How to be productive when your brain refuses to collaborate

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This week helped me to understand how to be more productive despite negativity. It’s been a tough week not only because of the death of my aunt , but also because another relative of mine had a car accident (thank God she’s ok) and I’ve been hospitalize for an allergic reaction due to hair dye.

I looked an alien, my face was swollen and I when I got to the hospital I began having problems also in my throat. They immediately injected me steroids and antihistamines. Now, two days later, I’m still swollen on the left side, especially near the eye, and I’m taking antihistamines. Let’s say that I’ve had a difficult week.

I’ve never had an allergic reaction to any hair dye, so I recommend everyone to always do the skin test before you dye your hair to avoid ending up at the hospital. It’s really a bad experience. If the allergic reaction is not treated, you risk anaphylactic shock, so please always do the skin test. In the coming days I will book an appointment with a dermatologist and have a more detailed and accurate picture of how to handle the situation (I’ll do some tests and figure out what type of hair dye I can use).

Despite all this, there were some lessons to learn from this experience.

The first is of course is to do not take anything for granted. Even recommendations about hair dye.

Secondly I figured out how to be productive despite my brain refused to collaborate with me.

When we find ourselves in a situation of psychological and physical stress, discomfort and mental disorganization, we usually end up with nothing. Even if we have a lot of things to do, our mind is just too busy with negativity or shocked. In those cases, our brain takes a walk outside and finding solutions seems impossible.

Here’s some things I did to tidy up my mind.

1. Tidy up

One of the things that I felt the need to do immediately was to tidy up everything. It might seem strange, but it works. Especially if your brain took a vacation. Tidy up the house from the bottom to the top, get rid of clutter, throw away clothes that you no longer use, make room for new things, organize your desk, find a specific place for everything. It works, especially if accompanied by music with a fast beat. You don’t need to think, you just have to do it. If your brain doesn’t seem to collaborate, just take actions that don’t require his collaboration but that can improve your self-image. It sharpens your mind. And everyone knows what is the wonderful feeling one gets after throwing old stuff .

2. Fix situations

Another thing I did was to fix situations and docs. I had some payments to do, cancel a contract and fix some bureaucratic stuff with my former internet connection. Just like I did with old clothes, I removed those anxieties from my mind just doing what I had to do. Why procrastinating if you keep on having the constant though that you have to do make that phone call or pay a bill? Just do it and forget about it. They are an unnecessary weight in mind that only cause chaos. Once removed, clarity reappears.

3. Update your short-time goals

Another thing I did was update my goals. I hadn’t the chance to write on the blog, so I took pen and paper and wrote exactly what I wanted in the near future. The list includes various areas of my life, but those are goals that can be implemented over the next 14/30 days. The result is near and motivation is born again.

4. Pretend to have an inflexible boss near

Your boss does not want to know how you feel and what your negative emotions are. Your boss just wants the work to be done for yesterday. So even though I felt demotivated, I simply did what I had to do. And after doing it, I was more than satisfied, motivated and committed to take further actions and feel the momentum. I would not have achieved anything just by lying in bed depressed thinking about how horrible I looked.

The secret is to perform a series of small victories that add up with each other. Then your motivation slowly comes back and the self-image of a competent person reappears. Maybe if you’re overwhelmed by negativity, you’re unable to achieve big goals, so focus on small victories and you’ll win again.

The mere fact of tiding up or rearranging documents, may inspire you to have a more positive image of yourself, plus it helps to avoid thinking about the negative events that happened .

One thing I’ve noticed is that when we are bombarded daily with negativity, own our mood and our energy changes and the actions that we perform are a mirror of the energy that we have inside in that particular moment.

And then if you’re negative, more negative things will happen. So change your vibration, avoid thinking about this stuff, put on some music, tidy up, rearrange your life, get rid of everything you have to get rid of and find clarity.

I am usually a proactive and positive person, but a series of bad news can have an effect on us, it is normal. The important thing is to restore your balance and get back your positivity and good mood. Use what you have and do what you can do at that moment. You might have a broken leg , but this can not stop you from picking up a book and start reading , or watching a seminar on a dvd or reading blogs that can help you to don’t feel alone and get your momentum again.

