Having A Break Makes Me Lazy… So I Stop Procrastinating With These 4 Tips!

I totally understand the importance of taking a good break after being so dedicated to your career or a year-long of daily tasks. However, you could be uninspired to back on track after taking a break, either a short one or a long one. You might be wondering what went wrong? Why I am not productive at all? This scenario could literally happen to everyone, especially during the Chinese New Year or Christmas seasons. Festivity is meant to celebrate your hard work, treasure your time with family members and friends that barely met for a year, it is a season of joy and give back. But our uncontrolled behaviors could turn into a tentative situation when we go back to the reality.

Sometimes, having a break makes me uninspired to back on routine and to be the best in terms of productivity. I made the wrong choices in life and procrastinated a lot, I mean a lot where I could have doubled down my content creation with those spare time. Said that I tend to complete every task on time and always believe that it helps to stop procrastinating, but I was wrong. The more condensed my working pattern, the more I lose my cool. In juxtapose to the main title, having a good break will eventually help you to be more productive and get back to your place as soon as possible, with the help of the following tips.

First, ask yourself. Have you set goals for both short term and long term? Let me explain to you. A short-term goal is a micro-task that you could complete within a given time. While the long-term goal is a macro vision that leveraged from the short ones. For instance, you set yourself to finish the leftover on the first day of your return to work and put a checkmark in your paper note once it is done. The more micro-tasks you are capable of handling, the nearer you would reach your macro vision. The long-term goal should be correlated with the short ones. Said that your goals are your journey to success, not an outcome. You might be thinking to be a 7 figures entrepreneur is your final vision, but it should be the influence you built into society, the value you provided to people or the financial legacy you left under your name, that makes you a successful entrepreneur.

You have to chill at the right time. If you are given a 7 days break during Chinese New Year, how would you spend your days? My answer is as much as you can because you deserve having a good break without stressing on your normal 9-5 job or any leftover. However, keep in mind that you should not spend your time on meaningless things. If you want to meet up with old friends or reminisce with old family members, go for it! Having a good conversation helps to elevate your mood and strengthen your bond with each other. I would also read some success stories and binge-watching good informative contents that enlighten myself in terms of personal and professional development. Just make sure you are a work-life balance, this helps you to always come back with better self.

Embrace yourself and take good care of your health. You would have to pay the price for neglecting your own health. It is a serious issue among this generation that we tend to be either excessively productive or excessively unproductive in life. I would always suggest having a healthy mindset beforehand. You need to ride on the game, not in the game. Having a nutritious diet is my key to maintain my energy to stay up late when I have to complete my task. It helps to minimize the risks of having a poor sleeping routine but it is always encouraged to practice good sleep whenever you can. You need to provide yourself at least a few options to stay healthy in both physical and mental condition. Totally understand your priorities and set yourself free from the overpacked schedule.

Bear in mind that it is your responsibility to achieve everything you want in life. Nobody can do these for you unless you give them the priority to access your life. I would work on the micro and macro interchangeably because of I aware the importance of coexistence of these two. I would set myself with the right activities at the right time, means to have a break between one task to the another, recharge myself, power up and run the race again. Guys, be responsible for yourself! Stop procrastinating, stop complaining, adjust your mindset and live the life where you could dominate with confidence, and don’t forget to reinforce yourself in healthy ways. Success will always be with you when you are doing right.

Wishing Happy Chinese New Year to my Chinese readers and make sure to catch me up on Instagram @mikewenjinsoo 🙂

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Instagram Algorithm Changes – 3 Tips (February 2018)

Recently, there are rumors that Instagram will change again, secretly without notifying us – the consumers. In my opinion, it is nothing new or surprising. Changes are always needed to leverage the app and I urge everyone don’t be romantic over the changes. Even when there’s just 10% of your audience able to see your posts, it doesn’t change the facts if you are doing just fine right now. My takes on the drop in reach, impression and the overall engagement:

1 GREAT CONTENT

Your contents are as the same as before, they are either amazing or the opposite. It is quite objected to saying that if you consistently put great contents on your feed and stories, you are safe. You don’t have to worry about no one will ‘see’ your contents. The algorithm will decide what content to show to your followers or even non-followers based on their activities. It won’t take anything away from you unless you give up so easily. Stop blaming the platform.

2 TARGET AUDIENCE

If your contents are able to attract your targeted audience, you are still keeping the record. You lose nothing but maintains the qualities of your consumer base. You need to grow a community that will support not just a single post but tend to respond to your stories, questions or even provide valuable opinions or constructive criticism. If you are a YouTuber, your intention is to build a brand, ask suggestions and drive traffic back to your channel. Remember to provide massive values in every story and regular content. There’s literally no shortcut to success. Value lied to entertainment, education, and motivation always work better.

3 RESPECT INSTAGRAM

Knowing you are not purposely violating the T&C of Instagram. Follow the rules set by Instagram and use all the features on Instagram. Engage and follow people per your interest and it is just like a normal habit. Share your thoughts on Stories, connect through DM, it all bounds down to how much value you are capable to share with your community. Some people are worried about getting banned by using engagement pods, it all lies in how you are using it. If you use it for the sake of connecting and communicating, that’s totally Instagram friendly.

FINAL THOUGHTS

By doing all these good practices, you lose nothing, but slowly building up the momentum as a good user on Instagram. Remember, Instagram will reward you if you’re doing everything right. It means that you should NOT be afraid of losing the numbers you already owned. I have noticed many times that a 2K account can be a dead space with zero interaction, or even a 5K account. Numbers matter when you niched down to find your true consumer base. Those mini figures will keep you going. So, let’s crush Instagram in 2018!

Hold up! Are you a video consumer? Watch this YouTube video than. I also included some Chinese New Year scenes. 🙂

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