Do you feel disappointed by a lack of achievement in your life? If so, it is time to start looking at your daily habits and choices, and start working on it. Most people are unable to do anything great in life not because they don’t have the talent for it, but because their behavior and mindset tend to pull them back into an average existence.
Today, we will look at a few tips which can help you overcome these negative tendencies while developing new habits that will recreate your life in as little as three months.
1. Sleep and Wake Up Early
The first habit you have to cultivate is to sleep and wake up early. Unfortunately, today’s culture is more focused on sleeping late and rising early, which essentially means that you won’t get a good enough sleep that your body demands. A few others sleep and wake up late, which is even worse. In order to be successful, you have to make it a habit to wake up early, preferably around 5:30 AM to 6 AM in the morning. This gives you a head start and you can accomplish a lot by 9am, which is when most people start their day.
Anything later than that is not recommended. You can use the initial hours for exercise, meditation, writing, and planning, that will help you remain active and focused all day long. You will also be in a better mood and will feel less irritated, which will result in better decisions at work or in personal life.
2. Set Goals
Just as driving your car without knowing the right destination only leads to waste of time and fuel, living your life without knowing exactly what you want to achieve will only result in wasting time and energy. Time is precious – you may believe you have enough especially if you’re young; but in fact, you do not. If you want to change your destiny, you must be sure of two things – where you currently are, and where you want to be.
Knowing your current position in all honesty will help you understand your capabilities, potentials, and limitations. And once you understand them, you can set up specific goals as to the things you wish to achieve. For example, when you analyze yourself, you might realize that you are very good at presenting ideas and concepts. As such, you may come up with an idea of starting a YouTube channel where you can teach viewers about some cool concepts. Writing down your goals gives you the extra motivation to go after them.
3. Schedule Tasks
If you have a habit of taking up a bunch of tasks and finishing them up randomly as you wish, then you should start developing a more systematic approach. Try to schedule your tasks and finish them based on priority. This will not only help save time, but you can also use the extra time for other constructive purposes.
For example, suppose that you have to finish up a work report by the weekend. But in the meantime, you also want to binge watch your favorite TV show and also visit the nearby trade fair. Now, of all these three activities, finishing the work report is of paramount importance. So, make sure to complete it first.
Then, you can visit the fair since it might be there only for a few more days. Finally, you can watch the show if you have any time left. Try to develop this habit of categorizing and scheduling tasks, and you will soon see that your personal and professional life becomes much easier.
4. Be in Good Company
Start developing a wide range of friendships which can benefit you mentally and psychologically. The psychological development of a person is not only affected by how they think but also by how the people they associate with think. Someone who is constantly in a group where everyone indulges in partying and spends less time studying is very likely to adopt similar behaviors.
Likewise, someone whose peers give importance to studying over partying will also see their own drive to study increase. After all, it is normal for people to want to do exactly what their friends do. Even in older ages. And this is why the company you keep is important. Try to spend time with people who are ambitious, driven, and are dreamers who aim to do something productive with their lives. Over time, you will see that your drive to achieve something will also be higher.
5. Acquire Knowledge
One of the cornerstones of success is the acquisition of knowledge. Look at every successful person in the world, and you will see that they have a large knowledge base about many things and a thirst for more. Their knowledge is not just limited to a particular field of expertise, but stretches into other areas as well.
Acquiring knowledge helps broaden your viewpoint of the world, making you think differently. So, start learning about new things from today onwards. Look at subject matters that are hot today and are expected to trend in the future, and begin learning as much as you can about it.
6. Be More Social
If you are the type of person who feels comfortable being by yourself rather than with others, then you need to work on your social skills. Go out and start interacting with people more. Until you do this, your perception of the world will remain skewed and will remain colored by your prejudices.
Inevitably, such a person will have a hard time trying to progress in life since people generally tend to associate with those who have a wide social circle than those who keep to themselves. And this will hurt your growth prospects, both at a personal and professional level.
Finally, be sure to manage your finances in a way that you are never in debt. When you get into debt, your entire life will revolve around paying off the debts, which essentially will block you from exploring life fully. So, always create a monthly budget as to how much money you can afford to spend, and make sure you keep your monthly expenses within those limitations.
And if you do have debt, then create a plan on how to pay it off in full while restraining yourself from taking on any additional debt. When you eventually become debt-free, you will realize that your life changes – you will have the confidence to try out new things.
Changing your destiny or the direction that your life is heading is completely in your hands. When you decide to take the wheels of your life, you make changes for a smooth ride, and these changes are what help you recreate your life the way you want it to be.
Ways to set up a Home Office
Day 1: ‘I am feeling lethargic today, maybe I’ll take rest for a while and resume after a few hours’
Day 2: ‘Don’t feel like working today’
Day 3: ‘Work from home is not productive at all! It was better when we could function in office’
Have you been experiencing this for the last few months?
