42 Inspirational Quotes about Working Hard

I. HATE. MONDAYS. On Sundays nights, I twist and turn for hours and hours in bed as I can’t find a way of switching off brain so that I can finally fall asleep. 

My brain wrestles between ‘tomorrow is the beginning of another week full of torture’ and ‘I need to sleep now so that I can begin the week with a well-rested brain and body.’ 

But guess which one always wins? You guessed that right! Of course, the torture one. So I end up falling asleep at 2 or 3 am which means I wake up the next morning feeling already exhausted. 

Do you also experience this? 

The pain of always wondering why we need to work so hard and why we never seem to be making any concrete progress never seems to end. 

Adulting! Nobody told us it was going to be this hard. Why do they sell refrigerators, TVs, computers, phones and all other electronics with user manuals but never give us one for adulting? 

Luckily, there’s almost always something you can do to make it easier for you to sail through this life. One of my favourite ways is using motivational quotes. 

One thing I learnt is that no matter how many quotes about working hard and success you pin in your house and workstation, if you neglect to work on yourself and your attitude towards work, you will still struggle to stay afloat. This is why I shall begin this list with…(drum rolls please!)…quotes about working yourself!

Quotes about working on yourself

It all begins with you. It begins with the attitude you decide to work with.  A positive attitude towards life makes living easier. It makes your journey towards success easier to attain. Live with an attitude of optimism. 

While I know that the Monday struggle can be difficult, I decided that my life wasn’t going to be that miserable every Sunday night and all  Mondays. 

Every day when my alarm goes off in the morning, I tell myself ‘decide to be in a good mood today.’ That changes my whole morning and day. It changes my attitude from ‘here is the beginning of another dull day’ to ‘I am in control.’ Try it! 

 At first, I used to say it in my head. Then I realized that when I say it out loud, it brings even more positive magic into my life. How we talk to ourselves really matters.

Now that I have given you my ultimate life hack, here is a great list of quotes about working on yourself.

#1. There are things you can’t learn from others. You have to pass through the fire. Norman Douglas.

#2. Everyone fails. Everyone has to figure to get beat some time. The question isn’t ‘did you fail?’ but ‘did you pick yourself and move ahead?’ And there’s one other little question. ‘Did you collaborate in your own defeat? ‘ A lot of people do. Learn not to. – John Louis

#3. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been. T.D Jakes

#4. You’ve got to have rules to live by, and one of mine is always say yes. Put yourself in danger of something amazing happening to you. Tom Bilyeu

#5. You’re either green and growing or you’re ripe and rotting. John Addison 

#6. The key to happiness is really progress and growth and constantly working on yourself and developing something. Lewis Howes

#7. The time is now. Stop hitting the snooze button on your life. Mel Robbins

#8. Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others. – Anonymous

#9. Work on yourself more than you do on your job. – Jim Rohn

#10. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for. – Socrates

#11. There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. –  Aldos Huxley

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Quotes about working smarter not harder

Now that you have some great gems to motivate you to work on yourself, next, you need to learn how to work smarter, not just harder. 

There are many articles you’ll come across online and even books on how to work smarter not harder. As much as this sounds like a great lifehack, you need both to succeed. 

What is working smart? This involves identifying what to work on. This has to be something that brings you the best results.

After that, you need to work hard at it. Don’t be cheated that there’s a shortcut to working hard. Just make sure you’re working hard on the right things.

This trick is called the 80/20 rule.

James Clear has a simple guide on it;

#1. How to 80/20 your work:

  • Make a list of the 10 things that you spend most time on.
  • Circle the two that drive your results. Do more of those.
  • Look at the others. Eliminate ruthlessly. Automate or outsource what you can. Press pause on the rest.
  • Repeat

#2. Balance is timing, not intensity. It’s not doing multiple tasks at 80%, but developing the skill of turning it on and off. Sleep fully, then work intensely. Focus deeply, then relax completely. Give each phase your full attention. Balance is ‘when to’ not ‘how to.’ – James Clear.

#3. The more control you have over your attention, the more control you have over your future. – James Clear

#4. If you spend too much time working on good things, then you don’t have much time left to work on great things. – James Clear

#5. A goal is a desired outcome. A strategy is a desired outcome with a plan for achieving it. Create strategies, not goals. – James Clear

#6. I don’t believe in luck or in hard work without the so called “work smart”. It’s not all about how you work hard but it’s about how you manage your time, resources, mind to work together for a better output.Jayson Zabate

#7. To me, it’s simple: if you’ve got the time, use it to get ready. What else could you possibly have to do that’s more important? Yes, maybe you’ll learn how to do a few things you’ll never wind up actually needing to do, but that’s a much better problem to have than needing to do something and having no clue where to start.Chris Hadfield

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Inspirational quotes about working hard

We’ve agreed that there’s no short cut to this game. 

After identifying what to work on, we need to put in the hours. We commit to taking the stairs, not the lift. Well, let’s be realistic and go with 80% of the time because sometimes we just want lucky!

#1. A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. ~ Colin Powell

#2. Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

#3. Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work so most people don’t recognize them. Anne Landers

#4. I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson

#5. Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. ~ Tim Notke

#6. There’s no substitute for hard work. Always be humble and hungry. – Dwayne Johnson

#7. You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic. – Stephen C. Hogan

#8. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. – Jim Rohn

#9. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie

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Quotes about work ethic

Do you often wonder if you work hard enough? One of the ways to know if you have a good work ethic is to ask people around you. But before you even ask them, you will often be told that ‘you work too hard.’ Is that you?If so, that’s great because sooner or later, you’ll have massive success. 

#1. If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.  – Malcolm Gladwell

#2. Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. – Tim Fargo

#3. Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them. – Julius Irving

#4. Everything yields to diligence. – Thomas Jefferson

#5. Plan your work for today and every day. Then work your plan. – Margaret Thatcher

#6. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ― Vince Lombardi

#7. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. ― David Bly

#8. Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.― Stephen King

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Working quotes for the day

Here are some more quotes you can print or write down to motivate you to keep pushing today and every day.

#1. Success is dependent upon glands – sweat glands. – Zig Zaglar

#2. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow the small ones. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

#3. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein

#4. Talent is never enough. With few exceptions, the best players are the hardest workers. – Magic Johnson

#5. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. – Abraham Lincoln 

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Quotes about working hard and success

When it comes to wanting success in your career or life, we often get lost in comparisons. We’re often asking ourselves…

I’m I dressed better than my workmate?

Is my car better than my neighbours?

Will I be making more money than my former classmates?

I’m I climbing the career ladder faster than my siblings?

You get the gist. I’m sure you’ve been there. That is unhealthy behaviour and a toxic mindset. It will leave you feeling drained of energy and bitter. 

I’ll leave you with my best solution for that. Create a habit tracker and track your progress on a daily basis. Know how much progress you’re making on a daily basis so that you know whether to add the number of hours or increase your attention on your tasks.

With that, I’ll leave you with the only working hard quote you should focus on;

I’m I better than the person I was yesterday? Can I make my work ethic 1% better tomorrow? Go. Do. Be. Bloom!

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

“I ask for no favours for my sex…All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks.” Sarah Moore Grimke.

Such a real and relatable quote at this point in time when we all witnessed on TV what happened to George Floyd, right?  Yes, just like the Black Lives Matter movement, women have been complaining about the various form of covert discrimination they face based on gender.

At the workplace, women are underrepresented, especially in senior roles. This is both in politics and in business. 

As of 2020, 93% of Fortune 500 CEOs are male. 

We could list the ways in which women are discriminated at the workplace, but this article is meant to be full of inspirational quotes for you as a working woman. 

For all the women at the workplace, either doing it in boardrooms, offices, factories, running their business,  working from home…all women. Because even raising the kids, doing domestic chores is work, and should be compensated. 

Quotes about working women

One of the ways leaders can inspire younger women and girls to dream big and take up leadership is by ensuring that they keep the doors open for them to access opportunities.

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operation Officer of Facebook and author of many inspirational books including Lean In: Women. Work and the Will to Lead has been quoted many times when addressing the topic of women in leadership.  

We went ahead and collected the best of her the quotes for you.

1. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

2. Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential. 

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

3. We hold ourselves back both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in. 

4. It’s the ultimate luxury to combine both passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness. 

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

5. Taking initiative pays off. It’s hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.

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6. You’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

7. Bring your whole self to work, I don’t believe we have a professional self Monday through Friday and a real self the rest of the time. It’s all professional and it’s all personal.

8. We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

9. Leadership belongs to those who take it.

10. Feeling confident-or pretending to feel confident- is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliche’, but opportunities are rarely offered, they’re seized. 

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

11. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have. The upside of knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.

12. If you do please everyone, you are not making enough progress. 

Quotes for the working woman

Many more women have been at the forefront of advocating for equal rights, such as equal pay for equal work for the working woman. 

Here are more inspirational quotes on the same.

1. Every woman I know, especially the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work. We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women. We know that. Yet we’re busy telling all the women that they’re too aggressive. That’s the issue. -Sheryl Sandberg 

2. Remember, that women in business are the future. A softer approach does not mean a weak one. Julia Moir

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

3. Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosevelt.

