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10 Ways To Get Out Of Your Own Way And Get Things Done

10 Ways To Get Out Of Your Own Way And Get Things Done

You probably have plenty of reasons why you don’t get things done. Many of them are outside of your control. But instead of focusing on things you can’t control, focus on the biggest barrier, the one which you have the most control over: you.

You’re probably standing in your own way, so here are 10 things that will help you get out of your own way. Even if you do only three, you’ll finally be able to get things done.

1. Remember why you are doing it

Knowing why you are doing something is critical to getting it done. Humans hate doing things for no reason. Whether it’s washing the dishes, starting a business or filling out job applications, it must contribute to some larger purpose. If it doesn’t, quit doing it.

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    2. Think about the outcome

    What are you going to get from doing this thing? When you don’t feel like doing it, focus on the outcome you’re seeking. Think about how that outcome will make your life better, no matter how big or small the improvement is. If that outcome doesn’t excite you, that’s probably why you aren’t doing it. Cross it off the list.

    3. Focus on the important stuff

    Nothing will drain your energy faster than working on or putting off tedious things that won’t move you toward your goal. For example, if you’re starting a business, stop moving commas and periods around in your business plan and go out and talk to some prospects. Sell something or get feedback to improve. Focusing on what will make a difference will motivate you and skyrocket your results.

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      4. Listen to music

      There’s a reason music is so popular. It has a huge effect on how you feel. Use it as a tool to change your mood to whatever you want it to be. Create a playlist of songs that motivate the crap out of you. Play it while you work and while you procrastinate.

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      5. When you get tired, move around

      Do some jumping jacks, some simple exercises, or (my personal favorite) just dance like an idiot for a few minutes. Despite common beliefs, you actually get energy from being active. Your body did not evolve to sit at a computer and work for hours at a time. You can do it, but you have to work to create the energy. Combine with point #4 for accelerated results.

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        6. When you get frustrated, meditate

        You’re probably thinking too much. Calm down. Sit in a comfortable spot, relax and take some deep breaths to clear your mind for 10 minutes. If you really want to boost your productivity, meditate before you get frustrated in order to keep your mind clear, stay relaxed and avoid the frustration that stops you from getting things done.

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        7. Stop comparing yourself to other people

        You know the feeling. You’re working on something and you suddenly stop in despair because you realize it’s not going to be as good as [insert celebrity, colleague, friend, relative] would do it. It stops you in your tracks. You say to yourself, “Why bother? It’s going to suck anyway.” First, this is probably not true. You are probably just as good or better than that person. Second, even if you can’t do it as well as that person, no problem. This is practice to make you better. Either way, there’s no reason to stop.

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          8. Give up the ridiculous idea of perfection

          Perfection is a theoretical concept that does not exist in reality. You are probably waiting until the conditions are just right for it to be perfect. It will never be. That’s cool. You only have two choices: imperfect or nothing. Stop waiting to learn one more thing, get one more opinion, or make one last tweak. Just be OK with imperfection.

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          9. Pat yourself on the back — a lot

          Your need for instant gratification is probably keeping you from getting things done. You’re jumping over to Facebook to see if anyone has commented on your status, or checking Twitter for an endorphin rush. You’ll probably get it there. But if you read this far, you want to get things done. Instead of turning to social media for instant gratification, tell yourself how awesome you are after you accomplish each little thing. I’m doing that after I write each of these 10 things. It works.

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            10. Help someone else

            We love to help each other. It’s addictive for humans. When you are working on a project and just can’t seem to move forward, pick up the phone and call someone you can help. Offer some advice, feedback or expertise. This will give you a feeling of accomplishment. You’ll feel good about yourself and happy that you’ve contributed to someone else’s life. That’s a much better endorphin source than Facebook.

            There are always external things you can’t control. They suck, but focusing on them won’t do any good. Focus on any three of these 10 things to get more done and feel better about what you have accomplished.

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            How to Increase Brain Power: 10 Simple Ways to Train Your Brain

            How to Increase Brain Power: 10 Simple Ways to Train Your Brain

            How often do you think about your brain? Do you ever stop to marvel at its incredible power and supreme cleverness? Or at least check in and give it a little spring clean and a recharge it from time to time?

