Well, working from home, while sitting in your pajama’s….it’s quiet a pleasurable job as well as for some a bit difficult one too. This new term is coined in the dictionary as “Mumpreneur.” (and their counterpats as Dadpreneur)
Working at professional jobs prior to marriages or becoming a mom and later being made redundant to stay at home is at times a killing frustration to many women. Yet to many women, it’s not a choice. Everyone has three kinds of life, a social, a personal as well as a secret life. Women too have their personal lives and dreams, which they ought to fulfill. Some get support from husband and family and gain their professional jobs back but for others things fall bit apart. But anyhow they don’t need to shatter their dreams and die out of frustration. The thing is some of them have to change their professions but some can regain into the same professions depending on the work they choose and love to do.
They can have better options in the best environment, i.e. working in their pajamas from their home as well as looking after their kids. But here’ a little drawback as Lisa Kanarek, founder of working naked.com says, “when you start working from home, you’re stripped of any support you may have had in your corporate job, including an administrative assistant, technical staff and co-workers to help you brainstorm. In other words, you’re left naked.”
With the integration of technology and innovation into our work and home lives, there are so many possible combinations of working environment for Moms (and Dads too.) Working from home gives you a lot of comfort and you can take care of your kids as well. As it is the mother who can nurture a child in the best way and no other one can. Leaving your child in a child care or with a nanny is far more unsafe and risky when we hear and read so many improper caring activities in news today. One can manage her home responsibilities as well as can work in the best time suited to her and that too in the comfort of her pajamas.
For some people it can be difficult to work from home but for me it’s the easiest and the pleasurable task I can have being a mom. You just have to develop certain habits and follow certain tricks. You have to make your habits so easy that you can’t say no. When people ask, “do you work somewhere? And what you do whole day at home”, it’s quiet annoying, but if you work from home you have a double dip, you can possibly say yes I work and working at home with all comforts and looking after your kids.
Make a different mindset if you are really passionate to work. It’s the mindset to work which gives you energy and enthusiasm to work and never makes you tired. It’s only the lazy mindset of not to work which keeps making excuses and stops you to work and create hindrance.
Working from home has some prons and cons as any other things can have. While working from home you can save lot of time you spend while commuting, you can look after your kids, you don’t have to work 9 to 5 ignoring all other duties, you save on commuting costs, etc. On the other hand you have many distractions too while being at home, may be from the family members or your kids, or someone visiting your home or may be phone calls and sometimes you yourself being lazy.
For moms it’s a bit difficult to wake up and start your work early morning as they are responsible for many works before they can just peep out for their personal preferences. They had to prepare breakfast, make get ready preparations for husbands, make kids ready for schools and feed them at intervals if they are infants or toddlers before they can think to work for themselves. But if you have a mindset to work, no one can stop you, but for that you have to follow certain habits and tricks.
Here are few of them:
1. Early rising: Early rising gives you the extra time which everyone is not provided for, it’s always a choice. When the world is calm and peaceful and your mind is clear, your mind produces more creative thoughts and you can work more productively and produce results. With The 7 Minute Life you can take small steps every day, that translate into big life changes, says Allyson Lewis, the founder of the7minutelife.com. Waking 7 minutes earlier each day can give you time to plan your day and provide you extra time than others. Even the successful people like Richard Branson, President Obama and the PM Narendra Modi have the same time which you have, they only manage their activities well within those given hours.
2. Some exercise and meditation: Keep yourself healthy, drink lots of water and take out time for some exercise, walk and meditation as you remain in your home, so go out and inhale some fresh air.
3. Follow 5 before 11: This deceptively simple practice of achieving 5 high value tasks everyday before 11 a.m. is incredibly powerful. In fact, this one practice alone can easily double your productivity.
4. Preparing well in advance: Plan your day a night before. For moms plan for the breakfast a night before.
5. Be a learner: Keep learning from the other work at home workers and keep looking what works for them and how can it work for you. Some tasks are to be multitasked and some to be prioritized in order to produce more in less time. Keep the thinking process on the go.
6. Organizing wardrobes: So that you don’t waste time choosing your apparels and accessories, however being at home you don’t need to care much on this area.
7. Organize things: There should be a place for everything and everything should be in it’s place – so that the things are found in case of requirements and you don’t waste time finding them.