4. If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. Anon

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

5. The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. Roseanne Barr

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6. Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in heels. Bob Thaves

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

7. Develop the art of instantly imagining how your words will sound to someone across the table with a different agenda to your own. Jo Haigh

8. Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

9. Speak your mind even if your voice shakes. Maggie Kuhn.

10. If there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself. Beyonce

Quotes for working mothers

Achieving a work-life balance is a desire that a lot of working mothers. 

I don’t think there’s a perfect solution to this. Even PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi says that she doesn’t think women can have it all. She also adds her observation that ‘the biological clock and the career clock are in total conflict with each other.’

You should definitely check that 4-minute honest video on the myth that is work/life balance.

 What works is finding an arrangement that works for you. 

1. Recognize that each time a new phase in the home life occurs, like starting school, you face new challenges. Don’t lose sight of the fact that these are primarily great fun and bring you joy. The balancing act never ends but there’s always a way through. Sarah Deaves

2. Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy. – Sheryl Sandberg

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

3. No woman is required to build the world by destroying herself. Rabbi Sofer

4. Ensure the agreed times and days spent at home (or work) are kept to. Both office and family can organize their lives around you and everyone knows when and where you are for them. At the end of it all, the husband and children will respect you for working. Rolline Frewen

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

5. When I had a small baby I arranged meetings around feed times and took my baby everywhere! – Gail Carter

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6. Don’t be afraid to lay down guidelines of when you can work. A good boss will respect that – there is no shame in having a life. However, when you are at work, put your all into being focused.  Don’t waste time, plan your week and that way you’ll feel OK about leaving on time.’ Fay Sharpe

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

6. Set clear protocols on how you want to be, be open about it and tell everyone. I made a mistake by not telling people I was working four days a week. Start the way you mean to go. Fiona Sheridan

7. You are not a bad mom because you go to work each day. Similarly, you’re not a failure because you left your career altogether. Choices regarding work and family are personal – there’s no one size fits all method. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. Candace Alnaji

31 Inspirational Quotes for the Working Woman

8. The balancing act of motherhood and a career, and being a wife, is something that I don’t think I’ll ever perfect, but I love the challenge. Kerri Walsh Jennings

9. Dear mothers, you’ll learn to lower your expectations about what you can accomplish in a day. Some days, it will be all you can do to keep baby safe, warm, fed and loved. And that is more than enough. Anonymous

Dear woman, don’t try to navigate the corporate or working world by carrying around self-defeating statements such as ‘I’m lucky to have this job or ‘I have to prove myself to this panel’.

Instead, remind yourself that you have worked hard and that you deserve it. You have put in many hours to be this brilliant, right? And you know it. Own that brilliance. Take up leadership roles. Challenge mediocrity. Move from comfort zones. 

Be shameless about what you deserve. Shine. Bloom!

13 Stress Free Ways To Make Money At Home

Buying a piece of land in a city such as New York, San Francisco, Honolulu in Hawaii or in Washington is an almost impossible dream. The prices are so high that the average person doesn’t even dream of owning a fraction of an acre in any of the above cities. 

It seems like all the land is already owned by big corporations and the ultra-wealthy.

To own pieces of land in the expensive cities, one has to have loads of money, go through government procedures, pay taxes and fill an enormous amount of paperwork.

Think of the internet as a piece of land. An enormous piece of land that has no beginning or end. A piece of land that you can own without permission, loads of money or government procedures.

You can own a piece of this land by setting up and online business, blog, teaching a course online, having a youtube channel, setting up a consultancy gig via video calls, hosting a podcast, the list is endless…

Related: How to work from home with no experience

Make money working from home

A lot of us have dreamt of making money online. We’ve fantasized about how it feels to chill by the beach in Bali or Bora Bora, sipping our favourite drink while the monies just flowing into our bank accounts. 

I have thought about it a great deal; which is one of the reasons why I started this blog.

There’s also the immense desire to escape the 9 to 5 work life. To escape the rat race. To finally make enough money to sustain our dreamy lifestyles. 

13 Stress Free Ways To Make Money At Home

The COVID-19  pandemic has shown us outright how fast we can lose our ‘permanent’ jobs. 

If you haven’t lost your job (yaaaaaaaay!), you know a family member, co-worker, friend or neighbour who has lost theirs. 

If not, you know people who have been placed on unpaid leave till further notice. 

I have a friend who got handed that one…and our reaction was ‘what does till further notice even mean?’

Do you sit and wait to be reemployed?

Start considering yourself jobless?

Register for unemployment benefits?

Do you start looking for jobs elsewhere? 

Others around the world have to bear with pay cuts as high as 60%.

How do you begin to adjust your bills? 

42.6 million Americans have filed for unemployment during this COVID-19 pandemic. This was the figure as at the time of publishing this article.

13 Stress Free Ways To Make Money At Home

Taking care of our mental health during this period should be a top priority. 

This is also the right time to think about how to diversify your income by making money online.

Almost all businesses are moving online now. This is our new world. You should get a piece of this internet pie as soon as now. 

This could be through generating a passive income or full-time income since working from home is the new normal.

The internet offers many ways to make money online. You could do this part-time or fulltime. 

8 ways to make money online

The key ingredient to make money online is discipline. And consistency.

This is especially true if you want to build a clientele. It takes time for people to buy into your business and to trust you enough to buy your products or services.

1. Blogging-Google Adsense 

Of course, I had to start with the one I have tried and tested. 

Any time you visit a popular website, you see ads. Right? Well, some of them can be quite annoying because they prevent us from viewing what we’re interested in. But, the owners of those websites make money through those ads. 

When you click on the ads and make a purchase, they get paid. Google places those ads on their sites through Google Adsense.

When you register your website/blog through Google Adsense, Google will track the number of visitors that visit your site. If it’s a significant number, you get to earn through ads. 

How come there are no adds on Blooms & Smiles? Well, mine is still a work in progress. I still don’t have enough visitors to earn an income through this site. 

As I mentioned, it takes discipline and consistency to earn money online. To be honest, I haven’t been very consistent here, but this pandemic has presented the time for me to do just that!

2. Affiliate marketing

When you visit other websites, have you seen ‘this site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program’?

What this means is that any time they link a product from Amazon on their site and somebody happens to click on it and makes a purchase, they get paid by Amazon.

As long as you have a website that has thousands of visitors or readers per day, you will get paid by businesses to advertise for them. 

Same thing that happens on YouTube or Instagram. Influencers review products or services and get us to buy them. In this way, they earn from the companies for each product sold.

You can earn through affiliate marketing too. Are you good in front of the camera? Start a YouTube Channel. Good at speaking and sales? Start a podcast. Can you write? Start a blog.

Find something you’re passionate about. Or something that is natural to you, your talent. Monetize it online.

13 Stress Free Ways To Make Money At Home

3. Consulting

This is the easiest, cheapest and fastest to start. And the fastest way to earn money. 

Are you very good (an expert) in any field? You can be a consultant. From today! Now!

I have a friend who is very good at personal finance. She was stuck in debt for a few years, then one day decided that she wanted to get out of debt. She read many personal finance books, did a bookkeeping course online and started tracking her expenses. 

In less than 2 years, she had gotten out of debt. She also had these very well organized excel sheets of her budget, savings, investments and all things money. 

One day as she was talking to a workmate. The workmate mentioned that they were struggling to track their spending habits. My friend offered to help the workmate, at a fee. And that’s how she launched her business as a personal finance consultant.

But that’s not an online business! Yes, during the pandemic, she would meet her clients via video call. 

What are you an expert in? Tell people about it. Ask them if they need help. Charge them for your knowledge. 

You can also set up a free account on clarity.fm. You register your skill and hourly rate then get paid for each person that calls you for advice.

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4. Teaching an online course

I started this blog in Nov 2016. Almost 4 years ago! Since I have been struggling with social media marketing and monetizing, I paid for an online course to learn the two skills. 

And it cost me a whooping $297. Can you imagine how much the creators of this course make per month by selling these courses? Some make up to $100,000! You read that right. 

If you’re an expert in a field and you can create an online course to teach others of the same, do it. Taking online courses is the new normal.

13 Stress Free Ways To Make Money At Home

5. Podcasting

Every time you listen to a podcast and you hear ‘This podcast is brought to you by…’, know that the podcast owner is getting paid. 

If you love having exciting conversations about …well, any topic! you can earn money through podcasting. Love reading? Start a podcast and host people to discuss the books. Passionate about money? Start a personal finance podcast. Anything that excites you can be turned into an exciting conversation.

And the most exciting thing about this is that you can get better on the job. You’ll start off feeling like you don’t know how to edit podcasts, but there’s always a course out there on Udemy or Coursera to learn every skill.

6. Freelance writing

63% of freelancers interviewed by Upwork and Freelancing Union said they’re freelancers by choice. More and more people are choosing non-traditional work. 

If you’re a good writer, you can set up your profile on Upwork.com or Fiverr.com. In this way, people will pay you to write content for their sites. 

Some sites that have millions of views and earn a lot through Google ads, affiliate marketing and other sources. With this, they’re able to pay their writers $100 per article or more.

7. YouTube

Keep in mind that for this, you’ll need to be consistent. To build a following so that you can earn. It might take a while, but when the money starts coming in, you’ll be happy you started and stuck with it.

