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7 Ways Blogging Can Help Organize And Improve Yourself

7 Ways Blogging Can Help Organize And Improve Yourself

Okay, perhaps you haven’t noticed this but there’s too much information out there these days. I mean check out something online, anything, let’s just say ‘juniper’ and the info jumps out at you – juniper berries, a juniper shrub, firewall, certification, and a park. All you wanted was a bush, really, and the best way to plant it. Now you’re confused. There MUST be an effective way to organize yourself, your ideas and your goals; that or end up as a tangled mess.

Once upon a time people were encouraged to write journals to keep their thoughts in order. Children were presented with leather bound diaries by hopeful parents. Every night little girls would take their baths and sit up in bed in curlers, sharpened pencils in hand ready to write ‘Dear Diary… my mother taught me how to crochet a scarf today.’ But you can’t do that now, I mean you can crochet a scarf if you’re so inclined and you’ll find out how to do it online, all fifty-seven ways. But you don’t write diaries any more. It’s too nerdish and we’re a bit more social now. These are, you know, the days of Facebook and Twitter and Reddit and stuff like that. Just this morning I heard, they’ve come up with a toothbrush that is linked to a smart phone. Really, I’m not making this up. After 2.5 minutes of solid brushing, the brush goes and tells on you to your dental hygienist about your dental decay. So no, you don’t write a diary any more, you blog and let as many people as possible know that you have cavities; because they’re going to find out anyway and a host of other reasons. Blogging is the modern dear diary, the way you organize and improve in today’s world. And this is how you do it.

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    Decide.

    One fine morning you wake up and decide you want to do something… say you want to sell your grandmother. Think about it, make up your mind. Done? What do you do next?

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    Collect data.

    You get all the information you can on the subject. How old is she? Teeth all there? Knee/hip replacements? If she has titanium implants she’ll be worth more, and so on. As you find out this information you share it on your blog. How did you get it? Who did you speak to? Who else in the family is helping you sell her? Why do you hate your grandmother? You have an audience so share your information.

    Organize your data and your thoughts.

    You need to be very clear why you’re doing this, and how, and what you want at the end of the exercise. Writing it out will help. Write about the time you first realized how you felt. Write about how your feelings changed or did not change. Write about what you plan to do with the money. Keep your goals in sight. Keep your readers in the loop.

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    Improve yourself.

    There’s no point in doing things by halves. Catch yourself if you find yourself doing this. This is about self improvement. For example, you can’t sell your grandmother in several small installments. She may not last that long. It has to be fifty percent up front and fifty percent when the deal is signed. Be firm. Learn to control your emotions. Put this down, keep your audience informed.

    Track your progress.

    It’s a competitive market out there with other grandmothers for sale. You win some, you lose some, but you need to know either way. You blog it. You log it. You track it. Make sure your readers see that graph climb. And if the graph doesn’t grow, keep tabs on it as it goes down, and find out why it’s plunging. It’ll prevent you from making the same mistake twice. UN-fog yourself: Explain your thoughts to yourself and to your audience. Make it clear that you want to sell her, not keep her, lease her out, or loan her to a museum.

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    Know the market.

    Listen to what your readers say. Do they want her? Do they think your price is right? Should you offer two for the price of one?

    Blog.

    Keep a short, simple, informative, and interesting blog. Get an audience; keep your audience; and at the end of the day: hit your goals. ‘Bye Gran.

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    Published on April 16, 2019

    How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

    How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

    When was the last time you did something for yourself?

    Whether it was deciding to treat yourself with a little something or travel for some R&R, how often do you practice self-care?

    Well, as good as above sounds, there’s a common misconception that many of us have about self-care: that it’s only about indulgence and enjoyment.

    However, self-care goes far beyond indulgence. It’s actually about respecting your mind and body, understanding its limits, and being able to take care of every part of yourself, in a holistic way.

    And, you really don’t have to go to extreme measures or do anything specific–like meditating or following a plant based diet–in order to practice self-care. You just have to make sure that what you’re doing is in your best interests.

    So how can you make that happen?

    Below are a few proven methods that will help you become a better version of you. Follow through with these regularly and you’ll be well on your way to living your very best life.

    Listen to Yourself

    The bulk of self-care is knowing yourself.

    This means knowing your body’s limitations, and being in tune with your feelings, emotions and thoughts. So it’s important, then, to know who you are and what you want to do in life, in order to truly say that you know yourself. 

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    What is your purpose?

    Have you ever thought about this question?

    Your purpose doesn’t have to remain the same throughout your life. What you found a purpose in at age 19 would likely be different at age 49.

    In your current situation, think about the different roles that you have – as a working professional, a spouse, a partner, a parent, etc.

    Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose through any of these roles?

