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Hour Blocking: The Secret to Effective Time Management

Hour Blocking: The Secret to Effective Time Management

Time management is an essential skill, and hour blocking is an easy and powerful way to master this skill. You can use it to block off hours in your schedule and get more things finished. It enables you to take control of the minutes in each day.

Follow this process to take advantage of this valuable technique:

  1. Start with planning. Make a list of all of your important tasks for the week. Then, narrow this list down to three to five essential tasks.
  • Be realistic about your planning. Avoid thinking that you can do a million tasks in one day or week.
  1. Block your hours. After you have a short list of tasks, block the hours on your schedule. This is called time blocking and essentially requires you to take each hour and assign a task or item to it.
  • Clump related tasks together and add them to specific blocks of time.
  • Remember to schedule lunches and breaks. Taking time to rest your mind and body is important! Your breaks allow you to get back to your tasks with renewed energy.
  1. Reduce distractions. Hour blocking demands that you eliminate distractions, so you don’t lose focus.
  • Figure out what your main distractions are. Do you waste time on social media or constantly check your phone? Do you spend hours in your email inbox and respond to every message instantly?
  • Eliminate or reduce these distractions. You may want to set aside a specific chunk of time each day to handle your social media, email inbox, and other tasks that distract you from your more essential actions.
  • Also, when you’re working, let others know that you’re busy so they can limit their interruptions. 
  1. Keep the time blocks flexible. Unless you know the exact amount of time each task will take, it’s important to keep the time blocks flexible. This will also enable you to take care of other important things that come up with a minimum amount of stress or changes to your schedule.
  1. Review your time blocks regularly. Make adjustments as needed. If your tasks change, or you find that they take more or less time than you thought, modify your time blocks to take the new information into account.
  • Reviewing your time blocks will also give you the chance to see when you’re most productive. If you do your best work in the morning, schedule more important tasks during these hours. Reviews will help you evaluate your productivity levels and decide which parts need attention.
  • Another advantage of doing reviews is that it gives you the chance to see if your reminders are working or if they need to be changed. Use alerts on your phone or computer, sticky notes, or traditional alarms to remind you that it’s time to move to the next task. The key is to find something that works for you.

Effective time management can help you finish more tasks each day and feel more accomplished. Hour blocking is a useful method for anyone who is interested in greater productivity, either at home or at work.

8 Steps to an Amazing Life

8 Steps to an Amazing Life

As far as anyone knows, you only get to live once. So, you might as well make it as amazing as possible. You don’t have to settle for mediocrity and a life that fails to excite you. You have the power to create a life that fills you with joy, love, and enthusiasm. Everyone wants to have an amazing life, but you can be one of the few that actually accomplish it.

It’s important to identify what the term “amazing life” means to you. Your amazing life won’t be exactly like anyone else’s. It might be quite different from society’s view on the matter.

Claim your right to live an amazing and exciting life:

  1. Brainstorm your amazing life. You’re more likely to have an amazing life if you have an idea of what your amazing life looks like. Take a couple of days and consider all the possibilities. Consider every aspect of your life:
  • Social circle
  • Romantic relationship
  • Finances
  • Career
  • Health
  • Hobbies
  • Location
  • Accomplishments. You can do some pretty amazing things over the course of your life, but you can’t do everything. Prioritize.
  1. Get rid of everything that is unnecessary. Avoid unnecessary distractions and responsibilities. You probably have several things requiring time and space in your life that don’t provide an adequate return. Get these things out of your life.
  2. Accumulate resources. Making big changes in your life is stressful. However, changes are a lot less stressful if you have plenty of supportive people in your life and money in your bank account. Think of what you need to move your life forward. Focus on accumulating these things.
  3. Get started. Nothing happens until you start doing something. You might need some time to plan and prepare, but time is passing by. It’s important to get started. You can fine tune your approach after you begin receiving feedback from your efforts.
  4. Deal with negative emotions. Negative emotions are some of the most powerful things in the universe. They can stop you from ever pursuing your ideal life in the first place. Negative emotions can also slow your progress considerably.
  • Use one or more of the many tools available to you: counseling, positive thinking, meditation, hypnosis, prayer, or any of the other psychological techniques that exist today.
  1. Raise your standards. You’ll never make a million dollars in a year if you’re satisfied with making $200,000. You’ll never lose those last 20 pounds if you’re okay with carrying them around for another decade. Accepting mediocrity is par for the course, but it’s not compatible with living an amazing life.
  2. Be flexible. Be committed to your goals, but flexible in your approach. You’ll find yourself presented with some interesting opportunities. Some of those opportunities might provide a highway to achieving your amazing life. Keep an open mind.
  3. Be persistent. There will be plenty of obstacles along the way. Are you going to allow them to derail your efforts? You’ll have bad days. There will be times you lose hope. It’s important to keep moving forward. You can overcome any obstacle if you’re motivated enough and don’t give up.

