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Productivity – Bestselfology https://bestselfology.com Be the best version of yourself Tue, 02 May 2017 05:16:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 81660203 5 practical ways to slow down in this crazy fast paced world https://bestselfology.com/power-noticing-little-things/ https://bestselfology.com/power-noticing-little-things/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 05:16:21 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1818 Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh How do you drink your morning tea? Are you downing it in big glugs as you are […]

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Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

How do you drink your morning tea? Are you downing it in big glugs as you are rushing out the door, or are you sitting down and savouring each sip? The answer to this question can be an indication of how you live your life in general. Are you constantly rushing around, on the go, multi tasking and always looking to the next thing, or are you calm, considered, balanced and in control?  Do you feel like it would be good for you to slow you pace down?

I’ve noticed that my pace has calmed down quite a bit recently. Rather than always rushing around at 100 miles an hour, I’ve started feeling a lot more balanced and calm. I am taking in the present moment a lot more that I used to. This change is partly as a result of me feeling more content with life and in part due to me being more considered about living in the present moment.

The change in pace feels good and I wanted to share some things that you can do to slow your own pace down:

1) Disconnect from your phone

To focus on really being in the present moment and not always trying to do a few things at once, try to have time apart from your phone, especially if you are with friends. If you are out with your mates, try leaving your phone in your pocket or your bag to resist temptation of checking it. I’ve still not perfected this, but I am definitely getting better and as a consequence am feeling more connected to the present.

Next time you are with friends, try leaving your phone away. If you can, don’t get it out and look at it for the whole time you are there. See how you feel. Hopefully you’ll feel more connected to the now and less distracted.

2) Notice what makes you happy

One of the things I have noticed is that small things make me feel really happy. Often we don’t spend enough time thinking about these things. We can be caught up living our lives and not take any time to acknowledge and revel in these small things.

Some of the things I have noticed recently that make me happy are:

  • Waking up early at the weekend and reading my book in bed
  • Taking a long soak in a bubble bath
  • Feeling the sun on my face
  • Spending time with the people I love
  • Getting into my freshly changed bed
  • Getting up early and achieving loads before I get to work
  • Perfecting a new recipe

Try making a list of all the little things that make you happy. (Making lists also makes me happy!)

3) Breathe

Focusing on your breath can be so powerful. There are many ways to do this, you can do it through practicing yoga, meditation or just quite simply standing outside and taking big gulps of fresh air. It sounds very simple, but the impact can be immense. It works on really calming your energy and slowing you down.

Next time you feel out of control or anxious, try taking 5 minutes out and taking a few really deep breaths. Notice the impact it has on your energy.

4) Observe your surroundings

Last year I decided to do a walking tour of Budapest, where I had lived at that point for over 6 months, what I saw on that tour horrified me. The tour was of the street art of the city and it was on streets that I had walked most days for the past 6 months and yet I had barely noticed any of it previously. It seems that I’d been walking around with my eyes shut, no doubt half the time distracted on my phone. Now I try to take extra effort to really take in my surroundings as I walk.

Next time you leave the house, pay 100% attention to everything. Observe everything around you. Did you notice things you’ve not seen before? It can be scary to realize how little you took in before.

5) Enjoy your tea

This doesn’t necessarily have to be about tea! (although it works great if you love a brew!) Basically, enjoy whatever you are doing right now. Be in the moment. Be present. Slow down. Savour it. Do one thing at a time. Stop rushing.

Whatever you do next after reading this article, try taking your time and really enjoy it. Focus all your energy on that one thing and notice how it makes you feel.

 

Do you live your life at 100 miles an hour? Try following the 5 tips above to see if it helps you slow down. What works for you? Do you feel better at a slow or a fast pace? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Share with anyone you know who might benefit from slowing their pace down.

 

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How to get back on track when you’ve lost your way https://bestselfology.com/get-back-track-youve-lost-way/ https://bestselfology.com/get-back-track-youve-lost-way/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:28:19 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1813 “No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” ~ Barbara De Angelis  Sometimes we can find that our lives seems to be going swimmingly. We feel totally on top of our game. Everything is going to plan and […]

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“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.”

~ Barbara De Angelis 

Sometimes we can find that our lives seems to be going swimmingly. We feel totally on top of our game. Everything is going to plan and we feel good. At other times everything can seem completely out of control. We can’t catch a break, our luck is down and we can’t get into a positive routine.

