Four Practical Tips To Stay Productive When You Feel Exhausted

The deadline for several projects you are working on is looming, and you desperately want to finish your work, but your head is aching and your body feels weak. Sound familiar? Almost everyone can relate to the above scenario because we have all been there at one time or another. There are days when you are swamped with tons of tasks that need to be done, but you are also aware that your body needs rest.

Your initial reaction may be to sacrifice one or the other. Either you listen to your body and ignore the deadline or stretch your strength to the limits as long as you get the work done. Facing the dilemma in one of these ways may work, but can also backfire in the long run. You may think it is too good to be true, but with a few tweaks to your daily habit and routines, it is possible to have the best of both worlds. You can stay productive and meet the deadline without abusing your body. Try the following practical hacks:

Take regular breaks.

Have you been struggling to finish your tasks easily because you’re not taking breaks? It may feel a bit sad to know, but this tactic will not work. In fact, ignoring break times may only slow you down. Taking a break and forgetting about your work for a little while will refresh your mind. After the break, you will likely to be more inspired and ready to tackle the tasks anew

If you need further proof, researchers from the University of Illinois showed in a study that taking quick breaks can greatly enhance focus and performance. So no matter how heavy your workload gets, remember to take a short break once in a while. Allow your mind and body to recharge by taking a short power nap or eat some snacks. If you know that a busy week is coming, you can prepare for it by taking a relaxing getaway just before things get hectic.

Schedule a time for emails.

Email notifications can be useful but can also distract you from the more important tasks. To keep these messages from stealing your attention, you may want to allot a specific time for it. Choose the most convenient time in your day to check and reply to emails and stick to it. You may be surprised at how much you can accomplish if you do not have to stop your work progress just to reply to a message or read an email. A smart idea to ensure that emails will not take up too much of your time is to set a timer for it. Thirty minutes a day will be more than enough to ensure that you do not miss any important messages or reminders.

Drink your way to productivity.

On days when you feel really sluggish and unmotivated, a cup of black coffee can help you get through the day. A research study published in the British Conference of Undergraduate Research showed that drinking coffee before physical exercise results in longer workout hours. You can boost your caffeine fix by drinking black coffee mixed with coconut oil. Many claim that this drink gives tremendous benefits, but others say that it can pose health problems. To be certain, you may want to consult with a physician regarding your coffee intake. If you are not a coffee drinker, tea is an alternative power drink. One study revealed that drinking tea stimulates the mind and help you do your job more efficiently.

With coffee and tea on this list, it seems obvious that staying hydrated is essential to staying productive. So aside from the drinks mentioned, do not forget to drink enough water. Research done by the University of East London proved that water intake can increase brain activity up to 14%. Next time you feel a need for something to perk you up, a glass of water may be all you need. It is generally readily available and safe for all.

Stand, walk or stretch.

Sitting too long working on a task is likely to lead to health problems and can contribute to poor work performance. Throughout the day, take time to engage in a brief physical activity. This suggestion is tied into the idea of taking a break, because it implies finding opportunities to have time away from your desk. You can allot a few minutes to stand and stretch your muscles. Or have lunch at a nearby restaurant. Walking to the restaurant and a bit of change in the surroundings can leave you more inspired to work.

Aside from the four tips featured here, there are many other ways to stay competent and productive even when the workload starts to get overwhelming. Panicking and worrying will not help and may further slow you down. So stay calm amidst a pile of tasks. With a few tricks here and there, you can finish them all in a cinch!

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Traits You Need To Build Extraordinary Resilience & Achieve Success

Truth be told, you will never really know just how strong and adamant you are unless adversity strikes. Then you learn courage, you build resilience, you learn to persevere, you build character. T. Whitmore

The classic book by Charles Darwin, “Origin of Species” talks about the importance of resilience. In this literature, the late scientist states that the strongest and brightest species is not necessarily the one who survives, rather it is the species that can best adapt to change.