If your life isn’t as amazing as you’d like, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Create a target, remove the distractions from your life, manage your negative emotions, and never give up. This is the recipe for success for any goal you may have.

Avoid settling for an average life. You can be and experience so much more!

5 Easy Ways to Create Joy Today

5 Easy Ways to Create Joy Today

Joy doesn’t have to be hard to manifest in your life. You can create it by making a conscious effort to have more happiness.

Joy is an important mindset. It’s not just about what happens to you. Your reactions to events, circumstances, people, and situations are part of it. Joy may feel impermanent or fickle, but you can attract it and make it more stable.

Create more joy in your life:

  1. Make a change. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano or take a professional cooking class, you can make changes in your life that lead to joy.
  • Avoid allowing fear to stop you from making changes.
  • Joy tends to be on the other side of fear. Can you imagine how you’ll feel when you finally take the class you’ve always wanted? Can you imagine how you’ll feel when you switch careers to something you love?
  • The change doesn’t have to be huge. You can take small steps toward your dreams.
  • Realize that your happiness depends on you. You can’t expect your life to get better by doing nothing every day. So make a change to take you in the direction you wish to go.
  1. Learn gratitude. It’s easy to focus on the day-to-day stress and lose sight of the simple things that you’re thankful for.
  • Make a list or keep a journal of all the good things in your life. Review it each day. This will help you find peace and joy on a daily basis. You’ll see that your life isn’t made up of just negative moments.
  • Your gratitude list can include ordinary things such as having a home, a bed, or a breakfast every morning. The key is to focus on the areas of your life that make you feel happy.
  1. Make a happy board. Similar to a vision board, a happy board is filled with things that make you happy – right now – rather than goals that you’re working toward.
  • For example, if the beach is one of your favorite places, fill your happy board with images of beaches.
  •  You can make it on paper or design it online.
  • The key is to use the space to add things that bring joy to your life. This can act as a manifesting agent and help you get more of the things you love.
  1. Stop the flaw focus. One of the things that hurts your ability to have more joy is a focus on your flaws.
  • This applies to both internal and external influences. If others are concentrating on your flaws, then it’s time to move on and find new friends. Likewise, if you’re paying too much attention to your own flaws, then it’s time to change your mindset.
  • Practice love and acceptance each day. Recognize your flaws without focusing on them.
  1. Forgive yourself. You can’t experience happiness if you’re constantly blaming yourself and making yourself feel awful. It’s important to learn how to forgive yourself to have joy.
  • Learn to let go of the guilt and shame that has built up in your life. Negative situations come up for everyone. Consciously avoid dwelling on them.
  • Practice forgiveness and stifle your inner critic for good. View forgiveness as a way to use self-care on a daily basis.

Joy doesn’t have to be a fleeting moment you feel on occasion. Let joy be a bigger part of your daily existence. Use these strategies and enjoy your life.

5 Good Reasons To Find Your your “Why”

5 Good Reasons To Find Your your “Why” 

There are quite a few reasons to find your life purpose, your “why”, your reason for getting up in the morning and doing what you do. Finding your life purpose can be a powerful thing and it goes well beyond the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing something worthwhile. Let’s take a look at five different good reasons to spend the time to find your “why”. Find your life purpose.