            If you’re like the majority, then your answer will likely be “no”.

            Astoundingly, we only use around 10% of our brains yet we seldom think to invest in a little training every now and then.

            For a long time, scientists believed that we were stuck with the brain we were born with! Luckily for us, that hypothesis has gone out the window!

            Enter neuroplasticity – a new theory that has proven one very incredible fact: Our brains can change.

            This means, if you’re not very intelligent in one area – that’s OK! You have the option to literally ‘change that area of your brain’ through some little trainings.

            Your brain is a muscle. You need to exercise it regularly.

            The exciting thing is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to increase your brain capacity. All you need to do is invest some time to regularly train your brain.

            So how to increase brain power?

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            Here are 10 simple ways to increase your brain power and improve your intelligence!

            1. Do something new

            When you experience something ‘new’, that actually ‘stimulate’ your brain!

            Don’t get stuck in a rut doing the same old things – the only way to change the structure of your brain is to do something new. This creates new neural pathways, increasing your intelligence level.

            You could take a new route to work, try a new recipe for dinner, or even a new form of exercise – mix them up!

            2. Ditch the GPS

            Gone are the days of map reading! Sat Nav may have made our lives easier, it has also made our brains lazier and less efficient at the same time!

            Go back to the old school and use a map to navigate every now and then. This exercises the part of your brain responsible for understanding spatial relationships.

            3. Ban the calculator

            Remember back at school when we were taught to use our brains to do simple sums like times tables? It’s incredible how we now rely on devices like smart-phones and laptops to calculate really simple equations.

            Resist the urge to work things out using an external device and use the device you were born with – your brain!

            4. Be curious

            Instead of taking everything at face value, get into the habit of questioning everyday things/products, services that you come into contact with.

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            By being ‘curious’ and questioning everything, you force your brain to innovate and create new ideas.

            Curiosity may have killed that cat but it created super important things like electricity and computers!

            5. Think positive

            Stress and anxiety kill existing brain neurons and also stop new neurons from being created.

            Research has shown that positive thinking, especially in the future tense, speeds up the creation of cells and dramatically reduces stress and anxiety.

            Try and get a handle on negative thoughts and make an effort to replace them with positive ones.

            Not sure how to do it? Take a look at this article:

            How to Turn Off Negative Thoughts in Your Mind

            6. Exercise regularly

            It’s been proven that regular exercise helps to increase brain function and enhances neurogenesis. This means that every time you exercise, you are creating new brain cells!

            Here’re 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise, get off the couch and get moving!

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            Your brain will thank you for it.

            7. Train your memory

            How often do you hear people say “I wish I had a better memory!’ Yet no-one does anything about this!

            If you discipline yourself to memorize phone numbers and other important numbers (passport, credit card, insurance, driving license) you will start to see a marked improvement in your memory.

            8. Eat healthy

            Our diets have a HUGE impact on brain function. Our brains consume over 20% of all nutrients & oxygen that we consumed – so remember to feed your brain with the good stuff! (i.e. fresh fruit and veg & plenty of OMEGA 3 oils found in oily fish)

            Here’re more healthy foods that will boost your brain power:

            10 Healthy Foods That Make You Smarter

            9. Read a book

            Reading relieves tension and stress, which is brain-cell killers because it’s a form of escapism.

            Research has also shown that using your imagination is a great way to train your brain because you force your mind to ‘picture’ what you are imagining. Reading is a great way to trigger your imagination!

            Reading every day helps your thinking and imagination, learn more about it here:

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            10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

            10. Get enough sleep

            Sleep is like a mini detox for the brain. This is when your body regenerates cells and removes all the toxins that have built up during the day.

            Get to bed between the hours of 9pm and midnight to benefit from the most effective hours of sleep!

            If you have difficulty sleeping, you should read this guide:

            The Ultimate Night Routine Guide: Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

            An intelligent brain comes from hard work

            If you do take my suggestion and do these things consistently, you’ll soon realize your brain is sharper and you can remember more stuff.

            You don’t need to do everything all at once, pick one to two and start making them your daily habit.

            Intelligence comes from hard work. Make effort to train your brain and you’ll become smarter.

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