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Self Improvement – Taking The Time To Ask Questions – A Journey Of Self Discovery

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“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

― Lao Tzu

Are you satisfied? I am never satisfied with myself, and I am 73 years old. There is always something more to do and plans to make. I want to make myself better. I want to learn more. I want to never settle into a stagnant life.

I realize there will always be intrusions. There will always be interruptions and obligations, but I sometimes chafe over that responsibility.

I have always let life shape me and often watched as I let it hold me back. Now, I am questioning why. At this time in my life it is not past the time to shape myself. I could look at my life, my age, and tell myself it is too late. That is not true. As long as I breath, I can learn and change. I can get better.

It is time to reassess and to ask myself some important questions. How do I want to live the next years of my life? What is important and what do I need to change?

What about you; do you want to make changes too? Here are some questions to ask.

Are you happy? That is an important question; one we should ask ourselves all the time. It should not be too difficult to answer. We should know, although I personally think there are layers, or levels, of happiness.

Do you feel good mentally and physically? We all have a tendency to ignore our own feelings and our health. We think of the people who we love and have an emotional connection with, before ourselves.

Are we learning new things? This is an important one for me. It is so important to have an active mind. There are so many options for doing research, and learning new things. Make it a habit to introduce something new into your life.

How meaningful is what you currently are doing, either work or personal activities? Do you feel like what you do matters? Does it add value to your life, or to someone else’s?

How can I get better? I ask myself this one all the time. I am new to blogging and writing and I am always looking for ways to improve. Asking ourselves that question could apply to any aspect of our life.

Do I procrastinate? I do, I know I do, and I am trying to establish habits to be better. I believe a high percentage of us procrastinate. Just think about how much more effective we would be if we pushed ourselves to simply step up and get it done.

What else should I be thinking about? Life constantly evolves and so are we. The questions we ask should also change to reflect the changes in our life.

Following this simple exercise on a continual basis can be life altering. One that will change us and make us better in every aspect of life.

I think of it as taking control of my life instead of life controlling me.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.”

T.D. Jakes
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5 Tips on How To Overcome The Frustration Of Procrastination

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The best way to get something done is to begin.”

~ Author unknown

Have you ever had one of those days when you could not start? That stuck in neutral feeling when you could not move.

I have had that feeling this week, and it is frustrating, very frustrating. What is wrong with me? There has been so much to do, but I Just Do Not Want To. Where did my enthusiasm go?

Today was a typical day, and I did my usual routine this morning, but it felt like I was moving in slow motion. I pushed myself, but it was not enjoyable. After lunch, I was wallowing in procrastination and the ever-growing level of frustration.

So what can you do to overcome the dreaded feeling of procrastination?

You start by doing one small action. In my case, that means you write about it. You sit down and write with the hope that you pull yourself up out of the funk. So far, it is working. It is so easy to avoid the one thing we need to do. We make all sorts of excuses, such as taking the dog for a walk, reading another article, and getting another cup of coffee.

Stop making a mountain out of a molehill. That is so easy to do. In my case, and probably everyone’s, we get busy, maybe take on too much. Then we get tired, and today I just felt overwhelmed. Take the time to look at your schedule, and if there is something you are hesitant about doing, do it first. Get it over with, and the rest of your tasks will fall into place. The stress you were holding is gone.

Visualize why you are doing something so you can recognize and appreciate the benefits. We all have our reasons for what we want to do. In my case, I want to stay active and vital. I want to have and maintain a sharp mind. That is why I started my blog, and then also started writing at Medium.com. By understanding why you will be less likely to procrastinate.

Be realistic. It is easy to take on more responsibilities, more projects, and a larger workload than we can complete. That has happened to me recently, and I believe it is the reason I have been procrastinating and so frustrated. Having the blog, and writing at Medium, is something I have been doing for a few months now. It is not usually a problem. However, I have not factored in events that occasionally happen that take the time I have not scheduled. There will be times I will have to dial everything back so that it does not cause frustration and stress.

Stop trying to be perfect. The majority of us want to be perfect. The problem is that it is not realistic, and we do create stress by striving to maintain perfection. Some of us take it to the extreme and feel that we will be a failure if our work is not perfect. You should always strive to do excellent work, but our focus should be on completing the job on time. Do the best job you can but get it done. Do not procrastinate.

“People always try to be perfect. That’s why they don’t start anything. Perfection is the lowest standard in the world. Because if you’re trying to be perfect, you know you can’t be. So what you really have is a standard you can never achieve. You want to be outstanding, not perfect.”

~ Tony Robbins

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a wonderful and productive day.

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Quote Of The Day

“The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one’s day and every night to examine the results obtained.”

– Alexis Carrel
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Quote Of The Day

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”

– Zig Ziglar
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Quote Of The Day

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

Chinese Proverb
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Multi-Tasking – Is It Beneficial Or Detrimental?

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Multi-tasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time.     

Gary W. Keller

Not too long ago, multitasking was considered the thing to do. It was encouraged, and you heard people comment, even brag, about how good they were at it.

But the thinking has changed on that theory. No, multitasking is not the best practice for us. It is not an efficient way to work. It is now considered counterproductive.

There is now a new word—multitasking is now called switch-tasking. When I first researched the terms, I expected them to have two different meanings. After reading several articles, I found there is no difference. As a reference, you can read “Switchtasking Versus Multitasking. What Is The Difference?” written by Dave Crenshaw. https://davecrenshaw.com/switchtasking-versus-multitasking-what-is-the-difference-2/

He stated in his article, ” The generally accepted answer was incorrect, which was that switchtasking is when you stop and switch your attention back and forth whereas multitasking is when you are trying to do multiple things at the same time.  The correct answer is that they are the same—there is no difference. Switchtasking is the word I created to describe what is really taking place when people attempt to multitask.”