You’ll Feel Less Stressed 

How much mental energy and worry do you spend trying to figure out what you should or could be doing each day? When your “why” is clear in your mind, you don’t have to worry about that any longer and feel less stressed.

But there’s more to it than that. When we aren’t following our passion and purpose, we aren’t happy with what we’re doing and with that comes added stress. It’s no wonder that you’ll feel calmer and more relaxed about what you do and life in general when you know where you’re going.

You’ll Get More Done 

Time flies when you’re having fun and it slows down to a crawl when you aren’t. Along the same lines you get a lot more productive and get through your workload in a lot less time when you have a purpose and are passionate about what you’re doing.

I’m sure you’ve noticed this in your daily life. When you’re working on something you enjoy or something that’s important to you, the work almost seems to do itself. You don’t even notice how long or how hard you’ve been at it.

You Do A Better Job 

Not only do you get things done faster, you do everything you can to learn more and get better at what you love to do. As a result you do a much better job. Now there’s a great reason to find your why and follow your life purpose.

7 Simple Questions That Will Free Your Time

7 Simple Questions That Will Free Your Time

We all have too many priorities and too little time to do them justice. You can create more free time in your life by asking yourself a few questions. Questions are powerful, because they focus your attention and generate solutions. You just have to ask the right questions!

Ask yourself these questions and create more space in your life:

  1. What are my three greatest distractions? The most common distractions and time wasters are often electronic in nature. Your cell phone, laptop, and the television can leave you wondering where the time went. Other distractions might include an annoying neighbor, an organization that requires too much of your time, or frequent headaches.
  • Think of ways to eliminate or minimize these distractions and spend your time in a more meaningful way.
  1. Am I making the best use of the free time I already have available? When you do have free time, how do you use it? Consider both the small blocks of time you have available throughout the day and the larger segments of time that you have free.
  • If you’re waiting for a meeting to start, how do you use that time?
  • Are you using your time in the car as productively as possible? You could use the time to make phone calls or listen to educational programs.
  • Examine all the spare time you have each day and resolve to use it more productively.
  1. What are the three greatest distractions I have at work? An overly chatty cubicle mate might be neutralized with headphones. You can turn off the ringer on your phone. Think of the distractions you face and create solutions.
  1. What are my priorities? Make a list of your work and personal priorities. You can’t focus your time if you’re unaware of your priorities. You can focus your attention by reminding yourself of your priorities each day.
  2. What are the optional activities in my life? Make a list of everything you do in your life that’s optional – from watching TV to playing softball on the weekends. Some of those activities add to your life in meaningful ways, while others do not. Which of those activities are you willing to give up to create more space in your life?
  3. How can I simplify my life? How many blogs, magazine subscriptions, and podcasts do you follow? Are they all worth the time?
  • How often do you check your email? Is that more often than necessary?
  • Can you hire someone to mow your grass or clean your home?
  • Can you get rid of a few possessions that are taking up time and space in your life?
  1. What would I do if I had more free time? How would you spend that time? With whom would you spend it? If you can identify how you want to spend your free time, you might become more motivated to create more free time in your life.

Are you lacking enough time to enjoy your life? It’s time to set priorities and reduce distractions.

Decide what is most important to you. Then determine how you’re using your time inefficiently. Ask yourself the important questions that will allow you to make meaningful changes. Free up your time for your priorities. You’ll be glad you did!

What is Self- Awareness?

What does it mean to be Self-Aware?

They say that Self-awareness is having a high degree of knowledge about yourself. It is the really the ability to navigate your inner landscape. It is having a healthy relationship with your higher self and tending to your own needs on a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level.

It’s awareness of your motivations, habits, emotional tendencies, needs, desires, strengths, and weaknesses. Having a high level of self-awareness is a powerful tool. It allows you to change your life more effectively, since you know how you tick. Those that lack self-awareness find life to be frustrating.