Just keep going. Life is a continuous challenge but it’s also a game to play isn’t it?

 

Strategies to help yourself stay Focused and be more Productive

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Sometimes things like paying your bills on time to keeping up with work, family, and social demands can seem overwhelming.

There is a huge desire to be able to do our best and achieve our goals, but somehow there’s always something that bothers us and gets in between:  lack of focus and concentration, fatigue and little mistakes that can harm the success of a project or of a social and working week, causing nervousness and discomfort.

With some self -help techniques, it can be easier to become naturally more productive, avoid procrastination, get organized and in control of your life and enhance your sense of self-esteem.

You can improve your daily habits with a bit of practice, patience and a positive attitude.

Here a list of smart ways to keep you focused and accomplish more in your daily routine. I use many of these to avoid daily problems and unnecessary stress.

1. Get organized

Arrange your home or office and classify objects: decide which ones are necessary and which can be stored or trashed. Keep the newly organized structure, with regular daily routine. Create space. Ask yourself what you need on a daily basis.

2. Use a day planner or calendar app

They can remind you of appointments and deadlines. With electronic calendars, you can also set up automatic reminders. When the alarm rings, do what you have to do. Don’t procrastinate.

3. Set up a filing system

Use dividers or separate file folders for different types of documents (such as medical records, receipts and tax returns)

4. Deal with mail on a daily basis

This also applies to email. At the end of the day, take some time to check your inbox and throw away what you don’t need and respond to those who wrote you. You’ll avoid millions of unread messages. Do it in the evening, so that you your daily tasks has already been accomplished.

5. Always look at the clock

Buy a huge highly visible table clock to help you keep track of time. When you start a task, take note of the time and keep track of the amount of time it requires.

6. Use timers

To me timers are very helpful:  you are forced to work at your highest level of performance and increase focus and concentration. Allot yourself limited amounts of time for each activity and use a timer or an alarm to alert you when the time is up. Set an alarm at regular intervals to keep you productive and aware of how much time is passing.

7. Give yourself more time than you think you need

Set the timer every half hour to keep you productive, but always calculate 10 minutes more to finish something. This allows you to finish what you’re doing and avoid already late for the next one.

8. Plan to be early

My clock is set 20 minutes earlier. If I have an appointment at 420, my clock says it’s 440. This way. In case of mishaps, I have 20 minutes of time to fix things. Believe me, it works! Set reminders to make sure you leave on time and make sure you have everything you need when it’s time to go.

9. Decide what it is some important

Ask yourself what is the most important task you need to accomplish first, and then order the other tasks after that. Break down large projects in small manageable steps.

10. Learn to say no

Do not accept too many projects at work or too many social engagements. Concentrate on what you’re certain you’re able to do. Having a jam-packed schedule can make you feel overwhelmed.. Check the program before committing to something new.

Managing money  

1. Keep the budget under control

Start by keeping track of every expense and analyze where your money is going. Use this snapshot of your spending habits to create a monthly budget based on income and needs.

2. Switch to online banking

Your online account will list all deposits and payments, automatically tracking it every day. Also set up automatic payments for your monthly bills. For me it was a blessing because not only I can check my expenses from home, but also recharge the phone for me and for others, pay bills, and manage my credit card with a simple click. It took me a year to make up my mind and I have to say I am very satisfied.

3. Shop with cash only and leave the credit cards at home

Stay away from places where you’re likely to spend too much money. Put an end to impulse shopping .

Tips to stay focused and productive at work

1. Organize your office or desk

Set aside time each day for the organization, something like 10 minutes a day to clear your desk and organize your paperwork. Tidy up the workspace of unnecessary distractions.

2. Minimize distractions

Keep your workplace free of clutter. If possible, let your voicemail pick up the phone. If the noise is distracting you, use your headphones or a sound machine. Write down big ideas and work on them at the end of the day.

3. Move your body

To avoid anxiety, move. Take a walk or even jump up and down and get rid of stress.

Stress Management

1. Eat healthy

Ingest a lot of vegetables, fruits and water. Avoid caffeine late in the day. Avoid sugar as much as possible and eat fewer carbohydrates, increasing protein intake.

