Becoming Who I Want To Be – The Second Month

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Two months ago I started a project. A project to go from being lost and unmotivated, to get back to joyful me and from there become the ideal me. On the 16th of May I wrote down my feelings and my goals for the next coming month of this project in a blog post. You can read it here. 

I wrote an update on the project one month ago – read it here.

How I felt one month ago

One month ago, I felt great. I was feeling like myself again, I was excited and determined to create the life I want. I was productive and kept tracking how I felt every day, I did Pilates, drank enough water, had weekly and daily goals. I was on fire!

How I feel now

As I write this, I have just arrived to Stockholm. I have mixed feelings. I feel relieved to be home and peaceful from the calm and fresh air of my town. But I also miss the buzzing life of Paris and just everything about France. However I feel like I’m on the right path. I’m where I’m supposed to be. I still haven’t gotten everything in order and don’t feel organized at the moment. But it will come! I believe in myself.

What have I done this month?

Week 6 – During this week, I felt like I had a fallback or at least a very reflecting week. I kept thinking about the past. How I behaved. What I could have done differently. At the same time, I told myself that I can’t change the past but only learn from whatever mistakes I made and react differently in the future. I’m not so consistent and I don’t sleep that well since I’m so much in my head. The best moment was when I finally booked my ticket home and felt very excited about this new chapter.

Week 7 – I still don’t sleep at the best hours, but in difference to the previous week, I feel much more positive and I think forward. Monday to Thursday I’m super productive and I genuinely feel great again. I spend the weekend with a Swedish friend doing all kinds of touristy things. I felt good about barely seeing anyone during the week and then enjoy myself during the weekend.

Week 8 – During this week, I decide to be nicer towards myself as I only have two more weeks in Paris. My sleeping hours, the Pilates and meditation are not as prioritized. I don’t do weekly and daily goals as disciplined as the previous weeks. I spend my week working and seeing friends to enjoy Paris and say goodbye.

Week 9 – This week is very similar to the previous one but more stressful with the packing and preparation for the move. Except for that, I enjoy and treat myself. I see friends, have many interesting conversations and a lot of laughter. This week, I don’t do any weekly or daily goals at all. I just go with the flow and memorize my tasks in my head.

In the previous post about this journey I had a few goals for the coming month.

  • Have two more habits consistent (consistent sleeping schedule should be one of them) 
    • X I don’t have two more habits that are consistent and the sleeping schedule is definitely not one of them
  • Feel even more evolved physically, mentally and spiritually
    • X✓X I feel mostly evolved mentally as I really focus on reacting from the heart and not the mind as much. I keep separating my thoughts into these two categories.
  • Have seen as much as I can of Paris (been up in the Eiffel Tower, exhibitions, been inside Sacré Coeur, gone Versailles etc.)
    • ✓ I have really used my last weeks in Paris well. I did almost all of the above and a little more!
  • Have an idea of what I want to do when I get home and have some sort of plan
    • ✓ I have an idea and a rough plan which will be more defined now when I’m home in Stockholm.
  • Make Happy Careerista even stronger!
    • ✓ This blog is really growing in readers, likes and comments all the time. Thank you all for the support!
  • Happily fly home to Stockholm❤
    • ✓ Two days ago I said a last goodbye (for this time) to Paris and France and I felt good about it. I was ready.

So I achieved almost all of the goals. It was still well done in my opinion. But as I’m home now, it’s time to step up my game!

Next months I want to

  • Be back in my routines (sleep, food, training, work, goals etc)
  • Have updated my CV, LinkedIn profile and have a clear plan regarding work
  • Have made some improvements to Happy Careerista and started investing more into the brand
  • Have spent time catching up with family and friends
  • Have re-read my favorite book
  • Take proper care of myself
  • Feel 100% like I’m heading into the right direction in my life in Stockholm

If you managed to get through the whole text – thank you for coming by! Another update will be coming July 4th. Meanwhile;

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Becoming Who I Want To Be – The First Month

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One month ago I started a project. A project to go from being lost and unmotivated, to get back to joyful me and from there become the ideal me. On the 16th of May I wrote down my feelings and my goals for the next coming month of this project in a blog post. You can read it here. Now it’s been a month and it’s time to share my progress, thoughts and reflections of my journey. The challenge is to not make this too long. Here we go;

How I felt one month ago

I felt lost. I felt small in a giant world. I felt like I had the answer deep down in me and that my soul was calling for reunion. But I felt like I was on a roller coaster. It was up and down. I felt anxiety and peace. The soul and the ego were fighting over me. I felt lonely, unmotivated, uninspired, unloved, miserabel. I felt like I was far away from family and true friends. I felt like I was on the wrong path in my career. I was stuck.

