Tips To Be More Productive With The Timeboxing Technique

Have you ever prepared a to-do list for the day? With all the responsibilities people face in school, family, and their career every day, the answer is probably yes. Writing down the things you need to do can feel comforting, as it allows you to mentally organize and plan your day in advance. But while a to-do list strategy may work for some people, many are still guilty of leaving the items on their list undone. This assumption is even backed by a research study by IDone. If making a simple to-do list is proving to be ineffective for you, the best thing to do is look for a new or improved method that can help you accomplish more in a day. One productivity hack that you can try is called timeboxing.  

What is timeboxing?

In many ways, timeboxing is similar to making a to-do list, you simply write down your tasks for the day. The difference here is that you add a specific time frame for the goals you set for yourself. For example, if you wish to work on a house project, you can allot 2-3 hours for it in your calendar. The idea is that for the time period you set, you commit yourself to solely doing a certain task. Ideally, you will declare the task as done once the allotted time has elapsed. It is then time to move on to the next task on the list.  

Why is timeboxing effective? 

Timeboxing is a better time-management strategy because it eliminates some of the problems that make a list of to-do items ineffective. In a simple to-do list, you face the risk of listing too many things because you do not take into consideration the amount of time it will take to finish a task. Timeboxing,  on the other hand lets you identify at a glance if the tasks are already unrealistic. Also, the time constraints present in a timeboxing method puts urgency in a task so you are more compelled to work on it. The time set for each tasks also lets you avoid overworking or ignoring other tasks. Aside from increasing focus,  breaking down tasks on several periods also makes a task less overwhelming.

Quick tips about using the timeboxing method:

Estimate the time you need. You need to know how much time you need to finish a certain task so you can set a doable timeboxing calendar. For those who are new to the method, it may be best to start with short time periods for a task.

Avoid distractions. Discipline remains a key factor in any productivity technique. So strengthen your willpower by avoiding urges to do things that keep you away from the task such as checking emails, messages, or procrastination.

Adjust accordingly. You cannot always finish one task within the allotted time and that is fine. However, timeboxing does not come with a rigid rule. Therefore, you adjust your schedule depending on the importance and urgency of a task.

Utilize reminders. Help yourself remember your time limit for each task. You can print the calendar for a visual reminder or set an alarm timer to know when it is time to do the next tasks.

Take breaks.  You have to give yourself time to rest and recharge too. Thus, remember to allot time for breaks in between tasks.

Every day is a gift, they say and we have to make the most of it. Letting one full day go by without accomplishing or finishing anything worthwhile feels like a terrible waste. You can avoid this unfortunate scenario by trying the strategies life coaches and mentors suggest. One technique worth a try is timeboxing. Give it a go and you may just find the key to maximizing your productivity in a day!

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3 Things You Can Do Today To Get Closer To Your Goals

Are you tired of waiting for your dreams and goals to manifest? Do you feel that success remains elusive in spite of all your hard work and effort? We know that great things are worth the wait but sometimes, you can’t help but wish that you could somehow speed things up. If you can relate to the above statements, you may be thrilled to know that there are easy things you can do to achieve your goals in a shorter time. You can even start doing them today. Try doing the following suggestions and expect amazing results.

Write down your goals.

It is hard to determine the things you want to accomplish if you don’t even know your targets. Take time to think about your goals and take the first step by writing it it all down. This simple practice can serve as a powerful reminder that you have goals to meet. Moreover, writing down your goals has a scientific basis. .A study done by psychology professor, Dr. Gail Matthews proved that participants reported a 42% chance of success when they wrote down their goals. When you keep your goals inside your mind, they get stuck in the imaginative part of your brain. However, once you write it down, the goals get transferred into the left hemisphere which dictates logic and action.

Craft a vision board.

Another way to make your journey towards success shorter is by believing in the power of visualization. This concept is featured in the popular book by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret. It states that imagining reaping the success you want will help your dreams to manifest in your life. The power of visualization has been endorsed by notable personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

To do this, you need to create a collage of pictures and words that represents your dreams and aspirations. Paste the collage of your goals in a board and place it where you can often see it. According to the law of attraction from the bestselling book by Byrne, visualizing the realization of your dreams allow you to release a positive force into the universe. The universe will then present you opportunities to get you closer to your dreams. To enhance success of your vision board you can meditate and state affirmative sentences.

