5 Ways To Get Back On Track When You Feel Lost

There is not a single person on this earth that has walked a perfect path to success. Sooner or later, everyone will lose their bearing. It is only natural that when you discover new things, you will inevitably lose focus on goals you have set far in the past. If you realized that you have strayed off the path, you’re 50% of the way there to get back on track and take control of your life once again.

For me personally, I have found that losing your way has a large emotional component to it. I strongly believe that we lose focus on our goals and purpose in life by getting caught up in the negative dealings of life. This can range from comparing your position in life to that of others, all the way to focusing too much on your own shortcomings and failures in life.

Eckhart Tolle once said “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it.” No matter the situation, your levels of happiness ultimately stem from how you let yourself react. If you let people or other things in life get to you, you will inevitable lose your way. Make sure that doesn’t happen!

You have to realize that you will continue to have low moments throughout your life. But if you master the next 5 steps, you will never stay there for long. They will give you the skills necessary to get back on track whenever you have lost your way.

1. Analyze Your Routine

Before you ask yourself how to get back on track, a more interesting question you should ask yourself is “What does an average day look like for me and what am I currently doing to reach my goals?”

Doing a thorough analysis of your current daily routine will allow you to pinpoint all the areas that require improvement. A common struggle for most people is getting out of bed on time for example. They will set their alarms for 8:00 AM, but will only really get out of bed at 9:30 AM. Teaching yourself to get out of bed when your alarm goes off will save you a lot of time, which can be spend much more productively.

When doing this analysis, it is important that you are 100% honest with yourself. Call yourself out on all your lazy habits! Lying to yourself will never get you anywhere in life and hurts only one person, you!

If you feel that planning your entire day routine is too complicated or too overwhelming for you, it is always possible to start with just your morning routine for example. Plan a productive and healthy morning routine, and then next week try and do the same for your evening routine. Whatever works best for you!

If you are unsure whether you even have a routine or are not entirely sure what a routine looks like, check out my article on routines here. Within that article I also provide an example of what a success oriented routine looks like. Try and model yours after that one!

2. Focus On The Three Main Aspects Of Your Health

Maybe you have lost interest in a certain aspect of your life simply because of an unbalance in your three main aspects of life. In order to get back on track, it is vital that you pay attention to all of these aspects of your being. If you know that you struggle with one or more of these, I would suggest prioritizing your focus on this point before trying any of the other points in this article.

That being said, the methods and strategies that I write about here can also be used to great effect in bettering your physical, mental or social health. What I mean is that you better spend your time fixing your health issues rather than trying to pursue arbitrary goal in your life. I can assure you that you have plenty of time for goal chasing. Make sure you are functioning at 100% first!

Physical Health

I’m sure you know that our physical health has a major impact on our overall well-being, be that our mental or social health. A proper exercise regime has the ability to let you release stress and tension. If you are not doing any exercise, you have to start making a proper regime and sticking to it. If you are physically not healthy, it will be infinitely harder to get your life back on track and to achieve your goals.

Mental Health

What often happens with individuals who suffer from mental health problems, is that they are in a constant swing of “its going good and it’s going bad”. You might feel like you are back on track for one week, and then lose that completely the next. Mental health stability is instrumental in getting back on track. There are many articles on this website that will teach you some methods to live a more balanced life and to become the master of your emotions. However, if these don’t work and you see it worsen over time, make sure to seek professional help! These professionals will be able to guide you using a unique plan catered exactly to your needs. Don’t be afraid to seek them out!

Social Health

Social health is your ability to form meaningful and healthy relationships with others. Connection with other people is vital if you want your life back on track! No one can do everything alone, and you need good contact with people that you trust to allow them to help you when the going gets tough. Struggling to be social is very normal for introverted people, but you can learn to enjoy it!

3. Revitalize Your Goals And Your Purpose

Losing track of your life’s goals doesn’t mean you failed at them. There is a good chance you just lost interest, that you lost sight of the bigger picture. It is possible that you found new interests that simply didn’t work out, and now you feel that you should have never abandoned your old dreams. Whatever the reason may be, a lot can be gained from looking back on our past goals and to delve deep into them.

