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How to Have a Productive Day

Do you get easily sidetracked throughout the day? Typically things start off quite well. You’re focused and work quite productively, but at some point everything just falls apart. Instead of focusing on your work you end up indulging in little distractions and pleasures that keep your brain entertained. The end of the day soon rolls around, and you look back and wonder how on earth you managed to get so little done. This is of course a typical scenario that many of us go through. It’s however not an unavoidable scenario. There are actually six steps you can follow that will dramatically improve your chances of having a productive day.

 


1) RECOGNIZE THE UNPRODUCTIVE ACTIVITY

To have a productive day means actually working productively on your highest priority activities. It also means hitting targets and getting results that help move projects and tasks forward. So if that’s the number one goal, then anything that distracts you from this path becomes a hindrance to your productivity. Whenever you notice yourself getting sidetracked with anything that pulls you away from your highest value activities, that is when you need to immediately do three things. First, recognize what you’re doing. Secondly, stop indulging in this activity. And thirdly, acknowledge that this isn’t a valuable use of your time.

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2) CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES

To have a productive day requires understanding the consequences of your actions. Everything you do of course comes with a set of consequences. The consequences of your actions can either move you forward in a helpful way, or they can hinder your progress. When we indulge in unproductive activities, we normally don’t take into consideration the consequences that may result. In particular we don’t take into account the long-term consequences. Specifically, the long-term impact of the choices we make. With this in mind, consider the long-term impact of indulging in this unproductive activity. What will it inevitably cost you?

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3) REMOVE YOURSELF FROM ACTIVITY

To have a productive day you need to get into the habit of being very decisive. This is especially relevant when it comes to removing yourself from unproductive activities. You need to separate yourself from these activities as soon as possible. Separation will allow you to gain proper perspective of the situation. However, this isn’t just about perspective, it’s also about taking the time to remind yourself about what truly matters. Have a think about the kind of person you are and how you would ideally like to live your life. Reflect also on the goals you would like to achieve. Now consider, how this unproductive activity could deny you these things.

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4) START SETTING PRIORITIES

To have a productive day requires effective prioritization. It requires constantly reminding yourself about what’s most important, and then refocusing on those activities. But how do we know what’s truly most important? Well it all begins with getting very clear about the kind of person you want to be at this particular time. The person who indulged in this unproductive activity probably isn’t you. If that’s the case, then how do you prefer to be in this situation? Now, reflect on the goals you want to achieve, along with the various tasks that support these goals. Here is where you will find your highest priority activities.

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5) CREATE CONTINGENCY PLANS

To have a productive day requires effectively organizing your time around your highest priority activities. You need to get very clear about what you want to accomplish, how you will accomplish those tasks, and how you will adapt when things get in your way. This effectively comes down to creating contingency plans for when things don’t quite go to plan. For instance, what will you do when you get distracted? What will you do when you lose focus? How will you adapt to the inevitable setbacks you might face throughout the day? And, how will you refocus your efforts on your highest priority activities?

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6) TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION

To have a productive day means staying focused on the things that matter most. These are your highest value and highest impact tasks and activities. They must support the kind of person you want to be and the goals you want to achieve. And this is where your focus must lie. If however all this kind of feels a little daunting, then break big tasks down into small chunks. Moreover, work incrementally through these chunks within specific predefined time frames. You can even set a timer to create a sense of urgency. This will encourage you to work more efficiently through each task. Also, make work fun. When you enjoy working, you will have a productive day.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

To have a productive day of course takes hard work. It takes self-discipline, willpower, patience, and effort on your part. It’s not easy to work productively for an entire day, but it certainly can be done.

Working through these six steps and reminding yourself of them throughout the day, will help you to stay focused on what matters. This of course doesn’t mean that you won’t get distracted. What it does mean is that you will manage those distractions in more optimal ways, which will help you to make better use of your time.

Do however keep in mind that it’s not always about what you do, but rather about how you do those things. Focusing on the right things in the wrong way is almost as bad as getting distracted. At the end of the day results are what matter. When you get great results and surpass your expectations, that is when you know you have had a productive day.


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How to Get Motivated to Achieve a Goal

How to Get Motivated to Achieve a Goal

Do you struggle to find your motivation at times? You have this big goal you want to achieve, but for one reason or another you just can’t seem to get yourself motivated. You’re just struggling to find the motivation you need to take inspired action toward that goal. As a result, you kind of feel as though your life is stagnating. You feel stuck and kind of unable to move forward. Inside though you feel very restless. You know you have the ability to achieve this goal, but at the moment you’re just unable to move forward. What to do? Well there are actually six ways to get motivated that might just help you get unstuck and achieve your goal.

 


1) FIND EMPOWERING REASONS

You will never truly get motivated without a compelling reason that drives you forward. In other words, you must know precisely why you are wanting to accomplish your goal. However, this isn’t just about knowing why you want something, it’s rather about understanding the true value of pursuing that goal and how it can subsequently help improve your life and circumstances. With this in mind, list down all the benefits of achieving your goal. Furthermore, as you work through key tasks and activities, list down why taking these specific actions is important, and how these actions can potentially help you achieve your goal.

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2) BUILD AN INSPIRING WORKSPACE

It’s difficult to get motivated while working within an uninspiring environment. A workspace that is cluttered, messy, and unpleasant, will make you feel uncomfortable, and may even distract you from your main objective. For this very reason it’s important to carefully craft an inspiring workspace that will keep you energized, focused and motivated. With this in mind, build a workspace that is distraction free, practical, organized, uncluttered, clean and inspiring. Make sure that it has all the tools you need to help you stay productive and focused throughout the day.