8. Develop habits: Make certain habits to sit for work that you can’t say no – like taking a cup of coffee or tea after lunch and sitting at your workplace in a mood to work.
9. Be prepared for some mishaps: Sometimes multitasking – Co-working with kids is sometimes fun and sometimes distractions, be prepared to be interrupted and sometimes your work to be spoiled. Make your infants and toddlers so comfortable that they play well and don’t panic, cry and interrupt or arrange a baby sitter. However, toddlers can help you a lot by their mini acts.
10. Prioritize and focus on your goals and activities: Make it work. Be focused and finish one task at a time before you leap on another one. There are people who start one task and then bounce to another one almost completing around 95% to 98% of the previous one in order to get perfect. There is nothing perfect as such. I was the perfect example of that. Finally, I made myself focused and now can achieve the results. Some days I’m more productive than others, but overall I’m more productive than I used to be.
11. Schedule your work time: Set office hours and make your naptime your work-time. Schedule your work around your child’s nap time or another caretaker’s schedule, so that you can work uninterrupted.
12. Don’t plan to work all day: Carve out some time to be just mom of your kid – Go for a walk or visit your kids friend or take your kid out to a park or a play zone as kids play and learn with the kids more than with elders. Mother is the only best teacher for a kid, so just cherish your days with your kid.
13. Just enjoy what you do: Live in present and enjoy what you do, don’t panic and get frustrated if you can’t work enjoy being a mom as your kid is not going to remain the kid forever and this time in not going to come back again, cherish it with your kids.
14. Make time to relax too and take out a little time for yourself: If you are working all the time, you are actually not working. Make time for yourself, take out some time to relax and stretch, which will help you both physically and mentally, think about the progress of your work, think and plan about the next actions, make yourself cool and take proper naps as required by the biological needs of your body.
15. Neither all fingers are equal nor are all days: You just have to face certain days that you can’t even sit for small time to work, let it be. Commonly weekends for when some friends are visiting your home, you hardly find time to work. Just enjoy whatever comes your way. Just enjoy that time with your family. Give your best and enjoy the rest. Don’t run after your work. Make it as free just as your hobby. Sometimes things just don’t go as planned and you can hardly sit for some work only after the bedtime.
16. Managing Distractions: One winning strategy is simply to accept that you’ll never be 100 percent productive. That makes it easier to be in control of your “mind-wandering” time at work, and keep it under control. Never underestimate the gravitational pull of a kitchen or a comfy bed. Create a difference between your work area and the living area, if there are other members at home – or when the kids are little grown up. You need to make a difference between your work area without any disturbances from kids and other family members during work hours. Having pre-planned schedules for snacks, children’s activities etc, can help minimize distractions although it’s up to you to stay focused.
17. Delegate all that you can: Delegating things to assistants can drastically improve your productivity. Sourcing care for your children by employing a babysitter for just few hours can provide you time to work and be productive.
18. Be flexible and Organized: You must be flexible according to the changing needs of your child. Make your working hours most productive by prioritizing your work. Make a “To do list” and work accordingly. Don’t indulge on e-mails and social networks or the other stuffs on the internet, or the android apps popular these days, limit your time for these activities and don’t keep looking for a new e-mail for the number of times if you wish to successfully work from home.
19. Set achievable goals: Don’t make unrealistic goals. By getting a little success don’t overstress your work and don’t expect yourself to work to the extreme limits. Keep your workload to a sustainable level and set realistic deadlines.
20. Stay focused: Whenever you feel low, or lack motivation, just think why you ever started, and it will automatically boost your morale. By not getting success for a little long time, don’t be disappointed, relax and have an introspection where you lacked and what steps you can take to improve and get over to succeed.
21. Be laptop savvy: Since the majority of your work will be done on your laptop, you will need to be laptop savvy. You should know everything from learning how to use different software, to updating programs, and keeping your laptop running smoothly. A broken down system or internet connection equals no work getting done, therefore you need to be able to navigate your way around tech issues and concerns. Make sure you have all the equipment you need to run your business, including a fast computer, a scanner, printer, copier and fax, and a reliable backup system, for starters.
22. Brush up your communication skills: As most of the time you will be working through e-mails and messages you need to be careful about your communication skills. Keep it simple and short (KISS) with only the relevant matters and make sure that you are able to convey what you mean clearly and concisely.
