5 Smart Tips To Help You Stay Focused, No Matter What

5 Smart Tips To Help You Stay Focused, No Matter What

In today’s digital age, it’s hard to stay focused among all the bleeps and notifications coming from our smartphones, computers and fitness watches. In fact, studies have found that on average, humans have shorter attention spans than goldfish. So, in today’s world of constant digital bombardment and work demands, how do you actually stay focused? While our brains are extremely powerful, they’re pulled in multiple directions at once. Thankfully, you can train your brain to stay focused on the task at hand with some expert tips: Avoid multitasking While multitasking might sound neat on a job description, it actually detracts from the work quality of everything you’re doing, and destroys you productivity. Instead of letting multitasking hijack your productivity, consider prioritizing instead. Rank your tasks in terms of importance, and take them on one at a time in order of priority. This won’t only help your focus, but it will utilize your depleting mental batteries on the most important things first. Do your ABCs No — not the alphabet, but this trick from Harvard Business Review is just as simple to learn. It’s a way to stomp “your brain’s brake pedal” when a distraction pops up, and it involves three steps: First, become aware of your options — you can either give into the distraction, or keep going. Next, breathe deeply. Finally, choose what option you’ll move forward with. Most likely, after taking these steps, you’ll be able to continue on with your task. Use tech to fight back  The research found that these alerts send a message to our brains that something else is urgently needing our attention, when in reality, it is... read more
6 Brain Hacks to Make You a Faster Learner

6 Brain Hacks to Make You a Faster Learner

Our world is evolving quicker than ever. To stay competitive in business and ahead of the game, it’s increasingly important to continually learn new skills and information. That’s why mega-moguls like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey swear by constant learning as a vital part of their success. Luckily, there are some fairly simple methods for turbocharging your brain and mastering any skill faster. Read on for some hacks to help you harness the power of constant learning: 1. 50 minutes or less As entrepreneurs, it’s tempting to batten down the hatches and try to work for hours (or days) on end when learning something new. Before you stock up on Red Bull, consider the following: Research says our brains end up powering down very quickly when they’re running on overdrive. Ellen Dunn of Louisiana State University explains that “anything less than 30 [minutes] is just not enough, but anything more than 50 is too much information for your brain to take in at one time.” To put this into practice, make sure you’re scheduling your learning sessions for short bursts of time, using quick methods like flashcards. Schedule at least a 10-minute break between sessions to give your brain some much-needed R&R. 2. 80/20 The Pareto principle, otherwise known as the 80/20 rule, was originally developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, when he discovered that 20 percent of the farms produced 80 percent of Italy’s crops. Nowadays, productivity expert Tim Ferriss has popularized a modern approach to this rule for faster learning. He says you should focus first on the most important 20 percent of what you’re trying to... read more
5 Things Successful People Do Every Single Day

5 Things Successful People Do Every Single Day

Everybody wants to be successful – however, not many actually make it a reality. The difference between ultra-successful people and the rest of the pack is that they don’t leave their achievements up to chance. Instead of waiting for victory to fall in their lap, they take actionable steps every single day to inch closer to the finish line. You can start adopting their efforts today to get on the same path. Here are the proven things successful people do every day: They don’t chase materialism If you take a look at the truly successful, you’ll notice they aren’t constantly pursuing fancy handbags or shiny sports cars. Take Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, who has billions and drives a Volkswagen Getta. Really successful individuals know that true luxury is being able to pursue their dreams, instead of being shackled to their spending. So they make a daily effort to grow their wealth and use it on future endeavors, instead of blowing it on the latest “must have” purchase. (Check out some of our money tips if you want to get started). They don’t compare themselves to others The late great Theodore Roosevelt once said “Comparison is the thief of joy.” He was right on the money – successful people keep their eyes on the prize instead of their surrounding cubicles. Whether you are feeling bad because you think your peers are doing better than you, or you are building yourself up based on their failures, both are unproductive and have the potential to be self-destructive. If you feel good about something you’ve done, enjoy it — you don’t need the recognition from others to affirm your accomplishments. They take... read more
How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