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3) DEVELOP A REWARD SYSTEM

It’s difficult to find motivation when there are no rewards on the horizon. Rewards can be used to fuel our motivation over an extended period of time. This is especially of value while pursuing long-term goals. Pursuing these goals can of course be quite challenging. It’s challenging because these goals are often made up of many different components that need to fit together to bring your goal to life. Managing all these parts takes a significant amount of effort — requiring short bursts of motivation. With this in mind, it can be helpful to turn long-term goals into short-term milestones that are built upon a hierarchy of rewards.

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4) CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE

How you begin your day sets the scene for what’s to come. If you begin your day in an inspiring way, then this makes it easier to find the motivation you need to stay productive and focused. If on the other hand you start your day in an uninspiring and hectic way, then you’re likely to get lost in a sea of distractions. High achievers often have a very specific morning routine that helps them get their day started on the right track. This morning routine often involves a combination of reading, meditation, goal setting, exercise and journaling. What kind of morning routine could you create that would help you stay focused and inspired?

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5) HIRE A MOTIVATION BUDDY

One of the most effective ways to get motivated comes in the form of accountability. When we feel accountable for our actions, we naturally feel more motivated and inclined to follow through with the promises we make. Personal accountability is of course fantastic, however it’s not as powerful as the accountability that comes along with a motivation buddy. A motivation buddy is a friend, colleague, mentor or coach who regularly holds you accountable for your actions. You inform them of the steps you will take toward accomplishing your goal, they then hold you accountable for following through with your promises.

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6) DESIGN A VISION POSTER

Motivation comes to us in many different ways. Some people will for instance hear something that inspires them. Others might read something, or may even get a feeling from doing something that instantly motivates them to take proactive action. We all of course have our own personal triggers for finding motivation. One trigger in particular that’s common for most people comes in the form of a vision poster. This is very much a collage of inspiring words, doodles, photos and quotes designed to keep you focused on your goals. Take some time to create a memorable vision poster, then use it as a source of daily inspiration.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

To get motivated may initially take a little thought, however once you understand your triggers for motivation, it’s not so difficult at all to find the motivation you need to pursue your goals. In fact, combining multiple motivation triggers can become a great source of inspiration that will help you build the momentum you need to to achieve your goals. It of course might take a little experimentation at first.

At times you will find motivation one way, while at other times you will find it another way. In fact, you may need to change and adjust your approach depending on your circumstances. What worked in the past may very well not work in the present moment, or in this particular situation.

To get motivated over the long-run takes ongoing effort and adaptation. Just as we need to eat food to keep ourselves fueled and energized throughout the day, we also need a source of daily motivation to drive us forward toward the accomplishment of our goals and objectives.


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Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

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How to Eliminate Fear to Achieve Your Goals

How to Eliminate Fear to Achieve Your Goals

Do you struggle to overcome your fears? Are there any specific fears that are currently holding you back? What are you unable to do because of these fears? Are they preventing you from achieving your most important life goals? We all of course experience fear. Fear is a natural human response to danger. It serves to protect us from harm. However, most of the fears we experience are quite irrational. These are not life threatening fears, but rather egocentric fears that protect the ego from harm. The fear of rejection, criticism, failure, and success all originate from within our imaginations. And to eliminate fear, this is precisely where we must go.

 


1) ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEAR

The first step to overcoming fear is to take the time to acknowledge that you are actually feeling afraid. Your ego may of course struggle with this. It doesn’t want to admit its weaknesses and vulnerabilities. However, admitting to your struggles kind of releases you from the burden of holding onto that fear. Your fear subsequently turns into a problem that you can now progressively work through. Acknowledging your fear also paves the way forward. However, in order to move forward you must find reasons to do so. Ask yourself why it’s important to overcome this fear and how that could help improve your life.

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2) IMAGINE HAVING NO FEAR

Fear originates from within the imagination. It evolves from the way we imagine our circumstances. In other words, it manifests from the interpretations we make about how something appears to be. Given this, it just makes sense that in order to eliminate fear, we must start involving our imagination. With this in mind, consider for a moment what your life would be like if you no longer had to deal with this fear. What would you be able to do and achieve as a result? How would you live your life? How would things be different than what they are today? What would be possible? And, how does all that make you feel?

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3) IDENTIFY TRIGGERS

Now that you have put yourself into a more positive state-of-mind, it’s time to progressively start working through your fear. To begin with, consider for a moment when exactly you experience this fear. When does this fear appear? Under what conditions or circumstances? What thoughts do you have on your mind? What emotions are you experiencing? What is happening around you? What is it that triggers your fear? Or in other words, what needs to happen for you to actually feel afraid in that particular situation? Understanding the evolution and origins of your fear will help you to better comprehend the nature of what you’re dealing with.

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4) ASSESS YOUR DEGREE OF CONTROL

When it comes to fear, there’s always the question of control. How much control do we actually have over our fear? Is there some level of control, or are things completely out of our hands? It’s very possible you are afraid because you’re struggling with self-doubt. You’re not quite sure what will happen, and you subsequently fear the worst. This creates a lot of uncertainty, which subsequently scares you. You worry about all the things that you’re unable to control, when instead you should be thinking about where this control actually lies. It of course lies within you. You have full control over how you choose to respond to this situation.

