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Boundaryless Life Morning Routine

what-gets-measured-gets-improvedYour morning habits are Key to your Best day!

From the second you wake up in the morning, everything that happens is key to your overall success. (Especially those first couple of hours.) This is when you set the tone for the rest of your day. It can put your mind and body in the right state to crush your workout, hit your goals and own the day.

This process starts with the habits you develop in the morning. If you start off on the wrong foot with a poor routine, it becomes difficult to get back on track and can make the entire day a write-off.

Such a waste!

That’s why I’ve put together this plan —

the Boundaryless Life guide to owning your morning.

With these strategies for starting every day off fresh, you’ll live like a true Boundaryless Warrior: someone poised to conquer the entire day and live your dream life (with your dream physique).

Getting Into the Right Mindset

One of the most important — yet often overlooked — aspects of starting off a day right is your mindset.

So often we get caught up in the stresses of life as soon as we wake up. We start to think about what we have to do for the day, errands we have to run, responsibilities at work. This clouds the mind and immediately starts to suck out energy and mental clarity… and the day has barely even started!

To combat this, meditation is the perfect tool to get in the ideal headspace. It helps rewire your mind to live in the present moment and not get bogged down by daily stresses. With tons of podcasts, audiobooks and videos on the internet to guide you through the process, practicing meditation has never been easier.

This doesn’t need to take long either. Simply 15–20 minutes of meditation allows you to feel deeply focused and present with razor-sharp mental clarity to start your day.

Beginning Your Fasting Window

For those Boundaryless Warriors who make use of the benefits of intermittent fasting, the morning involves pushing your first meal into the afternoon.

This can be vital to your morning routine; by pushing your first meal later into the day, some pretty remarkable things happen. For one, growth hormone levels rise. This helps preserve muscle mass and shifts fuel metabolism to fat burning. Along with this, testosterone is also boosted during short-term fasting.

Furthermore, insulin sensitivity in the muscles increases to create the best scenario for lean muscle gains. By having improved insulin sensitivity, you can better direct carbs into your muscle stores and away from fat storage.

Quick Fasting Tips

While its benefits are amazing, fasting can sometimes be tricky, as morning cravings get the best of us.

Luckily, there are several approaches to help start your fasting window and push your first meal later into the day. Here’s a step-by-step plan to achieve this:

When you wake up, start with plenty of water. Your body becomes dehydrated at night, and replenishing your water stores first thing in the morning will help satisfy your body’s need for hydration and nutrients.

Next, move on to some black coffee — this is a zero-calorie way to blunt hunger and get a boost from caffeine.

This will not only decrease hunger but also provide energy and mental clarity to push through the rest of your fast or hit a killer workout.

These strategies will help blunt the feeling of hunger and prepare your body to fast well into the afternoon and reap the benefits. This sets the tone for a successful morning that allows you to prepare for an effective day of nutrition.

Get Outside

Going outside in the morning is a great way to get your body and mind charged for the day.

For one, if it’s a nice day outside, you’ll get tons of vitamin D, which your body absorbs from the sun. Vitamin D has countless benefits, including a boost in the immune system, brain, and nervous system. On top of that, it helps regulate insulin levels, supports cardiovascular health and plenty more.

To go along with this, the outdoors can help with your overall mindset. Rather than being cooped up inside all morning, getting outside will help provide mental clarity as you breathe in the fresh air and destress.

Continue to pile on the benefits of getting outside by going on a morning walk. While absorbing sunlight and taking in sights and sounds to help clear your mind, you’ll also get your heart rate going. This is a low-intensity activity to kick your body into gear for a productive day, whether that includes training or recovering. (Plus, it burns calories without upping your appetite, a sweet bonus if you’re on a cut.)

Intentions Are Key

Goals are what keep us on track. They keep what’s important to us in mind (both consciously and subconsciously). It allows us to go in the right direction, which in turn allows our actions to follow suit. Without our goals and intentions laid out, it’s easy to get lost for the entire day and miss out on time that can be used to achieve your dreams.

This is why it’s vital to write down and review your goals in the morning — both long-term and short-term. Instantly, you’re putting your mind in the right place to lead a productive day as you strive to achieve what you want.