How I feel now

I feel sooo much more like my old happy self. I feel the joy and love for life again. I’m motivated and excited to work on myself and become my ideal me in a few months. I work every day towards her. It’s still not perfect though. I sleep at the wrong hours and sometimes I’d rather watch Youtube videos that to write. But I’m definitely feeling more peaceful within. I wake up feeling happy and I go to bed with a smile.

What have I done this month?

Week 1 – During the first week I wrote down who the ideal me is and what her habits are. I had weekly goals that were pretty high. But I was still so down. I was so unproductive. I didn’t even achieve half of the goals for the week since I was so unmotivated and lost. I felt emotional pain and anxiety. I cried at some point every day of the week. It was like I knew what I had to do but it was so hard. I felt stuck. That weekend someone told me I had to get a break and took me to Normandie in west of France. I still felt so much in my head, but the nature, the ocean and the feeling of summer made me feel better and more peaceful. I knew in my heart that I was going in the right direction. But it was tough.

Week 2 – The week started in a good mood after the trip. I felt reloaded with energy. I still had quite high goals on myself. I planned many friend dates – girl nights in, clubbing, dinners etc. I felt ok, but it was still a bit of a roller coaster. I could feel happy and then much less happy after an hour. I wasn’t productive enough to achieve my weekly goals and I realized that I needed more time for myself next week.

Week 3 – I planned to have more me-time this week but because of various reasons, I couldn’t be by myself as much as I had hoped to. The first two days of the week I still felt this ball of anxiety in my stomach. I felt helpless. I woke up every morning feeling empty. On the Tuesday I thought about one of my options and thought about it seriously for a while. The same afternoon, I discussed this with my mother and the more we talked about it, the more it felt right. I made a decision – to go home in July. I understood that Paris can’t give me what I need right now. Stockholm can. Ones I made the decision, I felt liberated. I felt less anxious. The old me was slowly coming back. I slowly became more joyful. I started to visualize the rest of my year; one month of just breathing, reading, family time and meeting up with all my friends. Then update my CV and LinkedIn profile to go all in for my career and find a job that I felt passionate about. I would work there for about a half year and then pack my bags again to go to my next destination. Oh it sounded perfect! And actually, deciding to go home made my love for Paris flourish. I wanted to enjoy it as much as I could.

This week I also became kinder towards myself. My weekly goals were low and focused mainly on taking care of myself spiritually, mentally and physically. I felt like my foundation needed nourishment before building career and relationships. That Saturday we also had the TEDx event and I felt so alive working with the team and in the TEDx spirit. These are the types of things and the types of people I want to work with full time!

Week 4 – I finally started to feel more balanced between me-time and social life. I focused on me the first half of the week and then planned fun stuff for the second half. I felt like I got much more time with myself and that was very needed. I slept better (but the wrong hours; 3 am to 11 pm), meditated more and got more exercise going. I fell in love with Pilates and did several sessions. I was very satisfied with myself – I was being much more productive. I could separate the voice of my soul from the voice of my ego. Instead of feeling lonely, I loved me-time. I even reduced my usage of Facebook and spent that time on rewriting my vision, creating a “meditation spot” and writing. The only negative aspects were my crazy sleeping hours, my unbalanced diet (sometimes no breakfast, not much protein, not much vegetables and fruits) and that every day, the first one or two hours I would feel a bit down. But it would turn as my positivity kicked in and I would feel really good for the rest of the day. But I think clearer. I know what I want and what I need. I feel like myself again. I’m excited.

Week 5 – This week I’m still not getting up as early as I would like to because I fall asleep so late. But I am seeing more consistency in other habits! I’m eating more balanced. I am drinking many more glasses of water every day. I work out 3-4 times a week. I subconsciously take up my notebook and read through my weekly and daily goals several times a day. Even my mental habits are healthier (not judging, hating, more understanding etc.)! I’m also craving work. So this week I started to slowly do some more work and I even got a new client. I’m balanced between me-time, work and social life. I’m excited about going home to Sweden but I’m also excited to see and experience as much as I can of Paris ❤

Did I reach my goals?

