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Learn Something New EVERY DAY

Learn something new

Mind feeling stagnant? Want to learn something new but don’t know how? Read this article for practical and easy ways to learn something new, EVERY day!

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Learn Something New EVERY DAY

Learn something new

Mind feeling stagnant? Want to learn something new but don’t know how? Read this article for practical and easy ways to learn something new, EVERY day!

 

Too often do we brush off education as a thing that is only done in schools and universities- when we are actually learning something new everyday. Once you are out of school, it feels like there is no time to learn something new. And, once you stop learning, the brain stagnates and seems to fall asleep. There is really no other joy than learning something new, even if it is something not from a textbook or not assigned in a syllabus.

 

Tired of learning textbook material? Feeling your brain stagnate? Want a way to learn something new, even if small, about anything at all, every single day?

 

Well, you are in luck! There is a multitude of ways to learn something new, every single day!

 

 

Here are just a few ways that you can learn something new every day:

 

 

  • Keep a daily journal of your day’s best thoughts

Throughout the day, our minds are always working on something or the other. Keep track of inspirational thoughts or things worth thinking. We are always learning and we don’t often realize it.

 

Keeping a daily journal not only allows you to record and keep track of what you are learning every day, but once you get in the habit of the daily journal, your mind will prompt you with ideas throughout the day to prep you for the daily journals! There is really no losing!

 

 

 

  • Look up anything that comes to your mind

Hundreds of thoughts run through our minds every single day. Have any thought or question about something that is irking you, or interesting you? Don’t just leave it as a mystery- Google it away, and research to the best of your ability!

 

 

 

  • Read often

Any written form of language is carrying a type of knowledge, Even if it is something we already know, it is possible for it to simply be a rewording. Read whatever you can get your hands on! Newspapers, books, signs, headlines, you name it!

 

This can even include your Facebook news feed! Knowledge doesn’t always have to be true- almost everything is subjective! As long as you get your hands on something unique, you are exercising your mind!

 

 

 

  • Introspect

This is perhaps one of the key ways of learning something new, every single day. We don’t leave our minds empty enough anymore- and if we do, our minds are emptily watching Netflix, filling our minds with TV shows and movies. While those are a source of learning in an entirely different realm, sometimes we forget that thinking and immersing ourselves in thought is a critical and beautiful way to learn!

 

We can learn about ourselves, or about the universe, or reach conclusions we never thought we could! Think of it as exercising your brain’s muscle to make it stronger. Take a walk in the woods, lay in a cozy place and close your eyes- even engage in conversation with someone intelligent. All of these stimulate the mind! Newton didn’t read his laws anywhere- an apple fell on his head, and he thought.

 

 

There are many ways out there to learn something new every day- and these are some simple habits you can instill in your everyday life to make sure that you actually do learn something new!

 

 

Your mind will be refreshed, and you will feel purposeful again! There is no such thing as enough knowledge- it is one of those things that we will want and continue desiring till the day that we die!

 

 

Establish any of these habits, and find that you are actually learning something new every single day!

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Always Tired? 5 EASY Ways to Increase Energy Levels!

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5 EASY Ways to Increase Energy Levels!

 

Being tired is a sickness that we all experience, and it has become normal to feel that it is quite impossible to increase our energy levels in any way. Falling here and there throughout the day, we tend to give up and fall prey to this weakness. Any ideas for increasing energy levels seem too elaborate and complicated.

 

Is there any way to increase your energy levels in a simpler, easier way than long-wrought out methods that we are simply just too tired to attempt?

 

The truth is simple:

There are plenty of quick and easy ways to increase energy levels for the average tired panda.

 

Here are 5 easy, and natural ways you can increase your energy levels on a daily basis- that do not include artificial energy drinks!

 

 

 

  •    Quick Exercise Routines

This may seem counterintuitive, but it is quite true that exercising regularly increases stamina and energy levels. If you are too tired to start an elaborate routine, you can easily put in between 10-20 minutes of exercise and different points of the day. Take a quick run around the block, get on the treadmill, do 20 sit-ups or squats- whatever you can squeeze in and motivate yourself to do!