Work from home can get boring and unproductive real quick and with changing times, this could be something companies resort to permanently.
So what’s the solution to not lose your work drive and keep working to your contentment?
Why not change your home workspace into a professional setting that gives you somewhat similar vibes as your in-office environment!
Well, read on!
To transform a small part of your house can be tedious but if the thought of strategically, can complement it well enough.
First things first – visualize how office spaces are built, most importantly the area where you used to sit in for hours and hours.
Got an idea? Now all you have to do is structure that into a smaller carpet area.
Decide on a location thereafter – where in the house do you want to set up your office. Make sure to be very particular when considering this because this has a major role in determining work focus and concentration. A corner, an entire room or just dividing the room into workspace and home is all to you and your comfort.
Usually, it is recommended to be in a remote area (like away from the kitchen) so to block any unnecessary noise.
Another thing to be cautious about is the amount of light that your chosen location has. With no proper lighting, the strain will increase and you might find it difficult to keep going.
What do companies do after building the space?
They settle on what furniture and equipment will be required to commence the activity.
Similarly, select your desk and chair wisely. You will want to need a chair that isn’t too hard nor is it too soft.
Too hard could make your back hurt and too soft can cause you to sit in a wrong position that’ll ultimately result in a backache. Ideally, a rolling chair is recommended because it’ll give you movement and comfort at the same time.
Coming to the size of your desk, it depends on if you want a longer one or a short desk would suffice. However, make sure that the workplace doesn’t look and feel too clustered because then your efficiency is what can be affected. Along with the size of the desk, it’s shaping also is equally significant. L-shaped, T-shaped or U-shaped or any other shape, that will look chic and be the perfect match to your location – judge appropriately.
While you are at it, keep in mind to place your desk in front of some view that will soothe your eyes. A pleasant scenery to look at acts as a relaxing tool for the mind and the eyes, giving you the refreshment you need during the job hours.
Have you noticed how your in-office cabin looked hassle-free and clean? That’s what exactly you want in your home office too, trust me. Wires tangled and plug loosely attached will definitely distract you and come in the way of smooth operation. So to avoid this, make sure you’ve proper connection and sockets for keeping your wires and plugs out of the way.
Moving continuously to fetch files and other important things can turn out to be time-wasting. To not lose out on productivity, you could have cabinets and drawers made around your desk or within the same area as is your workspace.
The office is not about just desk-work. There are visits and meetings and conferences too. Therefore, having an area dedicated to client meetings is necessary. Though if you feel that this is something that can be done without, it’s entirely your call.
Sitting in one place for about 8-9 hours every day can be monotonous. What can be worse is when the same to you sit in is bland and plain – just like a hospital ward. I am sure you don’t like that and certainly wouldn’t want your workplace to emulate the same!
Hence, decorate and paint!
Make your room look green to calm you or fill it with colors to keep you fresh, bright, and awake the entire day. If you didn’t know, colors very much influence your emotions.
Like I had mentioned before, changing interiors can be tedious but if strategically done, it can complement your home well enough. Considering that, you could design and decorate your home office according to your house and it’s color combinations. This will not only not erupt your interior but also make you feel safe and congenial making it easier for you to work.
In the end, whatever you read or see, go by what you feel is right and appropriate for your house and your surroundings. Do not place anything that isn’t required or is unnecessary and just keeps adding up your budget.
In an attempt to make your home office beautiful and classy, remember to not walk off the money line. Setting a workplace at home can be expensive but if done well within the monetary limit, you are sure to get elegant and reasonable decor.
Are you still reading?
Go! It’s time you start planning because you never know when offices might open up and you may be required to step out of your lazy workdays.
How Reading can impact your Day to Day Life?
Reading is a healthy habit, which, if practiced daily, can change your entire life around. Do you want to know why? Through Reading, one can not only gain knowledge but also stay acquainted with the outside as well as the inside world. The best thing about reading daily is to have an isolated place for yourself in your mind, where you can run off to. Most people don’t have the patience or intention to read, and that too, daily. Though this is a habit that takes time to settle in but trust me, once it does, you would never regret it. So, here is a list of reasons why you should read daily?
Why should you read daily?
- To gain knowledge
Once you start reading daily, and by Reading, it can be anything – you can read few pages of a novel, or a magazine, or newspaper, or even poetry – you would notice within weeks how much your knowledge regarding the outer world has improved. Through Reading, one can have clear information regarding the current affairs, and hence, stay updated.
- To improve your vocabulary
Through Reading, you can definitely learn new words and hence, improve your vocabulary. Most people make it a habit to learn a new word from the dictionary every day, but if you read daily, you are bound to get new words and make a list of them on a notebook with their meanings, which is definitely going to be helpful for you.