In the previous post about this journey I had a few goals for the coming month.

  • Improved some of my habits, at least one should be consistent
    • ✓ At least two are very consistent; weekly/daily goals and my water intake.
  • See a change in myself, physically, mentally and spiritually
    • ✓ I’m already seeing results from the Pilates, I’m having a more loving and understanding thinking and I’m feeling closer to my soul.
  • Improved in achieving my weekly goals
    • ✓ I went from achieving less than half to achieving at least two thirds!
  • Improved my time management
    • ✓ My time management is definitely better; Mon – Fri me-time and work, Fri-Sun friends and fun stuff!
  • Improved my social life
    • ✓ I’ve seen a lot of friends and strengthened my relationships over the last few weeks. I’m just sad over leaving them! 😦
  • Gotten closer to my career goals
    • ✓ Yes, slightly closer as I have focused more on my well-being than my career this month, but the Happy Careerista brand is getting stronger and I did get some work done (and a new client) for my freelance biz.
  • Feel happier than I did this month – wake up with happiness, gratitude and love in me
    • ✓ 100% happier and feeling so much more like myself again!

So I nailed all the goals! Woo!

Next month I want to

  • Have two more habits consistent (consistent sleeping schedule should be one of them)
  • Feel even more evolved physically, mentally and spiritually
  • Have seen as much as I can of Paris (been up in the Eiffel Tower, exhibitions, been inside Sacré Coeur, gone Versailles etc.)
  • Have an idea of what I want to do when I get home and have some sort of plan
  • Make Happy Careerista even stronger!
  • Happily fly home to Stockholm ❤

If you managed to get through the whole text – thank you for coming by! Another update will be coming July 4th. Meanwhile;

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Empower Someone!

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Now I’m all about personal development and being focused on achieving ones goals. But sometimes ambitious people tend to get so absorbed in their own little world that they forget to see the people around them and how they’re feeling. Sometimes someone close to you is feeling lost, unhappy, sad, lonely or something else that they don’t want to bother you with but wishes you would see. Trust me, I know how hard it is for some people to ask for help and support. I’ve been there and I’m still a bit too proud to say “hey, I’m not doing very good at the moment. I really need your presence right now”. Many of us hopes for someone to see how we are feeling and to ask the simple question “how are you?”.

Of course it’s hard to always notice how someone is feeling if they don’t say anything or have a really good poker face. But it’s easy to take a few minutes a week to empower someone by saying something nice. Because a few kind words can make someone’s day!

Tell your partner that tonight’s dinner was delicious.

Comment someone’s Instagram picture with a simple compliment.

Tell your best friend that you miss them.

Tell your mother that her dress looks great on her.

Every day I try to use the time I scroll through my Instagram feed to write some kind comments. I also try to give at least one compliment to everyone I talk to during the day. Make it a habit to make people feel good about themselves. See them. Hear them. Touch them.

Happy Monday and have a lovely week!

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5 Things To Make Your Day Awesome

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Want to save yourself from becoming exhausted, unproductive and overthinking? Sometimes it’s actually quite simple and basic to prevent these. Try these five tips and see how it helps you every day;

Fresh air

Are you working from home or are you in school all day? Take a break and go out. Even if it’s cold and rainy, the crisp air will fuel you.

Movement

If the first one is relevant to you, sitting still all day might be too. Remember to include movement into your day. You might not have time to hit the gym, but a few minutes walk outside or just in your apartment helps tremendously.

Water

I forget to drink water all the time and that often causes me headache. If you’re like me, set reminders on your phone or carry a water bottle with you wherever you go.

Nutrition

The biggest source for energy is of course in our food. The nutrition in your food will be mirrored in your energy. High nutrition -> more energy. You already new that. But are you eating like you should?

Sleep

You have to let your body recover. During the night, our body repairs itself and reloads. Sleeping four hours and working hard for 10 hours is not going to be healthy in the long run. Value your sleep!

Are these five in check? If not, take baby steps to perfect intake of air, water, nutrition plus daily movement and enough sleep. Your energy and positivity will increase loads.

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How to Become your own Best Friend

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One of the best choices you can make in your life is to become your own best friend. The earlier, the better. But don’t worry. It’s never too late.

