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30 Day Fitness Challenge

Written By: docmac - Nov• 01•16

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6 Ways To Improve Your Productivity

Written By: docmac - Nov• 01•16

6 Ways To Improve Your Productivity

Productivity is defined as the measure of the efficiency of a person in converting inputs into useful outputs. It is computed by dividing the average output per period by the total costs incurred.improvingproductivity

 

 

 

When measuring the productivity of yourself, one of the costs you need to consider is the cost to your health. Caffeine and other stimulants are not the answer to increasing your productivity. Instead, try implementing some of the six tips below.

1. Stop Multi-Tasking: When you are trying to do many things at once, you are losing productivity. Instead, focus on one task at a time and complete it before moving on to the next. On that same note, cut back on your to-do list by making sure only the important tasks are written down. You don’t need to have thirty items on your to-do list to make it look impressive, cut it back by 50% and you will find yourself accomplishing more.

2. Take Breaks: Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center evaluated the lifestyles of over 17,000 of male and female subject over a period of 13 years. They found that 54% of those people were likely to die of heart attacks. This was because most of them were sitting for most of the day. Taking a break and going for a daily walk will get your blood moving and increase your energy while making it easier to focus.

3. Tackle The Challenging Tasks First: The challenging tasks are the ones that are going to take more time to accomplish and are usually the ones that don’t get done. By accomplishing these tasks first, you are going to be tackling them while your brain is at its freshest, and you will be left feeling a sense of accomplishment which will make it easier to tackle the rest of your to-do list.

4. Schedule Your Day: If you are the kind of person who likes to check their email continuously throughout the day, and keep up to date on social media, block out time specifically to do that and turn off the alerts. If you are dropping everything to check up on your email and social media every time you get an alert, you are going to be constantly distracting yourself from accomplishing your tasks and will end your day feeling as though you accomplished nothing. Setting out a specific time to watch television, read a book, or meditate will also help you balance your self-care along with the things you need to accomplish.

5. Take Time To Prepare For The Next Day: Mornings can be chaotic, the less you have to do before you have to be out the door to start your day, the smoother your day will go and the more you will be able to accomplish. Decide what you are going to wear the next day, prepare your lunch and even set up the coffee maker so all you have to do it flip it on before you head to the shower. Don’t respond to emails, or check your social media. Take the morning to focus on yourself and set yourself up for a successful day.

6. Sleep Early And Wake Up Early: You are going to be significantly less productive if you stay up late and wake up early. Doing this will result in you feeling lethargic and your brain will definitely not be working at its best. Getting enough sleep will help you function at your best and promote your productivity.

By taking steps to change your habits slightly, you will soon be able to not just accomplish more in the run of a day, but also be able to feel healthier and happier while you do it. Implementing even just one or two of the above tips into your daily life will show you just how easy it is.

3 Steps To Boosting Your Self Esteem

Written By: docmac - Nov• 01•16

3 Steps To Boosting Your Self Esteem

At some point in our lives, almost all of us encounter periods of low self esteem.

A number of things can contribute to a loss of self esteem. Low self esteem can impair our ability to move forward in life, due to lack of confidence, poor motivation, no desire, feeling hopeless, depression, anxiety, and not having a support group.

Unlike most real world problems, self-esteem isn’t always the easiest issue to solve, and can often be difficult to talk to others about.

There are many activities to help people overcome their self-esteem issues.

The following are three steps to achieving a higher self esteem:

1. Eliminating Negativity

People suffering from low self esteem tend to focus on the things they do not like about themselves. They do not seem to be able to see all the good in their life and what they have to offer.

So, the first step is to make a list of all the positive things in your life. What you do or happens on a day to day basis that makes you feel good about yourself  and the day.

Sitting down and physically writing these positive notes will make you focus more on the things that are going well in your life,

Writing down events or traits that you like about yourself will also show you what makes you happier and when your mood is elevated, which could lead to more positive habits if you continue to chase these positive moments and traits.

After making a list of what you like about yourself, it is time to start setting some short term goals.

2. The Goals

These goals can be about anything you desire that will make you a better person.

These goals can be anything such as becoming more fit and healthy, improving your diet, learning a new thing everyday, taking up a new hobby, making new friends or reconnecting with positive people from the past.

Making the goals as small as you want will increase your chances of achieving each goal.

Achieving small goals will make you feel better about yourself, boost your confidence, and motivate you.