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5) ANALYZE POTENTIAL OBSTACLES

Now that you feel more in control of how you respond to fear, it’s time to start thinking more resourcefully about your predicament. There is of course this big fear that’s no longer a fear, but rather a problem that must be dealt with. Every problem of course comes with a set of obstacles that must be overcome. Overcoming these obstacles will however require resources. Resources come in the form of your knowledge, strengths, skills and the support you can muster. With this in mind, first identify the obstacles that might prevent you from moving forward, then list down how you could use your resources to successfully overcome this fear.

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6) GET CREATIVE

You should by this stage have a clear action plan in place to help you work through your fear. However, your plan may not be foolproof, and as such there may still be some doubts and uncertainties lingering on the horizon. If this is true for you, then it’s time to get a little creative. Consider for a moment all the options you have for overcoming this fear. What could you do? How would you do these things? Now, switch your persona. Imagine you’re Bugs Bunny, or maybe a scientist, or possibly a secret agent, an entrepreneur, or even Harry Potter. How would you work through your fear as one of these characters? What ideas come to mind?

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

So there you have it. Those are the six steps you need to take to eliminate fear. But do they actually work? Will following these steps help you to eliminate fear? The short answer is, yes they will work, but to a certain extent. The truth is that you might never entirely eliminate fear. To eliminate fear completely, takes a lot of repetition, exposure and conditioning. Moreover, it requires fully detaching yourself emotionally from the outcome.

As long as uncertainty exists, there will always be room for fear. However, a little fear can easily be channeled into excitement. And when we’re excited, it’s far easier to muster up the courage to take proactive action toward our desired objectives.

In the end it all comes down to perspective. If you interpret your experience of fear in a helpful way, it won’t become so overwhelming, and you will subsequently work through it far more quickly and effectively. And of course perspective always begins with how we choose to see things and the stories we tell ourselves about those circumstances. Change those stories, and you can very quickly change your life.


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How to relieve stress

How to Relieve Stress

When things start getting a little out of control and difficult to manage, do you immediately stress out? You’re probably normally pretty good at managing your stress levels. You’ve handled yourself quite well numerous times before, but the stress at work is starting to get a lot more frequent and intense. You’ve now reached a point where you’re starting to stress about the thought of experiencing stress. Your body feels worn down and there doesn’t seem to be any reprieve on the horizon. You wonder what it might take to relieve stress and gain some sanity back into your life. Well, possibly the following six stress-busting ideas may help.

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1) MAKE HEALTH A TOP PRIORITY

In order to manage your stress levels far more effectively you need to make health your number one priority. A healthy and active body is your first defensive front against the ravages of stress. When you get quality sleep, eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and balance work with a little rest and recreation — that is how you build strength. When your body is healthy, rested, and feeling energized it can more readily absorb everyday stressors that would normally overwhelm you. Practicing mindfulness meditation alongside a healthy regimen, will also give you the ability to stay calm under pressure.

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2) SHOW GRATITUDE

When we stress we worry about all the things that we’re unable to do, to control, or manage. This generates a great deal of uncertainty. With uncertainty on the horizon we panic and lose focus on the things that matter most. In order to relieve stress, we need to refocus ourselves on the important stuff that can help us handle stress more effectively. In other words, stop focusing on everything that you’re worried about, and instead redirect your attention on the things you are grateful for that can help you right now. For instance, find some value in this moment, then acknowledge the personal strengths that could carry you through this situation.

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3) RE-WIRE YOUR BRAIN

Stress is all about perspective. We stress out because of how we’ve chosen to interpret the situation. We for instance expect things to be a certain way, and when things turn out rather differently, that is when we feel stressed. As a result, we then exacerbate our stress by talking ourselves into a state of overwhelm. Instead of staying in control of our perceptions we dig ourselves into a bigger hole by making a mountain out of a molehill. In the end, our feelings of stress are based on the interpretations we have made about a situation. To change that experience we must reinterpret or reframe it in a more optimal and helpful way.

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4) TAKE CONTROL

To relieve stress you need to gain some semblance of control over your stressful situation. We of course stress in the first place because we feel as though we’ve lost control. A lack of control creates uncertainty which stresses us out. In order to relieve stress consider what you’re able to control in this situation. There will of course be things that you simply won’t be able to control. Just let these things go. There’s no need stressing over stuff that is completely out of your hands. Focus instead of what you can do in this very moment, right now. Take control where you can, then progressively adapt your approach moving forward.

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5) GET YOURSELF ORGANIZED

One way to gain control over a stressful situation is by getting yourself more organized. It’s possible that you’re stressing out because you’re having difficulty managing too many tasks, commitments and responsibilities. Maybe you need to take a step back for a moment and critically assess how you’re doing things. Consider whether there is a better way to get all this stuff done. Maybe you need to prioritize your tasks and activities. Possibly you just need to eliminate all the unimportant stuff to make room for what matters most. Or just maybe you need to strip everything you’re doing down to its basics, and then start over again.

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6) AVOID TEMPTATIONS

When we’re feeling stressed it’s easy to succumb to life’s nasty temptations. For instance, in order to relieve stress you might drink a few cups of coffee, or pull out that pack of cigarettes. Possibly you get a sugar craving and stuff your mouth silly with tasty sweets. You may even over indulge on fatty foods or reach for that can of beer. These are all of course typical ways we tend to deal with stress. In the short-term these might be effective stress relievers, however those moments of bliss are very short-lived. In fact, succumbing to these temptations will only aggravate your stress levels and make you feel much worse than before.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

It’s probably safe to say that as long as we’re emotionally invested in something, that stress will likely follow. Therefore the best, and maybe only way to actually relieve stress is to avoid getting emotionally involved.

