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5 Things In Your Life That Are Dragging You Down

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stay positiveYou might think you have your life in full control. You make sure your responsibilities are always fulfilled, and you’re happy. Everything's good than good, right?

Hold your horses.

There are lots of things that are dragging you down that you don’t even know about.

Here are 5 things that can be affecting you (and how to fix them):

1. Constant Notifications

A recent study found that just knowing you have an unread email in your inbox can make it more difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. So if you’re like most people, you have a constant stream of messages hitting your inbox—and that means you’re going to be distracted on a regular basis.

The first step in keeping email from taking over your life is to stop checking it every 30 seconds. Close Gmail or Outlook while you’re working on other things, turn off email push notifications on your phone, declare an email curfew of 7 p.m.

Literally, turn off the distraction. Don’t let email steal your attention from what matters most.

2. The Importance of Taking Time off

The Internet is chock full of helpful productivity sites, blogs, and tips. But with our interest in maximizing efficiency, we’ve started to lose sight of an important fact: Not every moment of the day needs to be maximally productive. There is a time for productivity, but letting your brain rest is just as important.

According to Skift, almost 42 percent of Americans didn’t take any vacation days in 2014, which clearly shows that people aren’t giving themselves enough time away from work. Not only do you need evenings and weekends to let your brain recharge, but you also need extra days throughout the year.

Work burnout is real, and it’s unpleasant—so make time to recharge.

3. Focus less, Dream More

Similar to productivity, people now place a premium on staying focused. Fighting distractions is a good thing, but as with productivity, there’s a time and a place for singular focus. What many people don’t realize is that our brain does some of its best work when we allow our minds to wander.

When you’re not focused on anything specific, your brain does a lot of unconscious processing, and that processing often connects different areas of the brain, helping you come up with creative ideas and innovative solutions to problems. This is one of the reasons people come up with great ideas while they’re in the shower or mowing the lawn. And it is especially true if you have multiple hobbies and encourage your brain to think in different ways on a regular basis.

So it’s OK to let your thoughts drift, and you should try to get lost in something mindless—wandering can do wonders.

4. If You Aim at Nothing, You Will be Very Accurate

Being productive or being focused for its own sake isn’t a useful activity. Not having a goal that to work toward makes it difficult to direct your efforts, measure progress and motivate yourself to keep going.

Don’t know what your “purpose” is? Set short- and long-term professional and personal goals, like meeting a deadline, getting a promotion, paying off debt, improving your fitness, or picking up a new hobby.

Write your goals down—and be specific. Then review them regularly, and you’ll be more motivated on tough days.

5. The 5 P’s 

(Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance)

How much time do you spend looking for things you’ve lost? Paperwork, receipts, emails, files, web addresses, clothes…. What if you could get all of that time back? Think of the things you could accomplish.

Putting systems in place can make a huge difference in your daily life. Is messy your middle name? Try buying the necessary organizational tools, like a day planner, a filing cabinet and folders to fill it with, and a desk inbox/outbox.

It may take a long time to get everything organized and under control, but it’ll save you a lot of mental energy in the future.

So, now that you’re in the know, you can start making small changes to be more successful both at work and at home. All are (almost) good.

 

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