Loads of crappy things can happen to us every day that are outside of our control. Always remember, when we are dealing with these things, we are fully in control of how we respond to them and what actions we take. When we get to a stage where we can’t find our rhythm, there are a few key things that can help us get back on track:

1) Spend time with people who inspire you

As Jim Rohn states ‘you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with’ With this being the case, spending time with people who inspire you can have a huge positive impact. If you are feeling a bit low, out of sorts, or you can’t get into your usual routine, spend time with people who will get you back on track. As Opera Winfrey says, ‘Spend time with people who will lift you higher’

When I am out of my routine and can’t get back into my usual habits, surrounding myself with positive, inspiring people, always helps to get me back into my flow. Give it a try!

2) Hire an expert

If you are trying to conquer a specific goal, it might be worth hiring an expert to support you with this. If you are trying to start a fitness plan, get a trainer, if you are trying to implement a new diet, consult with a healthy eating expert, if you are trying to start a business, hire a business coach. These people can offer their expertise and help you with how to tackle your goal.

If you are trying to implement new habits into your life, life coaching can be a useful strategy to help you succeed. CoachMe offers accountability coaching which is one of the most affordable ways to receive support with achieving your goals.

3) Reconnect with your vision

If you have lost your way, then there is no better technique to get back on track than to reconnect with your life vision and goals. Remember what it is your are aiming for. Try visualizing what it will be like when you are living it. Have your vision board printed out so you can get attuned to it every morning as you wake up.

If you have written your Book of Life, go back and re read it and remember what it is you stand for. Immersing yourself in the vision you created for yourself and the goals you have for your life is a great way to help you get back on track with achieving them.

4) Look after your health

Health is the foundation to everything. The better condition you are in health wise, the easier everything else becomes. Focus on getting enough good quality sleep, follow an exercise routine and eat a healthy diet. If you get into the flow of caring for your health, you will find that everything seems easier to manage.

I have written previously about the Sleep Cycle of Awesomeness. I have found that sleep has a huge impact on health and productivity. If you don’t get enough sleep, the rest of your routine can very easily get affected. If there is one thing you can do to get back on track it’s focusing on getting great sleep and addressing any reasons why your sleep might be being impacted.

 

I’d love to hear how you pick yourself back up if you’re out of sorts. Have any of these methods worked for you? Let me know in the comments below.

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11 tested ways to boost your productivity https://bestselfology.com/11-tested-ways-to-boost-your-productivity/ https://bestselfology.com/11-tested-ways-to-boost-your-productivity/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:50:20 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1433 ‘Focus on being productive instead of busy’ ~ Tim Ferris Do you ever have those days where you feel like you have been non-stop all day, but you have achieved absolutely nothing? It happens to us all. It is easy to fall into the trap of being extremely busy, but not being very productive. Follow these tips […]

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‘Focus on being productive instead of busy’

~ Tim Ferris

Do you ever have those days where you feel like you have been non-stop all day, but you have achieved absolutely nothing? It happens to us all.

It is easy to fall into the trap of being extremely busy, but not being very productive. Follow these tips to increase your levels of productivity and make the most of your time:

 

1) Go to bed early and have a great night sleep

If you get a good quality sleep, it will mean you’re fresher and more alert during the day which can help with your productivity. Lack of sleep can drain you of all your energy and make you extremely slow and unproductive.

2) Don’t snooze

If you get up as soon as your alarm goes off you save time that is otherwise wasted. Choose to either have the extra sleep, or get up with your alarm to benefit from that precious time in the morning you can use productively.

3) Eat a healthy breakfast

If you eat a healthy breakfast it can give you energy for the day ahead and if you start the day in a healthy way, there is more likelihood this will continue throughout the rest of the day. The healthier you are, the more energy you should have and the more productive you can be.

4) Exercise in the morning

The main thing that stops you exercising in the morning is your own motivation. If you exercise first thing it gives you energy that will support productivity for the rest of the day. It also gets you in the right mindset to tackle the day ahead.

5) Allocate specific time for social media

You can end up wasting much valuable time in the morning and throughout the day by constantly checking social media. If you allocate specific time when you check and put a limit on this, it can help to stop distracting you throughout the day.

6) Create a list of what you want to achieve for the day

By creating a list of the things you want to achieve each day, you are much more likely to be productive. It especially helps speed up your transition time. This is the time it takes to move from one task to another. If you already have a list of what you want to achieve it is easier to get started on the next task as you finish what you are doing.

7) Start with the hardest thing first

Tackling your hardest job first means you tick it off early on and everything else that follows seems easier. If you get your hardest job under your belt as the first thing you do, it can set your day up to achieve so much more.

8) Work around your energy

If you have all your energy in the morning, tackle the hardest tasks during this time. If after lunch, you have an energy slump, leave your lighter tasks for this time period. Learn when in the day you have energy and when you lack it and allocate your tasks around this energy.

