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Those who constantly strive to be perfect tend to focus more on what’s missing instead of what they have.
It can be tough to feel proud of your accomplishments when you are constantly looking to be perfect.
Wanting to better yourself and grow is not a bad thing. It all comes down to how to approach it.
Here are three helpful tips to keep in mind…
Start First, Edit Later
Do you ever find yourself procrastinating on projects because you feel like you just aren’t ready?
The thought of actually getting started on something can often be scarier than the project itself.
It’s time to push aside those intrusive thoughts of “I’m not good enough…” and launch right into action.
Keep in mind, no matter what it is you want to accomplish, you don’t have to complete everything in one sitting. Take your time and edit as needed.
Setting The Bar Too High
It’s great to set the bar high and set healthy challenges for yourself.
But at the same time, it’s important to listen to your instincts and be realistic. None of us can do everything, and we all have unique strengths and weaknesses.
We all make mistakes – but we don’t have to let those mistakes define us.
Instead, we can let them shape us.
Find Meaning In What You Do
If you are ready to embrace imperfectionism try looking at yourself through a different lens.
The need to always be perfect can cloud you from finding the meaning and joy in what you do.
Just because you didn’t paint the perfect picture doesn’t mean you didn’t enjoy the moment.
What are you waiting for? Today is the perfect day to start embracing all your wonderfully imperfect parts.
“Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.” – Amit Ray
“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.
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
Little hiccups throughout the workday are inevitable. It’s all about how to handle them.
Lack of Energy
Sitting in front of the computer for hours on end can take a toll on our energy and bring on fatigue.
We get it – when you’re in the zone, time can fly by. One minute it is noon, and the next, it’s almost dinner time!
That isn’t always a bad thing.
You have to remember to set aside some time to walk away from the screen and move your body.
Practicing gentle stretches or walking around the block a couple of times a day can increase energy levels and prevent fatigue.
Internet difficulties happen all the time, and unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do to prevent them.
Even though glitchy WiFi can be very frustrating, it doesn’t have to impact your mood.
The very first thing you can do is call your team and let them know what’s happening, so they aren’t wondering where you are.
While you wait for things to get back on track, you can spend some time working on projects that don’t require the Internet, such as editing Word documents.
Remember, you have experienced technical difficulties in the past, and chances are you will again.
Try and be patient; you’ll be back on track before you know it.
No matter where or when you work, little distractions will always pop up.
Not all of them can be prevented – but a handful of them certainly can.
Muting social media notifications, only checking email twice a day or purchasing noise-cancelling headphones can help limit distractions and keep you in the zone.
Have you ever had one of those days where you just could not wait to go to sleep…
But as soon as your head hits the pillow, you find yourself wide awake?
There are a lot of things that can interfere with our sleep. Everything from stress to our environment can play a role.
If you’re ready to get your sleep routine back on track, these tips and help.
Change Your Environment
Your sleep environment may not feel significant – but it is!
When it comes to pillows and blankets, we all have our own personal preferences. Some prefer weighted blankets, while others prefer something light.
The less time you spend trying to become comfortable, the more time you can spend relaxing and unwinding.
Practice a Calming Ritual
Not all of us can walk through the front door and immediately go to sleep.
Most of us need to engage in a relaxing activity for at least 30 minutes.
When it comes to activities, the list is endless. You can take a hot shower, read a book or stretch.
Now, this is important. You don’t want to engage in an activity because you think you’re supposed to. You should find an activity you actually enjoy and look forward to every evening.
Turn off Electronics
Watching videos and texting friends is completely fine during the day, but not so much at night.
It’s so easy to lose track of time while scrolling through social media.
Ten minutes of scrolling can easily turn into 30 minutes of scrolling if you aren’t careful.
Manage Anxious Thoughts
Have you ever been up at 2 AM, worrying about all the things that may or may not happen the next day?
Those evenings are never fun – and they happen to so many of us.
Although it’s much easier said than done, you have the power to change your thoughts.
Instead of thinking about that essay due tomorrow, you can think about how comfortable you are or things you’re grateful for. It may take some practice, but it’ll be well worth it.
Even when you love what you do, there will always be those tasks you just don’t feel like doing.
Wanting to stop procrastinating is one thing. Actually, going through with it is something else.
Today we will be chatting all about what happens when you stop procrastinating.
You Are Less Likely to Forget Important Tasks:
How many times have you told yourself you’ll respond to that email tomorrow or follow up with that lead tomorrow?
