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Five Healthy Life Styles to Quality Life

Five Healthy Life Styles to Quality Life

Are you living gloomy days wondering when this will end? Want to life a joyful life? Wish to see, feel and live an enticing – actually thrilling – life filled with moments to treasure? Continue reading to get a taste of 5 lifestyle tips and tricks we have for you and which are bound to improve the quality of your life!

Eat Healthily
Eating healthily does indeed dramatically impact your life. According to much research conducted in many places around the world, continuous intake of junk food will not only raise your cholesterol and fat levels to over health threshold levels which will lead you to obesity, but it also ultimately leads you to a life style of laziness and carelessness.

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To eat healthily, try to follow these pointers which will take you up the first couple of steps on the proper nutrition ladder:

  • Eat 3 times a day.
  • The last meal (dinner or supper) has to be taken at least 3 hours before you go to sleep.
  • Avoid junk food
  • Eat fruits as part of your meals but after 1 hour from the main course – not to bloat your stomach.
  • Avoid much sweets and chocolates. Although a portion of chocolate per day (0.5 ounces or so) are said to be good for one’s health.
  • Drink at least 1.5 to 2 liters of water (not juice, coffee of any other liquid) per day – this will help your kidneys function well and prolong their activity (and hence your life)

Practice Sports
Walking for at least 30 minutes a day helps regulating your blood circulation and general health. Try to avoid walking or practicing sports right after a meal as this hinders the process of digestion, massively reduces the benefits of the sport as well as causes joint and/or stitches pain.

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Listen to Music
Music has been nominated as one of the most relaxing and spiritually boasting factors of life. Of course the taste of music is different from a person to another, but the generally relaxing music is agreed to be the soft or classic genre.

Take at least 5-10 minutes of meditation per day. To help you get in the mood of thinking about nothing, you might as well listen to relaxing music. This is bound to calm you down after a storming day.

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Have a Goal
Rather have an ultimate goal (like an eternal life you’re working towards or a humanitarian goal) and work your way towards it using milestones of goals that may or may not have something to do with the ultimate goal but do fulfill some need or aspiration in you.

There are quite a number of books, articles, research papers and statistics that have been written, made and conducted about the goal-oriented life style and its benefits. As a matter of fact, the current best seller in the US is Reveren Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life”. This book leads you through a series of brainstorming sessions, out of which you will work your way (yourself) to acknowledging the presence of God, His love to you and then you will also discover the purpose of your creation. This purpose need not be evangelical on the surface, but rather through one’s own work, family and surroundings, one may be serving his/her purpose of existence once the goal is placed in front of oneself.

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Smile
As simple as it may sound, many people tend to miss it and frown instead. It takes about 17 facial muscles to smile, while it takes about 41 facial muscles to frown. Regardless of the exact number (which is indeed subject to much controversy between scientists, researchers and other experts), no one has ever denied the fact that it takes more effort to frown – let alone the tense mood one’s put in – in turn.

Have you ever heard the saying “A smile is contagious”? Well, this is quite true as most research illustrate.

Life elongating – A smile can indeed help in elongating your life (or at least not reducing it like many other factors of our life). The benefit increases if your smile actually turns into a laugh, but anyhow, the benefit remains an issue to consider.

Wrinkles avoidance/reduction – This is definitely good news for advocates of keeping the young look and feel throughout the years. Since smiling uses less number of muscles than frowning, you tend to reduce the facial tension which is one of the factors leading to wrinkles.

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Last Updated on July 27, 2020

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.

Here’s How to Create a To-Do List that Super Boosts Your Productivity.

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.

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

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.

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You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: Get What Matters Done by Scheduling Time Blocks

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.

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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.

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.

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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)

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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