If this is a path you’re interested in, check out this report by Forbes. It shows how much the most popular YouTubers earn. The highest-paid person earned $16.5 million in a year. That’s literally crazy money! 

13 Stress Free Ways To Make Money At Home

8. Webinars

Zoom, a popular video calling site is currently valued at $40.5 billion. It’s valuation shot high during the coronavirus pandemic as people needed video calls to work from home.

There are many more video calling apps and sites. Some are free to use! 

How can you use this to make money? You can host free webinars as a way to market your consulting service. If you are an expert in personal finance, you can offer free tips on personal finance then direct people to your website to read more, buy your courses.

You can also set up paid links where people pay for your webinars before they join. If you’re known for offering good services, products or being a good speaker, people will join.

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Work from home business ideas

All the 8 ways listed above are work from home business ideas. 

Other ideas include:

1. Proofreading

Are you a grammar nazi? Well, it’s high time you started getting paid instead of cringing at badly written work or misspellings! 

Proofreading involves checking written text for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, improper punctuations or any other errors. 

Basically, you get the errors and correct them. Here comes your work from home career as an editor!

This needs training (no university degree required). All you need is a keen eye for finer details. 

This is also a freelance gig. You’ll be editing books, websites, legal documents, contracts, blog posts etc

It’s a perfect job for work from home moms or students.

Websites where you can find proofreading jobs:

  • Fiverr
  • Upwork

13 Stress Free Ways To Make Money At Home

2. Transcribing

This is basically turning audios into written text. 

You need to be able to type fast if, for example, if a lawyer hires you to transcribe a 5 hour audio of a court hearing. 

If you can’t type fast, don’t worry! You can practice for 15 mins every day on keybr.com. As said earlier, you can learn almost anything as long as you’re dedicated!

You can learn how to transcribe from transcribe anywhere

The most awesome thing about them is that they give you time to decide if transcribing is for you. How? The first part of their course is free!

3. Virtual assistant

You’ll do this 100% from home. In your pj’s! And cozy socks. 

People will hire you to do their tasks such as: 

  • Managing diaries-scheduling meetings, booking appointments, scheduling work, admin tasks.
  • Social media marketing.

4. Teach Chinese kids how to speak English

Have a laptop and a webcam? Can you speak English proficiently? Are you eligible to work in the USA?

If you answered yes to all the above, then check out VIP Kid.

5. Bookkeeping

Do you love Math and numbers? You can earn money online through bookkeeping. 

If you’re just getting started, here’s a free online bookkeeping course

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Work from home opportunities

If you want to apply for a few work from home opportunities as you work on setting up your own gig, here are legit places to start.

Whether you’re looking to supplement your income, work from home part-time or fully work from home, the internet is an enabler for all your dreams. You can do it, it has been done and continues to be done.

You mostly need the discipline, patience and a good work ethic. There’s insane competition but with a good work ethic and consistency, you can be the next self-made millionaire.

How to work from home (useful habits and rituals)

Do you feel like time moves faster when you’re busy or when you’re idle?

I feel that time moves fast when I’m super busy and productive. For some reason, I’ve always thought that the opposite should be true. 

When you’re busy working on the right things, you also feel proud of yourself and proud of your accomplishments. I literally feel my self-esteem rising when I cross out several items on my to-do list.

Either way, without a schedule, time just goes by…and it leaves you with a bitter taste of regret.

Work from home advice

I’ll share my schedule with you plus ideas that have worked so far. 

Please note that I am not a morning person so my day starts at around 10 am and ends at around 1 am. Keeping this in mind, you can change the time slots. You can also add more ideas so that your schedule reflects your lifestyle.

The idea is to learn from my experience.

Before we get to the schedule, there’s a small activity you should do to ensure that you create a schedule that brings you maximum results. These results could be money, achieving life goals, or even feeling happier.

1. Take a piece of paper. Write down the 10 projects or activities that you should be working on. 

These should be activities that are top priority and that will bring you results.

For example, some of mine are:

  • My 9 to 5 job-currently working from home
  • Writing for this blog-Blooms & Smiles
  • Building a new website for my personal finance blog
  • Exercise
  • Listening to educational podcasts

What are your most important projects or activities?

How to work from home (useful habits and rituals)

2. Circle the two most important projects or activities.

These are the activities that you can’t compromise on.

There are consequences if you don’t do them.

From my list above, the two most important are:

  • My 9 to 5 job – if I don’t do the work, I will get fired. 

I wouldn’t risk losing a job during this pandemic. This is why it’s very important to be very clear on which are your most important projects.

  • Writing for this blog

This matters to me because I love writing and I love sharing life hacks with you.  Monetizing this blog is also my goal which I hope to achieve by the end of 2020.

Which two activities from your list did you circle? Why do they matter to you? 

The other 10 (or more if you’re a busy busy bee!) also matter. You will need to allocate time for them in your schedule.

However, you want to focus on the activities that bring you happiness, money, self-esteem and moving you closer to your life goals. 

You want to schedule these activities when you’re most productive.

Then the rest can follow when your brain is starting to slow down. Or when your brain is likely to be overtaken by distractions. 

This life hack has brought about tremendous progress in my work. It has helped me to live each day intentionally. I learnt this from James Clear, the author of the greatest book of 2020-Atomic habits

How to work from home (useful habits and rituals)

Having done that, you’re ready to learn from my schedule as you create yours. 

Work from home schedule 

Time Activities My Ideas & Suggestions
10:00-12:00 PM  Wake up + setting up your day Make your bed

Take a shower 

Dress up

Make a healthy breakfast

Enjoy your breakfast

Journaling

Meditate

Don’t check your phone

12:00-2:00 PM  2 hour of focus Check work emails

Pick 2 important tasks

Use your phone as a timer

1:00-1:30 PM Break Check social media

Stretch

Call someone

Take a walk

20-30 min workout

Listen to a podcast

Eat a snack

1:30-3:30 PM 2-hour focus Pick 2 important tasks
3:30-4:30 PM Lunch Have a healthy lunch
4:30-6:30 PM 2-hour focus Pick 2 important tasks

Get stuff done!

6:30-7:00 PM Break Exercise

Snack 

Call someone

Yoga

Dance 

Take a walk

A house chore

Social media

Anything fun!

7:30-9:30 PM  2-hour focus Work! Work!
9:30 Work is out! Do any last-minute tasks

Or nah? Cool!

9:45-1:00 AM Eat a healthy dinner

Read a book

Call family and friends

Self-care

Watch movies

Sleep for 8 hours

Repeat the next day!

 

How to work from home 

Whether you’re a beginner at this work from home experience or a have been on it for a while, you need to remember that it doesn’t matter where the work gets done. What matters is that the work gets done. 

In this work from home tips article, I wrote that work is not something that you go to, work is something that you do. So yes, don’t feel as if work done from home is not valuable.

How to work from home (useful habits and rituals)

Here are other valuable lessons I’ve gathered from my experience so far on how to work from home.

1. On projects that look like they’ll take forever

Have you been thinking about taking an online course to learn a new skill or starting a side hustle at home but you have been procrastinating because well…it might take forever!!!

Whether you start the gig/project or not, time will still move. 

Have you heard people say that they won’t enrol for the 4-year college degree or MBA because, by the time they’re done, they’ll be in their 30s? Whether you start or not, by the end of the 4 years, you’ll be in your 30s. 

Start. That. Project. 

2. On productive routines

From my routine above, I gave a disclaimer that I’m a night owl so my day starts a bit late. 

Focus on creating for yourself a routine that is optimal. One that brings you results. A routine that ensures that you are living a wholesome and balanced life. Eat healthily, work productively, exercise, laugh, connect with your loved one, rest fully…

3. Have a basket or place in your house where you place your phone while working

I use a small woven basket. When I want to concentrate fully on a task, I put my phone in there. This basket represent ‘serious work time and zero distractions.’

This is a great environmental design trick that I also learnt from reading James Clear’s Atomic Habits. 

Attention is a currency in the 21st Century. Manage your mind so that you get less distracted. Produce excellent work.

How to work from home (useful habits and rituals)

4. Use the downtime feature on iPhone 

If you use an iPhone, follow the following steps;

  • Go to settings
  • Screen time
  • Downtime

Click on it and set your downtime hours. This means your phone will automatically lock all your apps after you’ve exhausted your screen time. 

You also get a weekly report that shows you how many hours you spent on your phone. I always aim at reducing the hours every week.

It’s a lifesaver!

5. Don’t kill yourself with work

Your self-worth should not be dependent on your work. Create a routine that’s easy to follow and includes other parts of your life. At this point in time, mental health is of utmost importance. Take care of yourself.

6. Live intentionally 

Always be clear on what you need to achieve every day. 

I usually write my to-do list before I sleep and leave it on my kitchen counter. Always include something exciting on your list to make you pretty excited about waking up the next morning.

I start with the hard tasks as it boosts my confidence when I cross it out. 

On bad days (yeah, this is life!), I start with the one that takes the shortest time, crossing out something is motivating.

And then there’s the magic of using a habit tracker! 

