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These 3 Pages Might be Your Key to a Clearer Mind, Better Ideas and Less Anxiety

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Is she crazy? How the heck am I supposed to find the time to sit down and write out 3 pages each morning?

That was my gut reaction when I first heard about Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages. And if you aren’t someone who is already doing morning pages, your reaction is probably going to be along the same lines….

But I’m happy to say that I was dead wrong.

Since I have been doing this practice for the last 241 days, Morning Pages have changed my life in a myriad of ways:

  • I’ve come up with ideas that changed my businesses
  • I’ve worked through issues that were bothering me and seemed overwhelming
  • I’ve been better in tune with my intuition and listening to my heart
  • They have shown me what’s most important in my life and helped me to focus on that
  • They have helped me to leave situations and people that weren’t good for me
  • I’ve been able to unlock a lot of the chains of my mind and open up the dam so that creativity can flow
  • They bring me more serenity and help to quiet my overactive mind each day

Morning Pages are one of these things that sound so simple that you don’t think they could ever work for you. One of the things that I have realized in life is that many of the best things are really simple but our complicated minds want to tell us they won’t work for us.

What are Morning Pages?

Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, ideally done first thing in the morning.

There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages– they are not high art. They aren’t even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.

What are the Benefits of Morning Pages?

In the 241 days since I started doing Morning Pages, I have missed doing them twice. On both of those days, I was a bit more anxious, my thoughts were muddled and I just felt off. Could it be the Placebo effect? Possibly but I don’t think so.

Morning Pages have become an integral part of my Daily Routine and ultimately have made me a better person. Heavy claim, right? Here are some of the benefits:

  • They center you and clear your mind.
    We wake up with a ton of stuff floating around in our minds. We need to channel that energy and get it out. Morning Pages act as a ‘brain dump’ that will clear your mind to focus on other things. Whether it’s the small distracting thoughts that can take our attention or bigger, more challenging issues that can at times hijack our thoughts, Morning Pages allow us to “dump” all the “stuff”, making way for more constructive and creative thinking.
  • They help you discover your creativity.
    In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it. And it’s through this seemingly pointless process that you are able to find it. You discover things that have been hidden inside you and stuffed down in the business of life.
  • They help to silence your biggest enemy.
    Your inner critic.
  • They make you less anxious.
    Writing helps sweep away anxiety. Envy, anger, fear, vulnerability, procrastination…all those emotions can be put on paper and seen for what they are. By getting this stuff out and looking at it, you realize it’s not so bad and it helps to ground you.
  • They will help you become a better idea generator.
    I’ve talked a lot about the power of generating ideas on a daily basis. Your Morning Pages practice will help you take this to a new level.

The Beauty of Longhand

If you’re reading this blog post, there is a good chance that you do a lot of your work on a computer and/or mobile device. There’s a good chance that you haven’t written anything in depth or meaningful on paper in a long time. So it would make sense to you to simply type your Morning Pages out each day. You figure that you can get it done faster (since you type so much faster then you write).

Don’t do this.

Velocity is the enemy. It takes longer to write by hand, and this slowness helps connect us to our emotional life.

This was hard for me to understand at first.

Writing by computer is more emotionally detached practice. It helps keep our Inner Critic alive and well since we are so easily able to go back and fix our mistakes. It yields us speed and distance, but not the depth that we are looking for. Velocity is more often our enemy than our friend.

Think of writing morning pages on the computer as if you are driving 80 miles an hour. “Oh– wait, was that my exit?” we exclaim, glancing back over our shoulder at the destination we have blown past.

When we write by hand, it is more like we are driving 60 miles an hour. “Here comes my exit,” we say, well before we get to it. “Look, there’s even a gas station there. And what beautiful foliage…” In other words, we notice ourselves and our surroundings.

And in doing this, the paradox is that we are ultimately more effective– and, yes, efficient– throughout our day.

The Basics Behind Morning Pages

The idea behind the morning page is so simple. Wake up and write three letter-size, handwritten pages each morning.

You write in the morning because that’s when the veil of the ego is said to be the thinnest. It’s almost as if your ego needs extra time to wake-up and start with all of its demands for the day. Take advantage of this.

Write about whatever you want. Don’t think you have anything to say? That’s fine. Simply start writing “This is so stupid, I have no clue why I listened to that guy Chris Winfield and am sitting here writing in a notebook right now.” Don’t worry, I won’t get offended 🙂

The amazing thing is that stuff will start coming to you. I can’t explain it but it does.

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How Can I Make Time for Them?

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t think that I would do any of the practices in my Daily Routine if I didn’t think they were making me a better person and ultimately improving my life.

