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Five Ways To Stay Positive

Five Ways To Stay Positive

Staying positive during this era of information can seem impossible with all of the hatred and negativity that is being taught to the masses. Having a perception that gives off good vibes and vibrant energy, can be the defining moment that changes your life irrevocably. Accentuating all of the positive elements in your life is easy, once you know what to look for. These tips are meant to alter your perception into finding an equilibrium that aids your productivity. Having negative thoughts determines your future. Why not turn the frown upside down and make a serious change today?

1. Tell Yourself How Precious Life Is

Whatever your circumstances may be, there’s always something to be thankful for. Even during your worst days there’s something positive that happens during that particular day. And diverting your focus to that one variable can cause you to remain positive under duress. Life isn’t really without problems. Finding solutions are part of the test and must be respected. Remind yourself how wonderful it is to be alive, and see the beauty that surrounds you.

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Telling yourself that great things will happen after an unfortunate situation has occurred is a sign of leadership. You are in the driver’s seat of your own life and get to choose the destination. Don’t let a temporary moment ruin your overall wellness.

2. Alleviate Stress Factors

Finding things you love to do can take your mind off of what is stressful. Everybody needs to experience stress from time to time, but don’t let it bring you down. If you are consciously aware of what makes you happy, put some time aside and focus on that particular activity, to take your mind off of what’s bothering you.

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This will give you a sense of clarity and rejuvenate the soul. Recharging the spirit is important, by taking time out for doing something that relaxes you. Stress can cause numerous health problems. Changing your mentality can either ameliorate or exacerbate the situation.

3. Love Yourself

Living how you move, what you do, how you talk, and how you look is a direct link to spreading positive energy into the world. This is easier said than done, but if you don’t like something about yourself then try your best to change it. Listen openly to criticism from genuine people, take their advice, and use it as a tool to improve yourself.

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Be mindful of every action you make, because one wrong move can breakdown a solidified core of stability. Becoming a ball of bright, shimmering energy is all about loving efficiency and effectiveness, which starts from digging deep within yourself. Let the world come to you, and never put on a show for the world.

4. Seek The Truth

Everybody will have an opinion about who you are and what you do. Tuning those opinions out are very important. They won’t change who you are, and nine times out of ten–a persons perception of who you are is fabricated. Nobody is liked by everyone, and let’s face it: life would be excruciatingly dull and boring if you were. Be honest and value integrity. Don’t believe everything you hear, and when doing research make sure it’s done in different stages.

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Finding the truth through these thick layers of deception isn’t easy. But with the right motivation to do so, you will be on the correct path. Everyone is ignorant to something, but don’t be proud of your ignorance. Strive to learn more about the world, and you discover more about yourself.

5. Eliminate Routines

Good habits are things you do everyday, but change up the order from time to time. Scheduling your day mechanically can be a nuisance. Switch up the pace from time to time. This will open up the flood gates to free thinking. Analyzing events and reflecting on new scenarios is a great way to combat the mediocrity of a routine. Embrace change and enjoy the beautiful nature, which is the essence of life.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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