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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR'  Creating New Habits: Information Overload

The Power of Too Much Information Building a Business

 

You may find it interesting that in the SECRET HISTORY OF THE FUTURE Podcast by Slate and the Economist's Tom Standage And Seth Stevenson episode #10 The Infinite Scroll they talk about how our distant ancestors often felt overloaded by information. Throughout history, we’ve invented shortcuts like tables of contents, indexes, book reviews, and encyclopedias to cope with the 'onslaught' of books being published in the 15, 16 and 17th centuries. They were also overwhelmed. We are not so unique. What technological solutions help you cope with the information overload you experience today?

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' Creating New Habits: Staying Organized

 

There are so many books and kindle, apps, and blogs, even TV shows that will help you stay in control of your life. Here are a few of my most recommended.

What are you using this year?

 

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10 Ways to Develop Creativity

Hope all is going well with you and you're staying healthy. I've been spending my time at home...staying productive, creative and healthy. I've actually been posting daily updates in the Facebook Groups, (This is Your Year FB Group and the QCS Networking FB Group). Come share too!

I know that it can be a tough time right now, BUT if you look at a part of it as an OPPORTUNITY (and no, I don't mean being opportunistic), things can be much different. Mindset is everything. We now have time to develop our creativity.

Creativity is something we all use in some form, but many believe they aren’t creative. But the creative mind can be developed. The best way to do that is through practice. The more you do the things, regularly, that flex your creative muscle, the more you will develop a natural ability to be creative. 

Developing your creative muscles helps reduce stress and improve your problem-solving ability. Your environment also affects your mood. Since you will be home for a while, be sure that you have a pleasant space. Begin with these 10 steps to develop and enhance your creativity.

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' Creating New Habits: The Benefit Of A Routine & Habit Filled Day 

Have you noticed that it gets harder to make decisions toward the end of the day? YouÂ’re too tried to figure out what to have for dinner or what to watch on TV. ThatÂ’'s because we all have a finite amount of decisions that we can make on any given day. 

Knowing that helps us prioritize. We can cut out a lot of decision making by implementing habits and routines. That way we save them for the important stuff. It also frees brain space for more creative and productive thinking. Great visionaries like Steve Jobs always wore the same style outfit. Not picking out clothing and other mundane decisions can distract from creativity. Routines are a great tool that simplifies our lives and cut out a lot of our daily stress. Do you already have any routines like that?

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The first thing we can consider when reorganizing our workspace is the feeling that you would like to experience. I want a calm, peaceful and ORGANIZED space. There are lots of benefits to being in control and developing a clutter-free lifestyle. It might seem counter-intuitive but putting effort into planning and organizing your life gives you more energy.

You’re less stressed because your mind isn’t obsessing about all the stuff you have to do. When you have a plan, you’re in control and know you can get it all done. If your papers, ideas, and tasks are in order, you can see a way through. Life is no longer a chaotic mystery. So let's examine in depth some thoughts about organizing that will really make us consider organizing our space more seriously.

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Is your environment a disaster? See the previous post about how your environment impacts your mood and what you can to do change it. 
How do you get anything done? What kind of mood are you in? My environment REALLY affects my mood and ability to think. As you can see, my shared office is a nightmare. So, I am posting this challenge as much for me as for you! Be brave and post your BEFORE picture of your workspace here, even if it is worse than mine.

Let's discuss!

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Did you know how much your environment impacts your mood? Here are some ideas and a CHALLENGE to help you create an inspirational area where you spend your most time. I hope you find these tips helpful. If you are in need of more drastic changes, do the Creating New Habits: Set the Mood Challenge with me! 

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' Creating New Habits: Get Some Help –

 

Simple Hacks To Help You Build New Habits

Creating new habits isn't easy. Here are six simple hacks that will make it a little easier. Use them until you've internalized the new habit and don't need them anymore. 

 

Schedule It And Put It On The To-Do List 

Sometimes we forget to do that new thing we were trying. Maybe we forget that we're supposed to be having eggs for breakfast instead of a stack of waffles, or that we need to get that daily walk in. Schedule your new habits or make them part of your daily to-do list until they become something you do automatically. Did you get a new planner for this year? Is it paper or digital or both?

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' Creating New Habits: 

How Long Does It Really Take To Create A New Habit? 

They say it takes 21 days to create a new habit. That's kind of a weird idea though, isn't it? It doesn't take that long to form a bad habit. And sometimes no matter how hard we try it takes us a lot longer to form a new habit. So how long does it really take to create a new habit? The answer is that it depends. It depends on your mindset and it depends on how big of a change it is from what you are doing now. If it is your habit to eat a bowl of ice cream at night and you switch from regular ice cream to a low sugar frozen yogurt version, it's probably not going to take you very long to make that new habit. Giving up ice cream altogether though or cutting out all sugar, on the other hand, might take a lot longer. 

When we ask that question, what we really want to know is how long do we have to tough it out before it gets easier. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel where we don't have to try so hard anymore? In other words, when will this new behavior become automatic? 

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'THIS IS YOUR YEAR' Creating New Habits

 

3 Steps to Creating New Habits 

Let's talk about forming new habits. We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behavior for the better and create new habits for ourselves. This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier and drinking more water. Or it could be moving more and taking the dog for a daily walk. Or it could be work-related, or spiritual. There are so many areas in our lives that could be improved and made easier if we created new habits. 

Getting into the habit of doing something is often easier said than done. We seem to acquire bad habits without any effort, but getting into a good habit can be a little more challenging. I have chosen 'HABITS' as my word of the year. There are differing schools of thought about making your word of the year. So I made one, 'habits' and I also made three, but they support the one. They are 'rituals', 'execute' and 'value', so you can see how they all relate. But I digress, that will be a whole other post!

Let's break it down into a three-step process that makes it easy to follow until we've internalized the new behavior and made it a true habit ñ something we do automatically without having to think about, like brushing our teeth. What new habits are you going to implement or get rid of?

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