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How To Get Things Done

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How to Get Things Done
1. Make a list, be detailed and prioritize them by importance. I like to make my lists either right before bed for the next day, or when I wake up in the morning. Mark if there’s something you have to get done today or this week. Feel free to use symbols to help you!
2. Reward yourself with a small treat each time you accomplish a task! Have some healthy snacks on the side, like nuts or fruit to keep you energized.
3. Remove distractions! In this day and age, there are so many things that can distract us. It takes an average person about 15 minutes to focus on a task, and if your phone keeps popping up with notifications, you’ll never get stuff done. Put your phone on mute and away from site. You can check it during your breaks or when you’re done. No emergency will come in a text message.
4. In the morning, set specific tasks you have to do that day, and make each a “must”. It’s not a choice, but it’s something you definitely must do that day. Then, you won’t spend time considering whether or not you want to do it later. For example, if you schedule working out for 30 minutes and don’t make it an option, but a mandatory thing, you’ll work out!
5. Get someone to motivate you. If your mind starts pushing you towards procrastination, get someone to stand by you and push you towards your goal. If possible, ask a friend to do it with you and keep you on track. You can plan a study date, set goals with your friends (finish our work before 7pm daily), check in with each other, or more!
6. Schedule and plan everything out. This will help you stay on track and continue being productive. Remember to give yourself breaks! Work with your to-do list and make it into a schedule. It also helps to have a daily routine that will help you get regular things done, like working out or cleaning your house.
7. Play music or focus beats in the background. If you’re the type of person that works better with music, make a good playlist and play it while you’re working. If you have to be focused, I also recommend playing these sounds while you’re working to keep you focused. They are repeating beats of soundwaves that keep your brain concentrated on the task at hand.http://mynoise.net/NoiseMach…/binauralBrainwaveGenerator.php

Hope these help!! Comment down below any tips you may have or if these are working for you 🙂

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How To Find Peace in Everyday Life

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How to Find Peace in Everyday Life:

  1. Do what makes you happy.
  2. Know that everything will be alright.
  3. Take breaks, rest.
  4. Spend time with friends and family.
  5. Go outside! I find that sitting in front of my computer or using my phone all day really drains me. Nature just has a way of waking us up and freeing us. If you’re feeling stressed, take a step outside and enjoy the trees and plants around you. Feel the breeze in your hair and hear the sounds of nature.
  6. Finish tasks. If procrastination is stressing you, end your torture. Finish whatever you’re pushing off and then be free!


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The Olympian in us

Olympians are so inspirational… many of them go through the worst and become the best they can be. “Olympics aren’t just about winning… it’s about the journey there”. What makes an Olympian is perseverance. No matter how hard the world seems at the moment, Olympians always pull through.

You don’t always have to be athletic to be an Olympian. Anyone who has gone through hardships and still makes it at the end is an Olympian.

“It’s the journey that matters”

No matter how hard your life seems at the moment… the struggle will end… Just try to make the best of it. I know it’s easier said than done but try. Don’t give up… make the journey worth while. You can do it! I believe in you!

Credits: https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaUnitedStates/videos/1303591626340215/

🙂 Find the Olympian in you 🙂

Change the world…

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“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai

 

It’s easy for people to take their education for granted, especially American children who are granted free education. Books, essays, tests… What could be even a little appealing about learning? Though the school year may be busier than summer vacation, it only hurts us to look at school as a prison or punishment. Rather, as Malala believes, education is power.

 

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world,” she says. And it makes sense. Education gives people the power to make their own well-informed decisions, and it allows us greater freedom and confidence in knowing how things work. Education further prepares us to go into the adult world with an open mind. Imagine, you are exposed to all the knowledge in the world, and all you need to soak it in is your books and your brain.

 

There is a lot to envy about summer, but turn your school year into something meaningful.

A Carpenter’s Gift: An Inspirational Story about Perseverance

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Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.

One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days work” he said.

“Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you?”

“Yes,” said the older brother. “I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbor, in fact, it’s my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll go him one better. See that pile of lumber curing by the barn? I want you to build me a fence – an 8-foot fence – so I won’t need to see his place anymore. Cool him down, anyhow.”

The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you.”

The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day.

The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing.

About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer’s eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped.

There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge… a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work handrails and all – and the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched.

“You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.”

The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other’s hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. “No, wait! Stay a few days. I’ve a lot of other projects for you,” said the older brother.

“I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter said, “but, I have many more bridges to build.”
Source: http://www.askalana.com/stories/carpenter.shtml

Who says sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?

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Q: Who says sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?

A: A guy who has never been hit by a dictionary

 

Q: Why did the golfer wear two pairs of pants?

A: Just in case he got a hole in one

 

Q: Why did the calendar write its wills?

A: Because its days were numbered

It’s A Beautiful Day

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Sitting under the shade of a tall, wide oak tree, you watch over the entire field. A small bunch of daisies and dandelions pop up from the grass as they scatter over to your bare feet. The warmth of the sun peeks through the holes of the leaves in the tree. It touches your legs, then spreads throughout your body, warming you from the inside. You are reading your favorite book, your eyes lazily dart from page to page, then up to the beauty surrounding you. A small breeze ruffles the ends of your denim shorts and you can hear the leaves rustle above you. You take a deep breath–In. Out.–capturing everything going on. It’s a beautiful day.