Don’t Have One To-Do List — Have Three…

A to-do list can help you stay organized and focused, but it can also become overwhelming when it gets too long and you’re not sure what to tackle next. Try keeping three lists — and a calendar.

To start off, think about all of the tasks assigned to you. Which of them truly have to get done (chances are, some don’t)? And which are truly urgent? On the first to-do list, write down your projects that are important but aren’t time-sensitive. On the second, write the things that are important and need to get done today. 

The third list is a not-to-do list, to remind you which things aren’t worth your time and which can be done by someone else. Then use the calendar to block out time for each important task according to its deadline. Once you get control of your priorities, you’ll feel liberated to focus on what really matters to you.

Types of Anger…

There are many types of anger:-

Anger on daily petty things,

Anger on not being able to achieve big in life,

Anger on yourself for not being able to perform,

Anger on expectations not met by others,

Anger on others for not meeting your expectations,

Anger on the unfairness of life,

Choose your angers wisely in life and ignore the others.

Motivation is critical…

I believe that motivation is the driving force behind any significant achievement in life. While I may have the typical traits of an average person, it’s my level of motivation that truly sets me apart. It’s the spark that ignites hard work, fosters determination, and cultivates a positive outlook.

Obtaining motivation isn’t always straightforward; it’s a capricious emotion that can come and go. The more I chase after it, the more elusive it becomes. That’s why I believe it’s crucial to find ways to harness motivation early on in life.

In my experience, understanding oneself and spending quality time alone or with close friends helps unearth what truly matters to me. This self-awareness forms the foundation for meaningful progress. Moreover, gaining insights into my community, friends, and family allows me to identify the directions in which motivation can flourish.

In essence, motivation isn’t a one-size-fits-all concept. It’s a deeply personal and individualized force that propels us towards our goals. Recognizing this has been instrumental in unlocking my potential and driving me towards meaningful accomplishments.

Articulate Your Personal Philosophy and Live by It…

Worrying about what other people think of us can be paralyzing. We stop taking chances. We play it safe. And our careers suffer for it. One way to fight these anxieties is to develop a personal philosophy, a phrase or sentence that articulates your sense of who you are.

Think about the following questions: What values drive your actions? Who has qualities that align with yours, and what are they? What makes you feel that you’re performing at your best? How do you want to live your life? Write down your answers, and look for what they have in common. Use the words that stand out to you to come up with your personal philosophy. Then commit to living by it. When something at work starts to lower your confidence, let your philosophy remind you of what’s important to you and why you do what you do. Shut out the noise of others’ opinions and focus on the things that really matter.

It’s just an outlook…

It’s just an outlook what more?

But it changes everything,

It changes your day to night,

It changes your great work to dull work,

It changes your good emotions to bad ones,

It changes your happy mode to sad mode,

Even though these changes seem smaller,

But as they pile up,

It gets bigger & bigger,

In the end, you’re stuck with these biggies,

But all it takes is a change in the outlook.

Get More Comfortable with Failure…

We’ve all been there: you make a New Year’s resolution and…it doesn’t stick. Why? It’s often because we don’t allow ourselves to be bad at it at first. We fail a few times and then decide to give up. But adopting any new habit is going to feel clunky at first. 

The key to taking on something new is to get more comfortable with failure. Here’s how.

Start by immunizing yourself against big letdowns by trying out experiments that allow you to fail in tiny ways. For example, if your goal is to write every day, start by committing to one short paragraph each morning. If you don’t like what you write, no big deal! It’s just a paragraph. Write another one tomorrow.

Next, make your goal known to others before your self-doubt creeps in and you chicken out. This layer of accountability will help you actually follow through on your goal — no matter how bad you are at it the first time.

And finally, keep a log of your efforts. Over time you’ll notice how far you’ve come. Rather than focusing on the small, inevitable failures, you can appreciate your overall progress.

Stop Overthinking Big Decisions

Thoughtful deliberation is an essential leadership quality that can help you make better decisions and produce better outcomes. However, it can also devolve into overthinking, which can be paralyzing. Here are three ways to avoid a thought spiral that can slow you down:

  1. Curb your perfectionism. Perfectionism is one of the biggest blockers to swift decision-making because it operates on faulty all-or-nothing thinking. To curb this tendency, ask yourself questions like: What’s one thing I could do today to bring me closer to my goal? Or what’s the next step based on the information I have right now?
  2. Pay attention to your intuition. When it comes to difficult decisions, your gut reaction is often a critical data point, particularly when time is short or you don’t have all the information you need. Research shows that pairing intuition with analytical thinking helps you make better, faster, and more accurate decisions and gives you more confidence in your choices than relying on intellect alone.
  3. Construct creative constraints. Determine a date or time by which you’ll make a choice. Put it in your calendar, set a reminder on your phone, or even contact the person who’s waiting for your decision and let them know when they can expect to hear from you.