How to work from home (useful habits and rituals)

7. Always have ready to eat food

This enables you to focus when working because you know good food is waiting!  And gives you something to grab when you need to…

And we all know nothing beats having your favourite snack beside you when working or reading.! 

8. Limit social  media time

Please don’t intentionally mess up your brain. Don’t jeopardize your ability to pay attention and produce great work.

Schedule social media time when you’re done with important work or as a reward for when you’ve achieved daily goals. 

A lot has been written on the dangers of social media addiction.

9. Before bed, set yourself up for success tomorrow

Clean your dishes. Clean your kitchen. Waking up to a clean kitchen makes you feel proud and motivates you to make a healthy breakfast.

Clean your sitting space. Leave your couch neat. 

Give yourself this gift. Wake up to some order.

10. Print this quote and pin it on your wall

First, forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habits will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice. – Octavia Butler

Allow yourself to thrive by creating a mindset and environment that inspires you to work.

Which of the above tips was the most helpful? Share with us your best work from home life-hacks.

How to work from home (with no experience)

If you’re worried about the future of your job or the future of work in general due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve got good news for you!

Upwork and Freelancers Union did a report on ‘Freelancing in America’ which shows that by 2027, a majority (86.5 million) of the US workforce will be freelancers. 

Other takeaways from the report include:

  • Freelancing prepares you for the future.

A whopping 54% of the workforce is scared that their skills will be outdated in the next 20 years. More freelancers upscaled their skills in 2017 as compared to non-freelancers. 

  • 63% of those interviewed said they’re freelancers by choice.

Yes, it’s not that they got fired, or laid off due to economic reasons, they chose the freelancing life.

  • Millennials are redefining the meaning of work and financial stability.

And millennials are the majority of freelancers at 47% of the workforce. 

Changes in technology are enabling this massive growth as 71% of the freelance work was obtained online. 

Do freelancers have any significant contribution to the economy? A lot! They contributed an estimated $1.4 trillion annually in freelance earnings. 

If this is exciting and you’d love to learn more of what that report has to say, access it here.

how to work from home (with no experience)

Working from home with no experience

You don’t need work experience to start working from home. 

In fact, most freelancers determine the kind of work they do based on their skillset. You also get to determine your schedule for the most part.

And as we’ve learned from the report, freelancers are always upscaling their skills. So you start with the skills you’ve got now then upgrade as you learn and discover more of your interests.

Employers also provide virtual training for most jobs so you need not worry. 

Most work from home jobs require basic technical skills such as:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Basic Math
  • Basic Accounting
  • Communication

If you choose to work for yourself, you will need bookkeeping skills, here’s a link to a great free online bookkeeping course. 

how to work from home (with no experience)

Where to find real work from home jobs

There are many scams online because scammers know that online job seekers are desperate to stay afloat especially during this pandemic.

Here is a great checklist you can use to avoid getting scammed or ripped off. 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, there are hundreds of companies that offer legit online jobs that you can do from home, or from your favourite coffee shop.

If you are looking to get the ball rolling by starting the application process immediately, here are 5 great sites with work from home job listings. There’s a great pool of them to choose from!

1. FlexJobs 

They did us all a favour when they published the top 100 companies that offer remote jobs. 

They ranked them from the best to 100th to second guess or do all the research work. This list is a great place to start as they’re certified companies and has legit links to the company websites.

2. Fiverr.com

If you need freelance service for your business, fiverr.com is one of the best places to hire a freelancer

You get to know the price upfront with no hidden charges, and the payment system is protected. Services available include:

  • Logo design
  • WordPress
  • Social media
  • Web design
  • Animation
  • Graphics & Design
  • Digital marketing.

It’s a one-stop market place for all things digital and more! 

You can also post your skills on the same platform.

3. Indeed.com

This link has a bunch of customer service jobs including COVID-19 contact tracer! What?? Yes. You get to provide contacts with approved information about quarantine procedures and direct them to testing centres.

All from the comfort of your couch!

how to work from home (with no experience)

4. Work from home amazon jobs

Since Amazon is very popular, there are millions of scam adverts promising to offer competitive amazon jobs. 

Amazon does offer great job opportunities. Apply through their official website to avoid getting scammed. Here is the direct link to work from home amazon jobs.

5. Glassdoor jobs

Glassdoor is also a highly trusted jobs site.

I came across this link with 16 companies hiring for work from home jobs. Under each company, there’s a list of all jobs open in the company. 

You can apply to as many as possible, as it’s always advisable to cast your net far and wide. 

Work from home outfits

In order to be productive and cross most of the items from your to-do list, wake up and dress up.

No, you don’t have to go all the way by putting on your best suit and heels (but if it works for you, why not!), but you need to communicate to your brain that sleep and chill time is over. That it’s time to transition to the ‘get work done’ mood. 

Justine Leconte’s video is a great guide to chic work from home outfits.

Benefits of working from home

1. Saves money

Seriously, if you’re one of those people who started working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have you realised how much money you’ve been saving? No more paying for gas on a daily basis. Or hefty public transport fares. 

2. Saves time

I don’t even want to get started on the amount of time I would spend commuting to and from work.

On average, I’d spend 2.5 hours per day. I’d be so exhausted by the time I got home that I’d end up not cooking and not doing any extra work that could earn me a passive income. 

This work from home experience has taught me that I can achieve much more using the extra money and time.

This report shows that American commuters waste 54 hours a year stuck in traffic. 2.5 days of your life wasted every year seated in a congested place inhaling toxic fumes. The time to embrace remote working is now!

3. You benefit from 24-hour economies

You can get jobs from all over the world, not just your state or country. 

If you’re a night owl, you can sleep through the morning and work all night. And vice versa.

If you have kids, you can take care of them like most stay at home moms and work when they sleep.

The internet has enabled this.how to work from home (with no experience)

4. Office space is expensive

A lot of companies are realizing now that their business cash flow has been affected over the years by cost of office space. It’s a premium product that rises every year. 

This means that many companies are embracing the working from home culture.

Twitter recently announced that they will not require their employees to return to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic. Who knew we would live to see such times?

If you’re looking to start your own business like a blog, they’re many collaborative platforms online that will enable you to still delegate work while avoiding the cost of office rent!

5. Flexible schedule

One of the most annoying things about working from the office is that we have a strict lunch break. 1 pm to 2 pm. That’s it.

This doesn’t take into account that some people get hungry at different hours due to different metabolism rates.  This sucks. 

Working from home means you can create for yourself a cozy office space and get to enjoy a flexible schedule. Eat whenever you want, stretch any time, work any time!

6. Wearing comfortable clothing

You get to work in your pj’s, cozy socks and bunny slippers. 

7. No distractions

Chatty co-workers can be a great hindrance to your productivity and privacy. If you live alone, this is no longer a problem while working from home. If you live with family, you can set ground rules to follow during work hours.

8. More time with your loved ones

A lot of us have complained about not having enough time to spend with our loved ones.

Work-life balance tips is one of the most googled phrases as a lot of us feel that we’ve been sold to the rat race.

Working from home allows you to experience life with your loved ones. To see them grow, to be part of their memories. What can beat this experience? 

Just in case you’re still in doubt, remember that rich and busy people outsource a lot of tasks such as manage their social media, manage their calendars, hire people to book their flights, schedule their meetings… These are activities that you comfortably do for yourself which means you’re qualified for thousands of jobs online.

Whether you’re looking to supplement your income, start a new career, transition to working from home fully or part-time, online jobs are here to stay. We’re becoming more and more interconnected. 

Take the leap. Trust your learning capabilities. Grab a piece of the internet pie. Thrive!

9 work from home tips (make the most of it)

Has the Covid-19 pandemic given you a working from home experience? Do you want to start working from home and be productive?

For someone who has had a 9 to 5 job for the longest time, working from home full time has brought a roller coaster of emotions. 

At first, I was excited when that email asking us to work from home landed in my inbox. Freedom! Was all I thought about when I read the email.

I’m a night owl, so I thought that if I worked from home, I’d sleep in the morning and work through the night. I’d be extraordinarily productive and slay all my deadlines, or so I thought…

 The first two weeks were chaotic.

I would sleep all day and try to reply to work emails at night and get a few things done. It was so bad that at times I’d be woken up by calls from my workmates during the day to ask if I had finished my tasks. Or ask why I hadn’t replied to urgent emails. 

My mental health was deteriorating, I didn’t eat most meals, days were just passing by…

It was crazy…

Crazier if you factor in the saddening news we’ve all been receiving from social media and news sources. 

Staying sane and getting work done during this period is not easy.

But, after the two weeks of chaos, I figured it out…for the most part anyway.

9 Work from home tips

1. Use a habit tracker

What makes working from home chaotic is the inability to manage yourself, your schedule and your attention.

Working from the office enables you to manage the three as there’s a set time to be at work (eg 9 am to 5 pm) and for most of us, we have managers who ensure we do what we’re paid to do.

Working from home means that for the most part, you have to manage yourself. 

I learnt about using a habit tracker from reading James Clear’s atomic habits book. 

Since you might not have the time to read the whole book right now and you want to get started with productivity, use a habit tracker. It’s simply a custom-made calendar where you write a list of the productive habits that you want to do while working from home.