One of the biggest shifts for me came with how I approached time. I no longer viewed it as just quantity and looked at it from a quality viewpoint. Each one of the things that I do helps me in some way to better use my time. They make my mind clearer, sharper and more ‘quiet’. This allows me to focus better and ultimately be more productive.

Morning Pages are a great example of this. Yes, they take time to do (about 30-40 minutes), but they actually make more time than they take because we move more efficiently through our day.

So the tradeoff of an extra 30 minutes of sleep for a clearer, more alert mind become an easy one for me.

Here’s My Personal Morning Pages System

Just like everything else I do, I had to experiment to find the right way to use this tool. Something that would work for me. I encourage you to do the same.

For something that has no wrong way to do it, there sure does seem to be a lot of rules or suggestions for the ways to do the Morning Pages. I break a lot of them… Here’s exactly what I do each day.

I start my Morning Pages after I wake up (obviously), meditate and make myself a cup of coffee.

The first two pages are focused on clearing my mind. I write about whatever pops in there. It can be mundane stuff or very serious issues, something inspiring or something that might be depressing. It’s based on completely where I am at that moment in my life. I try hard not to judge myself and just do it.

I try to keep my writing positive but that’s not always possible. And that’s also okay.

Some of the writing is in the first person. Sometimes it switches to the third person. Some of it is me talking to my Higher Power/the Universe/Creative Intelligence and some is me ‘listening’.

The first words I write on paper are exactly the same as the first words I say in the morning “Today is going to be the best day ever.”

If I come up with an idea that I want to revisit later (so that I can flesh it out), I either make a mark on the page or I stop and jot it down in a different notebook or put it into Evernote. You’re not really supposed to re-read your Morning Pages but if I didn’t come back, I would miss out on a lot of great ideas.

I use the third page to mentally plan out how my day is going to go. I always keep this page completely positive so that I can visualize a successful, happy day. I write in statements like this:

I will meet with John Smith and it will be amazing! I will really be able to help him and there will be a great reason for us to work together.

In this example, I know that I have a meeting scheduled with John Smith later in the day and I want to get my subconscious mind working on ways to make that as productive and positive as possible. Here’s another example:

I will finish writing my Morning Pages blog post and I will love doing it. This post will really help people.

This last page of intentions is absolutely crucial to me because it helps me to focus my day even more and gives me a rough outline of the most important parts for later.

Action Idea

Before you even start, remember this: There is no wrong way to do morning pages.

As with any new habit or practice, it’s important to be gentle with yourself. And with a practice like morning pages, it’s really important to let go of the results:

When we start some new course of self-improvement, whether an exercise program, a spiritual practice or morning pages, we tend to expect immediate results. At least I do. And If I don’t see results pretty quickly, I tend to find reasons to stop doing the exercise. I decided this morning that I’d commit to doing morning pages for 30 days without any expectation of results.

Here’s an easy way to approach this practice and help to develop this habit:

1) Focus on doing the morning pages tomorrow. Just focus on one day.

2) Get a pen and a notebook ready and laid out the night before.

3) Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you normally would. Be okay with that. Tell yourself the night before that you are doing this and that you will feel well-rested in the morning (that simple statement will really help).

4) Wake up, say “This is going to be the best day ever!” (you can skip this part if you want) and write three pages. Be proud of yourself for this.

5) Try to do it again the next day. Use Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret here and don’t break the chain.

As you do this, you will start to notice things happening in your life. Things that you can’t explain. These are your dreams and desires manifesting. From three simple handwritten pages…

Are you ready to get started? Please share your thoughts about the Morning Pages in the comments below.

Want to go further?

Have you started to do Morning Pages and want to know how to make the rest of your day even better?

Well, you’re in luck! I created this 20-page guide that will show you exactly how to build good habits and create the perfect day for yourself.

Click below and enter your email to get access to my new eBook ‘How to Leverage Your Inner Ben Franklin & Create a Daily Routine That Works for You’

Use this guide to leverage age-old secrets from some of the greatest people in history to create the perfect day (no matter what). It includes worksheets, tools and resources that you can print out and use to make it all work for you.

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Importance of Payroll Software for Small and Medium Enterprise

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Importance of Payroll Software for Small and Medium Enterprise

One of the imperative capacities to oversee business is dealing with the human asset forms. Also, among the issues one would experience about human asset work is taking care of the finance. Finance divisions are the foundation of any business and dealing with these procedures productively is as critical an errand as leading different business operations. A manual finance framework is a rushed assignment; an organization with few individuals can keep up a manual finance process, in any case, it is a tedious errand and disappointing to attempt and run an HR or finance shop with a bungled confuse of spreadsheets and it just gets more mind-boggling as your organization develops.

