What to do if you still have to work from home due to Covid-19

Source: What to do if you still have to work from home due to Covid-19 – Towards A Better Life

Covid-19 has made work from home the new normal. Find out what you should do if your return to office has been indefinitely postponed.

It has been a long time since countless people were forced to work from home, after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world in 2020. It does not seem to end soon, and approximately 86 percent of remote workers have already reported high levels of burnout.

This article outlines simple actions you may take to make remote work a more enjoyable and productive experience.

Keep your workplace apart from the rest of your house, if you work from home. Due to this you will be able to concentrate on your work and boost your productivity. Natural light has been found in studies to increase productivity and decrease sleepiness. If you get very nervous or upset as you are in a tight space, shift your desk closer to a window or decorate it to let in more natural light.

Given below are three ways to refresh your Work from Home area, if your return to the workplace has been postponed forever due to Covid-19.

The most important thing is to check that you have an ergonomic workstation

Working from home with restricted movement can be taxing on your eyes, wrists, neck, and back. This can adversely affect your health.

Dr. Nina Geromel, a physical therapist in Milwaukee, has helped numerous clients reduce body aches while working from home by advising them to take three simple actions.

First, from your typical seating position, glance at your monitor and extend your arms straight out in front of you. Geromel advises that your fingertips should not be any closer or further away from the screen, or you will strain your eyes.

Another fast test from Geromel that can assist with neck and back pain is to stare straight ahead while sitting at your desk and ensure your eyes land on your PC monitor’s top border. Geromel claims that our natural sight is roughly 20 degrees down from our eyes, therefore this test assures that your screen is neither too high or low.

Geromel also recommends examining your elbows to ensure they are bent to around 90 degrees, or slightly more, so your forearms are angled down toward your keyboard.

Set your limits

According to Amy Tokos, president of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, we’ve been restricting ourselves to these confined places where we’re working, living, and doing everything during the pandemic. There is no clear distinction between work and non-work… Our brain is always juggling these competing thoughts.

Tokos says if you work from home you should keep a separate notepad in your desk to jot down all non-work-related thoughts and tasks that come to mind. You should then stash it away until your work is finished.

Tokos also recommends purchasing a hanging file rack and noise-cancelling headphones that light up when in use to improve focus and organisation. The latter lets those at home know when you’re on a work call or can’t be bothered.

Many people do not have the money (or the space) for a private at-home office, but there are still methods to divide your workspace from the rest of your home. To create visual boundaries, engineer and design expert Isabelle LaRue suggests using curtains, a bookcase, a panel screen divider, or furniture you already own, such as a couch.

It’s critical to have a dedicated work zone in your home so that when you’re there, you’re completely focused on work and when you leave, you’re done working.

The last but not least important thing is to remember to let in the light 

Working in a windowless space with no light quickly stifles creativity. Several studies have found that sitting near a window with natural light increases productivity while decreasing tiredness. LaRue recommends moving your workstation to a window if you’re feeling constrained in your current setting. She says the view might not be spectacular, but having more visual flexibility can make you happier.

If working near a window isn’t an option, LaRue suggests decorating with bright colours, placing mirrors on the wall, or purchasing a few plants to brighten up the space.

She goes on to say that you can even set up a little grow station on your desk or a shelf with a lamp. Anything green or bright helps to give the impression that you’re outside in the sun, even if you’re not.

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Learn these 5 lessons in life early not to regret later – Towards A Better Life

Some lessons are learnt only after we have passed a certain stage in life. Learn these 5 lessons in life early in life so that you won’t have to regret before it’s too late.

Life teaches you many lessons, but it’s only wise that you learn some lessons when  you are still young. You should learn these lessons when you are young  enough to apply them. The problem with wisdom, and life lessons in general, is that we only learn them after we’ve needed them.

Given below are 5 lessons in life which if you learn early will save you from regretting when it’s too late to put them into action.

One of those lessons says “It is better to invest in relationships than in mutual funds.”

Many people place a higher value on friends than on family. The same people regret doing so when their mates and buddies abandon them. I believe that it is preferable to invest in both family and friends rather than mutual funds or businesses. Because the happiness you will receive in return for investing in relationships is something that money can never bring.