I found this simple and easy to create one on Pinterest and I shared how I use mine here.

This one tip will enable you to concentrate fully on your work tasks. Which allows you to rest fully and guilt-free when you’re done with work. 

9 work from home tips (make the most of it)

2. Use the Pomodoro technique

Apart from enabling you to beat procrastination, this technique helps you get your work done without feeling like work is a punishment. 

It’s a time management technique. You get to use a timer to break down your work into 25 minutes (only!) attention spans with 5-minute breaks in between. This allows you to finally experience that work-life balance you’ve been dreaming about.

I wrote a short step by step guide on how to use the Pomodoro technique. 

3. Dress up

I know you want to live and work in your pj’s, cozy socks and bunny slippers. That’s what I dreamt of too! 

But creating a difference between chill time and work time enables you to focus and be creative.

One of the ways to do this is through dressing up. Okay, I don’t mean wearing a suit or head to toe glammed up official wear.

I mean putting on clothes that send a signal to your brain that says ‘it’s time to get sh*t done and slay the deadlines!’

This video from Justine Leconte is a great guide on how to put together a casual chic outfit. 

9 work from home tips (make the most of it)

3. ‘Commute’ to your work area

You need to have a dedicated office space at home. This can work even with limited space. I have a friend who lives in a studio apartment and has nameD her couch as ‘my office space.’

Her bed is her relaxation, cozy reading, binge-watching (entertainment space) while her couch is where all the work gets done. 

Do the same. Train your brain to know when it’s time to work and when it’s time to stop. Have clarity. 

Having a morning routine will also help you with this. Ask yourself ‘what is that one thing that I will do each morning that marks the beginning of my working time?’ You know, the same way you were using commuting to and from work as a signal before all this happened. This could be gathering your work tools or brewing a cup of tea or coffee.

4. Schedule everything

With all the distractions in the form of social media, kids running around in the house, and the news, it’s hard to remember everything you need to do. Don’t trust your brain with all these details. 

Block time on your calendar to get productive work done. Schedule calls with family. Have time to exercise either indoors or outside if you still have the privilege and schedule time to do something creative. 

9 work from home tips (make the most of it)

5. Have an accountability buddy 

If you’re new to working from home, you will find it challenging to measure your progress and know if you’re making progress. 

Have an accountability buddy. This could be your roommate, family member, friend or even colleague. Works better if it’s someone who knows exactly what you’re trying to achieve. 

Alternatively, seek feedback from your manager or person you’re reporting to. Companies have systems to ensure that employees are still putting in the hours and delivering quality work. Take ownership of this process. 

If working from home is temporary until we win the battle against the pandemic, you want to ensure that you come out of the situation with quality work experience. You want to grow your career. To learn new skills.

6. Get enough sleep, at least 8 hours 

Sleep deprivation plays a huge role in your productivity. If you don’t get enough sleep, you will suffer throughout the day. You won’t get any work done! For the most part of your day, you will keep getting distracted while wishing that you slept more.

Enough quality sleep protects your mental and physical health. There’s no way around it. Get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every night. Try to maintain a regular sleeping pattern.

“If you routinely lose sleep or choose to sleep less than needed, the sleep loss adds up. The total sleep lost is called your sleep debt. For example, if you lose 2 hours of sleep each night, you’ll have a sleep debt of 14 hours after a week.” Read more on this from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

9 work from home tips (make the most of it)

7. Set rules with family 

If you are fortunate enough to have family you live with, setting work ground rules will help you to achieve your goals.

Inform your family about your working times. Ask them to avoid distracting you, unless it an emergency. 

Set all the rules you think will work for you such as asking them to lower the volume from devices if you don’t work well with noise.

When you’ve achieved all you had planned to do from your to-do list, you will feel proud. And have the joy of spending time with your loved ones without thinking about work.

8. Do what works for you

Make it personal.

I have a friend who wears heels while working from home. That’s what she uses to communicate to her brain that it’s work time. 

9. Celebrate your wins

It’s okay to treat yourself like a child in this situation. Be your ever-present cheering squad. 

When you complete a task, do a little dance, get yourself a healthy snack, give yourself a treat.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. 

9 work from home tips (make the most of it)

Are work from home jobs legit?

If you’re in search of a job you can do from home, this question must have crossed your mind. 

Yes, there are many legit/real online jobs out there. 

What plants the doubt in our minds is how we’ve been conditioned to believe that a job is ‘something that you go to.’ I’m here to reframe your mindset. Work is not something that you go to, work is something that you do. This can be done anywhere, which is why domestic chores should be recognized as work and women or moms who work from home should be compensated for it

There’s also the challenge of scammers. For every one legit job, I can bet there are 50+ scams. This is especially so during this pandemic since online scammers know that a lot of people who have been laid off are vulnerable and desperate.

Here is a checklist you can use to avoid getting scammed or ripped off

  • Ask friends about it.

Use social media such as LinkedIn to ask people if they have heard of the company. If yes, ask them to share their experience.

  • Check online reviews.

When people are happy with a company’s service, they leave reviews online. If the negative reviews outweigh the positive, run!

  • Call the recruiter and ask questions.

Ask about the job description, work hours, terms and everything else you need to know to feel secure. Be on the lookout for red flags. If they avoid some questions or give vague answers, don’t sign up.

  • Check their website.

Legit companies have professional websites with contact details, location and even names of employees. If not all, at the very list, there’s a list of top management. Go to LinkedIn and check that these people exist and work in the company.

  • Ask for references.

Ask the recruiter to provide you with current or former employees that you can ask for references. If they don’t have any, unless it’s a start-up, run.

  • Think hard before paying or buying the work from home equipment.

Some legit online job sites ask people to pay a small fee to filter out scammers. However, if you feel like they’re rushing you or asking you to send the money to a person as opposed to the company account, they’re most likely scammers.

Also, ask them about the return policy of the money and equipment. They should have official documents to sign off against.

  • Ask them to provide the equipment you need to work from home.

These include stationery, laptop, mouse and printer. A company should be able to provide this equipment to its employees. 

  • When in doubt, verify the company’s legitimacy.

Check the Better Business Bureau.  

Working from home is a learning process. Eventually, you get it right. Keep showing up at your work desk.

Things to do when your life feels out of control (easy results)

Before you begin going through this epic list, please go to YouTube. 

Search for the song Weightless by Marconi Union. 

Play it in the background as you read this article. 

Staying and working from home felt chaotic during the first two weeks. The two weeks flew by in a flash and I realized that I hadn’t achieved much. I was having a hard time doing basic things such as eating a healthy meal. My anxiety was over the roof.

Have you been feeling the same? 

Staying sane during social distancing has become a mainstream challenge. This situation is new to all of us. 

This article will get you unstuck as I share the 15 tips I’ve tried  that  have moved my mindset from panicking to ‘life is still happening now and I’ve got this!’ 

1. Use a habit tracker

A habit tracker is simply a custom-made calendar where you write a list of productive habits that you want to do daily or every other day. 

This list could include activities such as drinking water, eating a healthy meal, exercise, meditation, taking multivitamins, reading, or work.

Hang the list on your fridge or wall. 

Any time you perform any of the habits, use a colourful highlighter or pen to mark against the habit. 

This has been the most life-changing trick I have used to get things done during this self-isolation period, and I’m planning to keep using it when life gets back to normal. 

This trick works because it makes your achievements, even the smallest ones, visual.

Celebrating yourself every time you perform a habit also encourages you to keep going. It reminds you that no matter how bad things seem on the outside, you can control your here and now.

I learnt through reading James Clear’s Atomic Habits book. It’s a very easy to read and practical book that I highly recommend since you now have time to read all those books you’ve been procrastinating 😉 

Things to do when your life feels out of control (easy results)

Related: Forget your goals, work on your habits.

 

2. Perform a karaoke

If you live alone during this social distancing period, you will often feel lonely. 

To get unstuck, I randomly started playing RnB music with lyrics from the 90s. I use my remote as a microphone and perform for myself. Sometimes I imagine that I’m a star on stage and perform for my imaginary audience. It’s so much fun! 

Learning how to enjoy your own company, to have fun with yourself, is the greatest life hack. We need human connection, but being able to entertain yourself reduces the worry.

You could also do this with your family where everyone picks their favourite song and performs for the rest. Play dress up, give prizes to the most dramatic performer. 

It’s not about how talented you are as a singer, it’s about how much fun you can have to keep the worry away.

3. Cancel subscriptions

Financially, this is the time to keep your expenditure as low as you can. Since we do not know how long this pandemic will be with us, managing your money so that it can stretch for a longer period is important. 

Cancel any subscriptions that are eating into your money. 

Things to do when your life feels out of control (easy results)

4. File for unemployment benefits in your State

Millions of Americans have been laid off due to the pandemic. While it’s a terrible situation to be in and might lead to depending on freebies from relatives, friends and the government, remember it’s okay to ask for and accept help. 

During the COVID-19 period, the federal government allowed states to change their labour laws so that you can access unemployment benefits. 

Through the usa.gov website, you can learn how to apply for these benefits, either temporary or welfare if you lose your job. Every State has it’s procedures to help you apply, so be sure to head on to the website to learn more.

