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How To Live A Healthy Lifestyle When You Are Too Busy

Written By: docmac - Oct• 20•17

How To Live A Healthy Lifestyle When You Are Too Busy

Most of us know that living a healthy lifestyle isn’t the easiest thing to do, and the sad truth is that many of us simply feel just too busy in life to implement any healthy changes.
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It’s not necessarily that you don’t have the motivation or you don’t want to have a better lifestyle – it’s simply that you don’t feel you have the time to make the required changes in order to turn your lifestyle around (because, yes, it does take time and mental energy to make positive changes!)

 

 But you CAN turn things around if you change your mindset and the way you’re going about things.
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Here’s how…
1) Make small changes
You don’t have to completely revamp your lifestyle overnight.
In fact, with your current work schedule and other things going on, you may never be able to achieve your ideal lifestyle.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to become one of those people who goes to the gym at 5am every morning and manages to drink enough water throughout the day.
Start with simple changes, such as eating a healthier breakfast or taking the stairs up to the office. Smaller really is better than nothing, honestly!
2) Find a buddy
Rather than trying to make a change on your own, find somebody to do it with you. This could be your partner, your best friend, a neighbor or the entire family.
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When you are all making lifestyle changes together, it’s not only easier to stick to it, but also to get the support that you need during tough times.
3) Remember it’s not just about physical health
Living a healthier lifestyle isn’t just all about losing weight, exercising more and eating better foods.
It’s also about your mental health, so you can think about ways in which to improve this too. Spend an hour just once a week after work to meditate, have a drink with some friends or even attend talking therapy sessions if you feel you have things to offload throughout the week. Still feel too busy?
Well this is exactly why you need this time out. Everyone can prioritize 10 minutes a day for some quiet time, and you really must if you’re feeling frazzled.
The rest will follow.
4) If you don’t succeed, try again!
Starting a new diet on Monday might seem like a great idea, but if you’re feeling like giving up by the time you get to Wednesday, don’t worry about it.
Allow yourself time to ease into a healthier lifestyle, and be patient with yourself too. And, if you fall off the wagon, just put it behind you, get back up and start again.
A healthy lifestyle is something that you should be able to keep for the rest of your life – it’s not a short term fix.

Are You Ready To Learn How To Boost Your Confidence

Written By: docmac - Oct• 07•17

Learn How to Boost Your Confidence Level

Self-confidence is an individual’s ability to be able to express thoughts and actions with self-conviction and assurance. You may wonder why there are people who are able to perform and project something without so much hesitation. Well, they just have the right level of confidence.

Confidence is neither inborn nor hereditary, meaning it can be acquired and learned by anyone. People who lack the said ability tend to easily shy away from even a small crowd, they tend to underperform in their jobs and assigned tasks, or they do not speak their minds. But anyone can achieve a certain level of confidence with gradual exposure to people and situations.confidence

Expose Yourself

An effective way to build self-confidence easily is to immerse yourself in various activities. Whether you belong to an academic organization, working for a company, member of a club or association, expose yourself whenever there is a chance.

You may want to join programs and be given a specific role or assignment to work on. If you got talent such as singing or dancing, do not keep it to yourself. Let everyone know that you have the skill. With that, you will receive praises and acknowledgements which will help you boost confidence.

Get yourself involved in different activities and programs in your organization or community and notice your confidence level increase.

Be Presentable All the Time

Projecting a presentable look all the time is a sure way to boost confidence level. Learn how to dress up properly and neatly so you will look good and pleasant.

Always remember to dress up to please yourself and not other people, so do not be too conscious of what to wear, but of course, always dress up according to the occasion. Avoid casual attire in a corporate office. Be in formal or semi-formal attire when attending special occasions.

You will not only look good with proper and comfortable clothing, you will also feel good about yourself. Then, people will admire you for being constantly presentable.

Learn to Face Your Fears

Personal fears hinder some people to come out of their shell. They are scared of making mistakes for fear of being criticized so they would rather stay in one corner.

Everyone has their own fears and unless these are conquered, confidence will be hard to attain. The way to face your fears is to indulge in it. For example, if your fear is public speaking, get over it by volunteering to speak before a crowd.

If your fear is socializing with different people, start joining events and occasions especially if there are invitations from friends. Unless you act on your fear, it will remain as that and it will bring down your self-esteem.

You will realize that you have built a good level of self-confidence because you will experience the transformation in you. And when you look back on how you were before, you will only tell yourself that you were right after all in believing that you can do the things you thought you would not be able to do.

6 Ways To Have More Laughter In Your Life

Written By: docmac - Oct• 07•17

6 Ways To Have More Laughter In Your Life

There are many things in life that we must be serious about. Although it is good to stay focused on the important things, we should also make time to simply have a good laugh. Laughing burns calories, bonds you to your loved ones, and relieves stress. What more could you want in an activity that is so fun and refreshing? Here are six ideas on ways to add laughter to your everyday life.