23. Communicate your work time with your family: Communicate with your loved ones that you are working and ask them not to call you unless it’s urgent.
24. Set up a Skype friendly environment: Make sure your workplace looks professional and pleasant. Make sure you stay connected and are readily available at times of need.
25. Maintain your network: Connecting and maintaining your network should be in your To Do List. As you stay home it is required to stay connected and leverage the benefits of networking.
It has to be a balance you have to make with your work and your family. It’s all that I can say about working from home while looking after kids. What else can you add up to the list? Feel free to leave a comment.
When Jayson Krause’s best friend died of cancer in September 2005, he realised that he had never fully gotten to know him.
So he embarked on a year long project, asking 52 strangers the same 10 questions, one a week, in an attempt to challenge myths about connection and get people sharing more than just small talk.
Questions about life, accomplishments, fears, goals – all the things people never ask. This is one man’s mission to change the way we connect with each other.
I’ve responded to his questions below and feel it’s really important for everyone to do so.
Will you join us?
Start by answering these 11 questions, then share this post with others so they can answer it too.
Don’t let ONE MORE DAY go by in mindless conversations, when you could be getting REAL about the stuff that really matters and getting to know yourself and the people in your life.
Before it’s too late.
1. What is your dream job?
My dream job is to do something good and worthwhile in this world, to do something good for the development and happiness of others as well as which also marches me towards my personal excellence and growth as a human being.
I would like to inspire others to live a happy and joyful life, making them motivated towards achieving their dreams and living the life of their dreams while earning some pennies from my work.
I love to work online, dream big, and putting my efforts towards the achievement of my goals with passion, living my life for purpose and joy so that at the end I stand before me saying, “Yes, I did….what I ought to do….” inspite of regretting what I could have… or I should have…. and the best way I predicted is to write my thoughts and learnings, pushing and motivating others as well to chase their goals and live life the way they want.
2. What fulfils you?
Viewing myself growing as a good human being and living life with happiness and contentment.
Being a mom, nurturing my kid and having a good time with him, being connected with my friends and well wishers, sometimes just being along with my family and loved ones, sometimes travelling and discovering new places, sometimes laughing, sometimes dancing, sometimes reading, sometime solitude, sometimes walking and spending time with nature.
3. What’s your greatest fear?
What if I missed to work with passion and wasted my life? What if I could not provide the best education to my kid what I need to…for becoming a better human being. Providing best education is not only providing the required education and facilities, time and money but to make them self – stand and self – conscious that they can make themselves stand in midst of the uncertainties. Teach them the life lessons that they can take the best decisions for themselves and can judge what is right and what not.
The challenge before me is to be a better version of me from the one which I was a day before. I have to anyhow do something great and work towards my goals, take more risks and be more active each day, work more and more for betterment of myself as well as others.
One of my greatest fear is also not to lose my loved ones.
4. What do you want more of in life?
To do something great and achieve the joy of Happiness, Aliveness, Experiences, Wisdom, Learnings, Peacefulness and Contentment.
More intimate moments with my friends and family, creating memories, living in the now, loving and enjoying with my kid, spontaneous road trips, visiting new places and countries, experiencing more cultures, anything that has to do with being more social, exploring new things and experiences, giving happiness and joy to others, lending a hand of help to others.
5. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being alive and initiating the first step towards my dreams and goals with faith and believe in myself.
For me:“When God pushes you to the edges of difficulty, Faith is taking the first step in the dark, even when you don’t see the whole staircase trusting that either God will catch you or he will teach you how to fly.”
Being active towards my self-development, marching towards personal excellence and inspiring others too. Reinventing myself to the new me on daily basis. Working and introspecting what meant to be and where I lacked.
6. What are you most ashamed of?
Nothing – I din’t did anything that I can’t stand in front of me. I do stupid things, I make mistakes, I fight with my loved ones and friends, and sometimes a bit lazy, sometimes I don’t do what I ought to do…..but It’s OK as I am HUMAN.
7. What makes you sad?
Viewing injustice to anyone makes me sad. Harming the nature makes me sad. Injustice to women for dowry, their mental or physical harassment, rape attempts, children being exploited, poors being deprieved from the necessities of life, people being negative minded, and alike things.
