HOW TO RID YOURSELF OF BAD HABITS

Habits are acquired behaviors that are routinely repeated and tend to happen subconsciously. They are slowly developed as result of regular occurrences.

They may be good and result to involuntary actions that are pleasant and positive. However, they can also bad that hinder your work and affect your productivity adversely.

It is these bad habits that you have to get rid of if you want to succeed in life. Eliminating them may not be easy especially if they are already deeply ingrained in you. They are similar to weeds that have been left to grow in your garden. They have to be weeded out continuously to make sure they do not sprout out again.

This may seem to be a daunting task. It may require continuous and diligent watch but it is not impossible to do. Here are some tips how to uproot your bad habits and replace them with good ones:

Make an honest self-assessment. Examine closely your actions that continually hinder you from improving yourself or hamper the attainment of your goals. These are your bad habits. Admit to them because you cannot correct what you do not consider wrong.

 

Be determined to act NOW to rid yourself of your bad habits. Nothing will happen if you delay and procrastinate from taking the first step. By the way, procrastination itself is a bad habit.

 

Use your imagination. Envision yourself actually doing the good habit that replaces the bad one. For example, think of yourself jumping out of bed at 6:00am when you used to warm your bed until 9:00am. Visualization is a powerful tool to change your mindset

 

Write down a plan of action. Come out with steps on how to go about eliminating your bad habits. If possible, monitor your progress many times a day especially if they are deeply ingrained in your day-to-day activities. It is wise to tackle one habit at a time. It will be easier for you to work on them singly than trying to fight them collectively. There is the greater possibility of failing if you face all together. Your frustration may make you abandon your goal prematurely

 

Constantly repeat the good habits. This is the best way build them within you the same way you acquired your bad habits—by repetition. Practice makes perfect and a day-to-day routine will help you get used to the good habit fast.

 

Do not over estimate your capability. Bad habits, especially those deeply ingrained in you, are not easy to eliminate. Do not hesitate to seek help from your family, friends, or qualified professionals. Ask them to remind you every time they notice you are slipping back to your old bad habits. They can help in keeping you back in tract immediately. With their assistance, you have better chances of overcoming your old ways.

 

Acknowledge and appreciate your effort with rewards. You treat yourself with your favourite snack (or something you have been craving for) every time to get rid of one bad habit. This will make you look forward eagerly to more successes.

 

Record your daily progress. Keep a diary of comparisons between your bad habits and the good habits you replaced them with. On one side, write the bad habits and their negative effects on you. On the opposite side, list down the good habits and the good impacts they have on your life.

 

Share with others. Let others know your struggle to get rid of your bad habits. Make your experience inspire them to work on the bad habits they, too, want to eliminate from their lives. Show them that nothing is impossible if they put their hearts into achieving their goals.

When you successfully rid yourself of bad habits and replace them with good ones, you create lots of opportunities for yourself to shine and improve.

18/1000 Bucket List – Ride a Jetski

 


I’m Crossing off one again in my bucket list is riding a jetski  and let’s see how that it’s done

Cheers Erlend Bakke here coming to you from Pearl Farm,  yesterday I said Pearl Island when I was scuba diving of the reef here   which is one of the things I wanted to do for a long time It’s been on my bucket list and what I wanna talk to you about  today is actually the importance of understanding the  keys skill of entrepreneurship which is leveraging  on the people’s time  You don’t have to do everything yourself  all you need to do is to find people that can do the things for you and you also need a certain understanding  of systems building  and if you don’t do that you will stuck and trap in  your business and won’t be able to have freedom.

I teach entrepreneurs about freedom , how to gain freedom in their business and their life and we just did a seminar in London  where a three day boot camp called work less earn more which your  very welcome to attend so if you think about entrepreneurship there’s four levels  You have to WANTrepreneur everybody has a  friends that always talking about ideas and just wanted to start a business but nothing ever happens They usually just  most people gets stuck there  They don’t take move  and actually start a business and that’s because they don’t know how to understand the secret  and the secret is leveraging the people’s time . This is what the masters do , the best people in business . Did they this from the very beginning  a lot of them have a subconsciously friends Richard Brown has started out He have this, had his big vision and he attracted all the people he needed to him , that’s the fourth level  but I wanna get to that .

