Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

Earlier this week we covered different life skills that make your day-to-day life and career easier, from time management to sleep management.

Today I am going to cover four different life skills that are equally as helpful – check out four life skills that will benefit you forever once you know them.

1. Being consistent – Whether you are exercising, studying, working, or spending time with your loved ones, consistency is key. Putting hard work in is not actually that hard – the hard part is doing it every day, repeatedly, until you reach success.

2. Minding your own business – Lots of people struggle to mind their own business – other people are pretty interesting, in their defense! However following other people’s journeys is a waste of your time and resources. Instead, focus on yourself and your own journey. Are you working hard? Are you achieving your goals? Are you happy?

3. Asking others for help – you cannot do everything yourself, and trying to will make you stressed out and aggravated. You may worry asking for help makes you seem incompetent or weak, but this is absolutely not the case – everyone requires help in some areas, and getting that help often creates better results.

4. Having a proactive mind-set – Your mind is the tool that lets you stay in bed all day, or get up and exercise and work. Choose to have a more proactive mind-set, and consciously push yourself forward every day. Get rid of the excuses, and instead ask yourself; why can’t you achieve something today? What is stopping you? Is that a valid reason?

What did you guys think of this post? I decided to write a follow-up post, as I think mind-set and perspective can really change the way we live our lives. If you can think of any other life skills that you think are really useful, comment your ideas below and let me know! 🙂

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever

The best things in life are free; family, friends, good times and a good life skills. Great life skills will make your life both happier and more productive – check out 4 life skills that are hard to learn but will benefit you forever.

1. Empathy – Empathy is an important emotion used to help forge and maintain relationships. Without empathy, you may struggle to relate to other people’s emotions and feelings. Empathy can also help you in the work world of networking.

2. Time management – Time management is an essential skill that is highly valued by employers – and your loved ones! If you struggle with time management, buy a calendar, a diary and keep notes on your phone; if you work at better time management for a few weeks, you will notice a considerable difference before a month has passed.

3. Being in control of your sleeping pattern – many people struggle to fall asleep or wake up, and their sleep patterns are actually making their day-to-day life harder. Try to make sure you get between seven and eight hours sleep a night, and try to get up at the same time on your days off – this will help you to fall into a better sleeping pattern.

4. A positive inner dialogue – What others think of you is rarely important, but what you think of yourself is very important. Your day-to-day life will be easier if you believe in yourself and you are confident about your decisions. If you feel like you have low self-confidence and a negative inner dialogue, ask yourself these questions; why do I feel this way? Should I speak to someone about my feelings? Do I feel like I make good decisions?

Can you think of any other important life skills that make life easier? Comment your ideas below – I hope you’re all having a great week!

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work Life Balance Part 2

5 Ways To Help You To Get The Perfect Work/Life Balance Part 2

Do you struggle to find a good balance between work and play? Many people either work too hard or relax too much, and they struggle to change their lifestyles. If you struggle to find the perfect work/life balance, check out 5 more ways you can find the perfect work balance.

1. Limit your work hours

Working extremely long hours isn’t good for your mental health – or your family’s mental health. However, some people have to work longer hours – maybe they are starting their own business, or they run a company. If this is you, set out your work hours at the beginning of the week. Make sure you work 8 hours at least one day of the week every week – if you work late on the other days, you should have no work issues, and this can be something for your family to rely on.

2. Work with your personal energy

We all have natural energy cycles; some people work better first thing in the morning, while others get all of their best work done during the night. Think about when you are most productive and try to work for a few hours during this time. As you will be feeling extra productive and motivated, you will complete more work than normal during this time, freeing up time at different points in the day.

3. Delegate tasks

If you really struggle to take time off work, you may need to delegate some of your tasks to others. From hiring an assistant at work to paying a cleaner to clean your house once a week, these methods can help you to focus on your most important work while still having some time to yourself.

4. Plan a holiday

No matter how busy you are, you can afford to take a few days off a year through delegating tasks. Time off will relax your body and mind, making you a more efficient worker generally. If you can’t afford to take a week off work, book one day off and make plans with your loved ones for the day. This will help you to enjoy your life while refocusing and recharging.

5. Join a club

If you work so often you struggle to maintain friendships, consider joining a club. This will help you to enjoy your time off while also offering you the opportunity to socialize. There are various clubs, from cooking to swimming – have a look and see if anything takes your fancy!

Do you have any advice for anyone who is hoping to find a better balance between their work and their personal life? Comment your ideas below! 🙂

We Debunk 5 Popular Myths About Working From Home

We Debunk 4 Common Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? If you do, you may have encountered these common myths about working from home. Here we debunk 4 of the most popular myths surrounding working from home.

The myth – There isn’t much money in working from home.

The truth – There are many legitimate websites offering jobs you can do from home, such as Odesk or Elance. The pay may not be great to start with, but if you work diligently and build up a portfolio, you can decide how much you want to charge. Being freelance means you can choose your own rates – but if they aren’t realistic, you may not get many clients.