1. Go to Karaoke Night

Whether or not you can sing, attend a karaoke night at a local pub. If you can sing, it will be fun and you will surely get a few moments of laughter. If you are a terrible singer, even better. Openly mock yourself. Quietly find humor in the others whose voices are not their strong point either. There are always a few.

2. Watch a Funny Movie

Sometimes all it takes to de-stress is to watch someone else being funny. Put on a good comedy. Choose one with your favorite silly actors, and enjoy. You can also find funny short movies on YouTube.

3. Make a Prank Call

This is only applicable to a close friend, of course, but if you want to have a really good laugh… make a prank call. If you have been blessed with the ability to disguise your voice, call your friend up and act as though you are an obnoxious salesman. As immature as this sounds, you and your friend will both probably get a laugh out of the ordeal that you will never forget.

4. Play a Practical Joke

Another one to use on a good friend who shares your sense of humor… playing a practical joke tops the list of easy laughs. Whether you choose to set several hidden alarm clocks in their room, or switch the salt and sugar temporarily, give them a reason to remember you. Other ideas include dropping a fake spider over their shoulder, changing their cell phone setting to a foreign language, or placing bubble wrap in between their toilet bowl and the toilet seat when you visit their home.

5. Ask Your Children to Make Some Jokes

If you have little ones, or friends with little ones, ask them to be the comedian for the evening. Sometimes children say the funniest things. Even when their jokes fall flat, there is something humorous about a little one trying to get a laugh out of the adults.

6. Find Humor When There Seems to Be None

One of the most important things to do is to search for the humorous moments. When you lock yourself out of your car, remember what a funny story it will be in the future, and start to point out the funny details to yourself and your family. When things seem to be going wrong, think of an interesting and hilarious way to tell your story to someone at a later time. This can change a stressful moment into a great one in an instant.

There are many ways to add laughter to your life. Use these ideas as a springboard to your own list of raucous laugh-inducers. You will feel your stress melt away as the laughs increase on a daily basis.

Most of us have fallen for the green-eyed monster at some time in our lives. We will talk about how to deal with jealousy next time.

 

 

Investing In You

Written By: docmac - Oct• 07•17

Investing In You

If you are not investing in personal development, you may be limiting your true potential. Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life.

It’s amazing how many people don’t try to improve themselves. These are the same people that wonder why they are not getting anywhere with their lives.

You want to use some guidelines to help you which are as follows:

Imagine How You Want to Shape Your Life

Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you want to live. You need to balance what kinds of changes you want professionally as well as personally. The two will ultimately overlap.

If you imagine yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will become part of both. There may be certain aspects of your personal development that you believe are specific to personal life but may eventually carry over to your professional life.

If you have wanted to increase your skills as a community leader, this could easily be incorporated into your professional career. The key is to identify and imagine what this new skill is going to look like.

Assess Your Current Situation

Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you stand with your life as it currently exists. Determine strengths and weaknesses to help you formulate a plan to make the necessary changes.

Set Goals

Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, create some goals to strive to complete. These should include high level goals as well as action steps. Most important, set milestones with firm dates for these action steps.

Consider Alternatives

There can be valid reasons why certain actions or goals can’t be met. Instead of abandoning the entire personal development plan, come up with alternatives steps. Be careful not to simply fall back on these steps because they are easier than the main goals.

Evaluate How You Are Doing

When you reach a milestone, see how you did against the plan of action steps. This is a crucial step, and it’s important to be realistic and truthful. The best way to handle this is to have someone else perform this for you. It may not be easy to hear, but the benefits will be well worth it.

Keep it Simple

If you add a bunch of unobtainable goals to your plan, you are likely setting yourself up for failure.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to push yourself. It just means being realistic about your capabilities.

Focus And Productivity

Written By: docmac - Oct• 04•17

Focus and Productivity

In our lives today, we are busier than ever before. We think technology has streamlined many tasks, but instead we are given more tools that give us more and more to do with less time to do it. We are stressed and overwhelmed.

The phrase “time management” has become taboo, since it implies there are different ways to cram even more into our already overflowing lives.

We have been lead to believe that if we don’t multitask every minute of our day we will not be productive. This can’t be farther from the truth. Successful people have long realized that focus is the key to being productive.

Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’ ~Marcus Aurelius

Increasing your focus means you should get up each day, looking forward to what you can achieve. Being focused means you are making progress towards what is most important to you. You will feel a greater sense of productivity and fulfillment.

Learn why focus is important in both your personal and professional life in the following pages. You’ll learn tips and strategies on gaining and keeping your focus so you can be productive in everything you do. Multitasking is one of the most overrated skills people claim to have.

In this report you’ll find out why you shouldn’t be multitasking, and what to do instead.
Let’s get started.

Why focus is important

Why is being focused so important in today’s world? What results happen when you are focused? Does being focused make you less stress?

Happier? If it’s so important, why don’t people focus more?

Being focused on one thing for a certain period of time allows you to do a better quality of work, more work gets done quicker, and your creative ideas flow easier. Being focused on one task at a time is less stressful on your mind. And being less stressed allows you be happier.