When we take a proper look at our childhood dreams, we are often energized by powerful nostalgic feelings. Children are big dreamers, I am sure that you were no different. The plans that we made for ourselves during childhood and adolescence will still be within you. Thinking about them and writing them down on a piece of paper is a good way of revitalizing your goals and re-discovering your purpose in life.

If you are unsure about what your purpose in life is, then do some self-discovery and exploration. Do some research by buying books or reading articles on the lives of successful individuals. Just make sure you don’t start to live an aesthetic lifestyle!

4. Proper Time Management

When you start planning to get your life back on track, you will inevitably come to the conclusion that there aren’t enough hours in a day to do all the things you want to do. There are 2 solutions for this. Either you give up on some of your goals, or you learn proper time management. I am going out on a limb here and say that you likely will not want to give up on any of your goals. So lets see how we can acquire some proper time management skills!

The most important time management skills in my eyes is to plan your day in advance. There is no bigger waste of time than starting to work, only to realize you have no idea what you have to work on or what you are even working towards. Make sure you plan your tomorrow tonight. Spend some time in your evening to gather your thoughts and figure out what work you would like to get accomplished tomorrow. That way you can plan your day as efficiently as possible!

Another tip that I can give you might sound counter-intuitive, but will see you become much more productive, and hence get more done during the time you do spent working. That tip is to take many breaks during your work sessions, and to not spend hours in front of your books or computer screen. If you are interested in knowing how to implement this into your schedule and why it is so effective, make sure you read my article on it here!

Time management is such a broad topic that I cannot even cover 10% of all the information about it here. So make sure to check all my posts on SimplyLifestyle for more potential articles on proper time management!

5. Practice Gratitude On A Daily Basis

Often times, we are so focused on our future, that we forget our past. We have all learned from our past mistakes, and yet if you look closely at your life, you will find that you have repeated many of them as well. But what about all the success we had in our lives. What about all the blessed moments?

If you are stuck in life, it can often be because you see people around you that are more successful. They might have a better job, a successful marriage, have children etc. When you practice gratitude, you learn to let go of these feelings of jealousy and resentment. Gratitude is recognizing all the positives in your life and having conscious and intentional thoughts about how and why you take them for granted. It is about appreciating your life and realizing that not everyone in the world is given the same chances and opportunities as you are.

When you wake up, write down three things you are grateful for. It should be the first thing you do in the morning. It can be as simple as this:

  • I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have a great education
  • I am grateful that my boss has seen my potential and given me a promotion
  • I am grateful that I have a supportive wife/husband/father/mother etc…

Practicing gratitude will make you realize that your life actually isn’t that bad, and that there are many opportunities for you to make improvements if you so desire. Make sure to keep an eye on our recent posts, as I will be writing more about the art of practicing gratitude.

I wish you the best on your journey!

One Mental Exercise That Will Change Your Life

Self-improvement is a major topic nowadays. Almost all of us at one point in our lives experiment with several self-improvements methods. Yet a lot of people remain exactly where they started, without much progression to be seen.

One of the main pitfalls of self-improvement that I see is the simple fact of not being honest with yourself. People will often times make excuses that they know are false, but the majority of people will make those excuses but actually believe them to be legitimate reasons.

If you have been trying to get into shape, to achieve better grades, or to try and get that job promotion but failed time and time again, then this article is for you. Every failed attempt was a direct cause of you lying to yourself, whether you truly believed your excuses or not is irrelevant since the outcome is the same.

It is the conscious part of your brain that lies to you. It seeks comfort, peace and rest. Whenever you are stepping out of your comfort zone, be that in the gym or working overtime, your conscious brain will beg you to stop. It will come up with whatever reasons it can to fool you into stopping. It will keep telling you what you want to hear.

The exercise that I will be writing about in this article is a self-analysis of yourself. It is a no nonsense interrogation of your subconscious mind. That part of your brain gives it to you straight. It doesn’t beat around the bush and will call your lazy habits out whenever it has the chance too. The problem is that the conscious mind can scream a little bit louder at times, and blur out the logic of the subconscious.