After reviewing your goals and intentions in the morning, you’ll quickly find your mind leans less toward procrastination and laziness. Rather, you will see an improvement in productivity after reminding your subconscious what you’re working toward.

Morning Training

If your preference is to train in the morning, there are some key tips to ensure you have a solid Boundaryless workout.

For one, sleep is crucial to waking up in the morning feeling energized and ready to hit a killer workout. Sleep, you’ll be so refreshed that you may just sprint to the gym.

Next, if you train fasted in the morning, it’s important to equip your body with tools to grow and maintain muscle without food in your stomach. Branch Chain Amino Acids have been shown to reduce exercise-related fatigue and improve recovery.

While you don’t necessarily need this to have a productive early gym session, adding it to your arsenal can be the cherry on top. It can definitely help you crush your morning training, as well as the rest of the day.

Conclusion

When you wake up tomorrow morning, remember not to take your morning laying down. Waking up with a deliberate morning routine is key to starting the day off right. This will ensure that success follows.

While these strategies are great guidelines to follow, everyone is different and morning routines vary from person to person. Try these methods and tailor your morning plan to your needs in order to maximize your own personal lifestyle.

Both your body and mind will thank you as you go on to conquer the day like a Boundaryless Warrior!

Who wants to start a morning routine challenge with me?!

When I was making the most progress in my life, I had a daily morning routine. Aka the Boundaryless Life morning routine 😉

I’d start with 20 minutes of meditation. The emphasis was on becoming deeply present. This puts you into an incredibly focused, high vibrational state.

Next, I’d review my goals. Big goals, short-term goals. This aligns and aims my subconscious mind in the direction I want to go. Doing this, your reticular activating system will become laser-focused on finding ways for you to achieve your goals and best serve you.

Finally, I’d look at my to-do list for the day. Things I wanted to get done to make the day as productive as possible. This sounds so simple, but I experienced a massive improvement in productivity with this one.

Kick Procrastination out the window and start living a Boundaryless Life!

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Your morning habits are the Key to your Best day!

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Boundaryless Life Morning Routine

William Honaker

6 min read

From the second you wake up in the morning, everything that happens is key to your overall success. (Especially those first couple of hours.) This is when you set the tone for the rest of your day. It can put your mind and body in the right state to crush your workout, hit your goals and own the day.

This process starts with the habits you develop in the morning. If you start off on the wrong foot with a poor routine, it becomes difficult to get back on track and can make the entire day a write-off.

Such a waste!

That’s why I’ve put together this plan —

the Boundaryless Life guide to owning your morning.

With these strategies for starting every day off fresh, you’ll live like a true Boundaryless Warrior: someone poised to conquer the entire day and live your dream life (with your dream physique).

Getting Into the Right Mindset

One of the most important — yet often overlooked — aspects of starting off a day right is your mindset.

So often we get caught up in the stresses of life as soon as we wake up. We start to think about what we have to do for the day, errands we have to run, responsibilities at work. This clouds the mind and immediately starts to suck out energy and mental clarity… and the day has barely even started!

To combat this, meditation is the perfect tool to get in the ideal headspace. It helps rewire your mind to live in the present moment and not get bogged down by daily stresses. With tons of podcasts, audiobooks and videos on the internet to guide you through the process, practicing meditation has never been easier.

This doesn’t need to take long either. Simply 15–20 minutes of meditation allows you to feel deeply focused and present with razor-sharp mental clarity to start your day.

Beginning Your Fasting Window

For those Boundaryless Warriors who make use of the benefits of intermittent fasting, the morning involves pushing your first meal into the afternoon.

This can be vital to your morning routine; by pushing your first meal later into the day, some pretty remarkable things happen. For one, growth hormone levels rise. This helps preserve muscle mass and shifts fuel metabolism to fat burning. Along with this, testosterone is also boosted during short-term fasting.

Furthermore, insulin sensitivity in the muscles increases to create the best scenario for lean muscle gains. By having improved insulin sensitivity, you can better direct carbs into your muscle stores and away from fat storage.

Quick Fasting Tips

While its benefits are amazing, fasting can sometimes be tricky, as morning cravings get the best of us.

Luckily, there are several approaches to help start your fasting window and push your first meal later into the day. Here’s a step-by-step plan to achieve this:

When you wake up, start with plenty of water. Your body becomes dehydrated at night, and replenishing your water stores first thing in the morning will help satisfy your body’s need for hydration and nutrients.