When we’re emotionally detached from the situation we tend to care less about outcomes and desired results. There are no expectations, and without expectations we just kind of go with the flow. And this is in fact how some people live their life.

They live without attachments and therefore without stress. They just go with the flow. No matter what happens, it just doesn’t seem to faze them. They believe that everything will work out for the best in the end. Therefore why stress? Just accept, release control, and let go. Allow things to be. Possibly that’s how life was supposed to be lived. Just maybe stress is nothing more but a human-made condition that has no place in the modern world.


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How to Beat Depression

Life can be tough at times. We don’t always get what we want, and things don’t necessarily turn out as expected. In fact, at times life kind of feels a little unfair. When things go wrong, they all just seem to go wrong at the same time. Life is just full of problems, and dealing with those problems is extremely overwhelming and difficult. People also don’t cooperate as we expect them to. They have their own opinions and do their own thing. Life is just a real struggle at times, and it’s easy to feel depressed and miserable. However, just maybe life isn’t as you imagine it to be. Just maybe it’s a little different. Possibly the following six steps can help.

 


1) EXAMINE YOUR THOUGHTS

It’s not easy controlling how we feel. There’s just so much going on in our lives, and we become so invested in certain outcomes, that when things don’t go our way, it can become quite a struggle. Even though it might not seem as though you are in control of how you feel, you actually are. How you feel is always a direct result of how you have chosen to think about yourself, about your life, and about the situation you find yourself in. By changing how you think about these things, you subsequently change how you feel about them. For now, just recognize these thoughts. Get a sense of how you’re thinking about things and observe how that makes you feel.

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2) OPTIMIZE YOUR PHYSIOLOGY

How you feel at any given moment is also closely tied to how you move and use your body. For instance, when you’re feeling sad, your shoulders will most likely slump down, your back will be arched, your eyes and head will be tilted to the ground, and your body will be curled up and constricted. It’s almost impossible to feel good about yourself when you use your body in this way. On the other hand if you choose to suddenly stand tall, to breathe deeply, to move with purpose, and to smile with confidence, that is when you will start feeling more self-assured and energized. Try adjusting your physiology right now, and make yourself feel a little better.

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3) FIND REASONS TO KEEP GOING

How you feel in the moment also depends on how you talk to yourself. And how you talk to yourself depends entirely on where you decide to focus your attention. If you focus on all the difficulties and struggles in your life, then that will make you feel miserable and depressed. However, if you choose to focus on positive aspects of your life, then that will make you feel much better. Take a moment to stand in front of a mirror. Look back at yourself and smile. Now focus on something positive in your life and use that as a catalyst to give yourself a motivational pep-talk about your resilient nature and desire to work your way through your difficulties.

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4) ASK SOLUTION FOCUSED QUESTIONS

You are seeing and interpreting the world a certain way because of the stories you are telling yourself about how you believe things to be. There are however other stories you can tell yourself and interpretations you can make. This is where questions can be of value. The questions you ask yourself effectively direct your focus and attention on key areas of your life that can help you move forward in a better way. Specifically ask questions that challenge your limiting beliefs and view of the world. Ask solution focused questions that help you see your life and circumstances in more optimal and helpful ways.

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5) SEEK GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION

Sometimes when we’re caught in the middle of our own emotional struggles, it’s difficult to see the light. It’s difficult to see our life and circumstances in more optimal ways. This is when it can be helpful to reach out to others. Reach out to someone you trust and seek their guidance and support. Tell them about your life and circumstances. Give them a glimpse of how you feel, and then ask them for their perspective. Ask them how they see the situation. Ask them what they would do in your shoes. And ask them for solutions and ideas that can help you move forward in a better way. Life is after all, all about perspective.

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6) LIVE WITH PURPOSE

It’s always difficult to move forward when we feel stuck in the present moment. There will always be things that will try and hold us back from making positive change. Whether it’s people, circumstances, or emotional experiences, you will struggle to move forward if you keep looking back. In order to break free you need to switch to looking forward. And the best way to do that is to start living your life with a sense of purpose. To begin with, set some inspiring goals, but be realistic with your expectations. And no matter what goals you set, make happiness your number one priority. When you’re happy, everything just feels better.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

No matter how bad things may seem at this very moment, you can get through it. You have within you all the resources and tools you need to beat depression. And all you have to do is choose. You can either choose to continue living and feeling miserable about yourself, or you can choose a different life that’s built upon hope, faith and optimism.

You can actually choose to be different, to think different, to ask a different set of questions, and to view your life and circumstances in a very different way. You can make that choice, but it’s of course your choice to make. Nobody can make it for you. Just decide.

Do you want to keep things as they are, or do you want to make a positive change? The choice you make could inevitably seal your fate. So choose wisely.


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Nine foolproof productivity hacks

Nine Foolproof Productivity Hacks

How has your productivity been today? Are you satisfied? Do you wish it could have been better? When we work more productively we feel better and accomplish more. Getting more stuff done of course means that we move closer to the attainment of our goals and objectives. Higher levels of productivity can also help us gain valuable time to focus on other things besides work. Work-life balance is of course so very important in this day and age. But how exactly can we improve our productivity? There are of course plenty of productivity hacks out there, but possibly only nine that will make a significant difference.

