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Get Better At Time Management: Avoid Procrastination!

When it comes to time management, one of the most important things you can ever learn is how to avoid procrastination. Procrastination is one of the biggest reasons for loss of time. Do you ever feel like you work but get nothing done, plan to clean but never really finish anything, or start projects and never complete them? Chances are high that, just like me, you have a problem with procrastination.

The good news is that by acquiring proper time management skills and habits, you can overcome the problem of procrastination. Once you do, you can make these skills and habits work for you in all areas of your life: work, home, personal and more. You will then find that you are more successful in everything you do and you will also have more time for doing the things you enjoy.

When it comes to time management and avoiding procrastination, one of the first things you need to do is plan your day. When you have a schedule to follow it makes it much easier to make sure you’re staying on task and accomplishing things as you should be.

One common reason why people procrastinate is because they are working on a task that just seems too big or too daunting to complete on their own. This can be overwhelming, and it is difficult for the mind to figure out how to process the information. This is why you will typically put it off and avoid doing it. One way to resolve this is to break the task down into smaller pieces so that it doesn’t seem so difficult.

Another way to avoid procrastination is to set deadlines for yourself. You should set these earlier than the actual deadlines you have for work or other projects. This gives you some “wiggle-room” as they say, in case something comes up or there is an emergency of some type.

Another time management technique for avoiding procrastination is to reward yourself when you meet your goals and stick to your schedule. This can give you the motivation you need to stay on task. With all of these tips combined, you can stop procrastinating and start doing the things that are important to you. Your stress will be greatly reduced and you will feel better about life!

Create Prosperity By Thinking Positively!

Increasing prosperity in our lives can be accomplished by having the right frame of mind. The truth is, our thoughts are very powerful. They are capable of influencing every aspect of our daily lives, from our physical health to our social behaviors. I’m sure you’ve heard the adage, “As you think, so shall you be.” If we want to improve our lives, we must first improve our thoughts.

Harnessing the power of thought in a positive way has the ability to create great change in our lives, including our financial well-being and prosperity. But how? How do we take something as intangible as thoughts, and manifest them into a physical reality?

We must first understand that being prosperous is much, MUCH more than just having a lot of money. Prosperity is a mindset, a way of interacting in our lives, and a way of thinking. Mastering this train of thought is not easy, but it is simple enough if we keep working on it consistently.

Following are some ideas to help you improve your thoughts, and ultimately attract more prosperity into your life:

Be grateful for the blessings in your life right now. Take a few minutes each day to express heartfelt gratitude for the good things in your life. Even more powerful, write a few of these blessings down each day. This helps to put your focus in the right direction — on abundance, not lack.

Use positive affirmations to begin training yourself to think positively. Think to yourself “I am” statements such as “I am worthy of all that is good.” It sounds corny and somewhat stupid, but I’ve tried it and it works. Write these statements down on a journal every day and repeat them nightly before you go to bed. Over time, doing this will implant these thoughts into your subconscious mind, and you will begin to naturally believe them.

Creative visualization can help you achieve prosperity by determining what it is you wish to achieve, and then thoroughly creating that image in your mind. This works in the same way that mental affirmations do. Our subconscious will fill with images of prosperity, and eventually these subconscious “truths” will manifest in the physical. “See” yourself as being prosperous, and you will become so.

Encourage yourself with the belief that you can achieve great things. This could also be one of your affirmations, but expand on it. If you know you can earn a certain salary, tell yourself you can earn more. Allow yourself to believe all things are possible, and you will gain the confidence needed to reach higher than you ever imagined you could. If you believe you can do it, you are more likely to take the risks associated with people who are highly successful. Prosperity and success go hand in hand, so take risks and aim higher.

Start a savings account. As strange as it sounds, think about this: Like Attracts Like. Even if you can only afford to put a few dollars into your account every month, it will begin to build up and attract more money.

Finally, believe you are already wealthy. The creative ability of our thoughts is such that we lend more power and energy to whatever we consistently focus on. Focusing on lack will create more lack. Focusing on wealth and prosperity will create . . . guess what?

Remember that this is a process. You likely won’t change your circumstances in one day. But over time, with consistent focus, your thoughts will begin to attract what you want. Once you master this power of thought, there are truly no limits to the prosperity you can bring to your life!

Think like an Entrepreneur!

In order to BECOME a self-employed person you have to stop thinking like an employee and see yourself differently. My biggest problem during the process of becoming self-employed is frequently my own resistance to do that.

In order to become a self-employed person you have to start thinking like one. Sometimes I find myself reverting to the nine-to-five mentality, and I get the sensation that if I am not accomplishing a task every hour, then I must not really be working.

Sometimes as a self-employed person/entrepreneur you will have to make decisions about your business.  In some instances you will have to spend time just thinking about a solution to a problem, and you’ll have to quiet your mind so new ideas can come. Therefore, the fact that you’re not pounding away at your computer keyboard every single minute doesn’t mean you’re not working.

I’ve also learned that it’s okay NOT to answer the phone every time it rings.  That’s what voicemail is for, and the same goes for email.  At my nine-to-five job I would leave the email program open all day and answer each one as it arrived.  It took me a while to realize it’s okay to only check email several times a day instead of constantly being interrupted. It’s actually more productive than having to stop your thought process every time “you have mail.” At my other job, I was able to let a phone call roll over into voice mail, but it took me a while to be able to shut down the email too.

You’re going to have days where you feel you didn’t accomplish much.  Then again, you’ll have days where you’ll feel you can conquer the world and you’ll be amazed at how much you got done. Some days you may not finish many tasks, but you’ll make a decision on a problem that needed to be addressed.  Or, you will have learned a valuable lesson about yourself.

And we also have to learn to stop breaking down every task into dollars and cents.  I used to have a tendency to worry about how much I was or was not earning every day.  The truth is that some days you’re going to make more than other days. If I spend my day on marketing issues, even though I didn’t earn any money from it that day, I know that I will benefit from it at some point in the future.

Rather than worry about what benefits I have or don’t have, I have come to realize the benefit I have in my business: I answer only to me. Everything I do will benefit me sooner or later.  Instead of my income being dependent on somebody else’s budget, I can go as far as my own entrepreneurial ability will take me.

And because I’m now doing what I truly love and not what someone else tells me to, I’m much happier and more content. I have learned that if you start THINKING like an entrepreneur, then you’ll actually be one.

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