You will begin to see your self esteem rise with every small accomplishment

Getting on the treadmill or walking for just five minutes when you have been living a sedentary lifestyle can be a major achievement. Each time you step up on the treadmill or put on your walking shoes will boost your confidence and you will soon find yourself going for six minutes, then ten minutes feeling a sense of accomplishment.

If you have trouble meeting people because of a lack of confidence that you will not know what to say or talk about then start out by going alone to a place you would like to meet and writing down a topic you wound like to discuss. This could be at a restaurant, the park or even your own back yard.

Do not make the list so long that the individual  feels they are being interrogated.

If your self esteem has been down for an extended period of time you probably have been letting things go personally and around the house.

If you have piles of paper, dishes stacked up, yard that needs mowed the thought of tacking all of those can seem overwhelming. The best approach may be to break each task down into smaller task and spend 15 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour on those task each day until completed.

Mow a portion or all of the front yard one day and the back yard on another day.

Clean a section of one room per day until you have completed that room then move on to the next.

The key is to perform task that will make you feel good about yourself when completed.

These smaller goals will pick up the momentum to grow your self-esteem even faster.

After acknowledging your positive traits, things that are going well for you, and achieving wins for yourself, you now have the ball rolling, and it’s time to reward yourself as the third self esteem boosting activity.

3. The Reward

Go do something that’s fun or relaxing for yourself because rebuilding your self-esteem is not an easy task.

Go out and reward yourself with new clothes, a manicure or anything that makes you feel good about you.

Rewarding yourself will improve your mood and help eliminate some of the negativity in your head.

Low self esteem or loss of self esteem leads to a vicious cycle of incomplete task, neglected relationships, and poor self. Breaking that cycle requires you to start somewhere and keep moving forward one small step at a time until you are back up on top of the world or the place you really want to be.

Breaking the cycle will improve your mood and help you look at all aspects of your life in a more positive way.

 

Investing In You

Written By: docmac - Aug• 31•16

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.

The following guidelines will help you get started improving your personal development:

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.

What is the Most Passive Form of Income?

Written By: docmac - Aug• 31•16

What is the Most Passive Form of Income?

 

 

Passive income is income that you earn while you sleep and while you travel. Essentially, it means that you are no longer trading ‘time for money’.

In conventional employment, you need to work a set number of hours in order to earn a set amount of money. This means that you can’t earn money unless you’re putting in the hours. But passive income means that you do the work upfront and then the money trickles in steadily. This then means that you’re able to decide when and how you work – and if you’re really good at it, it may mean you don’t have to work at all…

How is this possible? Read on and you’ll see some examples. Moreover though, we’re going to look at what the most passive form of income is and why some options aren’t quite as passive as they may at first seem.

Earning Money From a Blog

One of the most popular options when it comes to earning money passively is to earn from a blog.

Most blogs are monetized either through advertising or selling digital products. This means that you earn money either when someone clicks on your ads, or when someone buys the product you made/recommended. Once you have built your blog up to enough prominence, you should have a steady influx of traffic without having to do much to keep it that way.

The only problem is that you also need to keep adding new content, to keep promoting your site and to keep managing the comments/responding to fans. So you’ll have a lot of flexibility here but there are some ways in which it isn’t quite as passive as it might at first appear.

Dropshipping

Perhaps a better option is something called dropshipping.

This means that you’re selling physical products through an ecommerce store but the twist is that these aren’t products you actually have around your warehouse. Instead, you’re selling products that another company manufactured and stored but they’re letting you put your name on them. They even send the products out but your customers never know that it’s not you who’s doing it.

In many ways this is an ideal business model but it does still require some management on your part to keep the website updated, to promote your store and to handle complaints and queries.

Selling a Digital Product

We’ve seen that selling a digital product can be a good way to monetize a blog for somewhat passive income. But if you can find a big distribution platform, then you can actually sell even more products without having to put the work in yourself.

For example, put an ebook on the Kindle store and it will sell copies even while you’re sleeping once you’ve done the initial marketing. An app can also be an overnight sensation and keep a steady influx of cash coming in for years.

The only problem here?

You of course need to think of that great idea in the first place to crack the market!