8. What’s the hardest thing you’ve experienced?
The fear that if I did not clear my exams and could not even make out in even one of my subjects and the results did not come out the way I wish.
The fear that if I could not make out to fulfill my dreams and work passionately for the attainment of my goals.
Overcoming the feelings after the death of my father and looking towards the sunshine thereafter and climbing the ladder of success.
Departing from my Country for the first time.
9. What is great about you?
I am alive is itself a great thing about me. I live, I love, I care, I eat, I walk, I read, I write, I dance, I sing, I enjoy my live are all great things I cherish.
I am an optimistic, I see things from the positive angle, I am daring, I am friendly, I am an extrovert, I am a pro-active person, I am self-confident, I am a thinker, a doer and a believer of my thoughts and beliefs, I make the most of every situation, I am a force and I can do anything I wish are all great things about me.
I am grateful for the things I have been provided for which others are deprieved for. I am grateful for that I am provided the food to eat, a house to shelter and cloths to wear. I am grateful for my eyes, my nose, my ears, my hands, my legs and all my body parts that they function properly with a beautiful heart.
10. Who are you?
I am a human being who has feelings, emotions and a loving heart.
I am a living creature in this universe. I can feel, I can heal, and I can zeal. I have the ability to think, to see, to visualize, to smell, to sense, to touch, to hear, to taste, to lend a helping hand to others. I am a human and it makes me better from all the other species in this world, I have the ability to think and to decide with my human mind.
I am an optimistic, I see things from the positive angle, I am daring, I am friendly, I am an extrovert, I am a pro-active person, I am self-confident, I am a thinker, a doer and a believer of my thoughts and beliefs, I make the most of every situation, I am a force and I can do anything I wish with my passion and dedication.
Sometimes I am a bundle of contradictions. Sometimes I let my qualities lower and be the opposite, and that’s OK because I am human.
I try to do all the best I can but sometimes I expect for the results to be in my favour. I am a girl who wants to succeed and fulfill her dreams, who won’t stop loving and believing in her journey and her dreams, who knows that the efforts don’t go in vain and pay you something. Even a failure will give you an experience.
My real challenge is to be a good human being, true to myself, stay present, love wildly, live boldly, and be a good, kind and helping person, who shows people a mirror that reflects their AWESOMENESS & leaves them feeling amazing about themselves.
11. What inspires you?
Firstly most inspiring elements are from the nature itself. The designs we get, the ideas we get are all very from the nature. The developing of the inspirations is from the nature itself. To me nature inspires the most.
Rising and shining sun, the one who are successful are the inspiration to everyone. But for me, secondly are the Thinkers, believers, and the doers. People who are ALIVE and ACTIVE in every sense of the their lives, people who work for purpose and meaning, who work with passion and dedication, who work for others without expecting anything in return.
Thirdly people who are kind and helpful, those who live up their dreams, work passionately, have a vision, are self-confident, work to the grass root levels and take small-small steps to pursue their goals and vision. On attaining success and living an extraordinary life who inspire others to be like them.
Fourthly, it is the inspiring music, inspiring words packed in the form of quotes, inspiring videos, talented people, the books and the thoughts of the visionaries.
Thanks for asking these powerful questions, Jayson.
Over to you ~ Please answer these questions for yourself and share what you discover. Looking forward to hearing from you! ps: If you answer on your own blog, leave a link below!
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill
“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso
The Stained Glass Driver less Sleeper Car of the Future
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. – Albert Schweitzer
As you grow older you will understand more and more that it’s not about what you look like or what you own, rather it’s all about the person you’ve become. As like we need a shower to keep ourselves fresh; we need to be inspired on a regular basis to get motivated and carry out our work with the same energy and passion.
Quotes are always a good source of positive energy and inspiration. They are those little reminders to keep us inspired on a regular basis. They pack so much of wisdom in so few words that some of them are really mind and heart touching. Just reading them has power to infuse in you a Eureka! moment. Today I am compiling the World’s 100 topmost inspirational life quotes. I have always been inspired from such words of wisdom and inculcating some of them really makes a big difference in the quality of your life and sometimes they awake us. These words of wisdom have been picked by me at various times while surfing on the net, reading books or just clicking some lines to my mind after reading or watching some news or something around.
