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5 Ways To Enjoy Your Day To The Fullest Even If It Is A Monday!

5 Ways To Enjoy Your Day To The Fullest Even If It Is A Monday!

Having a great day is a matter of choice and not a matter of circumstances. What? You say. Well, let me explain. Every day has the potential to be enjoyed to the fullest even if it is a Monday. It’s gray out, and all you want to do is stay home and hide under your covers. How do you make this day great?

What is the secret for this? Well, like a good recipe, you need the right ingredients to make a great day. Just like you need all the right ingredients in all the right amounts to make an amazing cake, right? Well, that’s exactly what you need in order to construct your perfect day too. Using a bit of structure to build your day so you are sure you are not put down by the gray sky, or get carried away by the “everydayness” of another Monday, can be just what you need.

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So what is this magic list of ingredients you need in order to enjoy your day to the fullest even if it is a Monday. Well, let’s see:

1. A dash of something that deeply excites you

No matter how busy your day is you can definitely find – or let me put it this way – you SHOULD definitely find some time to do something that makes you grin. Plan your next holidays during your lunch break (yes, imaginary ones count too). Take the evening off to work as a volunteer and walk the doggies at your local shelter. Meditate for half an hour after work and let the events of the day go away, then put your favourite song on and dance your feet off. Doing something that really pleases you every day, no matter how small, keeps your soul happy and satisfied.

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2. A big scoop of something that scares or challenges you

Fear is one of the most limiting things in this life. Not even working 24/7 is as limiting as fear. When you are scared you can lose perspective. The good news is the more often you face your fears, the more immune to it you become. Of course, challenging your fears does not mean you have to bungee jumping or skydiving (except if you really, really want to). There is great challenge even behind small things. So go to a concert alone or even for holidays. Try that crazy pixie haircut or join a sports team.

3. One cup of inspired work

All right, going to work might not be a blast, at least not for the most of us. However, it is true that work can be quite rewarding and make you feel productive and accomplished. Even if you’re in a job that you don’t like all that much right now, if you put it in perspective you can totally change the tone of your day. If you are working to earn money for a certain goal, whether it’s a trip you’ve been dreaming about or saving to buy your first house, consider that purpose your boss and work for that goal. This can make almost any task more enjoyable. So do work a bit every day, even when you do not have to. Do it inspirationally and do it for yourself.

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4. Half a cup of exercise

It’s hard to talk about the benefits of exercise and not fall into clichés. I know you have heard it all before. But it is food for your body and soul. It makes you healthier. It makes you happier by producing endorphins. It makes your brain function better and it can protect against a variety of diseases. You do not need to force yourself to the gym and beat yourself with the weights. Do something you enjoy. Go hiking with your friends, go shopping with your bike or have a dance party (even alone). Exercise moderately, very frequently and super enjoyably!

5. Limitless amounts of conversing with the greatest minds

If you want to expand your brain the best way to do it is by peaking inside the brain of the greatest ones. You are puzzled on how to do that? Through reading of course! Hesse, Orwell, Tolstoy – they all did the work for you. They poured their thoughts and wisdom into pages. Just open the books and start conversing with them. Nothing is more rewarding than a book and there is no better way of broadening your vision than reading. So go ahead and read as much as you can and want. Not into the greatest minds? Well, that’s OK too. Duck out at lunch time with a fun mystery, romance or other escapist novel that can add a little light to your day.

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Once you have mixed all these ingredients in your day do not forget the most important part. To stop, listen and let the mixture cool down. Doing nothing gives you time to listen to yourself and consciously make your choices. So doesn’t this entertaining, stimulating and productive Monday sound more appealing to you? Enjoy!

Featured photo credit: Internet Tea Time by Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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