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Improve Your Life with These 3 Techniques

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It’s pretty natural that, no matter how generally-satisfied we may all be with our lives, we nonetheless experience a sense of unease, and guilt,  connected to the idea that – somehow – we just aren’t really living up to our full, glorious potential.

The simple fact of the matter is; no matter where you are in life, and no matter how well (or badly) you’re doing, it’s always possible to tighten up your “game” in various ways, so as to be significantly more productive, and to make incremental and powerful improvements across the board, in all dimensions of your life.

After all, who can really say with a straight face, and without blushing, that every single element of their nutrition and diet plans are perfectly on point, that they are being as responsible and well-behaved as they possibly can in terms of their obligations to loved ones and friends, or that they are doing their level best to achieve the highest conceivable degree of peak productivity in their careers?

Since it’s always possible to make improvements across the various dimensions of your life, it’s useful to have various techniques at your disposal for pursuing those improvements consistently.

So, here are a few techniques that can improve your life in various ways.

Use virtual assistant services to help create more free time for yourself, while still being productive at work

Virtual assistant services can be an absolute godsend if a major issue in your life tends to be that you struggle significantly with juggling all the different obligations and responsibilities that befall you, and that you consequently find that you just don’t have enough of a clear divide between your “off time” and your “working time.”

While this particular issue can affect any of us, it’s most likely to be an issue that disproportionately manifests itself in the lives of entrepreneurs, who are essentially trying to do every job involved in running a successful company, solo.

Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever before to find “virtual assistants” who you can pay to take some of your more time-consuming, and less joyful tasks of your hands.

Using the services of a Virtual Receptionist for Lawyers, for example, may not only help to improve the professional image that your business conveys, but can also free you from having to constantly man the phones when you really should be working on the “meat and potatoes” elements of your business.

Other virtual assistant services exist, too. Some of these are focused on filling in particular “roles” within a company, while others focus primarily on tailoring the skill sets of their workers to specific industries that might have their own jargon, best practice, and specific knowledge requirements, for proper administration.

Since hiring a virtual assistant is essentially the same thing as hiring a part-time employee – albeit, without having to offer them office space to work from – it can radically reduce some of the mental “static” that can so easily cause you to fall into an ongoing spiral of unproductive meandering.

Get a paper notebook for doing some “mindful” journalling and planning

We live in high-tech times – and, as you might have guessed from the suggestion to use the services of virtual assistants, just a moment ago, there are a lot of potential benefits associated with our prized computers, smart devices, and high-speed Internet connections.

All the same, though, there is an increasing body of evidence that seems to suggest that people who spend too much of their time staring at screens and haphazardly surfing the web on a daily basis, actually end up being more stressed, less productive, and less positively minded, as a whole.

Nowhere is this particular fact as clearly demonstrated as in some of the research done on the use of major social media platforms. Apparently, there is a direct correlation between the amount of time spend using these platforms, and regularly checking in on them, and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Sometimes, you’ve just got to de-clutter and take a break from the ubiquity of high-tech gadgets in your life, if you really want to find the space to catch your breath, and think various issues through in a focused and even handed manner.

The Bullet Journal Method, created by a man named Ryder Carroll, has been at the forefront of a “tech-minimalist” movement, which appears to be gaining momentum specifically because people want to find ways to simplify their lives and unplug from tech as such.

The Bullet Journal Method involves using a traditional paper notebook of your choice (with numbered pages) and an intuitive and comprehensive structuring system, in order to organise just about every dimension of your life the “analogue” way.

Among the many benefits that serious Bullet Journal aficionados report experiencing, a greater degree of “mindfulness” throughout the entire planning process seems to be a major factor. With this more “intentional” approach to journalling, planning, and organising your life, the Bullet Journal Method may work wonders in terms of its ability to enhance your overall sense of well-being, as well as your productivity, too.

“Bookend” your days with morning and evening rituals and routines

We human beings naturally need a certain amount of routine and ritual in our lives, in order to thrive, and to feel properly centred and balanced.

The nature of these rituals don’t have to be explicitly spiritual or religious, and the structures we impose on ourselves don’t have to be overly draconian and harsh. But, if you find that your days just kind of bleed together with no clear delineation point between them – and especially if you have very haphazard sleep and wake times – you are likely not doing your productivity any favours, or your sense of well-being, either.

One great trick – or “life-hack,” if you prefer – for restoring a sense of order, structure, and ritual to your everyday existence, is to come up with particular morning and evening routines in order to “bookend” your days.

Many successful entrepreneurs report having very particular morning routines that they abide by, come rain or shine. Your own morning routine could include things like 15-minutes of reading or meditation, planning out your itinerary for the day, and spending a bit of time outside breathing in some fresh air.

Your evening rituals might include things like taking a hot bath, recording a quick summary of your day in a journal, and so on.

The key is to stick to whatever routines you impose in your life. The real magic here lies in consistency and structure, as such.

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