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6 Easy Ways To Boost Your Personal Efficiency

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We all want to become better, that’s for sure. I bet you’re reading this line because your pursuit of excellence has led you to me. Now that we’ve met, I’d like to propose the following:

My work is different – I’m not a guru, I’m not here to improve you, and I’m not here to make you believe something. I am here because I’m the bird who sings its song without any expectations. If you care to stop and listen to me, you do so because you appreciate the beauty of the song.

Becoming a superhuman or improving your personal efficiency up to skyrocketing levels requires you to do stuff.

As far as I see it, there are several primordial aspects that one must assume and acknowledge before working complicated aspects.

Here are 6 things you truly need to consider and apply if you really want to create long-lasting change in your personal efficiency. Start small but aim high.

1. Meditation

 

First of all, you must understand what meditation really is. There’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo everywhere around the internet, so many of us don’t really understand what true meditation is.

Meditation is a state, not an activity that you must schedule. We are meditating every time we silence our thoughts and engage in the present moment. It is THAT simple.

As Mark Farley, the founder of a popular assignment help enterprise suggests, “All you have to do is start observing what’s going on around you and your body. Use your eyes as tools for vision, your nose as a tool for smelling, your ears as a tool for sound, and activate all your other senses like touch, emotions, and vibration."

I would add an important remark…

Don’t focus on removing the thoughts. Many people make a true effort to stop their thoughts on command. That’s a trap that leads you nowhere. Instead, focus on your senses and on “now".

2. Knowledge of personal efficiency

 

“Knowledge is power" – you’ve heard it, I heard it, and our neighbors must have heard it too. It has a different meaning for each of us, yet for the wise ones, knowledge is everything.

At one point or another, you’ll understand this statement better, and it will mark the beginning of a new stage in your life.

Life’s all about lessons and growth. The moment you stop, you stop fueling what keeps you alive. For example, do you fail to do something in life? Do you fail to be disciplined or to stick to your goals? It means you do not have sufficient knowledge on how to remove the bad beliefs & habits. It means that you don’t have the “weapons" to fight back. When you embrace the knowledge that’s sitting up for grabs, your life will immediately change and your personal efficiency will boost.

3. Harmony

 

Let me ask you a question. Do you live in harmony with yourself?

Simply put…Do you feel what you think?

Or…do you do what you feel?

Or…do you do what you think and feel?

Here’s the simple definition of love/balance/freedom/harmony:

Thoughts + Emotions + Actions. If they are aligned, there will be harmony. If they’re not aligned, there will be suffering.

Right now, most of us experience an internal anarchy because our thoughts, emotions, and actions are in disharmony.

You can get out of this state by simply becoming the ruler of your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Become sovereign and an internal monarch of your world and you’ll be happy and free.

4. Self-Discovery

 

There are many points in life when our needs completely change. We first desire to achieve material abundance. Money, fame, power, status…that’s the standard. But then, we will hardly be delighted by the things that we’ve accomplished.

We’ll start seeking other types of experiences. We’ll start studying literature, art, history, and so on. But once we’re done with that, the process repeats.

Eventually and hopefully, we’ll start seeking true knowledge, which is the knowledge of the self. We will realize that we had it all, right here, in our own minds.

5. Intention

 

They call it the law of attraction. Simply put, what you intend to happen, it will eventually happen. However, it will hardly happen if your thoughts, emotions, and actions are not sitting in balance, because you actually need to take action to develop new things here, on the physical plane.

How can you change any procrastination state, laziness, belief?

You start with the intention first. You start caring about the thing that you want to happen. Once you know and visualize what will happen, start taking action!

6. Attachment

 

Don’t become attached to anything – people, feelings, thoughts, objects, states…they’re all going to trap you.

According to Buddha, the attachment is the root of all evil and the biggest block to self-realization, and that’s become when you conclude something, you make it real, and it will eventually impact you in the future.

If there are no conclusions, every experience will feel like “new". The past represents our illusions of what happened while the future represents the illusion of what will happen. The present moment is the only thing that matters. Stay there and your attachments will soon go away.

Takeaways

 

So, as you may notice, there are many powerful actions you can take to arrive where you want. If you care, save this post somewhere on your desktop and keep revisiting it every now and then. Reflect on the topics discussed here and try to see the bigger picture.

Lastly, remember to keep it simple. After all, we’re all playing our individual game. Once you realize that what you’re doing is simply playing, your fear will suddenly vanish and there will be no more irrelevant suffering. You will be free and ready to conquer your world.

