Monday, September 29, 2014

10 Delightful Words to Inspire You

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These simple words will transform your outlook and bring meaning to your life. Every day study these words and be inspired.  

1.     Happiness: Choose happiness when you wake up in the morning. It is the best way to cheer you up for the whole day. Find joy and happiness in things you enjoy doing. Go slow and live in the moment to enjoy the process of working with focus. Join the company of positive people to bring more happiness in your life,

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. ~Mildred Barthel

2.     Gratitude: Make it a habit of writing a few things that you are grateful for every evening. By doing this you will appreciate what you have and find contentment in your life.

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. ~Gerald Good

3.     Calm: You will find serenity in you when you are on top of the world. Here are a dozen ways to stay calm.  

Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. ~Thomas Jefferson 

4.     Relationships: Love is someone who cares for you and you also care about.  Motivate and compliment your friends. Life is beautiful when you are  connected,  

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. ~Swedish Proverb

5.     Organized: Prioritize and do those  things that are important in your life. Do one thing at a time. Avoid clutter at home and at work to be more productive.
A place for everything and everything in its place.  ~ Benjamin Franklin
6.     Simplicity:  A simple life is to live within your means and be debt-free. You are free from worries and you get peace of mind.  

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

7.     Energetic: The way to have energy is to stay healthy. Exercise daily and follow a nutritional diet to fuel your energy. Sleep around eight hours to regain your balance.    


8.     Purpose: Know your purpose in life. Set meaningful goals according to your aspirations. Life is hopeful when there is something interesting to do every day and you are proud of it.

Begin each day as if it were on purpose. ~Author Unknown

9.     Positive: Life is not a bed of roses.  React to things in life positively to overcome problems and stay resilient.  

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. ~Patricia Neal

10.                        Kindness: Be kind to yourself and do random acts of kindness to others. Be friendly and helpful.  Love animals and all living things in this world. Smile and be respectful to people around you  


Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are. ~Author Unknown

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Dozen Ways to Stay Calm

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Are you in control of your life? Getting frantic in your daily activities by rushing about from one task to another is a sure way to drain your energy and get stressful. Here are some effective ways to stay calm and collected:

1.      Breathe:  Breathe slowly and concentrate on your breathing is one sure way to bring calmness. Sit still and breathe in at a count of 5 and hold your breath at a count of 20 and breathe out at a count of 10. It is also an effective way to cleanse your lymphatic system.
  
2.      Exercise: Jogging is one of the best ways of doing aerobic exercise. According to an article,  7 Benefits of Jogging That You Didn’t KnowJogging or running on a treadmill can give immediate tension release by helping the release of brain chemicals that have a calming effect on our emotions. 

3.      Mediate/Tai Chi/massage: Every day I wake up early in the quietness of the morning and I perform Tai Chi to start a new day to gain calmness and serenity. Practice Yoga is another marvelous way to obtain the same peaceful result. A body massage is soothing and relaxing and it is an excellent way to regain your balance.

4.      In the moment: Avoid distractions and focus on the task at hand is a way to work calmly with concentration. Be interested in what you do and get into a flow is the most productive way to get things done.


5.      Be organized: I find that getting organized is the one effective way to stay calm. When I start a new day I know in advance what I want to accomplish because I have already prioritized my tasks in a to-do list. I do first thing first without hurrying and in a state of calmness.

6.      Be patient: Go slow and do not do things in a rush. Enjoy the process without overly attaching too much to the end result. Impatience hastens heart beats and breeds stress.


7.      Free from financial woes: Avoid more wants in life, live a simple life and live within your means. Getting into debt is a sure way to disturb your peace of mind. The unsettle debt will interrupt your mental calmness.

8.      Sleep well: A good night’s sleep is a sure way to restore your energy, repair damages done to your body after a stressful day at work. Cutting short your sleep is counterproductive and depriving you of staying calm during the day. 

9.      Contentment: Appreciate what you have and be contented. An attitude of gratitude is another way to stay calm. Gratitude promotes inner well-being. 

  
10.  Stay positive: A positive mindset generates confidence and poise in you. You are not getting anxious or depressed in difficult situations. 

11.  Get away: Every week you are given a rest day. It is a day for you to disconnect, to unwind and relax. Restore the calmness in you by going out in the open and embrace nature. Look at the blue sky on the beach and listen to the waves rushing to the shore. Walk the dog or spend a day in the wood to observe the wonders of nature.  