2. Get plenty of sleep

Take a bath before going to sleep and try to have a “before going to sleep” routine. Drink a tisane, take a bath, read a book and go to sleep at certain time.

3. Exercise regularly

This will help you stay calm, avoid mood swings and reduce hyperactivity and distractibility. Exercise can also help to get rid of excess energy and aggression that can make you feel unstable. Choose something fun and go outdoors. To learn to be more focused also try meditation and yoga.

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Goal setting: what is missing to finally reach your goals?

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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
Henry David Thoreau

There’s a lot of talk about achieving goals. One of the main reasons why so many people fail, is lack of clarity. But let’s face reality. Many of us have attended seminars, read millions of books on the subject and are still stuck in a uncertain situation.

What is missing?

We all know about the S.M.A.R.T. formula. A goal has to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable. Realistic, and Timely.

But we are humans, not machines. And we are used to have everything at once. We don’t want to stop watching television or playing on the computer in the name of a goal that perhaps, in a remote future, will become reality.

In addition we are bombarded daily by negative news and the songs we listen to the radio or talk about sex or talk about broken hearts, and here we got: a huge mess. Media often can be of very bad influence.

So, in short, we are strongly conditioned to be unmotivated.

What’s missing?

We can turn off the radio and put positive music selected by us, we can turn off the television and read personal growth books. We can motivate ourselves every day. We can also listen to hypnotic mp3 to recondition our minds.

What’s missing?

We all know that a goal to be such, has to be specific and measurable. This means that if we want to get something first of all we have to write down what we want and have a parameter to judge if the goal has been reached. We have to be absolutely clear about that.

We know this.

We also know that a goal has to be written down in positive terms. We know that our mind does not perceive the denial but identifies only the images that we send. The famous sentence “don’t think about the pink elephant”, inevitably leads to have the image of the pink elephant in my mind, although there is a negation at the beginning of the sentence.

So if you want to get something, your desire should be expressed in positive terms, to avoid that your mind brings you exactly the opposite. So specifically the sentence “I don’t want my boss to continue to underestimate me” should be expressed in terms of “I want my boss to recognize the tremendous value I’m bringing to the company and give me a promotion”.

We also know that we have to expect to achieve the goal. We must have faith and believe. On the other hand, if we do not believe in ourselves and in our projects, how can we expect to deliver the right amount of enthusiasm and positive energy to involve others?

We also know that we gotta have a detailed plan. Write down for your goal what you want to achieve in 5 years, 1 year, 6 months, 1 month, and the things you have to do daily to achieve your goal. For example, let’s pretend that your goal is to earn $ 60,000 a year. What do you have to do to accomplish this goal? Change job? Have a passive income? What steps need to be implemented to achieve that result? What do you have to do in 1 year, 6 months, 1 month and daily?

It’s $ 5,000 per month. What should you do to achieve this? You have to develop a detailed plan and know how to do it. If you don’t know how, look for a solution. How can you achieve it? Ask and you shall receive right? Ask and organize a real plan. Without a clear, specific, measurable, daily effort, you will not get nowhere.

We also know that we need to establish a deadline. So, e.g. we can set a deadline of one year, two years, five years, two months, don’t care how much, but it is necessary. It’s like using the chronometer to determine the timing of how much you are really working. The deadline allows you to decide if you’re going in the direction of your goal or if you are moving in the opposite direction.

But you know all this already, right?

So what’s missing?

The only thing that is missing is that we are human beings and we need to have fun. Life is already pretty full of complications, we don’t need to add more.

Fun is missing.

While you’re pursuing your goal, you have to have fun. That’s the only way to achieve it.

If you get bored, stressed, angry, it’s like an obligation. If working long hours disappoints you, don’t do it.
If you are not in love with what you’re doing, dump it.

It is essential to ask yourself these questions:

  • How can I make my goal enjoyable?
  • How can I make this activity pleasant while doing it?
  • How do I get a reward now while I’m doing it instead of waiting for its achievement?

Your goal has to make you happy now, it gotta have a positive effect on your reality now, it has to make you a happy person now, it should make you feel free now.

For me writing this blog is awesome, because every day I learn something new and it pushes me to become a better person every day.

Your goal has to improve your current reality, not only your future.

