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9 Exercises You Should Practice Every Day To Boost Your Confidence

9 Exercises You Should Practice Every Day To Boost Your Confidence

Self-confidence is a very powerful tool which can help us a lot in life. It helps us enjoy every moment we live in a better way and live our life to the fullest. However, many of us lack this spirit, for which we have to remain far from realizing our potential. But you don’t need to worry even if you haven’t got it yet. Self-confidence can not be developed overnight but you need continuous application and persistent preparation on your part. If you do small things, one at a time on a regular basis, you’ll surely get there.

Here are the 10 exercises you should practice every day to boost your confidence and uncover the world, full of potential for you.

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1. Have a positive outlook towards life.

Always take a positive outlook towards life, finding something pleasant and in even the worst situations. Try to be happy with what you have, what you can do and where you stand today. You need not limit yourself to certain things forever but being pleased with your achievements until now will help you be a lot more confident. One of the most common reasons people lack confidence is that they feel they do not have enough and they can do nothing about what they want or need. You should build positive approach towards life and believe you can get things done, if you put your maximum efforts. This will surely help boost your confidence.

2. Groom yourself properly.

Groom yourself properly, take care of your personal hygiene and dress yourself appropriately. Feel happy looking at yourself in the mirror. If you can feel happy about the way you look, you avoid all sorts of self-conscious thoughts about you not looking good and others not fancying you. Organizing yourself in the best way you can, will not only help you gain others’ appreciation but also feel good about yourself and it’s the most important factor to build up your self-confidence.

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3. Be prepared and at your best.

A lot of times we are not able to execute things in the best manner, often on grand stages and huge occasions, largely due to the lack of preparation. This can have far-reaching consequences. On one hand, we won’t be able to perform at our best level at the time. Furthermore, on the long run, we may begin to doubt ourselves and get to believe that we can never do things in a better way. This can derail our future endeavors too, trapping us in a vicious circle. But we can avoid this by preparing for the occasion, even if it’s a trivial one and giving our best for it. Gradually, one step after another, we’ll feel we can excel too and this will gradually boost our confidence a lot.

4. Consume healthy and balanced diet.

You may be wondering what sort of role food can have to boost your confidence. But believe me, we’re undermining the role of balanced diet in building self-confidence and life as a whole too. A healthy and balanced diet keeps us fit and the chances of catching most ailments are easily off. Being in the best possible shape and good health instills in us the feel good factor and we’re ready for most of the challenges. One has the zeal and energy to take part in happenings going round the corner, in a highly enthusiastic and passionate way. This will work a long way to make you believe in yourself and feel confident across all situations. 5. Inch a step closer to your dream.

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All of us have our own dreams. Some of us want to be a successful writer, some to become a great musician one day and some to become a successful footballer one day. We cherish those dreams and live by them and they add a great meaning to our lives. We should try to inch a step closer to fulfilling our dream day after day, even if the step seems of little worth, looking at the big picture. This will help us enjoy our life, feel good about ourselves and we develop the feeling that life is beautiful, after all. And when you feel good about yourself, you’re confident about yourself as well.

6. Perform physical exercises.

Perform physical exercises every day in whatever way you find appropriate. This can range from jogging and working out in the gym to taking part in competitive sports. By performing these physical exercises, you will get yourself into great shape and become a fit individual. While doing the exercises, you can also make new friends along the way and develop reinvigorated spirits. Physical efforts, whether you’re jogging or working in the garden, can release endorphins and improve your mood and confidence overall.

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7. Stop negative and worrying thoughts.

Stop worrying and developing negative thoughts, constantly worrying about the circumstances and feeling worthless. If you can change things for better, just do it, whatever way you can. And, if you can do nothing about it, why all those constant worries and helplessness? Let go of things. If you couldn’t work it out this time, try your luck next time around or on some other thing. Negative thoughts are highly detrimental to person’s development and well-being. Avoiding negative thoughts and cultivating positive thoughts on everyday basis, can lead you a long way to being much confident about yourself.