Self-analysis exercise

So what is this exercise exactly?

As I have mentioned before, it is basically an interrogation of yourself. The answer that might come out is not always what you will expect! Let me demonstrate with 2 examples:

“Why am I failing my classes in school?”
-> Because I am not studying enough!

“Why are you not studying enough?”
-> Because I spend a lot of time gaming!

“Why do you spend so much time gaming?”
->I quickly get bored of my studies!

“Why do you get bored so quickly”?
-> I am not motivated to study for my current program

It might be very easy to think that you are just not smart enough to study, or that you need to put in more effort. When in reality you are just unmotivated by your program. Maybe you expected something else, or you realize the courses that your best friend is taking are more what you expected your program to be.

You might spend the next years getting a degree that really isn’t even in your interest. However, when you do a self-analysis like the one above, you will realize quickly that its the program itself that’s bothering you. And that it’s not you that’s the problem. This will allow you to actually tackle the root of the problem.

When you do this for yourself, you might be finished in 2 questions, or it might take you 15 iterations before you get to the root of the problem. As I said before, the answer usually isn’t something that you will expect. It is exactly that which makes this such a great exercise. The conscious part will give you an easy solution, while the subconscious mind will give you a truthful answer. I sure know which one I prefer!

Lets take a look at an exercise based example:

“Why am I so out of shape?”
-> Because I don’t workout!

“Why don’t you workout?”
-> Because I don’t have time in my day!

“Why don’t you have time in your day?”
-> Because I manage my time poorly.

“Why do you manage your time poorly?”
-> Because I don’t have any time management skills.

Who would have thought that the reason you are out of shape is poor time management skills. Then again when you list it as iterative self interrogation questions as above it seems very plausible. This method is very good for getting to the root of whatever problems you might have, as well as provide a truthful solution for it.

Remember that honesty is key during these exercises. If you are not being honest during these exercises, you will only hurt yourself in the long run!

5 Traits of Successful Individuals

We have all had role models at some point in our lives who we wished we could be like. Most likely these were very successful individuals like celebrities, athletes or famous professionals in a field you loved.

Modeling our lifestyle after these ultra successful people doesn’t have to be that hard. The difficult part is to simply know where to even begin.

That is why I will make a list of 5 traits of high achievers. This will give you an idea of what goes on “behind the scenes” in the minds of these people. Having a proper understanding of the skillset that it takes to become successful, we can start applying that knowledge to our own lives.

Passion

If you want to reach a certain goal, having a passion for it will make working towards it a lot easier. People who are truly passionate about a certain thing in life are much more likely to push through and achieve their goals when the going gets tough.

The passion is what energizes us when we lack the discipline and motivation to keep pushing through. It is something that I have heard a lot at my university.

I had one professor that would say “If you don’t have a true passion for engineering, you will never receive your diploma”. These words have stuck with me ever since hearing them.

He simply meant to say that the program was going to get so tough, that you needed a true passion for engineering to see it through till the end. If you try and achieve a difficult goal, make sure you have some kind of intrinsic passion for it, it will make the journey considerably easier!

Optimism

Research has shown again and again that an optimistic outlook on life is much more beneficial than pessimism. Having optimism as one of your character traits can lead to a more successful and healthier life.

Having a more favorable way of looking at the world will cause you to see the positives in everything, even when the times get tough. As an optimist you are much more likely to succeed in achieving your goals for example. You will be someone that isn’t easily thrown of their path.

A perfect example of this is when we look at diets. A pessimist will start a diet with a negative mindset. They might not belief that diets work, then when they don’t see immediate results, they reaffirm their initial belief and stop the diet all together. An optimist is much more likely to look at all the positive things. They will be able to stay motivated for longer, and once they see the results, they will continue their diet to reach their goal!

Being optimistic also allows you to deal with stress more efficiently. As I mentioned above, seeing the positive side of life means it will be harder for you to get overwhelmed by negative emotions such as stress.

Optimism is also a trait that others can detect. People love to be around others with a positive vibe, so your social life will definitely benefit from this!

Being optimistic also has many benefits regarding your emotional state, read this article to find out more!

