“Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.”-Byron Dorgan
HAPPY MONDAY! 🙂
I hope everyone had a great weekend.
It’s work week again and I would like to share with you some tips on how we could make this week productive without being burnt out.
1. Get Settled.
Monday is the “transition day” from the weekend to the work week. Ever felt like having your physical body at work, but your mind left at home? You’re not alone. I normally feel like that during Mondays. That is why it is important to allow yourself to get settled first. Don’t force yourself to work immediately! Allow a few minutes to get your mind accustomed to your work environment again.
I normally just sit in front of my desk, stare at my laptop, and drink my coffee while on my earphones listening to my favorite Jason Mraz songs.
2. Plan your Week.
Entering the week with clear goals and action plans results in a more productive week. It helps when you identify priorities based on importance and urgency. Making a “to-do list ” will help you stay on track and focused. You can also schedule time blocks where you cannot be interrupted while working on a certain task.
3. Have a Break!
Taking a Break from work will allow your brain to rest and will help it get more focused after. It will basically jump-start your brain. Moreover, scientific studies prove that Breaks can help improve alertness, memory and cognitive performance too.
4. Don’t forget to BE KIND.
You may become busy at work but no one could be too busy to do a good deed. Offer to help when you can, compliment and praise when there is opportunity, and SMILE! Just asking how a colleague is doing could mean a great deal to them. 🙂
5. Don’t bring work at home.
In other words: What happens at work, stays at work!
I wish everyone a great and productive week ahead! 🙂
Date Writte: July 11, 2016
“Devote yourself to what gives you meaning.”- Morrie Swartz
I have a question for you today. Do you love what you do now?
If your answer is Yes, that is great! I am happy for you!
But if your answer is NO, then why do you do it? For whatever reasons you may have, I want you to consider deeply if it is worth sacrificing your chance to live a happier life.
I believe that God has bestowed upon each one of us talents and abilities. It is our duty to unlock, develop and utilize them. If we love something and we have the talent and the ability to do it, then we owe it to ourselves to pursue it. If we are scared to move out of our comfort zones, then we are compromising our chance to truly live a joyful life.
We only have one life. I think that the best way to live it is by doing the things that give us fulfillment, purpose, and satisfaction.
I like how Barbara Sheer put it: “Happy people have two things in common. They know exactly what they want and they feel they’re moving toward getting it. That’s what makes life feel good: when it has direction, when you are heading straight for what you love.”
In decision-making, it is not always wise to think logically. Sometimes, in order to live a happier life, we must learn to listen to what our hearts say. Remember: Where your heart is, that’s where your treasure would be! If you don’t trust me, I’m sure the internet could provide you a list of inspiring people who followed their passions and found amazing success!:)
Date Written: August 03, 2016
“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”- Winston Churchill
They say that opportunity knocks only once. But I do believe otherwise. Everyday, life gives us opportunities. It could come along as a wonderful experience such as promotion at work, becoming parents and raising a family, getting married, getting successful with the business, etc…but opportunities could also come along in a not-so-desirable package.
You see, many of us recognizes only the opportunities that are wrapped in beautiful packages. Many of us do not realize that even the undesirable experiences provides opportunities too. For example, failure provides opportunities to learn, to persevere and improve. Being hurt provides the opportunity for us to develop inner strength. Being helpless provides the opportunity for us to hope and strengthen our faith. Anger provides the opportunity for us to develop self-control and patience.
Everyday, life offers us a lot of opportunities. The only thing that we have to do is to live in the moment .
Wishing you all a great week full of opportunities! 🙂
Date Written: July 05, 2016
“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”- Joel Osteen
Negative emotions are inevitable. Everyday, we encounter circumstances that would arouse one or more of these emotions in us. The truth is, no matter how positive a person we are, we still get affected and we still can’t help but feel these negative emotions even if we don’t want to.
So, how do we handle these? What can we do so that they don’t affect us as much? In my personal opinion, I think that we should allow ourselves to feel them. Let ourselves get acquainted with those feelings– welcome them and accept them. And then, we detach from them. Allowing ourselves to feel the negative emotions is us recognizing that we don’t feel good about something.
Now, it is important to remember that after we come from that realization, we have 2 options: It is either we dwell on these emotions long enough that they make our lives miserable, OR we take charge and have the power over them by analyzing their root causes and come up of possible solutions to change them.
According to Gretchen Rubin, “Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.” I agree with her completely! 🙂
Date Written: June 23, 2016
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”- J.R.R. Tolien
HAPPINESS. It is the one thing that almost all of us strive to have.
For some of us, it is very easy to achieve, yet to some it is very difficult- like solving advance trigonometry in 30 seconds!
I want to emphasize that happiness is found in many things. It is us being with the ones we love, it is the smiles that we see from the people we care about, it is us enjoying good times around friends, it is us eating sumptuous meal with our favorite people, it is us listening to good music, it is us doing what we love the most…
I want to share with you a short video clip from one of the movies that I’ve watched which shows a very good example of happiness. The song that they sung (the lyrics are below) also reminds us to live life at present, and living it the best we could.
I hope that you will find inspiration from the video and the song. Stay happy! 🙂
Don’t look too far. Sometimes, Happiness is just around the corner. 🙂
Video courtesy of YouTube
Date Written: July 12, 2016
“Self-worth is so vital to your happiness. If you don’t feel good about YOU, it’s hard to feel good about anything else”- Mandy Hale
Some people are not truly happy with their lives because they are too conscious about how people might judge them. They give too much importance on how others would see them, and sometimes, they try to change who they are just to belong and be accepted. Some people think that it will make them happy if they will fit the criteria and meet the standards that other people set up for them.
But I believe otherwise. I believe that one way to live a happy life is to accept ourselves for who we are.
It is not how other people see you that is important. It is how you see yourself that is more important.
It is not whether people will like you or not that matters. It is whether you like yourself or not that matters more.
So stop pretending to be someone you’re not just to be liked and belong.
Stop being insecure and start embracing your real self
When you become comfortable with who you really are, and no longer care too much about your “image”, you will become happier and more attractive to people. So be true to yourself and be your own kind of beautiful! 🙂
(Note: I would like to say thank you to Nicky M. of TheShimmerWithinHer for the inspiration.)
Date Written: August 11, 2016
“You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.”- Joel Osteen
When you will find yourself in a problem situation, remember to remind yourself of these:
- You’ve been through worse.
Think of the greatest adversity you have ever encountered in your life and how you were able to get through it. You may be amazed to discover that you have had survived tougher and rougher situations.
- This is just a bad day, not a bad life.
Just because things are going wrong this time doesn’t mean that life is no longer good. You can cry over your problems, but do not forget the other good things that are going well in your life too. This is the best time to count your blessings.
- Change your Paradigm.
Instead of whining about the bad situation, focus on how this experience would make you a better person. What is it trying to teach you? How will you respond?
- Keep Calm.
Anxiety and stress would only magnify the problem in your own perception. It makes the problem bigger than it really is. So do not stress out and calm yourself. Remember that a problem ALWAYS has a solution. Otherwise, it is not a problem.
- You are in control.
You cannot choose how to feel; BUT you can always choose how to respond.Do not let the situation control you. Be in control of the situation.
Smile even when in trouble, happiness will find you! 🙂
Date Written: July 15, 2016