Find a mentor.

To fast-track your goals, it will be extremely helpful to know the fastest route as well as the traps to avoid along the road. To gain access to this information you need someone who knows the route by heart. Someone who has been there and done that. In other words, a mentor may play a huge role in your success. Mentors can share their expertise and wisdom, and guide you every step of the way. Not everyone may need a mentor but having one definitely gives you an edge over others.

There is no magic trick to guarantee instant success. And true enough, most of the things you want to achieve in life take time and patience. The suggestions above are relatively easy to do but will work best if you combine it with the right attitude to work hard and excel.

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Foolproof Your Way To Success By Breaking These Habits & Mindsets

The vision of triumph gives many of us the strength to go on even when difficulties arise. Sometimes though, your goals remain unreachable despite your best efforts and countless struggles. Failures should not be feared because mistakes offer many opportunities for growth and learning. However, if defeats and disappointments start to dominate your life, then it is probably time to start asking yourself why it keeps on happening.

One simple way to achieve your dreams is by emulating the behaviors of successful people that you admire. By observing their ways, you may see the commendable habits and mindsets that set them apart from the rest. Take time to stop a while and examine if your own actions and thinking differ from those of the achievers. Chances are, you may be guilty of the following:

Setting Unrealistic Expectations

The most successful people have a clear perception of what they want to achieve and how to do it; allowing them to set targets that are not too low or too ambitious. Achievers build a path to success and minimize the risk of failures by devoting time to planning and researching prior to goal-setting. On the contrary, those who often fail probably miscalculate the potential of reaching a goal because they ignore the need to invest time into studying their strategies before the actual venture.

Dwelling on Self-Pity and Self-Doubt

Mistakes are an essential part of any learning process so everyone will likely experience a downfall at some point. Strong people acknowledge their emotions by allowing themselves to feel bitter after a loss but they do not dwell on the negative emotions for too long. They do not allow failures to destroy their focus and crush their confidence as well. Instead, they see it as an opportunity to prove to everyone that they can rise above the challenges.

Expecting Things To Be Easy

Achievers know that all great things are worth the wait and effort so the moment they set their eyes on a dream, they also start to prepare for grueling and backbreaking work. If you want success, being hardworking and patient will surely help you reach your targets.

Keep On Making Excuses

Immature people choose to deal with failures by pointing the blame to various factors except themselves. Instead of owning up their wrong moves, they try to heal their wounded egos by making excuses to cover up their shortcomings. This practice is surely a no-no if you want to achieve anything great in life. Stop thinking that you are a victim of realities surrounding you. Instead, learn to be flexible and adjust to realities that are sometimes uncontrollable or unavoidable.

Do Not Take Risks

Successful men and women avoid failures by exercising caution. Nevertheless, it does not mean that they do not have the courage to explore uncharted territories. If you do not have the courage to take risks, you will find it hard to stay competitive and will likely succumb to mediocrity.

Stops After Achieving Success

Success is a continuous journey so it is wrong to stop aiming for more excellence after meeting targets. Highly-successful individuals take care of their accomplishments by consistently finding ways to further improve in their field. Overconfidence may encourage lax behavior that may lead to failure in the end.

There are many other possible reasons that explain why others fail while others succeed. But a quick look at the reasons above reveals the importance of having the right attitude. So work on improving your character and success may chase you everywhere you go.

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3 Keys to Maintaining a Healthy Mentorship

Like all relationships in life, a healthy mentorship requires ongoing attention and effort on both sides in order for it to remain relevant, constructive, and beneficial. Overtime, all relationships change and develop with time and circumstance, and it takes extra effort to make sure the relationship stays healthy. When it comes to mentorship, if the relationship is built on a solid foundation of trust and respect, the changing dynamics should come naturally. But in order for this change to occur in the most effective way possible, you must keep a few things in mind. Read on to discover 3 keys to maintaining a healthy mentorship.

Communication is a must

No relationship is ever successful without the art of communication. It is nearly impossible to reach your goals without communicating with others you depend on along the way. Share your objectives, your state of mind, and the events in your life that affect both your objectives and state of mind. Share whatever you can with the other person to offer the most wholesome understanding of yourself and your goals,  so they can offer you the most complete and effective guidance.

