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Returning to the Present Moment

Do you ever catch yourself getting lost in moments that happened weeks, months or even years ago?

Maybe you can’t stop thinking about that job opportunity you turned down…

Or maybe you wish you shared more in-depth feedback during that last meeting…

If we aren’t careful, it’s so easy to get lost in those “should have”, “would have” thoughts. 

Now, our past does play an important role in both our future and present. 

Every single event, both positive and negative, can teach us so many things. The only thing is, when we spend so much time thinking about the past, we can forget to focus on the present.

These tips can help you live in the moment and appreciate every day.

Start Small 

Do you ever catch your mind wondering while doing day-to-day activities such as cooking or cleaning?

If you answered yes, you are not the only one. In fact, it happens to us too!

Now, we all have household chores we don’t love doing, and that’s completely okay. 

But there are plenty of ways you can make those household chores more fun. As time goes on, you may even look forward to them.

It’s all about implementing little things you already love into the activity.

You can play your favorite song on full blast in the background or chat with your best friend on speakerphone.

Add Spontaneity to Your Routine

Ever notice how you always take the same route to work?

Or how you always gravitate towards that blue mug in your cabinet?

When we do the same thing for so long, we often do it without even thinking about it. It’s basically like living on autopilot.

Adding a little spontaneity here and there can encourage creative thinking, boost productivity and help us get out of our own head.

Take a brand new route to work, visit a new grocery store, or read a book by an author you’ve never heard of.

Try it out and see how it goes.

“When you’ve had a life of overthinking, you have the same reaction time and time again.” – Joel Annesley

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Limiting Your Daily Screen Time

How many times do you think you check your phone a day? 

This includes checking emails, texts, social media posts, and even your weather app. 

Chances are, you check it more than you think. 

So many of us tend to have our smartphones on hand or in our pockets most of the day. 

Phones help us stay in touch with the people we love, read, study and more! 

But they can also prevent us from living in the moment and enjoying the little things in life. 

If you’re ready to keep your phone faced down more often and limit your daily screen time, keep on reading. 

Take it Slow

Getting any task done with your phone right in front of you can be very distracting. 

Every single notification can pull you away from the task at hand.

Even if you don’t answer a text or reply to comments on social media right away, just having the thought in the back of your mind can throw you off course.

Setting aside 30 minutes or an hour of phone-free time a day is a great place to start. 

Be Present in Conversations

Have you ever checked to see who liked your newest social media post while video chatting with a friend?

When something becomes a habit, we tend to do it without even thinking about it.

Even if checking your phone mid-conversation wasn’t your intention, it happens.

A great hack is to put your phone in a different room or turn it off while chatting with friends and family.

Out of sight, out of mind!

Remind Yourself That You Are Not Missing Out 

Being the first one to like an interesting post on social media or the first to watch that new video can be fun, but it doesn’t have to be your #1 priority.

When you’re participating in phone-free activities, it’s so easy to feel like you’re missing out on something, but you are not!

You are only one person with only 24 hours in a day. 

And the truth is, no matter how much time we spend planning our day or trying to be more productive, it’s impossible to get everything done. 

There will always be a few things each day you wish you could have tackled, and that’s completely okay. 

Instead of thinking to yourself “Well, what if I miss something important?”

Remind yourself that those notifications are not going anywhere and will be waiting for you. 

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Not All Decisions Are Easy – And That’s Okay

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary” – Jim Rohn 

Whether we realize it or not, every single day, we make thousands upon thousands of decisions.

Some are pretty simple such as what to make for breakfast, while others can be a bit more complicated such as which job offer to accept.

When we have so many potential decisions to make, landing on one can be very difficult and make us question our instincts. 

Thoughts such as… “What if I end up regretting this?” or “I’m not sure if this is a good idea.” can stop us from going after what we want. 

When it comes to making decisions, of course, you want to feel like you made the “right” one. 

Too often, we can let the fear of the unknown impact or delay our decision-making process.

Sure, in life you may regret a few choices – but you know what? That’s how you grow!

We may not be able to predict what will happen next week, next month or next year, but we can be ready to deal with any potential obstacles and learn how to trust our gut. 