12.  Drink water: According to an article, Can Anxiety Be Caused by Water Dehydration?
 dehydration may affect anxiety in a variety of ways, but the clearest link is that when the body is dehydrated, it starts to function improperly. Hormones are unable to reach their destined locations because of poor blood flow. Muscles may tense up. Your brain may experience weakness or changes as a result of water loss (the brain is 85% water).So drink water throughout the day to stay calm.  



The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his
power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
James Allen

Monday, September 22, 2014

What Can Buffer Do For Your Blog

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As a blog owner, you can post articles from your blog to social media such as Facebook and Twitter during the day. Can you do it while you are sleeping at night?  This is where Buffer comes in. In fact it can schedule your postings at any time on any day.

What is Buffer? It is a social media management tool to post your articles to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ at predetermined time and day. You can do it up to 10 posts in three social networking sites for free.  When you upgrade to Awesome by paying $10 per month or $102 per year, you can connect to your Profile, Page and Group in your Facebook account. In your LinkedIn account you can connect to your Profile and Page.  You will be able to schedule up to 200 posts at any one time and connect to 15 RSS feeds    

 I schedule my posts at 3.00 am local time daily to cover a time slot that I cannot reach out by myself. I also schedule my daily posts for the days when I am out of town without internet access. During the day I will do postings by myself to Scoop.it and Pinterest besides the usual social networking sites.

It is a site more than just scheduling your posts. It also has an analytics section to measure your success in social engagement. It records the number of retweets, favorites, mentions and clicks in your Twitter accounts for the posts that you have scheduled. In your LinkedIn account you can see the number of comments likes clicks and reshares. You will also see the numbers of comments, likes, clicks and shares in your Facebook account.   Similarly you will see the number of comments, +1’s, clicks, reach and shares in your Google+ account.

Sign up for free with Buffer  to leverage your presence in social networking sites.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

5 Simple Cures to Work Smarter and Save Time

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You’ve heard the expression “work smarter, not harder” before, but what does that mean exactly? When your inbox is packed, there's a giant stack on your desk and the phone keeps ringing, how are you supposed to get it all done smarter?
The truth is many of our common ways of doing things aren’t actually productive. When you focus too heavily on the act of doing over the brilliance of planning, you can be spinning your wheels with a lot of extra activities that aren’t driving any results. That means lots of time wasted on things that aren’t worth your attention, or that could be handled in a more efficient manner.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here are five simple cures to help you work smarter in the days ahead:
1. Structure. The wealthiest entrepreneurs know that having some structure to your schedule creates a routine of success. If you’re running around willy-nilly stomping out fires instead of planning your business’s future, you’re going to burn out and fall behind. The key to an effective workday is setting some structure in place. Get up at the same time Monday through Friday and carve out a routine, for instance; wake up, work out, eat breakfast, answer emails, phone calls, block out time for actual planning and work, check your email again, phone calls again, then be done for the day.
When you break out of your structure and start answering emails and phone calls all day and all night, you are actually wasting a lot of time. Having structure allows you to prioritize your day, trains your staff and clients when they’re going to have access to you and also allows you to carve out dedicated time for family, friends and yourself. Structure makes you a smart entrepreneur.
2. Drop the myth of multitasking. Perhaps for a few of the world’s most talented mothers, there is such a thing as multitasking. But for the rest of us mere mortals, drop the idea that you can multitask and be effective. The brain isn’t wired to do two tasks well at once. Focus on talking, typing, working or thinking, but don’t try to do more than one. You end up wasting more time trying to correct your words or rewrite your email. Your brain is losing efficiency each time it jumps to a new task. Focus on one thing at a time, complete it fully, then move to the next. This will help you gain much more time in the long run.
3. Urgent does not necessarily mean important. Part of being an entrepreneur is using sound judgment. You have to know your business model and products. You have to trust your judgment to hire vendors and staff. Apply that same sense of good judgment to the urgent vs. important tasks that arise everyday. Part of the brilliance of working in a structure is that in many ways, it eliminates this urgent vs. important issue.
If you check your email or return calls in scheduled batches of your structured routine, it trains your staff and clients to figure out their own problems. Have the judgment and discipline to step out of the easy habit of thinking every urgent thing is important -- it’s not. Learning to let urgent go will save you a tremendous amount of time and stress, so you can work smarter and focus on what’s important instead.
4. Turn it off. Smartphones and wi-fi are amazing. It’s easy to take them for granted now because they’ve become a part of life that wasn't around just 10 years ago. Yet entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates and Richard Branson still managed to build billion dollar empires with a landline phone.
All this connectivity is convenience at its best, but it can also be incredibly disruptive to your workflow. To work smarter, you need to find times in the day when the instant message options are off, the email notifications are blocked and the phone is on do not disturb. All those pings, chimes and vibrating distractions take your brain out of a creative process. Only you have the power to turn all the distractions off and focus on blocks of time devoted solely to work, the creative process and your business.
5. Take lots of breaks. How can you take lots of breaks and still get anything done? Easy! It’s all about structure again. When you plan out your day to have moments of time between tasks for breaks, you’re setting yourself up for success. When you go, go, go, you end up burning out big time. However, if you set up time for short walks, meals and other small blocks of time to reset your brain and fuel your body, you’ll have the energy and juicy brain matter you need to go strong all day.
Don’t feel guilty about getting up from your workspace every two hours for water, a snack and a few laps around the block. Keeping your body fueled and rejuvenated will keep you working smart for a long time down the road.
Source: 5 Simple Cures to Work Smarter and Save Time