I believe that written over the entrance at the ancient oracle at Delphi is the phrase “know thyself.” A second phrase is also written: “everything in moderation.” To me this is essential. I think it is best to strive for self awareness and keep an a light and moderate approach to doing so. Remember that old joke? “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” Keep this in mind and do not become self obsessed or narcissistic in your attitude but live by the golden rule. The only person you are competing with is yourself.

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How to Develop your self-awareness:

  1. Notice your feelings. You need to get real with yourself. Take an honest look at how you are living. What are you feeling throughout the day? What do you feel while you’re eating? Driving to work? Lying in bed? Taking a shower? Waiting in line?
    • Once you’ve notice your emotional climate, examine it. What am I feeling? Why? What do I need right now? What do I want? How do I normally react in this situation? Is that the best strategy to get what I want?
  2. Notice your thoughts. Unless you’ve been meditating for years, and believe me, sometime even then your mind is constantly producing  ideas and endlessly providing a running commentary on everything that is happening in your world. You can’t just look at a tree and admire it, your mind has to comment, “That’s a beautiful tree.” Then it’s off to the races. “I wonder if that tree is home to a lot of squirrels?”
    • Notice your thinking patterns. Notice how you react to your external world. What are you thinking when you’re feeling stressed? Bored? Interested? Walking down the street? Notice that similar situations result in similar thought patterns. Do you usually occupy a positive or negative state of mind? Try to distinguish your own thought process.
    • Do you judge people and situations? Do you spend a lot of time thinking about the past or the future? Do you expect the worst to happen or the best? Or do you adopt an attitude of, “Let’s just see what happens”? How In the flow would you rate yourself?
  3. Understand how you deal with frustration or emotional discomfort. A huge chunk of your time is spent trying to make yourself feel better. If you feel slightly frustrated or uncomfortable, then you may spend a tremendous amount of time and energy trying to change the situation or the others around you to resolve those negative feelings. Notice how you deal with stressors in your life.
    • Do you try to control others? Do you attempt to distract yourself? Is your first instinct to leave the situation? Do you surf the internet or eat a big bowl of ice cream?
  4. Examine your friendships. Where do you find your friends? What kind of social or community service groups do you belong to? Are most of your friendships long-term or short? When your friendships end, what is the common cause? What types of people do you prefer to be friends with? What types of people do you avoid?
  5. Examine your intimate relationships. Do you see a pattern in the type of people that you’ve been involved with? What are the negative characteristics they all share? Are you dating the same person with a different face? Why do you think those people appealed to you?
    • What were your shortcomings in your relationships? Are you clingy? Jealous? Too focused on work? Failed to communicate your needs? Think about how you contributed to the failure of your relationships.
    • Have you changed your approach from relationship to relationship, or do you continue to repeat your mistakes?
  6. Keep a journal. There’s no better way to learn about yourself than to record your thoughts, feelings, and experiences each day. Studies have shown that we don’t remember our past very accurately, so record it while it’s still fresh in your mind. Be sure to include your high and low points for the day.
    • Note how well you ate and slept, too. You might find some useful information. Your diet and sleep patterns play a very important part in your physical, emotional and mental well being. Self care is a primary need so make sure you are tracking to see patterns and how they effect your overall well being.
    • Create a habit of writing in your journal for at least 15 minutes each day. You’ll start to notice patterns and learn a lot about yourself. When I really pay attention to my journalling I start to notice how my tone or handwriting takes on different characteristics depending on my mood. What do you notice?

Understanding yourself might be the most important piece of your self-development puzzle. If you don’t understand yourself, it’s difficult to apply all the great information available today. Maintain an awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Examine and question them. You’ll be surprised by what you find. Here is a video affirmation meditation I created to help deal with any necessary change.

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you on your journey!

Developing Healthy Habits to make positive change

Developing Healthy Habits to make positive change: A Handy Guide to Self-Discipline

Whether you want to drink more water, start an exercise plan or simply be more mindful in your life, in order to make any changes we need to develop healthy habits to support our new lifestyle choice. Let’s face it, you not only have to want to change but you are going to need a little self- discipline.