 


1) USE CHECKLISTS, A CALENDAR AND A TASK LIST

When it comes to improving productivity, you’re only as good as the tools you use. Use the right tools, in the right way, and they will immediately help improve your effectiveness and efficiency throughout the day. When it comes to productivity, there are three tools in particular that are of most value. These tools include task lists, calendars and checklists. Use task lists to prioritize key tasks and projects you will work on each day. Use a calendar to schedule specific blocks of time for completing these tasks and projects. Use checklists to systematize and accelerate your workflow as you work through each individual task.

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2) ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS

Using the right tools is a great start, however they will end up being quite useless if you’re unable to separate yourself from distractions that interrupt your workflow. There are specifically two types of distractions that you must address. The first are external distractions, and the second are internal distractions. External distractions include people, noise, smells, physical discomfort, and visual stimuli that interfere with your ability to focus. On the other hand, internal distractions come as thoughts and emotions that affect your ability to concentrate. Be ruthless when dealing with these distractions.

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3) FOCUS ON THE BIG ROCKS

In order to improve your productivity, you must commit yourself to working smarter, not harder. This is of course all about effective prioritization. Specifically it’s about focusing on the things that matter most. These are of course the big rocks, or in other words, the tasks and activities that have the greatest long-term payoffs. Yes, you can certainly focus on all the little things. They will no doubt keep you very busy. However, what true long-term value do these activities have? Consider also the opportunity cost. Focusing on the little stuff means that you may run out of time for the big stuff. What could that cost you in the long-run?

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4) BE TASK EFFICIENT

Now that you have your priorities in order, it’s time to work through your tasks more efficiently. Productivity is of course first and foremost about working smarter. But in order to work smarter, you must utilize your time more effectively. One way to do that is to group related tasks together and then work through them within fixed time slots. This will save you the trouble of working through similar tasks several times per day. This is of course quite beneficial as it helps you avoid falling into the multi-tasking trap. Multi-tasking involves dividing you attention between two different types of tasks, which often ends up hurting productivity.

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5) WORK WITH PURPOSE

Improving productivity isn’t purely about what you do and how you go about accomplishing those tasks. It’s also about the mindset you bring to each task. Specifically it’s all about working with a sense of purpose, a deep desire, and a passion for getting the job done. When you work with purpose all your energy and efforts are aligned in one direction. This naturally helps you to stay focused for longer. However, working with purpose requires an understanding of why you’re doing what you’re doing. It also requires getting very clear about the true long-term value you will gain from working through each task.

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6) USE A TIMER

One of the best and fastest ways to immediately improve your levels of productivity comes in the form of a timer. A timer is an incredibly effective tool because it helps create a sense of urgency. When we work with no deadline, we are more at ease and kind of relax our way into our work routine. However, when there is an imminent deadline on the horizon, that is when we muster up the extra energy we need to get stuff done in record time. With that in mind, schedule all your tasks into specific time slots, then set a timer for completing each task. This will provide you with that extra urgency you need to get stuff done.

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7) BE TECH SAVVY

These days, there are an incredible array of tech tools that are designed to help us work more productively and stay focused on our highest priority activities. The goal of these tools is of course to simplify our lives, and to systematize and streamline our workflow. You could of course ignore what’s out there and just focus on using traditional productivity tools such as calendars, task lists and checklists. Technology can however enhance all these tools and provide you with more efficient ways of managing and tracking your progress. However, use technology with caution. As great as it is, it can also very quickly become a distraction.

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8) MAKE WORK FUN

In order to sustain high levels of productivity over the long-run, it’s important that you stay sufficiently motivated. One of the best ways to do that is to make work fun and exciting. For instance, instead of dreading going through that budget report, why not turn it into a game and challenge yourself to complete it within a certain time frame. Or how about pretending that you are a secret agent on a mission to unlock a secret code that is found within that report. Or what about stimulating some friendly competition between you and your workmates. By making things fun, work no longer feels like a chore, but rather more like playtime.

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9) TAKE REGULAR BREAKS

Working for hours on end, is certainly admirable. But is it really sensible? Does working for longer mean that we will achieve more at the end of the day? Well actually, it doesn’t. Research has found that we can sustain high levels of focus and concentration for short bursts at a time. After this period, our focus and concentration dwindle, until we reach a point where we start to feel mentally fatigued. This subsequently makes us more susceptible to distractions, which of course diminishes our levels of productivity. To avoid falling into this trap, it can be helpful to spend 25 minutes working, and 5 minutes resting every cycle.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

So there you have it. Those are the nine productivity hacks that will help improve your effectiveness and efficiency throughout the day. Now it’s up to you to put them into action in your own life.

To begin with, select one productivity hack that you feel will have the biggest impact on improving your productivity. Now carefully introduce it into your workflow and routine. Test it out, make some tweaks, and fully integrate it into your life. Once you feel comfortable with this change, choose another hack and then integrate that into your workflow as well.

If you stick with it, and continue implementing these productivity hacks into your life, then progressively over time you will establish new habits and patterns of behavior that will help you to work more effectively and efficiently throughout the day.


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How to stop worrying about stuff

How to Stop Worrying About Stuff

Do you tend to worry a lot? Just maybe you’re the kind of person who habitually worries about absolutely everything? The moment things get a little uncertain you quickly jump to conclusions and freak yourself out. You immediately think of the very worst possible thing that could happen and obsess how it will impact your life. It’s safe to say that when you worry, nothing else seems to matter. What’s worse is that it ends up affecting every other aspect of your life. This surely isn’t the way to live. There must be something you can do to stop worrying about stuff. Just maybe the following six steps can help.