The Most Powerful Control Is Control Of Ourselves

Written By: docmac - Aug• 31•16

The Most Powerful Control Is Control Over Ourselves

 

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The Greatest Discovery- Person Can Change

Written By: docmac - Aug• 31•16

The Greatest Discovery 

If you want to change…

Change Your Attitude

 

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Find Your Strengths

Written By: docmac - Jul• 27•16
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Finding Your Strength

 

The Power Of Taking Action To Overcome Procrastination

Written By: docmac - Jul• 27•16

The Power Of Taking Action To Overcome Procrastination

Why We Procrastinate

Everyone procrastinates at one time or another. Sometimes this is not a big deal, because the task you are putting off is not important or time-sensitive. There are sometimes, however, when procrastination can cause serious problems in your life. Unfortunately, constantly putting things off can become a habitual ritual that can cause real damage in a number of ways.

You put household chores off until the last minute, and this creates stress and strain on your mental well-being. At work you put off till tomorrow what you should do today, your boss notices, and you miss that big promotion or get fired. You know you should exercise. Instead, you find excuses every day to wait just one more day, promising yourself that, “I will start exercising tomorrow.” Your health suffers, causing physical and mental discomfort and mounting medical bills.

There are a host of reasons why procrastinating can be bad for you.

So why do you do it?

Often times delaying the inevitable happens because you have to accomplish a task or take an action which is undesirable. Other times procrastination is not intentional. It happens because you are distracted by the sights and sounds around you. You may also simply have so much on your to-do list that daily and weekly procrastination is part of your productivity game plan.

Why Procrastination Is Bad for You

You may be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal? So I procrastinate from time to time. Everybody does it, and it’s not like it’s creating any problems in my life.”

Unfortunately, that is the sneaky side of procrastination and its effects on the human brain. No one likes to think poorly of himself. So when you procrastinate, you justify your reasoning mentally. You convince yourself that what you put off until tomorrow is justifiable, and your brain backs up that belief to keep from creating stress.

Your procrastination continues, tasks and responsibilities pile up, and eventually you have such a mess on your hands that you cannot deal with it mentally or physically. Your relationships, your health, your mental well-being and your finances can be ruined by the procrastination – justification – procrastination cycle which feeds on itself until you have caused some serious damage in some areas of your life.

This special report is designed to reduce, or totally eliminate, procrastination in your life. You will learn that distractions are often the biggest cause of putting things off. You’ll also discover ways to eliminate distractions, including websites, applications and software that do all the work for you.

You will learn how to create a plan of action that works for your specific situation and schedule to stop procrastination on a daily basis. You will discover how to motivate yourself to accomplish any task, and how to hold yourself accountable to others. Finally, you will learn how to decipher what your procrastination is trying to tell you – the real message you should be seeing. This empowering, stress-free, productivity-boosting lesson begins by learning to eliminate outside influences that distract you from your intended task.

Eliminating Distractions

Distractions come in many forms. You keep getting text message alerts on your phone. A notification pop-up appears on your computer screen every time you get a new email. You are trying to finish writing a report, but your workstation is right beside a huge picture window affording you a gorgeous view of the ocean. These are just a few common examples of distractions you may have experienced.

All distractions grab your attention in 1 of 6 ways.

They appeal to or aggravate 1 of your 5 senses:

1.) your ability to hear,

2.) smell,

3.) taste,

4.) touch and

5.) see some influence which has nothing to do with your current task.

6.) The 6th distraction occurs mentally. You have some thought, emotion or other mental influence that is so dominant it keeps popping up in your mind, causing unneeded distractions-get it out of your head.

In many cases, the solution is simple.

Turn off notifications and alerts on your smartphone and computers.

Move your workstation so you are not visually distracted by mother nature. Let your friends and family members know not to call or stop by in the middle of the day unless they have a very good reason.

These are simple fixes which can get you back on track and on task, boosting your productivity.

One easy way to eliminate distractions which cause procrastination is through the use of smart technology.

Apps and Websites That Reduce Distractions

Sometimes a little soothing background noise provides the perfect ambience that helps you “get in the zone” and crank up your productivity.

Relatively recent research shows that white noise, relaxing soundscapes and other personally preferred sounds can help you focus more than an absolutely silent environment.

If this appeals to you, give the following apps and websites a try:

  • WhiteNoise
  • Naturespace
  • Chroma Doze
  • MyNoise.net
  • Ambience
  • Coffitivity
  • Noisli
  • White Noise Box

* Many of these apps are perfect for helping you get to sleep at night as well. This can greatly increase your ability to focus throughout the day, which can help you get more done, thereby reducing the number of things you put off until later.