So if you have set your sights to accomplish great things, resilience is definitely one factor you cannot ignore. The result of research done by Executive Coaching Consultancy, an executive coaching provider based in London, shows that resilience plays a very important part in achieving career success.

Big goals demand extraordinary resilience. If you want to stand out from the rest, it is necessary to be stronger than the average person. Building stronger resilience may sound like a tough challenge, but a closer look will reveal that it mostly involves strengthening character and improving your mindset.

Gain focus to keep distractions away.

The planning stage is usually the easiest part of goal-setting. Challenges come in once you immerse yourself on the task at hand and find yourself surrounded by so many distractions that attempt to steal your time and attention.

It would be next to impossible to finish anything if you cannot concentrate. You need focus in order to avoid distractions, and you need willpower to finish a task. Various techniques like meditation and affirmation can sharpen your ability to focus and strengthen your willpower.

Be consistent to stay on track.

The level of energy you put on a task may vary depending on your mood and the situation. It is typical to display so much enthusiasm at the start of a project. That is, until fatigue and other roadblocks cause you to gradually lose interest.

If you want to be more resilient than the rest, try not to let anything affect your performance. It will not be easy but consistency in giving your best in any task is a sure road to success. To keep your ardor from slipping away, you can rely on your support group such as friends or family to tirelessly remind you about your goals every now and then.

Be humble and admit your own mistakes.

When things go wrong, it is so easy to resort to blaming and pointing fingers. The truly resilient individual will first examine his or her own actions before others. This is because someone with a strong mentality does not see mistakes as a sign of weakness, but rather an opportunity for learning.

If you have the guts to acknowledge your own mistakes, then you gain the wisdom to understand that failures happen for a reason. Likewise, by having the humility to accept your own flaws, you open doors for improvement and correction. This trait will be easier to achieve if you are clearly aware about your strengths and weaknesses.

Be brave enough to move on.

The exceptional individual allows time to heal after a failure but then also knows that sulking or wallowing in despair for too long is not an option. If you see defeat as simply part of the journey, you will always be ready to stand up and move on after every fall.

Things can get so tough that giving up seems like the easy way out. However, if you have a firm resolve to win, you will be determined to survive the blows of failures, mistakes and disappointments that you will meet along the way.

Life is a series of ups and downs, so greater resilience is indeed a trait that everyone should aim for. The process may get difficult but the positive rewards will cascade in all aspects of your life so it will be worth it.

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How To Cope If You Have Outgrown Your Business Mentorship

Entering mentorship comes with expectation on both sides. Mentors expect to impart wisdom on the future leaders of the field. Mentees expect to have reliable support during the rocky beginning phases of their careers. Schedules are discussed, contact information is exchanged, and hopes are high. Understandably, neither party spends time thinking about where the mentorship will be in a year, 5 years, or even 10 years. All conversation centers on the now. But in 5 years, will things still be the same? If not, what’s the proper way to handle the changes that will occur?

Growth

A difficult aspect of mentorship, which often gets glossed over, is the conclusion. There are several reasons that mentoring relationships can come to an end, but one of the most common is mentee growth. Typically, mentorships begin with the intent of easing the novice’s transition into a new career. During that time, mentors share networking connections, wisdom, and expert advice when problems arise. But what happens down the line when the mentee is flourishing and no longer needs the same type of guidance?

Mentees:
· Should you keep a mentor who has no experience in the direction that your career has led you?
· What should you do if you feel your success has surpassed the level of your mentor’s?

Mentors:
· If your mentee is asking questions about technologies and best practices that you weren’t trained in, should you still try to help?
· Are you holding back your mentee from moving on to someone who better suits his/her current position?

These are all plausible situations that many people face every day, but fail to address head-on. So, what should you do if you find yourself in the same position?

You have two choices; redefine your relationship or end it. Redefining your mentorship could include transitioning your former teacher-student dynamic into a friendship where you both seek and give information equally.

Mentees: You can now show gratitude by helping your former teacher through some of her business problems.