I believe that we are souls in bodies that each have their own individual path. We can affect this path by setting up goals and visualize, but in the end, the universe has the last word. And it is always the best choice for you. The universe loves you deeply. And the universe has brought you here today. Welcome! Let me give you some advice I’ve learned on the way of becoming my own best friend and developed a healthy self-love.

What does it mean?

Being your own best friend means that you are stronger when you’re alone, when others are against you, you make the right choices for you and are more in peace within yourself. Sometimes the universe puts us in situations that are challenging because we need it. We might not understand it during the challenges but afterwards we realize how much we grew and how much we learned from the experience. Being our own best friend makes us tougher and stronger in our mind and soul to work through the challenges without giving up. We don’t hate ourselves and our bodies. We accept our flaws and are grateful for the talents we have been gifted. We have a positive outlook on life, we trust the universe and spread love and energy around us.

5 tips to become your own best friend

Here are 5 of the most important steps you can take in the journey of becoming your own best friend.

Practice gratitude

Everything starts with gratitude. You must learn the art of being grateful towards yourself, what you have and life itself. Only then you can grow. Gratitude and willing to develop and earn more in life is better without greediness. Start practicing gratitude. Take a few minutes a week or day depending how fast you want to go and think of all the things you are grateful for. In life, in your job, your partner – and yourself. Be grateful for all the good personality traits you have. Be grateful to your body and how it works for you. Many of us have things we want to change on our bodies, but please try to see the whole picture. Just because you change something on the outside, doesn’t it mean you’ll be a happier peson. Try to love your own unique body first.

Focus inwards – soul empowerment

Being connected to your soul, can give you so much happiness. I cannot stress this enough! If you have never really meditated, start as soon as you can! You don’t have to believe in anything like astrology or the soul. But you can pretend. When you see results, might start believing in something powerful within you. Connecting with your true self is not only through meditation. You can isolate yourself a few days, do trips and creative things by yourself. Simple, hang out with yourself. You’ll probably realize things about your life you never understood before. You’ll think clearly. And you’ll find a genuine happiness right where you are, whether you are far from your biggest goal or already there. It’s a really good sign when you find happiness just being by yourself.

Out with bad influences – in with good influences

Shut off influences from the outside that make you judge yourself. Liberate yourself from self-hate and judgement. Unfollow accounts on Instagram and Facebook that give you a negative view on your body and your life. Instead, follow accounts that really motivate you. Even better – less social media, more personal development. Read more books and articles in subjects you love and in personal development. In my opinion, you’ll gain more from that than scrolling through Kim Kardashian’s Instagram all the way back to 2014. Unless she is a positive role model to you, which is completely fine 🙂

Visualizing and plans

Where are you in life? Is it mediocre to you? Are you really where you want to be? Are you studying something you find interesting? Are you working with you passion? Do you love your partner? If you’re not exactly where you want to be, it’s time to take control over the situation and go on the journey towards your dream life. It requires more than a day. And it’s ok! Enjoy the journey and all that you get to experience. Life is more than an end goal.

  • Install the habit of visualizing. Write down in detail how you want every domain in life to look like. Visualize (imagine it in your head) regularly and your vision will constantly be in the back of your mind.
  • Make plans on how to get there. You might have heard about “The Law of Attraction”. It basically means visualize, believe and you shall receive. What they forgot was WORK. Yes you can’t receive all you want if you don’t step out the door. Start doing things to get closer to your goal. If you want to become a journalist, start freelancing and email blogs to do guest posts. If you want new friends, attend different types of events. If you take one step towards that goal, you’ll see how you’ll attract it much faster than if you stayed at home and wished.
  • Listen to your intuition and follow it. This is one of the hardest things I will tell you to do. I don’t even know if I do 100% as my intuition tells me. All I know is that every time I do, everything falls into place. Why can it be hard? Well sometimes, we might be in a totally comfortable situation and still feel uncomfortable. Like something’s wrong. We don’t get out of there because it’s so comfortable. But the feeling of discomfort will just grow. When you finally let go, you’ll be so liberated and relieved. Not until you hear your intuition (a.k.a. gut feeling) clearly and trust it fully, you will find yourself push through instead of letting go and you’ll do it until you can’t bare it anymore. When you let go, you will know in your heart it was the right decision to make.

Body empowerment

Lastly, take care of yourself! Give your body some loving as well, and not just through gratitude but through treatment. Nourish it with good food, less alcohol, more water and work out now and then. Do yoga, treat yourself a massage, paint your nails. Make yourself a body oil and rub it on the skin after a hot nice shower. Feel beautiful and have some alone time in front of the mirror. Admire what you see. Love what you see. Be happy in your own skin.

