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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

 

 

Prioritizing What Matters Most

Written By: docmac - Aug• 18•17

Start Prioritizing What Matters Most to You

One of the most important things that you need to focus on to be successful is your priorities. Having your priorities in order means that you are able to easily address your priorities in order of importance.prioritizingwhatmatters

It’s very easy to get caught up in unimportant things such as drama, television, and other small things. When you get so focused on unimportant matters, you forget the things that are truly significant, the things that will help you achieve your dreams and goals.

Maybe you had a dream to own your own business, creating products or leading a niche audience – but you tabled the idea because you had other priorities for your 9-5 job, your spouse, children and more.

You can find a healthy balance and meet those responsibilities while still pursuing your own dreams, too.

Having your priorities out of whack can be very mentally draining. When you focus too much on things that won’t help you achieve your goals, you start to become stressed out, whether you realize it or not.

You get tired of doing a lot of work for no gain, like helping everyone else with their projects. You can put plenty of hours into helping your coworkers and friends, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get much out of it besides a thank you.

It’s very unfulfilling work, and you shouldn’t let it hold you back from accomplishing your dreams. The most emotionally beneficial part of having your priorities in order is the sense of self satisfaction that you get knowing that you either achieved your goal, or made progress towards it.

If you haven’t made any progress, then when you go to sleep at the end of the day, or look back on your week, you’ll feel like you didn’t accomplish anything. When you get things done, reflecting on your week, month, or even year and seeing the progress you’ve made makes you proud of yourself.

You know that you’re on the right track to improving your life. To get your priorities on track, you first have to identify the main cause of stress or displeasure in your life. For example, you might have a job that you can’t stand working at.

You wake up every day dreading going to work. This should be your main priority for change – spend your time searching for other jobs. Make it your primary focus. Once you have your job sorted out, you might be having issues with your car that are stressing you out.

That should be your next priority – getting the car repaired or selling your car to buy a new one. Always focus on the primary cause of your stress at that time, so you’ll end up living a happier, stress-free life.

Retraining Your Brain To Live On Your Own Terms

Written By: docmac - Aug• 18•17

To Live on Your Own Terms, You Have to Retrain Your Brain

After graduating from high school, some people stop pursuing further education if they’ve already found a job they’re comfortable with. Those who continue on to graduate from college very rarely continue educating themselves, unless their job has a specific course they need to take.retrainyourbrain

Usually, this is because they’ve already done the required amount of learning for their careers, and they’re a bit sick of school after about 17 years of it. So, they figure since they don’t need anymore of it, it’s no longer useful for them.

In reality, more education is always useful, even if it’s not conventional learning. As an online entrepreneur, it will be vital that you embrace the aspect of continuing education because the marketplace is constantly changing.

Most successful people will never pass up the opportunity to learn more. They tend to have a much more diverse knowledge, and know at least a little bit about most things in life.

They’re familiar with history, have a decent knowledge of mathematics, know their sciences, and are well versed in the English language. Because they have all of this knowledge, they’ve been able to find the career or niche that best suits them, but are also able to utilize their wider knowledge in their specific fields.

Once you broaden your horizons and gather more knowledge, you might find that the career you previously wanted isn’t what you want to do anymore. If you spent most of your education excelling at English, you might not have even realized you enjoyed history more.

Even if you don’t change your career path, you’ll be able to pull inspiration from other fields for your own job. For example, if you decided to write novels for a living, you could use your knowledge of history to write historical novels that you publish on Kindle.

Alternatively, if you pursued a career in science, you would be able to use your writing skills to publish papers and health products. Continuing your education doesn’t necessarily mean getting more conventional education.

You don’t need to go back for a few more years of college to be successful. Instead, learn from other people’s stories and find out what’s worked best for them in life. Talk to people who have taken different paths than you and see what it’s been like for them, and learn from what they know.

