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DIET – A Balanced Diet Gives Proper Nutrition To Your Organs And Tissues Allowing Them To Work Effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance.

EXERCISE – Physical Activity Lowers the Risk of Developing Cardiovascular Disease, Reduces Body Fat, which is associated with high blood pressure, Increases and Maintains Bone Mass, lowering the risk of osteoporosis, Can Reduce Depression and Anxiety and Helps to Manage Stress.

MEDITATION – It Helps Ease Anxiety, Stress, Chronic Pain, Improves Heart Health, Boosts Mood, Focus and Immunity, read more here.

COMMUNICATION – Learning A Language Boosts Cognitive Function like explained in this article.


TIME MANAGEMENT

Time management is the process of planning and controlling the amount of time spent on specific activities, with the intention of increasing effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.

Creating a schedule based on activities relevance and focusing on establishing the desired results are some of the suggested best practices to manage our time. Also, reviewing the results and taking short breaks every hour are other tips that contribute to a successful time management.

Lastly two bad habits that must be overcome are over-committing and procrastination.

In order to be effective one needs to select and prioritize the tasks that wants to achieve, because committing to more than it’s feasible to produce will result in quality loss.

Also, sticking to the schedule will improve performance and job satisfaction; delaying or avoiding a task that needs to be done has never helped anyone.

Underlying a good time management’s execution, it’s the ability to make decision properly.

A big benefit of time management is that it boosts productivity. It also decreases levels of stress and allows a better quality of live.


 PrOACT DECISION MAKING MODEL


EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

Communication is the process of sharing information, thoughts and feelings between people through speaking, writing or body language.

Getting your message across is primary to progressing. To do this, you must understand what your message is, what audience you are sending it to, and how it will be perceived. You must also weigh-in the circumstances surrounding your communications, such as situational and cultural context.

Effective Communication includes that the transmitted content is received and understood by someone in the same way it was intended by the sender. Therefore, the receiver’s skills are as much important and relevant as the sender’s.

 EFFECTIVE LISTENING

In fact, an essential step in pursuing Effective Communication is practicing Mindful listening, to silence the internal noise of your own thoughts, so that you can hear the whole message, and understand the speaker.

Being present, focus on the person you are listening to, without distractions. Cultivating empathy, understand a situation from someone else’s point of view. Being more aware of internal cues, allow us to choose not to let them block communication.

Mindful listening helps to:

  • Retain information.
  • Pause before you speak, so you can consider the effect of your words.
  • Pay attention for longer.
  • Boost your self-esteem.

To take Effective Listening a step forward and become more engaged in the communication involves Active listening.

Active listening is where you make a conscious effort to hear not only the words that another person is saying, but try to understand the complete message being sent.

-Give the speaker your undivided attention, and acknowledge the message.

-Reflect on what is being said by paraphrasing and asking questions.

-Allow the speaker to finish each point. Disclose your opinions respectfully.


 CREATIVITY

Creativity involves lateral thinking, the ability to perceive patterns that are not obvious, to challenge traditional assumptions and divergent thinking, the process of producing multiple answers from the information at hand.

It requires the time to nurture inspiration, observing reality through different lenses, being curious and exploring new possibilities. In addition, it demands the  capacity to analyze and evaluate the new solutions.

Creativity is a key component of intelligence. Neuroscience suggests that creative innovation might require coactivation and communication between regions of the brain that ordinarily are not strongly connected.

According to some theories, positive emotions increase the number of cognitive elements available for association (attention scope) and the number of elements that are relevant to the problem (cognitive scope).

CREATIVE THINKING

Ideas filter in the deep recesses of our minds.

  • Playfulness puts you in touch with your unconscious mind.
  • Deferring decisions gives your unconscious the time to come up with an idea.

The language of the unconscious is images, is fragmented, is unclear and slow. It reflects perception, emotion and awareness.

It’s a meditation on a problem, without trying to solve it.

CRITICAL THINKING

Critical thinking is the ability to draw reasonable conclusions from a set of information and discriminate between useful and less useful details for solving a problem or making a decision.

  • Analyzing and interpreting
  • Explaining and evaluating information
  • Problem solving and reasoning.

It is a tool by which one can come about reasoned conclusions based on a reasoned process.


SMART GOALS

Setting SMART goals is helpful in defining and achieving success in a project or intent.


 HUMOR

Humor is an important social and emotional activity and research indicates that it has a multitude of positive effects. It is the quality of people, objects or situations to generate feelings of amusement in other people.

Laughter strengthen our immune system, it releases beneficial hormones that revitalize us, calm our nerves, reduce tension and stimulate creativity.

Studies have shown that laughing:

  • lowers blood pressure
  • reduces stress hormones, such as epinephrine and cortisol which constrict blood vessels
  • improves cardiovascular health by increasing the body’s ability to use oxygen
  • reduces anxiety, relaxes muscles
  • strengthens the immune system
  • releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers

Having a good sense of humor reduces stress, helps you cope with pain, creates empathy in social situations. It has the power to transform our emotions and change our thinking. Applications of sense of humor can be found in many contexts:

  • Building Relationships
  • Influencing
  • Managing Stress 
  • Public Speaking 
  • Negotiating
  • Selling
  • Interviewing

Humor facilitates thought and problem solving: enabling creative thinking and providing an emotional state more conducive to effective problem solving.


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