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Increase Your Willpower With Just Three Simple Steps

Increase Your Willpower With Just Three Simple Steps

Willpower comes from character. If deep down we want something, we can find million ways to see that thing done. But if we go against the things we really want to do, we can be seeking the willpower to complete tasks forever.

There is no increasing willpower in a direction we don’t want to see ourselves going in the future. There is only willpower when it comes to the things we truly want. However, willpower needs to be nurtured every minute of our life. It is something like a code. We should feed it with motivation every day and give life to it.

Every self-motivating word becomes useless when we find ourselves in a situation where we want to give up. That’s the exact moment when we need to find the inner willpower that will give us the momentum we need.

Here are three simple but powerful tricks to increase your willpower.

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1. Get a good sleep

If you think that sleep has nothing to do with willpower, try to watch funny cat videos on YouTube until four in the morning and then go to work the next day. Not only you will be the most unproductive person in the room, but you will also be the most negative person around.

Willpower comes from healthy and well-fed brain. If we don’t satisfy the smartest organ in our bodies, we will never get it to serve us. The starting point for doing something productive is getting a good night’s sleep.

We need to sleep between six to eight hours a day and not a minute more or less. I’m personally satisfied with six hours a day because (as Robin Sharma says) I honestly think that sleeping more is a waste of time.

Experiment on yourself. Try to see how much sleep time you need to be rested. And don’t forget that over-sleeping is a habit. It’s scientifically proven that you don’t need more than eight hours, so don’t cheat yourself!

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2. Write out and stick to your plans

It may sound baloney, but plans alone, written on a piece of paper or electronically, increase our willpower drastically.

When we write things down (especially on a piece of paper) we make our mind visualize how our day, week, month and even whole life should be formulated. Writing stuff down takes our timeline to a whole other level.

Two of my favorite authors, Napoleon Hill and Robin Sharma, explain how powerful it is to write things down, in particular to have something like an everyday prayer. I will kick through my shame wall and I will introduce my own everyday prayer:

Bit by bit, day by day, I will increase my income up to ****Euros until February 2015. I am willing to dedicate my time in achieving that goal and weight down all the things that block my way. Every day I will support my positive ideas with my (the thing I am working on) to achieve my goal until February 2015. I will work every day as a mole, I will work out and I will be endlessly healthy and happy!

This is my personal “good morning” and “good night” sentence. I shared this so you can have idea of what that prayer looks like.

Make a few changes and always make plans for the next day. Organizing time is the vital step to find endless willpower.

3. Be elastic

Being elastic doesn’t always involve physical stretching. Being elastic is also being flexible with your actions.

Just as muscles need different types of exercise from time to time because otherwise they will stagnate, our brain needs change too. In other words, our brain needs entertainment. For example, if you brush your teeth with your dominant hand, try switching to the other hand next time. You will see that brushing your teeth is not so boring after all.

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We need to vary our daily routine and change our actions somehow. I cannot tell each of you what to do, because everybody is different, but try to focus on how you can make your purpose and passion elastic, so you can feed your brain with endless willpower.

It all hinges on how we train our brain. If you take all the money from a wealthy person, they will accumulate wealth again. But wealth is impossible for someone with a ‘poor’ mind-set. And if you take the happiness from a happy person, they will accumulate happiness again.

By using and implementing these simple steps, you will maximize your willpower in no time!

Featured photo credit: Willpower/Gaëtan Bourque via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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