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10 Reasons To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone Now

10 Reasons To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone Now

“Get out of your comfort zone.”

We’ve heard these words from those cheerful, annoying, inspirational go-getters so often that they’ve become cliché:

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”
Stephen Hunt

“Move fast and break things.”
Mark Zuckerberg

Seriously?

And we look around at the government, at the economy, at our wars, at our marriages, at our jobs, and at our lives, and think, “How is getting out of my comfort zone going to change any of this?”

Well, it’s not. At least, not at first.

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But what it WILL do is make us feel better.

Even if feeling better is the only thing we get out of it, isn’t that worth making just a little bit of effort to drag ourselves to a lecture, read a book, paint our walls, plink on a guitar, learn how to say “thank you” in another language, or change our ringtone?

I mean, what the heck? What have we got to lose, other than a few minutes or maybe an hour of our lives? And then if it was a complete waste of time, we’re only out an hour and a little effort, and we can always go back to being boring old us again if we want to.

Then again, we might find getting out of our comfort zones strangely habit-forming. Here are 10 reasons you should get out of your comfort zone asap.

1. It’ll make you happy.

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    I’ll bet you weren’t in your comfort zone the last time you were absolutely giddy, were you?

    2. It’ll make you rich.

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      Rich people didn’t “buy into” the story that their financial situation was permanent. They got out of their comfort zones, and their lives got better.

      3. It’ll make you smart.

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        Smart people tend to ask irreverent questions and poke fun at established beliefs. Sometimes, they even think offending people is funny.

        4. It’ll make you creative.

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          Which is a heck of a lot more fun than being reactive.

          5. It’ll help the human species evolve.

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            What on EARTH was that lungfish thinking?

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            6. It’s not that hard.

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              You don’t have to overthrow the whole world at once; you can stage microrevolts and still be a conqueror.

              7. It’ll prove to you just how tough and resourceful you really are.

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                And you’re the most important one to please, right?

                8. It’ll put you in control of your life.

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                  Are you really gonna wait around for life to cooperate first? Good luck!

                  9. It’ll prepare you for the unexpected.

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                    If you regularly train your mental muscles, it’ll be easier for them to deal with those nasty ambushes.

                    10. It’ll wake you up and make you feel sharp and alive.

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                      Nothin’ like not knowing what the !#@% you’re doing to open the window to the stuffy closet of your mind!

                      Surprise! You’re on life’s Candid Camera—and if you smile, life might very well smile back at you!

                      Featured photo credit: Red, White, and Blue via flickr.com

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                      10 Best Task List Apps to Boost Productivity in 2020

                      10 Best Task List Apps to Boost Productivity in 2020

                      Organizational drag is anything that eats up time and keeps people from getting things done in time. Companies that wish to boost productivity do so by creating more efficient processes.

                      This also applies to individuals, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. Whether you work alone or as part of a team, it is important to use the right tools to boost productivity, and having an accessible and easily manageable task list can go a long way.

                      Here is a list of the top ten productivity apps that you can use to achieve more.

                      1. ToDoist

                        ToDoist is an awesome to-do task list app that is used by over 10 million people. To use the app, you just have to write down all the activities that you plan to do. The software will then interpret these activities and categorize the tasks accordingly.

                        For instance, if you create a task to go for lunch at noon with a friend, the app will automatically categorize this task as a meeting and will send you a reminder at the right time.

                        However, this app is more than a personal activity planner. You can use it to plan activities for the entire team. It is also good for planning entire projects, discussing details about the project, and monitoring the deadlines.

                        The basic functionality is free, but you can unlock premium features for $36 or $60 a year for full access.

                        Available on iOS and Android

                        2. monday.com

                          This productivity app lets you manage your workflows and tasks. It is a great tool for creating a task list and helping you have a clear view of your work and the status of each task.

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                          The app is a bit similar to a spreadsheet. However, it looks much nicer, and it allows you to toggle between multiple views. It gives you alerts and notifications, and it allows you to attach files as well as communicate with colleagues.

                          The features of Monday.com include a task board that can be customized to manage due date, hours spent, task status, and much more. Users can upload and attach files, make comments, mention members of their team, and more. It can also be integrated into Google Drive, Slack, GitHub, Jira, Dropbox, and many other platforms.

