Recharging your batteries

Recharging your batteries to improve productivityHow many of you have ever tried to use a remote control that was running low on batteries?  It didn’t work very well, did it?

You would push buttons and try to change the channel; however, the more things didn’t work, the harder you pushed to try and make them work.

As our lives have gotten more busy, it is important to remember to recharge your batteries from time to time.

Why recharge your batteries?
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When life gives you lemons

Hopefully you’ve had a great week so far. For those of you who haven’t, don’t worry, it will get better – I promise! For some people, when the balancing act, called life, throws us a curveball, we get all our of whack. We can’t sleep, eat or function for that matter, and we feel the pressure in our social groups – because we want to fit in, so we keep things bottled up inside. This isn’t actually a good thing, nor is it healthy. In fact, why do we do these sorts of things anyway? We’re scared, that’s why – we want everything to go our way and when it doesn’t, we get all out of sync and forget how to function.  When times like these happen though, I say don’t let them affect you – instead, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Sure, you may have lost your job, missed out on a promotion or had a bad day overall, but that really shouldn’t stop you, nor should the feeling that your friends might give you a hard time about your misfortunes.  In fact, it should make you angry to the point that you want to do something about it because life goes on whether you choose to do something or not. If you stay mired in your current situation and let others (the company that just fired you, your friends), you’re only going to make things worse because you’re expending so much energy on the things that went wrong, not realizing that there’s another side to the coin – the things you can change. Here are just a few examples

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The one tab effect

Just the other day, I shared with you 10 ways to be more productive in business and in your personal life.  One area that I felt needed additional coverage was learning to turn off distractions. Distractions are simply there to help get you off course, to drive  you further from your goals.  They can be the incessant buzzing of your smartphone, a television in the background, even browsing the web can be a distraction.

To help minimize distractions, I tend to put my phone in a drawer and turn the television off – I know, sounds a lot easier said than done. One area though that I struggled with was browsing the web. One link turns into multiple tabs or windows, which turns into hours of wasted time and that’s not good for productivity.

But there is a solution!

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10 ways to be more productive

Sure, we all have a million things to do. Commuting to work, keeping up with friends on our favorite social networks, meeting with business associates, running a successful company.  For some people, it can be a daunting task to get things done. Instead of checking things off our lists, we somehow end up adding more things to that list, and it doesn’t ever seem to stop.  Then there are those people where tasks come second-nature to them.  They simply get to work and in a few short hours, everything is done.  I’m sure we would all love to be in this group. And we can!

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