Mentors: You should be proud of how far your protégée has come; now you can reap the benefits!

However, if egos are causing a problem, tensions are mounting, or your bond is growing weak, it may be time to (amicably) part ways before damage occurs. Growth is a healthy part of life, but it can alter your perspective about who you will need around to help you with your next step. If it’s time to say goodbye, do so knowing that the time you shared was well spent. Remember that ending the mentorship doesn’t need to be a negative experience. It also doesn’t need to be the end of all communication. The benefits of mentoring are vast – it would be pointless to completely ruin the connection you worked so hard to build. You still have an opportunity to preserve your business connection (in spite of ending the mentorship).

Mentees: Express your gratitude. Your mentor didn’t have to share her time, knowledge and expertise with you, but she did. Credit her when you have a chance to, and check in every now and then to say hi.

Mentors: This is your chance to be understanding and wish your mentee the best of luck in his future endeavors. Speak kindly of him in his absence and be cordial to him when you see him in the field.

Most mentorships skip this step altogether and let things fizzle out over time. One person stops calling, the other stops returning emails, and before they know it, they’ve become nothing more than distant acquaintances. When they coincidentally bump into each other in public, things can be awkward and strained. Instead of maintaining what was formerly a viable connection, they’ve lost it.

Don’t let a similar sad ending be what comes of your mentorship. If you sense that growth is the source of the changes you’ve noticed, schedule a conversation with your mentor/mentee and have a heart-to-heart about what the future holds. No matter the outcome, remember that there is room for friendship after mentorship.

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Three Essential Steps To Living A Life of Freedom

Close your eyes, and imagine for a moment that you are living a life that is designed by you, driven by your passions and based on your desire to fulfill a larger purpose. In this life, you are not held back by a heavy work schedule, you do not have any financial limitations, and you are not only satisfied but excited to wake up every morning and be finally living out the life that you have always wanted. Now back to reality, does that sound like a farfetched dream, impossible of attaining? Well, it’s not. You can make a change in your life starting today towards living a life of freedom. Focusing on three essential steps of holistic living, you can fulfill the life you have always dreamed of.

Make Your Health A Priority

Being able to live freely, and without restriction starts with taking care of you and your body—You can’t make a car run unless you maintain the engine and fuel it properly. A healthy lifestyle starts with changing your diet to eating clean and balanced meals. Consuming whole, quality, and organic foods will provide the fuel your body needs to perform at its best. By eating good, you will feel good and in turn, will live a better life. Eating healthy also boosts your immune system helping to decrease illness and avoid disease. You also need to take care of the rest of your body—be sure to get enough sleep, relax, and slow down when your body tells you that it needs a break. By taking care of yourself, it allows your body to function at its highest potential so you can live a better life.

Establish The Right Mindset

Once you get your body right, it’s time to get your mind right. The right mindset focuses on mindfulness, and actively living in the present moment. Take time to think about what is currently happening around you, and use both the positive and the negative situations to propel your thoughts and actions towards success. Meditation is a great way to attain that perspective and it really opens your eyes to see what your life looks like from day to day. Being mindful of your actions and what is happening around you helps develop emotional intelligence, which is just as important as general knowledge. You should also clearly determine what it is that you want to accomplish in life, and outline goals that will help you to get there. With a positive and mindful mindset, let your passion fuel you and chase those dreams. Your thoughts lead to your actions, so always keep in mind how your reality is directly related to your state of mind.

Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People

The old saying of, “It’s not what you know but who you know”, could not be truer, especially in relation to a life of holistic freedom. It is essential to find a community of other purpose driven, mindful people who will help you to chase your passions, achieve your goals, and teach you along the way. We are never too old to learn and by surrounding yourself with like-minded people, you are bound to meet someone who has gone through similar experiences and can mentor you on your own journey. The people in your life should inspire you and add value to your life. By growing your network with other individuals that align with your goals, they can provide you with new doors of opportunity related to your passions, in addition to the support in pursuing your life of purpose and freedom.

