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25 Jul

5 Things to Be More Productive

In the busy and fast paced world that we live in, it is crucial to have a set of principles to live by to increase our odds of having a productive day, whether at work or home. If we are not careful, it is very easy to become busy and not productive. Here are 5 things to live by to stay productive:
1. Plan your day THE NIGHT BEFORE.
Plan your work and work your plan. Nothing can help you be more productive than writing down your plans for the next day, on the night before. Make sure you are done with your responsibilities and things you need to do at home first, and then begin to plan the next day. Think about anything that was left undone previously and fit those things in your day. Consider all important, essential, and critical things that must get done.
2. Wake up early in the morning.
Always wake up early enough in the mornings to give yourself enough time to do the routine prepping (shower, brush teeth, dress, etc.) and to eat a good meal. If you do this and have some time to spare, it will put you in a productive state of mind rather than a reactive state like when you are running late.
3. Review your plan for the day.
As you embark onto your day, review your written plan and what is NEEDED to be completed for the day. Ashley Feinstein’s article in Forbes, “Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Plans,” talks about a study that was done on writing down your plans and it states “…those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write down their goals.”
Check each step and detail of each task. Make sure every step is clear and make any notes on your planner so you don’t forget later on in the day. As the day goes on, update your planner as things come up.
4. Commit yourself to the tasks and create Accountability.
If you have a few clients to visit with that day or a few accounts to visit, call the client in the morning and confirm it. Once you’ve done this, you are COMMITTED, and there is no backing out. You will be there at the confirmed time to complete the task. Another form of accountability is social accountability.
In the beginning of your day write a post on social media of what you plan on completing that day. As you are knocking each task out, don’t just cross it out on your list and planner, but post it on social media and use it as a checklist. If you didn’t complete a task, it is highly likely that someone will call you out… and you wouldn’t want that, right?
5. Reward yourself.
We all need the carrot dangling in front of us to motivate us to complete our tasks. From the early morning you should choose what your reward will be if and when you complete ALL of your tasks for the day. This will push you to not cut corners and to make sure EVERYTHING is done.
Remember, don’t celebrate and reward yourself if you didn’t hit the goal. Keep your integrity and follow through with this and it will force you to be more productive. Here is an article on Fast Company that gives “10 Ways to Reward Yourself for Working So Hard.”
posted by: Richard Trevino II
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02 Jul

Things In life That Can Hurt Your Mindset

One of the most frustrating things to do is to do what you just said you were no longer going to do. Why does this happen? It happens because your mindset is not SET. It was Frank Outlaw that first (debatably) said:
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
… the understanding that nothing happens without there first being a thought conceived. So, if our thoughts and mindset are that important, what is put into them is far more important.
We must protect our mindset at all costs and ensure that only that which you are looking to manifest in your life are allowed there.
There are certain things that can hurt your mindset that we should be very aware of. Here are 4 major things to take note of:
1. Toxic Relationships:
Be cautious of relationships with people whether at work, home, neighborhood, etc. that they are constantly ridiculing, downgrading, or questioning your mindset and values. Also, conversations with the people that all they ever do is use you for a dumping ground and unload all of their problems on you and don’t ever use or apply any of your advice. These people do not value you enough to respect your decisions for your life nor your help to better their situation.
As this article by Judith Acosta from The Huffington Post states in her article “Toxic Venting: When to stop Listening”:
“Does that make me less a friend? I don’t think so. If anything, it might be the other way around. Perhaps he was less of a friend than I imagined…”
Basically stating that these types of “friends” are not good for our well-being and mindset.
2. Too much unhealthy food:
It has been said that “foods affect moods.” So, we must watch what we are eating to not have an adverse effect on our mindset. This article written by Elaine Magee from Web MD
“Basically the science of food’s affect on mood is based on this: Dietary changes can bring about changes in our brain structure (chemically and physiologically), which can lead to altered behavior.”
3. Media not aligned with your direction:
Consciously or not, the messages that we receive from all forms of media (music, internet, social media, reading material, T.V., etc.) are playing a huge role in our thought process, actions, responses, and habits. What we consume can and will affect our mindset. Choose media that is aligned with your direction, goals, vision, values, etc. so it does not hurt your mindset and end up getting you off track.
4. Being a people pleaser:
To a certain point, obviously it is good to know what others think of you and what type of message you are giving off to people; however, when it gets to the point of constantly asking what others think or feel about what you are doing, there needs to be a line drawn. When your decisions are governed by the unsure feeling that someone may not be pleased with what you are doing and your peace, joy, and happiness are compromised, then it can and will become a problem.
How? You are no longer being guided by your mindset and values, but by the mindset and values of other people. If you are not careful, you will lose your own values, core message, and direction.
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