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Change is needed…

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“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy

 

I am personally someone who loves stability. I like to know what my schedule is hour-by-hour, what events are coming up at least a week beforehand, and that I will not have to be scrambling through the day with lots of changes that will mess up my routine. Though stability isn’t a bad thing, it’s even more important that we come to accept change and how beneficial it is to our being. Think about it: We wouldn’t live in the world we live in today if we did not embrace change.
Gradually, I’ve come to accept change based on Sheehy’s reasoning. If we don’t change, we never really learn how to live. We end up just walking around as human beings, going through monotony and trying to live on the safe side. But change is all about taking risks, and the biggest risks pay off. One particular example in my life pertains to the dance duet style I chose last year. Though it was clearly out of my comfort zone (my friends and teachers admitted that it definitely was not a style they expected me to compete with), I flew with it. I experimented with it and had the most fun making that change and seeing how it would work out. That experience left me feeling more empowered and matured as a dancer and a person. Life cannot exist without change.

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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 🙂

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!

Challenge: Get to know a friend better!

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Challenge: Get to know a friend better

This can be someone you have just met recently, or an old friend that you never got close to. This can even be a family member.

Challenge Recap

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How did the challenge go for you? Were you able to do something for your friends? I’m sure your friends were extremely touched by your act of kindness. Leave a comment down below!

Challenge Recap

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How was it? Were you able to open up to a close friend?

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Challenge: Share something personal with a friend!

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Challenge: Share something personal with a friend, something you wouldn’t tell anyone else. They are there for you!