8. Enjoy the moment you’re living in.

It might be hard for many of us but the best way to build the self-confidence and succeed in life as well is to focus completely on the moment one is living in. Allowing yourself to think about bad times or something unpleasant that happened during the day will only trigger negative thoughts in us and is highly detrimental to our self-confidence. We will feel bad about ourselves and cannot perform at our best level too on the thing we’re currently working on. So live in the moment, cherish it, try to do your best and enjoy it. This way, you’ll make the best of every occasion and feel a lot better about yourself and the surroundings you’re living in. So no turning your mind to some depressing thoughts next time around when you’re at work.

9. Remember who short and precious life is.

Remember every day that life is very short and you may never have a second chance. So make the best out of the first chances you get. Always act with self-belief and always believe that you can succeed, even when it seems a distant possibility. Work every day, even in a small way, to realize your dreams and enjoy every moment you live. Listen to your heart and go all out to take it where it really wants to go. Never undermine the power of self-confidence. You are what you feel and act. Do the things you enjoy and love to do — as long as they don’t interfere with anyone else’s ability to do the same!

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What Is Block Scheduling? (And How It Boosts Productivity)

What Is Block Scheduling? (And How It Boosts Productivity)

On August 6, 1991, the world changed forever when the internet became publicly available. Less than 30 years later, our lives have been irrevocably transformed. We can now learn, explore, and communicate 24/7, which is both amazing and, as we all know, hazardous to our productivity[1]. This is why the question, “What is block scheduling?” has become important.

To be clear, the internet isn’t life’s only distraction, and while productivity has become a huge buzzword in recent years, it’s simply a measure of progress: Are you doing what matters most? Actively moving toward your goals?

Author Neil Pasricha writes in Harvard Business Review[2]:

“As our world gets busier and our phones get beepier, the scarcest resource for all of us is becoming attention and creative output. And if you’re not taking time to put something new and beautiful out in the world, then your value is diminishing fast.”

Most entrepreneurs relate deeply to this sentiment. Pasricha solved his own productivity challenges by instituting “untouchable days” that shield him from texts, phone calls, meetings, alerts, or appointments of any kind. He says these focused sessions have enabled him to produce his most creative and rewarding work.

I love Pasricha’s approach, but it’s not always realistic for me. As the founder and CEO of JotForm, I need to weigh in on a variety of daily decisions, from hiring to product roadmaps to financial planning. I suspect other founders feel the same way. Yet, I do believe in the power of focused work, which is also why I recommend block scheduling.

What Is Block Scheduling?

Entrepreneurs often flaunt their multitasking as a badge of honor. After all, starting a business is a tug-of-war between competing priorities.

However, while multitasking might feel efficient, research shows that shifting between tasks can slash productivity by up to 40%. Task-switching leaves what Dr. Sophie Leroy calls “attention residue,”[3] which means we’re still thinking about a previous activity while we start the next one[4].

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Here’s where block scheduling can shine. What is block scheduling, exactly?

We usually become familiar with the concept of block scheduling in high school. You likely received a schedule with a certain number of classes per day, all blocked according to class time, each school year. This is basic block scheduling.

Also called time blocking, block scheduling is the practice of allocating large chunks of time to related tasks. For example, you might designate Mondays for meetings and Tuesdays for strategy. Teachers often use block scheduling when creating lesson plans. There are many different approaches, which we’ll get to shortly.

First, here’s why it matters. Business is essentially problem-solving. Creating strategies, writing code, developing products, and all the myriad activities that entrepreneurs tackle demand focus and minimal distractions. They’re also inherently human tasks that won’t easily be replaced by AI, which means your business depends on your ability to go deep.

Cal Newport, author of Deep Work: Rules for Success in a Distracted World, said in a 2017 interview:

“Focus is now the lifeblood of this economy.”

Entrepreneurs use their minds to launch ideas and create value, so the ability to concentrate is “almost like a superpower”[5].

Block scheduling can also help you to produce higher quality work in less time. Parkinson’s Law holds that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion,”[6], which is why setting time limits can deflate a ballooning task.

