5 Surefire Ways to Boost Momentum During the Workday

5 Surefire Ways to Boost Momentum During the Workday

While coffee may be everyone’s saving grace at four p.m. on a workday, sometimes it just doesn’t do the trick. You may feel physically more awake, however your mindset isn’t where it should be. Sometimes a shift in mentality toward the positive, or a moment away from that desk is all you need to find new momentum during a tiring afternoon, week, or even month. Here are five ways to boost momentum at work. Have a personal interaction London School of Economics Professor Nattavudh Powdthavee finds that a meaningful, personal interaction with another individual has as much impact on happiness as gaining an extra $142,000 per year. This is pretty incredible. Start making time throughout the workday for small interactions, whether they are over coffee in the morning, or at lunch later in the day. Even the smallest exchange can become one of the biggest ways to boost momentum during the day. Start small When you’re faced with a big project that seems daunting and time-consuming, try beginning with the first small step toward progress that you can think of. Make it productive, instead of answering all of those “pressing” emails and pushing away the important work, try focusing specifically on one thing at a time that you can finish. Instead of thinking of the project as a whole, think in terms of completing each separate task and doing them well. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed, and therefore more inclined to procrastinate. Think about three things you’re grateful for Research done at the University of Pennsylvania led by Martin E.P. Seligman found that taking a moment every day to think... read more
3 Painless Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

3 Painless Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

You’ve definitely been told at various points in your life that you need to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. Maybe you’ve been at a restaurant and have been nervous to try a new dish. Maybe you’ve been in the same position at the same job for too many years, and now it’s time for a bigger change. In any one of these cases, it’s probably time to break out in order to really succeed. You simply can’t find new successes without trying new things. That’s not to mention that studies have linked breaking out of your comfort zone with increased productivity, creativity, and lowered stress. Even though it might not appear to be “comfortable”, there are some painless ways to step out of your comfort zone: Take baby steps Even US Olympians and Navy SEALs rely on baby-steps to achieve their huge goals and step out of their comfort zones. That’s because Harvard research suggests that breaking down your goals into tiny, daily steps is the easiest way to reach those huge successes. Rather than jumping into the deep end (literally or figuratively), take a few steps out of the shallow end today. If you’re thinking of opening a business, for instance, Forbes suggests you “interview one business owner.”  Before you know it, you’ll have taken huge leaps and your comfort zone will be a faraway distant memory. Be curious Ginny Rometty, CEO of IBM, once said “The most important thing for any of us to be in our jobs is curious.” If you’re not sure where to take baby-steps, take a page from Rometty and... read more
3 Mental Workouts That Will Make You Ultra-Successful

3 Mental Workouts That Will Make You Ultra-Successful

SoulCycle has become a national obsession, and Fitbits are becoming more popular than regular watches. If you’re also part of the fitness craze – kudos! It’s one of the healthiest things you can do in your spare time. But can you say the same thing about your mind? Isn’t strengthening that just as, if not more, important? You can train your brain to become just as strong as your abs, and build up the success muscle to take on anything during the workweek. And you’ll be in good company; everyone from Oprah to Einstein has done mental exercises to avoid stagnation and see their success soar. Here are some mental workouts you can start doing today to become just as successful: Push it to the limit Your workday is probably a challenge in and of itself. But the world’s biggest success stories know they can never stagnate with their goals. Take Oprah Winfrey – if she had remained at AM Chicago, what would’ve happened to her? Probably the same thing that would’ve happened to Michael Phelps if he stayed in the shallow end. By flexing your goal-setting muscles, you can reach higher too. To start, lock yourself in your room or office once a month, and start thinking of bigger reach goals you can work towards that week. You don’t have to tackle all of them; the key is that you’re progressing and setting your sights higher. Learn something new every night After a long day of work, the only thing you probably want to learn is what happened to your favorite character in the latest Orange is the... read more
5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Wildly Successful

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Wildly Successful

Becoming more successful isn’t all about doing – more often than not, it’s all about your attitude. No matter how much you put your nose to the grindstone, your mentality and thinking can make all the difference. Without further ado, here are some mental habits you should sprinkle into your daily routine to accomplish even more: Be open to plenty of change Change often involves leaving our comfort zones, so it can very tempting to dodge it. If you encounter that temptation, take a page from Ginni Rometty, President and CEO of IBM, who said, “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” Even though it might seem daunting, the truth is that change is a driving force for your next achievements. You can adopt this mental habit by re-framing change as a step towards success, and taking baby steps to implement it – whether it’s a new project or even applying to that job you’ve always wanted. Appreciate and give There’s a gigantic amount of studies showing how gratitude will make you wildly successful. A Harvard study, for instance, found that gratitude improves your health and strengthens your relationships. That’s why the more successful people achieve, the more they’re grateful for what they have and those around them. It all starts by by giving back and appreciating what you have – whether it’s through mentorship, or just sending a quick “thank you” note to your co-workers in the morning. Love being wrong Successful people are confident, but they aren’t so confident that they refuse to see someone else’s point of view. In fact, ultra-successful people welcome new perspectives as... read more
3 Simple Phrases That Will Supercharge Your Leadership

