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The Secret Recipe to Productivity

Productivity is one of the most used words in our vocabulary. It’s a quality that matters to both a business and the individual. Everyone wants to feel like their life has purpose, and productivity is a measure of whether or not you’ve applied yourself and have something to show from your day.

There are apps, books and careers dedicated to getting us to be productive and yet, the average person tends to trudge through their day and force their productivity to come out. It’s a chore, not a habit.

In a recently discovered blog called, TYNAN, the article, Why Obsess About Productivity?, got me wanting to pinpoint the key ingredients for productivity.

  1. Be Excited

This might seem obvious, but too many people are living a life that they simply aren’t passionate about. It’s no wonder why the daily tasks that make up their day are less than stimulating. For instance, if you like writing and yoga, these tasks will be easy. They make you happy, and with some intention, they’ll become habits. If you hate running and coding, these tasks will most likely take forever to finish, and even when you did manage to, it’d most likely be done badly.

So before you can change your day to become the better version of yourself, first decide if the way you’re spending your time is actually the way you want to spend it. Reflect over your day. Are you proud of your work, your hobbies, and your habits? If not, what else would you like to do? Zen Habits Leo Babauta gives this encouragement in his article, Letter to an 18-year-old on the Career Path Less Traveled, “Try a lot of things. When you get good at something, by the way, you’ll like it much more. You’ll suck at everything at first.”

Imagining change is scary, but the idea of doing something that makes you miserable just because it’s available is even scarier. You have one life. Get excited about it.

  1. Make your work a Sprint. Not a Marathon.

This advice comes from Jamie Herzlich’s article, “Small Business: How owners can reduce stress.” The concept is essentially to work hard and stay focused when you’re doing a task rather than attempting to work constantly and running out of steam.

Jeff Haden’s article “The 8-Hour Workday Doesn’t Really Work,” gave this advice, “Instead of thinking, “What can I get done in an 8 hour day?” I’ve started to think, “What can I get done in a 90 minute session?”

Also, Give yourself breaks after you finish a task and clear your head. This keeps you from “multitasking” for the sake of working, which usually equates to scattered, unproductive effort with little product. If you’re bogged down, try to stretch, walk, or laugh rather than sit in your chair and go on autopilot.

  1. Stop Rushing and Get Organized.

Have you ever been to a restaurant where your server was going nonstop? Did you enjoy the experience? Did it make ordering your food easier? Was your server even doing a better job?

Now imagine that your coworker rushes like this hypothetical server. Does working with a manic manager make you a better employee, or a scattered one? Most people would agree that it’s easier to accomplish a task and enjoy yourself while you do it if those involved stay calm and collected. This point is expanded upon in Will Yakowicz’s article, “Stop Rushing at Work: Stress Makes you Less Productive.” “The key is to plan and prioritize instead of being reactive. Being in control instead of being rushed helps your employees to stay calm, avoid stress, and be more productive.” The point: don’t rush your tasks, rank them.

On this same thought, you don’t have to respond to every email immediately. Instead, try to set aside a few times in your day to respond to all your emails at once so that you don’t lose focus on what you have set out to do.

  1. Stay Motivated

Now that you’re passionate, focused, and organized, the only thing you’ve got to do is maintain that energy. This is done by accomplishing the tasks you’ve set for your day and giving yourself the credit for these achievements. Whether it’s making a checklist and steadily eliminating your tasks, or the positive momentum you’ve collected from knowing that you’re having a successful day, recognize your pattern and repeat it with joy. Because you are now doing a job you love, and you’re doing it well.

Living the dream is possible. You just have to enjoy yourself and set your pattern.

 

Take Advantage of Your Strengths

Learn what your strengths are

Learn what your strengths are

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

We all have our own innate strengths. Some strength you may only discover in times of crisis. Other strengths you discover as you progress through life and pay attention to your skills.

You never know what you can achieve through your strengths and how you may actually help other people unless you apply them. The key is to stay focused on your goals and ignore the negativity of others. This is, of course, assuming you have goals. Not to be negative, but many people struggle to do what is required of them on a daily basis, much less dream bigger. Many may be overwhelmed with negativity and not even believe they can get better. If this is the case, read this.

Once you’ve changed your perspective and decided your goals (potentially the most important step), you can move onto applying your strengths and passions on a daily basis.