Always avoid comparisons

Likely, when relationships are changing, it’s because major changes are occurring in one, if not both, of the lives of the parties involved. At times, it may seem natural to compare the other person’s experience to your own. But it’s important to avoid comparison at all costs. Instead of comparing someone else’s situation to your own, acknowledge that their experience is likely different from your own, and then explain to them what worked for you and what didn’t. In doing so, you give the other person a sense of validation, while also offering helpful information.

Understand that any relationship is fluid

Every mentorship is different, and there are valuable lessons learned through each one. So remember that there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to mentorship. Mentorship is not when one person teaches another a skill or tells them what to do. Instead, mentorship is when two people build a foundation of trust that allows them to take away valuable lessons from their interactions together. So while there maybe a defined mentor and mentee, this does not mean there are set rules to follow. Learn from each other whenever possible and embrace the fluidity of mentorship.

Remember these three keys to maintaining a healthy mentorship, and watch the relationship you have built thrive.

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3 Easy Tips to Invest in Yourself

Whether it’s making sure you drink enough water throughout the day or taking the time to learn a new skill, consistently investing in yourself is one of the best ways to ensure productivity when it comes to your business. Think about it. The more time and effort you take to better yourself as a person, whether it’s personally or professionally, the more prepared you will be tackle each day. Investing in yourself and your talents sends a message to the world that you are aware of your own potential, and you are willing to put in whatever it takes to see results. Check out these three easy tips to invest in yourself, so you can make the most of yourself and your productivity.

3 Easy Tips to Invest in Yourself

Set attainable goals

The first step to investing in yourself is taking the time to know yourself and your limits. Putting effort into outlining your goals makes it so much easier to achieve them. Be honest with yourself and make a game plan. Don’t over-commit yourself to attending lunch and learns once a week when your business is just starting to take off. However, if you find yourself running through a bit of an inspirational dry spell, by all means take the time to attend networking events and workshopping seminars to invest in your ideas and reignite your flame.  

Educate yourself

Educate yourself as much and as often as you can. Learn about what others are doing in your specialized field by reading informational books or staying connected with online groups. Learn your strengths and your weaknesses and work on both. For example, if you are great at communicating, keep up to date with the latest news in the world of communication. Find a trusted mentor to coach you through your weaknesses and learn from their advice. Do whatever you can to be informed all the time.

Don’t wait

The biggest mistake people always make in reaching their full potential is waiting around for the “right” time to invest in themselves. It is always the perfect time to work on yourself and your goals. Make a rule to stop making excuses, so you don’t store your fuel for later. Now’s as good a time as any to achieve your dreams.

Invest in yourself a little bit today, so you can make the most of your future. Follow these easy three easy tips to make it happen!

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3 Ways To Celebrate The Fourth

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, there are lots of ways you can show your patriotism and celebrate everything USA. With all the options, it can be hard to decide exactly what you should do. If you’re at a loss for what to do on the Fourth, but want to plan something easy and fun with your family and friends, read these fun 3 ways to celebrate the Fourth of July.

These 3 ways to celebrate the Fourth of July are guaranteed to get you in patriotic spirits.

Coordinate a Block Party

There’s nothing quite like gathering all of your family and friends to enjoy good food and amazing company. Coordinate with your friends and neighbors to amp up your typical backyard BBQ and throw a full on cook-out block party in your backyard or neighborhood.

If you’re worried about hosting the day’s holiday festivities, a block party is a great way to divvy up the responsibilities. To make coordinating easier, start up a google doc where people can list what they are contributing so you don’t end up with a hundred buns and six hot dogs. Add some American classics to your music playlist to really kick festivities up a notch and keep people entertained. Lastly, what would a block party be without red, white, and blue decorations and balloons?

Watch Fireworks

As a long-held Fourth of July tradition, watching fireworks is a great way to join in on holiday festivities, and is entertaining for both children and adults. As the Fourth of July begins to come to a close, fireworks are an inspiring way to wrap up all the festivities of the day. Sometimes, the local fireworks site even has all-day activities planned like concerts, inflatables, and food vendors to keep you busy while waiting for the firework show. You can usually check your local city’s website to find out where fireworks will be held for the evening, or even stock up on some of your own to set off and be the life of the neighborhood. Just be sure to check your local city ordinances first for rules about personal fireworks.

