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Are you Fear setting or Goal setting?

Seneca-Quotes

Hello Folks,

Hope all of you are enjoying the weekend and to help you prep for next week here’s a great article by Tim Ferriss about Fear setting. Here’s an excerpt to show how important it can be for your Success –

“I do an exercise called “fear-setting” at least once a quarter, often once a month. It is the most powerful exercise I do.  Fear-setting has produced my biggest business and personal successes, as well as repeatedly helped me to avoid catastrophic mistakes.”

Most people thing that setting a goal, makes it attainable. What truly makes this a good way of achieving success is facing, defining, then taking action to go beyond it.

Some examples cited include: “Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, who has the all-time NFL record for Super Bowl titles. And stoicism has spread like wildfire in the top of the NFL ranks as a means of mental toughness training in the last few years.”

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Another example cited; “You might not think of the Founding Fathers — Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington to name but three students of stoicism. George Washington actually had a play about a Stoic — this was “Cato, a Tragedy” — performed for his troops at Valley Forge to keep them motivated.”

 

Some key points are

The Power of Pessimism: Defining the Nightmare

Conquering Fear = Defining Fear

Uncovering Fear Disguised as Optimism

To learn more go to the link here – Fear setting

Remember these wise words of Seneca: “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”

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Another post you may like is “The Tao of Seneca: Letter from a Stoic Master” here

Here’s to Living a Boundrlyless Life through Fear Setting!

Creating a Mind Success

Success-and-Failure

Success-and-Failure

Hi Folks,

You want to be successful, but you don’t know how.

So you read all about the success of other individuals. You got lost in the world of tips, tricks, and courses for success.

None of them worked for you. At the end of it you were still left wondering, “what is it that I don’t have?”

You’re still looking now.

You’ve exhausted your edition of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. You’ve been through hours of listening to those motivational coaches say, “never give up, and you’ll get what you want!” You’ve done it all, and nothing is working.

You’re sick of it, right?

You want something that you can start doing … RIGHT NOW.

You don’t want the “never give up” speech again.

So here is the reality.

Success is something within you.

It’s your daily habits.

Your morning routines.

What you spend your time doing.

It’s not these tips and tricks that others try to sell you.

It’s the way you view the world!

Don’t give up hope…..

Here’s some habits that you can adopt that Will form a successful mind.

Start to Accept Changes

Change is the one constant you can rely on in life. When all else fails you, you can bet that change will be lurking around the corner. With this in mind, wouldn’t it be a smart thing to finally squash that fear of change all together?

Successful people are able to adapt to change. They need to be. If one idea fails, which many will, the successful mind can take that and adapt to the changes presented by the situation.

But how do you accept change?

The way you always have, you just get on with it. Know that it’s there, it’s happening all the time, and don’t let it catch you off-guard. Plan for it, expect it, embrace it, and use it to your advantage.

Start to Set Goals

Not just any goals, but achievable goals. You know when you draw up a check-list, and you tick each individual little job off it? Think back to the feeling of each of those ticks. Think about how relieving it is. Think about how empowered and motivated you feel for the next job.

It’s a pretty damn good feeling, right? Then staring at that completed list at the end of the day, knowing that you’ve accomplished everything you wanted to do for that day. Make your goals that size. Reach your goals every day. Allow that momentum to build, and empower you, every single day! (But don’t forget to schedule your empty check-list days too.)

Also, a study done by Gail Matthews, PhD at Dominican University, seems to support the idea that writing goals is scientifically proven to make us more successful!

Start to Commit to Things

Get rid of those commitment fears. If you want to be successful, you have to commit to things. A new job, a new partner, a new exercise regime, a new magazine subscription, whatever it is — you need to commit!

If you can’t commit when things are going well, you’re going to abandon ship and run a mile the moment you hit some turbulence. This won’t lead you to success. It can’t. You’re not sticking around long enough to reach it.

There’s no real easy way to do this. Though weighing up the cost of the commitment versus the rewards can often be a good start. Regardless, however you decide to face up to it, the end result is the same. You start committing.

Start to Identify Your Purpose

A purpose is the fast-track to success. With your purpose in mind, much like the achievable goals, all that hard work seems a lot more appealing to overcome. When things get rough you can just sit there and say, “Why are you doing this again?” and your purpose will always serve as the motivation you need.