 


1) GAIN PROPER PERSPECTIVE

In order to stop worrying you first need to gain proper perspective of the situation. You are worrying about what might happen because of how you’re perceiving things. In other words, your worries are a manifestation of the stories you are telling yourself about how things will inevitably turn out. But how do you know this to be true? How do you know that your imagination isn’t playing tricks on you? Maybe it’s causing you to worry unnecessarily. Just possibly things are unlikely to turn out as you imagine. Consider that for a moment, then reflect on how else you could potentially view this situation.

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2) CHALLENGE LIMITING BELIEFS

To stop worrying you need to assess how you’re interpreting this situation. You obviously feel a certain way because you believe something will happen. But a belief is not a fact. That you believe something will happen doesn’t make it so. I’m sure your beliefs have let you down in the past. They let you down because beliefs are essentially nothing more but assumptions we make about things. And assumptions are nothing more but stories we tell ourselves about how things will turn out. What if you chose to make a different set of assumptions? What if you chose to tell another story? Would that change what you believe about this situation? It sure could.

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3) TURN WORRIES INTO A PROBLEM

It’s excruciatingly difficult to stop worrying when you feel you have no control over the situation. With no sense of control, you feel powerless and helpless to do anything that could influence the outcome. However, maybe you’re only feeling powerless because you’re viewing this situation in an unresourceful way. You may yet still be able to gain control, or at the very least some level of influence over this situation. But in order to do that you need to turn your worries into a problem. Problems are great because they come with handy solutions. When facing a problem, you therefore have a level of control that you can wield to overcome your worries.

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4) PREPARE FOR THE WORST

The chances of your worries coming to fruition are probably quite small. Things will rarely turn out as you had imagined, and probably never as bad as you expect they will. But having said that, there is always a chance that the worst-case scenario you imagine, might actually come to fruition. What then? Well, the only rational thing to do is to prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario in advance. This of course might not stop you from worrying, but it may make you feel a little more confident and capable. And just possibly, you could even find some value in the situation, and maybe even turn it into a positive learning experience.

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5) RELEASE CONTROL

Having turned your worries into a problem and mentally prepared yourself for the worst-case scenario, you should now have a good sense of the nature of your worries. There will be aspects of your worries that you will obviously have some semblance of control. There will however be other aspects of your worries where you will have little to no control over. Instead of concerning yourself with what you can’t control, make peace with it. These things are out of your hands, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Just let it go, and choose instead to focus on the things you can change or influence in some way.

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6) SCHEDULE WORRY TIME

Having gone through the previous five steps, you should now feel much better about your predicament. However, as long as uncertainty still exists, there will always be room for some worrying. You will therefore never truly stop worrying — not when those worries involve other people. Worrying a little is of course part of the human experience, as long as your worries don’t get out of hand and affect other aspects of your life. However, the moment they start to interfere with everything else, that’s when you need to reel them in. The best way to do that is to schedule a specific time and place for doing all your worrying.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

When it comes to worrying, you always have a choice. You can either choose to stop worrying and give yourself some needed peace of mind, or you can choose to continue indulging in your worries, and subsequently give yourself a headache.

Worrying of course won’t change anything. It’s actually quite a useless act. We worry and make ourselves feel sick to our stomachs about possible future scenarios, that may or may not eventuate. We obsess about all the things that could potentially go wrong, when the odds of things going right could actually be stacked in our favor.

Isn’t it time to stop worrying? You’re really not doing yourself any favors. Life is here to be lived, not to be worried over. With that in mind, commit yourself to taking charge of your worries and start living your life in more optimal and helpful ways.


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Dissecting The Six Step Goal Setting Process

Do you have big goals you want to achieve? Have you possibly had these goals for a while now, and haven’t really pursued them? Why is that? What has held you back? What reasons do you have for not taking the plunge? Is it possible you’re living a life of excuses? Some of them of course might be legitimate, but for the most part, you are probably only fooling yourself with these lies. But why is that? Why do we make these excuses? Well it might have something to do with the fact that we totally suck at goal setting. If you’re not using the six step goal setting process to set your goals, then the chances are you probably won’t achieve them.

 


1) SET YOUR GOAL

When most people think about setting a goal, that is all they do. They think about setting a goal. However, thinking about a goal doesn’t actually turn that thought into a goal. What you imagine will remain nothing more but a dream until you actually take the time to describe that goal on paper. With this in mind, it’s time to get very clear about your goal. Take out a sheet of paper and write down exactly what you want to accomplish. But make sure that it’s no ordinary goal. This goal must be meaningful, challenging, exciting and worth accomplishing. There must be a strong reason and desire for wanting this goal, otherwise you simply won’t pursue it.

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2) IDENTIFY GOAL CONFLICTS

Many people don’t have any trouble working through the first step of the goal setting process. They clearly outline their goal in a visual way and get very excited about the thought of pursuing it. However, the goal you set doesn’t live on an island all by itself. It lives within a microcosm alongside the other goals, responsibilities and commitments you have in your life. In other words, it is living within an environment where it is competing for your attention. It’s therefore very possible that an existing goal could hinder your pursuit of this new goal. Given this, you now need to identify these goal conflicts and prioritize what’s most important.

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3) MAKE NECESSARY SACRIFICES

Nothing in life comes for free. There is always something that we must give in order to get something in return. Often that sacrifice comes in the form of time, energy, money or something else we value. This is especially relevant when it comes to goal achievement. The goal you have decided to pursue comes with a price. That price is the cost you pay for pursuing that goal. Often that price comes in the form of the time and energy you spend working toward that goal. However, that price also comes as an opportunity cost. Focusing on this goal means that you probably won’t have the time to focus on other things. And that is the sacrifice that you must make.