Your smartphone and computer are 2 major sources of distraction. Sometimes though, what you are trying to get accomplished requires the use of one of those popular consumer-electronics items.

If this is the case, use the following desktop and mobile phone apps to help you eliminate productivity-crushing distractions:

  • Block Site
  • StayFocused
  • Byword
  • Strict Workflow
  • ColdTurkey
  • WriteMonkey
  • RescueTime
  • Focus
  • SelfControl
  • Freedom

As mentioned earlier, you can also manually turn off audio and video notifications and alerts on your computers, smartphones and other consumer electronics.

Creating A Stress-Free Environment

Sometimes procrastination can simply be a result of stress or overwhelm in your environment. So this is a good place to begin if you want to get more productive again!

How Clutter Causes Procrastination

Clutter is a major source of distraction.

Whether you know it or not, everything in your field of view is causing your brain to focus on it.

The human brain prefers to handle one task at a time, but it attempts to deal with any and everything your eyes see. So no matter what task you’re performing, the mental resources dedicated to that activity are weakened.

This kills your productivity, backs up your to-do list, and can lead to inevitable procrastination.

Researchers held a study at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute. test subjects of both sexes, different ages and demographic backgrounds all experienced the same clutter-causing results.

Without getting into the scientific jargon, what basically happens is this:

“When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.”

The lesson here is simple – clean up your workstation. Clean your home on a regular basis. Remove all clutter, and anything that is in your field of view that could distract you mentally when you are trying to perform a particular task.

Simply removing a few desktop items at your workplace can help your brain focus on the task at hand, effectively enhancing your productivity so you don’t wind up putting things off to finish them at a later date.

Aromatherapy for Less Procrastination?

When your mind is in the right place, you procrastinate less and get more done. Research shows that certain scents and smells can calm your mind and help you focus better than others.

Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years for clarity and mental focus. Aromatherapy starter kits and essential oil diffusers can be purchased online inexpensively at websites like Amazon.

When choosing an aroma to crush procrastination and increase productivity, try the following scents.

  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon
  • Jasmine
  • Sage

 

Making A Plan of Action

All the knowledge in the world is useless unless you take action. Once you know that you need to stop procrastinating, then it’s time to get to work doing exactly that. How do you draw up the perfect action plan for stopping procrastination dead in its tracks?

Unfortunately, everyone is different, and different methods work for different people. Evidently, whatever you’re doing already clearly isn’t working for you, so it’s time to try something different.

A smart plan of action to help you stop putting things off centers around deciding what you should be doing at any given time. So here are a few things to try…

What to Focus on First

First you have to figure out what you should be doing now, and what can wait till later.

Begin by making a list.

Your list should include 3 sections:

  • What needs to be done today
  • What needs to be done this week
  • What needs to be done this month

Painting the doghouse is something that probably does not need to be done right away. Doing laundry is probably more important, especially if you are running out of things to wear. The idea is to sort the tasks you have into “do it now” or “do it later” categories.

Remember, be honest here. Don’t schedule something today simply because you “want” to do it. Tasks that need to be immediately accomplished have to take priority over other responsibilities, even if you don’t look forward to doing them.

Take a look at your “today” list. Some items on this list will only take a few minutes to accomplish, while others may take hours. If it is early in the morning and cooking dinner for the family is on this list, along with doing the laundry, wash the clothes first. There is still plenty of time to make dinner later. Prioritize this list, and take action.

* Huge tasks and responsibilities can appear daunting. However, many times they can be broken down into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Then you can place those smaller pieces where they belong on your list, slowly but steadily tackling them until your overall task is complete.

Having your list of things you most need to get done – and in the order you need to do them – will make it much easier to just jump in and get started with your day. You won’t be waiting around, overwhelmed, wondering what to do. You’ll simply know what needs to be done and can get on with it!

The Power of the 2 Minute Rule

This next little procrastination-beating trick is extremely powerful. It may not seem like it applies to bigger, more important and detailed activities and responsibilities. However, you can actually accomplish just about anything using the 2 minute rule.

The 2 parts of this productivity boosting tip are …

1 – If it can be accomplished in less than 2 minutes, do it right now.

2 – It takes longer than 2 minutes to accomplish, start it for 2 minutes.

The first part of this rule is simple, and probably obvious. Whatever you have to do which requires less than 2 minutes, do it. The real power of this amazing action-taking step comes with the 2nd part of the rule.

