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Turning Problems Into Challenges

Turning Problems Into Challenges

Turning Problems Into Challenges

 

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, a remarkable book discussing how our thinking can enhance our quality of life. He explains how a rich, strong, powerful person is no more in control of his consciousness than someone who is sickly, poor, weak, or oppressed.  The difference is in whether he sees challenges as threats or as opportunities for action. This is a very interesting topic, a discussion on how turning problems into challenges can benefit your business. What do you think?

There are exercises that can help you think better, faster, and more clearly. I hope you find some of them in this book. Go to Amazon to purchase your copy. Geez, that’s amazing, right?

 

The Autotelic Self

 

What he calls the autotelic self refers to someone who has the ability to translate potential threats into enjoyable challenges, and thus has an internal balance. The term autotelic self means a person who has self-contained goals.

And then some insights can change your life. Autoletic thinking turns problems into challenges to be met and learned from. It is an approach that will change your life if you practice it. Now, here’s the challenge for you: Will you practice it?

Definition

adjective: (of an entity or event) having within itself the purpose of its existence or happening.

Most people’s goals are shaped by biological needs and social conventions – things outside the self. The difference is that the autotelic self, or the person capable of defining things for himself, can also transform threats into non-threatening challenges.

This can be done with a simple change of perspective, a shift in consciousness: seeing a threat as a challenge you can overcome. Isn’t that interesting?

 

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Once you can do that, the steps are simple:

 

  1. Be crystal clear about the goal. Once you know the goal, you understand what is needed to meet it. Then, you can decide on a series of actions necessary to accomplish the goal. You can modify these actions as needed to meet the goal.

 

  1. Become involved in the activity — This means commitment. This means action. Whether things are going your way, you consistently take action with the next best steps. This demands concentration, commitment, and follow-through.

 

  1. Pay attention to what is happening. This means that the project becomes more important than your feelings about what is happening. Your concentration is on the project’s results. You invest your energy in the project. You are committed and involved—it’s about the project, not you.

 

  1. Enjoying the experience – the autotelic self can set goals, develop skills, be sensitive to feedback, get involved, and look past obstacles. The benefit of learning to be an autotelic personality is that anything that happens can be a source of joy because it is a source of learning and a step to the next goal. In other words, there are no failures, only learning experiences.

 

Transformation

 

This approach to thinking can mean the difference between living life in fear or living life in joy. Developing autotelic thinking will allow you to transform random events into learning experiences that eventually result in success.

Life is change – by definition and for everyone. Seeing that as a challenge to be accepted, enjoyed, and built on is the “secret” to successful living.

 

Once you’ve purchased the book, you can read it at your leisure. If you need any help at all, please contact me for a Free Call to see if I can help you with this challenge.

Good Luck!

 

Learning Styles

Learning Styles

Learning Styles

 

There are four distinct learning styles. Most people will have a preference for one of the four, but to some extent also use the others. The better you use all four of them, the more you will learn from your experiences.

See if you can pick out the learning style that you seem to choose naturally from the four styles below.

 

ACTIVIST STYLE

 

– This person enjoys new experiences and dives right in

– So, he likes the excitement of drama or a crisis

– And he enjoys out-of-the-box ideas

– He likes using other people as sounding boards

 

THEORIST STYLE

 

– This person enjoys theories and concepts

– So, she enjoys intellectual exercises

– And she performs well in structured situations

– She doesn’t like shallow, unsubstantial thinking

 

REFLECTOR STYLE

 

– This person enjoys detailed research

– So, he likes just sitting back and thinking

– And he thinks before he acts

– He doesn’t respond well in crises or with time constraints

 

PRAGMATIST STYLE

 

– This person works well on practical tasks

– So, she enjoys putting things into practice immediately

– And she needs guidelines

– She doesn’t enjoy learning that does not have a practical outcome

 

If you can see that these four learning styles are all aspects of the complete learning process? In stage 1 the activist has the experience. Stage 2, the reflector, reviews the experience. In stage 3 the theorist makes conclusions from experience. And in stage 4 the pragmatist takes action based on the first three stages.

So, whichever style is your strong suit naturally, you can benefit from practicing all four stages.