Self-discipline seems to be the thing that everyone else has, right? While there may be a few that are fortunate enough to be self-motivated most of us require some sort of self-discipline plan to motivate us. Self-discipline is the ability to do something that you don’t feel like doing. We each have a limited supply, but we can grow our capacity for self-discipline over time.

Those with high levels of self-control have been found to be happier than those with low levels. It’s believed this is due to reduced internal conflict. Those with less self-control are constantly struggling to make decisions between competing goals. Those with more self-control make decisions more rationally and much more quickly.
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Increase your ability to control yourself:

  1. Success without discipline is a myth. Successful people appear to have ten times more talent than the rest of us, but successful people work very hard to be successful. The ability to control your thoughts and actions creates success. Hard work requires discipline, because it usually isn’t fun.
  2. Avoid waiting until you feel inspired to take action. As a creative I am so guilty of this one! I know we all want to be “in the flow.” But with all the forms of entertainment, social media and other distractions, it’s logical to assume that we should feel inspired to do the things that need to be accomplished.
  3. Quality of life and comfort are often at odds. If you are too comfortable you are not growing. Self-discipline can be used to engage in activities that aren’t comfortable. Only then will you enjoy a high quality of life.
  4. Learn to complete tasks. Let finishing become your code. Become a finisher. Regardless of the task, see it through to the end. Don’t let you inner perfectionist stop you either! My coach Caterina Rando always says “Done is better than perfect.” You can always make upgrades later. The important thing is to keep in action.  And when you start something, finish it.
  5. Do the hardest thing first. Your self-discipline is highest early in day. SO get that tough item crossed off your to-do list as soon as possible. For me, it is getting on my treadmill desk to check my morning e-mail so that I can get my 30 minutes in before I start the rest of my busy day.
  6. Learn to stay with discomfort. Do you have the urge to go to the kitchen for a snack? Make yourself wait another 30 minutes. Whenever you’re feeling uncomfortable, make yourself stay with it just a little longer. Teach yourself that your discomfort is only a suggestion. Figure out what it is trying to tell you. Check in with your body and your emotions. You don’t have to cave in.
  7. Take time to enjoy yourself. This is the best way to replenish your willpower. Stress, hunger, and fatigue drain your ability to exercise self-discipline. So eat a good meal and get a full night of sleep. Take care of your body and take care that your spirit is being nourished. Take part in enjoyable activities.
  8. Know your outcome. Make your vision board. Write a manifesto of your desired outcome and put it somewhere that you see it daily. Spend time being with your compelling vision on a daily basis. Keep your eyes on the prize. Self-discipline becomes easier when you’re able to maintain a long-term perspective.
  9. Develop habits. Creating a habit of making your bed each morning eliminates the need for discipline. Habits are powerful. Put yourself on autopilot and use the power of habits to your advantage.
  10. Meditate. Studies have shown that mediation strengthens the part of the brain responsible for self-control. I have created a library of affirmation meditations at my YouTube channel or you can Buy a book or find a local meditation group.
  11. Use affirmations. When you feel your resolve weakening, recite positive affirmations to yourself. This is a great time to utilize the affirmation meditations at my You Tube Channel. Keep your mind occupied on something positive while you get your work done.
  12. Give yourself frequent breaks. Setting a schedule that’s too aggressive will quickly diminish your self-discipline. Give yourself regular breaks to ensure that you stay alert and fresh. Also along these lines I want to remind you to give yourself enough travel time so you can be prepared and feel centered if you are having an appointment outside outside of your office.

Well, what do you think? How much self-discipline do you have? Your level of self-discipline can affect your diet, health, fitness, finances, career, and relationships. Self-discipline is a learned behavior, so you can develop your self-discipline if you choose. With enough self-discipline, you can achieve any goal.

Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you on your path to living a life you love.

