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New Productivity Strategy

I recently took a new role with my company. It wasn’t a difficult transition. I have the same responsibilities…just different customers I work with. It was a change I was excited for. Being someone that values growth, how can you learn if you aren’t exposed to new things.

However, with the transition came with a number of other organizational changes as well. With everyone around me also changing roles, it was chaos.

“the way I worked in the past simply wasn’t working anymore”

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Habits Are The Key To Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a relatively new concept that’s getting a lot of buzz lately. Many people are seeking to be more “mindful” and are trying to pay more attention to little things in life: everything from feeling a breath in their lungs to noticing the specific color of the sky.

There is no ‘one thing’ that means being mindful; and mindfulness is not a destination to achieve. There is no right or wrong way to do it: there is only practicing it. It’s an art slowing down and increasing ones awareness of the self and world.

Why? Because studies show these small moments of mindfulness lead to happier people.

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Sensory Deprivation Float Tank

I recently took the advice of a colleague and spent 90 minutes in a sensory deprivation float tank to help myself relax better. Freaky huh?!  Absolutely not, it was unreal.

Preparation

I was a bit anxious about the experience overall. Being completed isolated from light, sound, etc. and in such a small enclosed tank. I’m not normally a claustrophobic person, but the tank had some how made it into my mind in the same filing cabinet as military intelligence techniques for water boarding.

Like most things in my life, I did a ton of research. I watched YouTube videos, read blog posts, and talked to several people. However, all research concluded with the same experience:

“It was awesome.”

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Motivation vs. Willpower

Motivation” is the reason for which you choose to do something or behave a certain way. Having a lot of motivation is simply having a strong understanding of why it is you wish to do what you want to do.

Willpower” is a combination of determination and discipline to do something or behave a certain way, despite having a clear understanding of the challenges involved with doing the action.

Summary: Motivation is having a purpose. Willpower is having the balls to do it.

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