Self-discipline

Self-discipline is the epitomy of a successful man or woman. It is what allows us to stay focused and work towards the goals that we have set for ourselves when our motivation wears out.

Studies have even gone so far to suggest that a lack of self discipline can have negative consequences on your self-esteem. It has also been shown that self-discipline is a better predictor of academic success than your IQ.

Despite it being one of the most important traits to achieve success, it is also the one that people struggle with the most. If you know you lack self-discipline I will highly suggest that you start working on improving it immediately! I can assure you that your role models had above average discipline, else they would have never reached the heights that they did.

Self-discipline also has the potential to give you a more positive outlook on life. If you have read the previous section than you know the importance of being an optimistic individual!

Make sure to check back soon as I will be writing a few articles related to building self-discipline!

Persistence

Persistence is closely linked with self-discipline in the sense that it is also linked to the strength required to be able to get back up after you have failed in life. A persistent person has a no quit attitude.

Persistence is all about giving 100% effort and not quitting on your vision.

In my personal experience, I feel that having passion for something is crucial if you want to also be persistent for that something. If you have no real passion for your goals, it is almost impossible to stay persistent towards achieving those goals.

Having too much persistence can also be quite negative however! It is very important to know when to quit doing something that will lead to nowhere. Persistence can often turn into stubbornness, and this can kill any chance you have of success.

Desire to Learn

Continuing to work on yourself and being open to learn is an incredibly important tool you should always make use of. No matter how knowledgeable you are about a particular fields, you have to understand that everything evolves and changes overtime.

You must make sure that the skills you have are up-to-date, so that you can utilize them as efficiently as possible.

Success isn’t just a one time thing. You should strive to be successful in life for as long as possible. You can only achieve this by adapting yourself to the changing environment that we are all in.

A good exercise to practice this is to look at a skill in your life that you have already mastered. Ask yourself the question how you could potentially improve it. I am sure you can think of some ways to advance even your best life skills!

Final Words

It is important to understand that these traits are learned and cultivated over years and years. I would suggest you pick one, and try and focus on that for the next couple of months.

A perfect example is that you could try and build your self discipline by using the 50/10 method when you work or study. If you are not sure what the 50/10 method is, make sure to read up on it here!

3 Reasons Why You Should Set Big Goals Even Though You Might Not Achieve Them

Whenever you research anything related to goal setting, there is always a mindset of having to achieve that goal. You are always told that those who are successful reach their goals, and those who are not fail them.

This however is only true under the assumption that reaching your goals is the only measure of success. Your success is not a measure of whether you reach your goals or not, it is a measure of how well you do in a given area of your life.

Let me explain by giving an example of 2 businessmen. Ill call them Paul and John for clarity. Both Paul and John have recently started a similary business, and are fierce competitors. They set a goal to want to increase the revenue of their respective businesses.

John sets a goal to increase his yearly revenue by 5 million dollars. Paul on the other hand, sets an unimaginably high goal of increasing his revenue by 100 million dollars.

Now at the end of the year, John sees a revenue increase of 5 million dollars. Great for him because he has reached his goal! Paul on the other hand, wasn’t so fortunate. He didn’t make his 100 million dollar target. In fact, he didn’t even get close. He only managed to get 10% of the way to his 100 million dollar target.

Most people might instinctively say that John is obviously the more successful man as he reached his goal, while Paul did not. But comparing the numbers tells a different story. While Paul only managed to get 10% of the way to his goal, he had a significantly more successful year than John did.

A 10% completion of a 100 million dollar goal means that Paul increased his revenue by an astonishing 10 million dollars. Twice as much as John did! So who is the more successful person now?

The moral of the story is that success is relative to a wide number of parameters, not just whether you complete your goals. Lets look at a few reasons why Paul’s goal setting method is better than that of John.

We Work Best When Under Pressure

When we put ourselves under a lot of pressure, our brain and body tend to go into overdrive. So by setting a big goal we also set big expectations for ourselves. The pressure comes from us not wanting to let ourselves and the people around us down.

In the example above, there is a good chance that John met his 5 million dollar goal 9 months into the year. Once he realized he did what he wanted to do, he felt happy and content with himself. The pressure of working hard dropped off and he enjoyed the rest of the year.