 

 

  • Taking Vitamins

The extreme amount of processed foods we intake leave out many crucial nutrients to our energy levels. You can get a blood test and see if your chronic fatigue is linked to any deficiency and take whatever supplements the doctor recommends. Some general energy-boosting vitamins include iron and vitamin D- if you want to get started on your own!

 

 

  • Altering Your Diet

Our bodies rely on proper intake and diet for survival. If you are surviving on pizza and chocolate, there is no doubt that what you are eating is not giving you what you need to have the proper energy levels to get through the day. Look up foods rich in vitamins and nutrients that are crucial to energy, especially natural foods such as fruits and veggies! Make your snacks full of healthy munchies, to make sure that you are filled with energy, rather than sloth!

 

 

  •  Power Naps

Never underestimate the power of a power nap! Sometimes even if we get enough sleep, a long, busy day tires us out and makes it practically impossible to move onto the next task without falling over. Taking a quick 15-20 minute power nap (even if you do not fall fully asleep!) is important in regaining energy levels and preparing your mind to face the rest of your day’s activities!

 

 

  • Get Out of Bed!

Most of the feelings of tiredness come from the very first minute of our days. The second you wake up, the minute you hear your alarm- sit up strait. If you continue to lie down, flip through your phone, or mope in your bed for more than 5 minutes, your body will fake you into thinking you are tired. Get out of bed right away, or your body will trick you into thinking you are tired for the entire day!

 

 

There are endless ways to increase energy levels if you are always tired. Finding easy ways are difficult- but if you use the above listed EASY ways to increase your energy levels, you are sure to face many action-packed, energy filled days in the future!

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Productive Daily Habits

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Productive Daily Habits

Having trouble getting things done? Read this article for productive daily habits that you NEED to make sure you get everything done, every day!

 

Lack of time to get things done is an issue that we all face, whether we like it or not. No matter how long our to- do list, our deadlines, it almost always feels that 24 hours in a day is never enough.

 

I personally became accustomed to frustrating myself to the extent of exhaustion almost every single day, the clock hitting midnight, not even half my day’s work undone, spilling over to my even longer to do list for the next day.

 

So what’s the deal here? Is there an inevitable cycle that we are doomed to repeat, day after day, month after month, year after year until our untimely demise?

 

Or is there some light at the end of the tunnel- or at the beginning of the tunnel rather- that can give a QUICK fix to this issue and allow you to sleep soundly by 10 pm each night without the nagging weight of a heavy heart to carry to the next morning?

 

The answer is simple:

 To really get everything done, on the day that it NEEDS to be done, there are a few simple habits that, from my own experience, have worked wonders. No more restless nights and anxiety headaches and overflowing to do lists.

Here is a simple list of small, quick, and PRODUCTIVE habits you can instill EASILY to get everything done, on the day that it needs to be done!

 

 

  • Sleep enough to get enough done!

This sounds counterintuitive. How can I sleep early or enough if half the things I need to get done are nowhere near finished? It’s simple science. Studies show that the more you lack in sleep, the worse your ability to productively focus on the next day, the longer it takes for you to complete tasks. The only way to break the cycle is just what it says it is: break the cycle. Sacrifice your to do list for one day, and force yourself to sleep on time and get a good 6-8 hours of interrupted sleep on average, and see how well you work the next day.

 

 

  • Sleep on time, EARLY to get things done EARLY

Sleep again, you say? I say, yes! Sleep is more important than you realize. Not only is sleep time important, but the time that you sleep will dictate inadvertently when you wake up the next day if you have no set deadline to wake up, or lessen your amount of sleep if you sleep late and have to wake up early for work or school (duh!). This is a quick easy fix. Like I said before, simply break your cycle the first day, sleep early, and wake up early. The earlier you wake up, the more things will get done in the day. Which leads directly to the next habit…

 

 

  • Wake up EARLY to get work done EARLY

If you follow the previous steps, this habit will become a no-brainer. If you wake up around sunrise, you will have more time to function and get into your day’s routine without forcing yourself out of bed and rushing, and without those bags under your eyes from oversleeping. Sleeping early and sleeping enough is only beneficial to the extent wherein you make sure you wake up early. The early morning is proven to the be the most productive time of the day. If you set your important tasks for early in the morning, there is no doubt you will have more time in the day to complete them, and definitely before midnight.

