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Feeling Sluggish? 9 Tips to Get Motivated and Perform at Your Best

Feeling Sluggish? 9 Tips to Get Motivated and Perform at Your Best

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    1. Read motivational books

    Read an inspiring story. Hype yourself up with a pleasantly generic pep-talk.

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      2. Post your achievements on social media

      Sharing your success is important. It shows that you respect and appreciate your good fortune, and the efforts of your work. Furthermore, it’s addictive. Being able to embrace public recognition (without appearing indulgent) is a reward that will not only raise your confidence and self-esteem, but will bolster your desire for future success and make you want to do it again. And again. Consequently, you’ll always be on the lookout for new ways to succeed.

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        3. Clean your desk

        Sometimes a messy work space is what lies at the core of stagnation. Clear your desk. Clear your mind.

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          4. Take a walk

          Get some fresh air and pump some blood through your system. Your body will release endorphins, which is great because you’ll feel refreshed and motivated, not to mention you’ll feel better about yourself by the end of the day.

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            5. Eat healthy

            Eating good food doesn’t just benefit your body. It rejuvenates and energizes the mind. After refreshing your brain with a healthy fruit salad, you’ll most likely want to put it to good use and tick off some goals–so grab a fork. Fulfill your productive potential. Eat smart; be smart.

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              6. Cut off digital distractions

              Disable Facebook. Hide your phone. Enable programs like Self Control, which exist to eliminate distracting networks like Youtube and Facebook (or whatever particular sites you feel may be hindering your progress) by temporarily blocking access to those specific URLs. Social media feeds procrastination. Unless you’re using social media to tell everyone about your new job promotion or the killer raise you’ve just been offered, then take a break from it.

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                7. Find a productive work space

                A good work environment will encourage productivity. Make sure you have a sufficient study space, in which you feel you can truly accomplish tasks. If motivation won’t find you, find it. Immerse yourself in productivity, and success will subsequently follow.

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                  8. Write a to-do list

                  Plan your work ahead of time, and approach tasks with comprehensive strategy. Above all, always have a clear understanding of what it is you must do before you actually do it.

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                    9. Do some meditating

                    It sounds cheesy, but if you treat it seriously, it really works! Follow simple and basic relaxation techniques to ground yourself in the present reality, and use your internal momentum to lift yourself out of a slouch and realize the potential to excel.

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                    Last Updated on March 30, 2020

                    What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                    What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

                    If you’ve got a big block of free time, the best way to put that to use is to relax, have fun, decompress from a stressful day, or spend time with a loved one. But if you’ve just got a little chunk — say 5 or 10 minutes — there’s no time to do any of the fun stuff.

                    So, what to do in free time?

                    Put those little chunks of time to their most productive use.

                    Everyone works differently, so the best use of your free time really depends on you, your working style, and what’s on your to-do list. But it’s handy to have a list like this in order to quickly find a way to put that little spare time to work instantly, without any thought. Use the following list as a way to spark ideas for what you can do in a short amount of time.

                    1. Reading Files

                    Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked “Reading File”. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File.

                    Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading while at your desk (or on the road if you’ve got a laptop).

                    2. Clear out Inbox

                    Got a meeting in 5 minutes? Use it to get your physical or email inbox to empty.

                    If you’ve got a lot in your inbox, you’ll have to work quickly, and you may not get everything done; but reducing your pile can be a big help. And having an empty inbox is a wonderful feeling.

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                    3. Phone Calls

                    Keep a list of phone calls you need to make, with phone numbers, and carry it everywhere.

                    Whether you’re at your desk or on the road, you can knock a few calls off your list in a short amount of time.

                    4. Make Money

                    This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I’ll knock off half an article real quick.

                    If you get 5 to 10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can freelance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly — break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.

                    5. File

                    No one likes to do this. If you’re on top of your game, you’re filing stuff immediately, so it doesn’t pile up.

                    But if you’ve just come off a really busy spurt, you may have a bunch of documents or files laying around.

                    Or maybe you have a big stack of stuff to file. Cut into that stack with every little bit of spare time you get, and soon you’ll be in filing Nirvana.

                    6. Network

                    Only have 2 minutes? Shoot off a quick email to a colleague. Even just a “touching bases” or follow-up email can do wonders for your working relationship. Or shoot off a quick question, and put it on your follow-up list for later.

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                    7. Clear out Feeds

                    If my email inbox is empty, and I have some spare time, I like to go to my Google Reader and clear out my feed inbox.

                    8. Goal Time

                    Take 10 minutes to think about your goals — personal and professional.

                    If you don’t have a list of goals, start on one. If you’ve got a list of goals, review them.

                    Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.

                    9. Update Finances

                    Many people fall behind with their finances, either in paying bills (they don’t have time), or entering transactions in their financial software, or clearing their checkbook, or reviewing their budget.

                    Take a few minutes to update these things. It just takes 10 to 15 minutes every now and then.

                    10. Brainstorm Ideas

                    Another favorite of mine if I just have 5 minutes — I’ll break out my pocket notebook, and start a brainstorming list for a project or article. Whatever you’ve got coming up in your work or personal life, it can benefit from a brainstorm. And that doesn’t take long.

                    11. Clear off Desk

                    Similar to the filing tip above, but this applies to whatever junk you’ve got cluttering up your desk. Or on the floor around your desk.

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                    Trash stuff, file stuff, put it in its place. A clear desk makes for a more productive you. And it’s oddly satisfying.

                    12. Exercise

                    Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2 to 3 times a day, and you’ve got a fit new you.

                    13. Take a Walk

                    This is another form of exercise that doesn’t take long, and you can do it anywhere. Even more important, it’s a good way to stretch your legs from sitting at your desk too long.

                    It also gets your creative juices flowing. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, taking a walk is a good way to get unstuck.

                    14. Follow up

                    Keep a follow-up list for everything you’re waiting on. Return calls, emails, memos — anything that someone owes you, put on the list.

                    When you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, do some follow-up calls or emails.

                    15. Meditate

                    You don’t need a yoga mat to do this. Just do it at your desk. Focus on your breathing. A quick 5 to 10 minutes of meditation (or even a nap) can be tremendously refreshing.

                    Take a look at this 5-Minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime

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                    16. Research

                    This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts.

                    If I’ve only got a few minutes, I’ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I’m done!

                    17. Outline

                    Similar to brainstorming, but more formal. I like to do an outline of a complicated article, report or project, and it helps speed things along when I get to the actual writing. And it only takes a few minutes.

                    18. Get Prepped

                    Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there’s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list.

                    You may not have time to actually start on the task right now, but when you come back from your meeting or lunch, you’ll be all prepped and ready to go.

                    19. Be Early

                    Got some spare time before a meeting? Show up for the meeting early.

                    Sure, you might feel like a chump sitting there alone, but actually people respect those who show up early. It’s better than being late (unless you’re trying to play a power trip or something, but that’s not appreciated in many circles).

                    20. Log

                    If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log.

                    Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat, crank a widget), but if you didn’t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.

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