Source: Learn these 5 lessons in life early not to regret later – Towards A Better Life

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Comments can be a great source of content ideas

Every blogger looks for a steady source of content ideas, but I think that source is right there on your site. I had joined WordPress Blogging University’s course on blogging fundamentals when I had started blogging. During that course, I was advised to create an article from the comments that I make on other people’s posts. Now I am making posts from the lovely comments I receive on my articles.

We all get comments on our posts and in response all we say is “Thank you for your kinds words” or just “Thanks for your comment.” I believe we can go a step further in expressing that gratitude by creating an article from a really wise comment and give credit to the person who made the comment. And that is something I am doing again in this article, and I really hope other bloggers do the same. I think that by doing so you will never run out of content ideas for your blog and start getting more interaction on it.

I have created today’s article from a beautiful comment that I received from another blogging friend who owns The Hummingbird’s Journal and who seems to have liked the idea that I have discussed above.

My blogging friend had actually made a comment on my post Life is how you make it. The post was about being grateful to God for even the small happiness He has bless us with. The post even had this motivational video in it.

 

In response to that post my friend who owns The Hummingbird’s Journal had commented: I agree with Ms Hilda, it’s important to appreciate the little things in life. I think it’s a great idea what you did to showcase words of wisdom from a comment that you received. My fav part of the video is looking at situations differently, instead of thinking about how a difficult situation is holding you back, to think of ways it can help you move one forward instead.

I think my friend was 💯% right. Life is full of adversities for some people, while it might have been served on a platter for a few others or so it seems. But, I believe that whatever the case may be, we should refuse to get stuck in a situation.We should never give up. One of the ways of doing so is to find a solution to the situation and start acting upon it. That way you will build up an inner strength called resilience and never become a loser whatever happens in your life.

Finally, let me say that we need to understand that we just can’t take all the time. Sometimes we should also give back what we have received and creating posts from the kind comments that we receive and giving the person credit is one way of doing it.

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Things to do for your future self to be grateful for

The image asks you to build your future by making your own path w

I am 50 and the word might say I have got nothing more to do for my future. But, I would like to remind you there is no age to live a better and happier life. And there are many things to do for which your future self will thank you.

I have just found an article which shows that.

The article titled ‘7 Things You Can Do Now That Your Future Self Will Thank You For’ says:

What thoughts come to mind when you consider your future?
Consider your life 5 or 10 years ago; has it turned out the way you anticipated it would?
Are you the person you imagined yourself to be?
Your decisions today will influence your future.
Even though we are usually advised to live in the moment and not worry about the future, planning and devising tactics to improve your future life is essential.
However, don’t let it consume you to the point where it interferes with your daily life.
After all, if you believe in fate, what is meant to be will be.
But it can’t hurt to make decisions that will help you build your future or become the person you want to be, can it?

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Be your own best friend for a better and happier life

A person should always strive to make his/her relationship with his creator, whom we all call God, the best one. You can do this by believing in the Creator and always being grateful to Him and seeking His forgiveness. But, after that you should be your own best friend. This does not mean that I am asking you to be selfish. In fact, you should look at self-care and self-love as necessary for a better and happier life. Only a best friend would try to help you deal with all the troubles of life. Best friends can predict each other’s moods as they know each other inside and out. You can do the same, as your own best friend. Moreover, a best friend always try to help you evolve as a better person so that you can deal with whatever face in life. The more you learn to become a better person, the better you will be able to deal with anything that comes your way in life. Better Life Info will help you do just that you live a better and happier life. Continue reading

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What will happen when you are true to yourself

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Why being true yourself is important

Being true to yourself is one of the best things you can do in life. It is essential if you want better and happier life for yourself. Doing so will free you from the shackles of unduly caring about what others will think in matters that are fully related to your own self and your growth. It will also help you achieve true happiness. Just remember not to hurt the feelings of others in your search for that happiness. As doing otherwise will project you as a selfish person.

Six things that will happen when you are true to yourself

The One Almighty God has created us all with unique qualities, and hence all lives matter. But, in your journey through life, a lot of things influence your personality. Society, in particular, has expectations of you and what you should aspire to be. And if you try to fit into the mold, you can easily lose your individuality in the process. You will try to do things similar to what everyone else is doing – scared of what others will think if you did them differently.

