March 4, 2014 – Making The Best Of Your Life: 4 Keys To Living A Good Life By Ifeanyi Igbokwe
With the first quarter of the year quickly advancing towards the second, I have compiled a few tips that‘d make it worth the while for you.
Step Harder On the Productivity Pedal:
Don’t be deceived, activity doesn’t necessarily translate to productivity. A thousand and one people out there are simply busy, but just a handful are productive. They hardly have time to attend to other people and things. Many think that all that is required is that they are busy. It can often be annoying to realize that you have worked all day but at the end of the day have not achieved twenty percent of what is expected of you. I will tell you why, it is somehow, you’ve lost touch with your priorities. To avoid this, simply make a list of what has to be done starting from the most important, then begin your work starting from the most important. Don’t come to work in the morning and the first thing you do is to check your personal mail, attend to twitter, update ‘Another day at work’ on Facebook and ‘It’s gonna be a long day’ on BBM. Then you keep going back and forth to check if anyone has commented so you reply, already, your day is almost half messed up, because you may not be able to effectively disentangle yourself from the incessant chatting and disturbances that’d ensue, well except you work as a social media expert. If you use a blackberry or i-phone or any smart phone and you are allowed to take calls at work, please change the ringing profile to phone calls only, so your phone would only ring when you have phone calls alone, so you can concentrate on your job
Never Spend On Anything You Don’t Need:
Spending to impress has become a way of life. One mistake you must be more careful to avoid is spending more than you need this month. A popular saying goes ‘if you spend get the things you don’t need, just to impress, you will soon sell the things you have to get what you need’. We are tempted to believe that the worth of an individual is directly proportional to the kind of apparel he puts on, the kind of watch, phone, tablet PC or the car he uses. Somehow howbeit unconsciously, we have learnt to keep up with the Joneses. I need to get this new blackberry phone ‘cause it is the latest in town. I need to change my car ‘cause a newer model is in town. I need to get that gown ‘cause it’s a little better than what Jenifer wore yesterday. Not because I need it, but because I want it. Not even because I want it but because others have it and so, I must have it too. That is the reason why you get a brand new car on a loan plan that would make you still be paying for the car years after you have disposed of it; not because you don’t have a good car but because the other guy in the offer got a Honda car and you want to show him that you are not in the same class with him so you buy a BMW on a loan plan whose compound interest alone would buy the same car five time but you weren’t aware simply because you have to be like Jimmy.
Don’t fold your hands waiting for motivation:
America uses a phrase I like so much, they would always say, ‘Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.’ Somehow I have fallen in love with that phrase. The day that maturity begins in any being is the day that he or she begins to understand that in reality, you are on your own. Please do not get me wrong, I am not trying to deny the significance of the God factor. If you don’t motivate yourself, I wonder who will. Truth is, except in very few cases of mishap where we may need to be assisted by another, every man is expected to be up and doing at work. A thousand and one people work at jobs they out rightly hate but sometimes you ask yourself why do they still stick to it for one, two , three, four, five and more years? It is because the desired is not available, the available becomes desirable. They had to motivate themselves to carry on. So pull yourself up by your bootstrap, don’t wait for your boss to serve you a memo or a warning letter to do that. Don’t wait for a sack letter or a balance sheet indicating red before you do that.
Never forget you are your own boss:
No matter what happens, under no circumstance should you forget that you are your own boss. Be you a student, self-employed, employed, underemployed, over-employed (if there’s any such word) individual whatever you choose to address your status as, we are responsible for what happens to us. Quit the blame game, stop living in denial and face your responsibilities head-on. Nobody is interested in your excuses, they may be substantial, and people may even pity you after you narrate your excuse in details, but the truth is excuses don’t pay the bills. No matter how good your excuses may be, people pay for results and not god excuses. If because you don’t like your job, and it is because you are not well paid, so you try to trudge along, going with the flow without adding substantial value to the establishment, I can only tell you one thing, it won’t be long. It won’t take long for your boss to discover. You may think you are doing it to avenge yourself, but one day, he will relieve you of the job you have complained all your life about. If you don’t like the job, why did you take it in the first place? That very job others will do it better than you for half the salary, no matter how bad. So why you are still there, give it your best shot, if not for anything for the sake of the future, what goes around comes around.
About the author: Ifeanyi J. Igbokwe: He is a life coach, writer and motivational speaker with a focus on corporate and personal growth.
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