Next, move on to some black coffee — this is a zero-calorie way to blunt hunger and get a boost from caffeine.

This will not only decrease hunger but also provide energy and mental clarity to push through the rest of your fast or hit a killer workout.

These strategies will help blunt the feeling of hunger and prepare your body to fast well into the afternoon and reap the benefits. This sets the tone for a successful morning that allows you to prepare for an effective day of nutrition.

Get Outside

Going outside in the morning is a great way to get your body and mind charged for the day.

For one, if it’s a nice day outside, you’ll get tons of vitamin D, which your body absorbs from the sun. Vitamin D has countless benefits, including a boost in the immune system, brain, and nervous system. On top of that, it helps regulate insulin levels, supports cardiovascular health and plenty more.

To go along with this, the outdoors can help with your overall mindset. Rather than being cooped up inside all morning, getting outside will help provide mental clarity as you breathe in the fresh air and destress.

Continue to pile on the benefits of getting outside by going on a morning walk. While absorbing sunlight and taking in sights and sounds to help clear your mind, you’ll also get your heart rate going. This is a low-intensity activity to kick your body into gear for a productive day, whether that includes training or recovering. (Plus, it burns calories without upping your appetite, a sweet bonus if you’re on a cut.)

Intentions Are Key

Goals are what keep us on track. They keep what’s important to us in mind (both consciously and subconsciously). It allows us to go in the right direction, which in turns allows our actions to follow suit. Without our goals and intentions laid out, it’s easy to get lost for the entire day and miss out on time that can be used to achieve your dreams.

This is why it’s vital to write down and review your goals in the morning — both long-term and short-term. Instantly, you’re putting your mind in the right place to lead a productive day as you strive to achieve what you want.

After reviewing your goals and intentions in the morning, you’ll quickly find your mind leans less toward procrastination and laziness. Rather, you will see an improvement in productivity after reminding your subconscious what you’re working toward.

Morning Training

If your preference is to train in the morning, there are some key tips to ensure you have a solid Boundaryless workout.

For one, sleep is crucial to waking up in the morning feeling energized and ready to hit a killer workout. Sleep, you’ll be so refreshed that you may just sprint to the gym.

Next, if you train fasted in the morning, it’s important to equip your body with tools to grow and maintain muscle without food in your stomach. Branch Chain Amino Acids have been shown to reduce exercise-related fatigue and improve recovery.

While you don’t necessarily need this to have a productive early gym session, adding it to your arsenal can be the cherry on top. It can definitely help you crush your morning training, as well as the rest of the day.

Conclusion

When you wake up tomorrow morning, remember not to take your morning laying down. Waking up with a deliberate morning routine is key to starting the day off right. This will ensure that success follows.

While these strategies are great guidelines to follow, everyone is different and morning routines vary from person to person. Try these methods and tailor your morning plan to your needs in order to maximize your own personal lifestyle.

Both your body and mind will thank you as you go on to conquer the day like a Boundaryless Warrior!

Who wants to start a morning routine challenge with me?!

When I was making the most progress in my life, I had a daily morning routine. Aka the Boundaryless Life morning routine 😉

I’d start with 20 minutes of meditation. The emphasis was on becoming deeply present. This puts you into an incredibly focused, high vibrational state.

Next, I’d review my goals. Big goals, short-term goals. This aligns and aims my subconscious mind in the direction I want to go. Doing this, your reticular activating system will become laser-focused on finding ways for you to achieve your goals and best serve you.

Finally, I’d look at my to-do list for the day. Things I wanted to get done to make the day as productive as possible. This sounds so simple, but I experienced a massive improvement in productivity with this one.

Kick Procrastination out the window and start living a Boundaryless Life!

William Honaker

WRITTEN BY

William Honaker

Background in IT and a LEED Accredited Profesional in Green building. Interests range from martial arts, sports, technology, traveling, and writing.

work + life CAN= Balanced Life!

                                              Work + Life = Balanced Life!

Work-life balance when speaking it aloud, hearing it seems like something from a fantasy movie, but it is a challenge that many of us face, including many of us who are becoming entrepreneurs. Knowing what it actually means & how to make it work for you is key.