The First level is WANTrepreneur people that talk about ideas but nothing ever happens   we all have friends like that the next level is the second level, where you have the SOLOPRENEUR they do everything  they do all the jobs  the accounting , the social media  the other blogging etc. and that they usually get stuck there  they trade their time for money they only make as much money as they work which is not a good place to be because I’m actually making money while I’m standing here talking to you because I have a team in place and they know what they are doing and they serving our plans where I can go to places like Pearl farm and a crossing things off on my bucket List.

The second level is  SOLOPRENEUR actually most of the lawyers and the doctors are SOLOPRENEUR they trade their time for money and the next level  is the business operator  so they had a business  they have some employees but they haven’t really put systems in place. They can’t go away some places like this and really really enjoy life and live out their freedom even if they do they constantly thinking about their business and their getting phone calls from clients their trouble basically they only prison business you don’t  wanna be there either.

What you want is to be on the fourth level of entrepreneurship the level where you have people in place, you have systems and it runs without you and my job with Work Less Earn More training is actually to get you to that level to get you to the level of fourth level which is the same as Richard Branson  where the leveraging the peoples time  and you have systems  in place your business runs without  you so you make money while your sleep so as to speak .

Okay! So Ah It’s a Philosophy , It’s a learned  skill, you can learn this you don’t  learn this in school as I keep on talking about you can’t actually  learn this to a school to leverage other peoples time and built system but you can learn it you can take programs  in Work Less Earn More and we teach how to do that so I wanna find out here from Pearl Farm where Im actually gonna cross off another thing on my bucket List which is jetski riding a jetski and with my girlfriend so…

Erlend Bakke here founder of mroutsource.com focus on leveraging other peoples time and building system so you can enjoy your freedom .

Thank you and Byebye cheer!

HOW TO LESSEN STRESS AND BE PRODUCTIVE

Stress is the greatest nemesis of productivity. This article, therefore, hopes to help you get rid of your stress and increase our productivity.

Below are some practical steps you can take to attain this goal:

Give in to the inevitable. Do not try to resist what is already your present situation. Thinking wishfully of what might have been will not change the reality of your NOW. This will only stress you further and muddle your mind to think clearly. The best option to take is to lower your resistance and accept the situation you are in now. Do not give in to panic. Instead, try to calm down and think calmly of possible solution to the problem at hand.

Do not take life too seriously, nobody has escaped it alive. This may sound extreme but that is the reality of life. Everyone has problems to tackle one time or another. Indulging in them too much only increases the negativity in you. Often times, even minor hitches are blown out of proportion by paying excessive attention to them. Exaggerating these problems will not solve anything but only stress you. It can worsen the situation and cause you to panic. When this happens, thinking clearly for solution becomes impossible.

Misery loves company. Avoid negative and counter-productive relationships. Some people have the masochistic attitude ingrained in them. They seem to enjoy playing the victims in any situation. Stay away from them or you will soon absorb this negativity from them. Instead, read self-empowering books or listen to subliminal audios that promotes positivity. Go to bed early each night and be lulled to sleep by relaxing music.

What’s the rush? You see people in busy city thoroughfares rushing, but for what? Walking or driving fast can only save you 15 or 20 minutes at most. Is that worth the tension and stress you build in you by rushing? The best solution to avoid this unnecessary stressful situation is to leave the house 20 minutes earlier than your appointment. This way you avoid rushing and miss the opportunity to appreciate nature’s beauty around. Also, by starting early you reach your appointment in a more relaxed and refreshed state of mind of body.

Be grateful for the big and small blessings you receive each day. As soon as you open your eyes in the morning and before you retire at night, smile and murmur a short “thank you” for the blessings given to you during the day.

It said that we get more of the bad things because that is the only time we remember to pray. Try praying in thanksgiving every time we receive blessings and more will come our way.

Flexing your muscles is the best way to release the toxins and stress that accumulate in our system. It is not necessary to go to the gym for our daily exercise. Simple bending, stretching, jogging, and deep breathing can do the trick. Take 5 to 10 minute breaks at work is enough to refresh our mind and body. These breaks, coupled with few deep breathing, are also effective energy boosters.

