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6 Significant Changes You can Do to Refresh your Life and Routine

6 Significant Changes You can Do to Refresh your Life and Routine

What is the first thing you think when you first wake up?

If one of your first thoughts are “What time is it? I’m getting late for work” you need to take a little break and refresh your routine.

Sometimes we are so busy living our lives and following our established routines that we do not stop and realize how the fact of making some changes in our lifestyles and incorporating new experiences can benefit our lifetime (and especially, our mood).

To avoid the situation of being stuck in a rut, here are some simple changes we can make to let benefits come with a big change:

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1. Have a new adventure or exotic travel

Big changes include exotic getaways and new adventures, and our world is full of beautiful places waiting for us to be discovered and to create stories. You can probably think that this kind of plans requires a big amount of money, but reality is that some exotic destinations are pretty affordable as well.

Some travelers opt for visiting Asia destinations, because as Myanmar tours says: “This place remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. Those kind of destinations are good options for finding adventures  full of  rich cultural heritage.

2. Remodeling and decorating your space

When we are talking about changes, our environment is an important part of it. Regardless if you live alone, in a house, apartment, campus, etc. a simple movement of furniture or getting new home appliances to decorate and improve your space.

You probably can’t imagine how a small decoration or a simple furniture movement can make an impact in your life and mood. The guys of Carpet Installation Austin, TX say that a quality flooring and home decoration gives any home a more beautiful and lively look so, you better start changes! There are many low-cost redecorating ideas to turn your space into a healing home.

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 3. Give yourself a makeover

This might sound expensive for you, but there are many ways you can give yourself a makeover and stay on a budget.

Have you heard the quote “Looking good and feeling fine”? That’s exactly what you need to project, you can just go simple and change your hairstyle or color, or maybe go shopping and get a new outfit.

4. Start writing

Writing is one of the best ways to purge emotions and liberate our mind. Certainly, there are many benefits of writing that will give you more than a reason to start doing it. Besides it is a fun way to maintain and expand your vocabulary, writing (regardless the way) let things that are stressing you out to leave, so anxiety levels decrease and you will enter in a relaxed mood.

It is easy to get a pen and paper or to start a blog, and if you think you might need to get a little more inspiration or maybe help on grammar, take support with writing-enhancement platforms like Grammarly or with preparing speech ideas online

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5. Use music as a power

Music is life and certainly making some activities accomplished with music can improve your mood and development. You can have a different playlist for each activity you have, and there are many sites that offer pre-established playlist regarding your mood like Spotify or this simple mp3 music downloader that shows you the best apps for your mobile device without any trouble.

Nowadays it is almost impossible not to have music access, there are people walking around not alone but with their earphones, you may pass cars on the road with its passengers happily singing out on a road trip? Just fun and joy. Try new rhythms, and remember that behind every great song there is a big story.

6. Enjoy your hobbies

To be happy you need to always follow what your passion and likeness are. If you like yoga, take your time for that activity and enjoy the moment! Create a specific area for yoga and meditation, it could be an especial room in your house or a space in your backyard where you and your yoga mat fit.

If you like online activities like movies, video games, music set and specific area of your house as well! We know your consoles, screens and games need their own space so take a time decorating and adapting furniture but always making it comfortable (yes, you can have the best gaming desk, your bed or even a sofa).

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Join a new group, meet people, practice new activities and find what makes you happy every time.

You need to always make changes that can refresh your habits for the better. Set new goals and get them; having a target to work towards keeps you motivated and helps prevent you from just drifting along and falling into a rut.

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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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