9) Single task

Rather than flitting from task to task, choose one thing that needs doing and stick at it until it is done.  You will find you waste much less time and get a lot more done by focusing in this way.

10) Process e-mails

It is easy to fall into the habit of quickly checking your emails and leaving them all in your inbox ready to come back to later to action. This duplicates effort as you have to reread them all. Try processing your emails as you read each one. Don’t leave them in your inbox, action them immediately.

11) Limit TV

If you want to be more productive during the day reduce the amount of TV you watch. Instead of spending any time in front of the TV locating something half decent to watch, try only watching prerecorded programmes that you specifically want to see. You will find a lot more time in the evenings that you might have previously spent in front of the TV.

 

I’d love to hear your hints and tips of how you become more productive in the comments below.

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The benefits of ‘single tasking’ and how to perfect it https://bestselfology.com/the-benefits-of-single-tasking-and-how-to-perfect-it/ https://bestselfology.com/the-benefits-of-single-tasking-and-how-to-perfect-it/#respond Wed, 07 Sep 2016 05:39:33 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1316 “He did each single thing as if he did nothing else.” ~ Charles Dickens   Single tasking is the practice of focusing on one thing alone until it is fully completed. It involves avoiding the many distractions that come our way, such as emails, social media, chatting to friends or colleagues, making a cup of tea or fetching a snack, […]

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“He did each single thing as if he did nothing else.”

~ Charles Dickens

 

Single tasking is the practice of focusing on one thing alone until it is fully completed. It involves avoiding the many distractions that come our way, such as emails, social media, chatting to friends or colleagues, making a cup of tea or fetching a snack, whilst you finish what you are working on.

In the past multi tasking has been looked upon as a skill to perfect in order to be more productive. There are circumstances where I still believe that it can be very effective, particularly where one or both tasks require little concentration. Where a task takes real focus, single tasking can be much more effective.

I recently read the book ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport. Newport describes Deep Work as ‘Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.’

It was following this that I realized I was spending the vast majority of my time on ‘shallow work’, things that don’t take much concentration or focus such as replying to e-mails, in update meetings or even my writing. I noticed this was often in a shallow work mode, where I start with a very rough draft and then do many revisions, rather than sitting down and focusing to perfect an article in one go. I also noticed that when I am doing shallow work I flit from one thing to another starting many things, but struggle to finalise any one thing.

I decided that I needed to make a shift from shallow to deep work and focus on single tasking to get more things done. I have found that by focusing on one thing at a time, I am a lot more productive and manage to get through much more work. I have been trying out different techniques to implement this.

These are the ways you can effectively achieve single tasking:

1) Set up your environment

If you have the flexibility, you can pay particular attention to the location you work from. To get into deep work to allow you to single task on one activity, you will need an environment where you will not get interrupted. Also, the more you can minimize distractions the better. Choose an environment that will allow you to truly focus.

2) Notice when you get bored and keep at it

Cal Newport describes your brain as a muscle that needs exercising. If you pay attention to your desire to switch tasks when you get bored and then resist the urge to do this and continue focusing on the task in hand you give your brain a workout. Every time you notice that you’d like to stop what you are working on and do something else instead, pay attention to the feeling and take note of the fact that you have ignored the temptation and feel your brain muscle getting stronger. If you keep working on this, you will find that you start to be able to focus for longer and go deeper into each task.

3) Have a plan for how to use your time

Having a clear plan of what you want to achieve in a given time can help you to be more productive. Parkinson’s law states that work expands to take as long as the time you allocate to it. If you give yourself an hour the task will take an hour, if you give yourself 3 hours, it will take 3 hours.

The Pomodoro method is where you chunk your work into 25 minute slots with a 5 minute break between them. You give yourself one task to work on and 25 minutes to complete it. You will find that by allocating one task in 25 minutes it helps you focus on just that one task, as you have a set timeline for it. Of course you can’t finish all tasks in 25 minutes, but it will focus your efforts and you can use another 25 minutes to continue working on something that needs more time.

4) Reorganise your calendar

You need set time allocated to concentrate on deep work. If you have 20 minutes free between meetings it is hard to get into any task that requires deep focus. Take a look at your calendar and see if there is any way to reorganize it so that you can allocate time for deep work. Try defragmenting it by putting all your meetings together and then longer meeting free periods for you to focus on the tasks you need to complete.

You can also try allocating time for yourself first thing and last thing each day.  This ensures you always have blocked of time you can use to work on tasks that require more concentration.

5)  Schedule breaks and down time

There is only a certain amount of time you can keep working at optimal speed. If you schedule time for short breaks it helps you to refresh and start your next task with more energy. Sometimes going for a short walk and getting some fresh air ensures that you remain alert and energetic throughout the day.