So how do you find your purpose? Answer these simple questions (brutal honesty required):

  • Who are you?
  • What do you want from life?
  • What is it you have that others will benefit from receiving?
  • How are you going to get there?

Start to Believe in You and Your Goals

It’s timeless advice really. You’ve heard it a million times before, but this time you need to let it sink in. If you want to be successful, you have to believe in yourself.

Don’t believe in yourself because it’s your destiny to be successful. Don’t believe in yourself because you’ve got a foolproof plan. Don’t believe in yourself because you really want it. These are fairy tales spun to us, with no real serving purpose whatsoever.

Believe in yourself because you know that you’re going to put in the work. Believe in yourself because you know, as long you’re still breathing by tomorrow, that you will continue to work towards where you want to be. Believe in yourself because you know you’ll overcome the next hurdle you’re presented with.

With this level of self-belief, anything is achievable. You just have to keep going until you get there.

Start to Cultivate Patience

Another timeless piece of advice, inexcusable to leave out of anything discussing success. You need to have patience. Yes some things can happen overnight, but these are often the smaller successes.

It doesn’t matter what it is you want to achieve, knowing how to wait will be a part of it. A successful blog doesn’t launch with thousands of subscribers overnight. A powerful novel doesn’t get written in a day. A superstar fitness model doesn’t miraculously gain his or her physique in 24 hours.

Success takes time. You just have to keep taking every step you can towards it.

Start to Identify Your Downfalls (Then Do Something about Them)

No successful mind is successful if it cannot see where it falls short. It is only in the identification of the shortcoming that it could ever have the potential to be addressed. Many people are their own worst critic though, so it’s not hard to see what needs work.

The hard part is putting in the work. Knowing you’re lazy and doing something about the laziness are two very different things. To be successful you would have to identify that laziness, and then adopt a proactive solution to it. Just saying, “yeah I’m lazy,” isn’t going to get the work done.

The last, and maybe the hardest, part to it all is showing yourself compassion. You’re not going to get it absolutely perfect first try. That’s okay. You’ve got a lot of time left. As long as you’re actually doing something about your downfalls, other than complaining, you’re probably ahead of most.

Start to Identify the Growth in ‘Failure’

Do you know what almost every successful person has in common?

They’ve failed.

Dr. Seuss was rejected by 27 publishers. Stephen King threw his career-launching manuscript in the trash, though luckily his wife pulled it out. Walt Disney was told he had no imagination.

Did any of these give up?

Well okay, Stephen King did for a moment, but the point is they failed and didn’t give up. Instead here they are, names known by almost everyone. These failures only spurred them on to being incredibly successful people. So Acknowledge your ‘failure,’ learn from it, grow from it, and come back better.

The only thing stopping you from trying again is ….guess…..that’s right …. YOU !

Start to Practice EC ~ Emotional Creativity

Emotional creativity, better known as empathy, is the backbone of success. To be able to relate, to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, is what makes you a successful human being.

There’s various reasons why, such as:

  • To be able to serve people what it is they want, which is the key to many successful businesses and careers, you have to relate to their situation. If you lack the emotional creativity to empathize with their situation, you won’t connect well with them.
  • If you’re on your pursuit for success and you’re going to have to climb over some people’s heads, how are you going to stay human doing that? By relating to them. Are you willing to crush other people to get where you want to be? Can you live with that decision? You’ll only know by empathizing.
  • Successful people, at least many of them, are likable. They’re likable because you can relate to them. You can relate because they’re creative enough, emotionally, to appeal to you!

Plus, just as a general benefit, empathy makes you a better human being overall. Putting yourself in someone’s situation is going to lead to better behavior, from you, when it comes to dealing with said people. If you’re not sold on empathy, just read this Psychology Today piece.

Start to Meditate

With the madness of success comes the desperate need for peace. As a successful person, you’ll likely be making stressful decisions every day. If you can’t manage that stress, it’ll dominate you.

Luckily, meditation is here for successful you. With empirically proven health benefits, as outlined in this JAMA article, it’ll help reduce the stress and anxiety of being successful!

So take a couple of minutes out of your day, and really let go. Hit the pause button on everything. It’ll all still be there when you come back, but find time to really just be with yourself. Otherwise that stress could eat you alive.

