Tips That Can Help Boost Your Level of Motivation

Tips That Can Help Boost Your Level of Motivation

3 Mistakes You Might Be Making While You Communicate With Others

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Learning how to communicate well is so important for men and women alike. It will be beneficial in the workplace, at home, and in all of your relationships. This is why every person should take the time to objectively look at things that they are doing to cause distress when they communicate. Here are a couple common mistakes that people make while communicating. 1. Thinking Of Their Response Instead Of Listening One of the worst things you can do be thinking of your response while you are suppose to be listening to someone else. If you start thinking of what you are going to say next, then you are not really listening to them. You are formulating your response in your head, while you should be trying to understand what the person is saying. This may require you taking more time to think about what you want to say next. For example, you might be talking to someone and since you were listening it may take a couple moments of silence between each interchange for you to think. You can say something like, “that was a good point, let me think about how I feel about that” or “I need some time to process what you just said.” These kinds of statements let the person know that you really listened to them. 2. Not Listening To The Undertones Some people have a hard time saying what they mean. For example, you spouse may be angry about you forgetting to pick up something at the store, when what they are really saying is that they don’t feel like you care about them enough to listen. Sometimes people don’t say what they mean. Instead, of being defensive, try to step back and figure out what the person is feeling. 3. Not Saying Directly What You Want When talking to someone it is best if you can try to be direct in your communication. Instead of hinting that you would like to come in later the next day, be direct and straightforward in your request. This way it clears up any uncertainty that could lead to an argument later. Just because you are being direct doesn’t mean that you have to be rude. You can be direct and straightforward in a kind and non-threatening way. You are just being honest about what you need and what you feel. These are just a couple things that you can do to improve your communication. For more information, consult a communication skills...

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How The Japanese Concept Of Kaizen Can Help You Stop Procrastinating

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Procrastination is a well-known issue that stops many people from reaching their full potential. According to some statistics, about 20 percent of the total population procrastinates to some extent, and that number is 4 times larger than it was 30 years ago. However, a philosophy originating in Japan called Kaizen may be just the thing you need to overcome the tendency to put things off and help you get things done. What is Kaizen? In Japanese, Kaizen means “change for better”. Though it doesn’t specifically translate as such, it is often associated with the philosophy of continuous improvement through incremental steps. The concept originated in the 1950s as part of a collaborative program between America and Japan to help improve the Japanese economy and has been partially responsible for the country’s success in manufacturing and similar industries. With Kaizen, the goal is to optimize a process or system by consistently making small improvements to it. Over time, these small improvements add up and result in a highly effective system that helps the person or company produce more and/or at a higher quality. Using Kaizen to Overcome Procrastination There are many theories as to why people procrastinate, but one that frequently comes up is individuals may be overwhelmed by the projects at hand. The procrastinator looks at the goal and sees a big venture that needs to be completed (often) in a short period of time and may feel like it’s just too much. To alleviate the anxiety, the person may do other things (checking email, playing on social media) while working up the courage to get started. Using the philosophy of Kaizen, you can overcome this feeling of overwhelm by breaking down the goal into its tiniest parts and then focusing only on completing each small task until the entire project is finished. For instance, say you have to write a technical manual for your company. You could start by dividing the goal into smaller parts such as: Research Writing Editing Then you would look at each section and break down that task into even smaller parts. For instance, under writing you could have: Outline book Write first draft Check facts The “write first draft” task could be broken down even further to weekly, daily, and even hourly word count goals. The idea is to reduce the larger goal into more manageable parts that aren’t so intimidating. Writing a 50,000-word technical manual may seem like too much, but writing 500 words per day for 100 days is doable. This technique can be used to achieve almost any goal, and all it takes is a willingness to think small. Try it today to increase your personal effectiveness and overcome procrastination to achieve new heights in your life and career. For further assistance, contact motivational professionals, such as those from Sources of...

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