Payroll administration is a weight to little organizations and in the meantime an extremely urgent action which is rehashed each month including complexities identified with counts, conclusions, and statutory controls. While many organizations may run with preparing the worker finance side physically, this isn’t achievable in the midst of developing business. A strong and savvy business finance programming is an absolute necessity to deal with finance forms all together rearrange the undertaking and to gain by the proficiency over the long haul of the business.

Private ventures are regularly too little to legitimize the cost of utilizing their own HR division. In these cases, the obligation of finance organization can fall on anybody, from the overseeing executive to clerical specialist. While they can run with taking care of the finance physically, however, this isn’t the perfect way and a finance arrangement right on time in the business life cycle help spare both time and cash.

Finance handling is a mistake inclined movement – If associations have only maybe a couple representatives it might appear to be generally simple to register pay rates exceptional, charges and so on, yet as private venture begins including workers they discover investing increasingly energy in the calculation of pay rates including variable pay. Mistakes are normal in the full and last settlement and increments when representatives participate amidst a term as the procedures are manual. Eventually, organizations may find that without the correct program, a business cannot develop as fast as arranged.

A finance arrangement programming or program could make little and medium undertakings enhance the general operational productivity. It helps in Computing pay rates including statutory calculation of PF and ESI, Reimbursements according to CTC standards, keeping up worker ace points of interest and correspondence in regard to letters, messages and reports in a sorted out way, Keep track of Employee leave taken and credit profited.

The second motivation to consider this kind of finance programming is that it makes meeting any duty commitments significantly easier. Estimation of Income impose is another routine and torment staking action that necessities to comply with government controls and standards. A decent programming bundle can computerize this movement for more noteworthy effectiveness and precision.

For a little and medium endeavor, interest in programming to robotize forms is essential as far as cost and advantages. That is the reason it is essential to pick an answer which is anything but difficult to utilize, adjustable to the particular business circumstances, adaptable and powerful with apparatuses for influencing programming to address the issues of developing business. Basically, it should streamline the whole procedure, making the errand of handling finance less tedious and blunder free.

 

When we take it in Indian situation with respect to programming sellers for finance programming, we can discover two sorts of merchants. The initial one is little organizations giving finance programming and the second one set up enormous programming players.

While settling on finance programming purchasing we have to remember:

  • Consistency with charge principles and control
  • After Sales bolster
  • Programming overhaul bolster
  • Customization according to associations require

In India, we significantly observe little sellers in this situation, who contend chiefly on the valuing advantage, however, needs great client support and programming update.

Ensure Payroll Software. Finding free back programming can be an extraordinary task. It is in like manner, not an ideal response for by and large associations. The ideal back programming urges associations to adequately process laborer payrolls. Following of appraisal withholding, outing time, after some time and distinctive favorable circumstances are a part of the other essential features found in most fund programming. When you settle on a free back programming, the greater part of these features may need and some free programming goes with pop-ups and other thing ads.

If you are a first time customer of fund programming, by then it is a shrewd idea to use free back programming as it gives you the much need information with respect to the item and its incentive in your affiliation. Most free back programming will have certain crucial features and you will be asked for to pay certain indicate use substitute features. The major idea behind free back writing computer programs is to attract you to the thing.

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What are various Tips To Sell on Amazon

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For people who delight in music CDs, DVDs or books, the most efficient way to make money with these things is to sell them through Amazon. Amazon consists of countless customers from different parts of the world who are trying to find specific items for themselves. These customers are normally look out for excellent deals so if you have used products with inexpensive cost, you would definitely make a great sale.

What are various Tips To Sell on Amazon

There are numerous ways an individual or a business can use Amazon to make money, however it naturally, goes without stating that most use the website for selling items. From individual pre-owned products to bulk orders of all possible natures, it’s a universal market for buying and selling anything. With such a large worldwide reach therefore many countless customers going to every day, it’s safe to say that no matter what you have to sell, you’re ensured to get the very best cost on Amazon.

To be effective, here are some useful suggestions on the best ways on how to sell on Amazon:

– As much as possible, set the expense of your items to the second most affordable expense among third-party anticipate your item. This is the best way to sell on Amazon effectively. This technique can assist you avoid starting a rate war with other sellers, which is bad for you in addition to your rivals. A lot of Amazon merchants use automated repricing software, which looks for today most affordable rate among all third-party deals and later, reduce their expense in order to be the most affordable. Most of the time, if you develop the most affordable rate, another merchant will have the tendency to re-price their products within a number of hours in order to be less than you rate, then you do not have the most affordable priced item any longer.

best ways on how to sell on Amazon:

If you really want your item to have the most affordable rate, you need to reduce your item’s expense once again and the entire cycle repeats, triggering the expense to a cent. If your item has the second least expensive expense, other merchants who use automated re-pricing software will not have the ability to observe your rate as their competitor, and will not lower their expense. In this manner, you still have a high possibility to make the sale and sell really item you have faster.