So there it is. Now all you’ve got to do is put them into practice. Are you ready for success?

Here’s to a Boundrylessly Successful 2015 !!

Zig Ziglar ~ What It’s Like at the Top ~

At the Top

At the Top

Hi Folks,

Recently recalled what had heard about Zig Ziglar describing what it’s like to be at the top.

I remember his powerful words as he spoke his “Words of Wisdom”.

His words still echo in my mind.

Ziglar had a way with words, as he painted a very vivid picture of what life can be like when you focus on success from the inside out.

As the story goes, Zig Ziglar was visiting his wife’s sister who had MS.  he likes to fix problems, but this was a problem that simply could not be fixed, and he struggled with that.

On this particular visit, Ziglar was really feeling down and out.  Then, in a moment of inspiration, one that Ziglar described as one of his most creative moments, he wrote what it’s like to be at the top.

And, he wrote his words on the back of a motel bill, which was the only paper he had available at the time.

You are at the Top When …

Here is how Zig Ziglar described what it’s like at the top …

You are at the top when:

You clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday ended last night, and today is a brand-new day.

You have made friends with your past, are focused on the present and areoptimistic about your future.

You know that success doesn’t make you, and failure doesn’t break you.

You are filled with faith, hope and love; and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy or thoughts of revenge.

You are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your rights to your responsibilities.

You know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.

You are secure in who you are, so you are at peace with God and in fellowship with man.

You have made friends of your adversaries, and have gained the love and respect of those who know you best.

You understand that others can give you pleasure, but genuine happiness comes when you do things for others.

You are pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude and generous to the needy.

You love the unlovable, and give hope to the helpless, friendship to the friendless and encouragement to the discouraged.

You can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion and up with gratitude.

You know that “he who would be the greatest among you must become the servant of all.”

You recognize, confess, develop and use your God-given physical, mental and spiritual abilities to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind.

You stand in front of the Creator of the universe, and He says to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

By painting a picture of what life is like when you are at the top, Zig Ziglar also painted a picture of what life is like when you are at the bottom.

Here’s to Living your BEST Boundryless LIfe !!

Success through your Habits – Goals – Dreams ~

Goals are Dreams with Deadlines

Goals are Dreams with Deadlines

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re off to a roaring start for 2015.

Here’re some helpful tips to align your habits, goals, even dreams, to accomplish what you seek.

It’s 2015, and it’s a fresh start.

As we wipe the slate clean, we look back at last year.  Maybe we had goals, maybe we didn’t. Maybe we hit our goals, maybe we didn’t.   Some of us made new good habits, and some of us made some new bad habits.

A few of us achieved our New Year’s Resolutions, and most us didn’t.  And some of us, gave up on trying to bother with goals and New Year’s Resolutions.

After all, the stats are stacked against us.

But they don’t need to be.  I think the solution is to think a little bit differently about how goals, dreams, habits, and inspiration work together.

In fact, it’s time to put it all together.

What You Need to Know About Dreams, Goals, and Habits

Before you set goals, you need to have dreams.  Without a compelling dream that inspires you with purpose and passion, your goals will fall flat.  They will have nothing that helps them hang together into a bigger story for you. The goals are just the stepping stones to your dreams.

To support your goals, you need a habits that work with you, or at least that don’t work against you.

You can think in terms of three types of actions:  daily habits, goals, and inspired actions.  If you just have a habits, you’ll never wake up one day on top of Mt. Everest.   That’s the stuff dreams and goals are made of.  Doing some of these amazing things in your life takes deliberate action and intentional goals.   But if you don’t have habits that support t you, you’ll most likely miss your  goals.  And, if you don’t have big dream to keep pulling you through all the thick, and thin, you’ll also have a tough time with your habits, your goals, and any New Year’s Resolutions.  And, at the same time, you need a way to act on inspiration, without relying all the time for lightening to strike.

So to recap, your big, bold dreams with passion and purpose pull you where you want to be, and what you want to look back on.  Your goals help you chunk up your changes into meaningful milestones.  Your  daily habits help you invest in the right direction, while learning and improving.  And when inspiration strikes, you want to have a simple way to turn it into results, or use it to leap frog your goals, or innovate in your habits.