You can also gain some more conventional knowledge by simply reading up on online forums or at your local library. Devour books, magazines, and even YouTube videos. You have to dedicate time every day to learning a bit more, even if it’s just for a short period of time.

Grit And Achieving Your Goals

Written By: docmac - Aug• 18•17

You Can’t Achieve Goals without Grit

People prematurely quit on their paths toward their goals every single day. They might’ve stopped pursuing their degree, settled for a job they weren’t happy with, quit their dieting program, or any other number of things.

Sometimes, we can attribute this to them realizing their goal wasn’t what they wanted it to be. Perhaps they found a job they liked and didn’t need to get their degree, so they dropped it, or maybe they switched to a different diet program.achievegoals

However, this is very rarely the case. In most instances, the cause of quitting early is a lack of grit. If you’re going to pursue online marketing, you have to have an ample supply of grit because this is a solo venture.

Grit, in a literal sense, is a rough surface, usually able to grind away at what stands in its path. In a very similar way, the personality trait that is grit is the ability to overcome adversity and be persistent, no matter what.

Having grit means that you can keep working toward your goals, even if something tries to stop you. Someone with grit can never be put down or demoralized – they will always be positive and persistent in working toward their goals.

Grit is more than just getting up every time you get knocked down. It’s getting back up gladly every time you get knocked down, and tackling the obstacle again even harder. However, not everyone naturally has grit.

For some, it has to be developed over time like any other learned skill or trait. To develop grit, the first thing you need to do is be sure that whatever goals you’re pursuing are goals that you truly desire.

If accomplishing these goals isn’t your true desire, you won’t have a real drive, and then you won’t really develop grit. Next, you have to be optimistic. Grit and negativity don’t work together at all.

You have to be positive to have grit, because if you’re negative, you won’t be able to tackle your problems with confidence. Once you have grit, you’ll be able to address any problems that you face in your life.

Any obstacle can be overcome if you don’t stop trying, and without grit, you’ll end up giving up before you overcome it. Even if you’re just persistent, you’ll eventually get tired if you don’t have that positive outlook about it.

Only with positivity will you be able to keep working toward your goals until you finally reach them. Much like literal grit, you’ll be able to grind away at your obstacles, ultimately achieving anything you set out to accomplish.

Personal Satisfaction-Achieving Success Even If You Are Not A Natural

Written By: docmac - Aug• 18•17

You Don’t Have to Be a Natural to Achieve Success

It’s very common for people to look at those who are successful and how skilled they are at their craft, and assume it’s simply something that they’re naturally good at. We see this a lot in the world of online marketing, where some leaders seem to have an innate appeal to their audience.

In today’s world, we crave instant gratification so much that if we don’t get the hang of something immediately, we dismiss it as us not being naturally skilled enough. Maybe you wanted to get into shape and saw all of these people at the gym doing really well, but in your first week you struggled.

You might have assumed that the people you saw were just naturally good at exercising, but in reality, that’s not the case. In most instances, you’re never born being good at something.

You might be born taller or shorter than other people, but you have to develop skills from birth, just like everyone else. People who are better at certain things have just spent more time perfecting that specific craft, whether it be exercise, math, sports, or socializing.

You have to put in the time and effort to be good at something. Although it’s much easier if you start at a younger age, it’s never impossible to learn and improve a set of skills.

There are many ways to start improving or acquiring a skill, and the best method differs between each skill. For exercise, just jumping right into the gym and doing whatever you think will work isn’t the best idea.

Instead, ask around at the gym for tips on where to start, or even get a trainer to give you a workout routine. If you want to be more knowledgeable about history, you would want to allocate more time to reading books about history.

It’s not impossible to become knowledgeable, even if it seems like it comes to some people naturally. Anyone who’s really good at something will tell you that they’ve spent a lot of time dedicated to perfecting their craft.

If you want to present yourself as a master of marketing in your niche, take time to choose the right people to learn from and dig down into the learning process until you exude confidence like your competitors.

