Do you have a hard time waking up every day to go to the job you hate?
Do you find it hard to implement those very creative life hacks that were outlined in that article you read last week?
Have you found it difficult to make decisions that will constantly and consistently move you toward your goals?
The productivity gems below are meant to help you succeed without having to tell anyone about your goals or failing publicly while at the same time giving subliminal reminders to yourself.
1. Positive Morning Encouragement—Create an alarm title: You don’t like waking up to go to your job every day. And you already know that you need to be positive and work on creating other opportunities for yourself. But in the meantime, you’re just waking up very angry and annoyed. Remind yourself of what a blessing it is to have a job at all by giving a name to your morning alarm (which I’m assuming is on your cellphone lol). Anything that reminds you of how you should view your job will work fine (Work is a blessing, To whom much is given…, or Step 1: Go to Work). Use anything that will plant a positive seed in your mind when you see your alarm every day. And don’t think that this suggestion should only be used in the morning or for work. You can use this at any time of day for anything you want to be positive about (working out, specific meetings, taking medicines, etc.)
2. Security Reinforcement—Insert your goals into your passwords: Do you use at least one password on a daily basis? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few small words in that password that will remind you of your larger goal(s)? Whether you want to lose weight (I_Drop_25 for example) or want to save a certain amount of money each month (Cookie_Jar$$$250 for example), creating a custom password until you achieve your goal or until it becomes second nature to remember the goal can be the perfect reminder. Make sure that you change the password to something that you use every day (unlocking your cellphone, work PC login, email) so you’re reminded of your goal on a daily basis and reduce the chance of you forgetting the new password.
3. Visual Reinforcement—Insert your goals into your wallpapers and screen-savers: Create a WORKable vision board that allows you to view your goals in a way that will look like artwork to the unsuspecting eye. (Find out how: here) Each time you unlock you phone or return to your computer after being away for a while, you will see all the positive thoughts, goals, and encouraging phrases that you’ve determined you need. And that pesky person that looks over your shoulder will only see
4. Abstract Inspiration—Framed photos on your desk, coffee mugs with quotes, pens with scriptures: Be smart when you use this idea and make sure you choose your inspiration carefully because other people may see it. The best inspiration is the photo that has no words and could mean lots of things but of course means one important thing to you. Put this in a frame at work or in whatever place you are most often. You can also frame cards and pictures that have encouraging quotes, especially those that are visual art and have words going in multiple directions. The next time you see that positive mug or pen or other office supplies, don’t leave it in the store because you already have a mug or pen. Buy it because that particular thing speaks to your spirit AND serves the purpose of holding your coffee or taking notes. If anyone happens to see or interpret your abstract inspiration, they will chalk it up to one of the many ways that you remain positive every day.
5. New Favorite Numbers—Insert target numbers into your daily life: If you are trying to achieve a numeric goal (debt freedom, income targets, and marathon time goals) insert that number into your daily life so you can be constantly reminded of the goal you are working toward. This idea works just like Number 2, but it can be more secretive because no one has to know why you’ve chosen a particular number. You can even take large numerical goals (paying off student loans, mortgages, consumer debt, etc.) and reduce them to smaller numbers. For example, suppose you have $198, 365 left on your mortgage, your number could be 200, or 31 (1+9+8+3+6+5=31). This number can even be used in a password: 198_Home-Free_365. Use your creativity to get the numbers to a form that can be easily inserted into your life.