 

I’d love to hear your views on multi-tasking versus single tasking and what techniques you use to be able to get into ‘Deep Work’

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5 reasons why my best work is achieved on a plane https://bestselfology.com/4-reasons-why-my-best-work-is-achieved-on-a-plane/ https://bestselfology.com/4-reasons-why-my-best-work-is-achieved-on-a-plane/#respond Tue, 09 Aug 2016 04:58:01 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1365 “Efforts to deepen your focus will struggle if you don’t simultaneously wean your mind from a dependence on distraction.” ~ Cal Newport     More often than not when I travel on a plane I take my laptop in order to get some work done. I have often been amazed about what I can achieve during a flight. […]

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“Efforts to deepen your focus will struggle if you don’t simultaneously wean your mind from a dependence on distraction.”

~ Cal Newport
   

More often than not when I travel on a plane I take my laptop in order to get some work done. I have often been amazed about what I can achieve during a flight. I seem to possess super human powers during a plane journey and get more work done than in any other situation.

I recently read a story where Tony Amoyal describes how he wrote his book ‘Zombie Loyalists’ on a round trip flight from Newark to Tokyo and back. He didn’t even go into Tokyo. He flew into the airport, went into the lounge for a shower and some food, then two hours later, flew back to Newark. This provided him the environment he needed to be able to focus and get the book written.

I’m not suggesting that you buy a plane ticket in order to focus and achieve some great work, but that you replicate a similar environment to set you up for success.

I have been experimenting with what makes me able to focus longer and harder, which helps me achieve my best, most productive, in depth work:

 

1. Limit your distractions

The key to productivity and focus is setting up your environment where you limit your distractions. On a plane (until recently) there is no wifi. This means that you can’t get distracted by the internet. If you are travelling on a new plane where they now offer wifi, you can choose to not connect. You can switch off your phone and keep it off for the duration. This way there is no social media or emails available to draw you in.

2. Implement a time limit

When you are on a flight there is a set start and end time, so you know exactly how long you have to work. This provides you focus. If you have a certain amount of things to complete in a set period of time, you will often find you are able to achieve this. There is a well known philosophy called Parkinson’s Law that describes that tasks will always expand to take you the length of time you have to complete them in. If you have 3 hours to work on something it will take you 3 hours, if you only have 2 hours, you will probably be able to get it done in 2. A similar technique you can use to implement a time pressure is the Pomodoro technique. This is where you schedule timeslots of 25 minutes to complete a task and then take a short break before scheduling the next 25 minutes.

3. Prepare a plan

Before I board a flight, I detail out the specific items I want to complete. If you are very clear on exactly what you need to do in that time you have it enables you to get right down to it, without wasting any time considering what tasks to start. As soon as you have completed one task, the trick is to look at your list and immediately start the next task on it. The quicker you can switch from one task to the next, the more productive you will be.

4. Change in environment

Sometimes just being in a different environment can help you focus. If you have been working in the office for a long period of time, just changing the environment to a new one can help you be more productive. Something you have been trying to finish for a few hours in the office, can often be completed in an hour of deep focus somewhere else, for a change of scene.

5. Be around people, but not with people

On a flight there are many other people around, but usually not people you know, who are constantly trying to interact with you. I suffer horribly from FOMO (fear of missing out) and I find that when I am in a public place, I feel comfort that I am out amongst other people, but not being interrupted by them. As long as you are able to filter background noise out, you might be able to work better amongst people rather than in a quiet room away from civilization.

 

Next time you produce your best work and go into your deepest focus, take a minute to note what environment you were working in and whether it is possible to replicate this for the future when you are trying to focus. I’d love to hear what works for you.

 

 

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7 strategies to beat the ‘Sunday Blues’ and maximise your weekend https://bestselfology.com/7-strategies-to-beat-the-sunday-blues-and-maximise-your-weekend/ https://bestselfology.com/7-strategies-to-beat-the-sunday-blues-and-maximise-your-weekend/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:19:01 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1334 ‘Time is what we want most, but what we use worst’ ~ William Penn I love weekends. I really love them! 48 hours stretching ahead with endless possibilities of how to use them. I try to squeeze every last minute of enjoyment out of them. It makes me feel so sad that so many of my friends […]

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‘Time is what we want most, but what we use worst’

~ William Penn

I love weekends. I really love them! 48 hours stretching ahead with endless possibilities of how to use them. I try to squeeze every last minute of enjoyment out of them.

It makes me feel so sad that so many of my friends and family waste their Sundays. They suffer from the Sunday blues and don’t enjoy what could be one of the best days of the week.