Summery

This is now over a thousand words, straight from my heart. Am I my best friend? Definitely! I love myself before expecting someone else to love me. Do I do all these things regularly? No, but I try. And so should you. Becoming your best friend takes time. See it as a process. Maybe you have to cry and work through hard things and that’s ok. Take your time. It will be worth it.

  • Practice gratitude towards everything in life and especially towards yourself
  • Focus inwards and connect with your soul
  • Cut on bad influences and replace them with good ones
  • Start visualizing, making plans and listening to your intuition
  • Love and nourish your body

Good luck on your journey x

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Appreciate and Respect the Small Things

 

We often have high expectations on everything; ourselves, our job, our kids, our partners. Please, take a break and appreciate the small but meaningful things in your life. Let us take a look at two perspectives; love and work.

Love

Appreciation, respect and display of affection are some of the key things in a relationship to me. Maybe I’m not the best at this myself, but I strive to always appreciate, respect and show affection to my partner. This also meaning, appreciating the small but meaningful things they do for me. Does your partner often cook you dinner? Does he or she make sure you never go hungry? Do they randomly caress you during the day? Do they drive a long way to see you for a couple hours? Do they offer you help with every day chores? Do they send you a message to remind you that you’re in their thoughts? Appreciate that! What keeps you together will in the end this, and not expensive gifts and dinners out.

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Work

At work it’s more about respecting the small but meaningful things. I have myself taken these details for granted sometimes and that’s why I recommend you not to. An employer loves an employee who respects being on time, being prepared, looking proper, being polite, being willing to co-operate, double checking, giving constructive critique and simply  firing off a smile now and then. It doesn’t always help to be ultra talented but to always be late, coming to the office in your PJ’s and being rude.

Maybe you know this already, or maybe you needed this reminder. Why not tell someone today that you appreciate the small but meaningful things they do for you?

 

 

Track Your Efficiency

Today, I would like to share a little tip with you. I started doing this when I wanted to find out how much exactly I did during a work day in order to get an idea of my efficiency. So here are the simple steps;

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Open a word document or take out your notebook to track your efficiency!

Have a word document  in the background or just a paper next to  you while you’re working. Note the time you start working, take pauses and stop working for the day. During the working hours, you also write down everything you do. For example, this is what it could look like;

10.00 Start working

  • New logo for TrackYourEfficiency.com designed
  • Two blog posts written and scheduled about efficiency

12.00 Lunch break

13.00 Start working

  • A power point presentation on efficiency prepared

14.00 Break to commute to a venue

14.30 Start working

  • Lecture about efficiency

16.30 Stop working

Total hours of work for this person were five hours. In five hours they designed a new logo, wrote two blog posts, created and finished a power point presentation and held a two hour long lecture. That is one efficient person!

Now try this yourself and see how much you actually get done during the day. Not much? Maybe you check your phone too much? Or do you get more than enough done and should take more breaks? Good luck and happy Saturday!

 

 

Healthy Habits #3

I’ve already made two posts about healthy habits that I’m currently applying, healthy habit #1 and #2. First it was nutrition and then exercise, two subjects that always seem to go hand in hand.

So, have I made any progress? With the nutrition, I’ve been really good at eating everything except for sweets. I never have anything sweet at home except for some dark chocolate and a Nutella jar I barely touch. I’ve been good at trying to vary my food between fish, white meat, red meat and vegetarian, rice, pasta, potato etc. Something that I have done though, is to replace my meals with sandwiches and it has occurred many times. Even though a toast with butter and garlic is insanely good and simple to make, I have to keep that for breakfast or afternoon snack.

And with the exercise… Not as much running as I would have wanted. Should I blame it on the rainy Parisian winter? No, no excuses. BUT, I’ve been really consistent with my morning routine which includes circuit training and some cardio for warmup. Just how I like it! My legs have been so sore lately. That’s a lovely feeling to me!

The third healthy habit is not as much about the body as nutrition and exercise. It’s about the SPIRIT.