People procrastinate for many reasons, but the result is always the same: they rush to get the task done at the last minute or miss the deadline. Even though it feels frustrating to procrastinate, people still continue this bad habit. Why? According to Caroline Webb in the Harvard Business Review, our brains are programmed to put off tasks. Webb shows research from UCLA proving that the allure of near-term gain almost always outweighs the attraction of future reward. Given the choice between concrete and more abstract ideas, our brain naturally sides with more material notions. But just because our brains are seemingly working against us doesn’t mean we can’t overcome procrastination. Instead, it should inspire us to work at the task even more because it isn’t a personal flaw but a part of our natural make-up that can be re-trained. Without further ado, here is the research backed-guide to get started: Find an Accountability Partner When we share our goals with someone else, it creates social pressure, but unlike the peer pressure we faced in high school, this type can lead to success. Sharing your goals with a partner can create a system where you have a cheerleader and walking living reminder to stop procrastinating. In fact, according to Webb’s research, experts have found that we instinctively want to be respected by peers, and are more likely to reach our goals this way. So when you have a task at work to complete, tell someone when you will finish it. If you tell a client or employee exactly when you’ll get something done, your brain will feel more obligated... read more
7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

The internet is chock full of daily habits that will help your routine, but what about bad habits? Because habits are so ingrained into our daily routines, we often don’t notice how harmful ones sneak in and ruin our success. Try eliminating the following habits from your life and see how your success in business and in life improve: It’s time to end procrastination. When “tomorrow syndrome” starts to rear its ugly head, it’s easy to get caught up in its effects and delay projects till the last millisecond. Before you know it, procrastination can cause looming deadlines to snowball, and destroy productivity and motivation in the process. Instead of procrastinating, the experts recommend you take on bite-sized chunks of a project. This can remove the intimidation factor and get the ball rolling towards productivity with minimal effort. For instance, if you have to build a whole website, consider setting a simple goal of designing the logo. It will be hard to go back to your bad professional habits once you start being productive instead. You need to (actually) listen. With a million and a half things going on, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to others (especially if it’s a boring topic). However, as uninteresting as the conversation might be, you should know that listening has been called one of the make-or-break factors for successful leadership. So if you want to up your success, replace these bad professional habits with active listening. Instead of nodding off, consider both showing the speaker that you’re interested (nodding, agreeing, etc.) and actually making an effort to understand (by asking questions... read more
5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

The New Year is a perfect time to rejuvenate your success, and adopt new routines to surge forward. That’s all well and good, but what about your bad professional habits? We often become so ingrained in our routines that we fail to notice the ones that are dragging us down. So this New Year, we’re inviting you to look at your bad habits, and drop them like, well…bad habits. It won’t be a cakewalk, but it will allow you to replace your harmful routines with positive outcomes. Start shifting these behaviors today and you’ll be amazed at just how far you get in 2017: Procrastinating When “tomorrow syndrome” starts to rear its ugly head, it’s easy to get caught up in its effects and delay projects ‘till the last millisecond. Before you know it, procrastination can cause looming deadlines to snowball, and destroy productivity and motivation in the process. Instead of procrastinating, the experts recommend you take on bite-sized chunks of a project. This can remove the intimidation factor, and get the ball rolling towards productivity with minimal effort. For instance, if you have to build a whole website, consider setting a simple goal of designing the logo. It will be hard to go back to your bad professional habits once you start being productive instead. Distracted listening With a million and a half things going on, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to others (especially if it’s a boring topic). However, as uninteresting as the conversation might be, you should know that listening has been attributed as one of the make-or-break factors for successful leadership. So if... read more
5 Surefire Ways to Crush Your Goals This Year

5 Surefire Ways to Crush Your Goals This Year

It seems like just yesterday we were planning our 2016 New Year’s parties and making resolutions. For most of us, this year flew by in the blink of an eye. If you’re wondering where the time went, and you missed some of the goals you set this year, you aren’t alone. In fact, research by the University of Scranton has found that only 8% of people actually reach their resolutions. Well, now is the time to set new goals for yourself and actually reach them instead of wishing. Here are 5 ways to crush your goals this year: Get specific about your intentions When life gets in the way, new goals are usually the first thing to get brushed to the wayside. That’s why studies have found you need to be specific about when and where you achieve your goals. For instance, it’s been found that setting a specific time to go to the gym daily will double your chances of sticking to a fitness routine. Whether its learning to code or speaking a new language, put the goal in your calendar (or iPhone), to make sure it gets done. Take baby steps Weightlifters don’t begin training with 500 pound weights; they start small and work themselves up. If you’re an ambitious person, you might be making the equivalent mistake of trying for too heavy of a goal all at once. We’re not saying you shouldn’t shoot for the stars (you should!), but to reach them, you need to set mini-goals along the way. For example, if you want to start a new career, make a goal of applying... read more
5 Ways to Stay Self-Motivated Every Single Day