It’s difficult for people to remain focused on one task for a variety of reasons. For one, we live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with TV, radio, cell phones, Internet social media, as well as a much larger population that lives closer together than ever before.

It’s difficult to get completely away from all these distractions. One way is to go to a room where you can shut your door and turn off your phone and email notifications.

When you focus on a single task, avoiding distractions, your brain becomes focused on that task alone. This lets you complete that task much more quickly than if you are trying to complete two or more tasks at once. For instance, let’s say you need to write a blog post, do your bookkeeping for the week and research information for an upcoming speech.

The best thing to do is to set aside all but one task.

So, for this example, you want to give all your attention writing your blog post. That means turning off the TV, cell phones, social media pings, closing your door and putting all your attention on writing.

By giving all your attention to the task without distraction, you can get it done much more quickly and with fewer mistakes. Your work will be higher quality as well. Another benefit to being focused is that your creativity will kick in too. You’ll come up with new ideas associated with the task at hand.

This is great if you are someone who creates in some way. This includes traditional creative types like artists, writers, photographers, designers and musicians, as well as people who create products or services, teachers, researchers, stay-at-home parents, executives, bloggers, and anyone who needs ideas. This means just about everyone can benefit.

Being constantly connected to others and having many distractions that take away your focus can affect your stress levels as well as your productivity. When you aren’t focused, you don’t get as much done as you could if you were truly focused on the task you’re doing.

Focusing on one thing for a certain period of time helps you think better. Having your mind scattered over several tasks at once keeps you from thinking about what you are actually doing. You only have time to complete a task quickly before you must move on to the next one.

All the while you are trying to remember everything that has to be done. When you focus, you are able to think about only one thing for that period of time.

Focusing allows your subconscious to do the work. Think about when you learned to ride a bike or drive a car. It was difficult in the beginning, but when you began focusing on what you were doing, your subconscious took over and helped you learn. The same is true in your everyday tasks. Once you begin focusing solely on one task, your subconscious helps you do them quicker and easier.
It’s important to focus on one task at a time to become more productive, do better quality work and be less stressed. Focusing can help you be more creative and have more happiness.

Multitasking is overrated

If you’re like many people you spend most days multitasking. You’re probably so used to multitasking that you don’t even realize when you’re doing it. After all, it’s a skill many employers look for in their employees.

Many people believe multitasking saves them time. There are many reasons why multitasking is bad. It’s better to focus instead though. Focusing lets you concentrate on one task or thought at a time, helping you create a better result for each task.

Many people like to multitask because they become bored working on one task at a time.

Why is multitasking bad?

You have to switch from task to task. This takes time for your mind to change into the right mindset for the new task.

You have to take the time to remember where you left off.

1. Multitasking leads to attention and memory loss. According to a study by Harvard Professor Clifford Nass, in findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, people who use online social media and other forms of electronic communications have trouble focusing their attention and have lower scores on memory tests.

2. Cognitive performance is diminished. A recent study by Zheng Wang, a professor at Ohio State University, showed that multitasking caused students to feel more productive, but showed they were actually reducing their cognitive skills abilities such as studying.

3. It turns people off when you are interacting with them. People who multitask often find themselves coming in contact with others. If you only half pay attention to them, answering texts and phone calls while talking to them, you will lose their respect.

4. Multitaskers lose productivity. Switching between tasks is counter-productive. You lose time and concentration every time you switch to a different task.

5. Multitaskers are less likely to finish one quality project. They may finish all their tasks for the day, but they will most likely be sub-par than if they had focused solely on one to completion.

Multitasking makes it difficult to focus entirely on each task you are doing. You are thinking about emails you have to respond to when writing a report and the phone calls you need to return even while you are thinking about the next task on your to-do list. This type of working environment doesn’t do anything but cause you stress. Instead of multitasking among several tasks, you should prioritize your tasks and break them up into workable time chunks.

Tips to improve focus.

Maybe you want to focus on a single task, but find yourself easily distracted. You find it difficult to focus on what you are doing because you find your mind wandering, you’re worrying about everything or maybe you just have way too many things you need to do to make a choice of just one task to start with.

Here are some valuable tips on how to improve focus.

Meditate.

Try to allocate at least 30 minutes each day to meditate. If you can’t dedicate that much time you can still do a short breathing exercise.

Focus on your breathing, really focusing on the air, how it touches your nostrils and enters your lips. How does it feel as it escapes? Your mind may wander, filling with endless amount of thoughts. When this happens bring your thoughts back to focusing on your breathing. Continue this process for several minutes.

Regulating your breathing relaxes your circulatory system and brings you a sense of peace.

Listen.

Listen to music to help improve your focus. Really concentrate on the music. Try to focus on a single instrument.

Cut goals into small targets.

Having an end goal in mind while working on the tasks to achieve it can frustrate you because you target goal might be too big or difficult. Your results won’t be quick, and it may seem like you aren’t getting any closer to the end. Instead of working toward the ultimate end goal, break it down into smaller, more achievable goals you can reach within a few days. Then cross each smaller goal off your list as you achieve it.