Spread your activities throughout the day. Avoid dumping all your tasks in one sitting. Besides being counter-productive, this will also stress us unnecessarily. Divide your plan of actions for your goal into smaller, more achievable blocks. It will be less stressful to work on smaller tasks one at a time and result to more achievements at the end of the day.

Ventilate your pent-up frustrations with your family and trusted friends. Ask the advice of qualified professional or of people whose opinions you respect. It is said that:” Joy, when shared, multiplies; Sorrow, when shared, is divided”. Do not carry your burden alone. Other sympathetic shoulders to lean on will dissipate stress effectively.

Once you are able to unshackle yourself of stress that hinders you from moving on with life, you will be free to work for greater productivity.

A PRIMER FOR WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEUR

For you who have stopped day-dreaming of being the boss, and have decided to start your own business, this article is for YOU.

Admittedly, putting up your own business may be a daunting undertaking. Being an entrepreneur is not your usual walk-in-the-park, but it can be a very exciting and self-fulfilling adventure. To help you start your journey into the business world on the right foot, consider the following and tips:

 

Know your enemies. Your greatest enemy in putting up your own business is yourself. Doubts and fear of the unknown may overwhelm you and cause you to procrastinate in taking action.

 

Note that besides yourself, your next obstacles are your family and well-meaning friends. Do not expect too much for their support. They may even be the first to dissuade from putting up your own business. Instead of words of encouragement, they will deluge you with reasons and frightening predictions why you should abandon the idea.

 

My advice: be firm. Do your own homework. Consult with experienced businessmen, attend seminars, or join groups of fellow entrepreneurs for more enlightened advice.

 

Do an honest-to-goodness soul searching. Analyze yourself, your motivation, and your passion that you want to monetize. Make sure you do not make money your primary motivation in putting up a business. You may be frustrated and give up prematurely. This is the mistakes of many new entrepreneurs. You must realize most new businesses rarely make money in the first few months, or even a year, of their operation.

 

Stay focus on one business at a time. New entrepreneurs can sometimes be filled with so many ideas they all want to implement at the same time. Temper your enthusiasm and excitement. Concentrate your attention on one concept and improve on that. Too many different choices may just leave you confused and frustrated trying to do everything. As a result, you may end up with a mediocre business with a potpourri of unrelated products.

 

Avoid being too cautious. Entrepreneurship entails a dose of business hazards. Do not be afraid of taking calculated risks every now and then. Be flexible and make some changes in your business if necessary to attain some degree of perfection in your set up. However, do not resort to this strategy often or you may lose sight of the primary core of your business.

 

Allow your real passion to dominate your business. This will serve as a stronghold to your ambition in running your business. Being true to your passion will avoid you from straying away from your plan despite the many conflicting decisions and pressure that come your way. Many new entrepreneurs give in to passing trends and fads which they later regret doing. They often fail because their hearts are not in these ventures.

 

Be vigilant in protecting your business. Monitor your progress regularly. Analyze if your business is what you envision it to be. Any deviation from your primary goal may unwarily jeopardize your business. Catch and correct it at its early stage.

With the above business tips, your initiation in the word of business as an entrepreneur may not be as daunting as many imagine it to be. In fact, the experience can really be exhilarating and fun.

Good luck!

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE DRASTICALLY

“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” – Lifehack Quote

Many are not satisfied with the present situation they are in. There is nothing wrong with this feeling because it encourges people to move on with their lives. However, few actually lift a finger to act. They are overwhelmed by the investment they have to put in to accomplish the change even before they start taking action.

But did you know it may not cost as much to improve yourself? The most powerful tool you can use to affect this change is free and is within you — your mind!

The mind is so powerful it can dictate how to run your life, it controls your every action and emotion, and can affect the success or your failure of your endevoures. The good news is that you CAN harness this power within you to your advantage for FREE!

In most cases, your real enemy that stops you from acheiving your goals is yourself — or the way your mind works, your mindset. It is said that “change is an inside job”, so change what is inside your head and the change you are hoping for will be realized.

To help you do this, here are some thoughts or phrases you can use to change your mindset and improve your life:

Shift Your mindset from “I must spend less” to “I must earn more”. Both these phrases may result to accumulating money but their dynamic mechanisms are very different. Spending less restrains you from moving on and may keep you stuck in your present situation. Trying to earn more, on the other hand, is a more positive and aggressive approach. It encourages you to actively seek for ways to increase your income. It opens for you more opportunities and new ideas to harness your potential to the maximum. You can achieve your goal of improving your financial status faster.