When people think of an entrepreneur, the image that comes to mind is a super ambitious, Type A personality who works 24/7 to manage every aspect of his/her business. It’s very rare that an entrepreneurs’ personal life is talked about, but they matter.

There is a stigma in the entrepreneurial world that there is no way to maintain a sense of balance while running a business. This isn’t necessarily true. Let’s face it. Being an entrepreneur is no walk in the park. Oftentimes, it can feel like having a life doesn’t come with the territory.

It begs the question… is a  work-life balance even possible for an entrepreneur?

It starts with debunking the work-life balance myth and finding what is it that works for YOU. In the words of Zig Ziglar, “I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”

 

 

                        As an entrepreneur, do you struggle with work-life balance?

 

 

If so, you are not alone – join the club! Here lies the problem. I think people get caught up with the word, balance. In many ways, it feels like an unattainable standard to strive towards. When people can’t achieve it, it can make them feel like a failure.

Everyone secretly craves work-life balance, but not everyone knows what it looks like. It’s important to realize that work-life balance feels and looks different for everyone, based on one’s personality type, commitments, careers, priorities, and goals.

When you are an entrepreneur, it can never feel like there is never enough time in the day to accomplish everything. Research shows that people at all career levels suffer from the emotional and physical damage of workaholic expectations; destructive, stifling management practices; and a lack of sufficient vacation and leisure time — all in the pursuit of “success.” Typically, we frame such damage as products of not having a balance between work and life.

Don’t get me wrong, I know that running a business requires hustle and hard work, but it’s also equally important to take care of yourself.

Gary Keller said it best, “Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”

The concept of work-balance implies that work is something external to our life. However, when it comes to being an entrepreneur, this is far from true. If you think about balance as a scale, eventually the pendulum needs to swing, and that’s exactly how life works.

When you are first building a business, perfectly balancing every area of your life is not an option. In many ways, you may need to abandon the idea of work-life balance altogether. I remember in the early days of my business. In the early stages of my business, I would work hours on end. I sacrificed time spent with friends and family. I didn’t spend money on going out or buying things for myself. Everything I had was invested in my business.

I knew how much time, effort, persistence and hard work it was going to take in order to achieve success. However, I always knew that it was a short-term sacrifice that I was making, for the long-term vision that I wanted to create in my life. Once my business started to grow, I was able to devote more time to other areas of my life.

It comes down to finding OUR true balance and not feeling like we have to fit into a box of what everyone thinks balance looks like. I think that finding your flow is even more important than work-life balance. The goal of living in a state of flow – whether it’s emotional, mental or physical – is acting in alignment with your true self.

When you find your flow, work-life balance becomes less about getting everything “right”, and more about tapping into your unique rhythm that serves your work and life. By making this simple shift in perspective, I believe that our lives become happier and our businesses flourish.

Let’s face it, we are all just trying to do our best.

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When we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, we get stuck and feel more out of balance. The entrepreneurial journey is one that requires business owners to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate what is best, from one moment to the next. When the world changes, we need to change alongside it.

In his talk, Off Balance On Purpose: The Future of Engagement and Work-Life Balance, Dan Thurmon says that, “We beat ourselves up in the pursuit of this idea of balance, thinking if we work hard enough, or we are smart enough, or long enough, that we can get to this moment where it all evens out.”

Let’s explore 7 ways that you can redefine what work-life balance means to you and find your flow.

 

  1. Determine What Success Means To You

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Have you ever asked yourself what success means to you? If not, now is the time. Make a list of all of the things that make you happy and fulfilled. Success means different things to different people. When it comes to entrepreneurship, it is crucial that you define what is important to you and your business, and then act on it.

Is your work in alignment with your values?

It’s possible that your values may shift over time, but make sure that you are always taking into account what matters to you. I believe that true fulfillment in life is achieved when we make the conscious decision to honor what matters to us and live and work in alignment with that truth.

  1. Find Your Purpose

 

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As challenging and difficult as your entrepreneurial journey may be, it should never feel like work. When you are living ON purpose, you are able to find meaning in everything that you do because you are passionate about it. You have a higher vision for your life, and that is what propels you forward.

Lori Greiner once said that “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours to avoid working 40 hours a week.”She couldn’t be more spot on. As an entrepreneur, I resonate with this message. There were times in my life when family and friends didn’t understand why I was working SO hard at something that I wasn’t making any money from.