How Habits Fit In

Some people don’t reach their goals or New Year’s Resolutions, because they didn’t build any habits.  They don’t have any habits to support them, and they take on too much change, all at once.

I had some extreme fitness goals last year.  What made any of my goals possible, was that I had started a few simple habits.  One of them was to wake up 30 minutes earlier, and do a 30 minute workout.   If I didn’t wake up earlier, then I wouldn’t be able to do my workout.  And, if I didn’t do my workout, then I wouldn’t reach my fitness goals.  I made working out in the morning a habit, where it was something I just did, like brushing my teeth.

I didn’t over-complicate it.  I kept it simple.  Over time, I found ways to make it easier and easier to just wake up and workout.

Another habit I added was adding green vegetable juice to my day.   Me and vegetables don’t get along, but I needed to add more vegetables to my diet to reach my fitness goals.    I turned it into a mini-habit, where in the afternoon I would hit the juice bar to get some think time, and to have a large spinach + ginger + pineapple juice.   I’m not sure how much spinach it is, but I see a lot of handfuls go into the making.  Related, I swap fries for salads, and I’m gradually adding more green goodness to my daily diet.

Because these aren’t really goals, and simply my habits, I focus on learning and adapting, and getting a little better each time.  It’s an investment that adds up in my favor, and it makes it easier for me to add goals to my life, because I have a baseline of successful habits supporting me underneath.

Remember ~ Habits are good – Dreams are the Spark to Make them

Habits are great.  They help us move in the direction we want to go.    But sometimes we have a dream.  A dream that’s worth fighting for.   We have an outcome that we want, and we want it this year (or this quarter, or this month, or this week.)

Sometimes we have a dream that takes concentrated effort, and we need to go above and beyond the call of duty of our everyday habits.

With the right habits, we can move in the right direction.  But without an inspiring dream, and without goals, we may not achieve the crescendos in our life.

Wish it ~ Dream it ~ Do it

Wish it ~ Dream it ~ Do it

How Dreams and Goals Fit In

A good way to think about dreams, goals, habits, and inspired action is “better together.”  The dream is the vision that inspires you.  It needs to reflect your passion and your purpose, and it needs to be actionable and believable.

You can have a dream for your career, a dream for your health, a dream for your relationships, etc.

Once you have a dream that you believe in and that can inspires you and pulls you forward, you can chunk it down into goals.  The goals are simply your meaningful milestones, or the stepping stones or the mile markers on your journey.  They are a way to see and feel your progress, and to funnel your focus along the way.

And, of course, when you have a meaningful dream, you can add habits that help support you.  After all, trying to achieve a goal, where there are no habits supporting you, is a setup for failure.  And, having habits without any goals or any dreams to inspire or pull you forward, may get lost along the road to good intentions.

In my experience, the habits that I stick with and invest with the best, and the ones where my big dream is pulling me forward.  I know that I can invest and learn in my habits while moving toward the end in mind.

Putting It All Together

Dream big so that you have a vision to hold on to and scenes in your mind that pull you forward.

Have a dream for the big areas in your life that you want to change, whether it’s your career, health, finances, etc., and make sure it reflects your passion and your purpose.  Also, make sure that it’s consistent with living your values and living the life-style you want to lead.

Have goals that help you chunk up your dreams into achievable chunks of change.  For example, if you know your dream for a year from now, then what might it look like at 6 months?  What might it look like at 3 months? What would a simple start be to make progress this month?

If you want to skip goals, then by all means do so, but at the end of the year, you may very well be disappointed if you try to look back on meaningful milestones or meaningful results.  Goals help you put a bow on things, and they help you appreciate and acknowledge your efforts.

Habits are a great way to move toward your ultimate goal, and to chip away at your dreams, by building your capabilities and confidence.  They also help you turn behaviors into automatic things that you don’t have to think about (you don’t worry about brushing your teeth, taking a shower, etc.)   They also are a powerful tool that support goals, and dreams.

As awesome as habits are, maybe the real thing to keep in mind is that you won’t learn the violin or become a doctor or find yourself on the top of Mt. Everest with habits alone.   And, by the same token, you won’t learn the violin, become a doctor, or make it up Mt. Everest, if you don’t have the habits that support you on your journey.

So once again, dreams –> goals –> habits.