Author’s Bio

Mark Thomson started the career as a freelance writer and now he is the head of the Assignment Masters writing group. Mark’s favorite topics are self-development, education, and career building. He aspires to both motivate his readers and provide them with useful knowledge.

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Finding Your Talents With Morning Pages

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Do you ever feel as if you are constantly getting in your own way? Are intrusive thoughts or easy distractibility taking away from your ability to create or reach your goals? If so, you are not alone. Most of us create a lot of internal noise that can block our creativity, and stop us from maximizing our talents. Some examples of this noise are:

  • Thoughts of self-doubt
  • Painful memories
  • Grudges and arguments
  • Worries great and small
  • Unfinished ideas
  • Mental to do lists
  • Regrets
  • Administrivia
  • Cerebral Flotsam and Jetsam

Unless you can push past all of these, it’s difficult to accomplish very much beyond simply muddling through your day. One way to clear all of this out of the way is to use a technique called morning pages. By using this simple yet proven method, you will be able to accomplish more, learn about yourself, and make better use of your talents.

Morning Pages Defined

In 1992, author Julia Cameron released the book, ‘The Artist’s Way’. The book contained several exercises designed to help average people harness and use their natural creativity. The exercise that gained the most popularity was ‘morning pages’.

Morning pages is a daily writing exercise. The instructions are simple. Just write in an 8.5 x 11 notebook in longhand until three pages have been filled. This exercise is to be completed first thing in the morning, before doing anything else. Since the book was published, writers, artists, and others have been practicing morning pages.

The Purpose of Morning Pages

The concept here is quite simple. It is difficult to think creatively or complete creative tasks if you are inundated with the kind of intrusive thoughts mentioned above. Anyone who has ever, for example, sat down to write something only to have their mind wander continually has experienced this.

The function of morning pages is to use writing to clear all of those thoughts away. The idea is that if you engage in longhand, the stream of consciousness writing you can get those thoughts out of your mind and onto paper. As a result, when it comes time to focus on what you want to accomplish, all of that ‘stuff’ is less likely to get in the way.

Morning Page Guidelines

There aren’t a lot of rules here. Essentially you should write in longhand. Typing doesn’t have the same impact. This may be because the brain actually reacts differently when you write or draw by hand. You should do as little as possible before starting morning pages. Ideally, it is the first thing you do. Getting a cup of tea beforehand is fine. Checking your emails and making a phone call before getting started is definitely not in the spirit of this. Finally, you shouldn’t stop writing until you have filled three pages.

What if You Have Nothing to Write?

There is absolutely no pressure to produce any written work, through morning pages, that is at all interesting or compelling. The products of your morning pages don’t even need to make sense. If you don’t feel like you have something to write, then write anything. Write a series of made-up words. Write the same sentence over and over again. Write words that rhyme with one another. Write as many words as you can without using the letter ‘E’.

There may be days when you just don’t have much to work past before you can access your creative abilities. On those days, think of morning pages as simply a warm-up exercise. Still, if you stick to morning pages, you will almost certainly find that there are days when you do have something to write. They may be trivial things such as concerns about what to make for dinner, or rehashing old conversations. You might even write about work concerns such as vetting out a new hire or picking the best human translation option for a business merger or expansion. They may also be deeper things such as major goals, fears, or regrets.

Does Morning Pages Have a Purpose for People Who Aren’t Creative Types?

First, everyone is a creative type. There are so many tasks that require you to use creative talents even if they don’t fall under the category of artistic expression. It takes creativity to come up with new solutions to a problem. It takes creativity to teach a concept to someone who is having difficulty understanding it. It takes creativity to write a sales pitch. Any time that you do something without following some predetermined set of steps, you have done something creative.

Unfortunately, if you don’t consider yourself to be creative, doing creative things can be even more challenging. One of the things that can get in your way is your own doubts about your creative abilities. That’s something morning pages can help you get over.

Is Morning Pages Therapy?

Not exactly, but there are days when it may feel that way. If you’ve been trying to accomplish something and your thoughts and doubts keep getting in the way, writing can be cathartic. So can the feeling you get when you are finally able to complete the task you want to complete.

On the other hand, morning pages can reveal deeper emotions such as sadness, frustration, or anger. Simply writing these out may not be sufficient. You may choose to find another means to explore these further.

Getting Motivated to do Morning Pages

Like any other exercise, morning pages won’t help unless you do them consistently. Many find themselves working hard to find the motivation to stick to it. The best approach is to simply drop the idea of motivation altogether.

Instead, work to create a morning pages habit. Think of all of the things that you simply do. You check your email, you walk your dog, and you wash your dishes. There’s no immediate reward for doing these things. You don’t skip out on these things, because you aren’t feeling inspired or motivated. You just do them. Once morning pages are a habit, whether you feel motivated won’t be an issue.

