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6 Quick Ways To Check If You’re Doing Alright

6 Quick Ways To Check If You’re Doing Alright

As life is a new and unique experience to each and every one of us, it’s not uncommon to sometimes feel a little panicky about how we’re doing. We can also become overwhelmed by the complexity at all and forget the simple things, like checking in with ourselves to make sure we’re on the right track. Here we have 6 quick signs you can use to check that you’re doing alright from The Daily Zen:

Calmness.

Nothing is more fulfilling than an overarching sense of tranquility.  You have feelings and ups-and-downs, sure, but if your core remains strong and balanced, nothing can get in your way.  Live deliberately and passionately, but always come back to the anchor of your breath and your calmness.

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Emotion.

There is a difference between non-attachment and detachment.  Non-attachment means relaxing and realizing the future is out of your control and the past is a ghost.  Detachment is a bad thing; it’s when you lose touch with your emotions.  Do not respond to negativity by stifling your bad emotions.  Embrace them and learn from them.  Feel fully.  This is what being alive is all about.

Books.

We think in language, whether we like it or not.  The more you read, the more precise of an ability you have to express your thoughts as words.  Eloquent prose builds a sense of self and observation that can’t be found anywhere else.  Learn how to interpret your world from the masters of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  There is much to be discovered.

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Outcome independence.

We cannot predict the future.  No matter what your intentions, you can never really know how a situation you’re in is gonna turn out, or what will result from a given action.  The ideal modus operandi is to do the right thing and be productive and satisfied with your actions, all the while remaining indifferent to their outcomes.  What’s done is done, and all you can hope for is to continue making the decisions that sit well with you and those you love.

Nature.

If you take some time every day to get outside, you’re on the right track.  Nature is rejuvenating and humbling.  It jogs you out of the artificiality of the daily grind.  Even in a big city, feeling the warmth of the sun on your face or the subtle chirping of a bird can drastically improve your day.  If you don’t already take time to enjoy nature, start.  You can thank me later.

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Relationships.

Other people gravitate towards those who project positivity, creativity and confidence.  If you embody these qualities, chances are you are both living a fulfilling life and have surrounded yourself with people who affirm you.  If not, work on developing not surface-level relationships but deeply-rooted fulfilling ones.  Don’t settle for the ‘easy crowd’, the people who put on a mask or fake their emotions.  Find genuine people you really like.  It may take time, but once you do it you’ll both have a wonderful support system and great friends you can spend the rest of your life enjoying the company of.

The Daily Zen is a collection of quotes and articles to inspire creativity, productivity and intellectual curiosity.

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6 Signs You’re Doing Alright | The Daily Zen

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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