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7 Ways To Train Yourself To Be More Mindful

7 Ways To Train Yourself To Be More Mindful

Mindfulness is all about being consciously aware of what goes on in your life. It seems like we are living in a society that is filled with so many distractions. These distractions take us away from enjoying the simple pleasures in life like walking in a park or watching a sunset.

 “In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility” – Victoria Moran

Being mindful can help you appreciate what you have and look forward to your future. There are ways to train you to be more mindful, whether it’s during work, at home with your family or while out on a jog. You can become more mindful starting today. Implement these 7 ways in your life and start appreciating your life!

1. Create that which you desire to exist

What in life do you truly want to experience? What is the journey that you want to go on? When it comes to becoming more mindful in life, it all starts with your vision. It’s about creating that which you desire to exist.

Living in a society with so many distractions can take us off track with our goals, dreams and ambitions in life. Stay focused on what you want to accomplish, whether you are experiencing sunny days or rainy days. Carry on even during the days when you feel like giving up. Be mindful of these days and continue to create that which you desire to exist.

2. Live life in alignment with your deepest values and beliefs

What are your deepest values and beliefs in life? What matters to you most? Reflect upon these questions and answer them honestly. Step away from any distractions and be in a quiet place.

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When you are able to live every single day in alignment with your deepest values and beliefs, you are making the mental decision to being mindful of your life.

When you are clear with your values and beliefs and live each day in alignment with these values and beliefs, you are consciously aware of your life.

When you are more mindful in life, you are aware of why you do what you do. You understand that the reason why you wake up in the morning and go to work is because you value your family and want to take care of them. You have a purpose for living each day. Find out your values and beliefs and start living through your actions every single day!

3. Unplug from the noise of society every once in a while and plug into your mind

Does it seem like you are constantly plugged into the latest trend or what’s going on Facebook? We live in a world filled with noise. Noise is everywhere. Whether it be when you drive down the road and see all the ads, fast food and stores or watching television and flipping through the different channels. We are constantly surrounded by noise.

If you want to train yourself to be more mindful, you must unplug from society every once in a while and plug into your mind. What emotions, feelings, thoughts are going on in your mind? Get in touch with these emotions and reflect upon what changes you need to make in your life.

When we continue to stay plugged into the noise of society, we can easily lose ourselves. How can you possibly be more mindful when you are experiencing so much noise? It’s near to impossible. Decide today to start unplugging from the noise and start plugging into your mind.

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4. What is the legacy that you want to leave behind?

“The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.” – Tavis Smiley

Take a few moments and answer this question. What do you want to be remembered by? It’s easy to get stuck in the routine and forget about why you do what you do.

When you take the time to think about the end in mind, you are becoming more mindful.

We are constantly running around so much that we barely have anytime to think. When we don’t have anytime to think, how can we possibly become more mindful? Focus on the legacy that you want to leave behind. Starting today, live each day in alignment with your legacy.

5. Through your actions, you will become mindful

It’s all about your actions. We can keep our thoughts, emotions and feelings inside, but in order to become more mindful, you need to express yourself through your actions.

You can either become more mindful in a negative way or a positive way. In this article, we are focusing on becoming more mindful in a positive way. Through your actions, you will become more consciously aware of the moment.

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For example, what do you think about when you are walking at a mall? Is your mind  thinking about what shops you need to go in or what should you cook for dinner tonight?

Be in the moment. Think about the way you walk. What is your posture like? When you take the time to think about your posture while you walk, you are becoming more mindful. You can apply this to anything else in your life. Next time you’re at the store, be consciously aware of how you walk. This will help you become more mindful.

6. Turn on your antennas to your purpose in life

Why do you wake up every single day? Do you have a reason that inspires you to wake up and start the day off right? Does it seem like you do the same routine 5 days a week?

You wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed and the routine starts all over again the next day. I like to call this routine a “draining routine.” Having a “draining routines” does nothing to help you become more mindful.

When you are able to be clear with your purpose in life, you can start living each day with mindfulness. You understand that everything you do is all about fulfilling your purpose.

First things first, reflect and be clear with your purpose, then keep your antennas up every single day so that you make sure that you are fulfilling your purpose.

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7. Be real with who you are

When it comes to training yourself to be more mindful, you need to be real. It would be a challenge to try to be more mindful when you are living a life that is fake and materialistic.

It’s important for you to always remain true to who you are and to be connected with your inner being. When you’re able to always be connected with your inner being, even during the rainiest of days, you will remain true to who you are. This will allow you to become more mindful.