 

If you need help with figuring out your style and what would work best for you, schedule a FREE Call with me, and let’s discuss. Call Me Using this Link!

 

 

Three Productivity Tools

Three Productivity Tools

Three Productivity Tools

 

Today’s topic is all about Three Productivity Tools. Now everyone can use more productivity in their lives, I know that I can. I would rather spend my time doing things that I enjoy, wouldn’t you?

If you’re like most busy people, you’re always looking for ways to increase your productivity.

If you can find a way to:

  • Limit distractions in this distraction-filled world
  • Stay focused on a single task at a time

…you’re well on your way to getting more done, but it’s not always easy to get there. Well, thanks to the amazing technology we have available to us today, there are plenty of tools out there that can help.

 

Abundance of Tools

 

Here are 3 of our favorite productivity tools to help you limit distractions and stay focused.

1. Rescue Time

Let’s get the distractions out of the way first because even while technology brings us so many great productivity tools, it also brings us tremendous distractions. RescueTime helps you track your time on your computer and your mobile devices and identifies where you’re spending (ahem…often wasting) a lot of your time.

RescueTime will:

  • Alert you when you’re spending a certain amount of time on an activity
  • Allow you to block distracting websites during focus time
  • Keep track of what you accomplished throughout the day
  • Identify how much time you spend on a variety of activities, including email, meetings, etc.

You can sign up for a Lite account, which is completely free, or their premium service for added features.

 

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2. Focus Booster Pomodoro App

The Focus Booster app is based on the Pomodoro Technique, which is a long-standing productivity technique that uses a timer for focused work periods, usually 25 minutes, followed by a break of 3-5 minutes. After you complete 4 work periods, you get a break of 15-30 minutes. The idea is you stay completely focused on the task during the work period.

There are a lot of apps that can help you execute the Pomodoro Technique, but you can check out Focus Booster. The app is free for up to 20 sessions per month or you can pay a reasonable yearly fee for unlimited sessions and extra features.

The app keeps a timesheet for you and produces a report that allows you to track your productivity and identify ways to become even more productive. And they have a 30 Day PRO Trial also.

 

And the Last One

 

3. FocusAtWill

Now here’s something very different, but scientifically proven to increase focus and productivity. And if you love music, this is going to be great news for you.

Focus@Will uses human neuroscience and music to help you focus, limit distractions, get productive and retain more information. All you do is answer a few questions and the software will determine the right music to put your brain in a flow state that makes you super productive. Wow!!

There is a free 2-week trial, so you can see if it works for you.

Try these Three Productivity Tools and let us know what you think. And hey, if you’ve got a productivity tool you love, can you send me a message? We’d love to gather up your answers and make part 2 for this article with more great productivity tools.

 

 

Manage Your Time

Manage Your Time

Manage Your Time – how many times have you heard that phrase? Like it’s been beating you in the head forever, but is it actually registering in said head? You know, you’ve heard it a thousand times but if it’s not getting through, then you’re not really listening, are you?

 

Managing your time is not just good practice but it is also good for productivity, organization, and achieving success with your goals. By managing your time properly and efficiently you can create an organized life.

It doesn’t need to be overwhelming if you follow the strategies below.

 

Get Up Early

 

The most successful people are early risers and have a morning routine in place. Do you have one?

 

Morning routines often include:

 

  • Meditation
  • Visualization
  • Exercise
  • Reading/Learning
  • Healthy Eating
  • Planning/Prioritizing

 

A regular morning routine will ensure that you start your days successfully.

 

To-Do List

 

Creating a to-do list should be a regular habit undertaken daily. The best lists are 10 items or less to ensure that you can complete them. Don’t forget to prioritize the items on the list and review them throughout the day. Checking off items as they are completed will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

 

Sticky Notes

 

Sticky notes are ideal for displaying reminders of tasks, motivational quotes, and visualizations. If you’ve got a pile of letters that need to be mailed and that’s an item on your to-do list, why not put a sticky note on top of the pile with a deadline for posting them? It’ll serve as a reminder to get them posted and cleared out of your way.

 

Record It

 

Of course, you can record your notes digitally using note-taking apps or in a text document, or using pen and paper but have you thought of recording them using a digital recorder? You can get free recording apps for smartphones. By making a voice recording you can replay the recording and listen to your ideas. This will give you the opportunity to listen from a different perspective.

