What to Do When You Feel Self-Critical

What to Do When You Feel Self-Critical

“I look terrible today.” “I’m so clumsy.” “I can’t do this right.” “That was a stupid thing to say.” Sound familiar? Everyone has negative thoughts now and then. However, if you spend a lot of time scolding yourself, it’s time to lay off. Self-reflection is fine. You’re aware of what’s going on in your life and can make changes, if necessary. Continual self-criticism, though, is judgmental. You feel bad about yourself and have no hope that things will improve —…

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5 Ways to Be More Supportive of Yourself

5 Ways to Be More Supportive of Yourself

Do you find yourself spending a lot of time offering support to others? Do you look for ways to be of service? If so, that’s great! Up to a point, that is. It becomes problematic if you’re ignoring your own needs because you’re too busy helping out. Don’t be nice at your own expense. Be kind to yourself, as well. When you’re self-supportive, you experience the benefits at home, in the workplace and in all aspects of your life. Here’s…

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6 Simple Practices of People Comfortable in Their Own Skin

6 Simple Practices of People Comfortable in Their Own Skin

You know those people who seem to radiate confidence from every pore in their body? You might not be surprised to hear that they’re also the most productive. Confidence works wonders for your energy levels, after all. The good news is that you can be one of those people. Ask any of them about their secret, and chances are it’ll boil down to one (or more) of six simple things they practice every day. They Play to Their Strengths Confident…

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10 Ways Living Abroad Can Boost Your Productivity

10 Ways Living Abroad Can Boost Your Productivity

This is a guest post contributed by Sarah Ghanem.  Almost every single person would be able to relate to the feeling that they aren’t being as productive as they are capable of. Don’t you feel the same? That you are too distracted? Or maybe you’re just too bored to be more productive. Or you could just be facing time management challenges which hinder your productivity. But do you know what the secret to productivity is for some of the most successful…

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How Naming Tasks Makes You More Productive

How Naming Tasks Makes You More Productive

How important is a name? Let’s ask Shakespeare. “That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.” When Juliet Capulet fell in love with Romeo Montague, she knew her family would never accept him. His last name put him out-of-bounds because the two families had a long-standing feud. Juliet believed that, if Romeo were named “John Doe” or “Jemima Puddleduck,” there’d be no problem. The Brothers Grimm also saw the power of names. When a king…

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How To Manage The Little To-Dos On Your List

How To Manage The Little To-Dos On Your List

Many of us are at least fairly skilled with prioritizing tasks throughout the day, so one way or another, the most important stuff gets done. But what about the less-important duties that get ignored and procrastinated about, despite the fact they need to get finished, too? It can certainly be a struggle to find the time and motivation for things deemed not very important, but there are several things you can do to make progress in finishing those necessities. Get…

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