 

Shift your thinking from “I cannot” to “I will not”. Although both phrases express the idea of the inability to take action, “I cannot” conveys the sense of helplessness and of being powerless to do anything. It gives you the feeling of being the victim of circumstances. This is a very paralysing idea and may lead to despair.

 

“I will not”, however, gives the feeling of being in control and responsible for your inabilty to act. It means you can do it if you want to but you just choose not to do it. There is no sense of helpless in this situation but displays the power to exercise your will. In this case, you can act and change your life for the better IF you want to. The choice is all yours!

 

Shift your thinking from “I failed” to “I learned”. It is inevitable that you suffer from setbacks in your personal or professional life. It is the way how you will make your mind react to these failures that will make the big difference. When you say “I failed”, you surrender yourself to suffer the consequences of the failure. This negative reaction may cause you to despair and prevent you from moving on. It may weaken your determination to attain your goal altogether.

 

 

Thinking “I learned” after suffering from a setback is the wiser sentiment to choose. This means you acknowledged the failure, admitted to it, and has taken the option to learn your lesson from the bad situation. Instead of being paralyzed by the setback, you analyzed the reasons that brought about the failure and has taken the necessary action to avoid it in the future.

 

Drastically improving your life is not impossible nor should cost you so much. Just follow the guides discussed above to change your mindset and transform your life for the better!

FREEDOM: WHY YOU SHOULD NOT GIVE UP DREAMING

It is said: “Your dream does not have an expiration date. Take a deep breath, and try again.”

Do still recall that time in your early teen years when you signed in one of those scrap books in high school? Can you remember what you wrote in the space opposite the phrase: “what would you like to be when you grow-up?”

Let us fast-forward the years to the present. Are you able to make that high school dream come true, or did you give it up and let it go as just one of our unfulfilled wishes in life?

In retrospect, did you actually do anything to make that early ambition come true? Did you work towards its fulfilment? Or did you just let obstacle you met along the way make you abandon the hope of ever achieving your goal? Here are some tips on how not to give up on your dreams.

Develop your inner strength. Admittedly, life’s journey is strewn with problems and difficulties. Problems cannot be avoided so you may as well use them to your advantage. Instead of letting them block your path towards the attainment of your ambitions, you use them to propel you to move forward. These challenges can strengthen your will-power and prepare you mentally to overcome these hurdles in life. “No guts, no glory” is not an empty adage. In reality, our triumphs in life will seem sweeter because of the hardships we go through in their attainment.

Be persistent. Perseverance is a virtue vital to the fulfilment of your goal. “Rome was not built in a day” and so is the attainment of your dream. Hard work, coupled with your firm determination, is the factor that will make you persevere. It will push you to move forward no matter what. You must practice patience and let time be your friend for it will provide you with needed experience to make your ambition in life attainable.

Avoid procrastination. Often times, this is caused by self-doubt and fear of the unknown. However, it is one of the biggest obstacles you have to overcome if you are to achieve your goal. Procrastination may delay you, or even stop you completely on your tract from reaching your dream. It will be a heavy burden later to bear the feeling of guilt and life-time regret of “not having tried at all when you could have succeeded if you did”.

Have a plan. Going around in circles like a headless chicken will not take you anywhere, much less to the realization of your dream. Procrastination and fear of the unknown are the results of not having a definite plan of action. It is similar to dreaming of building a skyscraper without any blueprint to work on. Your plan will give you the opportunity to analyze and study your every action, to make adjustment or modifications if needed. Mistakes and failures are eliminated and reaching your goal becomes less formidable.

Work in stages. It is easier to accomplish major undertakings if you divide the project into a series of smaller, easier to achieve sections. Every time you complete one section, appreciate your success and reward the effort you spent. In this manner, you get used to the feeling of accomplishment and boost you to move on until you finally reach you dream.

 

Guided by the above tips, there is no reason for you to give up on your dreams. Nothing is impossible, given the time and know-how!