5 Ways to Stay Self-Motivated Every Single Day

Coffee might be your saving grace to get through the workday, but caffeine on its own won’t cut it in the long-run. To stay passionate and excited about work, you’re going to need to harness your inner motivation. It’s stronger than a shot of espresso, and it can keep you going on even the most sleep-deprived and toughest of days. We won’t keep you in suspense; here’s how you can stay self-motivated every single day: Practice humility. Surprisingly, humility can go a long way toward keeping you motivated. Oprah Winfrey may be one of the world’s most powerful and accomplished women, but she takes the hype surrounding her with a grain of salt. “There’s this part of me that’s afraid of what will happen if I believe it all,” she has said. Even Oprah has bad press days — so she’s learned that by staying humble she can keep her internal motivation going, no matter what happens. You too can follow in Winfrey’s footsteps and keep that entrepreneurial flame flickering by keeping your head low and not relying on the validation of others. Remember your strengths The inimitable Mary Kay Ash once said, “Within yourself lies everything you ever dreamed of being.” Being an entrepreneur isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s likely that you jumped in because you had the talent, drive, and enthusiasm to make things happen. If you’re feeling down on yourself, take some time to examine those fantastic traits that got you where you are. If you need an extra-strength boost of motivation, consider journaling those talents. Celebrate the little wins We’re sorry to be the ones... read more
3 Habits That Will Make You Mentally Tough and Ultra-Successful

3 Habits That Will Make You Mentally Tough and Ultra-Successful

Champions don’t always have perfect victories. Most of the time, they encounter plenty of road bumps and obstacles on their way to success. Winners succeed when life throws inevitable curveballs their way because they have the mental toughness to keep going. They have the strength and grit to never give up, and the confidence in their beliefs to make it past the finish line. You can adopt that same attitude, and become mentally tough too, with some small tweaks to your routine: Practice the 40% rule  The Navy SEALs, who have a thing or two to say about being mentally tough, swear by the 40% rule to stay determined. It was developed by David Goggins, a Navy SEAL Veteran and Ironman triathlete, who said that: “When your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done.” This is more than just a motivational statement: science backs up that we’re often more physically and mentally capable than we believe. For instance, researchers found that subjects who were given a placebo but told it was caffeine were able to lift significantly more weight than those who were really given caffeine. When your mind is telling you “no”, push yourself just a little further; where you get to eventually will surprise you. Create tiny daily goals Mark Spitz, a USA Olympic gold medalist in swimming, said, “I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.” Sometimes it’s difficult to focus on the big picture, like completing SEALs training or making it to the Olympics. So instead, these competitors set daily goals. They select one or two things that they want to accomplish that day to bring... read more
5 Powerful Ways to Restore Your Confidence

5 Powerful Ways to Restore Your Confidence

All you need is confidence, and the doors of opportunity will burst wide open. After all, you need to believe in yourself before anyone else will. However, having unshakable confidence can be easier said than done. When you’re living boldly, there will be road bumps and slip-ups, and your confidence reserves can start running on empty. That’s why trailblazing entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs find ways to build their confidence daily. Without further ado, here are the ways to restore your confidence constantly: Celebrate on paper It’s easy to dwell on your slip-ups and forget all the fantastic things you’re accomplishing. The cold hard truth is that people recognizing you for the latter can be far and between. That’s why you need to become your own best cheerleader. An easy way to restore your confidence and celebrate those daily wins is to write them down. After work, jot down 5 great things you did that very day. They can be big wins, or small victories; the key is that you’re starting to notice your own greatness. Science says this act of journaling has a plethora of confidence boosting benefits. Fake it ‘till you make it Yep, it’s a well-worn cliché, but you know what? There’s plenty of truth to it. Harvard Professor and Ted Talk star Amy Cuddy found that those with extreme confidence initially just acted the part – like dressing better and having powerful body language. If you start feigning confidence, you too will eventually develop genuine self-belief. Go for the small wins Confidence isn’t an all or nothing scenario—instead, it’s built a brick at a time. As author... read more