It’s easy to start conforming to society, especially when you surround yourself with noise. Always be real with who you are. When you know who you are, you are more likely to be mindful with your life.

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Tiffany is a life coach empowering women to unleash their feminine essence & design a meaningful life & marriage.

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14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

Everyone has heard the term productivity, and people talk about it in terms of how high it is and how to improve it. But fewer know how to measure productivity, or even what exactly we are talking about when using the term “productivity.”

In its simplest form, the productivity formula looks like this: Output ÷ Input = Productivity.

For example, you have two salespeople each making 10 calls to customers per week. The first one averages 2 sales per week and the second one averages 3 sales per week. By plugging in the numbers we get the following productivity levels for each sales person.

For salesperson one, the output is 2 sales and the input is 10 sales: 2 ÷ 10 = .2 or 20% productivity. For salesperson two, the output is 3 sales and the input is 10 sales: 3 ÷ 10 = .3 or 30% productivity.

Knowing how to measure and interpret productivity is an invaluable asset for any manager or business owner in today’s world. As an example, in the above scenario, salesperson #1 is clearly not doing as well as salesperson #2.

Knowing this information we can now better determine what course of action to take with salesperson #1.

Some possible outcomes might be to require more in-house training for that salesperson, or to have them accompany the more productive salesperson to learn a better technique. It might be that salesperson #1 just isn’t suited for sales and would do a better job in a different position.

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Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to fine tune your business by minimizing costs and maximizing profits:

1. Identify Long and Short-Term Goals

Having a good understanding of what you (or your company’s) goals are is key to measuring productivity.

For example, if your company’s goal is to maximize market share, you’ll want to measure your team’s productivity by their ability to acquire new customers, not necessarily on actual sales made.

2. Break Down Goals Into Smaller Weekly Objectives

Your long-term goal might be to get 1,000 new customers in a year. That’s going to be 20 new customers per week. If you have 5 people on your team, then each one needs to bring in 4 new customers per week.

Now that you’ve broken it down, you can track each person’s productivity week-by-week just by plugging in the numbers:

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Productivity = number of new customers ÷ number of sales calls made

3. Create a System

Have you ever noticed that whenever you walk into a McDonald’s, the French fry machine is always to your left? 

This is because McDonald’s created a system. They have determined that the most efficient way to set up a kitchen is to always have the French fry machine on the left when you walk in.

You can do the same thing and just adapt it to your business.

Let’s say that you know that your most productive salespeople are making the most sales between the hours of 3 and 7 pm. If the other salespeople are working from 9 am to 4 pm, you can potentially increase productivity through something as simple as adjusting the workday.

Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to set up, monitor, and fine tune systems to maximize output.

4. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate!

We’ve already touched on using these productivity numbers to evaluate and monitor your employees, but don’t forget to evaluate yourself using these same measurements.

If you have set up a system to track and measure employees’ performance, but you’re still not meeting goals, it may be time to look at your management style. After all, your management is a big part of the input side of our equation.

Are you more of a carrot or a stick type of manager? Maybe you can try being more of the opposite type to see if that changes productivity. Are you managing your employees as a group? Perhaps taking a more one-on-one approach would be a better way to utilize each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

Just remember that you and your management style contribute directly to your employees’ productivity.

5. Use a Ratings Scale

Having clear and concise objectives for individual employees is a crucial part of any attempt to increase workplace productivity. Once you have set the goals or objectives, it’s important that your employees are given regular feedback regarding their progress.

Using a ratings scale is a good way to provide a standardized visual representation of progress. Using a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 is a good way to give clear and concise feedback on an individual basis.

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It’s also a good way to track long-term progress and growth in areas that need improvement.

6. Hire “Mystery Shoppers”

This is especially helpful in retail operations where customer service is critical. A mystery shopper can give feedback based on what a typical customer is likely to experience.

You can hire your own shopper, or there are firms that will provide them for you. No matter which route you choose, it’s important that the mystery shoppers have a standardized checklist for their evaluation.

You can request evaluations for your employees friendliness, how long it took to greet the shopper, employees’ knowledge of the products or services, and just about anything else that’s important to a retail operation.

7. Offer Feedback Forms

Using a feedback form is a great way to get direct input from existing customers. There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when using feedback forms.

First, keep the form short, 2-3 questions max with a space for any additional comments. Asking people to fill out a long form with lots of questions will significantly reduce the amount of information you receive.

Secondly, be aware that customers are much more likely to submit feedback forms when they are unhappy or have a complaint than when they are satisfied.

