to spread and the two of you or more will have happier lunch break, evening down at the pub or coffee date in the crisp autumn sunshine.
Friday, 10 October 2014
1. Make Peace with Your Past so it does not spoil your present. Your past does not define your future – you actions and beliefs do.
2. What others think of you is none of your business. It is how much you value yourself and how important you think you are.
3. Time heals almost everything give time, time. Pain will be less hurting. Scars make us who we are, they explain our life and who we are, they challenge us and force us to be strong.
4. No one is the reason for your own happiness, except you yourself. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.
5. Don’t compare your life with others’ you have no idea what their journey is about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we would grab ours back as fast as we could.
6. Stop thinking too much it’s all right not to know all the answers. Sometimes there is no answer, not going to be any answer, never has been an answer. That’s the answer! Just accept it, move on. Next!
7. Smile you don’t own all the problems in the world. A smile can brighten the darkest day and make life more beautiful. It is a potential curve to turn a life around and set everything straight.
Sunday, 5 October 2014
The average employee spends 13 hours each week on email. That, plus endless lists of to-do items, hours of seemingly pointless meetings and unexpected interruptions creates noise that prevents productivity, inhibits creativity and gets between you and the day you hoped you’d have. So what can you do about it? Take a deep breath, imagine the life you want to have instead, and create a plan to make that happen.
Below are ten steps that can help you take charge and help you craft the professional and personal life that works for you.
1. Define success.
Only you know what will make you feel fulfilled. When you want to achieve a goal, whether it’s starting a new business, writing a book or running a marathon, start with the end in mind. Write it down and refer work toward it every day.
2. Visualize that success.
Think back to a time when you accomplished something that really made you proud. Now imagine the best possible outcome of your new venture and hold on to that feeling – and that image of yourself. Work for that future you and don’t hold that person back with your own pessimism.
3. Forget entitlement.
You aren’t destined to succeed because you went to a certain school or have a certain background or contacts. Don’t expect that what you want will fall into your lap or that you are more deserving than someone else. Focus on the work or expect to miss out on something great.
4. Think small to think big.
You can’t change your ways overnight, so set small, achievable milestones and slowly build momentum toward your goal. Don’t set yourself up to fail by taking on too much too soon.
5.Consistency is key.
Procrastination can quickly turn to panic, kicking your brain into crisis mode. That’s bad for creative output and your health. Start early and give each milestone the time it needs.
Do the most pressing or important item on your to-do lists first. Even if you think knocking off a couple of smaller tasks will help you tackle the big one, willpower is often at its highest at the start of the day rather than at the end of it. Monitor yourself to understand when you are the most productive and organize your schedule accordingly.
You can’t do everything. Think about what someone else can take on, at work or in your personal life, so you can devote more time to your new priorities. Learn to let some tasks go and relish in the new perspective you’ll get in return.
8. Find collaborators.
To make these steps stick, enlist likeminded friends, colleagues and family members who will hold you accountable, celebrate your achievements and share their insights. Support can come from the unlikeliest of sources. Just make sure you're open to the possibilities.
9. Stay motivated.
To keep engaged and weather any setbacks, make yourself a “motivational manual.” Look to quotes from people who inspire you or playlists of songs that boost your creativity and productivity. Create an environment where you can thrive.
10. Take stock and try again tomorrow.
If you feel like you have too many plates in the air, stop and just focus on one at a time. Try spending time on one project every day and see how much you accomplish.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
So you’ve picked out your outfit, packed up your work bag and made sure to get in bed on time. Yet somehow, when you wake up the next morning, your routine still feels stressful and rushed. And as we all know, a stressful morning can make your whole day unpleasant.
Here are the best ways to start your day off right.
1. Resist The Urge To Press “Snooze”
We know: easier said than done, but you’ll feel more awake if you get out of bed when your alarm goes off the first time. That’s because your body releases adrenaline after you first hear the alarm, making you feel instantly alert. By going back to sleep for those few minutes, you’re throwing off your sleep cycle.
2. Set A Couple Goals You’d Like To Accomplish Each Day
Some people think it’s best to make a list of goals for the next day before falling asleep, while others like to contemplate these in the shower or on their commute. Find out what fits into your routine and identify goals to keep you focused throughout the day.
3. Let Natural Light Flow Into Your Bedroom
This boost of sunshine will give your body extra cues that it’s time to wake up and begin the day.
4. Get Your Routine Down To A Science
If you stick to a strict routine every morning, you’ll be less tempted by distractions like catching your favorite morning television show or surfing the web.
5. Get Your Blood Flowing With Some Exercise
This can range from simple stretches, to a run, to a full yoga routine. The take-away here is to get moving so your brain and muscles get an early dose of blood and oxygen.
6. Avoid Checking Texts And Emails First Thing When You Wake Up
Not only will this sidetrack you from getting ready, but it will also put other people’s priorities before your own.
7. Listen To Something Calming
Whether it’s listening to relaxing music or your favorite podcast, giving your ears a soothing treat will help get your day started in a zen manner.
8. Limit Your Caffeine Intake
Even if you desperately need coffee in the morning, it’s best to view it as a treat consumed in moderation. That way, you'll get your morning energy without feeling jittery.
9. Know How Long You Really Take
Don’t give yourself an arbitrary amount of time to get ready. Instead, study your habits and give yourself the amount of time it actually takes for you to get out the door. Then, add in about 10-15 extra minutes for “wild card moments,” like accidentally getting toothpaste on your shirt.
10. Start The Day With A “Big” Task
There’s a reason you feel less motivated as the day goes on. Your self-control and willpower dwindle later in the day, so it’s best to complete duties that require concentration right when you get to the office. Resist the temptation to put them off until later in the afternoon.
11. Eat A Good Breakfast
We know you’ve heard this one a thousand times before, but that’s because it’s important for a productive, stress-free morning. Just remember that breakfast doesn’t mean gulping down a mug of coffee. Instead, opt for something satisfying and wholesome, such as a bowl of yogurt topped with fresh fruit or any nutritional meal.