You are free to skip any part of the approach, but now you know what you’ll be missing.

And, you can also use the right tool for the job.

Dream big for 2015 and Live Boundrylessly !!

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Making Success a Habit

Success

Success

Hi everyone,

The other day was chatting with some buddies on what we do to make our week more successful.

Besides enjoying some wonderful espresso from some organic beans one of them brought, we enjoyed some fresh fruit, and other natural goodies as we each contribute.

Here’s what we came up with…

Wake up really early

Surely you know that time is an invaluable asset. Highly successful people take it up a notch by waking up at 5:30 am, 4:30 am and even 4:00 am. Not only will they have more control in their early hours, they’ll also have more opportunities to do things that matter to them. 

Start with waking up 15 minutes earlier than your usual time. Then, gradually adjust.

Burn your calories – Combat stress

We don’t mean just the intense exercise regimen – you can simply do yoga, like Christies CEO Steve Murphy does. Exercise will not just make you think clearer, be healthier and scientifically happier, it allows you to combat stress as well.

Make time for exercise. An hour-long routine seems too daunting, so try running, dancing or even walking around the neighborhood for at least ten minutes

Do an “Hour of Power”

Motivation doesn’t last forever, so you need to replenish yours regularly. Highly successful people know this, so they dedicate ample time to increase their supply. You’re more likely to continue accomplishing a task once you’re emotionally invested in it, right?

Spend thirty minutes listening to inspirational anecdotes and empowering quotes.

Write in your gratitude journal

Happiness is about wanting the things that you already have. By enumerating the blessings they’re grateful for, highly successful people become more open to optimism and inspiration and improve their outlook in life.

Everyday, write down at least one thing that you’re thankful for. Learn to count the small wins.

Ask yourself one important question ..

“If today was the last day of your life, would you still want to do what you’re about to do today?”

This hard-hitting question gets you right where it wants you. If you find yourself saying “no” several times in a week, then go out there and change something. You never know when you’ll have the opportunity to do it the next time.

Brian Tracy (Author): Eat that frog first

In the morning, the willpower of highly successful people is fresh and ready to go. So, this is the best time to take advantage of it – do your hardest task, your “frog” first. This way, you’re more likely to get it done and you’re more likely to finish it without other people barging in on you.

Choose your “frog” of the day – only one – and stick to completing it before you even get to eat breakfast.

Connect with your partner

Use your morning hours to reconnect with your partner. Talk about your plans, your finances and even your beloved hobbies as a way to always be present in their lives. In the morning, highly successful people know that you’ll have more energy and more focus so making this a ritual is paramount. You can even set up one day of the week as your “breakfast date”. Go to the nearest cafe for breakfast or run around the neighborhood with your partner. It may do wonders for your relationship.

Plan and strategize

If you don’t take a few minutes of your time to map out the direction of your day, how will you know if you’re headed towards the right direction? Take at least 10 minutes of your day to visualize your life goals, review your tasks for the day and allot schedules for breaks. It’ll help your day be more manageable and less stressful.

Meditate and clear your mind

Keep calm and let your inner peace guide you: spend a few minutes to say a prayer or to meditate to keep you relaxed. Remember, 90% of illnesses are stress-related, so forget the rush, don’t dash and enjoy a few “hush” moments with yourself. Focus on your breathing. You may even recite an empowering mantra during your routine.

Bond with your kids

If you have children, this is for you. Don’t be that parent who says,  “Oh, my son/daughter grew so fast! I barely had time to enjoy with her/him.”

In the morning, when there is less clutter in your mind and less stress in your system, make it a point to help them get dressed, cook a hearty breakfast (or bake a batch of cookies) and even talk to them about their dreams. After all, you’re working so that your family will have a better time. Don’t let work get in the way of family – make time for your priorities.

Remember to begin each day taking 5 to 10 minutes visualizing successfully doing the goal for the day.

At the end of the day, think of at least 3 things or people you’re thankful for and why.

Here’s to Living a Boundrylyless Happy & Successful Life !! 😀

Successful People

Successful People

Turbocharge UR Productivity

 

Have fun accomplishing the Impossible

Have fun accomplishing the Impossible

Hi Folks,

Was recently chatting with friends after a great workout at our nearby park. We talked about how we’re preparing to make this Fall our best ever by being more productive. While enjoying a delicious fruit smoothie. Here’s a link to some healthy and mouthwatering recipes that you can use to recharge yourself with. The link with video can be found here. 