The myth – It is difficult to stay focused while working from home.

The truth – It can always be difficult to focus on work, whether you work from home or in an office! If you have an office area you only use for work, getting dressed in the morning and sitting in your work space will often get the creative juices flowing. If you’re still struggle to focus, social media can be the devil – but most freelancers I know love their jobs too much to stay distracted for too long.

The myth – Most work from home jobs are scams.

The truth – There are thousands of scam jobs online – and thousands of legitimate jobs, too. Peopleperhour offers legitimate jobs, and you can find clients in your area who are willing to pay you real money for your work.

The myth – My clients won’t take me seriously if I work from home.

The truth – As long as the product you’re creating is good, your clients won’t care where you’re working from. It is very rare you will even discuss your working environment with clients – normally you will only discuss the work you are completing for them, just as you would in an office environment.

Do you work from home? What are the most common misconceptions about working from home that you have heard? Comment your suggestions below!

5 Ways To Move Forward When You’re Uncertain About Your Future

Do you feel uncertain about your future? Many people of many ages struggle with this problem, but there is no one solution. However, changing your mind-set and your daily attitude can help you to move forward and gain clarity – check out 5 ways to move forward when you’re uncertain about your future.

1. Have a great attitude. You don’t have to view your uncertain future negatively – this could be the point in your life where you discover your true passions and interests. Having a positive attitude means you are more likely to notice and seize opportunities when they pop up. Having a negative attitude can leave you dwelling on your situation, rather than focusing on how to move forward.

2. Believe in your current job. Even if you don’t want to stay at your job, focus on the positives while you’re there. From paying the bills to helping you grow as person, most jobs will give you something very useful without you even noticing. Don’t give up on your work – the skills you work on while you’re there could later help you to land your dream job.

3. Work on improving yourself. Very successful people and companies continue to work on self-improvement even when they are doing well. Instead of thinking about your uncertain future, think about you could make yourself the best version of yourself in preparation for the future.

4. Decide what you want. You may feel uncertain, but there are probably many things you are already certain about. Ask yourself; what industry do I want to work in? Where do I want to be in 5 months? Where do I want to be in 5 years? Even if you can only answer one question, that is one thing you know for sure about your future.

5. Stick it out. If you do the four things above for a week and stop, you will not feel yourself moving forward. Stay focused on moving forward and having a positive mind-set, and you will slowly but surely notice your future becoming clearer to you. Good luck!

10 Tips For Hopeful Entrepreneurs

1. Make sure you care about your work. Running a business will take up all of your time and energy – if you don’t care about it, you will struggle to put enough effort in to see great results.

2. Hire a great team. If you are recruiting, make sure the people you hire have similar values to you as well as an excellent work ethic. It doesn’t matter if they have the qualifications on paper if you get the feeling they are disinterested in your business goals. Anyone can learn the skills, but you need someone with the same attitude as you.

3. Have a clear vision. If you want to become an entrepreneur, you will need to have a solid idea – swapping between different projects probably means they aren’t very good ideas. Once you have a clear vision, set out a clear plan on how to make it reality.

4. Put in the time. Success is rarely immediate – as Steve Jobs noted; “if you look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” A hard working ethic is more likely to make you successful than a good idea.

5. Set goals. Where do you want to be in a year? How much money are you willing to invest? When do you want to start turning a profit? Setting goals will ensure you are working towards your dream every day.

6. Learn from your mistakes. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is silly, so prepare to be flexible when you make mistakes. After all, each change is most likely to be an improvement.

7. Think about your customer. Don’t just create a product you think will be useful – think about who it will be useful to. Ask yourself ; who is your target audience? How old are they? How can you make your product appeal to them?

8. Ask your customers for feedback. Don’t assume you know what people what – ask them instead. Carefully listen to their answers, as they could be giving you advice that could make you millions!

9. Deliver more than expected. Don’t promise more than you can give; this will just leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. Instead, deliver more than expected to guarantee happy customers.

10. Spend wisely. This may seem obvious, but budget for mistakes and try to save money wherever you can.

Life Skills That Will Benefit You Forever Part 2

30 Small Things I Do Every Day To Improve The Quality Of My Life

Hey everyone!

Would you like to be happier on a day-to-day basis? Sometimes the little things drag me down, but if I am in the right mood, the little things can make my day much better.

I thought I would share an article with you guys that I wrote for Lifehack, called “30 small things I do every day to improve the quality of my life.” If you’d like to, check it out here and let me know what you think:- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/30-small-things-every-day-that-improves-the-quality-life.html

I hope you are all having a great day so far! 🙂

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4 Unexpected Distractions When You’re Working From Home

Do you work from home? Many people who work from home are extremely productive for various reasons. For instance, you don’t have to commute to work or deal with office gossip, but there can be some downsides to working from home.

Check out 3 unexpected distractions that could ruin your productivity while you work from home.