ACHIEVE YOUR MAJOR GOALS WITH MINOR EFFORT

When we think of major goals, back-breaking work and long period of painstaking labor immediately come into mind. This is why we are overwhelmed by the prospect of the sacrifice we have to go through even before we start lifting a finger. Result? We give up and set side or forget all together our dream cowed by the formidable price we have to pay for it.

Admittedly, major goals usually require extra effort to achieve. Otherwise, they are not worth calling “goals” at all if they can be had with a snap of a finger. However, they must not necessarily come with such difficulty to attain if only we know how.

Below are some techniques you can use to achieve your major goal with minor effort:

 

Decide on a major goal. This step is if vital if you want to achieve anything worth dreaming of. You must have a definite target to aim at. Do not set for more than a single goal at a time. This is important so as not to divide your focus. Write it down so you can go over it from time to time to reinforce your motivation it attaining it.

 

Write down a plan of actions necessary to achieve that particular goal. Set a time limit for the achievement of your total goal. Break down your plan into smaller segments with each segment having a mini goal. A segment should consist of not more than 2 doable actions. Consider the time needed for each action so you can adjust your daily activities accordingly.

 

Limit your daily work to only 4 hours a day, with 10-minute break each hour at the start. At the end of the 4th complete your goal for the day. At first, you may only finish one mini goal per day. As you get into the daily rhythm of working, you will notice that you will be accomplishing more as the days pass without feeling any stress or exhaustion. hour, stop and assess and record your accomplishment. Make sure you

 

Gradually get ahead of your plan. As you get used to your 4-hour working schedule and feel you feel you still have the extra momentum to do more (this is the result of the inertia at motion you have developed), you may add another hour to get ahead of your schedule for the following day.

 

Take care not to exceed the extra hour each day to avoid burnout. This may adversely affect your productivity in short-term. Anyway, getting an hour ahead of your schedule each day will considerably decrease the overall time limit you set for the achievement of your goal.

 

 

Achievement of major goals may seem daunting and scary. However, if you follow the guides discussed in this article, you will attain what you aim for without even noticing the time and effort you spent. Achieving your major goal with minor effort is indeed very possible!

HOW TO USE INERTIA TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton states in his first law of motion that:” an object will continue moving at its current velocity until some force causes its speed or direction to change”. He calls this principle “inertia” which is synonymous to “momentum”.

You may ask: What does this natural law of physics got to do with you or your business? A lot — – It can help you achieve your goal fast or stop it at the start. You may have probably noticed that after being idle for quite some time, it becomes very difficult to jump up and run. That is the effect of negative momentum or inertia at rest. However, if you have been running for some distance, it is a breeze to run up the stairs 2 steps at a time without losing your speed. This is because of the positive momentum or inertia in motion which you have built up by your running.

This principle of inertia or momentum can also be applied in running your business because this has a significant effect on your productivity. This article will show you how to eliminate negative momentum in your work and its adverse implications on the progress of your business. It will also give you tips how you can reverse your negative momentum and replace it with a positive momentum to jump start your progress.

Below are tips on how momentum can boost your productivity.

Get rid of your past. Nursing old guilt over past mistakes will only paralyze you from taking actions. They could have caused you to lose your confidence in yourself — a victim of negative momentum. The sooner you free yourself of this unproductive mindset and replace it with a positive momentum, the better for you and your business. Do not cry over spilt milk. The past cannot be undone. Start living in the present. Take inventory of what is left, pick up the pieces, and move on.

Work yourself up slowly. Having been in a state of negative momentum or inertia at rest for a time, you have to shake off the state of lethargy gradually. Set your goal but instead of abruptly starting with a sprint which may cause you too much stress, divide your plan of actions for reaching your goal into small doable sections. Work on each section one at a time. The successes you achieve with these small, easily achievable sections will help you recover your self-confidence. As a result, you will gradually gain your momentum in moving towards your goal.

Give yourself incentives. Each time you achieve one success, reward yourself to validate for your effort. This will boost your self-confidence and motivate you to successfully attain more goals. List down all your mini-accomplishments at the end of the day to reinforce your productivity and speed up your momentum more.

Make your attainments a habit. By constant repetition of your attainments, you will soon form these into a habit. Soon, this habit accelerates your working momentum so instead of walking towards your goal, you will find yourself running towards it with ease.