As someone who is obsessed with productivity I don’t want to waste a single second of my precious time off work, so I ensure I maximise my Sunday.

What a good Sunday looks like will be different for everyone, but I am sure no-one wants to waste any of it feeling depressed about the thought of the next day arriving too quickly.

From finishing work on Friday to starting again on Monday morning, all the hours in between I treat like a precious resource.

Here are some techniques you can try to beat the Sunday blues:

1) Plan your time across the whole week

If you view the week as a whole including the weekend, you can look what days best fit everything in and not leave all the boring things for Sunday. This is a good technique that allows you to structure the week to leave Sunday free for what you would most like to do. If you suffer from ‘Sunday Blues’ try planning your week differently next week. On Sunday evening sit down and design the best Sunday you can think of. What does your dream Sunday consist of? Whatever it is, put it down on your plan. Now look at the rest of the week and see what you need to do in order to be able to utilise Sunday as your dream day.

2) Sort your work out by Friday

If you can ensure that you have finished all your work by the time you leave work on a Friday, then the weekend can be clear for enjoyment. If you do have to work on the weekend, try doing it on Saturday morning and getting out of the way rather than leaving it til Sunday or it will hang over your head for the whole weekend.

3) Avoid making Sunday your chore day

It can be easy to allocate Sunday to the day of chores. You can find yourself cleaning, washing, ironing and doing all the life admin tasks you have not got round to doing in the week. Try to allocate time in the week to these tasks and leave Sunday clear for pure enjoyment.

4) Implement ‘Sunday night something’

Sometimes Sunday starts off well but as the end of the day approaches, that dread of Monday starts hanging over us. Organising something fun to do on Sunday afternoon or evening can extend the day a bit and put off the end of the weekend. A friend and I invented ‘Sunday night something’, where we would organise something we could do to ensure we enjoyed Sunday evening and prevented us from sitting at home waiting for Monday to come along!

5) Figure out why you are dreading Monday so much

If there is a real reason why you dread Monday so much, take action and change something. Are there specific things you are dreading that you can resolve?  One of the reasons I don’t dislike Sunday nights is that I don’t dread Mondays. I love my job and I have no dread about going back.

6) Practise living in the moment

If you are focusing on living in the present you won’t be dreading the next day, you will be enjoy the here and now. Monday is a time in the future and can be tackled when it arrives. Try to enjoy the present moment and worry about the future when it happens.

7) Make Monday as good as it can be

Give consideration to how you plan your Mondays. Try not to give yourself a reason to not want Monday to come. Try to schedule your work in a way that eases you into Monday gently. Don’t schedule an awful meeting first thing, or leave a horrible task that you couldn’t finish on Friday. Maybe you could even schedule something to look forward to on a Monday.

 

If you follow all these tips, I can guarantee you will get more enjoyment over your precious weekend and start to enjoy Sundays.

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How to remove social media from your morning routine https://bestselfology.com/how-to-remove-social-media-from-your-morning-routine/ https://bestselfology.com/how-to-remove-social-media-from-your-morning-routine/#respond Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:39:48 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1318 ‘Focus on being productive instead of busy’ ~ Tim Ferris Productivity is my specialist subject area. I am constantly researching ways to be more productive and make the most of my time. I have investigated and tried out numerous techniques to become more productive. One of my favourite books on this subject is How to Be a […]

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‘Focus on being productive instead of busy’

~ Tim Ferris

Productivity is my specialist subject area. I am constantly researching ways to be more productive and make the most of my time. I have investigated and tried out numerous techniques to become more productive.

One of my favourite books on this subject is How to Be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott, I highly recommend this book if you are interested in becoming more productive. I have implemented many of the techniques the author suggests with much benefit.

I’ve recently changed my phone habits and notifications in order to become less distracted by my mobile phone and allowing myself to focus on each thing I am working on with no interruptions.

One area of productivity where I still want to make a change is to eliminate checking social media from my morning routine. I have an ingrained habit of waking up, reaching for my phone and then convincing myself I’ll just have a quick check of Facebook and then 20 or even 30 mins later I’m still ploughing through it, maybe with a bit of Instagram and if I am getting really distracted a quick check of my e-mails thrown in for good measure!

I love my morning routine. This sets the tone for my day. The more successful my morning routine is, the better day I seem to have. I try to make it as productive as possible. If I manage to exercise, write, read, eat a healthy breakfast and prepare lunch to take to work with me, I am super happy!

I have figured out that rather than using this valuable time in the morning to check social media, it is better for me to use my 30 min commute for this purpose (I get the metro, I’m not driving!) My new mission is to only allow myself to check social media during this time. I want to couple that with reducing the overall time I spend looking at social media for personal use.

