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How To Dominate With A Focused Day of Work

How To Dominate With A Focused Day of Work

Having a productive day at work can sometimes be scarce. You may get off task often, or even find yourself struggling to stay awake halfway through the day. All of this could be prevented with just a few changes in your daily routine.

Eliminate all distractions

It’s hard to decide what a distraction is to you and how to eliminate it. When attempting to identify your distractions, try coming work with a lengthy personal agenda, and don’t show it to anyone else. See how far you get by lunch, and then reevaluate the agenda to keep pace with your productivity levels. Take notes on how long each activity takes you to complete. Also, take note of it when something stops you from doing that task. For example, if you’re working on writing 10 emails, make a note every time something stops you from finishing that task.

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Once you’ve gotten through all of the emails, you’ll be able to see exactly where your distractions are coming from and what you’ll need to try to reduce or eliminate them completely.

Meditation

I know it sounds weird and unorthodox, but one thing that really helps with increased focused and productivity is implementing multiple meditation times into your schedule. This gives you moments to take a step back and clear your head. It also gives you a chance to relax for 10-15 minutes and catch your breath. Some people wake up and don’t stop going until they put their head on the pillow that night, just to get back up and do the same thing all over again. Taking breaks to meditate can fix that for you.

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Don’t worry if you try this once or twice and are absolutely horrible at it–it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, it takes some people multiple times before they get the basic gist of how to meditate effectively. But even if you fail at meditating, at least you’ve given yourself a chance to take your focus (or lack thereof) and refresh it.

A balanced diet

How many times can you say that you’ve gone to work in a hurry without eating breakfast, only to make a beeline to the vending machines with a couple of bucks to find something to hold you over until lunch, which is when you order pizza from a nearby pizzeria and then find yourself needing to take a nap by 1 p.m.? We’ve all experienced that feeling before.

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But what if I told you that it all could be avoided if you simply ate a healthy breakfast and packed yourself an equally healthy lunch each day? That’s right–your diet can make all the difference when it comes to your focusing abilities.

Do yourself a favor and invest in some healthy foods for lunch each day. By incorporating a balanced diet, your productivity levels will skyrocket, leaving you able to focus at any point in time.

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Block social media (or other related sites)

We’ve all done it: we get to work and write a few emails and then find ourselves watching a funny cat video that our friend posted online. Sooner or later, it’s lunchtime and we’re on Twitter retweeting something that our favorite talk-show host is saying. By the end of the day, we didn’t really get all that much done–at least, not as much as we should have. This can cause us to leave work stressed.

One thing that you can do to solve this issue is find a way to block these popular social media networking sites while you’re at work. Not only will you be able to work without distractions, you’ll have an increased amount of focus and self-discipline. Your work will reflect the amount of time that you’ve put into it.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.

By life-changing, I mean something that can have a positive impact in your life moving forward, even if it’s something you can’t envision today. Certain skills we can immediately reap the benefits of, while others will be life-changing when we least expect it.

In this article, we’ll share 8 life-changing skills you can learn in 6 months, where you can learn them, and how you can get started today.

1. Speed reading

Bill Gates has been known to state that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster. What Bill and the rest of the mega-successful understand is that knowledge is power. The ability to process information faster from books, articles, and reports is what will help us learn faster, and therefore improve each aspect of our life faster as well.

Where you can start learning: Speed reading courses are becoming more popular, as more people realize how important it is with the limited time we have. You can check out free courses like Read Speeder or you can start learning how to use Spritzlet, which allows you to speed read articles online with a browser extension.

2. Public speaking

Research shows that people fear public speaking more than death itself. There’s something terrifying about being in front of dozens or hundreds of people, and exposing yourself completely. It’s when you’re most vulnerable, but learning how to public speak is a life-changer.

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Warren Buffett has given advice to recent graduates that the number one skill you can have to succeed is public speaking skills. Everything from communication, confidence, and sales is developed when you develop your public speaking skills.

Where you can start learning: Luckily, there are great communities out there like Toastmasters that organize local meetups all around the world. You’ll find amazing public speakers that are looking to get to the next level to beginners that are just getting started. Check out Toastmasters’ website here.

3. Spanish

As the third most spoken language in the world, the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to reach over 500M people around the world. No matter where you live, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming increasingly more important, with the Hispanic population and economy spreading quickly worldwide. If you’re living in the US, this is even more important, with over 30% of the population being Hispanic.

Spanish is also on this list, because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn. Sure, Mandarin is an important language to learn, but it’s an incredibly difficult one to learn. If we were to measure the level of importance and the time to learn for all the languages available, Spanish would make it to the top of the list.

One of the biggest reasons why people never reach fluency in any foreign language is: using the wrong method, and lack of time.

It turns out that humans retain only 5% of what we learn from lectures, 20% of what we learn from apps (visual cues), and 90% of what we learn from immediate immersion. Yet, how do 90% of learn a new foreign language? Language schools (lectures), books, Duolingo (apps), etc that don’t provide the real-life immersion required for our brains to learn faster.

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Where to get started: If you want the most effective way to learn a language, learning from real-life interactions is the best way to do it. There are great websites like Rype, which offers Spanish coaching for busy people, solving the issue of lack of time and bringing real-life immersion to your screen. With Rype, you can book as many lessons as you want, at any time of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

4. Accounting

If you’re looking to get into business, accounting is one of the core fundamentals you’ll need to succeed. While you don’t need to be an expert, you definitely should understand the basics.

This skill can also be used to manage your personal finances, to meet your financial goals, and having more control over your life.

Where to get started learning: If you didn’t learn accounting in school, no worries. You can either teach yourself using books, or check out free accounting courses online.

5. Microsoft Excel

Most people reading this probably have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. While this is a good start, there are so many powerful functionalities that are hidden, which could make your life a lot easier.

Excel is also a great asset to have whenever you’re looking for a job, as many corporations rely on Excel to organize and manage multiple parts of the business.

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Where to get started learning: With the popularity of Excel, you can find tons of free resources and videos online to learn. Check out Excel Exposure, Lynda, and Excel with Business.

6. Blogging/Vlogging

Blogging is a powerful tool if you want to spread your ideas, build your brand, or grow your business. Since it was introduced, blogging has taken on a life of its own, and today there are ~2M blog posts being written on a daily basis.

Where to get started learning: Anyone can start blogging today. All you need is a content-management system like WordPress, which is completely free. Personally, I think the best way to start learning how to blog is to just start writing. There are techniques you can learn on how to promote your blog, but the best way to grow your blog is to write great content.

7. Weight training

Yes, weight training is a skill. It’s not as advanced as learning how to code, nor will it take as long as learning a new language, if you just want to learn the basics.

We’re not promising that you’ll get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will see much faster results for whatever goal you have, just by understanding how to workout properly. And of course, when you’re dealing with an activity that involves physical strain, you’ll always want to caution yourself.

Where to get started learning: There are amazing body builders that are sharing all of their secrets for free on Youtube. You can check out Bodybuilding.com’s Youtube channel to get started.

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8. Photo and video editing

In the digital world that we live in, from Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook, there is no avoiding photos and videos. In fact, social media has increasingly gone away from text sharing and almost everything to photo and video editing.

Where to get started learning: For photo editing, you can use Photoshop. For video editing, you can use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Keep in mind, there are dozens of editing software tools for video and photo editing, but what’s more important are your editing skills, not the tool itself.

Check out education websites like CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, where you can learn from experts themselves on how to best use design and software tools.

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