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Start working smarter instead of harder

There are 2 ways to increase the productivity of any person, no matter what she is doing. The first one is making her work harder. If you are a web-designer and you create one WP template in a day, you should simply start creating more – 2 or 3 templates in a day. That’s the simplest way to increase your productivity.

Another way is working smarter, not harder. That is the much more effective solution, though it’s still hard to be found. It means not working more, but working more rationally and smarter.

For example, for creating more WP templates, you should hire some young web-designer. He would help you with your work, allowing you to earn more from your templates. As a result, you could probably delegate your task for growing your business.

Of course, that’s just an example – in reality working smarter is difficult. You should remember several simple facts.

There is an 80/20 principle

80% of success is the result of only 20% of our efforts.

Multitasking is impossible

Multitasking is a myth. People can’t be doing several tasks at the same time; they just switch between them. As a result, their attention is being used not effectively.

The most difficult tasks first

It’s a well-known fact that the most difficult job should be done first. In this case completing your other tasks would become easier.

Deadlines should be set

A deadline is an effective tool for controlling your workflow. It allows controlling your efforts and monitor your results, whether you have enough time for completing the task, or not.

Who you should compare yourself with? (Part II)

The only person, you should compare yourself with is… you. Yes, it’s only you that person, which you should be interested in. And only you is the one, whom you should compare yourself with. Let’s clear out this statement.

You’ve probably already heard this phrase, which sounds pretty glamorous. It says, that you should make a comparison only with you from the yesterday, in order to define, whether you’ve got any progress or no. Only with the help of such a method you can really know, how well you develop in your business, career, personal life and so on.

In order to stay happy and emotionally balanced, you should refuse from watching for others. You should stop watching your Facebook feed with all those smiling faces of your friends, who are doing some fun stuff. Even if you don’t stop, – please, stop compareing yourself with them. Stop saying “Oh, how beautiful they are, how perfect is their life, how happy they are”. Ask yourself all of these questions better. Ask yourself, how happier you became in comparison with yesterday. Ask yourself, whether you started earning more or no, if compareing with your previous months earning. All of these questions have positive impact,  because asking and answering them leads you to some real, certain results – and not just to self-destruction because of envy.

Define, what is your advantage today in comparison with yesterday, and improve this advantage greatly. And you’ll see, how happy your life is!

Who you should compare yourself with? (Part I)

It’s normal for humans to compare themselves with someone else. Copying and comparison are the basic mechanisms, which we learn something new through. As a child each of us starts copying the adults’ behaviour. Than, in twenty years, the same strategy is applied. It’s normal tactics for us and, frankly speaking, such an approach is useful. It helps us to find the most proper way of solving problems and behaving ourselves in some unknown, infamiliar situations. However, sometimes this strategy of copying someone else’s brings us to the bunch of problems. Here is how it happens.

Each of us evaluates everything we have all the time. We are searching for our place in some global so-called ‘rating’ among other people. That’s why, when we gain something, we put ourselves higher, and vice versa. In such way we know, that there is someone upon us and there is someone below us. Our relationship to each of these people will differ significantly.

However, during our life this position in comparison with others changes all the time, depending on our looses and victories. As a result, our self-esteem changes, according to the different events, that influence our ‘global position’.

For example, if you were promoted to some new vacation, you evaluate yourself a little bit higher; however,if you were fired – your self-esteem falls down. It’s a wrong tactics.

You should always remember, that this ‘global rating’ is in your head only. And there is only one person, who you should compare yourself with. And it’s not your direct competitor…

How To Stay Positive – Part Two

• Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill

If you’re stressed or you’re going too fast, it can be easy to lose perspective. In that situation, a molehill can become a big and terrifying mountain in your mind. You should follow these three steps in order to get you back on track – you have to say stop to your mind, breathe with your belly focusing just on inhaling and exhaling for a couple of minutes and then try to refocus. Question your mountain building thoughts by talking to someone close to you and getting a more grounded perspective.

• Don’t let fears run your life

Sometimes you may want to take a chance in life. Start a new habit that feels unfamiliar, your own business on the side etc. A common trap when you want to do one of those things is to get lost in vague fears about what could happen if you actually took action. The biggest mistake you could possibly make in this situation is to think about all those things that could go wrong or to think about the worst case scenario. Learn to step out of you comfort zone and take a chance!

How To Stay Positive – Part One

• Find the optimistic viewpoint in a negative situation

One of the simplest ways to build a more positive outlook is to ask more helpful questions as often as possible. If you’ve experienced a negative situation, ask yourself what’s the positive side of the whole thing, what have I learnt, what opportunity did I have?

• Live in a positive environment

Who you choose to spend your time with and the input you get form further away like the TV, Internet and magazines will have a huge effect on your outlook. Ask yourself what are the three most negative sources of information you spend time on. Consider the answers and then start spending less time checking out those sources.

• Go slowly

Experience has shown that things don’t go too well when you try to think, talk, eat and move around the world really quickly. Stress will build up and negative thoughts will start coming to your mind. Take a minute, slow down and let your mind and body calm down. It will become easier to think more clearly and finding an optimistic and constructive perspective will become a piece of cake.