                          If you have problems setting it up, you can contact the customer via email or phone.

                          Available on iOS and Android

                          3. CloudApp

                            CloudApp is a great app for boosting productivity. It offers highly intuitive communication, which can help you save up to 56 hours a week. Your only problem will be deciding how you can utilize all the extra time.

                            Whether you are talking with a customer, colleague, or client, this app has all the features you need. With GIFs, screenshots, and image annotation, you no longer have to write lengthy emails. Instead, you can show people what you want them to do.

                            The app has over 3 million users. It has proven quite reliable when it comes to helping users to boost productivity. You can opt for the free version or you can opt for a $9 a month upgrade to access premium features.

                            Available on iOS

                            4. Quip

                              If you are working closely with members of your team, Quip is a great app for team activities. The platform combines spreadsheets, documents, slides, and chat. Its main strength is that it comes with a suite of Live Apps. You can use them to increase the functionality of Quip.

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                              Moreover, you will waste less time by being able to streamline the use of various tools. Quip is one of the most adaptable productivity apps in the world.

                              There are options to use connected tools to track time, manage work, and much more. Some of the integrations of Quip are Dropbox, Github, Slack, Salesforce, and much more. The app costs just $30 a month for 5 users.

                              Available on iOS and Android

                              5. Trello

                                Trello is an app that makes managing projects an easy task. This is made possible by the app’s Kanban philosophy. It is a visual and intuitive platform.

                                Users can break huge tasks into small chunks, making it useful for creating a task list. This is made possible by creating cards for each task. The cards can be organized into different columns, which are representative of various stages of the project. Once a task is complete, a card is moved from one column to the next.

                                The app is free but it comes with a premium plan with $9.99 a month.

                                Available on iOS and Android

                                6. Focus Keeper

                                  This app is perfect for those who wish to improve their work habits and minimize distractions while maintaining focus on current tasks. Focus Keeper is based on the Pomodoro technique. This method utilizes timeboxing to ensure each task is complete.

                                  This is more than a task list app. If you wish to understand how you work best, the app delivers a suite of tools that you can use to set up your workday. It tracks your hours, analyzes, checks interruptions, and much more. Some of the integrations of Focus Keeper are Trello, Asana, Todoist, Basecamp, Outlook, Google Keep, and many others.

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                                  The app costs $2.99 a month for those who wish to access premium features. It is accessible on Linux, iOS, Android, web, macOS, and Windows.

                                  Available on iOS and Android

                                  7. Quire

                                    This app is designed as a professional and personal to-do task list manager. The app has a very efficient and optimized design due to the developers’ philosophy on visual task management. It allows you to easily get updates and work with your teammates.

                                    The app also allows users to customize and choose templates based on their preferences. It is easy to use, but it helps you get things done. The app is currently free.

                                    Available on iOS and Android

                                    8. Asana

                                      This Kanban-style app is quite popular. It helps you visually organize your tasks. With this app, you can set deadlines, tasks, assignees, and visualize your workflow. It is quite popular and used by many people.

                                      The app features a sleek clutter-free design and comes with several integrations. As a result, it can be adapted to a wide range of projects. The app costs $9.99 a month.

                                      Available on iOS and Android

                                      9. Toggl

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                                        You can use this simple time tracker to help boost your team’s productivity. It works on different devices across several platforms, and it comes with numerous friendly reminders to ensure that you remember to keep it on. It usually sends you a report once you complete a task to help you make improvements next time.

                                        The app is free and those who wish to access premium features pay $9 a month.

                                        Available on iOS and Android

                                        10. Omni Focus

                                          This app is considered the gold standard of the to-do apps. Omni Focus delivers a huge number of features that can be used to sort, prioritize, and plan tasks. It features several ways to categorize tasks such as location, energy needed, and priority.

                                          It is only available on Apple devices and it costs $39.99 for the standard package.

                                          Available on iOS

                                          Summary

                                          All the apps above are great for boosting productivity. However, you will need to pick one that best suits your needs. Try a number of them out before you decide to settle on one.

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