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Use The First Hour Of Your Day For Creative, Inspiring Work

If you have the flexibility in your schedule to do it, start your day with something creative and inspiring. Maybe it’s that novel or short story you’ve been working on, or a painting, or a craft project. Whatever it is, if you can, give it your first hour. It’s uninterrupted time, and a good start to the day.

Why We Should All Spend More Time Staring Out Of The Window

Boredom, daydreaming and idle time are all important for creativity and motivation, as well as your mental health. This video reinforces the idea, pointing out that while none of us will ever be lauded for staring out of the window, it’s exactly what more of us need to do to stay happy, healthy and inspired.

Smarter Faster Better: How To Apply The Science Of Productivity To Your Own Habits

Productivity isn’t just about getting things done. At its core, it’s about being resourceful with your time. In a recent interview with author Charles Duhigg, he told us, “You can spend your entire day being busy and not get anything important done. Productivity is about getting important things done.” In his new book, Smarter Faster Better, Duhigg explores this fuller meaning of productivity and how to achieve it.

Chuck Close's Advice On Inspiration And Getting Things Done

The magic of productivity is really to just get started. You may know that already, but the reverse of that message — to wait for inspiration to strike before you really do something — keeps us from doing great work, says artist and photographer Chuck Close.

Motivate Yourself By Switching 'I Will' To 'Will I?'

The process of developing a positive new habit is filled with “I will” statements. I will get up earlier. I will go for a run. I will eat more vegetables. But a little self-interrogation might be more motivational.

Confront Your Own Omission Bias To Beat Procrastination

Procrastination usually causes problems, but we have a hard time confronting them. Our future self has a much better sense of why things go wrong. That’s partly because the you in the present ignores the consequences of procrastinating.

Make A List Of Your Personal 'Big Wins' To Stay Motivated

Staying motivated isn’t easy, but it helps to remember your accomplishments — especially the big ones — long after you’ve completed them. Keep a list of those “big wins” in view to stay focused and help you drive to the next one you can add to your list.

Calling Yourself 'Lazy' Isn't A Good Excuse For A Productivity Problem

You know what your to-do list is, but you haven’t gotten to it yet. You’re sitting on the couch wishing you were more productive, but instead you resign yourself to saying, “I’m just so lazy.” If you find yourself in that spot, laziness isn’t the core of your problem.

10 Motivational Hacks To Make You Work Harder [Infographic]

Even the busiest worker suffers from low self-motivation every once in a while. Maybe it’s been too long since your last holiday or maybe that work project you poured your heart and soul into failed miserably. Whatever the reason, you need to buck up before it starts affecting your performance. This infographic explains 10 tried-and-tested methods that will help to stay motivated.

How To Stay Motivated In Life And Work Using The Goldilocks Rule

It was 1955 and Disneyland had just opened in Anaheim, California when a 10-year-old boy walked in and asked for a job. Labour laws were loose back then and the boy managed to land a position selling guidebooks to visitors for $0.50 a piece.

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