Camp In A National Park

Going off the grid and taking in the natural beauty of a national park is a great way to appreciate all that our country has to offer. National parks have so much intrinsic value and are sure to inspire you with their untouched beauty. When camping in a national park, you catch a small glimpse into America’s history and how people used to live, which puts your life into perspective in turn. National parks also help educate you on conservation and the natural wonders of our land, so you can live more sustainably. After all, being outside is the epitome of freedom! Stay close to home to visit a local National Park, or visit one of the famous ones like the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone.

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How Do You Become a Better Listener Overnight?

As a wise man once said, “Nature has given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.” Even still, listening is a difficult skill. More often than not, we find ourselves listening to respond, rather than listening to learn. Don’t worry if that sounds like something you’re guilty of.

It’s never too late to learn how to be a better listener overnight.

Remember to Maintain Eye Contact

Above all else, maintaining eye contact lets the person you’re speaking with know that you’re listening. But that isn’t all that it does. When you maintain eye contact, you are more actively involved with the conversation by default. It’s hard to be disengaged when you’re making a concerted effort to keep your eyes focused on the person you’re talking to.

It may feel uncomfortable or awkward at first, but it’s ultimately one of the most important communication skills that you can develop throughout your life and career.

Limit Distractions as Much as Possible

It’s far easier to maintain eye contact and be a better, more active listener when you limit distractions as much as possible. Put down the smartphone. Forget about the clock. In those moments when you’re trying to be a present listener, just focus on being present.

To become a better listener overnight, start by limiting as many distractions as you possibly can.

Ask Questions to Dive Deeper

By far, the best thing you can do to become a better listener overnight is to simply ask questions. Dive deeper into the conversation and make it all about the person you’re speaking with.

One of the worst things you can do when you’re trying to be a better listener is to assume you know the answers to the questions you’re asking. Don’t try to be a mind-reader; just allow the person you’re in conversation with to lead and answer freely.

In the end, being a better listener just takes patience, concentration, and a willingness to tap into your natural sense of empathy. Be the person you wish would listen to you, and center all of your conversations around the idea that you’re there to learn from others. Ultimately, this practice will make you not only a better listener, but also a better person all around.

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Surprising Keys to Being a Successful Mentor

No one is a successful mentor right out of the gate. Like anything else worth doing, being a successful mentor takes time, dedication, and sticktoitiveness. It also takes a little know-how, which is why it’s important to read up on all of the keys to being a successful mentor.

Some of the keys might surprise you. If you’ve never mentored anyone before (and even if you have), they might even go against your natural instincts as a leader. Regardless, these keys to success are tried and true methods for fostering and growing a deeply impactful mentor-mentee relationship.

Share Your Failures as Much as Your Successes

It’s always uncomfortable to talk about failure, and it’s especially counterintuitive when you’re a mentor. But, if you want to be the best mentor you can possibly be, you have to push past that awkwardness.

Think about all of the most influential people in your life. Were they perfect? Probably not by any stretch of the imagination. Even still, they were great mentors—not because they were flawless, but because they did amazing things in spite of their fallibility.

Letting your mentor in on your failures will help them to better see themselves in your successes.

Understand Where Your Mentee is Coming From

…And where they want to go.

One of the most important tasks that mentors take on is meeting their mentees where they are. If you can’t understand their perspective, then you won’t be able to help them shift it to see new possibilities.

To be the best mentor, you have to understand where your mentee is coming from—as well as where they see themselves heading over the next two to five years. You wouldn’t plan a road trip without knowing what Point A and Point B are, so then why would you enter into a mentorship situation without having a similar plan and understanding?

Listen to Learn

In order to get to that point of understanding, though, you need to listen. Unfortunately, most people listen to respond, instead of listening to learn.

As a mentor, you have to be willing and able to listen to your mentee and really hear them. Try as hard as you can not to filter their words through your own experience—and who knows? Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two from them about life.

Again, the most successful mentors are those that aren’t afraid to expose their failures, understand where their mentees are coming from, and listen to gain that understanding.

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