- To have a make-believe world
The most beautiful consequence of Reading is having one’s own imaginary world, where one can live a life full of magic. This is the extraordinary superpower one acquires while reading. In this busy daily life of ours, we all look for a secluded place where we can feel the essence of peace. Reading can fly you off to the imaginary land of sunflowers, daisies, and cats who can indeed talk.
- To become more attentive
Most people lack patience nowadays. Being impatient and restless has become a severe problem in today’s world. Here, Reading can help you calm your mind and improve your observation skills. It works like meditation. In no time, you would find your mind focusing on details and becoming more attentive to events, which used to go unnoticed.
- To reduce stress
Reading is similar to meditation, and hence, it definitely helps to reduce your stress. Books always have a calming effect on one’s mind. It takes you away from daily problems and stressful situations and helps your mind to gain stability. Not only it helps in reducing stress, but it also helps to decrease the anxiety levels of a person.
Everyone should make reading a daily habit. One should switch off the mobile phones, turn off the television and take some time out to read. It works wonders on one’s day-to-day life and changes one person’s entire personality. Though it can be hard at first, with time, you would cherish the moments alone, reading in a corner while your mind is flying off to Narnia.
The Pressure of this Epidemic: Should we take it Slow or Get your Productivity Game on
The race has begun, the race of life doesn’t stop even during quarantine or lockdown. It still continues when an epidemic is on the loose. Students all across were expected to continue working, office resumed productivity, and homemakers had it worse as their routine doubled.
Opening social media, flooded with images, videos and posts of people baking, drawing, learning a new instrument, learning new wilderness survival skills and working out, seems to be filled with energy. You look and you browse and you want to be filled with those emotions as those celebrities, friends, or influencers who seem to have figured a way to keep pushing through this pandemic. You imagine and daydream about a banana bread recipe you should try or that hype around the Dalgona coffee. You feel a sense of distance and anxiety, a fear of missing out. So you try, you try to push yourself, install tik-tok, and practice a common dance routine, decide to post it to establish that you are doing something too, you aren’t just lying around. There is this common unquestioned idea that when you are free and have time on your hand you should continue working, never waste time by just sitting down, or watching a show relaxing. This notion has been instilled and we as individuals are conditioned to feel that if you aren’t doing anything in your free time you are wasting time, not getting ahead in the horse race of this world. But, in lockdown and the current situation is tiring to comprehend. A state of panic and anxiety of the future, the fear of the virus and the death tools, fear of the contention of the world around. In all this, you feel obligated to be motivated and productive. To show that you have some value attributed to yourself even during a lockdown.
Productivity is often measured by documenting and showcases it to other people. In this day and age where social media has taken over our lives, where everyone posts their lives online to show what they are up to. It helps take your mind off things, keeps you engaged. Not everyone needs to cope with the pandemic the same way, the hustle has been romanticized by capitalist society. Where one has to keep on their toes. So many of us have received links, or advertisements to push us into starting something new. Not many people talk about how it is okay to just not do anything and take it slow. Not realizing that the conventional definition of being busy doesn’t necessarily have to be productive in nature. Our time has become monetized, every passing minute one has to do something,
When one is taking it slow and not pushing themselves into burning out they too are being productive. This can be said because they are introspective and reflecting upon themselves. Working towards rebuilding by taking it slow, relaxing as the times are tough. Lockdowns make one feel trapped as you have no social contact. One starts to feel the need for validation and added value to themselves. This is obtained by documenting and showing their productivity on social media. The competition to show how busy you are and how you have coped with this pandemic, but in reality, many are struggling. There has been an increase in problems like insomnia, backaches, headaches, feeling nauseated, and eventually leading to burnout. With the increasing fear and uncertainty about our future, there needs to be a period to pause and retrospect. It is completely acceptable to take your time off, as that too is a form of productivity for yourself. The idea that physical work attributes to your productivity levels is a notion that makes one forget about themselves. Taking care of yourself and taking the time off thinking and just take it one day at a time. The pandemic has led to work from home bases for both students and working individuals. Hence with the effect of the pandemic and the working situation, this pressure to be productive is an added factor for them to feel demotivated and isolated further. Apart from that parents and homemakers, have been burning out and need a means to just relax and have time off for themselves away from societal pressure.
Social media is a great tool to feel connected to this pandemic, but with this, it also brings in the pressure of being at the same level as everyone. One starts to feel “if they can do it so can I”. The energy and exertion both mentally and physically are draining, the constant juggle, and trying to draw a line with your various social groups sitting from home. The pandemic adds extra responsibility, in terms of taking care of your family, friends neighbors thinking about your work, and how to run your home. That is why with these added pressures you can decide for yourself what works best for you, being productive by following daily trends help you relax and cope with the situation then that is great. On the contrary, if you feel drained and are feeling extinguished from the pressure, then it is best to take it slow, relax as thinking, and working on yourself is a form of work too.
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