My purpose trumped any criticism or judgment because I believed so much in what I was creating. When you make your purpose your profession, you experience the ultimate form of balance. Your work simply becomes a natural part of who you are.

  1. Build A Support Network

 

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As an entrepreneur, it is so important that you have a solid support network, both at work and at home, who is committed the vision that you have for your business and your life. There were many times in my life when I may have derailed if I didn’t have friends and family that there were to lift me up and remind me of my “why.”

This is why I highly recommend that all entrepreneurs find a mentor, a coach, or a mastermind group that can help them navigate the storms that entrepreneurship brings with it.

Business can be a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. You have to be ready and willing to strap yourself in be prepared for anything and everything. However, when you’ve got a team of people in your corner, cheering you on, it helps the ride feel a lot less bumpy.

  1. Unplug to Unwind

 

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When you are constantly ON, you are never really OFF. It may feel like you are going above and beyond, but making the choice to never unplug from technology could actually be a detriment to your productivity.

Research suggests that being distracted by email and other messaging systems may functionally lower your IQ. Your judgment may become clouded, and you may switch to a more reactive approach to information.

How can you focus on anything else if you are constantly online? You may be sitting there thinking, “Stefan, how do you expect me to remove myself from technology?” As an entrepreneur, I agree that being online is a necessity. However, there comes a point when you need to walk away from it and take a break.

In order to unplug, you need to set boundaries for yourself. Determine how and when you will work and stick to that plan. Doing so will ensure that you live a happier and healthier way of life.

  1. Become A Delegating Master 

 

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Sometimes it can be hard for entrepreneurs to delegate tasks to other people because they get stuck in the story that, “Nobody knows my business better than me.” While this may be true, it’s not a working smart mentality. At all costs, avoid doing everything because it is the surefire way to experience burnout.

You are only setting yourself up for failure if you think that you are the only one that can achieve your business goals. Delegating work can significantly help you work on your business instead of in it. Successful entrepreneurs know what their weaknesses and they delegate accordingly.

When you hire the right people, it allows you to stop wearing so many hats, so that you can focus on what matters most to your business success.

  1. Set Healthy Boundaries 

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When I first started my online business, I thought that success meant that I needed to be available 24/7, and I would feel guilty if I wasn’t. Over time, I started to realize that this wasn’t a healthy way to live.

In order to find your flow, you need to establish healthy boundaries so that you can stay on course with your business, while still feeling like you are taking care of yourself. Sometimes setting boundaries is about saying no when people want you to say yes. It comes down to knowing your limits; deciding what is acceptable for you and your business.

By communicating your boundaries to others, not only will you be respected, but it will also free up your time to do things that matter to you and your business.

  1. Schedule YOU Time

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We live in a world that encourages a work hard attitude, even if that means at a cost to our physical, mental and emotional health. People wake up, slam a coffee, rush to work, check their emails and live and work on autopilot. It has become normal, but it’s killing people.

It may come as no surprise to you, but studies show that entrepreneurs are at high risk for burnout.

Knowing this reality, I promised myself from an early age that I was going to do whatever it took in order to prevent against this, which is where my passion for morning rituals come in. I have been practicing them since I was in high school.

This is my time to find my center and get grounded for the day ahead. It is one of the reasons why I have been able to achieve so much success in my life. Creating a consistent morning routine, like meditating, reciting positive affirmations or going for a walk in nature, will ensure that you start your workday on a high vibe note. Trust me when I say that it works.

Work-life balance is all about finding your flow.

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Instead of obsessing over attaining work-life balance, redefine what balance means to you and your life. What does that look like for you?

 

Here’s to enjoying a Boundaryless Life for 2019 through Balancing Work + Life!

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Put some Ohm into your Day ~

Hi Everyone,

Recently chatted with my friends on how to include some meditation in our day to gain focus, relax, and even recharge. Writing this article has strangely become both a focused as well as relaxing activity today. You see as a  writer, investor, explorer, all of the pieces- which make up my life – don’t always come together in a neat picture. But as I read – and began to live – the recommendations from mediation expert Jean Marie DuHamel of Fostering the Journey with Jean Marie, I found something Amazing which gels with my life. And as I spent 30 seconds gazing at a squirrel or took five seconds to appreciate how soothing the sunlight coming in through a window could be and took a minute to be grateful for how hard working this has help me become, then alsoI noticed how the weight of my life began to lift and not only was I smiling more,  but I also felt free and happier.

