How many people are excited about their day? Not many, I’m afraid. In fact, when they start their day many people tend to think about all the burden they are going to face. Or they think about how boring the routine they are going to do. Only a few people are happy about their day, let alone be excited about it. But of course, life will be more wonderful if we are excited about our days. Think about how different it will be if you go through your day with passion and enjoyment. Your enthusiasm will energize not just you, but also other people around you! But how can you do that? Here are some tips: 1. Get out of the bed right away You can be excited about your day right from the beginning. Getting out of the bed right away is like saying to yourself that you “can’t wait” to start the day. It sends a message to your subconscious mind to be excited about the day.
To have a fulfilling life, we need to do something that matters to us. In fact, there is no way we can have a fulfilling life if we are not doing something meaningful to us. And everyone has different causes they care about. Things that fill my mind day in and day out may be different than yours. But the important thing is, we all have something we care about. And what are they for you? Have you been thinking about them lately? Have you done something about them? I’m afraid we are sometimes too busy with our activities that we have no time to think or do something about them. We may be drown in busyness and losing meaning in the same time without realizing it. So here are some tips to help you get back on track: Slow down Don’t do things so fast because by doing so you may not have sufficient time to think about whether or not you are doing the right things. People could run so fast that they don’t realize they are running to the wrong direction.
Often it is not the things that we don’t do that hinder our productivity, but rather the things that we do. There are productivity pitfalls in which we might be trapped without realizing it. Recognize and avoid them before they drain too much of your time and energy. Here are ten; do you have any of them in your life? 1. Doing the most pleasant tasks first It is natural to do the most pleasant tasks first. If possible, many people postpone the unpleasant tasks until the last minute, hoping that something would happen that make it no longer necessary to do them. But, almost always, the tasks will still be there. And often the unpleasant tasks are the tasks that will give you the greatest reward. Doing the pleasant tasks will only give you an illusion of productivity while actually accomplishing nothing. 2. Having no deadline Parkinson’s law states that “”work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. So, if you have no deadline, it may mean that the job would never get done. Even if it is done, it would take way too much time than it should. The power of now is a […]
We all have something we want in life. The problem, of course, is in getting what we want. It may be difficult, especially for things which are important for us. The journey to getting what we want is often long and painful. I believe there are three essential ingredients we should have if we are to get what we want. If we lack even one of them, it is unlikely that we will succeed. Ask yourself which one you lack the most among these three, and give special attention to that area. Here are the three essential ingredients to getting what you want: 1. Strong motivation Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things. Randy Pausch You should have a strong answer of why you want something in the first place. Without a strong answer of why, you won’t have strong motivation. And without strong motivation, there is no way you can overcome the challenges you are going to face.
There are two articles I wrote recently over at lifehack.org which you might find useful: Productivity Tip: How Not to Overspend Your Time On a Task How to Be a Friend of Yourself Also, Jonathan Fields asked some bloggers including yours truly a question on blog marketing. The article is an interesting read, especially if you are a blogger: Top bloggers reveal how to build traffic off-blog without spending a dime. And here are some interesting links I found since the last link post: The Art of the Finish: How to Go From Busy to Accomplished by Cal NewportWe may get busy without accomplishing anything. But “the most common trait you will consistently observe in accomplished people is an obsession with completion. Once a project falls into their horizon, they crave, almost compulsively, to finish it.” This article gives you some tips on how to develop this trait.
There is no such thing as instant improvement in life. Instead, you can only grow yourself. And as you know in agriculture, growth can only happen little by little over time. Bare eyes won’t be able to see the growth of a tree daily, but over the years it will grow to a big tree. Similarly, you grow yourself little by little everyday. The things that you do daily may seem small and insignificant, but overtime people will be surprised to learn how much you have growth in life. Therefore, to improve your life, the focus should be on the small things you do daily. The key word here is daily. If you do not have the persistence to do these small things consistently, you won’t be able to see the results over the long term. So here I’d like to share 22 things you can do daily to improve your life. Of course, you may not be able to do them all at once. Just start with the ones that benefit you most. Or, if you have done many of them, consider doing the ones that you haven’t done yet.