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Motivational Tips to Hack Your Day

Motivational Tips to Hack Your Day
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    Admittedly most of struggle with increasing workloads. Getting through a regular day isn’t as straight forward anymore as it was maybe ten years ago. With the increased pressures we face every day, it only makes sense to find ways that help us hack our days to keep some sort of mental balance.

    The sooner we take back control, the more we can eventually relax and enjoy life.

    A definition of “hack” was found to explain:

    one who works hard at boring tasks

    It starts at the beginning

    Before we even attempt to try a day hack we need to look back and write down the biggest hurdles we face every day to get things done. Perhaps they are:

    • doing the washing
    • paying bills
    • cleaning up the house
    • feeding the family
    • write correspondence
    • finish tasks for work
    • etc.

    Either way, most of us have certain things that are part of every day. If not, we do have at least a weekly schedule that prompts us to act on these things.

    The problems start when we lack will

    Let’s face it, we don’t really get excited to clean the house or wash the dishes. Nor do we feel that paying bills is a task we can’t wait to perform. Trouble is, that since most of us hate to do all the necessary things we need to, we often fall behind and as a result start stressing out when we realize we just missed an important deadline.

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    You probably felt like this many times in your life before.

    But how do we turn boring tasks into an exciting experience?

    Claim back the excitement in your day

    To claim back your day and start to have some measures of fun despite all the hard work we do and the responsibilities we have, we can do a few simple things. These things will serve to have us relaxed, instead of stressed out at the end of every day. Not only will we be able to gain back some valuable time, but often we’ll sleep much better as a result.

    Which will give us more energy to get even more done!

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    Start off by:

    1. Planning for the week ahead. Plan you meals, shopping and when to pay bills. The best day to do this would be Sunday evening, involving the whole family and turning it into some fun night including pizza, soft drinks and the works if you will.

      This will also allow your children to make valuable contributions on how to get more done with less fuss. As a result you will all get more valuable quality time during the week and feel much more happy.

    2. Before you leave the house each morning for work/school spend 30 minutes to clean up. Get the kids to clean up their own room and reward them with “brownie” points if they do. Those points can then be accumulated to earn them a cinema ticket or similar. It doesn’t have to cost the world.

      As for you, you’ll love coming home to a clean environment and if you do this regularly your house will always be clean (but still lived in).

    3. Choose a set day to pay your bills each week. Often they are due on a Monday (at least here in Australia they are). So use Monday mornings before work to pay them. Even better, to save more time put them on automatic payments.
    4. Divide work between family members. Even if mum/dad is a stay at home mum/dad, it doesn’t mean she/he will have to be everybody’s slave at the end of the day. She/he too deserves a break and some time to herself/himself.

      Get the kids involved! The sooner they learn to clean up after themselves, the better they will fare as young adults – plus you’ll get to relax more instead of running after them all the time.

    5. Do all you shopping at once. Shopping is an essential necessity. Some of us love it, others don’t. But instead of running to the shops every night to pick up this and that, plan ahead and shop weekly. You will not only save time but also money by buying in bulk.
    6. To save time cooking you can prep meals ahead of time. Sometimes when we cook a certain meal, it would be beneficial to cook more and freeze for another time.

      Or else you can do all the prep work on one day of the week. Chop and cut all your vegetables, store them in snap lock containers in the fridge and when it is time to cook you will be done before you know it.

    The more ways we find to work smart at home, the more we can enjoy time off work at the end of every day. In a world that is increasingly putting more and more demands on us this has never been more important.

    Perhaps you’d like to share your own tips on you hack your days for more personal time.

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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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