Monday, September 15, 2014

3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF DAILY TO FEEL MORE SATISFIED AT WORK

3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF DAILY TO FEEL MORE SATISFIED AT WORK
[Image: Flickr user Abhi]
FORWARD THINKING IS GREAT--BUT IT ALSO MAKES YOU LOSE SIGHT OF PROGRESS. USE THIS EXERCISE TO SHIFT SOME FOCUS TO YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.


Caroline Ghosn has trouble acknowledging her successes. The Levo Leaguefounder and CEO certainly has a lot to be proud of, but like so many hard-working, forward-thinking startup leaders, she focuses on the future, rather than her past accomplishments.
About two months ago, she realized that she wasn't very happy, even though she had every reason to feel fulfilled by her career. "I don't know why I'm not sleeping well," she said to career coach MJ Ryan. "I don't know why I'm not feeling 100% happy with every moment of this experience." Ghosn, who runs a mentorship and networking organization, isn't alone in her feelings. A Levo League survey found that 47% of the service's users are not satisfied with their careers on a day-to-day basis.
With the help of Ryan, Ghosn diagnosed the problem. "The busier you get and the more forward-looking you become, the more difficult it is to actually acknowledge and gain strength and inspiration from the things you've already accomplished, which can become problematic when you're in a startup," she told Fast Company. "You can lose sight of progress."
The goal to a happier work life, then, is to find a way to recognize past successes, which for Ghosn is as simple as asking the following three questions every single work day:
1. What am I thankful for today? This does not have to be work related, just anything at all.
2. What did I enjoy today? "Keeping a pulse of what energizes you is really important," says Ghosn.
3. What am I satisfied with today? "This question is particularly important if you're one of those people who is seeking excellence and always trying to progress along a path," Ghosn explains. "The shadow side of that is that you might never feel like you're in the place you want to be."
These questions effectively create what Ghosn calls a "to-done" list. Instead of crossing off tasks, you're tallying accomplishments. Not only do all of those little dopamine hits start to add up, but over time you will get a sense of the types of things that energize and inspire.
This practice relies, in part, on the cult of mindfulness--the business buzzword of the moment that suggests dedicating time to meditative practices will boost productivity and creativity. By taking the time to reflect on her life, she recognizes her achievements, and in theory, that leads her to produce better work.
"I really believe that cultivating creativity as general principle is about managing your energy," she explained. "And if cultivating creativity is about managing your energy, then managing your energy is about exercises like these that are about achieving mindfulness."
So far, she says she feels happier, more satisfied, and fulfilled. "My team will tell me I'm more comfortable in my skin, a little less hard on myself--just a lot more comfortable with the fact that we're moving in the direction that I feel we should be moving in." And she believes that all of that has led her to greater, and better, output.
She credits the success of her mantra with her dedication to the questions. "The strength from the exercise comes from the ability to form a habit around it and repeatedly execute it day-to-day," she explained. It forces her to focus on everyday accomplishments, instead of over-representing failures, which so many of us do.
Source: 3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF DAILY TO FEEL MORE SATISFIED AT WORK

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Are You Doing the Right Things in Life?