Time clock.

Work within your body’s most comfortable time period. Maybe you work best early in the morning before sunrise. Or late at night. Work when you are most productive. For example many authors get up early to do their writing, while artists often do their best work late at night.

Light meals.

Have you ever eaten a big meal for lunch when working only to feel lethargic and weighed down all afternoon? Eating a heavy meal slows you down and makes you sleepy. If you need or want to, you can go on a small juice fast on a regular basis. It will keep you alert and help keep your body in good physical condition.

Exercise

Exercise your mind and body every day. Do crossword puzzles. Engage in lively discussions. Build something that’s creative. A simple 30 minute walk every day is all you need to keep your body healthy.

Force yourself.

You may need to push yourself some when you’re feeling lazy. If you are hitting a mental roadblock, though, take some time away from the task. Do something else until you can regain your focus on the original task.

Learning to improve you focus will take time but it is worth it. Begin by implementing one or two of these tips into your day to begin changing how well you can become focused.

Strategies to Improve Focus

You’d be surprised by how many people lose track of where their time goes. They might think they are focused on a single task, but are they really? One way to find out is to keep track of how you spend your time for a week. You might find out you’ve been wasting time on little things like checking Facebook once an hour.

Here are my strategies for improving your focus and increasing your productivity:

1. Track your time. Analyze the results after a week. Tweak and get rid of time wasters.

2. Plan your week. At the end of your week, find a quiet spot to plan out your week’s tasks. Write down key projects and the tasks associated with them. Don’t forget to add in family activities that you participate in as well.

3. Prioritize your list. Break down your tasks from most important to least important. Use a calendar to mark out blocks of uninterrupted time (anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes) to work on each one.

4. Eliminate what isn’t essential. Outsource what you can for things you need to do but which aren’t your strengths. This could be anything from mowing your lawn to hiring a virtual assistant to take care of your social media for the week.
5. Set your goals. Break down big or long-term goals into smaller weekly or daily goals to make them easier to focus on.

6. Set aside a specific amount of time each day for checking/answering email and social media. It could be the first 30 minute task of the day, the last 30 minutes of your work day, or maybe the 15 minutes before your lunch break. Only do it once a day though. Don’t be stopping in the middle of a task to check your email. The same goes for social media channels as well.

7. Do away with multitasking. It takes a while to learn how to focus on one project at a time, but stick with it and it will become a habit. Finish one project/task before moving on to the next one. Become laser-focused on one task at a time. This can really increase your productivity.

8. Make a distraction to-do list. The Internet has made it easy for us to become quickly distracted. As soon as we want to look something up, we hop on the Internet to do a search. “I wonder what’s happening on Facebook.” “What was the name of the actor in that movie?” “How long will it take me to drive to the zoo tomorrow?” Anytime we get distracted like this it takes about 25 minutes to get back to the original task. So instead, next time you want to look up something or an idea pops in your head, jot it down on a piece of paper (or, even better, use Evernote).

9. Learn to say NO. If you already have full day’s task list, don’t feel like you have to take on another project for someone else.

10. Create an environment that works for you. Do you need a quiet space, free from people, phones and television noise? Set up your office so it works for you. Decorate it in soothing colors, inspiring artwork and a comfortable chair. If you work best in a neat and clean area, make sure you put away or file papers and magazines. Get rid of clutter. If you focus better while listening to music or some kind of ambient noise, be sure to have a way to make that happen.

11. Take a break when needed. Short breaks help break up boredom and burnout when you’re working on a big project. Get up and walk around the room. Do some yoga stretches.

12. Break up or Chunk it. Break your tasks down into smaller more manageable chunks of time with short breaks in between. For example, work on a task in 15 minute chunks. For example, let’s say you’re writing an eBook. Don’t try to do the whole thing at once. Break it down. Take 15 minutes to write out your outline. Take a short break. Then 15 minutes to research the first chapter. And so on.

13. Use an app on your phone to boost your productivity and concentration. Apps like Evernote can keep you organized and keep track of distractions. An app like Brainwave can be downloaded to your iPhone. In this app, you can choose settings like Concentration Boost and Problem Solving, Brainstorming, or Memory Boost and Creative Thinking.

There are other apps that help you stay focused and productive as well.

The strategies for becoming more focused are endless. Make lists. Remove distractions. Set up your ideal environment. You need to find what works best for your style of working.

Exercises to Improve Focus

When TV newscaster Diane Sawyer was asked the secret to her success, she said, “I think the one lesson I’ve learned is there is no substitute for paying attention.”

Did you know improving your focus can be done with different types of simple exercises? It’s true. Something as simple as getting exercise on a daily basis or chewing gum can improve your brain function, which leads to better focus. Most of the time, focus exercises take less than ten minutes to do.

Check out these to get you started:

Mutter to yourself. It might seem like you’re crazy but talking to yourself either out loud or not, helps you pay attention, calms you emotionally and tells you to act.