What do you love about your goal? What pleasure and joy is bringing you right now?

Do you writing? Then write, for the pleasure of it. Don’t think all the time about the end result. Don’t’ worry about the sales and all the things you’ll have to face in the future. Do you love writing? Then write and enjoy the process.

Do you want to increase your self-discipline? Why do you want to do that? What brings you that process? Satisfaction, self-esteem? Why do you want to do? Give yourself the motivation, the reasons why and the joy every day.

Your goal has to make you feel good every day, it does not have to be a ball and chain, nor be boring.

We are human beings, not super monks. We need to have fun during the process of moving towards our dreams. But often the perception we have of a dream can be distorted. Sometimes we think that it is boring to do all those auditions, spend hours studying or working for our project for a never ending undefined period of time.

But the truth is that if we do this without having fun, sooner or later we’ll give up.

To avoid this, the only solution is to follow our true nature , and then rediscover the passion and the reasons why we are doing this.

In short, a goal has to be specific, measurable, expressed in positive terms, clear, planned in detail, have a deadline, we have to believe with all our enthusiasm that the goal will be achieved and must be determined, persistent, patient and motivated.

But for all this to happen and avoid giving up we gotta have fun in the process. If we have fun while working for our goal things will be easier: we will see it as a chance to learn new things, to grow, to finally be free to express.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to transform it in a wonderful adventure?

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Live your dreams: 5 successful strategies to accomplish your goal

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“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
Jim Rohn

We often have dreams and goals that we want to achieve but somehow we just can’t get to the finish line. We feel depressed, oppressed and incapable because we want something but do not know why we are not able to achieve it. Apart from the psychological traits that may be an obstacle, such as a lack of self-esteem or fear of success, there are some tricks that can be useful to achieve our goals.

Here are 5 simple strategies that helped me in the past.

1. Work on your beliefs every day

No one is born with confidence already installed in his mind. Sometimes overly critical parents, traumatic experiences and an unhealthy environment can give us the wrong information which does not allow us to get access to our greatest resources.

To avoid it and instead accomplish our goals, it’s necessary to first dedicate time every day to modify our limiting beliefs. Spend at least half an hour a day to read a personal growth book, inspirational quotes of the great masters and successful people and to understand, analyze and solve limiting thoughts and build new empowering ones.

I found it very useful: not it only keeps you motivated, but it teaches you techniques to be successful, mistakes to avoid and often contain stories of great inspiration that can show you see the light in the darkest moments.

We have to become our own best friends and motivate us, believe in our abilities and do everything possible to stay healthy and feel good.

What we get is directly proportional to what we think we are able to achieve and deserve. It’s for this reason that it is vital to take care of our mindset and modify it, if necessary. Self-esteem and confidence are the basics to achieve our goals.

2. Crave your goal

Not everybody is sailing in troubled waters. Sometimes we are really happy with our lives and not feel the need to change it: even if we want something, we might not be particularly willing to do everything possible to achieve a certain goal.

Thinking this way, however, can lead to several consequences: feeling unable to achieve things, lose self-esteem and settle for a quite good but unsatisfying life. Most of the times all this can be prevented with some motivation.

What to do to increase the desire to achieve that goal? Think incessantly to your goal, daydream about the good things you can create, visualize and live your goal in the present moment, think about how many wonderful things you can have and give to those you love once you reach your goal. Sometimes the strongest lever is not ourselves, but the people we love. Find strong reasons and motivate yourself.

3. Clarity above all

To achieve your goal you got to have a clear vision of what you want and have a plan to get it. What do you want to achieve? In how much time? What do you want to achieve in 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 24 months?

Take pen and paper and write down exactly what you want and the steps you need to do to achieve it. Then break it up into smaller and smaller steps, until you get to weekly and daily goals.

Be clear on your goals and work to achieve them intelligently.

4. Do what is most important first

In your daily list, there should be at least 2 to dos which must be achieved. If what you have to do is absolutely important but bores you, find creative and fun ways to do it. How can you make it fun? Do not fill your list with millions of commitments. Calculate the timing and make a list feasible, otherwise at the end of the day you’ll find yourself disappointed because you haven’t achieved some to dos.

