It’s too easy to get caught up in the small things.
We have a ton of things to do on a daily basis but we’re not always focusing on the tasks that we should.
Stop and identify the 3 most important tasks for the day.
Instead of thinking you have to complete everything for the day, take a step back and ask yourself:
“What are the 3 things that I MUST do today?”
This narrows your focus to the tasks which impact your day the most.
Put all your time and energy into those 3 tasks and don’t work on anything else until you’ve completed them.
Once they’re done, you would have made productive use of the day since you’ve already finished 3 of the biggest tasks for the day.
Take a look at the remaining tasks you have, prioritise them based on importance and urgency, and allocate time for each of them.
It’s okay if you don’t get to finish everything. What’s more important is that you focused your time on the tasks that matter the most.
A lot of people seem to have trouble sleeping.
You go to bed at 11pm.
You brain starts getting flooded with thoughts.
You toss and turn.
Before you know it, it’s 12.30am and you’re still wide awake.
It helps your body a lot to relax simply by staying still and not moving.
This action itself (or lack thereof) should get you dozing off very quickly.
But if that doesn’t work, stop moving AND play a counting game.
And it’s fun too.
All you have to do is count each breath that you take while staying completely still.
When you wake up the next day, write down the number of breaths you took.
When you do this every day, you’ll start to realise that you’re falling asleep a lot more quicker.
You’re training your body to fall asleep more efficiently and it’ll become almost second nature eventually.
And that’s a good thing.
We have a ton of distractions in this day and age.
From social media to Youtube to games on our iPhones, there’s really a million ways to get distracted now.
And it can be really bad.
One moment you’re checking out a funny video your friend posted on Facebook and before you know it, an hour has passed and you’ve gone from Facebook to Instagram to Youtube.
Now I’m not saying social media is bad for us. Far from it. They’re actually amazing inventions.
But they become bad for us when we can’t control how and when we use them. And a lot of us seem to struggle with that.
An easy way to not get distracted is to simply cut and block off all access to the things that distract you.
Make it hard and inconvenient to access those distractions.
Sounds extreme but it works.
If you’re constantly distracted by social media, block all access to it when you’re working.
If you’re constantly distracted by certain people around you, put up a ‘Do not disturb’ sign and put headphones on. Or get your work done somewhere else, if possible.
If you’re constantly distracted by your phone, put it far away from you while you’re working (but still within range to answer important calls).
Easier said than done but I can guarantee that you’ll be distracted a lot lesser after implementing this simple concept.
Stop getting distracted, start working.
It’s not that co-worker you hate at work. It’s not your annoying aunt that you can’t stand. And it’s not your spouse.
Your biggest enemy that’s holding you back from accomplishing amazing things in life, is you.
There’s no bigger enemy than that.
There is a quote by Bishop TD Jakes which says,
“There is nothing as powerful as a changed mind. You can change your hair, your clothing, your address, your spouse, your friends, but if you don’t change your mind, the same experience will perpetuate itself over and over again because everything outwardly changed but nothing inwardly changed.”
So many of us wonder why we’re still being stuck in our current predicament, unable to change our lives for the better.
The hard truth is we can’t blame anyone else for that but us.
We may have a lot of things we want to do with our lives but we don’t. Not because others say we can’t but because we actually believe that we can’t and we just end up not taking action.
If you have something you want to achieve, start working towards it. Only you can make it happen or not. It’s entirely up to you.
Take that first step, start small and never stop. Go slow if you must but NEVER STOP.
As long as you have control over your body, you have the power to do great things with it.
Don’t let it go to waste.
Do a bit every day.
This is the fastest way to reach your goals.
Be it related to health and fitness, writing a book, or getting a project done.
I know it sounds absurd but it’s true.
We can do a lot every day but we’ll burn out eventually since our bodies despise unfamiliar things and routines.
We can do a lot every other day but that’s not optimal since we’re not making full use of all the days we have.
Just do a bit every day.
That’s the daily requirement. Naturally, momentum will build. Naturally you’ll feel like doing a bit more. Go for it and enjoy the process.
But always remember that the daily requirement is to just do a bit every day.
Never start with the intention of doing a lot because the body despises that and will resist. And before you know it, you would have procrastinated.
Remember that doing something is infinitely better than doing nothing.
Do a bit, let momentum take over and enjoy the process.
Be a tortoise, not a hare.
Society and the media has conditioned us to be, act, talk, work and especially look a certain way. While there may be good intentions, we’re slowly losing our individuality as we try to reach these ideals and standards.
We’re losing sight of our true selves. And that’s not good at all.
The world doesn’t need more of the same type of people.
No thank you.
The world needs YOU. The unique individual as you are right now. It doesn’t matter if you don’t look a certain way or think you’re not good enough or think you have to be something that you’re not. You have something that others don’t.
Even as you observe artists and singers on the top of the charts, you’ll realise they each have their own unique individuality – be it their vocal ability, image, songwriting ability, etc.
It’s what makes them stand out and people who stand out are usually the ones who make it big and make a difference.
Be different and be original.
You don’t even have to do much. All you have to do is just be yourself.
Embrace your quirks and own them.
Be unapologetic about who you are as an individual.
Never lose sight of who you are and what you stand for.
Be who you were meant to be all along, and be fearless about it.
You contribute the most when you’re being yourself, be it in your work or your relationships with others.
Life is too short to try to fit in.
Life is too short to try and be somebody you’re not.
Forget all that and be the best you that you can be.
Life is a lot more fun and rewarding that way.
Drop the act and be you.
We all want to accomplish and do more in this day and age.
It seems like life just gets busier and busier the more we live it and we want to get all our work done as fast as we can.
So what do we do?
Multitasking is simply the act of doing multiple tasks at once. We’ve all done it at some point in our lives.
Some examples of multitasking are:
– Working on a report while eating
– Talking on the phone while driving
– Working on an assignment while listening to a lecture
There’s nothing wrong with multitasking really.
Except that it uses up more of our energy, diminishes our focus, takes a longer time to complete tasks and usually results in a poorer quality of work.
But for some cases, it’s just downright dangerous like talking on the phone while driving.
We’re just not meant to be good multitask-ers.
The only things that benefit from multitasking are computers and machines (provided they have enough resources to do so).
Humans on the other hand? We don’t do so well.
So focus on one task at a time.
Cut out all distractions.
Fully immerse yourself in that task.
Get it done before switching to any other task.
You’ll find that you’ll be able to actually enjoy doing it, focus better, complete it faster and with a much higher quality than if you were to do it while multitasking.