I have been researching techniques to help me try and cut this habit and have the following advice for anyone trying to do the same thing:

1) Shock yourself by using the Check Battery function

If you use an iPhone (I am sure there will be similar functions on other phones) and go to Settings>Battery and scroll down you can see how much time you have spent on each app on your phone in the last 24 hours and the last 7 days. The results can shock you into realising you need to reduce this. It gives you a target to try and reduce the following 24 hours.

Imagine my disbelief when I checked this functionality and it indicated that I had been on Facebook for 5.5 hours in the last 7 days. 5.5 hours?? Imagine what I could use that time for that would have been far more productive.

2) Use the Break Free App

Another good app to help curb your morning social media addiction is called Break Free. If you download this app, it shows you how many times you have unlocked your phone each day and the total amount of time you have spent on your phone. Again you can try and reduce the amount of screen unlocks you do each day. Having this target can help to make you more mindful about your phone usage.

3) Leave your phone out of reach

If you don’t leave your phone by the bed you won’t be able to reach for it first thing after you wake up. By the time you have got up to be able to access your phone, hopefully you will have already lost the urge to waste time checking your social media apps.

4) Make a morning routine schedule

If each night before you go to bed, you make a list of all the things you want to do the next morning, and leave that list where your phone used to be located (before you started leaving it out of reach) you can replace the habit of picking up your phone first thing and change it to picking up your morning routine schedule. As soon as you wake up reach for the list, read it and remind yourself of what you want to achieve. Social media checking should not feature on that list.

5) Delete the social media apps from your phone

If you delete Facebook or other social media apps from your phone, you will not be able to check them first thing in the morning unless you open it up on your laptop, which is much less likely to happen. I have really resisted this one until now, but then last night decided to go for it and give it a try! I am hoping this will make a real difference. Certainly this morning I have not yet been on Facebook.

6) Replace the habit with something else

If you are very used to waking up, picking up your phone and checking social media, it can help to find something else to do instead to replace that habit. Maybe you can leave a book by your bed and you can wake up and read a few pages. Or you can leave your gym kit out next to you and you can wake up and get dressed ready to exercise. Alternatively you can leave a notebook next to your bed and you can write something as part of your morning routine. I have left my Happiness Planner next to my bed, so am waking up and completing that.

 

I must confess that I am still on a journey with this, and still feel tempted to check social media as soon as I wake up, but I find that all the points above are helping and I am hoping to change my habit over time, so that I no longer feel tempted. Give me a few weeks and I hope to have nailed it!

 

I’d love to hear if you have any other techniques of reducing the amount you check social media, or changing the time you check it. Also do you have any good app recommendations for helping you achieve this?

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A detailed explanation of the ‘Sleep Cycle of Awesomeness’ https://bestselfology.com/a-detailed-explanation-of-the-sleep-cycle-of-awesomeness/ https://bestselfology.com/a-detailed-explanation-of-the-sleep-cycle-of-awesomeness/#respond Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:36:21 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1282 Recently I have realized that one of the most important things in my life is quality sleep. Getting a good quality nights sleep can significantly impact my mood, productivity and general daily routine. I am much more likely to have a good day, if I have slept well the night before. You know the feeling, we […]

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Recently I have realized that one of the most important things in my life is quality sleep.

Getting a good quality nights sleep can significantly impact my mood, productivity and general daily routine. I am much more likely to have a good day, if I have slept well the night before.

You know the feeling, we have all been there, when you stayed out too late and in the morning you are beyond tired. Just keeping your eyes open is a strain and the day drags along at a snails pace. You are dreaming of how good it will feel to crawl back into bed and the day is far from productive.

But also there is a build up of too little sleep every day. When you wake up and you feel tired and groggy every morning. You can’t drag yourself out of bed. You keep snoozing for another 30 minutes at least until you really have to get up or you’ll be late.

So whats the sleep cycle of awesomeness all about? This is the philosophy that getting a great quality sleep is linked to all other aspects of your daily routine and the lack of it can have significant negatives impacts. It’s the understanding that it is a cycle where everything is linked and if you nail getting great quality sleep, the rest of your routine will fall awesomely into place.

The Sleep Cycle

Great quality sleep

Getting 7 – 8 hours good quality uninterrupted sleep is the starting point of the cycle. There are many ways to help you ensure a great sleep. You need to follow the suggested methods to help you sleep well. One of the most important suggestions to follow is forcing yourself to get up early however exhausted you are, for enough days until you start going to bed earlier. This will make you tired for this transition period, but following that it will get your body clock in the right time zone.