There is a high chance that his lack of motivation to continue working for the remaining 3 months caused him to pass up some great business and learning opportunities.

Paul on the other hand, was no where near to his goal all year. So he spend 12 solid months giving it all he got to try and get as close to his goal as possible. Paul was a lot more productive with his time because he set such a high goal.

Failing Is Learning

Despite not reaching his goal, Paul would have learned a lot of personals and professional lessons during his year of struggle.

He set a target of increasing his revenue by 100 million dollars, but only managed 10 million. He gave it his all to try and reach his goal but fell short. He would have learned his personal limits during this year. Similarly he might have learned the limits at which the businesses in his sector can operate.

Even though Paul didn’t meet his goal, he knows that he gave it his all. Once he looks at his competitors he will realize that he did amazing work. This will be a massive confidence boost as well.

John on the other hand did not discover his personal limits. He didn’t push himself nor his business to their utmost limits.

If John sees the results that Paul was able to manage, he might be stuck with feelings of regret and wonder if he could have done more. If he self-analyzes properly, he will realize that he he should have set a higher target, and would have worked harder to achieve that.

They Stretch Our Belief of What is Possible

Upon reflection of the past year, Paul will likely identify areas where he could have worked harder. He knows he gave it his all, but he will be able to recognize moments where he could have worked smarter, and not just harder.

Whenever you work at your limits, you will undergo a massive amount of learning and self-discovery. You will stretch your belief of what you are capable off.

But because John recognizes that he could have worked harder, that will likely be his only take from the last year. He thinks he needs to just work harder when he compares his results to that of Paul’s business. Paul on the other hand experienced growth as a person and saw much more advances in his professional life to boot.

They will change the way you think

It is very likely that when you set nearly unachievable goals, you will need to adopt a wide variety of strategies to try and achieve it. There will be a point where you realize that your standard way of working is a sure-fire way to never reach that goal. So you start thinking outside of the box to come up with new methods that might be more efficient and produces better results.

As you experiment with different ways of thinking and working, you are learning skills that you will carry with yourself for the rest of your life.

Do not be afraid to set unachievable goals. Whether you reach them or not, it is the journey that matter. The journey is what teaches you the life lessons you need to succeed in life. Even 10% of massive goal will still translate to real life success. Just ask Paul!

6 Reasons Why People Fail to Realize Their Goals

Every single human being on this planet has dreams and aspirations that they hope to achieve one day in their lives. But how come so few succeed, and that so many of us will keep struggling forever to turn our dreams into reality.

The fact of the matter is that most people understand the relevance and importance of goal setting. Yet a vast majority of us don’t set concrete and proper thought out goals. And from the ones that do, only a small percentage actually reach them.

If you are someone that has set many goals but reached very few, improving on the following 6 things will drastically increase your chances of succeeding in life.

Lack of Understanding of What Setting a Goal Means

I am sure you can all think of a personal example where you might have set a goal for yourself, be it about getting in shape or you getting that job promotion. But did you actually set a proper goal?

A goal isn’t a just a statement you make, its a road map of how you are going to achieve something. To make a proper goal, you also need to make a step-by-step plan of how to achieve that.

So lets take the example where you set a goal of getting in shape. This in itself is already a very vague statement. Do you mean you want to be able to run a marathon, have the endurance necessary to climb Mount Everest, or do you simply want to stop being out of breath every time you climb a flight of stairs?

Each of these above goals are all about getting in shape to do something, but all require vastly different strategies of training to get there.

If you do not narrow down your goals, you will be lost as to what you actually need to focus on. This will lead to frustration, and likely means you will quit before you see any results.

A much better example of “getting in shape” would be; “I want to be able to run 5 km within 25 minutes”. Now you know what sport to train and the time frame of your activity.

Now you can google the best ways to run 5 km for a beginner, and you will get a step-by-step plan to achieve that goal. Make your goals as concrete as possible, so that you know exactly what to do and when to do it in order to make it a reality.