 

Schedule

 

Create a schedule. Using an online planner such as Google Calendar will ensure that you are able to access your schedule on your smartphone, tablet, or computer wherever you are. You can color-code different categories of entry and share with friends, family, and colleagues as necessary.

 

Use Pen and Paper

 

For your most important events, tasks and notes use the traditional recording method of pen and paper with a diary, planner, or bullet journal. You can keep it with you at all times, it won’t distract you with messages or run out of power. You’ll also be able to flick through at a glance to see how much you’ve achieved, past or forthcoming events, and outstanding tasks.

 

Prioritize

 

Be realistic. Not all tasks and events are created equal. Find a way to highlight events that are essential so that you can see them at a glance and be sure not to miss them. On your lists of things to do always prioritize them and complete the most important first. If there are items that aren’t important or not time-sensitive then consider moving them off your current list and on to another day. You can’t do everything!

 

Delegate

 

If there are items on your list that aren’t important then think about delegating them. You don’t need to try and be a superhero and do everything yourself. Kids can tidy away their toys and when old enough learn how to load the dishwasher, set the table, and do other simple chores. By enlisting the help of other household members you can get more accomplished in less time.

 

In Conclusion

 

Managing your time properly and efficiently is one of the keys to staying organized. And, it’s also the way you create success along the way when you are working your business. Take these ideas and use them for both your personal life and your professional life. Then you’ll be able to fit more into your day. And even have time to play with your kids and enjoy time with your husband or significant other. Now that’s what I’m talking about!!

 

Need help figuring out how to create your Time Management Goals? Let’s set up a time to do that. Here’s my booking link to make it easy for you to schedule a time to get together. → Calendar Link  This is a free 15 – minute call to see if we want to work together. And then we schedule a time to work on your project. It’s simple and as easy as that!

I would be more than happy to help you figure things out.

 

 

Staying Organized and Productive

Staying Organized and Productive

 

When you work for yourself you will need to be both organized and productive while working, every day. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll also get much more done for your clients as well as for your own business. So how can you make sure that you stay organized and productive?

Below are several tips for staying organized and productive. Which ones have made it to your list?

  1. Clear clutter
  2. Process your emails
  3. Schedule your calendar
  4. Stay hydrated
  5. Don’t skip lunch

 

Clear Out Your Clutter

 

Your workspace should be clean and clutter-free. By removing distractions, you will make sure that you remain focused on your work. Have a trash can by your desk and use it. If it’s trash, then it isn’t needed so toss it immediately! Add a small container for recycling and put anything that can be recycled into it as soon as you’ve finished with it.

 

Process Your Emails

 

Emails are a huge time suck. Instead of just reading them or thinking you’ll read or act on them later take a more structured approach. Set a specific time for dealing with emails each day. Don’t check them in between.

Use folders to organize emails: junk/spam, trash, by project or client, personal and to do. Any emails that require you to take action and that cannot be completed at that moment should be put into the to-do folder. Make it a habit to work through your to-do folder and empty it every day. Have a specific time slot allocated for that each day.

Delete junk, spam, and emails that aren’t important or needed for further action and empty those folders at the end of each day.

 

Schedule It

 

When you’re an employee, your break time is usually scheduled for you. But when you work for yourself, then it will be up to you to decide when to take a break. Make sure to schedule regular breaks as these will keep you more focused and productive

If you sit down for a large part of your day you need to take regular time out to get up and walk around. This will keep you fitter and reduce tiredness.

 

Stay Hydrated

 

Your body and brain need water to stay hydrated and to achieve optimal performance. Of course, you don’t need to drink plain water all the time but you should limit caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee.

 

Don’t Skip Lunch

 

It can be all too easy to skip a meal when you are really busy. However, this won’t actually boost your productivity as you’ll find your blood sugar level will drop and you’ll lose energy and the ability to focus.

Make sure that you’ll always have lunch either ready to go to your office with you. Also, make sure to have a couple of healthy snacks ready to have during the day.

 

These simple tips will help you to stay organized and productive when you’re working.

 

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Until next time – stay organized!

 

 

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