3 Simple Phrases That Will Supercharge Your Leadership

Whether you’re leading your team, or just trying to be a leader in the office, the biggest, most powerful tool you have is free and right at the tip of your tongue. That’s right, it’s your words! By communicating the right way, you can easily inspire, motivate, and elevate everyone around you. Here are some phrases and ways to pull it off: “We can do it” The more times you say this the easier it becomes for you and others to believe it. Say it enough and you’ll be a leader with the success mentality that everything is possible. The likes of Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, and Sara Blakely never said “it can’t be done” to their team right off the bat–so don’t go there. That’s because true leaders let every team member flex their wings and test out their unique skills, regardless of their track record. Granted, this doesn’t translate to hopeless optimism. When you’re trying something new and entering uncharted territory, you should always have deadlines and you shouldn’t be afraid to do a complete 180 at the drop of a hat. But you’ll always need that “we can do it” attitude to find innovation. “How can I do that better?” “We cannot change what we are not aware of,” said Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, “and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.” In most cases, leaders are good at what they do … and they know it. But even leaders like Sandberg know they can use pointers from time to time. You’re doing both yourself and others a disservice if you pretend to know everything. Your team will... read more
3 Easy Ways to Get Inspired Everyday

3 Easy Ways to Get Inspired Everyday

With a million and a half things to tackle, sometimes all you can do is keep your head above water. It’s times like these where you might feel that passionate flame dwindling, and stop getting those “aha” moments of inspiration. If you ever find yourself feeling in a rut at work, you need an inspiration intervention. Because who has the time to wait for inspiration to strike again? Getting inspired and passionate is within your grasp and easily accessible; it just takes a little elbow grease sometimes. Try something completely random Steve Jobs famously said “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” He attributes a lot of his motivation and success to trying new things, even if he couldn’t see how they directly connected to his future goals. Taking a calligraphy class, for instance, was a source of inspiration to use beautiful typefaces on the first Mac computer. Even if you’re not reinventing the computer, you should do something similar. Try that new cooking class or project, even if they don’t directly correlate with your bottom line. It will not only lead to fun, but it’s one of the greatest ways to get inspired everyday! Act like a little kid If you’re feeling uninspired due to the day-to-day monotony, pretending to be 7-years-old again is a perfect way to rekindle that spark. If you’re giving this advice the side eye, a study featured on the Wall Street Journal showed that those who imagined themselves as 7-year-olds scored significantly higher on... read more
3 Simple Ways to Use Mentorship to Supercharge Your Success

3 Simple Ways to Use Mentorship to Supercharge Your Success

You definitely already know that self-improvement can do wonders for your success. But what about finding success through the help of others? Isn’t that just as (if not more) important? At Love the Hustle, we believe that passionate, inspired people can elevate each other’s success to a new level. That’s where mentorship comes into play. Having the advice of someone who’s walked in the same shoes (or heels) to provide guidance can take your success to new heights. But don’t just take our word for it: Catalyst studies have found that having a mentor not only results in higher compensation for women, but also propels them into leadership roles faster. Great, so how do you start? Here are 3 easy ways to find and utilize mentorship to boost your success: Just ask! It seems simple, because it is. You can’t expect to get the help of others or offer your advice if you don’t ask. Granted, this might seem a little intimidating. But you should realize that most people are genuinely excited (if not flattered) to have a chance to offer their advice on how to navigate your career. In fact, according Development Dimensions International, most women are ready and willing to mentor, but haven’t simply because nobody has reached out to them. You can start small: like simply asking a co-worker or colleague for advice on something specific. Once you realize how easy and mutually beneficial it is, you’ll see it snowball from there. Be really open to feedback Let’s face it: when you’re getting feedback about your own career track and life, not all of it is going... read more
5 Morning Routines That Will Make You Incredibly Successful

5 Morning Routines That Will Make You Incredibly Successful

Having a productive day means starting it off successfully in the morning. We know; some of you might not be morning people. Thankfully, there are some fun ways to make your morning better and easier, while also boosting your productivity to the next level. We sourced some ideas from the best entrepreneurs, and hopefully their successful morning routines will rub off on you. Thank others The key to waking up happy is trying to make other people happy. Broadcasting Happiness author Michelle Gielan suggested sending one or two quick “thank you” emails in the morning as a way of making this happen. “That activates people in your network in a meaningful way that strengthens bonds,” she said. This isn’t only a productive use of time. It’s a good practice generally. So consider bringing some coffee and breakfast into the office, or just saying a few quick words of kindness. Meditate Plenty of successful entrepreneurs, including Oprah Winfrey, have touted the massive benefits of meditation. It’s a great way to clear your head so you can tackle everything and anything during the workday. And it does everything from making you happier to boosting your health. Don’t have enough time to go “omm”? Consider a pseudo-meditation by scheduling some “me” time without cell phones Twitter, or even LTH.  Instead of taking a crowded subway, take some extra time walking to work to get some much-needed headspace. Get your sweat on Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey goes for a 6-mile jog in the morning, while Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will wake up at 5 AM to get a workout going. You don’t have to... read more
How to Get Inspired and Channel Your Creativity

How to Get Inspired and Channel Your Creativity

While creativity might seem to suddenly strike like a lightning bolt, there are some concrete ways you can get lightning to strike twice. So how do you get inspired and channel your creativity to boost your success? Here are three tips to get your creative juices flowing when you need them to.

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