Impatience

In the first few days of starting a new activity in order to reach a goal, we are full of motivation. Unfortunately this wears off over time. This in combination with a lack of results can often lead to impatience and pure frustrations.

We might think we are not doing it properly, or that we simply cannot get through it. Any thing in life worth achieving, is going to take time. So make sure you give yourself adequate time of analyzing your progress before you decide to switch things up or to stop altogether.

Another cause for impatience can be an unrealistic plan, or unrealistic expectations of yourself. Whenever you set a goal for anything, have a look at what the average person is able to do.

If on average people can run 5 km in 28 min, don’t set a goal to run 5 km in less than 20 minutes for example. Keep it real!

That being said, not everyone is going to be good at everything. If you start something new, make sure to stick with it for at least 2-4 months. If you do not enjoy the activity anymore or realize this just isn’t for you, you can quit knowing full well you gave it your best shot. But make sure not to give up too early!

Impotent Goals

A big reason why goals aren’t being realized, isn’t necessarily because people are lazy, but because their goals are simply uninspiring and boring!

When you set a goal, they might seem fun and motivating. But if you have no deeper emotional connection to that which you want to achieve, you’ll fall off the path to success. When you set a goal, ask yourself how badly you want it.

If you simply wanna workout to “look good”, you will likely get frustrated when you don’t see big results a couple of days into your training. Meanwhile if you understand and truly care about the long term benefits that exercise provides, you are much more likely to stick with your game plan!

Always try to form some attachment to your goals, it will help you keep going when that initial motivation fades!

Accountability

Lack of accountability is disastrous for anyone setting any kind of goal or target in their life. If you have made a proper roadmap for a goal you set, make sure you stick to it. Even a minor deviation from your plan can prevent it from turning it into a habit, making it infinitely more difficult to achieve.

One great way to hold yourself accountable, is to keep a personal journal with you at all times. Every morning you write what you plan to achieve for the day, and every evening you reflect on how successful you were.

People find it difficult to let themselves down, so here you are essentially playing a game with your ego-self.

Giving yourself rewards for doing the work you have done is another great way to build up personal accountability. You will subconsciously keep yourself accountable, just because you are craving to receive that reward when the work is done. Make sure you stay disciplined and not reward yourself too much or too early!

If you know that you are terrible with personal accountability, you can always employ the help of a friend. Set a goal together with a them. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by not doing the work, so you will be extra motivated. You can even turn this into a competition if this would help you.

When you pick a person to do this with, make sure they are reliable and dedicated to seeing it through to the end. You need someone that will drag you out of bed to go the the gym when you are not feeling it that day. You should also be the one motivating your friend to go when they feel like slacking off.

Not Having a Set Deadline

Setting a deadline is an integral part of the plan you make to reach you goal. We all procrastinate on our work at sometime, so having a deadline will keep you in check and ensure that you do the work that is necessary.

I know that for me, I work the best when I am under the pressure of a deadline. Lets take an example from my exam schedule from university. I would much rather have 3 days in-between exams, than 1 week. Why? Because the pressure of having only 3 days until my next exams will make me so much more productive than having a full week. Knowing that I have 7 days for an exam, will mean I spend the first 3-4 days basically doing nothing.

Since I hate wasting time, I would much rather get rid of these unproductive days. When that deadline comes closer, you get an extra boost of motivation that can often times make up for any lack of discipline you have. Use this to your advantage!

When there is no pressure to go and do something difficult, it is very hard to try and get yourself to put in the effort and do the work. So when you are setting deadlines for your goals, it is always a good idea to put on the pressure.

That being said, make sure you still keep it realistic. The last thing you want is to set a strict deadline for an exercise related goal, to then get injured because you pushed yourself too hard. Be smart about it!

Fear of Failure

If you are someone that struggles with low self-esteem and dwindling confidence levels, this is likely to affect you a great deal. You might have also tried to achieve a particular goal many times before, but failed.

Never fear failure, instead you have to learn to embrace it. We learn more about ourselves during our greatest defeats, than in any other time. The only way to grow as a person, is to put yourself out there and fail. You will learn invaluable lessons that will help you conquer whatever you set your mind too.

