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How to Boost Growth in Your Life

How to Boost Growth in Your Life

Ever experienced a feeling of dissatisfaction, a general unease that you just can’t define? Most people describe this as “I just feel stuck”―they feel like they’re going nowhere, lacking progress and purpose, and they don’t know how to get out of it. They mooch into every day wondering if something will change: in effect, waiting for a metaphorical knight in shining armour to sweep in and kick things around a bit.

If you’re one of these people, the problem is you’ll be waiting a while if you’re relying on someone or something outside of yourself to fix the problem. Externalising the solution is the most common fault of people wanting to change. Changing jobs, taking a big holiday, getting a new hairdo or a new wardrobe―all of these are temporary “band aids”. They won’t hold the stuck feeling at bay for long.

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Small steps reap big rewards: you don’t have to overhaul your whole life to get moving. There is no “one big magic answer”. Work holistically, and start with small changes and small focuses across the board, and you’ll soon gain momentum. Here are 4 things you should know to boost growth in your life.

Make a decision… ANY decision!

Understand that you have to make a decision to do or achieve something. It sounds strange to say something so simple, but most people are just making “wish-lists”. They would like change to happen but they haven’t really decided to make it happen yet. A true decision is in concrete ‒ once made, it cannot be backed away from. It’s a serious thing to make a real decision and you need to do some serious thinking before you make one. Otherwise you’re just wishing.

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Your body is the bedrock of progress.

You can’t shoot forward into the future like an unstoppable rocket if your health is dragging you back every inch of the way. Your body has innate wisdom to run your health perfectly….if you get out of its way.

While you load your body with toxins inside and out, you cannot operate at peak performance. Start educating yourself about food, cleaners, toiletries, and cosmetics. Question what you’ve always been told, listen to your body. You don’t have to go on a massive diet or lifestyle change, just learn a little every day, swap a little every day. And don’t forget to celebrate every small win.

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You’re No.1!

Practice prioritising and valuing yourself before others. This is hard for a lot of people, especially mums, or people used to nurturing and supporting everyone else before themselves.

To move forward you need to prove to yourself that you are worth the effort. We do this by our small actions every day: they count. Start to act and speak in ways that tell YOU that you are No.1 and worth the effort, and you’ll automatically start to reach for something better in life.

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Don’t neglect your spirit.

Older civilisations understood better how important it was to feel your place on this earth and work in harmony with its energy and resources. Living consciously, adding value, and contributing to world change, feeling a connection to the earth, nature, and universal energy are all important to how we feel about ourselves.

Ideas and inspiration come from a creative place inside that can only be fully accessed when we are being our true selves and operating within a natural rhythm. Spend time on and with yourself, just being and learning who you are.

Getting forward movement in your life is a holistic process. Stop looking for something to happen to kick-start you. Don’t wait until New Year’s Day. Just work a little…on a lot…all the time. Great change comes in millimetre shifts.

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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