Here is the list of World’s 100 topmost inspirational one’s from various visionaries:
- “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
- “I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” –Albert Einstein
- “Nowhere on your birth certificate did it say life would be fair.” – Trevor Jones
- “All life is experience, and one level is exchanged for another only when its lesson is learned.” – Henry Ford
- “Your vision becomes clear when you look inside your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung
- “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau.
- “If it is a one minute task, don’t add it to your “To Do List”, do it now.” – Gkindshivani
- “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
- “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”-Robert Frost
- “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
- “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen R. Covey
- “The only thing you can give a man without hurting him is an opportunity.” – Henry Ford
- “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein
- “We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everyhwere.” – Tim McGraw
- “I only compete with myself. That’s the only competition I need.” – Gkindshivani
- “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.” –Mother Teresa
- “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.” – Unknown
- “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean
- “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
- “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
- “I am the author of my life. Unfortunately I’m writing in pen and I can’t erase my mistakes.” – Unknown
- “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”- Henry Ford
- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
- “At one point in your life you either have the thing you want or the reasons why you don’t.” – Andy Roddick
- “It’s ok not to know all the answers. It’s better to admit our ignorance than to believe answers that might be wrong. Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what’s really there.” – Gkindshivani
- “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon
- “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” –Les Brown
- “Greatest thing we can produce is character. Everything else can be taken from us, but not our character.” – Henry Ford
- “People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos, is because things are being loved, and people are being used.” – Unknown
- “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.” – Shing Xiong
- “When you once get an idea in which you believe with all your heart, work it out.” – Henry Ford
- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
- “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – James Dean
- “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
- “Don’t be afraid of change. You may end up losing something good, but you will probably end up gaining something better.”- Gkindshivani
- “We become what we think about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
- “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?” – Rumi
- “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus
- “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
- “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
- “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” –Henry David Thoreau
- “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what he is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage; but he is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it himself.” – C.S. Lewis
- “Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” – Ancient Indian Proverb
- “We must let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
- “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
- “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl
- “The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.” – Gkindshivani
- “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
- “There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama & and the people who create it, and surround yourself with people that make you laugh so hard that you completely forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.” – Unknown
- “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ― Albert Einstein
- “If you hear a voice within yourself saying “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
- “You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” – Albert Einstein
- “Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.”- Jimmy Durante
- “If you look around, you can find a face of God in each thing, because He is not hidden in a church, in a mosque, or a synagogue, but everywhere. As there is no one who lives after seeing him, there is also no one dying after seeing him. Who finds Him, stays forever with him.” – Shams Tabrizi
- “Your task is not to seek love, but to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi
- “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
- “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden
- “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck
- “I’ve developed a new philosophy. I only dread one day at a time.” – Charlie Brown
- “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver W Holmes
- “People will hate you, rate you, shake you, and break you. But how strong you stand is what makes you.” – Unknown
- “You are who you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change who you are and what you are by changing what goes into your mind.” – Zig Ziglar
- “You can change your world by changing your words.” – Joel Osteen
- “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
- “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato
- “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse
- “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively” ―Bob Marley
- “In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.” ― John Grisham
- “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost
- 73. “I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.” – Unknown
- “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts, it’s the life in your years.” –Abraham Lincoln
- “There is no man living that cannot do more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford
- “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain
- “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll
- “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
- “Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” – Confucius
- “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
- “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” –Dalai Lama
- “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” – Aristotle
- “We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie
- “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
- “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
- “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci
- “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti
- “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan
- “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” – Benjamin Franklin
- “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
- “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
- “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” – Chinese Proverb
- “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Vincent van Gogh
- “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Unknown
- “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” – Ann Landers
- “What’s done is done, what’s gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is always moving on, getting over a first love, dealing with heartbreak, dealing with death and dealing with life. It’s ok to look back and think of fond memories, but keep moving forward and you will live your life happily.” – Unknown
- “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” –Farrah Gray
- “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” –Benjamin Franklin
- “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
- “No one will ever get anywhere in this world unless he becomes a teacher, one who can show others how to do things.” – Henry Ford
All the above quotes are heavily packed with abundance of wisdom and are most inspiring ones. Do you like to share some other such most inspiring quotes? Please leave in the comments.