10 Habits of Happy People

Do you ever wonder why are some people happy all of the time? The happiest people have habits that raise the odds of feeling happy. Unhappy people have habits that result in less desirable feelings. It can be that simple. You can train yourself to be happy by consistently choosing happiness. If you’re not as happy as you’d like, take a look at your habits and notice what you might want to change.

Those that are happy share many qualities. Adopting these same qualities will yield positive results.

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Habits that lead to happiness are enjoyable to implement:

  1. Optimism. Obviously, if you believe good things will happen, it’s much more likely that you’ll be happy. Expecting the worst does nothing to improve your mood! Realistically, it’s not even important to expect a positive outcome, only to believe that everything will be okay. Optimism is also a form of belief in yourself. If you believe that you can handle any outcome, you can be optimistic and have the mental freedom to be happy.
  1. Altruism. Doing things for others provides multiple benefits. You can see firsthand that you have a lot to be grateful for. You can feel good about yourself for assisting others. You have a good reason to get out of bed in the morning. You also feel useful. Make a list of at least three ways you can help others that will also fit into your schedule.
  2. Gratitude. Do you realize how many great things and people you already have in your life? By maintaining focus on the things you don’t have, you’re making yourself unhappy. Experiencing gratitude helps to create feelings of happiness. Recently a friend of mine took a 21 day gratitude challenge and literally texted me 3 things a day that made her feel grateful. The outcome was that she was uplifted, I was uplifted by her morning text and our friendship was deepened. A win all around! why not try it?
  3. An exciting future. Maximum happiness requires that you have something to look forward to. It can be that compelling vision you created at your last business event, retiring early, a luxury vacation, or a hot date on Saturday night. Have a few goals that give you a reason to be excited. This means you have to be brave enough to create really exciting goals! Create goals that are both short-term and long-term to keep you in the flow.
  4. Success. Spend some time doing things that you’re good at and that you truly love to do. It feels good to do well at something. It doesn’t have to be a competitive event. You can run a 5k or play the piano and feel great about yourself. Make of list of the things you excel at and try to spend at least a little time each day doing one of them.
  5. Resilience. This is such an important one. We all know it’s impossible to avoid challenging times. Sooner or later, something will happen that threatens your progress, success, or happiness. Resilience is the ability to continue forging ahead. Some people have a knack for making obstacles seem bigger than they really are. Others are able to maintain their composure and continue making progress. How resilient are you when it comes to overcoming your obstacles?
  6. Reasonable expectations. When your expectations are overly optimistic, you’ll routinely experience disappointment. When your expectations are consistently low, you won’t feel very optimistic. Neither is a recipe for happiness. Even the co-creative Laws of Attraction require you to meet the universe half way. You must set your intention and take necessary action.
  7. Forgiveness. How can you be happy while holding a grudge? Forgiving others quickly and easily make happiness possible. You might feel that some people don’t deserve forgiveness, but what is the alternative? Making yourself unhappy. On an energetic level you are depleting your energy and causing yourself harm by holding on to grievances in the past. I love the Hawaiian energy healing practice of Ho’o pono-pono which “puts things right again” on an energetic level so that everyone is free from the entanglement.
  8. Authenticity. Spending your time pretending to be something you’re not is a challenge to your self-esteem. Happiness is allusive if you don’t feel comfortable being yourself. Speak your truth. Allow your uniqueness to show. You will then attract people and situations that are in better alignment with who you are in the world.
  9. Presence. Thinking about the past leads to regret. Thoughts of the future lead to anxiety. Keep your mind in the present if you want to experience happiness on a regular basis.

There’s nothing complicated about happiness. Forgive others, be yourself, give of yourself, and be grateful for the things and people you already have. Having an effective set of habits will result in feeling more happiness. Expect success, dream of wonderful goals that scare you just a little and choose happiness every single day.

 

As my gift for you today: Here is a video affirmation meditation to assist you with goal setting entitled “Dreams are magic.” Dare to dream a fantastic wonderful life for yourself.

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you in your journey to success and happiness!
happy healing!
Aeriol
www.askaeriol.com

 

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