 

 

  • Plan your meals to retain energy

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day- isn’t that what they all say? The saying is as the saying goes, and breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day! A lot of times when I used to be in a rush, I would just eat whatever came into my hand first, or skip breakfast entirely. That, of course, is the wrong thing to do! Make sure to plan all the meals in your day in advance, in the way that suits you best. And make sure to actually schedule them at times that are best suitable to your busy schedule!

 

Breakfast should always be the most focused-on meal. Eating healthy and heavy an egg, some toast, some milk- is the best thing you can do to keep your day energized. Skimping on breakfast causes over-full lunches and dinners, that can offset your energy levels and leave you sleepy when you need energy the most. Eat at the right times, eat the right things, and your day will be full of energy!

 

 

  • Exercise to re-energize!

Exercise is a tricky thing to fit into a schedule for some people. However, there is no doubt that fitting in even 30 minutes of exercise a day can increase energy levels– and if it makes you tired, you are sure to sleep more soundly at night! Don’t be put off by the pains when you first start off. If you start off with smaller goals and steps, it will be easier to work your way up and create the perfect routine for you! This seems almost useless- how does exercise help you get everything done, every single day? The truth is, by exercising (and doing the right exercises as well- running or even using the elliptical) for even a short amount of time every day, it pumps you up, re-energizes you, and starts the happy-hormones flowing so you tackle your day with confidence!

 

 

  • Actually use a planner- to actually plan your days!

This sounds like a no-brainer for sure. It is very common for people to buy planners, but actually using them is another story. Have a master planner for all the things you have to do, and write down everything you need to do, and plan in advance what day you deem them important to be done. Rather than remembering off the top of your head or leaving things for the last minute, jotting them down in a planner helps you to unload the lists and lists of things to do from your own mind, and allows you to look at your time slots with a clearer head.

 

In addition to using a planner, you can even make a simple routine table with all the hours of the day on a Word document. Simple make a column for every day of the week, and timed intervals in the rows. Highlight each part to your heart’s desire, allocate what is important and what times are free and, wa-lah! You have a personal calendar and planner to make certain you follow through with everything, and finish everything when it is supposed to be finished, with time left to spare!

 

Remember to follow through!

 

 

  • Use to-do lists and check-lists

In addition to using a planner- which can admittedly become overcrowded, congested and stressful- use small checklists and to- do lists to plot out what is immediate work for the next couple of hours, the next day, or even the next week. This way, you can visualize what needs to be done immediately and make sure that it is done within the time frame! You can use post-its, index cards, small pieces of paper- anything that is most convenient for you!

 

Make sure you leave a small box to check mark a task and cross it out when it is done- there is nothing like the satisfaction of a completed task to motivate you to move onto the next one and complete it just as quickly and efficiently!

 

 

  • Take timed breaks and power-naps

Your mind needs a break- you are a human being after all, not a machine this corporate world is trying to make you. RAther than jumping from task to task, take time out to take a power nap- which are very beneficial and energizing. Meditate, read, take a stroll in nature, lay on the couch with a loved one and a bowl of popcorn-whatever relaxes you! If you have trouble fitting in or finding such times, then schedule your down times! Down time is equally important to getting everything done. Without his time, getting actual work done would, frankly, be quite impossible.

 

 

  • Take out time for yourself- you are the most important of all!

Here lies the secret of our chronic inability to get done what needs to get done: undermining our own value! When we start to consider ourselves machines, that is when we become machines! In addition to timed breaks and power naps, make sure to put in leisure time as separate from down time, to be unforgivably you! Whether it be once a day for half an hour or even 15 minutes, or once a week for a couple of hours, making sure to understand what it is you yourself enjoy, and being able to allocate time to not only that, but your own personal care and attention, is critical in maintaining your daily goals! Without focusing on yourself, our daily lives can become so out of focus that we lack motivation, and lack the ability to get things done that need to get done.

 

It seems nearly impossible at times to get things done on time the way they are supposed to. The days feel shorter and shorter, and its no wonder this generation is a stressed one. But by instilling some simple daily habits.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           we can not only make sure we get our daily stuff actually done on time, but can actually tremendously improve the quality of our lives!

 

 

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