Effective morning routine

Following a great sleep, you should wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to jump out of bed. I’m a great believer in getting up to start the day, rather than just to go to work. This makes a big psychological difference to your day. It’s so much better when you wake up and you’re ready to get up, as you feel refreshed and rested, rather than having to snooze over and over again and drag yourself out of bed. If you can get up early you can have a productive morning routine where you have time to do things for yourself before having to start your working day. This can start your day off on a positive note and lead you to have an awesome day.

Exercise

If you have a great sleep, you are more likely to feel rested and therefore have the energy to exercise. If you can fit exercise into your morning routine it gives you the positive energy which really sets your day up well. Even if you don’t feel like it when you wake up. If you just do a quick 20 minutes, you will find it makes such a positive difference.

Healthy eating

If you have slept well and exercised, you are more likely to eat healthily. All these things are tied together. You will just feel healthier and therefore make better food choices. Sometimes if you are really tired, you lose your focus and this makes you more likely to make unhealthy choices. A healthy breakfast is great to incorporate into your morning routine and an awesome way to start your day.

Productive day

Once you have had a great night sleep, an effective morning routine including exercise and healthy eating, you are much more likely to have a productive day. You set off for work with a positive attitude and then when you arrive you are more alert, more focused and therefore can be much more productive. This is a big difference to coming in and counting down the hours before you have to leave again, as you are so tired.

Great quality sleep

This is where the cycle concept comes in. If your day consists of all of the above steps, by the end of the day you will be physically and emotionally tired (in a good way) resulting in once again getting a better nights sleep. You can’t beat that feeling of being ‘good tired’ where you are looking forward to getting to bed and drifting off into a lovely deep sleep.

 

So as you can see it’s all linked together. So if you can work on getting a decent nights sleep, the rest should follow more easily and in turn you will sleep better.

I’d love to hear how important sleep is to you and how much it impacts your day if you don’t get enough.

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How to minimise distractions to enhance your productivity https://bestselfology.com/astonishing-change-to-removing-distractions/ https://bestselfology.com/astonishing-change-to-removing-distractions/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:12:44 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1305 ‘The shorter way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time’ ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   I have always been slightly obsessed with multi tasking to increase productivity and have developed many ways that I like to multi task over the years such as listening to audio books when running, […]

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‘The shorter way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time’

~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

I have always been slightly obsessed with multi tasking to increase productivity and have developed many ways that I like to multi task over the years such as listening to audio books when running, reading in the bath and catching up on my e-mails on the metro.

More recently I have been exploring the concept of single tasking. As the name suggests, this is the concept of setting up your life so you can focus on one thing at a time and limit all other distractions.

I read this awesome post by Tristan Harris, Distracted in 2016? Reboot Your Phone with Mindfulness This article was a game changer for me. It describes how to set up your iPhone so that you use it more mindfully. It sounds too basic to make a real be difference, but I recommend you try it, you’ll be amazed at the impact.

Inspired by this article, I set about removing as many distractions as I could from my life. Here is how I recommend you do the same:

1) Change your app layout on your phone (as suggested in the great article above)

If you follow the steps in the article, you will honestly find this transforms your life. When you look at your phone, you are not nearly as distracted and it will hopefully help you limit the amount of time you waste on things that are not important to you. This has transformed my life in a huge way. It sounds small but the impact was immense.

2) Delete all apps you never use

This is pretty self explanatory. Don’t have apps taking up space on your phone if you never use them. It will clutter it up unnecessarily.

3) Unfollow people on Facebook

Consider how precious your time is, then consider whether you want to spend any time at all finding out what is going on in certain peoples lives. Are you really interested in what a friend from school that you have not seen for 15 years is doing or, what an old colleague from years ago thinks about something? If not, then don’t waste your time following their movements. Go through your friends list and unfollow everyone you are not interested in. You will find there is now a lot less going on in your feed which might also make it less tempting to constantly check it. This has hugely limited the time I was spending checking Facebook.

4) Remove Facebook notifications

You can remove Facebook notifications in a few different ways to both minimise the notifications you receive and stop as many alerts that make you reach for your phone and stop you focusing on what you are currently doing.

  • Unfollow all groups where you don’t want to see the activity unless you specifically look
  • Turn off notifications of groups where you do not to be alerted when someone else posts
  • Remove yourself from all groups no longer relevant for you
  • Remove push notifications to alert you to new activity and turned off vibration, so you choose when you check Facebook,  and are no longer prompted to check immediately as activity occurs.

