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36 Quotes To Get You Through Bad Days

36 Quotes To Get You Through Bad Days

A bad day can sometimes be misinterpreted as having a bad life. But essentially that’s what it is: just a bad day. There’s many factors which may be contributing to your negative mood – you might feel stressed with work and in need of a long holiday somewhere hot, or maybe you feel like you’re stuck in the same routine and consequently you feel discouraged. But it’s not abnormal to feel this way, in fact most people will at some point in their lives.

This list of inspiring quotes will hopefully give you the motivation you need to pick yourself back up and work towards your life goals.

1. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

2. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

3. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

4. “If you truly pour your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.” – Emma Watson

5. “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people.” – Leonardo Dicaprio

6. “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” – Kevin Kruse

7. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.” – Albert Einstein

8. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney

9. “As soon as you stop wanting something, you get it.” – Andy Warhol

10. “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – John Lennon

11. “You’ve got to be willing to lose everything to gain yourself.” – Iyanla Vanzant

12. “Tough times never last but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller

13. “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” – Robert Bresson

14. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

15. “Everybody’s got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there.” – Tony Robbins

16. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Elliot

17. “If you don’t throw yourself into something, you’ll never know what you could have had.” – Amy Winehouse

18. “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” – Whitney Houston

19. “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

20. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

21. “There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley

22. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

23. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

24. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Robert Anthony

25. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Theodore Roosevelt

26. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers”

27. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Tim Ferriss

28. “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

29. “Do what you love and the money will follow.” – Marsha Sinetar

30. “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

31. “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam

32. “Someday is not a day of the week.” – Denise Brennan-Nelson

33. “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.”- Arthur Christopher Benson

34. “There are no short cuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

35. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

36. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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