Check out the 8 ways to make your brain smarter at:

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Trade your caffeine for cardio. Caffeine gives you a boost, which makes it easier to concentrate. But you might find it harder to focus when you’re not buzzed. A better way to keep your mind stimulated is with physical exercise.

Exercise triggers the release of chemicals in the brain that affect our learning and memory, which in the end are what help us focus.

Drink more water. Mild dehydration can lead to distraction. Being even as little as 2 percent dehydrated can affect your ability to concentrate on cognitive activities.

Get plenty of shut-eye. Getting at least seven hours of good quality sleep each night helps your body and mind rejuvenate and leads to better concentration and focus during the day.

Here are some Concentration exercises taken from the Success Consciousness website.

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Exercise 1

Count the words in any paragraph from a book. Count them again. Repeat until it’s easy.

Now count the words in two paragraphs. Repeat until it becomes easy.

Finally count all the words on the page. Count mentally and with your eyes only. Don’t use your finger to point to each word.

Exercise 2
Count from one hundred backwards to one.

Exercise 3
Count backwards from one hundred, by threes, for example 100, 97, 94 and so on.

Exercise 4
Pick an inspiring word or simple sound. Repeat it silently for five minutes. When this becomes easy, try doing it for ten minutes continually.

Exercise 5
Hold a piece of fruit in your hands. Examine it, keeping your entire attention focused on the fruit. Just focus on the fruit, ignoring other thoughts. Examine its shape, the smell of it, how it’s texture when you touch it and how it taste.

Exercise 6
Visualize a piece of fruit. First examine a piece of fruit for 2 minutes. Then close your eyes and visualize how it feels, looks and smells. Try to visualize a clear image. If the image gets blurry, look at the fruit again for a few seconds then close your eyes and try to visualize it again.

It’s never been harder to stay focused than at this time in history. We are distracted by technology and everything happening around us. You can regain focus though by doing different exercises that can help you build your concentration.

How to deal with focus issues

You probably already know how hard it is to focus on something. Focus issues are often the result of different things like boredom, lack of interest or even fatigue. Concentration can often be attributed by how motivated and interested we are in the task.

There are ways to deal with focus issues.

Supplements can help you when you are having focus issues. Vitamins like the B complex group, Biotin or vitamin H and lecithin all help improve your memory.

Eating the right foods can help you better focus as well since you will be getting the supplements from the foods to help with brain health. Foods like lean meat, beans, oranges, peanut butter and oysters.

Consult with your physician if you find you can’t focus on any one thing for any length of time. Lack of focus can be a symptom of several different conditions, including depression. Get a thorough checkup to rule out any physical causes of your lack of focus issues.

When working on projects on your computer and online, make sure you only have tabs open that are relevant to what you are doing. This keeps you from getting distracted by all that fun information floating around the Internet.

Make your tasks routine. Set up a routine for tasks that you do every day. For example, check your email and social media at the same time every day. Just like you probably have a routine when you wake up, you should also have a routine when working.

Separate your day into a time for creating, time for work and communication, and time for yourself. Split the day up in whatever way works best for you.

Dealing with focus issues causes your productivity to drop. By learning how to take care of your focus issues through your diet, exercise and routines, you can be more productive.

Applied Focus

You can increase your productivity and accomplish more in less time by using a technique called applied focus. Applied focus can help you avoid the little distractions that can derail your efforts at productivity.

How applied focus increases productivity

Applied focus is a strategy that helps you multiply your productivity. Each session is 45 minutes long, with a 15 minute shift in focus. Or you can do 90 minutes followed by 30 minute shift in focus. In other words, you stop focusing intentionally on your task and do something completely different in the shift focus period. During the focused session, though, you don’t allow anything to distract you (except a dire emergency). Phone calls are out, email is off, texting and Facebook are off limits.

Here are some guidelines (be sure to adjust them as necessary to fit your individual situation):

1. Open only one browser or application window at a time. So if you’re writing a blog post, only your word processor or text pad is open.

2. Keep your sessions timed. Don’t go past your 45 or 90 minute session, no matter how focused you are. You need the break.

3. Get away from your task. Get up from your desk, walk around, get a drink or snack. Give your mind a break.

4. Be prepared ahead of time. Do your research during a different applied focus session then from the writing session. That way you’re able to concentrate on the writing alone.

5. Have a session set up for email, telephone and social media time.
Applied focus sessions can increase your productivity but it will take some getting used to. Start slowly by scheduling one or two sessions a day. Once you become used to the routine, you will notice an improvement in your concentration and productivity.

What’s next?

Learning how to focus on one task at a time takes time and commitment. In our busy lives we are pulled in many directions at one time. It’s best to begin your journey on a more focused life gradually by implementing the tips and strategies found within this report.

Focus is such an important part of how productive you are. If you can focus on one task for a set amount of time you will be more productive in a shorter amount of time than you have been. Putting aside your tendency to multitask will improve your productivity as well, since you will be able to finish one task before you move on.