5) Update your phone notifications

Removing as many notifications as you can minimizes the distraction coming from your phone. Turn off vibration alerts as well as sound, to allow full focus. Here are some ideas on what you can turn off:

  • E-mail notifications. You will always have new e-mails, you don’t need to be notified as each one comes in.
  • Whatsapp notifications. You can still get these pushed to your home screen, but if you take off the sound and vibration alert, you can chose to only see them when you look at your phone rather than checking as soon as you hear a notification.
  • Facebook notifications. There will be constant activity on Facebook. Decide when you want to check it as part of your schedule, not as each activity occurs
  • Other social media alerts (I turned off Twitter, Instagram, Tiny Beans and Timehop)

Now with all these apps, you can choose to check them on your schedule rather than when you get alerted by a notification. This really helps to minimise the amount of time you spend on your phone and also reduces the chance that once you are checking something following an alert to updated activity that you will get distracted checking a whole heap of other things causing even more distraction.

 

Since I have started this new approach, I have massively reduced the amount of time I use my phone compared to previously. I’d love to hear if you have any tips to minimize distractions from your environment and whether you have been successful at single tasking.

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3 steps guaranteed to remove barriers from your life https://bestselfology.com/3-steps-guaranteed-to-remove-barriers-from-your-life/ https://bestselfology.com/3-steps-guaranteed-to-remove-barriers-from-your-life/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 23:54:22 +0000 http://bestselfology.com/?p=1292 ‘The biggest obstacles in our lives are the barriers our mind creates’ ~ Unknown We all daydream about our ideal life, but it can be a daunting task to figure out how to turn these dreams into reality. Instead we can find ourselves accepting our circumstances and trying to make the best of them. It’s […]

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‘The biggest obstacles in our lives are the barriers our mind creates’

~ Unknown

We all daydream about our ideal life, but it can be a daunting task to figure out how to turn these dreams into reality. Instead we can find ourselves accepting our circumstances and trying to make the best of them.

It’s quite common to hear people discuss their hopes and aspirations, followed by a comprehensive list of reasons why they will never be realized. Multiple barriers can be created that ensure that your life’s desires remain a fantasy rather than something that can ever be achieved. This frustrates me.

We can drown in our own self pity, convinced that good things only happen to other people and never to us, or we can create our own luck and start making our dreams come true.

During my research I have noticed that the so called ‘lucky’ people, those who are successful and realizing their potential, don’t place barriers in their own way. They remove each real hurdle they face. The ‘unlucky’ people who believe that nothing good will ever happen to them, allow themselves to be controlled by the barriers that they perceive to be blocking their path.

One of the most valuable things I learned from the 3 years I spent living and working in South Africa is the Afrikaans saying ‘maak ‘n plan’ It literally means ‘make a plan’ and is the concept that anything is possible. If you think on your feet and approach something in a new way, no matter what obstacle is presented to you, you will be able to find a way to overcome it.

This powerful philosophy is something I now live my life by. If you truly believe anything is possible (which I do), it helps ensure that you always find a solution for any problem. Any time I am faced with a challenge, my first thought isn’t ‘can this be solved?’ it’s ‘how can I solve this?’

What is the difference between a barrier and an excuse?

We will constantly be faced with barriers as we journey through life. A barrier can be defined as ‘a circumstance or obstacle that keeps people or things apart or prevents communication or progress.’  It’s just an obstacle and obstacles can be removed. A barrier becomes an excuse when we make it into a reason not to achieve something, without even seeing if it is possible.

3 practical steps to overcome any barrier

STEP 1: Get your positive mindset on

You need to face barriers with the right attitude. If you ensure you’re looking at the situation from the point of view of how you can resolve it, rather than whether you can resolve it, you are much more likely to succeed. If you approach everything with the mindset that there is a resolution, you just need to figure out what it is, it makes the chance of overcoming the barrier much greater.

STEP 2: Gather the facts

This step is important to differentiate perception from reality. It is easy to create your own barriers based on thoughts and feelings and possibly fear, but not based on hard facts and evidence. If you document the reality of the situation, you can determine which issues are real and which your mind has invented and placed in the way of your success. Once you understand the difference, they are easier to overcome.

STEP 3: Make a plan

The last part of overcoming barriers is forming a plan to unblock your path. List all the blockers you are facing and for each one come up with as many solutions as you can think of to rectify the situation. You’ll find that each issue can be solved if you put your mind to it and apply the positive mindset previously mentioned. If you can’t find the answer yourself, ask advice from others. When you have the solutions clearly defined, detail out exactly what steps you need to take to implement them and then take immediate action.

Achieving our dreams takes courage. It can be easy to put barriers in place that let us avoid taking risks and prevent us from following our aspirations. By following the simple strategies above, I believe we can reach for the stars and implement our ideal life.

I’d love to hear from you. How do you overcome your barriers?

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