Neither theory is beneficial, and the emphasis should be doing, and completing each task by itself, without switching gears and also working on something else at the same time.

Giving your full attention to anything will have a better outcome. Doing one thing at a time allows you to do it properly, eliminating the need to do it over a second or third time.

We all multitask on some level but think about doing two simple tasks at the same time. The question is, are we efficient? Something as easy as reading an email while talking on the phone. Are you understanding the email, and actively listening to the conversation? Do you have to stop and ask them to repeat something they said or reread the email to get clarification? It is not productive, yet we do it all the time.

Multitasking divides your attention and leads to confusion and weakened focus.     

Deepak Chopra

We are wasting time. It is more efficient to set aside a specific time each day to view our email. The first thing in the morning is a good time to scan and respond to the most important messages that may affect the rest of your day. Then close your email and do not revisit until later in the day. If you keep your email open and keep scanning it, you are wasting time; it is a distraction.

When you are working, your cell phone should be turned off. Each time you look at your phone, you may be missing something. We make enough brain vacations on our own when we let our minds wander during a meeting, a presentation, or when we are in a conversation. We do not need the added distraction of our phone.

We should give our undivided attention to, virtually, everything we do. If it is worth doing, it deserves our concentration and our best effort.

Multitasking slows us down. We are less effective and take more time trying to do two things at once.

Experts say that there is a 40% loss in productivity when we multitask. We may be able to handle two less complicated tasks without too many errors or wasting too much time; although this is never a good practice. However, when you are attempting to complete more critical tasks, the number of mistakes you make increases.

There is one effect I think we will all recognize and understand; stress. When we multitask, we raise our heart rate and our stress level. Our brains respond by pumping out adrenaline and stress hormones, which over time, are not healthy and can cause significant health problems, such as heart disease..

Our understanding decreases. When we continuously switch from task to task, our comprehension level drops. Multitasking causes us to miss some of the critical ideas and information, which means we are not focusing on the details.

Studies have shown that multitaskers have so much going on in their heads that they often find it harder to daydream and generate spontaneous “aha moments”. Creative thinking means you may produce unique ideas, putting a new twist on the standard way of thinking. That is a good thing because you will be more energized at work, and you will not be creating cookie-cutter ideas, but something new and different.

The more you multitask, the less deliberative you become; the less able to think and reason out a problem.

Nicholas Carr

The bottom line is each time you interrupt your thought process, you are wasting time. When this is done multiple times throughout the day, there can be a significant impact on your productivity.

Look for and do everything you can; to plan and schedule your workday. Work to continually eliminate the unnecessary activities in such a way that they do not negatively impact the team you are working with or yourself.

Most of the time multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking but in reality you’re actually wasting time switching from one task to another.

Bosco Tjan

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9 Ways How To Improve Your Workload And Be More Effective In Business

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“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.”

– Jim Stovall

Employees are the most valuable asset of any company. They have great value, and as such, deserve respect and an employer who helps them develop and learn new skills. Beneficial for the employees and the business.

So how do you accomplish this?

In my opinion, communication is the most important. Your interaction with your employees has to be clear and concise all the time. It is imperative that everyone understands the details and their responsibilities. What is the project, when is it to be completed, who are they working with, who is in charge and how they communicate with you and others involved in the project.

Work to develop an environment where your employees trust you. Have an open-door policy letting them understand that you are there to talk and listen to any concerns they may have. Have open two-way conversations that are productive. If they need extra help, do not understand the direction of the project, or what they are responsible for, you need to know. Without a clear understanding they will not be productive, the project may not be on time, or may need to be done over.

Assign tasks according to the abilities of your employees. Explain the project to everyone as a group and also take the time to break down everyone’s part. Make sure they understand and revisit each person’s progress often. Clarify any questions or concerns.

Praise your employees often when appropriate. Let them know they are a valuable part of the team. They will work harder, knowing they are appreciated.

It is crucial for everyone to prioritize the tasks each day. Show them how you organize and plan out your day. Ask and encourage them to do the same and explain the value of doing so. This provides a structure to each day, which will be productive for everyone.

As part of prioritizing the workday, you should also plan and schedule the work assignments. It is more effective if you and your employees are working on, and completing, the most difficult tasks early in the day.

Monitor each employee’s progress to be sure they are not falling behind. When that happens, they can become overwhelmed and unproductive. As part of the open door policy, make it very clear to everyone that they can come to you for help and that you will appreciate them when they do.

Never be harsh to your employees. Do not put them down, or talk to them in a demeaning way, or angry voice. It is none productive. Sometimes there is a reason to be disappointed and upset. Take a breath, step back for a moment, and then proceed. When handled appropriately, a bad situation can be a growth opportunity. All your employees will be appreciative that you handle issues in that way.

Encourage employees to work together, share ideas, and make suggestions to improve the project. Schedule a specific time for everyone to get together with you to talk and evaluate. Be open to their recommendations, even when it isn’t quite what you were envisioning. Encourage them to be creative. The result will be a better environment for the growth of your employees and your business. It is a win-win!

These are some of many ways you can develop and build a productive, cohesive, and confident team. Make your business more productive by developing a well-rounded team.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” 

– Andrew Carnegie