Less is More: An Unconventional Approach to Working Smarter

Less is More: An Unconventional Approach to Working Smarter

You’ve probably heard this before – you give more and you get more. How many times has that actually worked out for you? Probably not as much as you would have liked. Just because you give doesn’t mean you will get in return. That’s the cold reality of life.

More. It’s a word that we probably don’t think too much about, yet permeates our lives. Its presence in our everyday life may not be conscious, but it’s there. More, more, more. When did more become, well, more?

I’m sure we all know plenty of people who work an insane amount of overtime hours, or seem stuck doing work on weekends. You think to yourself, “wow, that person gets so much work done.” Just because you clock more hours you are getting more done, right? Not at all.

Productivity is so much more than time. It’s intensity. It’s relevance. It’s value. The truth is that occasionally it correlates to time, but most of the time it doesn’t.

10 Simple Confidence Boosters

10 Simple Confidence Boosters

Why is it that some people are seemingly just naturally confident? It appears that nothing can shake their ability to pull through and they know that they have what it takes to come out on top. And they do it all with a relative ease and certainty. What gives?

Yes, some people are just more confident than others, but I don’t think any of us are born with that type of tenacity. It’s a learned skill. Like many learned skills, you need to dedicate time to it. That time gives you space and the knowledge necessary to make decisions and execute actions based on an overall framework of confidence. Confidence is about believing in yourself, your ideals and your goals. It’s about knowing that you are here for a reason and that you are worth it. It’s about realizing that you are the best version of yourself as possible.

So, can confidence be learned? I think so. It’s all about identifying the good and taking focus away from the bad. You have to be the one to change your mindset – no one will do it for you. You have to be the one to gather all of your self-depreciating behavior and kick it out the door. Though it may not be an easy road, it is definitely possible to boost your confidence with a few easy steps. These 10 simple confidence boosters will bring back your tenacity today:

18 Ways to Always Have Fun

18 Ways to Always Have Fun

It’s so easy to get tangled in the logistics and complicated web of life, yet we all find ourselves completely engulfed at one time or another. Life should be uncomplicated and, frankly, fun. When did we lose sight of this?

Okay, sometimes we do need to be serious and approach situations with care, but, generally speaking, you should strive to enjoy yourself in as many areas of your life as possible. If you aren’t having fun and taking advantage of all that life has to offer, why are you here? It may sound a little hedonistic, but fun is the light of life. It gives meaning and excitement during even the darkest hour and makes everything worth dealing with. Fun is our lifeline.

Take these ideas and try to implement them in your everyday life. You’ll be surprised how much more fun you’ll have. Check out these 18 ways that you can always have fun:

21 Pieces of Insight to Live a Better Life

21 Pieces of Insight to Live a Better Life

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with negative ideas and thoughts, it’s hard to grasp what will help us lead a life we love. Life is a beautiful thing that should never be taken for granted. Gaining a better understanding of how to accept difficulties and appreciate everything around you provides a platform to launch into leading a genuinely better existence. Creating a life that offers you the highest level of happiness, while balancing necessary responsibilities, is what you should be striving to attain. Joy breeds satisfaction. Read “The New Good Life.”

Check out 21 small bits of insight that can help you live a better life:

8 Tricks to Get Your Spark Back

8 Tricks to Get Your Spark Back

Have you ever woken up one morning and felt like you lost that magic touch you once had? It could be something you were really great at doing in the workplace or even a special talent you were once amazing at. And then, all of the sudden, it’s gone. You think, “what the hell happened?” You have no idea where or when your spark disappeared, but it seems long gone now. What do you do?

This is probably a relatively common scenario at times for each and every person reading this. You just feel like you’ve lost your ability. And that fact can quickly turn into a much, much bigger issue. You have no idea where to even begin. You try to address issues you think will bring back that magic, but to no avail.

The trick here is to not take anything too literal. You must look at the bigger picture and the wider scope of your actions, wants and needs. In doing so, you’ll get a better understanding of what may have caused you to lose your spark in the first place. Knowing where the problem lies is one of the most powerful tools you can have. But it all starts with the ability to get back into your groove. Check out these 8 tricks to help get your spark back today:

6 Easy Techniques to Simplify Your Life

6 Easy Techniques to Simplify Your Life

As technology has supposedly simplified our lives, it has, in fact, made us even busier than before. The constant connection leaves us with no time to relax and unwind at the end of the day, putting our minds on full throttle 24/7. More and more people are stretched too thin, without proper time or energy to devote to themselves, their interests and their needs. That’s a recipe for emotional and mental disaster.

There is a solution. Simplify your life. Every facet can be streamlined in some shape or form, bringing you back to a type of living that you once only dreamed of. Living a humble life will allow you to focus your thoughts and attention on what is intrinsically important to you without all of the superficial noise. Check out “Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter.”

These 6 simple techniques will help you to begin simplifying your life today:

6 Techniques to Take Control of Your Life

6 Techniques to Take Control of Your Life

It’s tough to maintain control of your life when you are constantly being pulled in a hundred different directions. Work, friends and family – they all want your attention…right now. Balancing everything and ensuring everyone is happy leaves no time for yourself and no time for what you want to do. That’s no way to live.

What type of life are you living when you’re merely existing to go through the empty and meaningless “motions?” You wake up, drive to the office, make money for someone else, come home, contend with any personal obligations, and repeat day in and day out. It’s a mediocre way to live, at best, and causes many to lose complete hope in the “light at the end of the tunnel.” Unfortunately, working harder and spending more time doing X, Y and Z doesn’t always pay off.

Today’s the day when you must take back control of your life. After all, it is your life. You only have one chance to live the best life possible, so make it amazing. Take chances, do what you love and, most importantly, be in charge of your own destiny.