Now for those tips. The first two are great for beginning your day. 

 

First, count backwards from 100 down to 1.

Here, speed is the key. If you miss a number, no worries, continue until you reach one. 

 

Second, visualize a noun for each letter of the alphabet. Imagine it with colors, shapes, images, and even sizes (this gets the right side of your brain activated). Do this while saying the noun aloud (this activates the left side of your brain through verbal use).

 

By doing these two simple brain games you’ll improve your cognitive ability. Which assists us in thinking, reasoning, along with problem solving. 

 

Hope you enjoyed those Brain Games. Now here’s some more tips to help you Perform like a Pro….

Mini-actions are a powerful productivity tip. A mini-action is a tiny step. It is an action you can accomplish from start to finish in just seven minutes or less. For example, in seven minutes you can:

  • Clean out one drawer at your office
  • Throw away binders from workshops you attended five years ago
  • Call to follow up with a prospective customer
  • Choose a book on productivity you would like to read
  • Reserve a conference room for your team meeting next week
  • Handwrite your thoughts for three objectives you have for the team meeting
  • Walk around the block. Walk up a few flights of stairs. Stretch.
  • Drink a cup of water or laugh out loud (it has been proven–happier people are more productive)

If you choose to take tiny steps forward every day, these tiny mini-actions can compound while boosting daily productivity exponentially. Understanding the power of mini-actions while consciously choosing which you will use along with which you will delete from your life are the keys to improving your personal time management and your productivity.

Think of it this way: every action you take during the day is actually a mini-action. From crawling out of bed, to brushing your teeth, getting dressed for work. Every single action is a mini-action!

Mini-actions are incredibly powerful because they are so easy to do. They can help you become unfrozen. When you begin working on a new project ask yourself, “What mini-action could I take right now that will help me finish this task/activity/project/goal?”

Goal is a Dream with a deadline

Goal is a Dream with a deadline

The objective of this article is to help you understand how much time is lost in the gaps of life. There is a lot of hurry up and wait. But if you have five places in your work day where you are stuck in a short gap–you can accomplish five micro-actions. There are many small, unfinished tasks you never seem to have time to complete.

The list below is categorized so you can make use of the gaps in your schedule and boost your productivity starting today!

Night Before Work

1. Keys. Always put your keys in the same place.

2. Closet Organization.  Organize all of your clothes in the closet based on color and sleeve length. If a woman has five different black tops, it takes very little effort to look at the section of the closet with all of the black tops and move from short sleeves to long sleeves to find the appropriate shirt without wasting time. A man, his various shirts, ties, formal, casual, based on color and function. 

3. Clothes. Decide what you will wear the night before. Place everything you plan to wear in one location. This includes socks, shoes, ties, jewelry and any other accessories you will need. (How much time have you spent looking for the right shirt when you have a meeting that begins in less than an hour?)

Getting Ready in the Morning

4. Water. One of the most important habits to dramatically improve your productivity is to drink more water. You already know you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This is a simple productivity hack. Drink eight ounces of water when take your vitamins, or when you first wake up.

5. Move. Begin each morning with some stretching, walking, yoga, calisthenics that will get your body and mind moving. 

6. Review. Before leaving the house take a quick look at your calendar and to-do list. How many times have you made it halfway to the office and realized you left something important at home?

Arriving at the Office

7. Leave for the office seven minutes early. My brother taught me that arriving on time means you are arriving late. Leaving a few minutes ahead of schedule each day can easily reduce the amount of stress you might feel if you are caught by one too many stoplights.

8. Arrive on time. Consider the impact of arriving on time and ready to work at 8:00 every morning, rather than dashing into your office at 8:15 and still having to grab a cup of coffee, pull your mail out, say hello to a couple of people. By the time you sit down, it’s already 8:30. Assuming you work 20 days a month, you are wasting at least 10 hours of productive work time each month, or 560 hours per year.

During the Work Day

9. The 10 Minute Tidy.  Take 10 minutes each morning to tidy, organize, your desk and 10 minutes each afternoon to “tidy” up your desk again. Your desk is a tool, keep it functional. 