Go ahead and ask for all government assistance programs that are available to you and apply.

Remember that it’s your taxes working for you, don’t be afraid of filing for unemployment and enjoying the benefits.

5. Prioritize your bills

To avoid feeling overwhelmed by bills that are due this month and the coming months, make a list of all the bills. Arrange them in order of importance then start by paying those that are an emergency. 

This will leave you less stressed especially if you prioritize those that your life depends on e.g groceries, rent and medication. 

A lot of people are empathetic during this period, so another trick you could try is calling the organizations that you owe and asking them to extend the payment periods. This will give you a little more time to plan and prioritize. 

Things to do when your life feels out of control (easy results)

6. Build a side hustle

By including your side hustle on the habit tracker mentioned on 1 above, you can put in an hour or a few hours every day to build it. Small changes make a big difference over time.

I have observed that a lot of people are signing up for online courses to stay busy while at home. 

How about you choose a course that teaches you a skill that you can use to build a side hustle? You can later monetize this skill and make some extra dollars! 

There are many online courses available for free right now, including these 450 Ivy League ones. Check them out, put in a few hours per day, and who knows? This might be your big break from job hunting after this is all over.

7. Don’t waste food

Go through your pantry and remind yourself all the spices and condiments that you own. Use these to google for recipes that make use of them. 

Do batch cooking and freeze the extra immediately to ensure that even when you feel overwhelmed or too lazy to cook, you have a healthy meal available for you. 

Also go through your fridge to see which food is about to go bad, and prioritize consuming that first. 

 Remember that boosting your immunity is a priority to help you fight any diseases and infections.

Things to do when your life feels out of control (easy results)

8. Get a list of recipes that work for you

For those of us who are not naturals in the kitchen, the idea of cooking a healthy meal is often avoided by any means possible.

I find myself opening the fridge multiple times trying to figure out what to cook. The conclusion is always “there’s nothing in here that can work”. I end up taking milk and bread. 

Here’s the thing, I realized that by doing this, I’m putting myself in danger. I’m making myself vulnerable to diseases by not eating healthy meals. 

My friend told me to ‘give myself a fighting chance’ by ensuring that I do all that I can protect myself.

Get a list of easy recipes, especially those that you’ve tried in the past. Save them in one folder on your phone or write them down in a notebook. Any time you have to cook, don’t think about what to cook, just use your list. Make your life easier!

 

9. Negotiate debt payments

If you’re in debt, there are a few things you can do during this period. 

Call all organizations or people you owe and ask if they have debt relief services. Explain your situation and ask if they can make any adjustments. 

Can they extend your payment period? Can they stop charging interest for the time being? Can they reduce the interest rate? Can you stop paying for a few months then get back when you have a stable income?

Don’t be afraid to ask. Some institutions are usually receptive to people who are genuine enough to inform them of their situation. 

Informing them might lead to penalties being lifted or penalties that are not too harsh.

Whatever they offer, try and negotiate and try to get the best deal possible. Root for yourself. You can do it 🙂

Things to do when your life feels out of control (easy results)

Related: How to get out of debt

10. Temporarily pause automatic savings and deposits

If you had started your financial wellness journey through saving before the pandemic, congratulations! Honestly, I was stuck in debt for years and worked my way out of it. I know how it feels to make progress with finances. 

If you had automated your savings, it’s okay to call the bank and ask them to pause the automatic savings. This time, having as much cash on you as you can is important as you need to stock up on food, medication and be able to pay for any new expenditures brought about by the pandemic.

It’s a temporary pause to our progress but soon enough, we’ll get back there and amass the wealth. 

11. Use Google calendar to create calling list 

Since video calling is the new normal, you want to make sure you’re checking up on all your family, friends and anyone who’s dear to you.

To ensure you don’t miss anyone, make a list of all the dear ones you need to call. Use the calendar app on your phone to schedule the calls. 

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12. Organize photos on your phone & computer

Do you have a cluttered phone gallery? Screenshots that you’ve been meaning to go through? WhatsApp photos that you need to delete or backup on the cloud? Now is the time! 

Give yourself the gift of a decluttered phone and an organized gallery. You will find some funny photos in there to make you laugh, special memories that were almost forgotten, and embarrassing photos of your friends and family to share!

13. Share old family photos

Be your family’s source of laughter and positivity by sharing old embarrassing photos in the family WhatsApp group. 

You could also create a photo album to print while life is back to normal-how cool!

14. Sleep

I don’t think we’ll ever have an opportunity to stay home for this long in the near future.

Buddy, please sleep! Sleep now so that when we’re back to the hustle, we can reminisce about the 10+ hours of therapeutic sleep we got during the pandemic. 

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15. Do a life review through gratitude

Life might seem to be all doom and gloom right now. But in the past, we all experienced some good moments and accumulated treasured memories. Stay grateful for the past and stay hopeful for the bright future that’s ahead.

Use a journal to write about these memories and to journal about the daily things that you’re grateful for such as having the strength to follow through the list on your habit tracker.

 

For sure, we’ll come out of this pandemic. But since life is still happening now, be responsible for yourself by aiming at getting 1% better every day. This could be mentally, physically or in gaining a new skill. 

Stay safe. Stay home. Stay hopeful. Stay positive. Smile. 🙂

Take a deep breathe and appreciate your new calm mind if you’re still playing Weightless by Marconi Union

How to stay sane during social distancing (easy results)

Hey, buddy!

Have you been feeling confused about the Covid-19 pandemic? You don’t understand what’s going on or how long you might have to stay home? You. Are. Not. Alone.

For the past month, a lot has changed in our world. 

Suddenly, we have to be one meter away from our next-door neighbours. We can no longer hit up our friends for a hangout this eve! We can’t even go out for a meal, groceries or hospital without wearing a mask, gloves and also check the time to ensure we’re not breaking curfews or lockdown laws. Heck! Who knew the best way to protect our grandparents is through not visiting them? 

Since the news started spreading like wildfire, I noticed a few changes in my well being. I slept abnormally long. My mouth was is overly dry. I got easily agitated and I had unending headaches. 

It got worse every time I would go on Twitter and consume more news from all over the world. 

Have you been experiencing the same? If yes, you’re not alone. More and more people are reporting feeling anxious due to the multiple uncertainties brought about by the pandemic.

Two weeks ago I decided that I needed to take control of my mental health during this period. You can do the same too. 

Your main focus during this period should be to stay sane, stay positive and stay alive.

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10 ways to stay sane during social distancing   

1. Follow guidelines from reputable sources

During this period, a lot of people will write conspiracy theories, share information to inflict fear and give information that is not medically approved. 

This by itself is a major source of the anxiety we’re currently experiencing. Protect yourself from such sources and people by blocking them and leaving such social media groups. If you have the right information and energy, call them out. 

Strictly follow guidelines from:

  • Your healthcare professional

In a nutshell, from the 3 above sources, the most important guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting infected are:

    • Clean your hands often for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay home. Avoid being in contact with people. Remember that some people do not have the symptoms and may be able to spread the virus.
    • When going out to get groceries, medicine or other essential services, cover your mouth and nose. It’s also advisable to wear glasses. While doing this, you still have to stay 1 meter away from people.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow while sneezing. You can also use a tissue and dispose properly immediately.
  • Use soap and water to clean surfaces that you touch frequently.

Don’t take my word for it! I’m not a healthcare professional, I got all the above information from the three approved websites listed above. Please visit them for more information. 

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With information from the right sources, you will feel calmer and more positive. All are communicating that yes, we have a pandemic, but together, we shall overcome.

2. Use free professional help to calm your mind 

Using the Calm app or their YouTube channel will help you sleep better, meditate, and be less anxious. 

It used to be a paid app but during this time when the whole world is coming together, it’s free!

What I love most about Calm is that they have several ways to help you calm your mind.

    • Calm Sleep Stories-my fav is Stephen Fry’s ‘Blue Gold’ Oh his soothing voice carries all your anxiety away.
    • 10-minute mindfulness meditations.
    • Soothing nature sounds. These are my go-to while working from home! 
    • Deep breathing exercises
  • They just added a Calm series by Lebron James. Yaaay!

Better still, they’re recommended by mental health professionals.

3. Avoid the news

As mentioned in the beginning, Twitter was my biggest source of anxiety. Opening it meant being looped into all these news sources, some unverified, which left me even more confused. 

Bad news sells and unfortunately, some media houses are using this period to cash in using views.

Protect your sanity by avoiding such sources. 

Alternatively, you can have a time slot during the day to check from the 4 sources mentioned above just so that you don’t miss any government directives such as changes in lockdown hours.

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Muting such sources is a form of self-care.

4. Get moving-dance!

You don’t have to be a natural at dancing. You might even have branded yourself as ‘the one with 2 left feet.’ Well, this the time to dance for no reason, and it doesn’t have to be coordinated! 

If you live alone like me, no one is watching so I don’t mind looking like a newborn calf trying to take its first steps!

Give yourself the gift of feeling livelier and more energetic by trying out ZUMBA!

To ensure that I don’t skip my exercise, I place my sportswear next to my bed before I sleep and wear them when I leave my bed.