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4) ASSESS POTENTIAL OBSTACLES

A great many people pursue their goal with a passionate enthusiasm. When things are going well, they’re absolutely loving every moment. Things just couldn’t be better and they have all the optimism in the world that they are on the right track. But then suddenly something happens that halts their progress. An unexpected obstacle or setback arises that derails all their efforts. They subsequently lose all their enthusiasm and quickly give up their pursuit. To avoid this scenario, take time to identify the various internal (i.e. beliefs, fears) and external obstacles you might face along your journey. Then set contingency plans in place.

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5) DEVELOP AN ACTION PLAN

Now that you are clear about the potential obstacles you might face, it’s time to develop an action plan for pursuing your goal. When it comes to action plans, it’s important to make it clear and practical. First take the time to break your goal down into manageable chunks. Now, turn these chunks into milestones that come with concrete deadlines. Next, outline very specific tasks and activities you will need to focus on to help you achieve each milestone. Finally, consider the routines and mini-habits you may need to develop that will support these tasks and activities. These mini-habits will help you build momentum toward your goal.

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6) FIND YOUR MOTIVATION

The final piece of the puzzle comes down to motivation. Unless you have the necessary motivation to pursue your goal, then you simply won’t have the stamina to stick with it over the long-run. Motivation is the fuel you need that will help you get through the moments when you’ll be tempted to quit. But how do we develop long-lasting motivation? Motivation essentially comes down to two things: pain and pleasure. Pain will push and pleasure will pull you toward your goal. You can trigger pleasure by visualizing the things you will gain from achieving your goal. You can trigger pain by thinking about the regrets you will have if you don’t end up achieve it.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

So there you have it. That’s the six step goal setting process you can use to begin the pursuit of your goal. Using this process of steps will help you to build the foundations for goal achievement. However, to attain your goal will no doubt take considerable hard work and persistent effort. It will in fact take massive consistent action on your part.

You can do all the necessary groundwork beforehand, but unless you actually fully commit yourself to seeing this through till the very end, then you have absolutely no hope of bringing your goal to life. Without commitment your goal will remain all but a wish that you hope to one day bring to fruition.


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How to work smarter not harder

How to Work Smarter Not Harder

It’s the start of another workday, and you have a ridiculous amount of things that need to get done. You are of course more than familiar with this scenario. You’ve been here plenty of times before. There’s just a lot of stuff, and just not enough time to do it all. But you will of course try your best. And so you decide to push yourself to the extreme, and actually work your butt off to get things done. But as the end of the day rolls around you kind of look back and wonder how on earth you managed to accomplish so very little. You were so busy, but have almost nothing to show for your efforts. If only you had worked smarter not harder.

 


1) THE PRIORITY PYRAMID

To work smarter not harder requires a clear understanding of the priority pyramid. The priority pyramid helps you break your tasks into three categories. These categories include the important stuff, the necessary stuff and the unnecessary stuff. The important stuff includes all the things that you absolutely must get done today. These tasks have the highest long-term payoffs. The necessary stuff includes all the things that you should get done today. These tasks have low long-term but high short-term payoffs. The unnecessary stuff includes all the other things that you could do that won’t provide you with any real value.

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2) AVOID THE BUSY BEE TRAP

Have you ever gotten yourself caught up within the busy bee trap? This is where you work yourself silly for an entire day, but in the end you have little to show for your efforts. You of course thought you were being productive. It seemed as though you were doing all the right things, but you were really only fooling yourself. Yes you were extremely busy, but were you actually focusing on your highest priority activities? Your highest priority activities are what get you results at the end of the day. Staying busy focusing on the wrong things is certainly not a sign of productive output. With that in mind, commit yourself to focusing on what matters.

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3) RECOGNIZE WHAT’S WORKING

To work smarter not harder requires understanding the output of your current work habits. There are possibly certain things you are doing right now that are working quite well for you. What are those things? Where are you getting results? How are you spending your time? Where are you being most productive? Identify what these things are and figure out how you can apply these methods into other areas where you’re not getting satisfactory results. Also consider how you could potentially improve your approach and work habits to get even better returns on the time spent working through certain tasks.

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4) ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY STUFF

To work smarter not harder requires making optimal choices. It requires making appropriate and necessary sacrifices that then give you the time and space you need to focus on what matters most. This is of course all about effective prioritization. There are certain high priority activities that only you can do. These are therefore the things you must focus on. Then there are other activities that are either of a low priority, or they are things others can do for you. To work smarter not harder, you must decide what should be delegated, outsourced or eliminated. Clear the clutter, and you will have more breathing room to focus on what matters most.

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5) CREATE AN AVOIDANCE LIST

To work smarter not harder, requires focusing on all the right things. However, in order to give your undivided attention to what’s most important, you need to avoid the pitfalls of indulging in low value activities. It’s of course all very well and good to say that you will not partake in certain activities, however temptations will always arise and will draw you in, when you least expect it. With this in mind, it can be helpful to create an action avoidance plan. This involves drawing up a list of items that you will avoid indulging in at all costs. Along with that list, write down how exactly you will avoid succumbing to these temptations.