This tendency to conform is caused by the Fear of Missing Out(FOMO). It could also be because humans are social creatures, and we usually want to fit in and be liked by others. But, what would happen if you decided to embrace your individuality and become true to youself.

Being true to yourself means embracing who you are, what things make you unique, knowing what you like and dislike, what you stand for, as well as your worth. If you can’t be yourself, who else would you be? And why would you want to be anything other than yourself when your life could be so much easier and better when you are your authentic self?

The below given articles contain a few things that will happen to you once you embrace being unapologetically yourself.

Read more: https://feedyourmindscuriosity.wordpress.com/2021/04/22/6-things-that-happen-to-you-when-you-are-unapologetically-yourself/

Original article on https://fablifeinfo.com/index.php/2021/04/22/what-will-happen-when-you-are-true-to-yourself/

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Create a morning ritual for success

Just yesterday, I had shared an article titled, Be prepared for success with the first decision of your day; Eat that frog, in which I had written that the first decision of your day can make or mar your day. The article I am sharing with you today contains a video shows you how to create a ritual at the start of your day that will set you up for success. Whatever morning ritual you create always remember 1) Thank God for yet another day; 2) never skip your breakfast.

Source: Create a morning ritual – Life And Crime Stories

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Be prepared for success with the first decision of your day; Eat that frog – Nice and Fab Deals

Your brain is like a blank slate when you rise up in the morning. The first thing you write on it and the first thing you do after waking up can make or mar your day. It can also help you gear up for success.

One of the best things to do when you wake up is to thank God for adding another day in your life. The very first thing I as a Muslim have been taught is a special prayer through which I thank God for bringing me to life again after a whole night of sleep which is akin to death. In doing so I take the vital decision of expressing gratitude to the Almighty and gratitude as I told you in my earlier post Gratitude the best attitude leads to an increase in blessings and bounties.

Here’s a key question: how do you wake up in the morning? Let’s say you’re snuggled in the cozy darkness of your bed languishing in a blissful state of relaxation when you’re rudely awakened by an alarm. You open your eyes and then…you make your first decision of the day. Will you turn off your alarm, choose to get up, brew some coffee, and slay the day? Or will you choose procrastination? Will you press the snooze button and stay in bed for 5 more minutes, ten more minutes, or one more hour? If you do this you are making a wrong decision even before your day has started.

Another good thing among the first that you do in the day is to have a good breakfast. It will give you the strength and energy to succeed in all that you do in your day.

Unequivocally, the first decision you make in the morning either makes or breaks your mood and productivity for the whole day.

 

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One of the best books I have read on the subject of starting your day on the right note by stopping procrastination is

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Author: Brian Tracy, who is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.

Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined.

Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 55 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.

In the book, Brian Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline and determination. This life-changing book will ensure that you get more of your important tasks done—today!

The book says: There just isn’t enough time for everything on our to-do list—and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs.

There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re done with the worst thing you’ll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task—but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life. Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively.

Source: Be prepared for success with the first decision of your day; Eat that frog – Nice and Fab Deals

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Learn not to procrastinate

I had recently shared an article titled Did lockdown teach us something?, where I had requested comments on what we have learnt from the lockdown which started a year ago. In response to my request, a member of my blogging community, who owns the blog Hill Study Center had commented, “It has taught me not to procrastinate. If there’s anything I need to do, I have to work on it for I never know what will happen the next day to stop me.”

This post is about just that “learning not to procrastinate” where you will find an article with more than 10 ways to stop procrastination.

While looking for an article on the topic that I can present to my to my readers, I came across an article called Balancing Life’s Tasks. In that article I found two noteworthy statements: “We must organize our needs and desires, otherwise we will anxiously live our lives treading water aimlessly,”, and “Before doing big things, make sure you take care of the little things first.” The complete article is given below.

https://garrettlivingood.wordpress.com/2021/03/10/audiobook-vs-procrastination-vs-prioritization/

Here is the article with 11 practical ways to help you stop procrastination:

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/11-practical-ways-to-stop-procrastination.html

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Remove clutter for better health

Being organized is key to a stress-free and healthy life, as removing clutter can lead to better mental and physical health. You feel more in control of things around you and it removes dust particles and toxins from the air, which can improve allergy symptoms and overall wellness. 

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