Conclusion

Who knows? You may be a better writer, creator, or problem solver than you ever imagined. Give morning pages a try. This simple exercise may be the key to accessing and using your creative talents.

Author’s Bio

Margaret Reid

Margaret Reid is a freelance writer who is seeking to discover new ways for personal and professional growth. Currently, she`s working in the company The Word Point and trying to improve herself in the blogging career. Margaret is an experienced and self-driven specialist who cannot imagine her life without writing.

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How To Be Happy In An Unhappy World

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Can we be happy in this crazy world? Speaking of the world today as a place of happiness appears to just be “Pollyanna" positive thinking, not dealing with reality.

When we consider the present world, there’s much poverty and persecution on one side. In America, the poverty is minimal and the ‘persecution’ is verbal. We would think, then, that America would be happier. But, generally, no.

Gratitude for the blessings

What we find is those in poverty are grateful for every gift, every blessing, every morsel of food, every day of life. They are happy! They have joy! However, in America few are satisfied. There’s envy, grudges, the struggle for more money, power, and status. People are most stressed and worried.

How can someone who has, basically, nothing be happier than one with everything (or the potential for it)? They find happiness within themselves, yet they’re not concerned with only themselves. They are selfless and generous. These people find happiness in life every day, appreciating each meal, each moment.

They know the truth, they know the reality of eternity. Moreover, they’re patient and trustful. Can a wealthy country learn from a “third-world" country? Not in technology, true. Not in politics, no. Probably not in infrastructure, maintenance, or most other areas. But can we learn from the people, the strong souls? YES!

The old adage, ‘There are no atheists in foxholes’ is accurate. Those in ‘third-world’ countries are in ‘fox holes’ and continue to hope. They believe in eternity and what it offers. Also, they know their current situation is temporary. Hope makes them strong.

People of hope

We in America are spoiled. Many have no idea of the struggle we once endured that made us the amazing country we are. We once were also a people of hope… and belief… and love. But, today, most Americans have lost all sense of Faith. It hardly exists. Many of those who do ‘believe,’ don’t live their faith. Thus, the lack of hope—and, as a result, the lack of love. Charity is rarely observed.

Comments on social media are appalling. Hate and name-calling are prominent. People are quick to criticize and judge. Worse, they’re quick to attack. There is little attempt to understand. What good can come of it? Does the hate satisfy? Does criticism bring internal joy? Absolutely not! It hurts us—in many ways.

Step over criticism

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission." So, even if we are criticized or called names, we don’t have to respond similarly. We don’t need to feel offended by those who insult us, showing their ignorance. We can rise above, pause, breath, smile—knowing the insult is untrue, that the name doesn’t apply. “Let it go" and ignore the ignorant.

We can be a faith-filled, hopeful, caring people again. We can build up our faith in an eternal Deity. People can learn to trust. It’ll take a change in attitude, a realization that hate and unrest are upsetting in themselves and within us, hindering, hurting. A change requires yearning for peace, especially internal peace. Isn’t that what we all truly desire?

Calm down in order to be happy

In the recent movie, “Rampage," the gorilla, “George," would get upset and his trainer motioned for him to calm down. In the former condition, George was dangerous. When the trainer insisted George calm down, George would respond, calm down, and was able to listen and be reasoned with. Then, he was also the means for doing good!

We’re the same. If we’re upset, we cannot think clearly. So, doing good is the last thing we consider or even want at the time. But we must act as humans and make ourselves calm down to be able to consider all sides of an issue or situation—and then act and react reasonably, fairly. We can all seek and find that peace of mind and heart if we truly desire it. How can we not desire it?

We all have faults

No matter what we think, we’re no better than the other person. They may be faulty in an obvious way—but we are faulty in another way.
Continual fretting, constant upset– about political issues and every item on social media which the media and some famous people encourage– affects attitudes, relationships and also health! It damages bodies internally, causes pain, worsens conditions, and eventually can even kill. Worse, it can erupt in battles with others and someone getting seriously hurt. No good can come of it.

But, also, something few consider today is how it damages the soul. The soul lasts past death into eternity. If we all considered that what we do today in this life determines how we spend ‘forever,’ there would be less pain and less hate in this world.

Striving for happiness

So, let’s work on getting along, not jump to conclusions, consider pros and cons of each issue and motivations of each side. We should ask ourselves: Why am I so upset about this? What is the source of the underlying grief I feel? Even if we don’t believe in eternity, we will be happier in this world if we realize we are not “all that!" We’re just another person striving for happiness—maybe in the wrong way.