Successful people are those who are highly focused because focus is the key to success. They are the ones who do not deviate from their goal plans and they know what is important to them and what not. Highly focused people are not different people but they do things differently. It is this difference in their working style and pattern which keeps them focused and hence helps them produce results. They live in present situations and don’t worry on the future outcomes. They enjoy their work and love to do it. They don’t do things which can have negative impact on their work. They develop certain habits and follow them on regular basis. They are thoughtful people who judge every act on their priority lists. They just cut off the unimportant ones. They know where to say no. Here are certain things they don’t’ do or avoid because they know these acts will kill their productive time and will deviate them from their success path. Here is the list of such things:
- They don’t jump to peep into their e-mails and social networks as a very first job:
Highly focused people don’t check their e-mails and social networks as a very first job. They know better how to focus on their work and start working the real work as a kick start. We have a fresh mind and positive waves in the start of the day. By checking e-mails you are working for the other’s problems and not your own work. While checking e-mails and social networks too, they just utilize these tools towards their goals achievements and leave the rest. They don’t indulge in unnecessary matters. They just do their real work first which is the first step towards producing results.
- They don’t make silly excuses:
Highly focused people don’t make silly excuses not to work. They are a dreamer, a doer and a believer of their work. They know well how they can concentrate on their work and produce results. They know time is short and they have to produce results in the given time. They know well making excuses is easy, but they know the fact well that it will distract them from their way to success. They just make reasons why not to work. They manage their work activities well in their time and keep on improving until they are well enough.
- They don’t waste a single minute of time:
Highly focused people don’t waste their single minute of time. They know how to best utilize their time and they even know how to fully utilize the gaps of time they are idle or waiting on. They know time is money and they have to perform in the given time. They don’t excuse, “I don’t have the time,” because they know that the people who succeed also have the same amount of time in a day. They know life is a race and if they do not perform there are thousands of people who are utilizing the same time to conquer their dreams and they will go ahead.
- They don’t live in their comfort zones and let lack of resources stop them:
Highly focused people don’t live in their comfort zones. They know how to live with constrains and with limited resources. They know better that the person they want to become can only be achieved living outside their comfort zones. They invent techniques using their creativity to reach their goals with the limited resources they have.
- They don’t involve themselves in the matters that don’t concern them:
Highly focused people don’t involve themselves in the business or people that don’t concern them. They don’t poke their nose in other’s work neither they like other’s poking their nose in their work. They are concentrated towards their goals and how to achieve them.
- They don’t compare themselves to others:
Highly focused people don’t compare themselves to others. They learn from every positive attribute they find in others. They are content with what they have and keep an eye on other’s achievements to learn the positive insights from them. They try to learn from the predecessor and even from the successor. They are always busy improving themselves that they hardly find time to compare with others. They know comparing to others is never reasonable because everyone is different and have different capacities and capabilities. They are always their self – motivator.
- They don’t allow negative thoughts in their minds:
Highly focused people don’t allow negative thoughts override them, neither are they moved by the negative feedbacks and critics. They only take it as an opportunity to improve and learn. They are focused and optimistic people. They are the believers and do trust on their work and aim to make positive impact in the world. They believe in themselves.
- They don’t multitask:
Highly focused people focus on one task at a time and don’t indulge in multitasks. There are some people who indulge in multitasking and keep doing different works almost near to complete 95% – 98% completeness and are not able to finish their tasks and produce results. They just wait to make it perfect. But there is nothing perfect as such. Even in a perfect work, as many times you go through, you can find some place for improvements. So keep this in mind, and go complete your task with full dedication to increase your productivity before you leap on to another.
- They don’t gossip and make meetings standing up:
They don’t indulge themselves in unnecessary talks. They don’t feel the need to talk critics and look down about others as they are themselves busy in achieving their own goals and don’t indulge in backbiting talks of others as they consider it as their productive time killer. They make meetings standing up so that they don’t waste their time in unnecessary talks.
- They don’t procrastinate: Highly focused people don’t procrastinate. They know well what is to be done now and what later. They are mindful and have clear vision and live in the present situation. They just work on their priority basis. They don’t peep out of their minds over the unnecessary jobs. They focus on their goals and work to accomplish them. They know better that a good plan executed today is far better than the great plan executed someday.
