If you apply this simple technique, you will be more effective and get more of the right things done.
Since we live busy lives, having ways that can make us work smarter is an advantage.
Does This Way of Working Sound Familiar?
You sit down to work on your first task. A few minutes in, you get a notification on your phone or computer. You read that notification and respond if required.
Now, you get back to working on your task. As you’re working, you remember you wanted to check something online that you didn’t check before you started working.
You switch over to your internet browser and before you know it, 15 or 20 minutes have gone by. You’re annoyed with yourself for going on the internet. You get back to your task.
You take several minutes to refocus and get back to where you had left off.
As you’re concentrating well again, your phone rings. Now, you’re deciding whether to answer or ignore it because you have done nothing productive so far. Since you’re already distracted, you answer it.
And so it goes. Distractions and interruptions will affect how much you produce every day.
The Downside of Working That Way
If you’re constantly stopping and restarting when you’re working, it will:
- Slow your progress.
- Cause you to lose focus.
- Generate more stress because you’re not progressing as fast as you’d like.
- Make you unproductive.
- Cause you to feel fatigued easily.
- Affect your ability to deal with distractions.
- Cause you to feel you’re always behind and trying to catch up.
- Not allow you to get into a rhythm while working.
This is a bigger challenge if you’re trying to do many similar tasks or repeated processes throughout the week.
There is one simple technique you can apply to become more effective.
When we practice letting go consistently, we’ll have the ability to free ourselves from things causing us to suffer.
Even though the practice of letting go is simple, there are things to know to do it effectively.
What is Letting Go?
It’s a practice that allows us to free ourselves from something from the past and focus on the present moment.
The ability to let go helps us release unhealthy emotions so we can give more attention to what we want.
Whenever we’re triggered by an event, we’ll experience a range of emotions. Most people prefer positive emotions. Negative emotions can include frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness, guilt or jealously.
Hanging on to negative emotions can cause us extra stress and also cause us to not function well daily. Learning to let go of negative emotions will make a difference every day.
If we observe a young child, they can experience a range of emotions quickly. They can cry in one moment and be jovial or happy the next moment. They don’t hold on to negative emotions.
A Practical Example of Letting Go
If we imagine holding a pen in one hand, we can turn our hand and drop the pen. The pen isn’t attached to our hand.
Similarly, our emotions aren’t attached to us. We can let them go the same way we can drop a pen from our hand.
The more we practice letting go, the easier it will become and the more comfortable we’ll be with the process.
If we learn how to use visualization effectively, we can become powerful achievers and create what we want.
Visualization is used in sports, business and life to reach new or greater levels of success. Yet, it’s not something that’s commonly mentioned when wanting to achieve a new outcome.
What is Visualization?
Visualization is a technique that allows us to see an outcome or goal as already complete, before it is. It’s using the power of our mind, through our imagination, to create mental images of what we want.
It’s creating a movie on the screen of our minds of things we’d like to do, achieve or experience. Each time we visualize, we’re engaging our subconscious mind to make what we’re visualizing come true.
Why Visualization Works?
When we visualize, it creates a gap in our subconscious mind between what we currently have or where we are, and what we’re visualizing. This creates structural tension in our mind.
Whenever there is tension, our mind will seek to resolve it. This means our mind will work on filling the gap between what we have and what we want.
This will show up as greater levels of motivation, better ideas and more creativity, so we can reach what we’re visualizing. We’ll also pay more attention things around us, which may be clues to get us closer to where we want to be.
The Benefits of Visualization
The benefits of visualization include:
- More inspiration and motivation.
- Better levels of focus.
- Higher self-confidence.
- Enhanced levels of creativity.
- Better habits or behaviours.
- Improved skill levels.
- New ideas or insights to solve problems.
- Faster achievement of goals or outcomes.
- Elevated levels of performance.
The more we can harness the power of visualization, the more success we can have.
Having a growth mindset will make a huge difference to our self-confidence and the quality of our lives.
As we are beings programmed for growth, if we’re not growing, we won’t be at our best. This is why having a growth mindset is important.
What is a Growth Mindset?
A growth mindset is a commitment to be the best we can be and harness our potential. It’s our willingness to use our experiences to become the person we know we can be.
Not everything in life will go as we expect or as we plan. There will be challenges, disappointments and failures as we strive to get to where we want to be in life.
Having a growth mindset means doing what’s required to achieve what we want. It’s having a belief that with the right thinking, strategies and actions, we can succeed in what we choose.
A person with a growth mindset commits to learning what’s necessary to achieve results they want. A person who doesn’t have a growth mindset will not explore new options to achieve the results they want.
Those who don’t have a growth mindset have a fixed mindset.
A simple example is of a person who wants to develop a new skill. If they have a growth mindset, they know with dedication and constant practice, they’ll develop a certain level of competence.
If they have a fixed mindset, they may complain about how difficult the process is and will want to quit. Their internal dialogue is focused on the negative aspects of the process rather than the potential reward.
If we have a growth mindset, we can improve our lives in a big way.