When you acquire new skills and improve your existing ones, you open more paths to success for yourself. You might find new ways to achieve your long term goals by branching out and trying new things.

You’ll feel more accomplished and confident by looking back on the progress you’ve made, which will drive you to achieve your goals. As long as you dedicate enough time and effort into learning, you’ll be able to acquire any skill and any amount of success that you desire.

Personal Satisfaction And Labeling Yourself As A Victim

Written By: docmac - Aug• 18•17

You Can’t Enjoy Personal Satisfaction If You’ve Adopted the Label of Victim

Many people today are practically addicted to being a victim. Everyone seems to have their own little story about why they’re unsuccessful, whether it be that the “system” is against them or that other people are “holding them back,” but they never do anything but use that excuse.

If they can’t find a job or fail at Internet marketing, they’ll blame it on something else, like the mean course creators leaving out information or too much competition in the marketplace.

They’re always the victim, and never the culprit, so others feel inclined to take pity on them. In reality, they’re usually the causes of all of their own problems – especially by being stuck in this mindset.

If you’re one of these people who always blames their problems on people or things around them, you’ll never truly live a happy life until you get out of this mindset. If you think like this, you’ll have no drive to ever change anything in your life for the better, because you’ll automatically assume it’s out of your control.

You can’t make your dreams a reality if you think you’re being held back by all of these imaginary forces, and even worse, giving in to them. By always assuming the role of a victim, you’ll just let everything happen around you while you make no progress.

To stop living in this mindset, you have to realize that there are people who are in much worse conditions who don’t think they’re the helpless victim. There are people out there who live in a first world country with plenty of access to food, water, shelter, and jobs, who think the whole world is against them.

At the same time, there are people who were born and raised in war zones, have no access to clean water, and have no shelter who have hope that they can still be somewhat successful and happy in life.

Realize your potential, count your blessings, and stop acting like you can’t accomplish anything. Once you finally come to the realization that there really aren’t cards stacked against you, you can finally begin working towards your dreams and find happiness.

You won’t be hampered by the thought that people are working against you, so there’s no point in trying. Instead, you’ll see that you and you alone can carve whatever path you want, as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort. If you believe that you can accomplish your goals, and that there’s nobody holding you back, you can.

MIND POWER MASTERY HOW TO LIVE AN AMAZING LIFE

Written By: docmac - Jul• 15•17

 