Perhaps you have been procrastinating starting a walking or running program. Do this. Schedule a 2 minute walk or run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of every week, or whatever fits into your schedule. At the appointed time, lace up your shoes and go for a 2 minute walk or run.

If that sounds silly, remember one of Isaac Newton’s famous laws of motion – an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. You will find yourself walking or running for much more than 2 minutes. However, the 2 minute rule is what got you started, and now you have not procrastinated exercising any longer.

Whether you want to write a book, eat healthier or call a loved one, the 2 minute rule can get you taking action instead of procrastinating.

Make Yourself Accountable to Others

Accountability is the enemy of procrastination. When you hold yourself accountable to yourself and others, putting things off is simply not an option.

Here’s one way of doing it…

Remind yourself of the people that are important to you. These include people you are emotionally attached to, like family and friends. It also includes bosses and coworkers that you have responsibilities for.

Write down their names. Seriously, write down the names of people you need to be accountable to for any reason.

Refer to this list when you make your procrastination-beating game plan. Look at it every time you create a to-do list. This helps you prioritize your tasks, while also ensuring you develop and maintain strong relationships with the people in your life you need to stay accountable to.

Setting Public Goals and Promises

For some tasks, you can even go a step further. For example, if you run a business then you can set public goals that your customers or employees are aware of. If you have fixed deadlines in the calendar, and other people are relying on you to get certain work done by that date, then you’re far more likely to actually achieve them!

The same goes for doing things for other people in your personal life. If there’s the possibility of letting anyone down, you will probably work harder to avoid that happening!

Learn to Motivate Yourself

Have you ever accomplished some Herculean task in record time? Have you ever looked forward to some responsibility or activity with such enthusiasm that it immediately moved to the front of your to-do list? This is because you were motivated in some way to complete that specific action, or achieve the results that its performance delivered.

This is simple motivation at work.

You eat fluids and drink foods every day because of a powerful instinctual motivation to survive. Unfortunately, not everything you do in life is going to be accompanied by such a strong motivation. That’s why you have to learn to motivate yourself.

Reward Yourself

Develop a reward system whereby you will reward yourself when you accomplish a certain number of tasks. This can be a physical or financial reward, a dinner with your favorite food or a night out with friends. Make sure you don’t “fudge the numbers” to reach your award. In other words, you don’t receive your award until you have accomplished the tasks you have set up to finish.

Remember Your “Big Why”

Another powerful motivational tool is to remember your “big why” attached to the job at hand.

What is the big reason why you are performing a particular task? Work responsibilities may be tied to a big promotion or raise. Prioritizing time to spend with loved ones may be important to you because of the wonderful emotions those encounters deliver.

Reminding yourself why you need to take a particular action may be all the motivation you need to stop procrastinating.

Set Time Limits

Some people are motivated more when they set tight deadlines, so don’t be afraid to do this with yourself. True, self-imposed deadlines aren’t quite as motivating as deadlines that come from external sources, but they can still make a difference!

Parkinson’s Law states: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. In other words, if you have all day to complete a task, you’ll be far less motivated to do it, it’ll take longer and you’ll probably spend a lot of time procrastinating! Give yourself less time and the same work will take less time.

Never Forget How Far You’ve Come

Lastly, if you’re working towards a bigger goal that seems to be taking a long time to happen, never forget how far you’ve come. If you’re growing a business, regularly take stock of your metrics (like revenue, customers, social media followers etc.) and look back on this when you’re feeling less motivated. It’ll help to show you what’s possible! Is

Your Procrastination Trying to Tell You Something?

Even the most efficient and productive individual will wind up procrastinating eventually. You shouldn’t beat yourself up if this happens from time to time.

Human beings are busier than we ever have been since the beginning of human history. This means you have a lot to do, and things don’t always go according to plan, so you will have to put off until tomorrow something you had planned on doing today.

The problem occurs when this becomes a regular habit.

Take a moment to collect your thoughts (in a clutter-free, calm environment). Do your friends and coworkers frequently comment on your inability to get things done on time, or show up on time? Can you look back on years of constant procrastination?

When you first look at your daily or weekly to-do list, do you begin looking for opportunities to procrastinate? If you answered yes to any of those questions, your procrastination could be trying to tell you something with a much deeper meaning.