- They don’t entertain distractions: They limit themselves to their tasks on hand and do not entertain distractions. They are highly focused to produce the end results. They keep themselves far from e-mail, social media and chat alerts. They also keep themselves far from people who make them distract from their work. They know very well that such distractions can cause effect on their work quality and hence deteriorate it. They manage their activities well within their productive time.
- They don’t judge people and make comparisons and seek validations from others:
Highly focused people believe in their work and themselves. They know if they themselves don’t believe in their work why should others bother about it. They work for themselves first then for others. They work for their own self-growth and they are focused on their own work. They know that everyone has a story which has made them and every story is different. They don’t compare themselves with others except with the person they were yesterday. They present their work in the best possible way and can prove it to be right. Here I would like to quote few words of Mr. Ratan Tata, who says, “I don’t believe in taking the right decisions, I take decisions first, then make them right.” That’s the spirit with which they work.
- They don’t allow disorganization:
Highly focused people don’t allow disorganization in their lives. They know well that there should be a place for everything and everything should be in it’s place. It saves a lot of time and you can get instant access in the time of needs. It also helps them to boost their productivity, otherwise a lot of time is wasted to procure the items when they are needed, which have an adverse effect on our productivity as well as generates stress.
- They don’t fear to take risk:
Highly focused people are never afraid to take risks. They just do what they ought to do and just do their tasks. They don’t let fear dominate their lives and worry about the results. They know if they don’t do it now, it cannot be done. Who has seen tomorrow? They take chances and grab every opportunity which comes their way. They know better how to grab every possible opportunity, they come across. They don’t bother to change their profession, to dare any challenge, or to go for some new project. They take risks to succeed and experience from the failures. They don’t want to regret on not taking risks in the end.
- They don’t dwell on the past:
Highly focused people don’t dwell on the past. They learn lessons and take experiences from their past and live in the present. They let go the things which happened in the past because their desire to success is always greater than their fear of failure. They learn from their mistakes and keep going on.
- They don’t act randomly but prudently:
Highly focused people don’t act randomly but prudently. They judge before doing and take time to act with prudence. They stick to their goals and keep pushing themselves towards it. Even when they feel low they go back and think why they started and it gives them a boost and increases their motivation level towards their goals. They are of the thinking “when other’s can, why can’t I?”
- They don’t have unrealistic expectations:
Highly focused people don’t have unrealistic expectations. They are patient people and do work for themselves. They know there are no shortcuts to success. They work with full concentration and focus to produce results, they are realistic and they know well life is not easy. They know well how to dance in the rain. They know unrealistic expectations are only the source of stress and frustration. They don’t panic when the outcomes don’t go as planned, rather sit back calmly and monitor where they lacked the focus and what went wrong.
- They don’t say yes to everything:
Highly focused people don’t say yes to everything. They know well where to say no and where to cut off, they do that politely. They know that they can’t please everyone, they focus on their own priorities and they don’t bother about others if they did not give value additions towards achievement of their goals. They know that they can’t judge others and what they think about them. Those who bother don’t need any attention and to others it doesn’t matters. Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco shows that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. “No” is a powerful word that you should not be afraid to wield. Saying no to a new commitment honours your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.
- They don’t look backwards and quit:
Highly focused people don’t look backwards on the way they have started. They only move forward. They know that the road to success is not that easy and it required lot of efforts, hard work, and continuous dedicated efforts to achieve anything worthwhile. Highly focused people are tough people who never quit. They know that failure is an unavoidable part of their growth process and they have to work harder and smarter when the time demands and they keep an eye on their goals and investigate where they lacked in order to get succeed. They are hard determined people whose will power can shake for a while but they never allow themselves to quit because they know they have to succeed in any way possible. They investigate the root cause and what was the reason they couldn’t make it, they learn from their failures and again try to succeed till they actually get success.
- They don’t blindly accept what they read on the internet as truth without thinking about it:
Highly focused people don’t blindly accept what they read on the internet as truth without thinking about it. They make their own judgement based on their so far accumulated knowledge and look at the source and relevance of any material on their work and lives. They just take the relevant excerpts and leave the rest.
That’s all I added up to this list of 20 things highly focused people don’t do. Do you have any other? Please leave a comment.