Removing distractions can help you focus as well. Create an environment that you feel comfortable in, and that fits with how you work. If you’re a morning person, then focus on your work tasks, and vice versa for night owls.

Eat healthy and nutritious foods to keep your brain strong and able to concentrate. Exercise daily, meditate daily and take time to enjoy nature and your family.

Quit Faking Happiness

Written By: docmac - Oct• 01•17

Quit Faking Happiness and Learn How to Live Authentically

Many people are content with the lives that they lead on the surface, but deep down, crave something totally different. The most common excuse is that “they could have it worse, so there’s no point in complaining.”livingauthentically

The truth is, someone is always going to have a worse life, but stop worrying about them, and worry about yourself. You can’t wake up each day dreading your boring or unfulfilling life, only to say each morning that someone in a developing country has a worse life than you, so you have to be content with the life you lead.

You have to be happy by your own standards. If you’re not happy working 9 to 5 at your office job, then make a change in your life. If you want freedom from a corporate job and want to start your own online business, go for it!

Don’t settle for a mediocre lifestyle and pardon it just because “things could be worse.” Of course things could be worse. You could be homeless, crippled, starving, and tons of other unfortunate things. Don’t let that stop you from doing what you dream of – always strive for the best of the best.

Become that person you always daydream of being, because it’s attainable.

 

The only thing holding you back from achieving these dreams is yourself.

The people around you can’t control who you are or what you find happiness in doing.

You have to set your own goals and, more importantly, strive to achieve them. By feigning happiness, you’re barely fooling the people around you, but you can never fool yourself.

You’ll always have that feeling that you’re not content, or that you wish you were somewhere else in life. Everyone else might think you’re pretty happy doing what you’re doing, but you know the truth.

Even some of the people closer to you might see through your façade and realize that you’re feeling stuck. If you let it be known that you’re looking for change in your life, those opportunities are more likely to present themselves.

The most important part of living a wholesome life is knowing what you want out of this world. Don’t try to convince yourself that stocking shelves at a grocery store is what you want.

If you want to see every corner of the world, you should strive to accomplish that, because at the end of the day, you’ll feel much more accomplished than you would living your typical, everyday life that helps make ends meet, but doesn’t do anything to contribute toward your personal satisfaction.

When you finally accomplish whatever goal you’re working towards, you can tell people that you’re happy and actually feel that way deep down. It will be refreshing to be truthful about your life.

 

Live Life On Your Own Terms By Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Written By: docmac - Oct• 01•17

Many people today dream of living life on their own terms, because they want the freedom of being able to do whatever they want. However, they don’t really know what it means to live life on your own terms.

Living life on your own terms means that you aren’t afraid of confrontation, and you’ll always put your own best interests first. If it doesn’t benefit you, you’re not going to like it, and you’ll do whatever you can to avoid it.

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You are not afraid of building a business online or offline if that is your passion. You pick your business model and are not afraid to say no to anything that does not capture your interest.

You have to be willing to live life on your own terms if you hope to find personal satisfaction in life. If you do not take control you will end up someones doormat all of your life.

By living on your own terms, you not only discover what you find most important in life, but you also maintain a constant feeling of satisfaction and happiness. You’ll also figure out who’s working against you in your life and who you need to stop associating with.

However, there are a few negatives to living life on your own terms.

By choosing to live your life as you see fit, you’ll discover that it’s a very different life than most people lead you to believe.

Many people are used to trying to help others more than they help themselves, so this will be a very harsh change of pace for them. You’ll have to get used to saying no to things you don’t want to do, where in the past, you’d simply put up with it.

These changes will take some time to make, but you’ll find that it’s well worth it when you’re finally used to it. By picking and choosing how you live each day, you open up many more paths for personal satisfaction and happiness.

You block out most negativity in your life, and only live for the things you truly enjoy and love. By blocking out negativity, there will be very little left in your way to your goals, and the stuff that’s still blocking you will be easily overcome with the right attitude.

If you want to achieve happiness in life eliminate the negative people in your life, hang on to your true loyal friends and start living life on your terms.

 

Focus On What Is Going Right In Your Life

Written By: docmac - Oct• 01•17

Gain Appreciation for What’s Going Right in Your Life

Sometimes, people see life through a filter of negativity, only focusing on the bad parts. They always think about what’s going wrong in their lives, what gets them riled up, and what they hate.focusonwhatisgoodinyourlife

Many people like to indulge these thoughts and complain about these things to their friends and coworkers, either in person or over social media. If they’re working on their online business, the focus isn’t on accomplishments, but on what they failed to achieve instead.

This is even more prevalent in people who have it rough. It’s much easier to be upset about the bad things happening to you than to be grateful for the good. To be truly happy, you have to be able to appreciate the things that are going right.

Focusing too much on the negative aspects of your life negatively affects you and the people around you. You’ll be in a perpetual state of gloom if gloom is all you ever know. You can’t effectively work towards your goals if you’re stuck in negativity.

You can’t even begin to fix what’s going wrong in your life if you focus too much on it – you won’t even know where to begin if it’s all you know. Instead, dedicate your time and energy toward appreciating the positive aspects of your life.

