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How-To Foster Creativity

Are you an entrepreneur? An artist? A body of constant ideas? There’s one thing that bind these all together— creativity.

For some, creativity comes easier than others. But anyone has the potential to be creative. Creativity plays a crucial role in almost any job and innovative endeavor. Learning how to focus that creativity then becomes the key.

Being creative is nothing more than learning how to think creative. And learning how to think creatively is nothing close to rocket science.

Igniting Curiosity

Don’t know how something works? How about you find out! Walking past something incomprehensible at first sight never helped anyone. New startups and great innovations were born out a craving for satisfying curiosity with tangible solutions.

Its true: the best ideas were born out of full-lit curiosity. Don’t be afraid to turn to search engines constantly. Question the smallest of phenomenon around you to find new and exciting ways to do seemingly banal things.

Creativity and innovation are about being young at heart and never given in to out dated ways of thinking about things. It’s about never ignoring something you don’t know and always yearning to learn something new.

Battling Fear

Sometimes, it not your lack of creative juices that halter inspiration, but the fear that your creativity just does not cut it. Let’s put that rumor to rest. The best ideas are those that were born out irrationality.

Then comes battling fear of failure. Innovation is not always accompanied by success, but it’s the success does not have to be your drive you innovate. Innovation is about stepping out side of the box to look for things that don’t already exist in your world and trying out new ways to do old things. And after that, innovation is sometimes about sometimes putting your creations down, realizing that its time to move on and then innovating something else.

Failing should never hinder your creative goals. In fact, after multiple tries you will surely create what you intended. Keep the juices flowing!

Read, Read and then Read Some More

Stimulating your brain is just that easy. Whether you’re a lover of fantasy or constantly crave hard facts, good reads is the proven way to get yourself thinking. Not only do they transport you to another setting, but force you to think about the institutions in the novel and question the chronology of events.

Creating a reading habit can be a challenge if reading was never in your daily agenda before. The solution is to start small. Make a resolution to read for 20 minutes every night before bed. Before you know it, you will be on you way to finishing a novel and will have kick started you creativity right along with it.

Still can’t get yourself to sit in front of a book? Faced-paced documentaries do just as well! Intellectual stimulation is just around the corner.

Aim for Difference

Why settle for the daily grind when you could be experiencing something completely new? That’s right, creativity is all about fitting new pieces into the old puzzle and looking at ways to live life a little more than you already have.

Travel. Try watching a new sport. Watch a movie in a genre you never pictured yourself enjoying. Aiming for new forms of creativity means aiming for new ways of live life. You might be surprised by how much you love something you never pictured yourself enjoying! And more than that, you might be surprised by the inspirations that follow.

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How-To Maintain Motivation

Build momentum and maintain that momentum to boost motivation
Build momentum and maintain that momentum to boost motivation

So many of us do things not out of personal pleasure or enjoyment, but because we just need to. In that case, how do we convince ourselves to successfully finish the task at hand? Moreover, how do we make ourselves put in our best effort?

Maintaining motivation is the trade to be learned. Here are some simple ways to hold up that motivation for the long-run.

Be Forward-Looking

If something is tedious and difficult to do, there's absolutely no reason why you should spend your effort thinking more about it than you need to. The key is to keep reminding yourself to look past the present, and concentrate on the future.

Whether it be fitness or work, the difficulty in completing todays task will amount to something better later on. It's all about acknowledging a trade-off. By constantly thinking about your goals and what you want your ideal future to entail, you might find it a tad bit easier to work through your task list.

Work a To-Do List

A To-Do List can be daunting, as it acts as a reminder of all the things that you need to complete through the course of your day. But, do you remember that feeling you got that day when you managed to check every last bullet off that list?

Remember that feeling.

Success is addicting. There is nothing wrong with being greedy with your potential. As long as you can maintain a sense of thirst of success, working through even the most difficult of chores becomes a way for you to get one step closer to meeting your potential.

For the Loved Ones

When things get tough and motivation falters, sometimes it gets easier to do things for others rather than to do them for yourself.

It doesn't matter who it is. All that it matters is realizing that there is a person out there that is either directly or indirectly going to benefit from you completing that one difficult task at hand. There might be someone depending on you for it. Maybe there is someone who might be pleasantly surprised by your accomplishment!

All that matters is that you finish your work with the realization that you made someone else a little bit happier.

Everything's a +

You've heard people say it before — having a positive attitude makes everything more enjoyable. It's clichéd, but nothing could be closer to the truth.

It's easier said than done. It's easy to plaster pseudo-optimism and smiles over long-withstanding bitterness. But motivation is about convincing yourself that what you're doing is worth the extra effort. And then, it's about maintaining that belief.

Build Momentum

It's like athletics. When you've built up that adrenaline rush, its hard to put down.

Sometimes going through the struggle of maintaining motivation through the initial stress pays off. Build up the momentum and let your productivity take you farther. Put yourself on  a roll so that backing off becomes the bigger challenge.

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5 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

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5 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

If you’re feeling overworked and finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In today’s society, many of us find it more and more difficult finding balance in our daily lives. Feeling more burnout in discovering ways to devote more time to the activities and people that matter. Here are five ways to bring a little more balance to your daily routine:

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These Are Six Questions You Need To Ask Before You Delegate Work

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These Are Six Questions You Need To Ask Before You Delegate Work

These Are Six Questions You Need To Ask Before You Delegate Work. Before you go on delegating tasks, you'll need to understand that communication and managing expectations is key.  Don’t leave it up to the VA to determine what you were thinking. The more clear you are the easier it will be to explain what you want to the virtual assistant, and the better they will understand what you want.

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How To Off Loading Social Media Tasks to a VA to Help Reach a Larger Audience

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How To Off Loading Social Media Tasks to a VA to Help Reach a Larger Audience

As a business owner, your time is best spent running and growing your business — not getting bogged down by routine tasks and growing to-do lists. Virtual assistant services save you time by allowing you to offload tasks to highly efficient remote workers, wherever you are. From administrative duties to making sure your personal life doesn't fall into shambles, virtual assistants help busy business owners stay more productive and organized at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time employee. Here social media tasks to off load to a virtual assistant to help your business reach a larger audience.

 

  • You have a Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn page, but you're not sure how to use them to promote what you do.
  • VA does research to determine where your potential clients congregate online and find industry-related groups and organizations you can join. VA helps you brainstorm about questions you can answer on these sites to establish you as an expert in your field.
  • VA follows websites and blogs that pertain to your industry and suggests updates and posts you can use to build your visibility online.
  • You have tips and ideas for your clients. You send articles you've written to VA. VA gleans short, to-the-point segments and posts them to your social media sites or submits them to electronic newsletters, e-zines, and blogs.
  • You know you need to create a personalized presence in the world of social media, but you're concerned that regularly checking Facebook and Twitter is going to take up too much time. VA sets you up with a free, easy, social networking and micro-blogging web service that enables you to post to multiple social networks simultaneously.
  • You have been using your Facebook page to communicate with both friends and clients, but it's filled with personal photos and comments from family and friends. VA creates a Facebook business page using an attractive design and your logo, providing a professional platform from which you can send out business-related posts. VA sends a personalized invite to your clients asking them to "Like" your Facebook business page.
  • You have been tweeting and posting to Facebook, but you don't know whether anyone is "listening." VA can use Facebook business page data to determine who your fans are and what it is they are interested in reading about you.

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