I even go so far to set goals so difficult to achieve, that I almost expect myself to fail. Because in the moments I realize I might not reach this goal, is where most of my self discovery and self improvement happens.

The more you fail in life the more you will succeed later on. That is a given!

Setting and achieving goals is not easy, and we all struggle with it. I hope you found some areas with which you struggled while reading this article, and now know how to improve upon. Best of luck!

3 Reasons Why Resting is Crucial for Your Productivity

There are moments in our life where we just need to put in the time and get work done. We need our day to be as productive as can be.

The idea of getting work done isn’t really synonymous with resting, although research has shown that resting during your busy days can make the time you actually spend working infinity more productive.

Let’s explore some of the way’s your productivity thrives on rest.

1. You will make better decisions after your break

It is common knowledge in the scientific community that on average, humans can concentrate on a task for a maximum of 90-120 minutes. Sure you can work longer, but your efficiency in doing so will drop drastically.

In reality, you will already see a drop in your productivity around 60 minutes into working, however it is nowhere near as big of a decrease as the 90 minute mark.

One of the best methods to ensure that you are always working with peak performance is to make use of the 50/10 method. It is an extremely effective method that will allow you to study for 12+ hours with ease if utilized correctly. It got me through my engineering degree, so trust me, it works!

Giving your brain that 10 minute break also enhances your ability to retain information. It is especially effective when studying. That is why if you have a test or an important meeting, make sure you are not doing anything work related 30 minutes before.

It gives your brain a much needed break, plus the last minute notes you have just been revising will actually stick in your memory!

2. Progress happens when we rest

Anyone who at some point in their life was into sports or going to they gym, know that progress is made when you rest. The same applies for our mind.

It is important to stress that the break you take needs to let the brain rest. Do not pre-occupy it with other activities like actively scrolling through social media. Put on some nice music, sit back, and just let your thoughts wander.

During these few minutes of peace, our brain is able to incubate and process the information that we have just learned. It is able to structure all that information, and get ready to receive a new load.

Often times when we are stuck with a problem that seems almost impossible to solve, try and take a break. When you let your mind wander by itself, you will be surprised what it can come up with.

I have solved some of the hardest questions in my engineering studies when I was in the middle of a supermarket because I decided to get some fresh air and take a break from my studies. Nothing beats that eureka moment.

3. Breaks can improve our creativity (by walking)

Breaks allows us to take a step back from our otherwise busy lives. They are the reason why shower thoughts are a thing. Taking our mind off of our work and letting it wander can produce some very useful insights.

There has actually been scientific evidence to support that walking, opposed to just sitting, can illicit the greatest creative response. So if you are stuck with a complex problem, you can literally walk away from it. For a bit.

Taking that walk will likely produce some creative insight into the problem. Something I have personally found when I do this, is that while I don’t dwell on the current solution that I’m working on, I will actually start to look at the problem from a different angle.

I’ll admit that I am not the most creative person out there, but if even I notice such a difference, I’m sure you will too!

What are some ways you can incorporate breaks into your busy schedule?

  1. Make sure you keep your workspace as your workspace. Don’t take a break in the same place that you work. Your brain will recognize your place of work, so make sure it knows when you are taking a break. The most common example if you are working in an office is to try and not eat your lunch at your desk. Simply eating your lunch at another location is a great and easy way to sneak in an extra break.
  2. Sleeping is the king of resting. You can take as many breaks during the day as you want, if the time you sleep is not adequate enough, you will lose a productive day. Missing just 1 hour of sleep at night can already have a noticeable impact on our performance the next day. Make sure you know how much sleep you need and ensure you get it every night!
  3. If sleeping is the king, power napping is the queen. There is nothing better to give you a mental boost in the middle of the day than a 20 minute power nap. We have all experienced that afternoon dip right after lunch. It’s a very common occurrence that humans have a sort of energy crash in the afternoons. I personally take a 20 minute nap everyday after I have lunch to combat this. I can say that my productivity in the afternoons is just as good as in the mornings! Thank you power naps!
  4. Home is home, don’t make it a place of work. The usual advice I would give is to just switch off when you get home, no work allowed! Of course with the whole corona pandemic, a lot of us have to work at home. Try and work in a designated room in your house, and don’t bring it into other areas of your house.