We should all take more time to appreciate the things in our lives that are going right. Think about what you have that others would be desperate for, whether it be a house, a car, a job, or even a family.

Even just living in a first world country is a great benefit. So instead of focusing on how much you hate your boss and wish you could leave it to pursue an online business, think about how wonderful it is to have a source of income as you work on your entrepreneurial dream, because many people aren’t so fortunate.

When you focus more on the things that are going right in your life, you make it much easier to work towards your goals. When you appreciate the things that are going right, it gives you greater drive to accomplish your goals, because you know the feeling of success and want to feel more of it.

When you focus too much on the negative, you don’t get that drive to change your life for the better. Even your friends and family will feel the effects of your positivity – by seeing your upbeat attitude, they’ll be inspired to follow in your footsteps.

By doing this, you can feel more accomplished by having contributed positively to their lives. Learn to take time to appreciate what’s right, and you’ll find that you’ll have more positive experiences.

 

6 Ways To Improve Your Productivity

Written By: docmac - Oct• 01•17

6 Ways To Improve Your Productivity

The biggest constraint that most online marketers face is a lack of time. Despite what the gurus say, most marketers just don’t seem to ever be in a situation where all they do is work 30 minutes a week while their PayPal accounts flood with cash.

Instead, most of them spend hours a day glued to their PC or laptop screens trying to make their online business work. Over time, they get overwhelmed and burned out. This idea of ‘easy profits’ seems to be an illusion that will never materialize.

The hard truth of the matter is that if you wish to reach the stage where you have a passive income that rolls in like clockwork, you’ll need to do a lot of work in the beginning. You need to set up automation systems and have a plan and schedule that you assiduously follow.

Over and above all, you must be as productive as humanly possible. Many beginners spend hours in front of the computer but get nothing done. They spin their wheels faster than a car in a Vin Diesel movie and yet go nowhere.

They mistake activity for work.

Time and energy is expended on things that don’t matter. All their effort is spent on learning instead of doing. They’re not productive where it matters and that’s why their efforts don’t matter.

In this article, you’ll discover 6 tips to increase your productivity. It’s imperative that you put them into practice so that you can get more done in less time. If you’re after the ‘laptop lifestyle’ where you earn an income while you sip cocktails by the beach, being productive is the most important skill to master.

1. Breaking Away from Social Media

Schedule specific times of the day where you’ll check your social media sites like Facebook or Instagram. As an online marketer, you’ll be on the computer a lot. It can be very tempting to sneak off and check your Facebook feed only to realize that you’ve wasted 45 minutes reading political posts and the vitriolic comments of people engaging in pointless debate.

As an online marketer, time is money. Facebook can be a major ‘time suck.’ So, only check your social media at specific times for specific durations. If you’re addicted to it, you can enable the Chrome extension ‘Stay Focusd’ on your browser. This will restrict time that you spend on sites that distract you. There are many other similar apps too.

Find one that works for you and limit your time on social media.

To generate an income online, your focus should be on income generating activities. The cat videos and inane political debates can wait.

2. The 2-minute Rule

The 2-minute rule is a very simple rule. If you have a task that can be completed in 2 minutes, get it over and done with then and there. If you have an email to answer and you can do it in 2 minutes, reply that email.

If you have a plugin to install on your website and it takes a minute, do it quick. You do not need to make a to-do list and put all these little tasks on it. Clear off all the little tasks quickly. This will reduce your feeling of overwhelm and you’ll have less work carrying over each day.

3. Delete, Delete, Delete

Deleting your emails and old files off your hard drive is akin to decluttering in real life. When clearing your emails, delete whatever you do not need. If something catches your eye, move it to a KIV folder and come back to it when you’re free.

If you’ve bought infoproducts, delete them off once you’re done going through them. Ideally, you should take down written notes that summarize these infoproducts into a streamlined blueprint for you to take action on.

Don’t turn your hard drive into a cemetery for digital products. Delete whatever you don’t need and be merciless about it. By removing all the ‘noise’ you’ll only have to face what you need to focus on.

4. Quit Multitasking

As mentioned earlier, you must have focus. With focus comes productivity. Don’t have 27 tabs open in your browser so that you can keep track of many things all at once.

If you’re writing a blog post, give it your full attention till it’s done. Checking your website statistics? Focus on that instead of trying to listen to an audio track about traffic generation at the same time.

Your workflow should basically be you focusing on the income generating tasks that take up the most time. This will be followed by completing secondary tasks that support your business. Then you can set aside time for learning what you need to and finally, everything else that is less important. One task at a time and you’ll complete them in record time.

5. Removing Distractions

Some people work better with music, some prefer background noises and some prefer total silence. You must know what works best for you. Usually, silence is the best.

However, many people prefer going to a café and working from there. They like the sound of the hustle and bustle.

Yet, the constant movement of people can be very distracting. You’re better off using a site like https://coffitivity.com/ that recreates the ambient noises. So, you have the background noise without the physical distractions.

