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Want to Increase Your Productivity?

Learn to harness your positivity.

Have you noticed you function better when you’re happy? Be it good news in the family, an achievement at work, a meditative start to the day, or simply cheerful weather, happiness can enhance our spirit and makes us do better than ever. It all boils down to how we think, feel, and perceive.

According to research, we think approximately 50,000 thoughts a day, out of which roughly 70% are negative. Our thoughts in turn affect our feelings and emotions on a subconscious and hormonal level. For instance, a bad day at work, a difficult task, or a fight with a loved one can induce stress hormones such as cortisol, which then hampers our mood and ongoing activities. On the flip side, positive thoughts about life improve functioning in the memory centre of the brain. 

A study conducted at Oxford University has also shown that workers are 13% more productive when happy as they worked more efficiently. Therefore, in order to be our optimal self, we need to be happy and have a positive outlook on life. Weather conditions also play a significant role in our state of happiness. Meanwhile, a study conducted by the University of Michigan on how weather affects our mood found that people who spent at least 30 minutes outside in pleasant weather had happier moods. But given that change is the only constant and life situations often aren’t in our control – especially during a pandemic – is there really a way to foster positivity and in turn increase our productivity levels? Absolutely!

How Can You Maintain a Positive Attitude?

Tend to Your Thoughts

Our thoughts pave the way forward, therefore self-cultivation is vital. I often sit with my thoughts after an intense workday, assess areas where I could’ve handled things differently, accept my emotions as they are, and confide in myself. We can be very hard with ourselves sometimes, but all we really need to do is accept ourselves and focus on what can be done rather than what happened. 

Spend Time with Like-Minded People

I cannot stress this enough. As we mature with age, we realise that having the right support can be verymentally rewarding. Being around people that ‘just get you’, understand your shortcomings, or simply accept you for who you are can be pivotal in uplifting our moods, our energy, and our productivity. 

Invest Energy in Self-Care Activities

Self-care is often neglected, but with changing times, a lot of us have realised its importance. Self-care is no longer a luxury for a few, but a necessity for all. It’s self-preservation. I strongly believe that indulging in activities such as meditation and breathwork, offering gratitude, and creating a safe haven for yourself to thrive in can be very self-motivating. 

Remember That Gratitude Is Key

No matter how far we go, we’re spirit, and our spirit guides us. The universe is also always guiding us. Being grateful means that despite life’s oddities, our inner mechanism andwillpower will always remain grounded. Studies have shown the power of gratitude can deeply enhance our lifestyle and the way we perceive things. To quotereputed author Germany Kent: “It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”

Live Mindfully and Consciously 

It is true that a conscious lifestyle in itself can be the biggest flex when it comes to enforcing positivity, vitality, and joy. Mindfulness has shown to be an excellent way of striking a balance in your life as well as living up to your full potential. When we are conscious and aware of our surroundings as well as our inner self, it reflects in our work, relationships, and overall well-being. Being mindful – not mind-full – is vital. 

How Can You Boost Your Productivity?

Stop Multitasking

Often, people who are desperate to make the most of their time might multitask by handling too many tasks at once or constantly switching between tasks. Multitasking is actually ‘false efficiency’, and studies have shown that it negatively affects our mind and keeps us away from optimal productivity. This is one of the reasons most people burn out or exhaust themselves too quickly. Rather than multitasking, one should focus on one goal at a time by paying undivided attention and having the right support/team to ensure productivity levels are in check. 

Stick to a Schedule 

Abiding by a set schedule can ensure efficiency and discipline. Oftentimes, work can get chaotic and exhausting. And in such moments, a set schedule can be your saving grace and keep you on track when sticking by commitments. Journaling, planning, and marking your calendars well in advance can ensure sticking to set goals, maintaining clarity, and ensuring tasks are carried out seamlessly. 

Learn to Say ‘No’

This is a tough, yet mentally rewarding thing to do. Saying ‘no’ when you need to is a sign of self-satisfaction and self-care. Many times, we over-promise – especially at work where we want to put our best foot forward – but it can do more harm than good if those tasks are not achievable or done with efficiency. This can be achieved by positively changing your mindset, which is key to any productivity hack. 