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6) WORK LESS TO DO MORE

To improve your productivity and results over the long-run requires engagement. In other words, you need to be engaged and motivated to want to improve your performance over time. With this in mind, it can be helpful to challenge yourself to work less and do more by consistently raising your standards of performance. You can of course do this through testing and measuring. Test and measure your results and output, then challenge yourself to do better the next time around. You can even turn your work into a game where you use a timer, and then try and beat your best self from the day before.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

It certainly isn’t easy to get into the habit of working smarter not harder. It requires some thought and attention to detail. You need to for instance figure out what’s working, what’s not working, and then have the courage to make potential tweaks to your workflow to improve performance.

Working smarter also requires a great deal of self-awareness. You need to constantly be aware of how you’re working and whether or not it’s in your best interests to work this way.

What works well for one person may very well not work for you, or for the purpose you had in mind. Given this, you must therefore be very vigilant to actually work smarter not harder by focusing on doing the right things, in the right way — that are most appropriate to the task at hand, and that work to your personal strengths.


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Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

Visit the IQ Doodle Store to learn more about how to use this IQ Doodle and begin optimizing the way you live your life today.


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How to overcome procrastination

How to Overcome Procrastination

Do you tend to procrastinate at times? Maybe you even procrastinate a little more often than you care to admit. I guess we’re all guilty of some form of procrastination. We all probably indulge in a little procrastination from time to time. It’s not really a deal breaker, right? Well it isn’t… until it is. But by that stage, it’s too late. Once time is lost, it’s lost, and all those wonderful goals you had in mind end up being nothing more but fruitless dreams that will now never become your reality. You can of course make all the excuses in the world, but that won’t change the fact that you fell into the procrastination trap. Here are six steps to fight your way out.

 


1) CONFESS TO YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE

Okay, admit it. You just love to procrastinate, don’t you? If you didn’t enjoy it, then you wouldn’t choose to indulge in it, right? It’s your guilty pleasure, that you just can’t resist. There are of course always more important things to do. But for one reason or another you always end up finding ingenious ways to ignore all that important stuff in favor of procrastination. You of course don’t call it procrastination, you instead call it planning, preparation, rest and recuperation. But the honest truth is, it’s all procrastination. And you will never overcome procrastination unless you admit to your guilty pleasure.

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2) IDENTIFY YOUR TRIGGERS

Why do you procrastinate? What’s the actual reason? Procrastination doesn’t all of a sudden come out of nowhere. You procrastinate because of a very specific reason. And that reason often comes in the form of a trigger of some sort that encourages you to choose to indulge in procrastination. To overcome procrastination you need to identify these triggers and put a stop to them. For instance turning on the television, grabbing that snack from the fridge, or responding to that text message are examples of typical triggers. But just as there are triggers for procrastination, there are also triggers that inspire motivation. What are they for you?

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3) OUTLINE WHAT YOU WANT

To overcome procrastination you need to get very clear about what it is you want. In other words, what is your goal? What would you like to achieve in this instance? What is your objective for this project or task you are working on? Knowing what you want will help keep you focused on what needs to get done. However, knowing what you want typically won’t be enough to avoid procrastination. You also need to outline the reasons why you want to achieve these things. Why are these things important? How are they relevant to your life? What will accomplishing this project or task allow you to do? What’s the value in all of this?

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4) GAIN LEVERAGE

The reasons you outlined within the previous step will only take you so far. Yes, they will inspire you to take proactive action toward your goal, but to overcome procrastination you need a little more leverage. That leverage comes in the form of pain mixed in with pleasure. You clearly already understand the value of what you’re doing. That’s the pleasure part. Now consider for a moment the consequences of procrastination and how that will impact your life in the short-term and long-term. What will you potentially miss out on if you choose to procrastinate? What will you be unable to accomplish if you indulge in your procrastination session today?

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5) DEVELOP AN ACTION PLAN

Now that you have the necessary motivation to push and pull yourself forward toward your goal, it’s time to take a moment to draw up a plan of action. This of course basically means outlining what you will do, how you will do these things, and when exactly you will get started. You must however be very decisive, and prepare this plan of action quickly without turning it into another one of your procrastination indulgence sessions. What can be quite helpful is to create a to-do and a not-to-do list. The to-do list highlights all the things you will focus on. The not-to-do list outlines all the things you will avoid indulging in.

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6) TAKE PURPOSEFUL ACTION

In order to fully cure yourself from procrastination, you need to start working with both urgency and purpose. However, it’s important that you don’t push yourself too far, too quickly. Beating procrastination is a marathon, not a race. To overcome procrastination you need to break old patterns of behavior and establish new habitual patterns that inspire you to take consistent proactive action toward your goal. Working in 25 minutes spurts and then resting for 5 minutes is a good way to start a good productive cycle. However, rest only when you’re done with each cycle, not when you’re feeling tired. That is the key to beating procrastination.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

To overcome procrastination takes hard work. There is nothing easy about it. It takes consistent applied effort, focus and energy to break-free from old patterns of behavior that have been holding you back from being your very best self for all these years.

You of course have all this untapped potential and ability within you to be and to achieve whatever your heart desires. For so long you have been holding yourself back, and denying yourself the opportunity to achieve your goals. But no more. You are no longer that person. You now have a renewed sense of energy and confidence that will drive you forward toward bigger and better things. Not even procrastination will dare to stand in your way.


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Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?

Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.

We have prepared for you an IQ Doodle pack that includes several variations of this IQ Doodle that you can use for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. Use it consistently and you will begin making positive changes in the way you live, work and interact with others.

Visit the IQ Doodle Store to learn more about how to use this IQ Doodle and begin optimizing the way you live your life today.


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