If you work from home, make sure your family knows when to give you space to work on your business. You need total focus when you’re working. That’s the only way to be productive.

6. Work in Batches

This is a very useful tip. It means doing several similar tasks at the same time. For example, if you have 5 blog posts to write per week, batching your work will mean doing research for all 5 posts at once. When you sit down to write, you’ll be able to write all 5 posts much faster. Instead of researching for one post then writing it and then researching the next one and so on.

The same applies to all other tasks too. Doing video marketing? Edit all your videos at once. Upload all of them at once. Optimize all of them at once. Doing your tasks in batches will save you a lot of time spent going back and forth.

Batching is similar to doing work in a factory line repeatedly. You’ll be doing the same task over and over. You’ll get faster at it since it’s a routine and you don’t have to keep switching tasks and thinking too much.

Adopt the 6 productivity tips above and you’ll notice that you get more done and free up time for yourself. Of course, there are many other tips such as outsourcing, time management, task management and much more. However, for starters, implement the 6 tips above and you can move on to the rest later.

Productivity is not just about doing more. It’s about creating more impact with less work. Get more productive today!

 

 

Avoiding These 4 Anxiety Triggers

Written By: docmac - Sep• 30•17

Avoiding These 4 Anxiety Triggers

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that slightly over 18 percent of adults (between the ages of 18 to 54) in the US suffer from anxiety disorders. In fact, this number is probably much higher since many people don’t get diagnosed or seek professional help.anxiety

Now more than ever before, people are extremely stressed out due to their hectic lifestyles and the rat race culture that they’re immersed in. Sooner or later, something’s got to give and anxiety creeps in and wreaks havoc mentally and emotionally.

In this article, we’ll look at 4 external triggers that cause anxiety. While meditation, mindfulness and a light hearted outlook on life is highly effective at battling anxiety, the food you eat and your habits could be adversely affecting you without you even realizing it. These need to be fixed too if you wish to manage your anxiety.

1. Lack of Sleep

The Dalai Lama once said, “Sleep is the best meditation.” Trying to get by on 4 or 5 hours of sleep daily is going to wear you down. You’ll not have enough rest and over time, you’ll experience sleep deprivation. It’ll be harder for you to concentrate and you’ll be more irritable.

This lack of sleep can lead to increased anxiety because you’ll constantly feel like you’re in a harried state with frazzled nerves. The average adult needs about 7 to 8 hours of good sleep every night. Ensure that you’re getting sufficient sleep.

The current trend of grinding and ‘hustling’ to make progress by burning the candle at both ends is often touted by self-help gurus as the be-all and end-all of achieving success. However, attempting to achieve success by sacrificing your sleep will wear you down and may cause you to have anxiety disorders.

2. Smoking

This is one of the worst habits out there and should be eliminated at all cost regardless of whether you have anxiety or not. Many people smoke because they feel that it relaxes them and gives them time to think.

Yet, the moment they’re deprived of cigarettes for longer than they’re accustomed to, they get anxious and experience withdrawal symptoms. Tobacco merely creates an illusion of calmness.

Start on a plan to quit smoking and stick to it till you’re rid of this deadly habit. Smoking indirectly leads to anxiety and a myriad of other serious health problems. Nothing good ever came from being a smoker.

3. Caffeine Overload

While caffeine may seem relatively harmless, it can trigger panic and anxiety in people suffering from such disorders. Most people love their morning cuppa and can’t start the day without it. Yet, even small amounts of caffeine can make those prone to anxiety experience symptoms such as sweating, heightened arousal of the nervous system and they may even tense up physically.

Caffeine creeps into many foods from sodas to chocolates. It’s not just coffee or energy drinks that are culprits. Try and slowly wean yourself off caffeine. You’ll want to keep a food journal to track your consumption. What gets measured, gets managed.

4. Excessive Sugar and a Poor Diet

Sugar is the cause of many health problems ranging from diabetes to the current obesity epidemic that is sweeping the United States and the rest of the world. Artificial sweeteners are no better and in fact, are more detrimental and toxic than sugar.

Sugar is also found in carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, white rice, etc. The body transforms the carbs into glucose and this will spike your blood sugar levels. Diabetes cases have skyrocketed around the world because of our heavy consumption of carbs and the high fructose corn syrup found in so many processed foods.

So, how does sugar and your diet affect your anxiety?

For starters, people who suffer from anxiety issues will experience a spike in their blood sugar levels when they eat foods containing sugar. They may feel nauseous and start perspiring. They may also experience shakiness, flushing and increased anxiety.

As for your diet, you are what you eat. Your brain requires chemicals to function optimally and those chemicals are produced from the nutrients in the food you eat. So, it goes without saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.” Give your body the proteins, healthy fats and good carbs that it requires so that your brain can be healthy.

Keep your eye on these 4 triggers and if you’re affected by any of them, you now know what to do. Breaking old habits is hard but it can be done. Do it gradually and you’ll find that you’re less prone to anxiety.

“A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.” – Mark Twain