Living the life you have always dreamed of can be done, freedom is attainable. By taking care of yourself, being positive and mindful, in addition to finding a community that aligns with your goals, you will live your best life. Ultimately, by nourishing your mind, body, and soul you will find that you can fulfill your life’s purpose, pursue your passions, and truly achieve holistic freedom.

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Top 3 Questions to Ask Your Mentor

So you’ve finally found yourself a mentor who shares your values and life aspirations? Kudos to you! But now for the next step. You need to make sure you’re prepared to ask your newly found life coach the right questions to take advantage of your first meeting. In your first meeting, the most important thing to remember is to ask questions that show interest, gain insight, offer information about yourself, and get to know your mentor all at the same time. But how do you ask powerful questions that provide all of the information you need in such a limited time? Read our top 3 questions to ask your mentor to get yourself started!

Top 3 Questions to Ask Your Mentor

What mistakes led you to your successes?

Be sure to include a series of questions that hone in on your mentor’s skill-building process. This question knocks out two birds with one stone. It invites your mentor to describe both his or her weaknesses and elaborate on his or her successes. By asking about both strengths and weaknesses, you will gain insight as to how the two can be related and how to make the best of unfavorable situations. Additionally, your mentor is likely to identify and elaborate on his or her greatest accomplishments and give you advice on what could have been executed differently. Listen closely because you might find out something you’ve never even thought of before.

How do you spend your free time?

Not only does finding out what your mentor does to relax and unwind allow you to get to know them on a personal level, it also bridges the conversation from professional to personal development and provides insight on how all areas of your life can and should be dynamic and connected. Pay special attention to the answer to this question––you never know what you might learn!   

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time?

Asking any question that indicates self-awareness gives you the most insight on your mentor’s career successes. This question paves the way for a much more personal conversation that builds trust and imparts valuable wisdom. It’s important to build a relationship with your mentor that opens the conversation to both career-driven thoughts and personal facts on past lessons learned.

By thoughtfully preparing for your first mentoring session, you’ll be guaranteed to get more out of it and your relationship with your mentor is likely to be much more successful. Happy mentoring!

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3 Habits You Should Quit Right Now

Everyone has vices. For some, it’s biting their nails. For others, it’s smoking cigarettes. But for most people, the worst habits they pick up aren’t the most noticeable. They’re not as obvious as smoking, swearing, drinking, or biting nails; they’re more internal—and that’s what makes them all the more nefarious.

Chances are, you’re guilty of at least one of these habits you should quit right now.

Quit Letting Distractions Rule Your Life

In the age of social media, smartphones, and tablets, it’s hard not to be completely immersed in distractions. Digital notifications have the same kind of addictive quality that some of the most insidious hard drugs do. Your brain lights up like a Christmas tree the moment your screen lights up.

But, if you want to live a successful, happy life, you have to let go of these distractions. You don’t have to completely unplug, but it’s for the best if you limit your exposure to digital distractions as much as possible. Don’t let them rule your life. Turn off all of the notifications; silence the voices shouting at you from your tiny screen. Listen to the input of the people who are actually around you more.

Quit Hanging Around ‘Negative Nancys’

Speaking of the people around you, if you’re surrounded by a horde of naysayers and ‘Debbie Downers,’ then now is the time to quit. Drop ‘Negative Nancys’ like they’re hot potatoes. They’re not adding value to your life, and you can’t change their negative perceptions of the world.

You’re both better off if you don’t associate with one another. You won’t be able to drag them out of the mire, and they’ll only pull you down to their level. The people you choose to surround yourself with inform others who you are as a person, so make sure you choose them wisely.

Quit Comparing Your Journey to Others

As the old adage goes, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” If you waste your time comparing your life to those of the people around you, you’ll never find happiness.

Not only that, but you’ll also wind up not being as successful. In order to be your best self, you have to focus on just that: being your best self.

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