Continual, repetitive, regular procrastination is not healthy. It can lead to mental and physical stress, ruined relationships, destroy you financially and impact you negatively in a number of other harmful ways. So if you can honestly admit to frequent procrastination, you need to take action immediately.

What do you do? The answer lies in the hidden message your continual procrastination is sending to your brain.

What Your Procrastination Really Means

Our actions are often not as transparent as they seem. This is because everything you do is driven by emotions, psychology or instinct. If you touch a hot stove, you don’t have to think about removing your hand. It happens automatically. Your brain understands that the longer you touch that hot surface, more pain and physical damage will be generated.

You snatch your hand away from the painful heat without a thought.

Sometimes though, the things you do are emotionally and psychologically motivated. Something deep down inside you leads to consistent procrastination because of something you feel or think, consciously or unconsciously. Someone who suffers from low self-esteem may put off asking for a better job or a pay raise for years.

They have developed, rightly or not, the idea that they are only worth so much financially. This could arise from some deep-seated emotional or psychological issue. Something has caused that person to feel they are not worthy of being happy and earning a good living. So they unconsciously procrastinate in their job duties, never ask for the pay they deserve, and end up struggling financially.

This causes that person constant stress and anxiety over being able to pay the bills and make a living. This is the result they have been looking for unconsciously, which justifies their feelings of low self-worth and inability. Procrastination at work becomes a character trait, creating a vicious cycle of low self-esteem, poor work habits and mental justification that they are getting what they deserve.

This is just one extreme example of what your procrastination is really trying to tell you.

Look at the things which cause you to put off important tasks, duties, events and responsibilities. Usually you can find a common thread among your delaying habits. Do you find it hard to put down your phone in a public setting while hanging out with your friends? Maybe you don’t value your friends the way you should, or you subconsciously wish you had a new set of friends.

Have you put off asking your partner to marry you for years? You keep telling yourself that your finances aren’t right, you want the wedding to be perfect, or there are some other exterior factors delaying the marriage. Perhaps the real reason behind your continued procrastination is fear of commitment.If you constantly put off getting your work done on time, you may tell yourself it’s because you are extremely busy. Look a little deeper. Be honest with yourself. It could be that you don’t enjoy your job, your talents are ill-suited for the work that you do, or you long to be doing something else.

Whether you do or don’t perform any type of action, you have made a decision.

Often times that decision does not have a transparent motive. Think about the real reasons for your procrastinating behavior, and your seemingly meaningless delaying tactics could reveal an amazing opportunity for some incredible personal growth.

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Stressful Times

Written By: docmac - Jul• 14•16

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Stressful Times

Stress is a killer. It can lead to inflammation throughout your body, triggering the onset of a number of less than dire desirable health conditions. It also attacks your emotions and mind, which can lead to neurological disorders, emotional eating, detachment from friends and family, anxiety and depression.

Unfortunately, stress happens to everyone. That means you need to know how to deal with stress effectively. Consider the following 5 practices the next time a stressful situation arises, and stress will have a minimal negative impact in your life.

1 – Meditate

Effective meditation has been proven for centuries to reduce stress and anxiety. There are plenty of free and paid meditation resources online to help you get started. Remember that you don’t have to be in a particular physical environment or area to meditate. Your time investment can be minimal as well. Close your eyes, calm your mind, focus on your breathing and in just a few minutes you can feel the stress slipping away.

2 – Change Your Environment

If it is possible to leave your stressful situation, do so. Take a walk. Get outside in the sun. Take off your shoes and walk through a grassy field. Read a few pages of a book or watch a funny cat video. Sometimes your environment is causing your stress, and even just 5 or 10 minutes away can help your situation.

3 – Treat Your Body Right

Sometimes your stressful situation is your body’s way of telling you that you are unhealthy. This means eating right, less fast food and processed food items, and more fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and berries. Get some exercise as well, at least 3 to 5 days a week. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of water.

4 – Create a Stress-Free Zone at Home and Work

As mentioned above, your environment can sometimes dictate your mood. Create a nurturing place at home, and at work if possible. Keep it simple, with as few objects and possessions as possible. Add pictures and music that soothe you and make you happy. This is a place where you can mentally reset your emotions, minimizing the impact of stress.

5 – Look at Things Objectively

Your stress is not always as full-blown as you think you is. Human beings sometimes have a tendency to over-exaggerate a situation. Look at your circumstances as if you were a nonjudgmental outsider. This allows you to identify the real cause of stress, and then you can act accordingly.