Be proud of your achievements. This will boost your morale higher and cause you to be more productive. You will get so used to giving your work a little more push each time. This will strengthen you to work a little harder every time the situation or your task requires it.

Do not miss those important breaks. They are necessary to avoid physical and mental burnouts. Once you have attained that ideal momentum, temper your enthusiasm—too much of anything can be counter-productive, too. It may adversely affect your productivity in the short-term. Just sustain enough drive of achieving so as not to slip back to another episode of negative momentum.

Get ready, get set, GO!

FREEDOM : BEWARE OF THESE THOUGHTS

The mind is a very powerful tool that can dictate what we are or what we can become. It has the capability to change us consciously or subconsciously. We are very often warned to be careful what we wish for because they can become a reality for us.

Having said this, the following thoughts should be discarded from our mind. They spell disaster to our personal or professional lives:

 

1. “I think this is good enough.” Once you get too complacent, then you stop to move on. You lose the motivation to improve yourself or the situation you are in, however mediocre it may be. Regardless of what or where you are now, there is always room for improvement if you wish to. But too much contentment may get you stuck in your life and become too lazy to persevere to grow further. Remember that in life, you cannot just stand still. You either move forward with the life’s ever flowing stream or be carried back by the under current.

 

2. “Why do the hard stuff when doing the easy ones is more convenient?” Unfortunately, often it is the hard stuff that benefits you most. A regular guy capable only of doing the regular tasks seldom move ahead in his personal or professional life. If you are satisfied to remain just another Tom, Dick, or Harry, you can never hope to be an Einstein or a Bill Gates. Always seeking the path of least resistance will prevent you from flexing your physical or mental muscles to be able to overcome life’s challenges to success.

 

3. “Please, spare me the details.” Refusing or being too lazy to learn the details of any project results in the less satisfactory performance of the task. Asking is the end of ignorance. Always ask questions on things unclear to you so you can meet the job’s requirement. Volunteer your suggestions or expertise for faster completion of the task with higher level of competence.

 

4. “I do not think I can do it.” If you always think you are not competent enough, not smart enough, not old enough, etc. before you even try, then you will never be qualified for anything. In most cases, these are just lame excuses to cover up laziness. If you do not believe in yourself, no one will. Your lack of self-confidence will show in your mannerisms, the way you talk, your body posture, and these will adversely affect your personal and professional advancement.

 

5. “No way this can work.” If you think this way even before you start the task, it really will not work. Anything you think and wish for always will have a way of coming a reality, believe it or not.

 

6. “I’m no good.” A bad experience will not make you a bad person for life. Carrying this heavy load of guilt will just make your life miserable unnecessarily. An unpleasant mistake or wrong-doing in the past cannot be undone but it can serve as a lesson in the future. Mistakes will benefit us because they make us humble and help us keep our feet planted firmly on the ground. They make you feel a real human with all your faults and good points. Try to apologize sincerely to those you may harmed and move on.

 

7. “Do you think they like me?” It is not possible to please anyone—in fact, you should not if it will mean going against what you stand for or can cause you undue misery or inconvenience. Try to be genuinely caring and pleasant to be around with but be yourself at all times. If people seem not to like you despite your effort to like them, then, that is their problem. Never give in to others’ emotional blackmail.

 

8. “Now is not the right time yet.” The “right time” is a myth and “tomorrow” will is always a day ahead— they will never come. This is just a reason for procrastination which is the biggest hindrance to the attainment of your goal. It is now or NEVER.

9. “I wish I were…” You will never be someone else, no matter how hard you try. Be contented with what nature has given you. You may and should improve on what you are to some degree but wishing you are what you cannot be will just lead to disappointments and frustrations. These will eventually result to your loss of self-identity and self-pride.

 

10. “No one loves me.” Your parents and siblings do, and so are many others, but you may too engulfed with selfishness and self-pity that you ignore them. Instead of sulking and withdrawing from the world, why not show love to others first? It could be that you do not love yourself so you feel no one loves you. What you yourself do not have, you cannot give. Also, you cannot change others but you can change yourself. Try having a sunny disposition towards others and other people’s love will shine back at you. Try to be always positive and be amazed to discover how beautiful life is!