The thing is, when you keep pushing off tasks until tomorrow, tomorrow never comes.
We’re all human, and we forget things all the time. However, the more tasks we put off, the more likely we are to forget about them – until it’s too late.
Generally speaking, if something takes less than 5 minutes to complete, you should do it right away. Every task completed will give you one less thing to worry about.
You Won’t Miss Deadlines:
So many of us can fall into the habit of putting off non-time-sensitive tasks.
The thing is, when you put off a non-time-sensitive task long enough, it’s only a matter of time until it becomes time-sensitive.
Time really does fly, and deadlines have a funny way of sneaking up on us.
Just because that paper isn’t due until the 10th, doesn’t mean you should put it off until the 8th. There will always be last-minute tasks that throw us off guard. Exactly why it never hurts to get things done early.
There’s Nothing Better Than a Completed To-Do-List:
There is nothing better than crossing every single item off your to-do list at the end of a long day.
It gives you such a strong feeling of accomplishment. If you finish your day-to-day tasks earlier than you expected, you can even get a head start on the following day’s list. Learn More
Going through a divorce is far from easy. It truly is a loss and can even be traumatic. However, even the most difficult situations have a silver lining.
Here are 4 positive outcomes of divorce.
In life, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.
You don’t have to stay in a relationship that makes you unhappy or brings on stress and anxiety.
We only live one life. You deserve to spend it with people who make you happy and feel like the best version of yourself.
You know what they say. When one door closes, another one opens. Leaving a bad relationship opens up the door for a new and healthy relationship. There are so many people out there in this world, and you never know who you’ll meet.
You Get Stronger:
You are so much stronger than you give yourself credit for.
We all have our own grieving process. It may take weeks, months or even years to recover from a divorce. But things will get better.
Every day you will get stronger. Every day will become easier.
It Can Benefit The Kids:
It’s normal for couples to stay in unhappy marriages because they think it’s best for the kids.
However, sometimes divorcing is the best thing you can do for both yourself and the children.
It’s important for parents to model healthy relationship behaviour.
Kids pick up on more details than you may think. Seeing their parents constantly arguing or unhappy can impact them now and later in life.
Have you ever had one of those days or weeks where you don’t feel like yourself? If so, here’s what to do!
Take Care of Yourself
It’s so important to evaluate what your body needs.
Are you feeling overtired? Go to bed early tonight.
Been eating takeout every night this week? Prepare a home cooked meal.
Feel overworked? Take the night off and go out with friends!
Your body is always telling you things. It’s just a matter of actually listening.
Amp Up Your Routine
Of course, habit and structure are important – but it’s fun and healthy to mix it up from time to time.
Feel like your routine is great to the way it is?
Remember – no one said these changes have to be drastic.
Taking a different route to work or visiting a new coffee shop can make a huge difference.
Say Goodbye to Perfectionism
Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you still aren’t good enough? It’s definitely not a fun feeling.
When you’re constantly unhappy with your performance, it’s hard to say motivated.
Embrace your fears. Learn from your mistakes. Be proud of yourself.
In the age of social media, life is more distracting than ever. There’s always an email that needs our attention, or a group chat “emergency”.
When trying to get important stuff done, the last thing you need is your phone going off every 5 minutes.
Of course, it’s completely fine to turn off your phone. But you can’t always turn off your mind.
What if my kids need me? What if a potential client is trying to book a consult? The list goes on.
If that sounds like you, waking up at 4 AM may be your secret weapon.
1) There are little to no distractions – It’s very unlikely anyone will text or email.
2) You have the peace of mind that your family is sound asleep.
3) There’s no breaking news on social media to distract you.
So, at this point, you may be thinking to yourself, “Okay, I’m ready to get started, I just don’t think I have it in me.”
Oh, but you do.
Yes, with most goals starting slow and steady is the best move, but not when it comes to waking up early.
Our body thrives on routine. Waking up at 4 AM one day, and 7 AM the next, can mess with your body clock and do more harm than good. The first few days or even weeks will be an adjustment. But you’ve got this.
Go to Bed Early
You know yourself best. Depending on your age and lifestyle, you should aim for 6 – 8 hours of sleep a night.
If you’re ready to start waking up earlier, going to bed at midnight must become a thing of the past.
Have a Reason to Wake Up
This may feel self-explanatory, but it’s very important.
What stops you from hitting the snooze button? What are you determined to get done today? That’s your reason.