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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 November 19, 2019

                    7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

                    7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

                    “Busy” used to be a fair description of the typical schedule. More and more, though, “busy” simply doesn’t cut it.

                    “Busy” has been replaced with “too busy”, “far too busy”, or “absolutely buried.” It’s true that being productive often means being busy…but it’s only true up to a point.

                    As you likely know from personal experience, you can become so busy that you reach a tipping point…a point where your life tips over and falls apart because you can no longer withstand the weight of your commitments.

                    Once you’ve reached that point, it becomes fairly obvious that you’ve over-committed yourself.

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                    The trick, though, is to recognize the signs of “too busy” before you reach that tipping point. A little self-assessment and some proactive schedule-thinning can prevent you from having that meltdown.

                    To help you in that self-assessment, here are 7 signs that you’re way too busy:

                    1. You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Took a Day Off

                    Occasional periods of rest are not unproductive, they are essential to productivity. Extended periods of non-stop activity result in fatigue, and fatigue results in lower-quality output. As Sydney J. Harris once said,

                    “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

                    2. Those Closest to You Have Stopped Asking for Your Time

                    Why? They simply know that you have no time to give them. Your loved ones will be persistent for a long time, but once you reach the point where they’ve stopped asking, you’ve reached a dangerous level of busy.

                    3. Activities like Eating Are Always Done in Tandem with Other Tasks

                    If you constantly find yourself using meal times, car rides, etc. as times to catch up on emails, phone calls, or calendar readjustments, it’s time to lighten the load.

                    It’s one thing to use your time efficiently. It’s a whole different ballgame, though, when you have so little time that you can’t even focus on feeding yourself.

                    4. You’re Consistently More Tired When You Get up in the Morning Than You Are When You Go to Bed

                    One of the surest signs of an overloaded schedule is morning fatigue. This is a good indication that you’ve not rested well during the night, which is a good sign that you’ve got way too much on your mind.

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                    If you’ve got so much to do that you can’t even shut your mind down when you’re laying in bed, you’re too busy.

                    5. The Most Exercise You Get Is Sprinting from One Commitment to the Next

                    It’s proven that exercise promotes healthy lives. If you don’t care about that, that’s one thing. If you’d like to exercise, though, but you just don’t have time for it, you’re too busy.

                    If the closest thing you get to exercise is running from your office to your car because you’re late for your ninth appointment of the day, it’s time to slow down.

                    Try these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                    6. You Dread Getting up in the Morning

                    If your days are so crammed full that you literally dread even starting them, you’re too busy. A new day should hold at least a small level of refreshment and excitement. Scale back until you find that place again.

                    7. “Survival Mode” Is Your Only Mode

                    If you can’t remember what it feels like to be ahead of schedule, or at least “caught up”, you’re too busy.

                    So, How To Get out of Busyness?

                    Take a look at these articles to help you get unstuck:

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