So it is with great joy that I bring you 10 Ways to Fit Meditation Into Your Day from Ms. DuHamel – along with some inspirational thoughts from some of the most influential individuals known to mankind –  and I hope you will find it inspirational enough to Pinit or place it on a vision board.

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity,” Voltaire

1.  Gaze

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“All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.” – John Ruskin

2.  Repeat throughout the day three things for which you are grateful

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“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled.  If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

3.  Find meaning in whatever you are doing

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“We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to your sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.” – Earl Nightingale

4.  Find joy in the moment

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“By knowing who you are – your authentic self – you can find joy in the moment. When tuned to this, joy is in every moment.” – Jean Marie DuHamel

5.  Be present in the moment

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“Be present in the moment by focusing on something such as breath or a mantra or the task at hand. Become one with the task at hand.” – Jean Marie DuHamel

6.  Smile

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“Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.” – Henry Ward Beecher

7.  Laugh

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“Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody out to bathe in it.” – Henry Ward Beecher

8.  Focus on the heart

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

9.  Inhale and exhale slowly and evenly

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“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” – Krishnamacharya.

10.  Play soothing background music

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“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us”, – Martin Luther

“Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy of recovery. As your mind grows quieter and more spacious, you can begin to see self-defeating thought patters for what they are, and open up to other, more positive options.” – Sharon Salzberg.

Enjoy a Boundrylessly relaxed and focused Day ~

Featured photo credit: aigarius via morguefile.com

More Productive in Less Time ~ Enjoy Life More !

Enjoy Living More ~

Enjoy Living More ~

Hi Folks,

Today I want to share some productivity tips that will help you get 8 hours of work done in 4 hours.

If you’re like most people, then you probably only get a few hours of impactful work done in an 8-hour period.

Do you ever spend your day in an unproductive state of constant distractions…

…jumping from one task to another…

…with your email inbox open and constantly interrupting you…

And then, you look up and the day is over.

And you d didn’t even get the most important stuff done.

Have you ever experienced this?

I sure have.

Let’s look at some strategies that have really helped me super-charge my productivity (in addition to the “eating that frog” strategy that I’ve discussed in several lessons).

By using these strategies, I now get more done in 4 hours than I used to get done in 12.

Start using a countdown timer.

Whenever I’m really trying to focus on a critical project, I set a countdown timer for 60 minutes, and then work on that project without any distractions during that period.

I find that using a timer is a very effective strategy…

…because when you see the timer counting down and you have committed to yourself that you are going to focus, you end up accomplishing amazing things during that specific focus period.

Once the timer goes off, you can either take a break, or re-set it for another focused period.

I generally use an egg timer or the timer on my computer (use it to time productivity time  AND exercise time ;).

But there are other types of timers you can use too, such as a timer on your iPhone or mobile device.

You can use whatever type you prefer.

Still….Highly recommend that you give this strategy a try.

Limit your email and voice mail to specific times during the day.

If you keep your email open all day long, you will constantly be distracted with reading and responding to messages.

It is far more productive to just check your email one or two times per day, and to keep it closed during the other times.

This strategy alone has doubled my personal productivity.

 

In addition to limiting the times each day when you check email, you can also use autoresponders to let people know exactly when they should expect to hear from you.

If you are out on vacation, for example, set an autoresponder to let people know that you will not get back to them until the date you return.

You can also use autoresponders to let people know what times of the day you generally respond to emails, so you don’t worry about them thinking you are unresponsive if they haven’t heard from you in an hour or two.

You can even put instructions on ways they can help address their own issue independently of you, such as to call your assistant, visit a certain web site to schedule time on your calendar, etc.

Autoresponders can be a fantastic tool for managing the expectations of people you work with, so you can spend more time being super-productive instead of getting lost in your inbox all day.

Review these 3 productivity tips again.

See which ones you can implement for yourself.

Here’s to being Boundrylessly Productive to Enjoy more of Life

Enjoy More of Life by being Productive Like Me !!

Enjoy More of Life by being Productive Like Me !!