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How to Use Time Blocking to Boost Productivity

We all have different rhythms and responsibilities. Personalization is the key to successful time blocking, and it will require some trial and error. Here’s how to get started.

What is time blocking?

    1. Assess Your Calendar

    Evaluating your current schedule can be surprisingly difficult because few of us can accurately estimate how much time a task requires. If it feels easier, track how you actually spend your time for a full week. Note each activity—even 10 minutes of email and 15 minutes of social media scrolling between meetings.

    Once you know how you’ve been spending your time, it’ll be easier to know what to keep and what to throw out when you begin to make your new schedule.

    2. Look for Patterns

    After you’ve documented a full week, group tasks into categories. For example, you can include the following categories:

    • Administrative
    • Meetings
    • Creative work
    • Email
    • Personal time.

    You can also label tasks based on how you feel while doing them, or how they influence your energy levels on a scale from 1-10. Do whatever makes sense for you.

    3. Arrange Your Time Blocks

    Experiment with different block scheduling patterns. For example, one morning may look like this:

    • 8-9am: Respond to emails
    • 9-10am: Write up marketing proposal
    • 10-11am: Brainstorm and plan for Client A’s project
    • 11am-12pm: Meet with Client A to discuss ideas

    However, you may find that you’re more creative immediately after waking up. In that case, you’d want to move “brainstorming and planning” to an earlier slot. If responding to emails is best for when you’re feeling a little lethargic after lunch, put it there.

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    Read your emotions and abilities throughout the day to tap into what is going to work best for you.

    Ultimately, the goal is to avoid switching mental gears throughout the day, week, and maybe even the month. I realize this isn’t easy, especially for entrepreneurs, but it can be incredibly valuable.

    Spending a full day on projects you dislike, such as administrative work or meetings, might feel daunting, but blocking them into a single day can make the rest of your week infinitely more productive and more enjoyable. You’re free to tackle all the entrepreneurial challenges that get your blood flowing.

    4. Create Day Themes

    If you’re someone who has to focus on many things during a single day or week, you may find it more beneficial to create themes for each day instead of blocking up your day into individual tasks. For example, you can set Mondays as Brainstorming/Planning days, Tuesdays as Administrative days, etc.

    If you take this route, I suggest always scheduling in at least one Family day. It will ensure you make time for the important people in your life and give your brain time to rest.

    Benefits of Block Scheduling

    Once you’ve answered “What is block scheduling?” and know how to use it correctly, you’ll find that you receive many benefits. Here are just a few.

    Battle Procrastination

    If you have your schedule set and know you only have an hour to get a particular task done, it will be significantly easier to avoid procrastinating.

    For more on how to stop procrastinating, check out this article.

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    Create Realistic Time Estimates

    Once you’ve been working with time blocking for a while, you’ll learn which activities take the most/least time. You may have to adjust your schedule during the first month or so to get it right, but be patient. You’ll continue to learn to realistically estimate how much time a particular task will take.

    Develop More Focus and Attention

    When your schedule doesn’t leave much room for scrolling through social media or chatting with coworkers, you’ll find your brain is more devoted to paying attention to the task at hand. You’ll respond to the limits you set for yourself and will focus to get things done.

    Final Thoughts

    Most founders crave freedom. Yet, school schedules, jobs, and social norms condition us to work with a traditional schedule and reactive mindset. Before we know it, we’ve re-created a working schedule that traces back to the 19th century, even in our own companies. Block scheduling is not only a tool to maximize productivity; it’s a way to reclaim your time[7].

    In my 14 years at JotForm, I’ve realized that business growth means doing more of what makes the biggest impact. I don’t always succeed, but I try to focus my time and energy where it matters, and I know that busyness is not synonymous with productivity.

    If you feel the same way, give time blocking a try. Share your experiments in scheduling with colleagues and family members so they understand the changes and can support you.

    Finally, don’t worry about getting it right immediately. You may need to get under the hood of your calendar and tinker around a bit. Find what works for you, then protect your new schedule at all costs.

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    Featured photo credit: William Iven via unsplash.com

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