I’ve found the best way to stick to a dance fitness exercise routine is through getting an instructor whose teaching style I enjoy and can easily follow 🙂

5. Call your friends and family 

Since we’re social distancing, do the video option.

I learnt recently that WhatsApp allows group calls of up to 4 people. Whoop whoop for the groupies! This is super helpful especially if you have friends who live in a different state or country. 

It’s time to catch up on everything! Relationships, virtual house tours, family, pets, what they’re stocking up, cooking hacks, their fav memes…Go Wild!

While at it, genuinely check on them and talk about how you’re feeling. This is the one time that we should all make vulnerability cool. Clothes and shoes are out!

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Vulnerability and genuine care are the in thing.

6. Chat with your neighbour from the balcony

I saw this cool video of neighbours playing X and Os on a glass door. It left me teary and hopeful. 

We’re all craving for human connection during this time. If you can maintain the social distance while still being playful with neighbours, do it!

My neighbour and I usually talk from our balconies. We both live alone which can get lonely even for introverts. We meet daily at 7 pm and chit chat while checking that we both have enough groceries. 

7. Talk about what you’re feeling

At first, I thought I’m coming down with an illness when I started experiencing the abnormally long sleep, dry mouth and headache. I talk to a friend who is a doctor about it, who reassured me that these feelings are normal during this period. 

He encouraged me to stay in touch with my friends and family while ensuring I have regular emotional check-ins with them.

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8. Play Weightless by Marconi Union

It’s the most relaxing song on earth! The official YouTube video has over 53 million views! This song was constructed to reduce anxiety-and scientists have proved that it reduces anxiety by 65%. It’s the remarkable power of sound therapy. 

When I have trouble sleeping, I usually play the 10-hour version which has always been faithful in calming my mind. Try it! It’s also a super companion while writing or doing work which requires extreme levels of focus.

Here’s what Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson said, “‘Weightless’ was so effective, many women became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous.”

9. Try some free yoga by Adriene!

If you want your body and mind to serve you for long and better, make it a priority to take care of them. Yoga is one way to take care of both. 

Yoga with Adriene is highly recommended. She’s a great instructor and has numerous videos for beginners. She’s also very highly searched online.

If I’m not doing dance exercises as part of my daily routine, I’m usually trying out beginner’s yoga from her Youtube channel.

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10. Remember that the main goal is to stay sane and to stay alive

This is the time to be kind to yourself. Do not beat yourself down if you occasionally worry or are stressed out about the future. 

It’s perfectly okay to come out of this pandemic with few resources such a zero or an almost zero bank balance. 

Show yourself some empathy, and extend it to your family, friends, neighbours and the world 😉

It’s tough for all of us. Reach out, stay positive and intentionally find ways to laugh out loud on a daily basis.  

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13 ways to speed up your personal growth

Knowledge is a lot like your shadow on a sunny day. Once you know something, the knowledge follows you everywhere. This enables you to make wiser decisions at work or life in general.  

If you chose to accumulate knowledge, your life will be amazeballs! This gives me the pleasure to give you not one, but 13 practical ways to improve your life on a daily basis because hey! growth is, and should always be, a non-stop process.

13 ways to speed up your personal growth

  • Before you retire to bed, journal on ‘what I’m I proud of today?’

This habit will communicate to your brain to focus on working on things that make you proud.  It will also help you to stay disciplined because it’s a constant reminder of what matters to you. It feels great to retire to bed having accomplished things that you are proud of. With time, you will notice that you’ll be happier and your self-esteem will skyrocket. Your self-esteem rises when you’re disciplined.

I borrowed this concept from one of the greatest writers, Haruki Murakami who is also a marathon runner. He uses this journaling concept every day to write down his thoughts about his running routine. Daily, he writes on what he did well when running such as proper breathing, distance covered and time taken.

He also writes on what he should have done better and uses this knowledge to continuously improve his running skill.

Imagine how beautiful this process of modelling your best life through improving the person you were yesterday would be for you too!

Habit to develop: Journaling

  • Focus on a single task till it’s complete

As much as multitasking often looks like a superpower, it turns out, it doesn’t work.

Multitasking affects your productivity. Instead, learn to focus on a single task, work on it until it’s complete, then move to the next one.

Unfortunately, we live in a world full of distractions, the most dangerous one being social media addiction.

To learn how to focus and also beat procrastination, I used the Pomodoro Technique  which involves using a timer to break down your work into 25 minutes intervals, separated by short breaks (5 and 15 minutes).

The intervals are referred to as Pomodoros. With time, I have developed a strong focus habit and can easily do an hour uninterrupted work. The idea is to start small and to build up to a level where you can do deep and meaningful work for long periods of time.

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Habit to develop: Focusing on a single task for at least 25 minutes.

RELATED: If it doesn’t suck. It’s not worth doing.

  • Make self-love a part of your daily or weekly routine

When you feel good and love yourself, it’s easier to feel motivated. The self-love pushes you to worker so as to make a better future for yourself. In that case, make self-love a part of your lifestyle just like sleeping and eating is.

Create a self-love/care routine that you undertake often as a way to remind yourself that you love yourself deeply. That you’re your biggest cheerleader and that you want the best for your future.

These activities can be as simple as signing up for a dance class, a pedicure, manicure or like me, hiking a hill/mountain every week.

Make a list of activities that fill you with loads of happiness or laughter. Then deliberately add them to your schedule.

Be very specific about this. Complete this statement On X and X days, I will do X for X amount of time as a way of showing myself some mega love.

It’s important to do this as what gets scheduled, gets done.

Habit to develop: Intentional  self-love and self-care.

  • Reward or punish yourself when you do/don’t follow through with your commitments

Let’s face it, we’re no longer children  so there’s no more time out from mummy. As much as this is an awesome thing, it can also be a bad thing if you don’t actively take charge of your progress or failures.

Some time back I read the book ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma and it talked about this guy who’d punish himself by stepping on ice-cold water for a few minutes every time he didn’t follow through with his commitments.

Don’t be that extreme, but find a way of punishing yourself when you don’t live up to your commitments. Personally, I deny myself a cappuccino (I’m a serious caffeine addict) from my favourite coffee shop when I fail to do my job!

Consequently, reward yourself when you do a stellar job! This habit is a way to communicate with your brain on what is right and what is wrong. With time, it’ll be easier to work on your goals. Parent yourself!

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Habit to develop: Reward and punish system.

  • Demand better from yourself

I often summon weekly meetings between me, myself and I to discuss my progress, to celebrate my wins and to remind myself that I can do better in areas where I’m failing.

How about you steal this awesome habit from me? See how awesome you’ll be after a few months reminding yourself that you can’t keep half-assing your life. Go. Do. Be!

RELATED: How to invest in yourself

  • Copy people who inspire you

Don’t try to figure out every direction in life when you have compasses around you in the form of successful people. Successful people have figured life out. Why suffer? Steal their habits with pride.

Are you interested in investing? Read Warren Buffet’s books on the same.

Copy people who are reachable or accessible. Your family, workmates, neighbours, friends. The easiest way is to ask them about the productive habits they’ve cultivated to get where they are. You’ll see how easy it’ll be to get free and quality advice because people love talking about their favourite subject; themselves!

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  • Get a productive hobby

The easiest way to make fast progress is to make learning a normal and daily habit.

Learn a language, join a Zumba (or any dance class), learn how to draw, learn a new board game. Whatever tickles your fancy; just make sure your brain is being put to work.!

Any artistic hobby keeps you happy, makes your brain sharp and enhances your learning ability in other areas. 

  • Exercise

Apart from being in good shape, preventing many diseases and feeling energetic, exercise will leave you feeling better and happier.

When you feel better, you do better.

RELATED: How to restart your exercise habit.

  • Jump out of your comfort zone

You can’t afford to walk or crawl out of your comfort zone. In fact, you can sprint out of it, the better. You don’t have the luxury of playing small with your life this year. I wrote an excellent article to help you leave your comfort zone. Have a pleasant read!

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Habit to develop: Take up more challenging tasks.

  • Ask for feedback, and listen

Do you want to improve a certain are in your life? Do you want to improve your writing skills? Reading skills? Want to better manage your money? Get a promotion at work? Cultivate a new habit? Get an expert and ask for feedback.

Then sit still and listen.

Don’t ask for feedback then partially listen with the intention of answering. This is especially useful in a work setting. You will learn how to better navigate the work environment, and climb the ranks of leadership.

Related: How to handle constructive criticism at the workplace

Habit to develop: Listen to understand and to learn. Don’t focus on replying. You learn more through listening.

  • Get a mentor

We’re lucky to live in a world where technology means you can get access to people who are miles away.

Reach out to a mentor online and connect with them via email or other social media platforms.

The point is, get yourself a mentor either in real life or online.

This tip is very much related to the fact that you shouldn’t struggle to figure everything on your own if you can get the life hacks from other successful people.

The beautiful thing about this is that successful people are pro other people’s success. Which means they’ll inspire you to be better.

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Habit to develop: Speak to an expert when you need help or when in need of a second opinion.

  • Take charge of what you read

People in the media are in the business of writing stories that sell, no matter how controversial the stories are.

We are living in a dangerous era of click baits which means that if you don’t take charge of what you consume online, you’re bound to consume trash.