What can happen when we ignore the ignorant, let go of pride, strive for peace, seek hope and practice love? We will be more productive, more successful—at our job, in our family, with friends, in life. We will be happier in this world. Then, if there’s an eternity, we’ll certainly find ourselves in an even happier place!

Is there an eternity?

Blaise Pascal said, “I would rather live as if there was a God and die to find out there isn’t than to live as if there isn’t and find out there is." It’s called Blaise’s Wager. Blaise was a mathematician, a philosopher, a theologian, a physicist! So, he wasn’t ignorant! He was a wise man providing advice we would do good to follow.

Author’s Bio

Monica Walker

Monica Walker is a wife of 50 yrs, mother of 5, grandmother of 23. Region Manager at Augustine Institute. Manager & Mortgage Underwriter at Bank of America. Published freelance author — various local publications including weekly and monthly entries in church publications. Author — three books almost ready to publish. Poet and Songwriter–ninety songs ready to submit.
“Outstanding Young Woman of America”
Guest on televised Business Awakenings show.
Multiple, various awards at Bank of America and Augustine Institute.
Volunteer for church and small-town activities.

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Is There A Link Between Sleep And Grades?

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Yes, there is. If you want to improve your academic performance in college, make sure you are getting enough sleep. According to a recent study by the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University in Montreal, students who get enough sleep scores better in languages and math.

This is not the only study that backs this claim. Several medical and scientific studies link sleep and grades. In another scientific study published in 2017, it was revealed that college students with a consistent sleep schedule are more likely to secure higher grades compared to those who do not follow a strict sleep schedule.

These studies reveal that not only having enough sleep is vital for students, but it is also necessary to follow a strict sleep schedule. As a student, you have to make sure that you are going to bed and waking up at a consistent time.

Why is Sleep so Important for Higher Grades?

With advanced scientific research, it is now common knowledge that the quality of sleep has an impact on our lifestyle, work productivity, and our ability to learn. The sleep quality plays a major role in improving memory, language learning, problem-solving skills, executive functions, and ability to learn complex concepts.

There is more to the link between sleep and grades. You also need to understand there is a difference between “long sleep" and “quality sleep", both having different effects. The studies show that long sleep is related to the improvement of academic results, while quality or deep sleep is linked with overall cognitive performance.

Make sure to not only sleep for 8-9 hours, but also ensure you are sleeping in an environment that allows uninterrupted sleep.

The Challenge for College Students

The issue here is – college and university life is not easy for students. Most students not only attend their college but also work in spare time to meet their expenses. Moreover, they also have to make time to prepare for their examinations and to prepare assignments.

In most cases, the tough daily routine makes it almost impossible for students to have enough sleep. In the United States, college students on average get 6 hours of sleep per night, while most remain sleep-deprived throughout their college years, resulting in poor grades.

According to health experts, a college student must have 8 hours of quality sleep. Lack of sleep does not only impact grades, but also overall health, both physical and psychological.

What is the Solution for Students?

The best way to ensure enough sleep is to bring balance to your life. While it is a fact that the life for students is tough, especially for those who also work while studying, but there are ways you can manage your time more effectively.

  • Finding Jobs that are Easier and Allows Multitasking

Commuting between college and the workplace often consume a lot of time. The easier solution is to find online jobs that can be done by students. There are a lot of opportunities available online that allows students to work from their home.

For example, students can work as virtual assistants, email support, customer support, online chat, bloggers, essay writers, data entry specialists, web researchers, etc.

All these jobs not only save you time, as you can perform these jobs online from your room but also allows you to study at the same time. For example, if you are working as a virtual assistant, you can easily switch between your study and your work.

You can increase your sleep hours as you don’t have to travel between your work and college anymore.

  • Delegate More

Most students stay up late in the night just to complete their essay writing and other assignments. To counter this, many seek help.

Do you know that more than 20,000 university students in the UK use essay writing services? It is a great way to get some more time to sleep and have less stress.

  • Limit Your Nightlife

If you are spending too much time with your friends and staying late at night just to party, it is time to limit it at least for college years. As a student, you need a good night’s sleep. Limit the nightlife to weekends only.

In addition, you also need to limit the consumption of energy drinks, coffee, and other sugary beverages that have a negative impact on your sleep. Similarly, limit the use of the computer or mobile devices, especially in the night time. Exposure to the blue light emitting from digital screens severely affect the quality of our sleep and causes sleeplessness.