    All you have to do is ensure that what you’re chasing is meaningful to you; this will bring focus and motivation as you strive to achieve your goals.

    If you have your purpose defined, then that’s awesome! You know what drives you and why.

    But, if you don’t feel like you have a purpose nailed down, it’s good to start by asking why.

    For example, why are you working in your particular job or industry? If the reason is vague or unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same. In which case, you may find yourself not having a direction for where you’re headed in life.

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    If you’d like to learn more about finding your purpose, then I recommend you check out this article:

    How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

    Seek Out Continuous Education

    Now, this may seem less common when you think of self-care, but lifelong learning is incredibly useful and an important component of taking care of yourself.

    It’s Super Practical

    Lifelong learning is extremely practical these days and does not require as much effort as it may have in the past. Long gone are the days when you could only find information on something by visiting a library. In this day of the internet, anything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

    You don’t need to physically go to a learning institution to learn. You can watch Youtube videos to learn new skills, take online courses to earn a degree, and scroll through an endless amount of articles, books and journals from reputable news and informative sites.

    When you’re constantly pushing yourself to learn and take up new things, your mental health also improves. Research shows that an active and engaged mind is responsible for diminishing age-related memory loss and improves overall cognitive abilities.

    Your Confidence Will Skyrocket

    You’ll also have improved self worth as it teaches you to step outside of your comfort zone, which will undoubtedly improve your confidence.

    You’ll also connect better with others by expanding your knowledge base. Learning exposes you to a multitude of new ideas and perspectives that you may have otherwise never considered. This also increases your adaptability. Whether it’s at work or just wanting to adapt to society, your peers, and loved ones, life long learning prepares you to take on new challenges.

    You’ll Be More Desired in the Job Market

    Another obvious reason for continuous education, is that your employability will also increase.

    With the ever changing economy, and huge influences from technology, social media, science etc., job descriptions today are moving targets. Assignments and roles change so quickly in response to changing business demands, it becomes a Herculean task to keep a job description database current.

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    In years past, stability was a characteristic of the world of work. Procedures, information, jobs, and organizations were established and provided continuity. Education was completed in the first 14 to 22 years of one’s life, followed by a long career occasionally punctuated by short-term job training.

    Today, however, jobs, companies, and technology are disappearing and being created simultaneously. To remain current and maintain a competitive advantage in the human capital marketplace, an individual is challenged to continually learn.

    People return to school at every age to enrich their skills and knowledge for their current positions. Some even prepare themselves for new jobs or career changes, moving them forward into new opportunities and technology.

    We can be assured that we will be challenged to continue to learn new tasks and information throughout our lives. Successful careers belong to flexible, curious learners who are prepared for opportunities because they know themselves and where they make their best contribution. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management stated,

    “Knowledge is choice.”

    Lifelong learning also increases social awareness and perspective. To genuinely understand and empathize with others, increase social awareness, and foster strong interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek out new perspectives. Enhancing the skills that positively impact emotional intelligence can bring even greater happiness and success, both personally and at work; and, this is all part of self-care.

    Improve Your Habits (Both at Work and at Home)

    Now, the last piece of advice I want to introduce to your self-care regimen, is to improve your habits.

    Habits define who you are, and are built up over time. You are what you eat is a great example of this. If you make it a habit to eat foods that nourish your body, rather than make your body feel bad, then you will be much healthier overall.

    Good Habits Allow You to Reach Your Goals

    Since habits dictate your days and nights, such as waking up every morning to get to work before a certain time, or brushing your teeth before bedtime every night, they play a major role in whether we do or do not reach our goals.

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    When you form habits that allow you to progress towards your goals, you’re automatically living a purposeful day, everyday.

    Habits Make Your Time a Priority

    How do you spend your free time? Do you opt to lounge on the couch watching Netflix passively, or do you engage in activities that support your purpose in life?

    It’s natural to waste a lot of time during the day, but fostering good habits will make you set a pattern for how you spend your time and give you the choice of what you choose to spend your time on. By improving your habits, you’ll find that you can be a LOT more productive. When you create good habits, you become more efficient with your time and a lot less is wasted.

    This in essence creates an overall positive influence on your life, allowing you to treat your mind and body well, which is why improving your habits are so important to self-care.

    Your Well Being Comes First

    We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times.

    If you’ve ever watched the safety video onboard a plane, you’ll know that they always ask for a parent or adult to put on the safety mask first, before tending to the child. This may sound selfish, but the fact is that if you truly want to ensure the child’s safety, then your safety needs to come first so that you can protect and care for the child without complications from your end.

    The same goes for self-care. We need to ensure that our well being is priority, so that we can be the best for the people around us.

    Listening to yourself, practicing lifelong learning and improving your habits are steps that you can take to ensure you’re constantly in the best state of mind, alongside the indulgence and rest that you reward yourself with.

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