We have all heard that the appropriate use of technology tools to increase our productivity is of vital importance and it’s true, most of them are available today as apps for cell phones or pc’s, however Google Play has more than 3.5 million apps available for downloading, 10-15% of which are focused on helping you be more productive, from very general ones to very detailed ones, and it is here that the question of the week arises, which ones are the appropriate ones for me? Choosing only one can leave you wanting in some areas and choosing too many can have the opposite of the desired effect.
So, how to choose? Well, this definitely depends on how you like to work and how much connectivity you want with the people around you.
#1 Check what apps your closest co-workers are using, one of the greatest benefits of the digital era is connectivity, there are applications that allow you to share notes, files, events, tasks, and responsibilities in seconds with others...
It is very easy to lapse into negative behaviors, both because of our always busy lifestyles and because of access to social networks, which lead us to compare ourselves with the lives of other people and to think that we are not doing as well as they are. The truth is that everyone progresses at their own pace and you not only have to compare your situation with other people you consider successful, but also with those that do not have the same opportunities as you do.
Normally we focus on the negative and we get bogged down with everything we do not have or with what we would like to have, and we take for granted many things we end up considering as normal and for which we should be very grateful instead.
There are several negative behaviors, but there are simple methods you can start to use in order to prevent any negative behaviors from taking control of your life.
Take the first step to change your negative behaviors and...
Feeling overwhelmed is by definition a saturation of thoughts that create worry, fatigue and stress and it is then that our brain, in order to protect itself from overload, avoids having thoughts that could give us clarity to look for solutions, take action, and think properly.
The highly regarded university UNAM recently revealed a study where Mexico is one of the most toxic countries in the world when it comes to working in companies (almost 85% of companies in the country are ranked this way), this taking into account the actions companies take for taking care of the people and how they ensure both their physical and mental well-being, as well as their plans for motivation and personal development, and although it may sound very simple, it’s not, since this leaves us among one of the countries where they rate of psychological disorders and mortality due to stress at work is one of the highest in the world.
Now, the most common factors for stress at work and the ones that...
Family has historically been considered the greatest driving force and source of inspiration for human beings, and including this family unit in your goals and dreams can help you accomplish them or get to them faster. But this is not the only reason why you should include your family in your vision.
We all have personal dreams and goals, but there are some dreams in which all or several members of the family participate, and they all have to do their part to make them a reality as well. Some examples could be to save for a new car or to organize a trip to a destination that interests all, among many others. What’s important is that when it is a shared goal, all have to do their part in order to achieve the goal or dream we’re talking about.
This is very important because for the youngest in the family who are not old enough to work to help out with money, they can help out in other ways, involving...
You probably remember that a few years ago the teachings of the law of attraction in the book “The Secret” became famous. Although it wasn’t the first time this subject was written about, since many scientists and writers had touched on it many times in the past, Rhonda Byrne achieved great success with this book, which shortly after became much more than that. This book basically talks about the importance of having a clear vision of what you want in life and that through positive energy you can help attract that which you most desire to come into your life.
There’s been a lot of criticism regarding that philosophy, but what’s important for us is how you can use one of its main elements which is the vision board in order to be more successful and achieve all those goals that you have set for yourself. The vision board is a very good visual tool to help you reach your objectives, but in order to make the most of it you need to consider...
When it comes to good time management, one of the best skills you can acquire is to know where, when, and to whom to delegate a task or certain duties.
Delegating is a simple yet complicated task since it puts the responsibility for fulfilling an assignment squarely on the shoulders of someone who can or cannot do it in the same way, with the same quality, or with the same care as someone else.
To better delegate, we recommend the following:
#1 be clear when describing the tasks, this will assure that when it comes to performing the task there will be less questions, ensuring that the job will be performed nearer to what you expect.
#2 define milestone dates and due dates, this will help the person you entrusted the assignment to better organize and plan for the job.
#3 make sure that the person has the necessary tools. You delegate to streamline not to hinder, if that person does not have the availability or knowledge regarding the necessary tools, the result of the job...
J.K. Rowling, the English author who became famous with her Harry Potter book series, said:
This leads us to think about the importance of failing, because this means that you are daring to do something, and as much as a failure hurts, it’s an important part of life, it means you are living, that you are learning, that you are trying to do something, it means that you dare, you act, that you not only dream but that you do something about it.
Personally, I have failed many times and they haven’t necessarily been small failures, some have been big and have hurt more than even I realized at the time. I am talking about personal, professional, financial and even failures regarding my health, but all these failures have taught me something, from not repeating them...
Many times we complain that there’s not enough hours in a day to do everything we’d like to do or what’s on our To Do list. But there’s a little secret that will help you feel very good throughout the day and that will help you achieve much more than what you are accomplishing right now. This secret is, get up 30 minutes earlier.
Some of us have to set 5 or more alarms to be able to wake up and start doing our morning activities. This is a sign that we have to make some changes to our routine to better take advantage of our mornings and to be more productive.
For many people, the early hours of the day tend to be the most productive, or of high efficiency. It’s important to dedicate them to activities that will bring you greater benefits throughout the day. There are not that many interruptions, it is easier to concentrate, and they allow you to do things that once the day really gets going and the flood of urgent and...
Have you ever consciously done your to-do list, either in writing or in your head, and you realize that there are more things to do in a day that are humanly possible to get done? If you responded affirmatively, we understand, and would like you to know that we’ve gone through it ourselves, as a solution, we set only 3 mandatory goals per day. Yes, only 3.
These goals must have certain characteristics:
#1 They must be do-able; what does that mean? That at first glance, we don’t see any setbacks that will frustrate us or our goal: for example, if you need to do an outside activity, let’s say, plant a tree, but there is heavy rain in the forecast or it is raining already, well, that’s an activity that we will not be able to complete. Better look for activities that won’t be affected if external factors won’t cooperate.
#2 They must be aligned with your life goal; we have talked about this several times and it is vitally important, if the activities...
It’s probably happened to you, your goal is to do a project or to accomplish something you’ve always dreamed of, but after a while you feel stuck looking for perfection and you put it aside because you have to have everything done perfectly each step of the way. And if this happened to you, you probably stopped working on the project and it’s still not finished! What is better, to keep working on it even if it’s not perfect, or to have everything done to perfection before going on?
Some goals can be vague, or so large that we don’t know where to start. We may feel overwhelmed and feel like we don’t have the time or the resources to achieve them, or it may be that we are adopting someone else’s dreams and goals and that they are not what we really want, or that we are not willing to begin because we are afraid we will fail. But as human beings we are imperfect and that is what makes us unique.
Perfection should never be our...