Current situation: I’ve already started to apply this. I have been a very spiritual person for many years, but lately I haven’t felt 100% connected to my soul and intuition and felt lack of inner peace. I had to get that back into my life and routines. So here is what I do and what to continue doing;

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Healthy Habit #3:

  • Meditation should be a natural part of my morning- and evening routine
  • See spiritual books and videos just as important as books related to business and success
  • Include more me-time every day, even if it’s just a hot, calm shower before bed
  • Candles and incenses should be used more at home
  • Be more consistent with visualizing

Like I said, I’ve already applied this since a week now and it is working amazingly. As soon as you open up to connect with your soul, it will be there for you, eager to connect with you.

If you want to apply some of these as well, let me recommend you two Youtube channels for meditation; www.youtube.com/jbittersweet

~Namaste~

The Compound Effect – Review

Title: The Compound Effect

Author: Darren Hardy

Area: Personal Development

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Do you feel like your life is miserable? Or that it’s good but could be better? Or that you just want to know more about success in all aspects of life? This is the book with a capital B.

This is a crystal clear book about how positive habits can over time change your life for the better. And you know what? It’s actually pretty short. Hardy covers the main principles of the powerful compound effect in under 200 pages. He has cut out the unnecessary details and stuck to the essential information of all the thousands lessons he has learned. He has taken this essential information and put it into six parts. He presents these six parts with a few simple examples. He has basically written a book about success and hard work, but in such a simple way that anyone could understand and apply these methods into their lives. The text in itself is clear and simple, but to make it even easier for the reader to go back to the chapters while applying these methods, he has put a list of key action points in the end of every chapter.

What happened to me while reading this book? I’ll admit, I was going through a personal struggle. It was a mix of the present and the past. I know so many ways to have a happy foundation in life by heart, but I was being effected by external things which outsourced the voice from inside – my intuition. I didn’t feel that inner peace anymore and had so many negative thoughts in my head constantly. Finally, I got determined that I have to get back to the confident, happy and peaceful person I used to be. Reading this book during both my struggle and my way back, I had many a-ha’s and realizations. I know in my heart that the things Hardy talks about in this book is true and it just validated my philosophy even more. For example, I know that you create your life from choices. If you keep making poor choices, your life will reflect that. If you keep having the same negative habits, your life will reflect this.

I’ve been writing a lot about positive habits that I want in  life and reading about Hardy’s methods and knowledge surrounding habits made it even more clear to me. Now I really really put effort in changing my habits, eliminating habits and installing habits. Less social media, more meditation, more time with people who add value to your life rather than people who don’t etc.

Also, Hardy put some assessments to help the reader identify the negative habits, bad influences, how show more gratitude etc. He is putting all his effort into making your life better with this book.

Hardy is not into the magic. He promotes hard work. I trust every word he says, since he has logical and solid examples and have some of the most successful people backing him up. So if you’re out to make your life world-class, then this book is simply a must-read.

More Darren Hardy: 

Next book: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Reach the Flow

Since Friday, I’ve been more and more productive for each day. I’ve been so focused. I’ve turned down chances to party, events I don’t really feel like going to and just been pushing myself to work hard. And wow! During the weekend I stepped into a flow of creative and productive energy, and I told myself not to let go. This is day 4 of the flow and I’m determined to stay throughout this week’s work days and make it a habit. Every work day should be like this!

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How did I reach the flow? Here’s what I think: I believe that a positive mindset gives birth to positive things. I have forced myself to cut out any negative influences or thoughts. If I felt worried about something, I read something positive, watched a positive video or meditated. Anything to keep me in a high spirit. Instead of doing everything in one day, I have two types of days;

1st type – The blog + social medias, freelance business

2nd typ – Projects 1 and 2

So I focus on two areas each day.  Yesterday was type 1, today type 2 etc. This way I eventually get in a deep focus since I have few things to focus on. No distractions, a clutter free work surface, water, coffee, proper food and micro breaks now and then. And I work productively all day.

I have also exercised, meditated and had a good breakfast every day before I kick off with work. I believe that this puts me in a positive mood where I’ve already done good things, so why not keep doing good, necessary things?

Thirdly, I have fun. The things I’m working on are fun! Some bits are of course less fun, but when I remind me that this is part of the whole project that I love and can’t wait to show people, then I feel motivated to keep going.

So… a good, healthy start of the day + a positive and peaceful mind + clutter free work surface and focus on few projects at a time + enjoying what you do  = flow

And then repeat. Because if I already had two super productive days, I can’t let the third be unproductive. It’s a positive circle! This is just me though. Does it work for you? Or do you have another formula for reaching the state of flow?