I’ll let you in on a secret. The most effective means to boost your productivity, regardless of the job, is to streamline. I know it seems too easy to be true, however, it works. When you streamline a task or a process, you invest much less time finding out what to do and exactly how to do it and can now concentrate solely on getting it done.
Let’s consider several instances from both work and home to see how this simplification principle applies. While they might or might not apply to you, they will provide you with a pretty good idea of exactly how streamlining can assist you in all areas of your life and conserve your time.
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Decluttering your work desk and cutting down on what you permit back on it, is a wonderful first step to take at the workplace. Take every little thing off your work desk. Then decide what you require there. Go for a tidy, uncluttered look. Toss what you don’t need and find a new, different space for things you required to keep close but do not utilized frequently. As an example, maintain your note pad as well as a pen in the work desk cabinet. File all completed paperwork in your document’s cabinet immediately.
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Given that we’re on the topic of paperwork, that’s another terrific area where you can streamline both at the workplace and in your home. Review all paperwork to see what is still, what can be archived and what can be shredded. For your bills at home consider signing up for online billing moving to paperless statements. You can do online payment from anywhere at any time on your phone or other mobile devices. It will certainly be much quicker than sending out a check in the mail monthly.
At the workplace, make a proposal to your supervisors about the benefits of changing to paperless delivery wherever feasible. This will cut costs and improve productivity providing tremendous benefits to your employer, improve the company’s bottom line while being socially conscious.
Find ways to say no at the workplace to things that would distract you from completing your current tasks. It is not always possible but does what you can to concentrate on your core workload as well as responsibilities.
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At home, consider de-cluttering and simplifying all locations of your residence one area at a time. You’ll spend less time cleaning and looking for things. For instance, by de-cluttering your living-room, you can wind up investing 40% less time moving things around before vacuuming and cleaning. Over time that amounts to numerous extra hours to do something you delight in rather than cleaning messy racks.
Your Mindset Creates Your Destiny
An undeniable truth is that everyone wants to be happy. Now, let me ask you these important questions: Are you truly happy with your life? Have you achieved your set goals and are you living the life that you really want to? If your answer is “NO” to any of these questions, you need to ask yourself “why”. It could be that your attitude is to blame.
People with a positive attitude often get more out of life. They are optimistic and know that things will work out in the end. Positive People don’t let challenges discourage them. They are also quick to recover, happy, love to socialize and enjoy better odds of being successful in their ventures.
Now that you know some of the benefits of having a positive attitude, another thing you need to know is that you can have this outlook on life as well. All you have to do is start to develop a positive attitude. It really is so easy to think negatively about a situation and blame someone else for your current undesirable situation. But come to think of it; is it not time for you to take responsibility, develop a better attitude and start living your dreams?
The next time you walk into a room full of people, make a conscious effort to observe the different groups of people. You will discover that energetic and successful people mingle together, while people who tend to complain about little things and blame others for their predicament also congregate.
Think about this for a second; which group would you prefer to be in?
It is said that success breeds success and this applies to the trait of being positive as well. If you surround yourself with people who see things positively and take responsibility for whatever situation they find themselves, this view will rub off on you as well.
There is nothing wrong with having dreams, desires, and goals and there is no reason why you can’t achieve them. If you have decided to make positive changes in your life, the first step you need to take is to choose one area of your life that you want to improve.
Once you have chosen an area to improve, look for ways to take action on it. A typical illustration of this scenario is someone wanting to lose weight. A positive person will not view themselves as starving or feeling deprived of food. Instead, they will understand that they are making efforts and sacrifices to improve their health as well as their overall lifestyle.
One good way to start thinking more positively is by reading quotes and affirmations. Find a couple of inspiring quotes that really resonate with you, and ensure you use them every day. Say them out loud every morning and write them down. You can also pin them somewhere you will often read them.
When you repeat these quotes either consciously or not, the inspiring words in them will stick in your head and you will start to act and feel positive. Do this on a regular basis and before you know it, your attitude will change for the better.