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MIND POWER MASTERY
HOW TO LIVE AN AMAZING LIFE
Have you ever felt as though you should be getting more from
life?
Do you ever feel tired, stressed out, or overworked?
Has your health and vitality suffered? Do you seem to be
completely unable to get afloat? Perhaps you feel like you’re just
treading water…
All this can eventually start to get you down. This is not what we
were promised. Perhaps you always pictured that your life would
be different. Many of us assumed we would someday make a lot
of money. Many of us assume that we should have much more
energy than we do.
And we see people around us who seem to have the things that
we want to achieve. We all know people who are polished, who
are confident, who look attractive…
We all know people who seem to have it all.
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So why can’t we have that? Why is life being so unfair to us?
Well, if you have read any of the other guides so far then you
know that this is where you are going wrong to start with. It’s
blaming your circumstances and it’s blaming other people. You
have everything you need to live a truly incredible life right now.
All that is missing is the right mindset to go about achieving it.
You know what’s even more likely? You’re already living a truly
amazing life. You already have everything that anyone could ever
ask for… but you just don’t appreciate it.
As we’ve learned over this series, your happiness and your
accomplishments stem from you. And more than that, they stem
from your mindset and the way that you view yourself and your
life. They stem from having the drive to go out and get the things
you feel you deserve. And from knowing how you are going to go
about doing that.
In this final guide, you’re going to learn how to make some simple
changes. You’re going to learn how to start fortifying yourself
against challenge. You’re going to learn to start appreciating all
the things you already have. And you’re going to learn to master
your life so that you can decide precisely what kind of person you
want to be. Precisely what you are going to achieve.
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WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?
The first thing you need to do is to start reassessing some of your
priorities. Many of us complain that we aren’t healthier, happier or
richer but we never do anything about it. That’s because – despite
what we’re saying – we aren’t giving those aspects of our lives
priority.
Let’s break down your current routine shall we and see if we can
assess the problem?
You’re telling people you want to have six pack abs. you’re telling
people you want to be a successful author or a successful
business owner. You tell people that your family means
everything to you.
Okay then. So, if that’s true, those are the things you should be
spending the majority of your time on… right?
Instead, what you will probably find is that your lifestyle looks
something more like this:
Sleep: 6-7 Hours
Work: 8-9 Hours
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Commuting: 1-2 Hours
Lunch Break: 30 Minutes
Everything else: ~5 Hours
And in those roughly five hours, you need to fit in waking up,
getting ready for the day, washing dishes, doing the laundry,
cooking…
Now ask me again why you don’t have the lifestyle you want?
You claim that your goals and dreams are your top priority and yet
you don’t live a life that reflects that in the slightest.
This reminds me very much of the problem with modern politics.
So often, we are told by our political leaders just how much
money they have managed to save. They’ll tell us how they have
increased the value of the dollar. They’ll boast that they’re paying
off the deficit.
But is this how we should really be judging their success?
How about much more important metrics like quality of life? Or
happiness?
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You’re doing the same thing in your own life. You’re pouring 90%
of your effort into your work and coming away completely
exhausted. Of course everything else suffers.
How it Got This Way
Have you ever asked how things got this way?
The answer, while it might not be very pleasant, ultimately comes
down to fear and indoctrination.
It’s fear because we are driven so often by a fear of our partners
leaving us. By a fear of debt. By a fear of not being able to put a
deposit on a house. Of being single in our 40s and missing the
boat to have children.
This means that you are motivated by the stick rather than the
carrot. You are focussed on running away from all the things you
don’t want, rather than toward all the things you do want. And this
really isn’t helped by the media and by the way we’re brought up.
This is where the whole ‘indoctrination’ part comes in. I’m not a
conspiracy theorist. I’m not here to tell you that this is a deliberate
move on the part of the government or any such thing.
BUT it is nevertheless the way most of us are brought up. We are
raised to believe that we are born into some kind of debt. That we
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owe this debt to society. That hard graft and work is something to
be proud of.
Meanwhile, we are taught to want all kinds of things that are just
out of our grasp. These include widescreen TVs, lavish
properties, expensive looking cars and more. We work toward
these things, we work because we’re afraid of debt, and we work
because it is what society expects of us.
But let me ask you this: is there really any inherent value in work
itself? Working toward a good cause is of course a good thing.
Working to support your family is likewise to be applauded.
But those people who proudly state that they’ve ‘never missed a
day of work!’ or who retire in their 80s, or who talk in a generally
proud fashion about the work they did stacking palettes.
It’s nice they’re proud. Really it is. But here’s the sad part: if they
didn’t come in, the world would keep on ticking on without them.
And even if it didn’t, the worst case scenario is that someone
would get a palette late.
Meanwhile, wouldn’t it have been much better if they had looked
after their health? If they had spent more time with their family?
If they had pursued a passion and written a beautiful piece of
music?
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Work in itself should be a means to an end and certainly not a
means in itself. Work only has value as long as the end product
has value. And even then, it’s not worth sacrificing every other
aspect of your life for.
LIFESTYLE DESIGN
The simple cognitive shift I want you to make here then is that you
are not living to work but working to live. It’s a cliché I know, but if
you actually follow that advice through to its logical conclusion,
then you find yourself with something akin to lifestyle design.
Lifestyle design is a way of life that simply flips traditional notions
of work on their head and instead focusses on building a lifestyle
you can be happy with. You decide what it is you want to
accomplish, who you want to be… and then you change your
career and other factors in order to fit around that lifestyle.