Knowing how to take better notes can help us remember or reference things later to have more success.
While it may seem unimportant, learning how to take better notes is a useful skill to develop.
Why is it Important to Learn How to Take Better Notes?
Taking better notes is important because it will:
- Help improve our ability to recall and understand what we’re learning or want to remember.
- Lead to less stress especially when we have to reference something from the past.
- Improve our listening skills.
- Help our ability to focus on the present moment.
- Improve our creativity as we’ll learn how to connect topics or points discussed.
- Make us more productive, efficient and effective because we’ll have a system for capturing and recalling information.
Situations Which Require You to Take Better Notes
We have many situations where knowing how to take better notes can be a huge advantage. These include:
- Learning and studying.
- Brainstorming Sessions.
- Team meetings.
- One-on-one meetings and interviews.
- Educational settings such as conferences, seminars or training programs.
As we improve our ability to take better notes, we’ll gain more confidence to apply what we need. This will lead to more intelligent actions, which will help us achieve the success we want.
Having ways to develop your self leadership will make you a better leader and enhance the impact you can make.
We’re all leaders. We don’t need a leadership title to be a leader. The things we do and the way we behave makes a difference to those we interact with regularly.
How we lead ourselves will influence how we lead others. If we want to be a better leader, we have to give more attention to our self leadership.
What is Self Leadership?
Self leadership is our ability to be who we are and be congruent with our thoughts, actions and behaviours.
It’s knowing our values, standards and intentions to achieve what we want, while remaining true to who we are.
Why Your Self Leadership Will Make You a Better Leader
To have a strong self leadership capabilities, we need to have:
- High self-awareness.
- Strong self-belief.
- Immense self-confidence.
As we develop our self leadership, we’ll gain new awareness, have more self-belief and self-confidence. This will also help us communicate better and influence others in a positive way.
The more we influence others positively, the better leader we’ll become.
It’s encouraging to know we can make massive progress by making small changes to what and how we do things.
When we’re not consistently making progress, we don’t have high levels of enthusiasm to live our best lives. A common mistake we make is to make drastic changes, without preparing ourselves as best we can.
For example, people set new year’s resolutions because they want to change or achieve something. They may start off with a lot of excitement. If, however, they don’t have the right habits or a plan, they’re more likely to quit if progress is slow.
Why is Making Progress Important?
We’re all programmed for growth. If we aren’t growing, it means we’re dying. If we aren’t making progress in life, we will:
- Not experience true joy and happiness.
- Feel stuck or stagnant.
- Not express ourselves fully.
- Not challenge ourselves to dream big or take new risks.
- Stop believing in ourselves and what’s possible for us.
When we’re making progress, we feel alive and excited about our lives and what’s ahead.
Sometimes, small changes over time, is a smarter approach to take, as it can lead to massive progress. There is a Chinese Proverb which says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
We can make massive progress by making small changes and leveraging the power of the compound effect.
You may have heard you must be in alignment with your best self to create what you want in life.
While that sounds interesting, we have to know what it means and how we can apply it.
Knowing how to be in alignment with your best self is valuable to learn as it will bring many benefits.
What Does it Mean to Be in Alignment With Your Best Self?
Alignment is “an adjustment to a line; arrangement in a straight line.” It’s also “the proper adjustment of components for coordinated functioning.”
To be in alignment with your best self implies all aspects of ourselves are in harmony and functioning well.
We operate in different realms at the same time. We’re spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical beings at the same time.
When all aspects of ourselves are operating to serve our highest good, we’re in alignment.
Why is it Important to Be in Alignment With Your Best Self?
When we’re in alignment, we’ll experience:
- Greater levels of joy, self-expression and creativity.
- Less turmoil or chaos.
- Lower levels of stress.
- Higher self-control or self-discipline.
- More peace and satisfaction.
When we’re in alignment, things are effortless. We can also reach optimum productivity and performance a lot easier.
The ability to reframe a negative experience quickly is a valuable skill that will support having a healthy mental state.
When we have experiences that don’t go as planned, our well-being can get affected. Even though we prefer not to have negative experiences, sometimes we can’t avoid them.
It’s not about what happens that influences our emotions; it’s how we frame those experiences that determines our emotional state.
Things happen and don’t always go as planned, therefore knowing how to reframe a negative experience will be helpful.
What is a Reframe?
A reframe is a way of looking at things differently. It’s about using our perspective to give a meaning to an experience that will lift us up.
This is in contrast to giving a meaning to an experience that brings us down. Whenever we don’t feel good about something that’s happened, it means we’re giving it a meaning that’s not helping us.
Why is it Necessary to Reframe a Negative Experience?
As we develop the ability to reframe a negative experience, we’ll experience many benefits. They may include:
- Having better mental and emotional health.
- Maintaining a healthy or positive attitude even when things are unpleasant.
- Having more self-confidence to handle life’s challenges.
- Focusing on what we want to experience instead of what we don’t want.
- Staying inspired and motivated to carry out our responsibilities.
There are techniques we can learn to change our emotional state whenever we’re not feeling our best.