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Life is busy. Between working long hours, raising a family and other obligations, it's no wonder we feel stressed. Our minds are constantly filled with necessary and unnecessary information that has no end, or so it seems. The good news is, you can relieve yourself of all that unnecessary clutter that's clogging your life and mind. You can become more focused which automatically reduces stress in your life. If you're feeling unfocused and stressed, this free course can help you. Sign Up for this Course Now: 4 Weeks to Decluttering Your Life and Mind for More Focus.

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Yesterday I shared this quote and made this graphic to share around. Here is the article from which it came. 'Your Special Gift' by Madisyn Taylor on The Daily OM.

"Often, we spend so much time dazzled by the talents of others that we can overlook our own gifts...

It's important for all of us to try to find our special gift and discover how we can best express it. Ask others to name what they think is your most overlooked talent or character trait. Their answers may change your life...

Explore these riches that are yours to express, and you may find yourself helping others discover and develop their own blessings. Acknowledge and appreciate the gifts you see in those around you."

This really jumped out at me. It is completely true for me. It is the first step in my 'imposter syndrome'. Do you get that too?

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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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