For many people, this will mean becoming a digital nomad.
Thanks to modern technology, there is no need for us to work
from a stuffy office or make a long journey into work. Instead, we
can simply load up the computer and work from home. This
affords an amazing amount of freedom, allowing you to work from
wherever you like and whenever you like. Many people will take
advantage of this by travelling the world with just a laptop and
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working from coffee shops. That’s lifestyle design and that’s being
a ‘digital nomad’.
But it can also mean something much smaller. It means looking at
the promotion that comes with so much extra responsibility and it
means asking yourself if it’s worth it. Wouldn’t it be much better to
spend more time with your family and keep the job you’ve got?
Alternatively, maybe you take on that job but you negotiate having
one day off so that you get a whole day to yourself. Or perhaps
you take on a part-time job and a side-income instead. Maybe you
conclude that in order to follow your passions, the best option is to
become a garbage collector so that you can be free by 2pm in the
afternoon. Need more money? Then get a smaller house!
It can even mean that you choose to move home somewhere that
you’ll be nearer to work so that you have a shorter commute. A
shorter commute means 30 minutes extra to yourself per day.
Maybe you decide to pay for a cleaner so that you can have a
beautiful home!
There are so many variables here that you can play around with
that you don’t need to take the most obvious route through your
life. You don’t have to follow the predetermined path that has
been set out for you by society and you don’t need to keep
making life harder and harder.
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Some More Changes
Choosing to design your own lifestyle and take back control is one
way to start getting what you want from life. But there are a few
others too that will help you with this.
One cognitive shift is to know your worth, to stand your ground
and lose the fear.
Another cognitive shift is to recognize that time and money are
both interchangeable. This latter point means that if you are
getting paid more but you are also working longer hours then you
aren’t really getting a pay rise at all. The only way this would
count as a pay rise is if you got paid more for working the same
hours.
So, if you’re being offered profession up the ladder but it involves
staying later at work, there is an obvious answer: you’ll just take
the pay rise thanks!
This is where knowing your worth comes in. You see, many of us
are afraid to ask for more money, or are afraid to increase our
rates. We think if we do that, we’ll lose work and we’ll end up
homeless. Again: lose the fear. This doesn’t happen. If you are
providing a good service to someone, or if you’re a good
employee, then you can afford to charge more.
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Think about how much they’re earning thanks to you and how
much they’d lose if you stopped working for them.
You have the right to charge more. And not only that, but it is
common for wages to go up regardless of responsibilities. So, if
you feel you need more money then don’t be afraid to ask for it.
And if they refuse? Then you look elsewhere for a new employer
or new clients.
As Tim Ferriss says: ask for forgiveness, not permission.
Ultimately, you are worth what you think you are worth. If you put
a price on your head that is too low, then you can work incredibly
hard for no reward. Keep looking. And keep learning.
And here’s one more thing: don’t wait. Don’t wait for life to get
better. Don’t wait until you’re old and retired. Because life always
throws you curveballs and the stars never align. The only way you
can live a better life is to start right NOW. And don’t tell me you’re
too old: you’re never too old to be the person you always wanted
to be.
So if you’ve been putting off going travelling because of fear,
because of opportunity and because you worry that life won’t be
there for you when you get back it is time to buck up your ideas.
Take charge and go now. This is the only way you’ll ever go.
Work will be there when you get back. And if it isn’t? At least
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you’ve done something truly memorable and worthwhile. What
could be more valuable?
IT STARTS WITH EVERYTHING
Hopefully, some of these tips will help you to start getting more
from your life simply by changing your priorities and going after
the things you want.
So where do you start?
The answer is with everything.
What I mean by this, is that if you want to be healthier and
happier and to live a generally better life, then you need to
change everything all at once.
We’ve discussed that your ability to change your life starts in the
mind. But have you considered what affects your mind?
The mind has a limited amount of energy. Throughout these
guides, I’ve asked a lot from you: to take more responsibility, to
lose your fear, to practice discipline, to stay motivated. All those
things take energy.
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And if you’ve only got 5 hours outside of work to be productive in,
then you’re going to struggle. You’ll struggle even more if you’re
highly stressed and if you’re burned out.
So as you start to put the emphasis a bit more back onto you. As
you start to focus on your goals and on the things that make you
happy, you can also look at how you can ensure you are charged
and able to get the very most out of life.
It starts with simple things: things like getting enough sleep, things
like going out in the sun occasionally and maybe things like taking
vitamin supplements.
Later it goes on to more profound matters: learning to meditate.
Finding a passion. Surrounding yourself with the right people.
Every aspect of your health and your lifestyle will feed back into
the way you feel and what you can accomplish. You need to start
small and build up the energy you want. Right now you might feel
trapped by your circumstances, so find just that small crack of
light. That might mean getting a little more energy by taking a
supplement in the morning. But if that gives you enough fuel to
consider implementing systems to keep your home tidier and that
gives you the mental space to start challenging your work-life
balance… then it will all be worth it.
And Finally
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And finally? Learn to appreciate what you have right now.
Because this is the ultimate key to happiness. The truth is that if
you keep dreaming of that widescreen TV then you won’t be able
to escape the hedonistic treadmill. You’ll stay in the fight or flight
mode, you’ll keep pushing and fighting.
And looking forward to a holiday isn’t much better. Looking
forward to quitting your job isn’t that much better either.
Do it now.
And meanwhile, learn to focus on what’s already just right in your
life. If you stop and smell the roses, if you practice a ‘gratitude
mindset’ you’ll realize you’ve probably already accomplished a
whole lot. And you’ll find that you already have many happy
moments in your daily life.
Live in those moments.