Here’s how…

List All The Pros And Cons

Making a tough decision means considering all sides – the good and the bad.

Break down the options and think about how each side will work out best for you in the long run.

It also can’t hurt to think about how each choice aligns with your personal values.

Think About Other Factors 

Ask yourself, “Who else is there to consider?” 

Think about how each decision can impact not just you, but potentially the people around you.

If you were considering taking a job in another country, that choice might also impact your close friends and family. Don’t be shy to reach out to your network and ask what they think. At the end of the day, the decision is your call, but it can’t hurt to get new insight. 

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” – Denis Waitle

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Working Smarter Not Harder

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“Never mistake motion for action.”Ernest Hemingway

Do you ever wish there were more hours in a day?

Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you work, your to-do list never gets complete?

Well, you may be taking on too many things, or you may not have the right systems in place. If you’re ready to start working smarter instead of harder, keep on reading. 

Don’t Say Yes Right Away

No matter how talented you are in the time management department, you are only human and only have 24 hours in a day.  There will always be tasks, opportunities or events you may really want to do – but just don’t have the time.

It’s so easy to understate timelines. Before committing to any new task or project, be sure to do your homework and ask plenty of questions.

If the time frame seems reasonable, that’s great. If not, you may have to re-evaluate.

If something isn’t right for you or doesn’t align with your goals, there is nothing wrong with politely declining.

 Have The Right Systems In Place

“Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!” – Brian Tracy.

Sure, sometimes things fall through the cracks. It’s life. But there are plenty of things you can do to prevent that from happening. Planning out your day or week the night before and setting regular calendar reminders can help keep you on your game.

Prioritize First, Act Second

Just because something seems urgent at the moment doesn’t mean it is.

We’re all human, and sometimes due dates and deadlines can slip our minds.

Writing down which tasks have strict deadlines can help make planning your day much easier. A good rule of thumb is to tackle all-time sensitive tasks before moving onto the more flexible ones.

“Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss

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The Next Time You’re Feeling Anxious Try These 4 Things

These 4 steps can help you better understand your anxiety, relax your mind and control negative thoughts.

Acknowledge Your Anxiety

We can’t control everything that happens to us in life, and that’s okay.

When we’re worried about something, it’s not uncommon to immediately jump to unrealistic worst-case scenarios. Again, none of us can see the future, but there are a few prompts that can help us figure out how realistic our thoughts/worries are.

1) Is there any solid evidence that my fear will happen?

2) What are the chances that the thing I’m afraid of will actually happen?

3) Can I handle the worst possible outcome?

Schedule a Worry Break

Sometimes when we start worrying about something, it can be very difficult to stop. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Okay, that makes sense. I just won’t let myself worry.”

Although that may sound great in theory, it’s not always ideal. The more you try not thinking about something, the more you tend to think about it.

Try not to think about pink elephants. See – not so easy.

No need to worry. There is a happy medium. Simply schedule short worry 10 – 15 minute worry breaks once a day.

During that time, you can reflect upon all the things on your mind and express them in a healthy way. You can either express your thoughts to a friend or jot them down in a journal. 

Healthy Distractions

Doing at least one activity a day that brings you joy can help you deal with existing worries and prevent new ones. Our minds can’t focus on so many things at once. It’s just the way our brain works.

The truth is, anxiety can be exhausting. Setting aside some time to participate in activities you love can act as a healthy distraction and even increase energy levels.

Listen to Your Anxiety

Anxiety is not this terrible thing that should constantly be avoided at all costs. Sometimes our fears and anxieties can help guide us in the right direction.

Your anxiety could be trying to tell you that you’re taking on too much or warn you if something isn’t a good idea.

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The Power of Courage

Courage and fearlessness are not the same thing!

Courage is all about understanding your fears and taking action despite them.

Have a Healthy Perspective

Courage truly is like a muscle. You more you use it, the stronger it gets.

None of us are born courageous, and we all have the ability to learn it.

“You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.” – Brené Brown

Fear Is Not a Bad Thing

Fear shouldn’t be this bad thing we constantly try to avoid at all costs. In fact, a little bit of fear is healthy and can teach us a lot about ourselves.

The next time you’re afraid to do something, take some time to think about what you’re actually afraid of.