5. Learn from the best in your field

You do not need to be a genius and learn everything about everything. Culture is important, but for the realization of your goals just specialize. What tricks, strategies, techniques and secrets you need to get to be the best? What you need to study to become an expert? What secrets do you need to learn this year? What do you need to learn to be the best in your field?

Everything can be learned, improved and internalized. Just act with intelligence, continuity and perseverance. Use good habits in your favor! You won’t lose weight if you exercise once in a while, and you won’t be able to build a successful business if you do not set daily goals and do not work every day to improve yourself. Use habits in your favor!

Everyone can achieve great things, perseverance, knowledge and motivation is all that matters!

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Motivation at work: how to keep going even if you’re about to give up

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Today is Wednesday and we are only mid-week. Many of my friends who have regular jobs begin to complain and wondering when the work week will finally end to enjoy a well-earned rest during the weekend. But is it really so difficult to love your job and keep your motivation at work high?

Unfortunately, I found myself in unpleasant situations and I can understand what it feels like to get up every morning with no desire to go to work, even with the fear of hearing your own boss scream and try to finish the work that needed to be done yesterday.

In an ideal environment, considering the fact that we spend most of our time in the office, it would be advisable to have a job that you love, that makes you grow and full of stimuli. But in times of crisis, it is already a fortune to have the opportunity to have a monthly salary to survive.

What to do if you hate your job but you have to keep it to pay the bills and feed your family?
How can you keep your motivation at work high?

Here are a few tips that have helped me to move forward in the darkest hours to keep my motivation at work higher.

1. Try to remind yourself what you love about your job

Why did you do the job interview? What do you like about your job? The contact with customers? Having the opportunity to be creative? Working for a big company? The chance to help people? Or simply because your job is exactly what you dreamed of as a child?

Although sometimes reality comes up with unpleasant surprises, remind yourself every day why you chose this job and how happy you were when you got hired. Think what it would mean for you to lose this job and no longer have a paycheck.

Remembering the initial reasons that prompted you to agree to work for this company will boost your motivation at work. What do you really love about your job?

2. Find a balance between work and private life

We spend most of the day at work, but this does not mean to ruin the other areas of our lives. Remember: you have other things to take care outside of your office and that can even help you to keep your motivation at work high.
Take care of your social life, family, stay fit, join the gym, get a hobby, volunteer, have a lot of fun. Work is not the only area of your life that can give you strength and joy.

Strive to have a life full of love, hobbies and satisfaction. Compensate what perhaps you momentarily can’t find in the workplace, outside. If you wish you could be more creative in the workplace but you can’t for various reasons, attend a course that enhances your capabilities and enriches you. Have a full and exciting life outside and you’ll feel better also in the workplace!

3. Highlight your strengths

Even Superman had a weakness: kryptonite. As you can see no one is perfect! 😉

Take pen and paper and write down at least 5 of your strengths: what are they? Excellent problem solving skills, a good dialectic, a strong emotional intelligence? What are you good at? Remind yourself every morning your abilities and remember them regardless of what others may say or think during the day.

Pursue excellence. Get away from mediocrity, be the best in your area! Getting excellent results will boost your motivation at work and even help you with your career!

4. Praise yourself at the end of the day for your work

Maybe your boss is too busy with the endless list of the company’s problems to take care of you. Maybe you need an external praise and this never come. Do not wait for someone else to tell you did a great work: tell yourself and recognize your value.

At the beginning of the day write down two or three simple goals you want to reach and accomplish them before the evening. Once completed, praise yourself for your achievements. Tell yourself how good you are, reward yourself, go out to dinner and be proud of yourself. Day after day this attitude will boost your motivation at work!

5. Tell yourself you are unstoppable

Remind yourself that whatever happens you are unstoppable. You don’t need to be perfect, particularly strong or a tiger. Tell yourself that no matter how many problems you have to face, whatever happens or how bad or good you may feel, nothing can stop you.

Remember that and your motivation at work will get higher and higher, because you’ll feel better everytime you have face another challenge and prove yourself you’re a champion.

A sort of inner fire is lit inside yourself now: you are unstoppable. Remember Rocky: “The World is not all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But It Is not about how hard you’re hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

Have a nice week!

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