Give Yourself the Much-Needed Downtime 

Investing in some ‘me-time’ throughout the day can highly benefit productivity levels. But the idea is to be smart about it, and that definitely doesn’t mean mindlessly scrolling on social media. Take up at least 10-15 minutes in the day to recharge and reload yourself by spending time on activities that are not taxing, but very relaxing. I often chant mantras/affirmations, take a power nap, or quickly do deep breathing to instantly get myself in the zone. 

Eat Light and Get Grooving 

Having a simple meal can help maintain concentration levels as well as energy and metabolism throughout the day. Personally, I feel sweating it out really fosters my happiness levels, and it makes me more optimistic and encouraged to tackle the day as it comes. So be it nature walks, gym class, or yoga flow once a day, find what it is that helps you get grooving and puts you in a good mood, which in turn affects your productivity levels drastically.  

To learn more on how to live a healthier, happier, and more productive life, visit Illuminations Wellbeing Center to take charge of your personal growth. 


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Unlocking Prosperity: Three Fundamental Money Principles for Abundant Living

Wealth Unveiled: Prosperity Principles

Money affects every part of our lives. It can bring joy and security, but it can also bring stress and worry. As women, we tend to have a different relationships with money. One thing is certain though: We all want to live a life of abundance and prosperity. Here are some “Money Principles” are not just theoretical concepts, but practical guidelines that can and should be applied in our daily lives to manage our finances effectively. Let’s create a positive relationship with money.

Understanding the dynamics of money and how it works is the first step towards achieving financial prosperity. Firstly, money, in itself, is not the end goal, but a means to an end. It is a tool that can provide us with the resources we need to live a fulfilling life. However, without the right knowledge and understanding, money mismanaged can be a huge blow to our dreams and sustainability. Therefore, it is crucial to learn and understand these fundamental money principles.

The Importance of Money Principles

Money principles serve as a guide for our financial decisions and actions. It’s about creating a framework for managing our finances effectively and responsibly and help us make informed decisions that align with our financial goals and values.

Its imperative we develop a healthy relationship with money. Instead of viewing money as a source of stress or worry, we can see it as a tool without our emotional involvement. Once we remove anger, fear, lack and other negative feelings from the equation, a shift is created in our energy field. This shift in perspective can have a profound impact on our financial well-being and overall quality of life. It can help us overcome financial challenges, achieve our financial goals, and live a life of abundance and prosperity.

The Three Fundamental Money Principles

Principle 1: Spend Less Than You Earn

This may seem like an obvious principle, but it is one that many people struggle with. As of today, we are an out-and-out consumer-driven society. This is an easy trap for anyone to fall into leading to overspending and living beyond their means. This is how one gets sucked into financial stress and debt, hindering our ability to live a life of abundance. It is therefore crucial to develop the discipline to spend less than we earn and live within our means.

The first step to implementing this principle is to create a budget. This involves tracking your income and expenses and setting limits for your spending. It may require making sacrifices and cutting back on unnecessary expenses, but it is crucial for living within your means and avoiding debt. A budget not only helps us control our spending but also gives us a clear picture of our financial situation, enabling us to make informed financial decisions.

Another important aspect of this principle is to save and invest wisely. By setting aside a portion of your income for savings and investments, you are not only preparing for the future but also creating a safety net for unexpected expenses. This can also help you achieve long-term financial goals, such as buying a house or retiring comfortably. Think about building wealth over time.

Principle 2: Give Generously

What goes out must come in! True prosperity is not just about accumulating wealth, but also about sharing it and using it to improve the lives of others. We are not talking about just giving to charity, but also being generous with our time, talents, and resources. It encourages us to share what we have with others and use our resources to make a positive impact in the world.

Giving generously not only benefits others but also brings blessings and abundance into our own lives. It helps us cultivate a mindset of abundance and gratitude, and reminds us that we have more than enough to share with others. By giving generously, we also contribute to creating a more just and equitable society, which ultimately benefits everyone. Give that tip to your hairdresser, sponsor a kid, help out a local charity in UAE.

Principle 3: Seek Wisdom and Guidance

The final fundamental money principle is to seek wisdom and guidance when it comes to managing our finances. This can involve seeking advice from financial experts in the UAE, reading books and articles on personal finance, or even seeking guidance from religious or spiritual leaders. This principle encourages us to continuously learn and grow in our understanding of money and financial management.

When we learn from the experiences and knowledge of others it also helps us stay accountable and motivated in our financial journey.


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