As a professional speaker, I work to motivate my audience through positive advice as well as the encouragement that anyone can improve their life. I didn’t start out this way. I was once a student wondering what to do with me life. It wasn’t until later that I realized what I loved to do- help others help themselves.

You will get much more satisfaction out of your work if you’re able to do something you are good at and actually enjoy doing. I know this might seem far fetched, but if you support your skills with a positive perspective, the right job will come to you.  At the same time, remember that everything takes work. Very few of us will just be that good at something without training. You may have an innate skill within you, but you still have to train it. This takes intention, consistency and passion. The right job isn’t going to fall in your lap, you have to develop your skills on a regular basis and put yourself into the world with the belief that something good will work.

As you develop your skills, you will grow confident and motivated at work.  and soon you will feel good in other areas of your life too. The secret to work life balance is simple once you get to this step because if you’ve successfully integrated your passions and strengths with your work, your life will be ideal. More on the logistics of this later.

 

 

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Focus on Your Goals in Order to Achieve the Right Thing

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well-being, and Peak Human Performance.

You should keep in mind all your goals and be determined to achieve them. You should not to get lazy and slip up. Keep your eyes on the ultimate prize, work hard on your success, and you never let yourself down.

Make sure your goal is to make your life better.

Make sure your goal is to make your
life better.

In case you have an especially important goal to reach, you should be determined and strive towards achieving that goal. Focus on the goal and do relevant things that will enhance you achieve it.

If you’re hoping to make great strides in your career, become something more like a key note speaker, you should put the required hard work that is necessary to get you where you want to be. At the moment, if you have a family, you should ensure that you devote your time at home to a good life with them.

It is important to keep your personal and professional goals at no odds with one another even if finding a balance between goals seems difficult. Your ultimate objective should happiness in your career and with your family. Therefore, it’s necessary to make goals that will benefit you in all the areas that are important to you. Always keep your goals in mind even when you take plenty of breaks for your leisure time. Get advice from a professional key note speaker and have your goal realized.

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3 Tips For Individuals Looking To Change Careers

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Changing careers requires dedication and a steadfast attitude!

Changing careers requires dedication
and a steadfast attitude!

The following are a few tips for individuals who are looking to change their choice of career.

Keep a strong head and stay focused. Changing careers will take time, dedication and perseverance on your part. It is not something that one can accomplish overnight and it can be extremely overwhelming, with all the hoops you need jump before you can make a successful transition to another career. However, if you stay focused and are resilient, in time you will certainly get there. Try to dissect your major or bigger goals into a number of smaller ones and aim complete one goal per day

Avoid the urge to quit your current job right away. Don’t just drop everything you have worked for till this point. After all this might be your only source of income, so before just jumping into another career, do an extensive research on the possibilities. Find out answers to questions such as are you eligible for the post? How much can you earn and will it be sufficient? If you don’t do so, you might just end up at a much worse place than before.

Make the change gradually.  You should give yourself some time before you commit to you new field wholly. Start off by volunteering, doing an internship or even part-time work within this new line of work and then slowly progress to working full-time eventually.

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Motivational Keynote Speaker Highlights on Limitations of Goal Setting

A motivational keynote speaker will tell you that it is important to always set your goals carefully, so that they are not too difficult to achieve.

 Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.

 Motivational speakers often give talks on setting goals and it’s importance. There are major benefits to be derived from the process of setting goals. But, like other things, situations might go south if this process is not done with great caution.

Procrastination

Goal setting often involves to-do lists and because of this, you find that people will prioritize the list, with the more tedious tasks at the beginning. A motivational keynote speaker says that some times, you might feel overwhelmed by the task and in the end resolve to procrastinating. Because there are other takes that you might enjoy that are on the list, you will end up doing those instead. Researchers say that procrastination rewards in the short term and is most likely to happen often, once someone starts.

Inflexibility

This is a major disadvantage of setting goals in life. Life is too unpredictable to be setting fixed goals and designing a path you want to follow. When you set rigid, stiff goals, you will have trouble trying to achieve them and as a result, you will become demotivated. In order to fight this, ensure that you build in some degree of unforeseen circumstances in your life. Also, don’t discourage yourself because life is unpredictable.

Motivational keynote speaker Andy Core says goal setting is very delicate and needs careful execution.

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