The word “passion” is thrown around so much that it has almost become a meaningless buzzword. That’s rather unfortunate because passion is one of the most important ingredients of living a life of purpose. More importantly, passion can make you feel truly alive.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling empty and not knowing what to do? Do you ever feel guilty about doing nothing worthwhile with your time? Do you find yourself disconnected from the world? If so, it could be that you just haven’t found your passion. Your passion will give your life its needed direction. It will give a different meaning to every waking day of your life.
The Three Crucial Steps To Finding Out What Drives You
While there are some people who already know what they are passionate about and only need a little push to pursue it, others still need to go through certain processes to find out just what it is that they are passionate about.
- Listen to your core.
The first thing that you ought to do is to take some time to talk to yourself. Think about how you feel and what you really think of things.
Forget about the part of yourself that always wants to fit in and belong to the crowd — that part of yourself who likes to please other people. Remember that when you get into that habit, you will almost certainly end up miserable. You have to live life according to what will make you happy.
Honor your core. Think about what you really want to do and not what you think you should do. After reconnecting with that part of yourself, it will be easier to find your passion.
Challenge yourself by trying out new things. Your passion may lie in the things, people, or activities that you have ignored or never tried before.
The thing is, your passion doesn’t always come with a loud label. You may need to actively seek it out. Doing nothing will not magically lead you to your passion. You may need to experiment. You may feel the beginnings of a fire stirring within you after reading, trying, seeing, or hearing something. Try to expose yourself to as many things as possible. Join an outdoors guild if you want to see if mountaineering is for you. Watch a classic or an underrated movie if you want to see if your heart is in film-making. Look up forensic uploads on youtube if your interest is in the study of crime.
You can also get to know your artistic side. You never know, but you may have certain talents that are waiting to get discovered.
- Play an instrument. This is a great way to relieve stress. There are a lot of tutorials that you can find online on how to play different musical instruments. You can also enroll in a music class or hire a coach.
- Sign up for a stage play. Have you always feared the spotlight? This is the best time to conquer that fear. If you don’t have any experience in acting or don’t have the right connections, you can enroll in acting workshops. This type of activity usually ends with a live performance, which will give you the chance to perform in front of many people.
- This kind of activity will help you learn more about yourself and what you are longing for. Whenever you have time, sit down and start writing about anything. It can be an essay, poem, short story or a novel. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You are doing this to feel good.
- Paint or draw. Have you ever tried these activities now that you are an adult? It doesn’t matter whether you are good or not. You have to give it a try.
Pick up a new hobby or sport. You have to do something that will change your daily routine, while keeping your adrenaline running. You can try dancing or swimming. You can join marathon or enroll in a gym. You can also practice yoga and meditation. Try to learn something new, which will give you fulfillment and satisfaction, such as cooking or baking.
- Ask yourself the right questions
Now, this part is a tough one. You have to be completely honest with your answers; otherwise, you will end up wasting your time. You also need to answer some questions without thinking too hard.
- If your house is on fire, what will you save?
Your answer will help you determine the people, animals or things that you find valuable.
This will give you clues to the kinds of activities and things that you enjoy. Think about the things that you could do forever (and no, that doesn’t include binging on ice cream or the latest season of Game of Thrones). It has to be something on which you can use your skills and knowledge. It has to be something to which you believe you can make a contribution.
- If you could do anything, what would it be?
For a moment, imagine that nothing is stopping you from doing anything – not your financial situation, or your obligations at work or to your family.
- What are the things you feel strongly about?
Passion does not always have to be related to a hobby. A person can be passionate about a cause. Passion can also be brought to the surface because of pain. If you feel strongly about bullying, awareness about certain mental conditions, or providing support to certain groups of people, that could be your passion.
- What has made you really happy in the past?
Think about the points in your life when you felt truly happy.
Keep in mind that just because you like something does not mean that you have found your passion though. Passion is more than mere “liking”. Truth be told, it defies strict definition. What is sure is that it transcends logic. Passion is something you are willing to be called a lunatic for.
Don’t worry about people thinking that you’re weird, or that you are wasting your time. Passion is not at all a waste; it will amplify the way you feel and sense things and make you feel more alive.