You are what you read. Reading affects the quality of your thoughts.

Research on the authors that you read, check their online ratings and if you can, take it further by challenging the author through coming up with your own thoughts on the topic.

Habit to develop: Read a few pages of a book every day. Check online to see what people say about the author. Take care of your brain by consuming the right stuff.

  • Come up with a list of affirmations that you use when the going gets tough

Sometimes, life won’t be rosy. Sometimes you’ll think you can’t survive through the storm.

During such times, you will need ways to remind yourself that you’re still a strong, gorgeous human who can survive through the toughest times.

Come up with a list of affirmations. For example, you can use ‘I am awesome’ ‘I am strong’ ‘I am the world’s greatest’ ‘I will live through this’.

Be your greatest cheerleader and believe in yourself!

Habit to develop: Look at yourself in the mirror every day and remind yourself of how strong you are. Affirm yourself and remind yourself that you can live through tough times.

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Conclusion

You can create beautiful routines/systems or habits that will lead you towards a fulfilling and productive life. How about you start today? Tell us in the comment section which of the above tips worked for you!

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12 practical ways to improve yourself

Are you happy with your life as it is? If no, congratulations! This article will get you unstuck.

If yes, congratulations too! I’m sure you’re here because you are a lifelong learner. There’s always a new way to be better and do better.

Would you be happy with yourself if 5 years from now you are the same person? No new adventures, no improvement in your finances, stuck in the same routine. Still doing the same unsatisfying job. Living the same kind of boring life. Stressed about the same things. Stuck with the same unsupportive friends.

Take a moment and imagine these scenarios. If you cringed and thought ‘Nah ah! I’m better than this! I’m made of more!’ Then, I’m sure you’re ready to take charge of your super sweet 5 year outcomes.

What does it mean to improve yourself?

If you walk into a bookstore, you will find hundreds if not thousands of books on this topic.

Every time you’re online, you’ll bump into blog posts and sound bites on the same.

It’s increasingly (or it has always been!) a mainstream thing. And as much as you may feel overwhelmed by all this content, you can’t afford to ignore it because there’s no joy or victory in remaining the same person or even worse, becoming worse off!

12 practical ways to improve yourself

Self-improvement means becoming better at something. Which in this case, the ‘something’ has to be positive.

It’s possible to find yourself getting worse over the years, for example getting into deeper debt.

Self-improve is, therefore, progress in the right direction. You will get better and faster results in your self-improvement journey if you are self-aware.

Related What does it mean to self-improve?

Ways self-improvement can change your life

  • Brings new opportunities

Self-improvement will make you realize that you have great potential in you. That you can achieve anything you dedicate yourself towards.

You will also learn that successful people got there by consistently improving on who they are. This belief system will motivate you to do more, work harder, which will lead you to meet better people who will introduce you to more opportunities.

  • It will skyrocket your self-esteem

Confident people are contagious.

You’re more likely to trust a confident person than one who isn’t. If you dedicate yourself to becoming a reader, your esteem will be better as all the knowledge in you will give you the confidence to speak better, do better, and express yourself more clearly. 

12 practical ways to improve yourself

 

  • You’ll be high on inspiration

Learning what odds and obstacles other people overcame to be successful will teach you that you too, no matter who you are or where you come from, you can succeed. You’ll also learn that everyone has challenges, it’s your perception that will make or break you.

  • When you know better, you do better

When you know how big a change a small improvement every day can bring in your life, you get committed to making small changes every day.

  • You appreciate yourself more

Here you are, a beautiful and unique individual. Full of life, full of dreams and ambitions, dedicated to bettering yourself.

No one else is an exact copy of you.

Self-improvement will make you wake up every day believing and knowing that you’re a gift to the world!

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  • You’ll be more grateful and happier

If the only thing you manage to accomplish for the next few days is carrying with you a feeling of gratitude, you will have succeeded.

  • You will learn to be more resilient

Resilient people push past discomfort. People with grit bounce back when they hit rock bottom.

No matter how scared they feel, they keep going. They execute projects even if all odds are against them.

Self-improvement will keep reminding you that no matter how tough the going gets, you’re tougher. And you got it in you to succeed!

12 Practical ways to improve yourself

1. Follow through on your commitments

Let’s be honest here. How many years (yes, not hours) of your life have you wasted through starting projects that you never finish?

And, how many more years are you willing to pour down the drain in the future?

If I was limited to write about just one self-improvement tip, this would be it. If you decide to do something, get it done!

There’s a lot of research that shows that people are happier when they follow through with their commitments. Yes, your self-esteem largely depends on this one self-improvement tip.

Doubt it? Even Bill Gates lists this as his biggest source of happiness.

12 practical ways to improve yourself

Every time you practice self-discipline, your self-esteem rises. – Anonymous

2. Forget your goals, work on your habits

If you have a plan for your life and you consistently stick to it, life gets better. Unlike when you depend on luck or just writing down big audacious goals without small steps (systems) on how to achieve them.

As James clear states in his book, Atomic Habits, ‘winners and losers have the same goals.’ It’s your habits that matter. I wrote a beautiful article on the same. Head here to learn more.

3. Don’t just read, be a reader

There’s some crazy magic that happens when you give yourself a positive identity even if you haven’t gotten there yet.

Next time someone asks you to talk about yourself, don’t say that you read, say you’re a reader.

Don’t: I’m trying to be a writer

Do: I’m a writer

Don’t: I’m trying to save money.

Do: I’m a minimalist/finance expert.

Apply this in everything you are and aspire to be. And that, smart human, are 2 ways in one to improve yourself.

12 practical ways to improve yourself

Read many quality books for both fun and knowledge. Give yourself a smart person identity and live up to it.

Related How to cultivate a reading culture

4. Pin a ‘100 opportunities challenge’ board in your room

In 2018, I was almost drowning in a pool of low self-confidence. All the jobs, conferences, fellowships or internships I applied to, I got rejected.

I was beginning I to entertain the thought that I wasn’t smart enough. Then I came up with a brilliant idea to pin a flipchart in my room and list down 100 opportunities I’d pursue in 2019.

I started with 10 and I’ve been adding more as the year progresses. I’m at 25 as we speak.

The idea is to not stop applying until I get accepted. Until I get to 100, I will not entertain any negative thoughts!

Try it and tell us how it goes!

5. Take up a new online course-and do it till the end!

Did you know that Havard University offers certified free online courses that are self-paced and that you can do at the comfort of your home or office? What more could you ask for?

6. Declutter-both people and stuff!

Get rid of toxic people in your life. As they say, ‘you’re an average of the 5 people you spend your time with.’

Stick with the progressive and positive gang only.

Similarly, owning too much stuff, especially stuff you do not use affects your mental health. A clear mind requires a clean and well-organized place.

We’ll not even talk about the negative financial effects that come up with owning too much stuff.

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If you buy things you do not need, you will soon sell things you need. – Warren Buffet

7. Face your fears

Well, I’m yet to face my fear of snakes. I can’t bring myself to go to a snake park. I often have anxiety attacks when I’m in the forest when I imagine the possibility of coming across one!

However, I’m aware of this fear and I’m working towards overcoming it. Recently, I realized I can look at photos of some snakes without freaking out.

What do you fear? Be deliberate about breaking away from that mental prison.

8. Create or own an asset

You have to own something to build wealth. It doesn’t matter what it is. A blog. Stocks in a company. A piece of land.  A business. Podcasts.

In the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki teaches about minding your own business. 

If you are an employee in a company, do your work diligently but every single day, dedicate at least 4 hours towards minding your own business.

This means building your side hustle, blog, book, researching and building your stocks portfolio etc.

When you leave that job or worse still if you get fired, you will still be an owner of something, and you will be closer to your financial freedom.

9. Get excellent at your skills

Are you still swimming in a pool of average performers? Jump out now!

Being average is no longer acceptable. You’re either excelling or failing. Not ‘sort of making of making it, trying to make it, thinking about doing it’.

No, improve your skills and charge a premium while at it!

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Being average is no longer acceptable.

10. Demand better from yourself

The beautiful thing about life is that you can’t lie to yourself.

You know deep down that you can do better than you are doing right now.

To improve yourself, you need to start by being accountable to yourself and demanding better from yourself.

Look in the mirror and get real with yourself.

When I fall into the laziness trap, I often have conversations with me, myself and I and remind myself that if I keep going down this path, I’ll be poor at 30.

This freaks me out and gets my ass off the couch. What real talk do you give yourself to get moving?

11. Respect your most valuable asset, time

There are only as many days in a year as you use them.

Yes, you don’t have 365 days in a year. You only have the number of days you use productively. Get moving.

12. Learn a new language

You do not exist in a vacuum. Or live in your country or continent alone, do you?

You need to learn other people’s and cultures and languages for you to thrive. It will be easier to network with people who speak the language you choose to learn.

People are often impressed and humbled if you speak their language, even if you’re not fluent.

Better still, if you choose to use Duolingo for this, you will learn the art of consistency! Which basically connects to tip one above.

Conclusion

Self-improvement is gradual. You succeed by slowly incorporating small new habits every day. Then, the concept of compounding will take place and with time, you’ll experience stellar results.

 

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