Food

Working from home means you rarely have a set lunch time, which actually means many people don’t eat a proper lunch. Many people who work from home forget to plan lunch and end up grabbing something quick from their fridge, which won’t satisfy your appetite and could leave you feeling hungry and distracted later on in the day.

Decide what you’re going to eat for lunch in the morning to guarantee a productive day. Good options are salads, sandwiches and cold pastas, as they don’t take too long to prepare and they will give the energy you need to have a proactive day. Try to set a time for lunch, so you know to stop and refuel.

Music With Lyrics
Many people listen to music while working from home to help make their work more pleasant and enjoyable. However, music with lyrics can actually make it harder for you to focus fully on your work. If you like to listen to music while you work, listen to music without lyrics for the first hour while you get into your stride. Good options are jazz or classical – then you can switch to music with lyrics once you’re in the working zone!

Sitting Directly In Front Of A Window

Don’t sit in a dark room with the curtains closed – it may make you feel slightly insane – but sitting directly in front of a window can be a big distraction.

Birds chirping, people talking and the day getting darker can distract you very easily. When you’re really in the zone, you don’t notice the day getting darker, but you can’t help but to notice when you’re sat in front of a window. Instead, sit somewhere where you can enjoy natural light without looking directly outside.

Can you think of any other distractions for people working from home? Please let me know – they could be distracting me as I type! 🙂

I hope you all had great weekends J

6 Problems That Freelancers Can Face

6 Problems That Freelancers Can Face

Are you a freelancer? I love my job – I find my work fulfilling, fun and challenging. Every day presents something new to me, and I learn new skills all of the time. However, just like all jobs, there are some downsides to working as a freelancer.

Check out 7 problems that freelance writers can face.

1. Working In Separate Time Zones

One of the best parts of freelancing is being able to work with anyone in the world, but there are downsides too. If you are working in a separate time zone to your client, you will regularly experience 4AM Skype calls and working through the night. The hardest part? Having to stay awake the next morning so you can still speak to your clients who are in the same country as you. Sleep – who needs it?

2. Finding Your Own Clients

Promoting yourself and finding new clients can be a difficult part of freelancing. You feel like you spend every day bigging yourself up online to attract clients, and sometimes you wistfully consider buying your own billboard to let people know you’re available.

3. Avoiding Procrastination

Without a boss hovering over your shoulder, you realize how remarkably easy it is to procrastinate. Facebook, Instagram, Netflix and Twitter are your worst temptations, and on bad days, you have to force yourself to work. Where is the productive fairy when you need her?

4. Working Alone

You used to hate the office gossip, but after a few months of working alone, you start to miss the company of others. You speak to your clients regularly, but they don’t want to talk to you about the latest gossip in your life – which surprises you, because you know how interesting it is. 😉

5. Managing your finances

Many freelancers don’t have a set income, so it is important that they know how to be thrifty and save up. Also, doing taxes. Am I right?

6. Finding The Work/Personal Life Balance

If you live with your family or housemates, you will know the struggle of working while they are at home. Often you have to set out clear working hours, so you don’t offend them – and sometimes you have to fight the temptation to put the work down and go hang out with your loved ones.

Despite all of this, I love my job – I just thought this would be a funny read for any other freelancers. Can you think of any more downsides to freelancing, or working from home? Let me know your ideas 🙂

4 Popular Myths About Following Your Dreams

5 Popular Myths About Following Your Dreams

1. It needs to make sense.

Very little makes sense in life, and unless you realized your passion when you were very young, it is unlikely it will make much sense to anyone else. That is fine – dreams follow passion rather than logic.

If you worry that your dream doesn’t make sense because you have a degree in Maths but you want to start your own jewelry business, then you can take an online class on how to make jewelry.

Following your dream is following your heart – always remember that most things don’t make sense until you have finished doing them.

2. Your dreams and passions will be obvious.

Very few people realize their calling in life when they are young. Most people actually discover their calling in life by the time they are married and already have a career. This is still your dream – and you have to truly learn who you are before you can realize what your passions are.

Embrace your fears and move forwards. Once your dreams have become obvious to you, it is time to take action.

3. It is the big steps that count.

Small steps are the only thing that matter.  Forget trying to come up with one idea that will catapult you to success overnight.  Instead focus on the mundane. Ask yourself what small step you can take today to follow your passion. Sometimes it means reading a book, taking a walk, or even deciding to write an article. It all depends on what your passion is.

4. You can do it alone.

Some people will achieve their dreams alone, but many more people will need the help of others to achieve theirs. Many people need a mentor or a coach, or even just someone to lend an ear on a hard day.

The priority is achieving your dreams; not who helped you to achieve them.

5. Don’t take a risk.

Many people may tell you that it is risky following your dreams, but you have to decide how you want to live your life. Taking a risk can be scary, but it is much scarier to live a life of regret. The journey may be difficult, but it will be worth it.

Can you think of any other misconceptions about following your dreams? Let me know if you have any ideas! 🙂