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5 Ways To Make Smarter Life Decisions

5 Ways To Make Smarter Life Decisions

One of the most important skills that you can teach yourself in life is how to make smarter decisions. We are all decision makers. Each and every day, we are faced with hundreds of decisions whether we realize it or not. All of your activities and daily actions are a result of a decision that you make. If you want to live a better life then it’s your responsibility to make smart decisions so that you don’t have any regret later on. Your future is created by the things that you do each and every second of the day. The clock is ticking… want to learn how to make smarter choices and live a life free of regrets? Then follow these five tips!

1. Identify Your Goals

The first step to making smarter life choices is to identify what your life goals really are. Write down a list of things that you would like to accomplish in life before death. This could be marriage, getting a college degree, staying fit, or obtaining a good paying job. After, you’ve finished your list, write down a list of things that you can do that will help you accomplish your goals. If you want to land a higher paying job then maybe you should go to college. If you want to get married but you don’t have much experience with relationships then you should work on changing that. Or if you want to stay fit then make sure that you follow daily workout routines. Whatever it is that you want to get out of life, identifying your goals and focus more of your time and energy on them is the first step towards making smarter life choices.

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2. Analyze The Pros and Cons

Now that you know exactly what you want to get out of life and you have a plan to accomplish your goals, you must examine the pros and cons of each of your daily actions. Ask yourself whether what you are doing right now, each and every day, is enough to accomplish your goals? Ask yourself whether you’re doing too much and should cut back or whether you’re doing too little?

When it comes to accomplishing a goal, it’s important that you find the right balance between life duties such as work/education and leisure activities such as goals/hobbies. You don’t want to neglect either one as they are both equally important. Make sure that each of your daily actions are intended to help you accomplish your goals or make you a better person.

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3. Learn From Your Mistakes

In order to make smarter decisions in life, you are going to have to learn from your own mistakes. Everyone has made a mistake in the past, whether big or small. Nobody’s perfect. Instead of putting yourself down for your past mistakes, you should take the time to learn from them. It’s best that you learn from your mistakes now instead of making the same mistake again! You never know when you might be faced with a similar challenge, so don’t overlook learning from a mistake.

4. Learn From Other People’s Mistakes

Not only is it important that you learn from your own mistakes but you should also take a look at other people and learn from things that they’ve done wrong. If you only focus on your own mistakes, you are limiting yourself from learning how to avoid mistakes that other people have made that you could make in the future. You should talk to people who are older than you and learn what they did wrong or regret in their lives so that you will be better prepared and avoid having the same fate.

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5. Follow Your Intuition

Follow your gut feeling or the voice inside of your head. If you feel that what you are doing is right then don’t hesitate, question yourself or let other people question you, just keep on doing it. If you feel that what you are doing is wrong or is negatively affecting your life then stop doing it. Things such as excessive drug usage, playing video games, walking alone at night, or eating unhealthy are things that you should avoid if you want live a life without regrets. Other things such as talking to your crush, going the extra mile at school or work, or wanting to help somebody are good things that you should be doing more often.

And remember, making smarter life decisions isn’t just about knowing whats right or wrong, it’s about actually doing what is right. The more things that you do in life that are right, the less regrets you will have. And not only is life about what you do, it’s also about what you don’t do. In life, not doing anything at all is just as bad as doing the wrong things.

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“A life spent making mistakes it only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernad Shaw

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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