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Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. - Peter Drucker

Before you find out whether you are doing the right things or no, find out the things that are important in your life and also your goals and aspirations. It goes without saying that your health, family, career, money, friends and happiness mean a lot to you. Your goals and your purpose in life are tie with things that you are good at. Perhaps you want to write a few inspiring books if you are at words. As a person good in analyzing figures, you may want to be an accountant.    

How do you find out if you are doing the right things?   

1.     A time to reflect: It is necessary to take time off to review your activities.  You can do it at the end of the day, on every Sunday evening, at the end of every month and at the end of a year. The purpose is to find whether you are spending time productively:

·        Doing  exercise
·        with family
·        managing your money  
·        learning  and upgrading
·        keeping in touch with  your friends and closed ones

2.     Before doing anything ask yourself three questions. What is your purpose of doing this? Are you doing it the right way? Can you do it in a different way to get a better result? By asking this question, you avoid doing things that are irrelevant and wasting your time. It is also for you to thank and make changes and seek improvement and be more productive in your approach.

3.     Are you living your own life or following the life of others? Do not worry about what others think of you. Live your life and do what you have to do. You have your dreams and purpose in life. The most important thing is to capitalize on your talents and do the best you can with what you have.  

It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
--Betty Friedan

4.     Are you happy with what you do every day? It is an issue relating to your job and career. Is it something you enjoy doing? It is challenging enough to excite you and get you into the flow while at work? Are you able to unleash your potential capabilities?


5.     How do you look at failures and setbacks in your life? It is an opportunity to examine closely the situation.  It could be a chance for you to take the challenge, solve the problems and make progress in life or it could be a hint that you are heading the wrong direction.

Conclusion:
You are doing the right things when your daily activities are aligned to those things you treasure in life and are closely relating to your goals. You need to examine if you are doing it efficiently.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Monday, September 8, 2014

10 Simple Things You Can Do to Make You Happy

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Happiness is about what you think and what you decide to do. Thinking and doing the right things will bring you happiness abundantly. Here are 10 simple things you can do to make you happy: 

1.       Think positive thoughts: When you get up in the morning just make up your mind and decide to have a happy day. This is a choice for you to radiate joyfulness throughout the whole day. Happiness will transform a normal day into a delightful day in whatever you do.

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. ~Mildred Barthel

2.         Exercise: According to an article, Exercise Makes Us Happy -- It's Science, We know that regular fitness is good for the heart and that it can help the body to build muscles and maintain a healthy weight. But it also spurs the release of endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that promote happiness. So, stop watching TV, get up and be active.

3.       The great outdoors: Spending time in nature is a great way to feel good and relaxed, be it on the beach, in the county, up the mountain or down in the valley.

4.       Spend time with family and friends: Happiness is connecting with people closed to you. Happiness is also about spending money on your friends like going to a movie or enjoying tea in the afternoon.

5.       Sleep well: Happiness is about sweet dreams. A good night’s sleep rejuvenates and energizes you. You are fresh and alert the next day. You feel good about yourself and you are in control.

6.       Be grateful:  Be appreciative of the things that you have. Don't be jealous and envious of others. Just think that you are better off than many other people. Comparisons will disturb your peace of mind and calmness. Write a few things that you are grateful for in your journal in the evening to end a day happily. 


7.       Start a new day early: According to an article, Early Risers are Happier, Healthier and More Productive Than Night Owls,  early risers are generally happier than night owls. More than 700 respondents, ranging from ages 17-79 were surveyed and asked about their emotional state, health and preferred time of day. Self-professed morning people reported feeling happier and healthier than night owls. Morning people are more productive and they get the most important things done. Happiness is starting a new day early and be more productive.


8.       Read and learn new things: Reading inspires, educates, enlightens and motivates you. Every time you learn something new it gives you the Aha moment. Happiness is the excitement of discovery and realization.

9.       Do good: You will find the greatest joy in kindness. Find every opportunity to help others. Perform random acts of kindness like smiling and waving at people you meet, holding the door for the person behind you, saying think you to the casher and complementing your friend for her new dress.

10.    Live every moment: According to an article, Why You Should Treasure Apparently Mundane Moments in Life, it’s worth bearing in mind our tendency to undervalue the pleasure we will get in the future from what seem like everyday moments right now.. Focus on what you do every day, concentrate on the task hand, enjoy every moment in life and turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary experience.

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be. ~Taisen Deshimaru


Are you doing things that make you happy?
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