The Aesthetic Life

We all know people on social media who make daily posts about everything they do. They seem like such cool and adventurous people. They are always living new experiences and have a desire to share that with the world. It almost seems that nothing can get these people down, and that they are always happy and live an extremely fulfilling life.

One quick glance at their Instagram account and you have yourself wondering what kind of life it must be like. But what really is it like to live an aesthetic lifestyle?

Individuals who live the “Instagram” lifestyle see their life as a piece of art. It has to be judged, looked at, and admired. They will go above and beyond to make their life score higher on some aesthetic criteria of how they think society judges them.

The main issue I see with this kind of a lifestyle is that it is more important to rack up experiences and to live in temporary moments of glory rather than a life of continuing accomplishments.

You might join a cooking class for a week or 2, do a self defense class for a month, and then learn tango for a few months after that. These are all fun experiences, but once the experience has been experienced, you quit.

You think that you need new adventures in your life. You fear that your life becomes boring, and this doesn’t score high on the aesthetic criteria you base your life on. But this also means that you do not become proficient in anything you do.

If you look back over your life and ask yourself the questions, what Have I accomplished? What have I truly become proficient at? What is your purpose in life and how have you spend the past 12 months working towards that? Have you made any progress or where you to busy wondering what other people thought of you?

The fear you have of societies judgment robs your future self’s ability to live a truly meaningful and accomplished life.

If this sounds familiar, or is something you know you struggle with, then you need to be honest with yourself. Think about all the activities that you have done in the past month. What was the purpose behind them?

You have to do things for the sake of enjoyment, or the promise that it will help you sometime down the road, not for recognition by your friends or whoever.

The age of social media certainly hasn’t made avoiding this any easier, and it is alright if you struggle with this. Realizing our errors is already half the battle. Know your purpose in life, and work towards it relentlessly.

Do not worry where other people are in their life. Focus only on what you have control over, which is yourself!

Enhancing productivity with the 50/10 method

We have all had that feeling of regret where we wished we had just been more productive with our days or weeks. I know I sure have had many of those, and if you have clicked on this article you might have just had one of those days!

If you are looking to become a more productive person, whether you are a student or working behind a desk, this is worth a read.

So what is the 50/10 method and why is it so useful?

The 50/10 method itself is very simple and self-explanatory. You work for 50 minutes, and you take a 10 minute break. This method was designed based on data analysis showing that on average, people can work undistracted for a little less than 1 hour at a time.

Giving ourselves a break every 50 minutes essentially gives our brain some breathing space, so that it can redirect its focus once again.

I can personally vouch for its effectiveness. I stumbled across this method when I was in my 2nd bachelor year in university, and the results were nothing short of life changing. I have this method to thank for a lot of my academic success and still use it to this day!

Common mistakes made

Despite it being so easy, I see a lot of people making one crucial mistake that really hampers the effectiveness of this method. The mistake is that they do not utilize the break effectively.

The main purpose of this break is to give your brain some peace and quite. This does not mean scrolling through social media or being on your phone for 10 minutes, as this still requires the brain to work. So even though you are not working, you are not resting either.

When you take your break, make sure you are doing an activity in which your brain does not have to work!

The main things I like to do:

  • Put on some music, and get lost in my own thoughts
  • Journal
  • Going for a walk outside
  • Meditating
  • Reading a book
  • Socializing with friends (preferably not on my phone as it becomes a huge distraction)

Make sure you set a 10 minute timer so you don’t lose track of time!

Make this a habit

If you want to succeed with the 50/10 method, it is very important that you make a habit out of this. That means before you start working, you remind yourself that you are going to use this method.

I have struggled with this myself a lot in the past. I took too long breaks, or went days without using this method. It is no wonder that my productivity was all over the place.

I have found that working with timers really cement this method into my mind. Whenever I start working, I am already setting a timer for 50 minutes without even realizing it. I really suggest working with timers!

Just remember, it is okay if you struggle with this method or forget to use it. Just get back on track once you realize you realize you left it!

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