10. Office Supplies. Have all your office supplies easily accessible. While I am not a personal organizer, I have many friends who are and one of the most intuitive but often overlooked productivity needs is to have all of your regularly used office supplies easily accessible. As an example, I moved my work desk into a new space about six months ago, and for six months I was digging through my desk drawers looking for Sharpies, my ruler, sticky notes, scissors, adhesive tape. By my own estimate I wasted at least 10 to 15 minutes a day looking for these items in various places.

11. Everything should have a place. Every single work item or supply that you use regularly should have a single location specifically for that supply. Scissors should have a home and paper clips should always be in the same place.

12. Prioritize each task. Once you know the outcome of a project, create a list of action steps that will allow you to complete the task. Then prioritize each of the steps in an order that works in the most efficient way with the least waste of time and effort.

13. Capture all of your notes and to-do lists in one place.  As you begin to improve your organizational and productivity skills you will want to choose to have a single place to capture all of your goals, notes, action steps and to-do lists.  You may choose to use some sort of daily planner or even a spiral notebook. For the tech-savvy, there are many apps available for your smartphone to help with this.

14. Start and finish one task at a time. Many people start a project or task and move it to 98% of completion, only to stop short of finishing the last 2%.  Make it a point to start and completely finish one task at a time.

15. Create repeatable processes and systems. Take the time to stop and think about the routines you and your team do over and over every day. Choose to create processes and systems to streamline those activities.

16. Use checklists. As you create your processes and systems, create checklists to use each time.  A checklist provides consistency and serves as a protocol for you and for your team. It also provides the opportunity to cross off what has been accomplished and it will clearly show what is left to do.

17. Staff meetings. Arrive seven minutes early to your next staff meeting and use that time to make a list of people you would like to write a thank you note to.

18. Just say NO. Don’t be afraid to politely say no. Productivity is often a “yes” or “no” decision. If you are asked to participate in an activity that doesn’t line up with what you are trying to accomplish, politely say “No, thank you.”

19. Get rid of the distractions. True productivity occurs when you are able to totally focus all of your mental and physical energy on one task at a time. To improve your productivity, you may need to get rid of the distractions in your day.  

20. Stretch. The human brain can only take so much. Make sure you take time during the day to stretch, walk and stay hydrated.

21. Use a timer. A timer can help you improve and monitor your current productivity skills. Set the timer for 30 minutes and focus on completing one task at a time. Work until the timer goes off, and you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish when you are not looking at your watch every five minutes.  

22. Work with concrete deadlines. Aren’t you amazed at how much work you can get done the day before you leave for vacation? Knowing that you have a concrete deadline can have a positive influence on the volume of work you accomplish. 

The End of Your Work Day

23. Clean out your car. It is surprising how much trash and clutter can accumulate in your car. Take a few minutes every day to clean the trash out of your car.

24. Create a written daily plan of action. Take seven minutes to think about what you would like to accomplish the next day, and create a written daily plan of action. Having a written daily plan of action ranks as one of the most powerful time management and productivity tools person can implement.

25. Relax. Even seven minutes of truly relaxing without noise or interruption will make you more productive.

26. Be happy. There are so many articles that talk about the power of happiness and laughter. Happy people are simply more productive.

27. Go to bed. It takes less than seven minutes to decide when you will go to bed and when you will choose to wake up. Get a good night’s sleep for a vast improvement on your productivity.

 

Here’s to enjoying a Boundrylessly Productive week !!

 

Reflect for Success ~

Enjoying Success

Enjoying Success

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to share a tip that has helped me reach my personal goals easier.

Wanted to share another tip with you.

Usually before going to bed, I’ll reflect while asking myself a couple of questions to evaluate my day.

1. Did my actions today help me, (along with others, have found as we help others, it comes back to help us too!) get closer to my longer term goals?

After answering ..

2. Think about what you could have done differently with relating to others.

Don’t think too heavy, just a light review, to adjust your priorities (or mini-goals) to keep you on track toward your long term goals.

This also helps me from getting caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of a busy life.

Please share your tips or ideas for success in the comments section for others to learn from.

Here’s to living a Boundrylessly Successful Life !

Goal is a Dream with a deadline

Goal is a Dream with a deadline