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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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Forget Learning How to Multitask: Boost Productivity 10X More with Focus

Forget Learning How to Multitask: Boost Productivity 10X More with Focus

There’s a dark side to the conveniences of the Digital Age. With smartphones that function like handheld computers, it has become increasingly difficult to leave our work behind. Sometimes it seems like we’re expected to be accessible 24/7.

How often are you ever focused on just one thing? Most of us try to meet these demands by multi-tasking.

Many of us have bought into the myth that we can achieve more through multi-tasking. In this article, I’ll show you how you can accomplish more work in less time. Spoiler alert: multi-tasking is not the answer.

Why is multitasking a myth?

The term “multi-tasking” was originally used to describe how microprocessors in computers work. Machines multitask, but people cannot.

Despite our inability to simultaneously perform two tasks at once, many people believe they are excellent multi-taskers.

You can probably imagine plenty of times when you do several things at once. Maybe you talk on the phone while you’re cooking or respond to emails during your commute.

Consider the amount of attention that each of these tasks requires. Chances are, at least one of the two tasks in question is simple enough to be carried out on autopilot.

We’re okay at simultaneously performing simple tasks, but what if you were trying to perform two complex tasks? Can you really work on your presentation and watch a movie at the same time? It can be fun to try to watch TV while you work, but you may be unintentionally making your work more difficult and time-consuming.

Your brain on multi-tasking

Your brain wasn’t designed to multi-tasking. To compensate, it will switch from task to task. Your focus turns to whatever task seems more urgent. The other task falls into the background until you realize you’ve been neglecting it.

When you’re bouncing back and forth like this, an area of the brain known as Broadmann’s Area 10 activates. Located in your fronto-polar prefrontal cortex at the very front of the brain, this area controls your ability to shift focus. People who think they are excellent multitaskers are really just putting Broadmann’s Area 10 to work.

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But I can juggle multiple tasks!

You are capable of taking in information with your eyes while doing other things efficiently. Scientifically speaking, making use of your vision is the only thing you can truly do while doing something else.

For everything else, you’re serial tasking. This constant refocusing can be exhausting, and it prevents us from giving our work the deep attention it deserves.

Think about how much longer it takes to do something when you have to keep reminding yourself to focus.

Why multitasking is failing you

Multitasking does more bad than good to your productivity, here’re 4 reasons why you should stop multitasking:

Multitasking wastes your time.

You lose time when you interrupt yourself. People lose an average of 2.1 hours per day getting themselves back on track when they switch between tasks.

In fact, some studies suggest that doing multiple things at once decreases your productivity by as much as 40%. That’s a significant loss in efficiency. You wouldn’t want your surgeon to be 40% less productive while you’re on the operating table, would you?

It makes you dumber.

A distracted brain performs a full 10 IQ points lower than a focused brain. You’ll also be more forgetful, slower at completing tasks, and more likely to make mistakes.

You’ll have to work harder to fix your mistakes. If you miss an important detail, you could risk injury or fail to complete the task properly.

This is an emotional response.

There’s so much data suggesting that multitasking is ineffective but people insist that they can multitask.

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Feeling productive fulfills an emotional need. We want to feel like we’re accomplishing something. Why accomplish just one item on the to-do list when you can check off two or three?

It’ll wear you out.

When you’re jumping from task to task, it can feel invigorating for a little while. Over time, this needs to fill every second with more and more work leads to burn out.

We’re simply not built to multitask, so when we try, the effect can be exhausting. This destroys your productivity and your motivation.

How to stop multitasking and work productively

Flitting back and forth between tasks feels second-nature after a while. This is in part because Broadmann’s Area 10 becomes better at serial tasking through time.

In addition to changing how the brain works, this serial tasking behavior can quickly turn into a habit.

Just like any bad habit, you’ll need to recognize that you need to make a change first. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to adjust to a lifestyle of productive mono-tasking:

1. Consciously change gears

Instead of trying to work on two distinct tasks at once, consider setting up a system to remind you when to change focus. This technique worked for Jerry Linenger, an American astronaut onboard the space station, Mir.

As an astronaut, he had many things to take care of every day. He set alarms for himself on a few watches. When a particular watch sounded, he knew it was time to switch tasks. This enabled him to be 100% in tune with what he was doing at any given moment.

This strategy is effective because the alarm served as his reminder for what was to come next. Linenger’s intuition about setting reminders falls in line with research conducted by Paul Burgess of University College, London on multitasking.

2. Manage multiple tasks without multitasking

Raj Dash of Performancing.com has an effective strategy for balancing multiple projects without multitasking. He suggests taking 15 minutes to acquaint yourself with a new project before moving on to other work. Revisit the project later and do about thirty minutes on research and brainstorming.

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Allow a few days to pass before knocking out the project in question. While you were actively work on other projects, your brain continues to problem solve-in the background.

This method works because it gives us the opportunity to work on several projects without allowing them to compete for your attention.

3. Set aside distractions

Your smartphone, your inbox and the open tabs on your computer are all open invitations for distraction. Give yourself time each day when you silence your notifications, close your inbox and remove unnecessary tabs from your desktop.

If you want to focus, you can’t give anything else an opportunity to invade your mental space.

Emails can be particularly invasive because they often have an unnecessary sense of urgency associated with them. Some work cultures stress the importance of prompt responses to these messages, but we can’t treat every situation like an emergency.

Designate certain times in your day for checking and responding to emails to avoid compulsive checking.

4. Take care of yourself

We often blame electronics for pulling us from our work, but sometimes our physical body forces us into a state of serial tasking. If you’re hungry while you’re trying to work, your attention will flip between your hunger and your work until you take care of your physical needs.

Try to take all your bio-breaks before you sit down for an uninterrupted stint of work.

In addition, you’ll also want to be sure you’re attending to your health in a broader sense. Getting enough exercise, practicing mindfulness and incorporating regular breaks into your day will keep you from being tempted by distractions.

5. Take a break

People are more likely to head to YouTube or check their social media when they need a break. Instead of trying to work and watch a mindless video at the same time, give yourself times when you’re allowed to enjoy your distracting activity of choice.

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Limit how much time you’ll spend on this break so that your guilt-free distraction time doesn’t turn into hours of wasted time.

6. Make technology your ally

Scientists are beginning to discover the detrimental effects of chronic serial tasking on our brains. Some companies are developing programs to curb this desire to multitask.

Apps like Forest turn staying focused into a game. Extensions like RescueTime help you track your online habits so that you can be more aware of how you spend your time.

The key to productivity: Focus

Multitasking is not the key to productivity. It’s far better to schedule time to focus on each task than it is to try to do everything at once.

Make use of the methods outlined above and prepare to be more effective and less exhausted in the process.

If you want to learn more about how to focus, don’t miss my other article:

How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

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