The answer may surprise you.

Sometimes our fears can feel more intense than they actually are.

Taking some time to think about realistic worse case scenarios can help you look at scary situations in a new way.

Embrace Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever said no to something you really wanted to do because you were afraid you’d fail?

If so, you’re not the only one.

Change and uncertainty can be scary at times.

But think about it this way. If we keep doing the same things, we will keep getting the same results.

The best way to become more courageous is by practicing and taking action.

Every single step is one step in the right direction.

Say Hello to Failure

Failure isn’t dangerous and is nothing to be afraid of.

It is a life experience that should be embraced.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

Nothing in life is guaranteed, and we never know what we are capable of unless we try.

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Some Resolutions Are Meant to be Broken

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Most of us usually start thinking about our New Year’s Resolutions mid-December and get this burst of excitement and energy!

But by the time February rolls around, half of your excitment (if not more) seems to have flown out the window.

We get it. Those situations can often make us feel frustrated and discouraged.

But you know what? Broken resolutions do not have to be a bad thing. In fact, they can be a very good thing. Keep on reading to learn more.

Why Broken Resolutions Can be a Good Thing

Broken resolutions are nothing to feel guilty about.

You have two choices.

You can either feel bad about the situation. Or you can take it as a learning experience. 

Some people tend to come up with way too many resolutions or set unrealistic expectations.

Putting unrealistic goals on pause will allow you to put more energy towards the one or two goals that will make the biggest difference in your life. 

How to Prioritize

You are only one person and can only work on so many things at once.

Adding more tasks to your plate may seem like a good idea in theory, but it actually is not.

When there is so much going on, it’s very tough to prioritize tasks in order of importance and realize what tasks should be done first, what tasks should be done second, and which tasks shouldn’t be done at all.

Ideally, you should pick one or two things to work on at once, and once those tasks are complete, you can move onto the next thing.

What Works For Someone May Not Work For You

It’s easy to add certain resolutions to your list because your friends told you to or because you think you’re supposed to.

We are so different, and all have different goals. Just because a resolution may sound good in theory doesn’t mean it makes sense for you.

Here’s an example.

Let’s say, you’d like to start waking up early to jog before work.

That sounds like a great goal! The only thing is, you have always been a night owl and can’t remember the last time you woke up before 8 AM. 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a night person.

It doesn’t mean you not productive. It just means you have more energy and focus better at night.

Making drastic changes to your sleeping schedule and lifestyle can be done, but it should be done slowly.

Instead of feeling bad about not being able to wake up early, just slightly adjust the goal.

You can either jog on your lunch break or after dinner when you have more energy.

Remember – a broken resolution is nothing but an opportunity to learn more about yourself.

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5 Ways to Feel More Motivated at Work

We all have those days where our job can make us feel bored, overwhelmed or even a little bit of both at the same time. 

Of course, you shouldn’t stay at a job that makes you unhappy. 

However, sometimes quitting isn’t the best option – at least not right now. 

There are plenty of hacks that can help keep work exciting and fun!

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

It’s always fun to mix things up and experiment. 

When you’re in a rut, challenging yourself and stepping outside your comfort zone can amp up your energy levels and motivation.

There is always more than one way to do something. It’s just a matter of coming up with a game plan.  

Start Your Day off Right

Our mornings set the tone for our entire day.

Sleeping in an extra hour and starting work right away may seem like a good idea in theory – but it is not.

The first thing you do every morning should be something you want to do, not something you have to do.

You could read a book, prepare a healthy breakfast, listen to a podcast, the list goes on.

Reward Yourself

No accomplishment is too small.

We all have those days where it feels like our to-do list just never ends.

Whenever you finish a task, don’t just move onto the next one.

Instead, take some time to celebrate your accomplishment and acknowledge all that you’ve done.

Laugh

Finding humour in a tough situation can completely change the way you look at it.

Laughter reduces stress hormones and increases endorphins.

At the end of a tough day, watching a funny movie may be the best thing you can do!

Relieve Stress In Healthy Ways

As you know, going to the gym is not an option right now, but there are several other ways you can relieve stress. 

You can go on a bike ride, walk around the block, meditate, or go on a long drive with the windows open.

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