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7 Productive Things You Can Do When There’s No Internet Access

7 Productive Things You Can Do When There’s No Internet Access

It is amazing how much we depend on the internet. Whether it is for business or play, we expect our connection to be available 24/7. I have no doubt that a lack of connectivity would stress you out, but you need to remember that you do have a life beyond the online world. An interruption from the internet could offer a powerful boost to your overall productivity. Here are 7 productive things you can do when there’s no internet access.

1. Clean Your Computer Clutter

Let’s say you have computer access but the internet is just down. When is the last time you checked your computer for spyware or malware that could be dragging down your computer performance? Go ahead and start up your program of choice and let it make sure you don’t have any viruses. If you’re looking for a suggestion, I’d recommend CCleaner, Malwarebytes, and Microsoft Security Essentials. While that is running, scan through your Downloads and Documents folders. Trash anything you don’t need and organize the rest in folders so you’ll be able to find it with ease. If you have to spend a full minute looking for a file you need, this might not seem like a big deal, but those minutes can add up to a lot of wasted time in the long-haul. Get organized now so you can be more productive in the future.

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2. Call a Friend

When is the last time you actually spoke to a close friend? Texting doesn’t count. Dial up a contact, ask how they are doing, and invite them out for lunch. You will come back feeling refreshed and ready to work.

3. Perform a Workout

There is no reason to stare at your computer screen while it cleans up your files, so go ahead and get a workout in so you’ll have more energy when it’s done. You could do a quick body-weight workout including squats, lunges, and push-ups or you could go outside for a run. Have a dog? Treat it to a nice walk at the park if you want to make its day.

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4. Read a Book

Are you fired-up and ready to work? Grab a self-help book that will offer valuable insight and motivation to keep your momentum building. Are you a bit exhausted and burned-out? Zone out with some leisure reading that will provide a much-needed distraction.

5. Catch Up on Real Life

When I get caught up in work stuff, my home reflects that fact. Piled-up dishes, a floor in dire need of vacuuming, a car full of random stuff, an empty refrigerator hungry for groceries, a work desk consumed with distracting clutter, and so on. Neglecting these general things builds up mental stress so take this opportunity to take care all of those things you have been putting off.

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6. Make a List

If your internet is down and you’re freaking out because you’re already behind, plan ahead to increase focus and alleviate stress. Write down everything you need to accomplish in order of importance. Decide how you will get the essentials done and delay anything that is non-essential. If you’re on a significant time-crunch, you could take your laptop to a coffee shop or library with Wi-Fi so you can get the important things done ASAP and take care of the rest later.

7. Reflect on Recent History

A lack of internet could boost your overall productivity by interrupting your daily schedule. When we get caught up in the hustle of living, it’s easy to forget to think about how effective we are really being. Grab a notebook and write down your thoughts. Could you eliminate unnecessary tasks that offer little benefit to your business? What would happen if you grouped similar tasks together so you could complete them all when you’re in the right frame of mind? Do you have any strengths most responsible for your success that you could use more frequently? Are there any new ideas you’ve been meaning to pursue but haven’t got around to yet? Have you stayed true to your original purpose or have you strayed off the path along the way? A little mindfulness will go a long way to achieving more success.

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How do you stay productive when you wake up to discover you have no internet access? 

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Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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