Conclusion

Every student has one goal, to achieve higher grades, but if you are not having enough sleep, it often becomes impossible. Many students don’t realize that there is a strong link between sleep and grades. It is now a scientific fact. So make sure to set your priorities right, manage your lifestyle, and make sure to have enough time to sleep for at least 8 hours each night.

Author’s Bio

Donna Moores is a savvy content marketer and freelance blogger. She has gained an outstanding marketing experience within the biggest industries and businesses, which she pleasantly shares with the readers. You may reach out to Donna on Facebook or Twitter.

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How To Decorate With Happiness In Mind

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When you move into a new space or feel that it’s time to rearrange, it can be easy to focus only on the aesthetics of a room. However, a great way to really exercise some more creativity with a room and make it more functional overall is to decorate with happiness in mind. Decorate in an attempt to give yourself the best possible experience in every room of your house. The last thing you want is a cluttered, erratic looking room that feels small, confined, and barely usable. So, we’re going to go over some tips that will help you achieve a perfectly styled and practical room that fills you with happiness.

How Feng Shui Can Help You

You’ve probably heard of the term feng shui before, but maybe you aren’t quite sure how it can actually benefit a room. Well, feng shui is the practice of bringing balance into your home. The goal is to create rooms that allow you a lot of living and working space. If done properly, you should feel as though there is a perfect flow to your decor, that every piece is working together for a particular function, and that you have ample space to use it realistically.

To start, think about the color of your walls, furniture, and decor. Color plays a big part in feng shui, and it’s all about how the room makes you feel. Think about how you’re going to use the room and what colors will inspire you to work happily. From there you can create a color scheme that will help you more easily identify pieces of furniture and decor that work with what you’ve planned to go on the walls.

Another huge aspect of feng shui has to do with decluttering your living spaces. This doesn’t only apply to your living room, but to all rooms. Think about your bedroom and office and any other rooms in your home. You should think about systems of organization that will truly make your life as easy as possible. A system that promotes more clutter instead of a clear workspace and headspace is not an effective one. So, do some shopping around to find some great organizational pieces that work for what you’re trying to accomplish in each room. Your methods will likely look different in each space and that’s totally normal. There is no cookie cutter way to organize a home and honestly, that’s a good thing. It allows you much more creativity in the process. Have fun with it!

Make Sure Your Bedroom Actually Calms You

Now that you have some separate ideas about organization, inspirational colors, and functionality in mind for each room, let’s talk about an incredibly important room in your house that gets much less love than it deserves — the bedroom. Yes, you might have a big comfy bed and a few pieces of nice furniture, but for many of us, the bedroom is just an afterthought. We think of it as a place to rest our heads at the end of the day and not much else. It doesn’t have to be glamorous if it’s just the place we’re sleeping right? Wrong.

First and foremost, you may have heard the idea that most of us will spend about ⅓ of our lives sleeping, which is true. So, having the comfy bed is important, but you really should think about optimizing this room for maximum comfort and creating a room that encourages peaceful rest.

How much time do we spend in the bedroom?

Lots of Americans are using their bedrooms for so much more than just sleep. In one survey, about 130 people were asked how much time they spend in their bedroom. Fifty-seven people said that they spend at least the required ⅓ of their time. Fifty people said as much as possible. And 12 individuals answered, “and the reason to get out of bed is?". As you can see, most people demand quite a lot out of their bedroom. This is often a place of relaxation, entertainment, and sometimes it doubles as an office. You watch TV in there in an attempt to relax and be entertained after a long day at work. You might even have a small desk in there so you’ll never be far away from your work. All of these things are great, but you shouldn’t forget the main purpose of this room. It’s so important to furnish and decorate your bedroom in a way that inspires comfort and sleep.

So, how do we do that?

Dissect your bedroom using all five senses. Think about what colors say “sleep" to you and start to paint and decorate accordingly. Make sure that when you get in bed, the feel of it gives you that nice, warm, sleepy feeling. What do you smell? Well, that’s something you should think about too. Maybe try out some aromatherapy with candles or a diffuser with scents that relax your mind. Lastly, make sure that you can say no to the TV when it’s time to rest. Perhaps adding a device that plays soft white noise or some other natural sounds can take your mind off of stressful thoughts and focus them on tranquility.

In my opinion, the most effective way to get what you want out of every room is to think about its basic function. What’s more, keep it organized, use colors that inspire you, and use all five of your senses to create an experience in each room that suits your needs. Your home should work for you, you shouldn’t have to work so hard to get your home to work practically. If you keep these ideas in mind, you can decorate your home with happiness in mind, which will inspire you to experience each room with joy every time you enter.

Author’s Bio

Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.

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