– Another suggestion on the best ways to sell on Amazon is to keep in mind not to take on other item conditions that have the tendency to be less than your item condition. If you put up a book for sale with a ‘really excellent’ condition, you can develop the cost comparable to the least expensive item in the ‘really great’ classification, even if the product is a lot greater than the expense of the same item in the ‘appropriate’ condition.

What are various Tips To Sell on Amazon

– Think about making use of automatic repricing software. This is suggested for people who have a lot of items for sale because this software can assist you conserve a lot of time. Or If you want to learn more about selling on Amazon, you can visit eCom Income Blueprint for free training.

In order to be successful, it is very important to know different strategies on the best ways to sell on Amazon. You need to work hard and to work wise. Bear in mind that you need to develop your rate properly in order increase your revenues.

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Living a Day without Social Media Can Leave You Frazzled

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Living a Day without Social Media Can Leave You Frazzled

Uplifting Your Business Prospects with Social Media

The journey from the verb,“being social” to the noun, “social media” has come a long way; probably made its debut with the uprise of Facebook. While some use social media to promote business prospects and strengthening communities, others use it to speak their mind, or should we say glorifying their “status.” Both scenarios are extreme; one encourages the blending of business minds, the other seems rather pointless. How many would be interested to know if you’re having the blues, or if your dog is having a bad day!

Mediums, like Facebook and Twitter have become larger-than-life social platforms, and are geared to keep you on the edge all day. It’s not uncommon to find people making a beeline to their workstations to get a peek at the number of posts they’ve got, or what their competitor’s status reads for the day. Everybody in the social media space wants to outwit the other by bagging the maximum hits they can get for absolutely no reason whatsoever. However, there are also good Samaritans who use the “likes” feature to lend a helping hand to someone who comes with a cause and could do with a little extra help.

When Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and several other natural and unnatural disasters devoured nations, it was social media that rose like a phoenix to connect people. It was reassuring to know that your loved ones are still breathing and safe, or unfortunately, they didn’t make it in time – everybody looks for closure. It’s insane to keep yourself in the dark without having a clue about the whereabouts of somebody you care about.

Uplifting Your Business Prospects with Social Media

Bridging barriers with LinkedIn

It’s amazing how a social media like LinkedIn has taken the concept of job applications a notch higher for all the right reasons. Here’s a platform that unveils everything about a prospective candidate or employer at the get-go. You want to keep abreast of the business or person before you take the plunge into the professional arena. Knowing your employer/employee is definitely a win-win situation. You know exactly what you’re in for, rather than it blowing up in your face.

Who doesn’t want to land themselves a decent job from the comfort of their home? Thank heavens for social media platforms! You can browse from a million and more jobs dressed in your pajamas, and curled up under the blanket; all you need is a laptop and a dependable internet connection. It’s doable and easy on your pocket as well. How? You’re saving BIG – gas, prints, papers, and you’re not putting your body through undue pressure.

LinkedIn makes it possible to hunt for jobs in your niche, learn about the company and staff, roles and responsibilities, pay and perks, and much more! It’s a great way to learn about businesses and the kind of jobs trending. You don’t have to settle for something you’re not comfortable with unless you’re up for the challenge. Rather than going with random job portals that almost always spam you with jobs that don’t interest you, it’s good to follow through with LinkedIn, which is a more reliable source.

What’s trending on Twitter?

The next giant standing tall like a colossus is Twitter Inc. Twitter made it possible for the common man to get up, close, and personal with just about anyone worth knowing in the industry. You get instant updates on anything newsworthy or socially appealing. There are diverse socially active groups and individuals who might teach you a thing or two – could be anything like finding a reliable dog-whisperer to how to come to terms with the Boston Marathon bombings.

Social media has greatly impacted how people do business today, and the means in which they interact with the masses. However, it’s also getting people to stay hooked to their devices, rather than going up to somebody in person and striking a conversation. The human factor appears to have taken a backseat in an attempt to keep the social media up and running.

The need of the hour

Looking back, it’s difficult to tell if one outweighs the other. Given the circumstances we live in, and having to toggle between work and home, it’s not always feasible to meet people at the most convenient hours. This is reason enough for most of us to binge on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media at our convenience, without necessarily having to worry about a time or place. You’re always connected irrespective of your whereabouts, and with those you wish to stay in touch with. Nobody feels obligated to “follow” or “like” someone, unless they really want to.

It wouldn’t be easy to function without spending at least an hour on Facebook or Twitter for many of us, would it now?

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