You can offset this tendency by asking everyone to take the survey at the end of their interaction. This will increase compliance and give you a broader range of customer experiences, which will help as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

8. Track Cost Effectiveness

This is a great metric to have, especially if your employees have some discretion over their budgets. You can track how much each person spends and how they spend it against their productivity.

Again, this one is easy to plug into the equation: Productivity = amount of money brought in ÷ amount of money spent.

Having this information is very useful in forecasting expenses and estimating budgets.

9. Use Self-Evaluations

Asking your staff to do self evaluations can be a win-win for everyone. Studies have shown that when employees feel that they are involved and their input is taken seriously, morale improves. And as we all know, high employee morale translates into higher productivity.

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Using self-evaluations is also a good way to make sure that the employees and employers goals are in alignment.

10. Monitor Time Management

This is the number one killer of productivity in the workplace. Time spent browsing the internet, playing games, checking email, and making personal calls all contribute to lower productivity[1].

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    The trick is to limit these activities without becoming overbearing and affecting morale. Studies have shown that most people will adhere to rules that they feel are fair and applied to everyone equally.

    While ideally, we may think that none of these activities should be done on company time, employees will almost certainly have a different opinion. From a productivity standpoint, it is best to have policies and rules that are seen as fair to both sides as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

    11. Analyze New Customer Acquisition

    We’ve all heard the phrase that “It’s more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep an existing one.” And while that is very true, in order for your business to keep growing, you will need to continually add new customers.

    Knowing how to measure productivity via new customer acquisition will make sure that your marketing dollars are being spent in the most efficient way possible. This is another metric that’s easy to plug into the formula: Productivity = number of new customers ÷ amount of money spent to acquire those customers.

    For example, if you run any kind of advertising campaign, you can compare results and base your future spending accordingly.

    Let’s say that your total advertising budget is $3,000. You put $2,000 into television ads, $700 into radio ads, and $300 into print ads. When you track the results, you find that your television ad produced 50 new customers, your radio ad produced 15 new customers, and your print ad produced 9 new customers.

    Let’s plug those numbers into our equation. Television produced 50 new customers at a cost of $2,000 (50 ÷ 2000 = .025, or a productivity rate of 2.5%). The radio ads produced 15 new customers and cost $700 (15 ÷ 700 = .022, or a 2.2% productivity rate). Print ads brought in 9 new customers and cost $300 (9 ÷ 300 = .03, or a 3% return on productivity).

    From this analysis, it is clear that you would be getting the biggest bang for your advertising dollar using print ads.

    12. Utilize Peer Feedback

    This is especially useful when people who work in teams or groups. While self-assessments can be very useful, the average person is notoriously bad at assessing their own abilities.

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    Just ask a room full of people how many consider themselves to be an above average driver and you’ll see 70% of the hands go up[2]! Now we clearly know that in reality about 25% of drivers are below average, 25% are above average, and 50% are average.

    Are all these people lying? No, they just don’t have an accurate assessment of their own abilities.

    It’s the same in the workplace. Using peer feedback will often provide a more accurate assessment of a person’s ability than a self-assessment would.

    13. Encourage Innovation and Don’t Penalize Failure

    When it comes to productivity, encouraging employee input and adopting their ideas can be a great way to boost productivity. Just make sure that any changes you adopt translate into higher productivity.

    Let’s say that someone comes to you requesting an entertainment budget so that they can take potential customers golfing or out to dinner. By utilizing simple productivity metrics, you can easily produce a cost benefit analysis and either expand the program to the rest of the sales team, or terminate it completely.

    Either way, you have gained valuable knowledge and boosted morale by including employees in the decision-making process.

    14. Use an External Evaluator

    Using an external evaluator is the pinnacle of objective evaluations. Firms that provide professional evaluations use highly trained personnel that even specialize in specific industries.

    They will design a complete analysis of your business’ productivity level. In their final report, they will offer suggestions and recommendations on how to improve productivity.

    While the benefits of a professional evaluation are many, their costs make them prohibitive for most businesses.

    Final Thoughts

    These are just a few of the things you can do when learning how to measure productivity. Some may work for your particular situation, and some may not.

    The most important thing to remember when deciding how to track productivity is to choose a method consistent with your goals. Once you’ve decided on that, it’s just a matter of continuously monitoring your progress, making minor adjustments, and analyzing the results of those adjustments.

    The business world is changing fast, and having the right tools to track and monitor your productivity can give you the edge over your competition.

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