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Lucid Dreaming: This Is How You Can Control Your Dreams

Lucid Dreaming: This Is How You Can Control Your Dreams

Your Lucid Dreaming Adventures Can Start This Week

Lucid dreaming is a hybrid state of consciousness. It is the dream state where you understand that you are dreaming and are able to essentially do anything your brain conjures up. In this elevated state, it is possible to live out your wildest fantasies, or even unlock your subconscious mind.The process of realizing you are dreaming organically isn’t easy to achieve, but the payoffs are well worth the effort.

1. Start a dream journal

The key to becoming lucid is dream recollection and consistent thought about your dreams. Keeping a dream journal accomplishes both of these things. A dream journal can be as simple as a spiral notebook or as personalized as a leather bound journal. The purpose is the same regardless.

Store your journal and a pen somewhere very close to where you sleep each night. As soon as you wake up, initiate dream recall. Write down everything you remember about your dreams as quickly as possible. The more details the better! On top of doing this every time you wake up, actually read your own journal entries and reflect on every dream you’ve had.

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2. Perform reality checks during the day

Physics tend to get fuzzy in dreams, not excluding lucid dreaming. Reality checks help us perceive whether or not we are dreaming. Start this process by using simple reality checks in your waking life. Flip the light switch on and off a few times when you enter a room. While you do this be consciously aware and note in your mind what you are doing and that you are awake. Find a couple of reality checks that are natural to you, that way when you do finally become lucid in your dreaming you can easily validate this to yourself.

My personal favorite reality check it to look at my feet recognize that I am grounded by gravity. When I am having a lucid dream I can distinguish this because I’m easily able to hover a few inches off the ground. Perform at least ten reality checks a day if you want to quickly become lucid at night.

3. Meditate at least two times a day

It’s very important to have a clear head when you go to sleep, especially when making attempts at lucid dreaming for the first time. Meditation is something that promotes a healthy mindset all around. Mental well-being should be a priority for everyone, as it transcends into other avenues of life, including how you dream.

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Meditate once at any comfortable point in your day and then again half an hour before you go to sleep. This method of meditation should give you plenty of time to be reflective on your day and compose yourself before your lucid dreaming adventures.

4. Take supplements that aid in lucid dreaming

Although this step isn’t completely necessary to your success, taking dream enhancing supplements can significantly boost your level of deep sleep also known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. This is the state of sleep where you are most likely to dream. The healthier you are in general, the healthier your dream cycles.

Make sure to start by taking a daily multivitamin and add in extra magnesium, choline, and fish oil, which all support healthy brain function. Melatonin is also a natural and effective sleep aid. As always, if you have any health problems or take any medication, check with your doctor before you start taking new supplements.

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5. Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD)

Most people remember someone telling them to ‘count sheep’ to shut off your brain and fall asleep. Although it seems a little silly this approach actually works. Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams or MILD is a process or repetition.

MILD is an exercise that is rehearsed, either out loud or silently in your head, right before you drift off to sleep. Repeat a phrase like “I will dream tonight, and I will be aware that I am dreaming,” over and over again until you drift off. Be sure to come up with your own mnemonic phrase related to the one above. The more you can relate to your rehearsal, the more powerful it will be.

6. Spend an hour or more a day researching lucid dreaming

There are many free resources available online related to lucid dreaming. Devote a minimum of an hour a day to self educating yourself on the subject. Control Your Dreams by Tom Stafford is an in depth and name your own price ebook with a vast amount of relevant information. The website World of Lucid Dreaming is another great resource.

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Remember to never get frustrated if you don’t have a lucid dream as quickly as you’d like to. If you follow all of these guidelines there is a good chance you will be able to dream lucidly, but there is no guarantee. Like most things in life, the more dedication and effort you put into this, the more likely you are to become lucid during your dreams.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

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.

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.

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

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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.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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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.

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.

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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.

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)

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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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