Keeping Your Focus With The Pomodoro Technique

Written By: docmac - May• 05•17

Using The Pomodoro Technique To Keep Your Focus

The Pomodoro technique is a time management technique that helps you focus and concentrate.

The Pomodoro Technique allows you to get more done in less time and work very efficiently.

The technique was first developed in the 80’s and is named Pomodoro (tomato in Italian) because of the cute tomato shaped kitchen timers that were all the rage for a while.

The idea is to utilize a timer to force yourself to focus and concentrate in short bursts. It’s a practice well worth trying for yourself.

Below are the basics for getting started:

To give this a try, you need two things.

You need to know what you should be working on. A bit of planning and a written out to-do list will come in very handy.

Then you need some sort of countdown timer. You a can use a kitchen timer, your watch, the count-down timer on your stove if you’re working at home, or an app on your phone. What you use doesn’t matter as long as you have access to a timer that you can set in 25 minute intervals.

Get comfortable at your desk, make sure you have everything you need, and then set a timer for 25 minutes.

Work completely focused on the task at hand for those 25 minutes. Don’t get up to go to the bathroom, don’t check email, and don’t let anything distract you from what you’re working on. Just buckle down and focus for those 25 minutes.

When the timer goes off, wrap up your thought and then get up and take a short break.

Walk away from what you’re doing. It’s helpful to actually get up and get some blood in your legs. Go get a glass of water, fix a cup of coffee, and if you have to check on those pesky emails.

Try not to spend more than 5 minutes on your “break”. Then set a timer and work completely focused for another 25 minutes.

Rinse and repeat until you’ve gotten through three to four sets of 25 minutes of working and 5 minute breaks. At this point it’s a good idea to take a longer break and get away from work for a bit.

Take 30 minutes to go grab lunch, take a short walk, or take care of a load of laundry if you’re working from home.

This break will give your brain a rest and gets you ready for the next session of three to four sets of “pomodori”.