HOW TO ORGANIZE YOURSELF

Many of us dream of living in a perfectly organized world, but like the proverbial Shangrila, we believe it simply does not exist. We long for a less chaotic existence where everything is in order. Our problem is that we often associate orderliness to being “control freak” so we do not dare to try and rearrange our lives lest we be branded as such.

The sooner we discard this misconception, the better for us (and for the world in general). Let us consider these benefits of being orderly and organized in our life:

1. We can live a virtually stress-free existence. We can avoid being in a perpetually “catch-up” state of mind that causes to raise our stress level a hundred fold.

2. We are able to work less and accomplish more,

3. We minimize our daily frustrations. We save a lot of time which we otherwise waste looking for misplaced things or retrieving objects we lose because everything then will be where they are supposed to be.

By being organized, we appreciate the worth of a very valuable gift we have —Time. Orderliness makes us attain what we set out to do, both in our personal and professional lives.

If we crave for an orderly and neatly organized life, and free from stress as well, here are some of the steps we can make:

• Define what you really want to be. Once you have pictured in your mind the ideal image of yourself, rearrange your mindset towards its realization with your mannerism, the way you carry yourself, your manner of speaking, the clothes you wear, etc. Imitate how actors try to internalize the parts they play until they become characters themselves. As you think, so you become. This will make easier for you to achieve your goal and be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment.

• Learn to say “NO”. Refuse to give in to societal pressure. Decline with confidence any offer that may go against your principle or is a deterrent to the attainment of your goal.

• Exercise self-control. Before jumping into the bandwagon of current fad, think twice and analyze if the change will really benefit you or if you can live without it. This applies to the temptation or habit on grabbing anything on “sale”. By doing so, you avoid unnecessary expenditure and strengthen you from resorting to instant gratification to compensate for personal setbacks that you experience.

• Avoid inordinate wish for perfection. This attitude only results in many frustrations that will adversely affect your self-worth unnecessarily. Although being satisfied with mediocre performance should be avoided, having done your best will suffice until you master in doing the task in time.

• Be specific in labeling or filing. Writing “miscellaneous” on boxes or files will just result to time wastage when retrieving things. You have to open every box or ransack the entire file when you try to look for specific items later. Keep a neat and clear catalogues of things.

• Do not let emotion blur your decision. We are not referring here of heartbreaking events where qualified arbitrators are needed but simple day-to-day situations like cleaning your file or your warehouse. Discard things that have been collecting dust for years and occupying lots of space. As a rule of thumb, 5 years is the maximum storage time for “important” documents. Longer than period renders the files obsolete. The same is true with household items. Items you are not able to use for more than year have less possibility of being used at all.

• Do not allow things to pile up. Lack of time to do things is a lame excuse for laziness. Instead of allowing documents or papers to pile up and clutter your work place, develop the habit or place a system where things are put in their proper places at the end of each day. A cluttered desk reflects the cluttered mind of the person using it. This habit saves you a lot of time retrieving things when you need them. Also, a well organized work place is conducive to efficient and effective performance.

• Avoid the “for the future” habit. Do not buy and accumulate things until you really need them NOW. Taking care and storing items you do not really need now (or possibly NEVER) is just a waste of money and storage space—not to mention the clutter they make. • Simplify. A single checking account, one bank account, one credit card, one e-mail address will usually be enough. Consolidation and simplicity is the key to a worry-less and stress-free living..

• Plan ahead. Daily living with a specific plan in mind saves a lot of time and money (since time is money). Planning helps in the easier and faster attainment of goals. A daily “to-do” list will prevent you from being overwhelmed by tasks since you can break them down into smaller and more doable segments. Having completed each small segment will add to your sense of accomplishment at the end of each day. This is a very good morale booster.

• Be decisive. Procrastination is the biggest stumbling block to the attainment of your goal. It is also a great time-waster on the road to progress. Once you have carefully deliberated on an action, act on it NOW or never.

• Choose quality over quantity. Better settle for a few possessions that you really need and enjoy rather than having a mountain of things that just clutter your life. The same applies with your work. Perform and complete a few important tasks with excellent results instead of working on many tasks with mediocre outcome. Working on the above suggestions is a big step towards your dream of a stress-free and orderly life.