May 11, 2017
Every day is a new and exciting opportunity to get things done, so why not make the most of it and do exactly that? Well, for some of us that’s easier said than done; but not to get discouraged… Below are 5 tips that you can utilize every day to ensure you reach your maximum daily potential and go to sleep feeling satisfied with what you’ve accomplished.
Tip #1: (BREAKFAST)
Everyone needs a good kick start to get their productive juices flowing in the morning; so make sure that when you’re waking up you’re getting the nutrients you need to fuel you for the rest of the day. It can be something simple, like yogurt and granola nuts, or a banana smoothie. Just make sure you don’t skip out on this one simple step because it truly makes all the difference in the world.
Tip #2: (EXERCISE)
Most of us don’t have the time to fit in a visit to the gym before work every morning; but then again, who said you have to go to the gym? Morning exercise can be as simple as getting out of bed and taking a few extra minutes to stretch out and do some aerobics before hopping in the shower. Come up with a simple 5-10 minute routine that you can hold yourself to and try to make as much a habit of it as brushing your teeth. You’ll thank yourself later when that early evening crunch time roles around and you notice you’re not as tired as you used to be.
Tip #3: (ORGANIZE)
Your bedroom, your kitchen, your car, and your office are all things that you should capitalize on when it comes to organizing. Take a few extra minutes before you go to bed each night to put things in their rightful place or to pick out an outfit that you intend to wear the next day. You don’t want to be scavenging through your closet in the morning when you should be eating the breakfast we talked about in tip #1. Try to keep things as neat and easy to find as possible. Not only will it make things easier on you, but it will also help your mind to relax and focus on your daily tasks.
Tip #4: (SMILE)
Cheesy, right? (No pun intended)… But seriously, studies show that people who smile more tend to have higher energy levels than people who have stern expressions on their faces throughout the day and are also more likely to have positive interactions with others. Don’t feel dumb or shame yourself for smiling, you’re doing yourself a favor! Plus people will notice it and you’re more than likely to notice a positive change in your daily interactions. So what’s there to loose? Give it a try!
Tip #5: (NAP)
Nap time is not something that is only confined to pre-schoolers. In fact, adults need nap time just as much if not more than kids do. If your schedule permits it, try to find 20 minutes a day to fit in a power nap. Studies show that the average adult increases their productivity by 5% when they take a 20 minute nap sometime during the course of their typical work day. This is crucial, and if you can manage it, do it! Even if it means using up some of your lunch break.
March 16, 2017
Leading an organized life is important, but maybe not something people think about regularly. A lot of time goals are centered around moving forward or upward, with a lot less focus on the now. This can be a mistake because if you focus on yourself or business today rather than in three months from now, you will inherently get to where you want to be without the pressure and strain. This applies both mentally, as well as your physical environment.
To give a little perspective, here are a few benefits of leading an organized life:
- Increased productivity
- Maintaining a better balance (i.e. work, personal, social, family, etc.)
- Better ability to achieve personal goals
- It is more economical
- Provides the tools to get your job done right
While these benefits are pretty straight forward and desirable, the process of getting there is a little more difficult. In order to achieve these ideals there are a couple things that you should avoid doing:
- Don’t procrastinate
- Don’t try to do everything alone
- Don’t take on too much in a short period of time
- Don’t be a perfectionist
- Don’t trust your memory – – write things down!
Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list and in order to succeed you have to find what works for you. Start here, see how you do and then adjust to your personal needs and goals. Empty out all that unneeded clutter this spring and get organized!
July 7, 2016
Oftentimes we view time as our enemy, or something that is limiting our productivity. Instead, time should be looked at as our greatest asset. What we choose to do with our time at work, at home, our free time all have the potential to positively influence our lives. Even when you do have some free or idle time it is possible to utilize it to benefit both you and your organization.
Here a couple ideas for positive ways to spend your free time:
- Read books. While this may seem like a mundane task at times, successful people never stop reading. Whether it be fiction, nonfiction, autobiographies, etc. the goal is to further open your mind to the world around you. Exposing yourself to new ideas and cultures can only improve the way you conduct yourself and respond to situations around you. In many cases you may even learn something new or build new skills. Not only that, you build your vocabulary and your writing skills. If reading is really not your thing, take advantage of audio books! Essentially, keep learning.
- Exercise. Exercising has been proven to not only improve your physical health, but your mental as well. Take as little as 30 minutes after work or some time on the weekend to get your blood pumping and relieve a little bit of stress. Getting on a regular exercise schedule can also help you become a more disciplined individual, and help reduce long term effects of stress.
- Volunteer. It doesn’t matter where, how, or what you do, but get out into your community and give back. Not only are you helping improve the community around you, but giving back leads to higher levels of happiness. This is not an overly demanding commitment, and you will find the benefits are far more rewarding than anything you could have expected.
There are many, many more things that you can do to maximize your free time, but there are a few that are most highly recommended. They are not stressful, they are not difficult but they will help you become a more educated and relaxed human being. In doing so you are not only helping yourself but all those around you.
What do you do to best utilize your time?