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15 Jun

Deep down, you know exactly what you are capable of. There’s even moments where you get a glimpse of all the potential you have. You can get there. You just have to be willing to sacrifice the habits, things and situations that are standing in the way of your success. I honestly believe “Running to Risk” has the power to unlock mindsets and belief systems that have been holding you back from your true potential (I’m naturally conservative so it’s big coming from me!)

Before we do something crazy and ‘run to risk’, let’s take stock of where we are today and our foundational beliefs in our potential and true capacity. In the day-to-day act of living, waking up, coffee, breakfast, school drop-offs, work, more coffee, home, homework, dinner, finish off emails, glass or two of (insert drink here), collapse on couch, Netflix etc. We can become disconnected with our true potential and capacity.

You are being pulled from all sides – your family, your boss, your colleagues, your partner, your friends, even your dog. You can be forgiven for prioritising the present over the future.

To set up this series on healthy and personal-capacity fuelled risk, I want you to invest a moment or two searching deep within yourself.

  • What’s in your heart for 2019?
  • What is one thing you would look back on come 31st Dec 2019 and be proud of your personal accomplishment?
  • What’s something that scares you?
  • What’s that one thing that has been on the back of your mind that you’d love to put your name to in your lifetime?

The answer to the above is the thing we’re going to focus on in part one of this post. We’re focusing on it because with every achievement that challenges our personal capacity and unlocks our potential, there will be an element of risk.

Risk Is Scary!

Risk stares you in the face from afar and says ‘don’t you dare approach. Don’t even try’. This is when you’re faced with a decision to make, and the best (and also worst!) thing about it is you’re the only one who can make it!

As you make this decision to ‘run to risk’, the regret of not running has to be stronger than your personal comfort. Your comfort must give way to your calling. Your present must give way to your potential.

Think about the one thing on your heart – the thing that helps you step into your calling and potential. The thing with risk looming all over it. Let’s build the strength, self-belief, courage, boldness and tenacity to ‘Run to Risk.’ But what about timing? I’m not sure if I should be pursuing my dream now.

“You can’t always wait for the perfect time. Sometimes, you have to dare to do it because life is too short to wonder what might have been.”

We’re not running to risk for a laugh and a good time, we’re running to risk because that dream in our hearts for 2019 is worth pursuing. When faced with the potential of risk, we often come up with thoughts and reasons to justify our lack of momentum or progress.

I don’t know how!

I don’t have the money!

I don’t have the connections!

But one of the most common excuses I hear (I know, because I hear it from myself) is a little sentence that has killed more dreams and crushed more souls than most. ’It’s not the right time’.

It’s one of the most powerful excuses because it bulldozes every other excuse by default. You’ll always meet more people, money comes and goes, but once time is gone, it’s gone forever. This excuse becomes our default without us even realising it.

I remember when I was wanting to launch a few online courses, a podcast and a book. (These are all my risks for 2019). But they were also my goals for 2017 and 2018. Sadly, I put my insecurities ahead of my identity and my convenience over my calling. Looking back now, each excuse I held to for not launching these projects was based on timing.

First, the IG algorithms were affecting posts, then someone else launched a podcast in my niche and gosh, I couldn’t do that! Next, as I was writing my IG Online Course, another one came on the market. Nope, can’t do that now. I’ll wait until the marketing heat dies down on that one. The exact same situation with my book launch…it just wasn’t quite the right time.

Here’s what I learnt and something I want to share with you, there’s never a right time to do the thing that’s on your heart. The right time will never simply show up, you’ve got the time, now it’s up to you to make it right!

Looking back, I’ve felt the pain of regret and don’t want to let the fear of risk lead to regret again. Now is the time to look risk dead square in the eyes and say ‘ready or not, here I come’. Yeah, the I could start now I guess…I know what I want to do and I kinda believe now is as good of time as any…I’m honestly not sure where to start.

“Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.”

Now It’s Time!

We’ve just told risk we’re coming for it. We’ve made the decision to put our calling over our comfort and choose to be lead by faith not fear. Now it’s the time to start. We’re starting right now because we have been given the time, and we’ve got complete power and control to make it the ‘right time’. We’ve made the decision to go after that thing that’s on our heart, the thing we’ve always wanted to do, the thing that has been too risky.

Not anymore. Today, we start.

There is huge power in the start. When we start, we have the luxury of being on home ground. We are making more decisions for ourselves, rather than having to make decisions based on responses which we will have to inevitably do down the road.

Today, we start.

We’re filled fresh with enthusiasm, passion and driven by our desire to accomplish something meaningful this year. Yesterday, we may have had a loss to our name, we may have stumbled and fallen…but you’ve picked yourself up.

Today, we start.

We look to the future with our heads held high, the hopes of a brighter future with that dream in our heart knowing that we are valiantly pursuing it despite the risk. We know our dream, we know we are capable of achieving it, we know we’ve got the time and today, we start.

We start the journey as we ‘Run to Risk’.This blog is based off the mini-series ‘Run to Risk’ first featured on the Achieve the Impossible App, accompanied by downloadable wallpapers and daily inspiring messages to inspire, challenge and equip you to achieve your impossible dream. Download the Achieve the Impossible App and start your free trial today!

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14 Jun

Every human being has been given the same twenty-four hours in a day to live their life to the fullest. Time is no less than a gift for us all, yet if you ask people around you about their opinion of time, you will hear them say that they have less time than they need. They may even tell you they have more to work on than the number of hours in a day.

Forget others, and think of your life. Do you also think this way? You work hard to make the most of your time, and focus with the utmost attention to achieve higher productivity. Still, you may not feel satisfied with what you do or deliver at the end of the day.

Improving your productivity at work simply means doing more than you have done before. It can be related to learning new skills, reading about the work-related processes, or attending seminars to add knowledge.

Other than allowing others to gauge your productivity, it is better that you do it yourself regularly and improve. Simply put, there are two ways to get more work done – either work more hours or do the smart work, not just hard work.

Working more hours than normal is possible, but to a certain extent only. You can’t add a twenty-fifth hour in a day. However, it is possible for you to do smart work. It is more about managing your time most effectively.

Here are 6 simple tips to increase your productivity at work:

1. Create a List of Tasks as Per Priority

When you start your work day, it’s important to figure out what you need to do before you leave for the day. Improvement in work productivity can be defined as your ability to do the work you have been assigned on time or even before the expected time.

You can achieve this by creating a list of tasks to be done in a day in the order of their priority. Start your day by creating this list and if possible, assign a time-period to each of the tasks in which you expect to complete it.

Then, pick up the tasks one by one, and work on them. Having that list in mind will prevent you from feeling distracted at work. The less you waste your time on the least important activities, the more you get to focus on the job. As a result, you will see an improvement in your productivity.

2. Don’t Procrastinate

Believe it or not, procrastination is one of the main enemies of work productivity. If you delay getting a specific task done or putting it aside for some other time, you are shouldering yourself with more work to be done in the time ahead.

Now, when you reach that time and look at the workload already built up, it becomes nearly obvious to feel stressed, let alone focus on the current priorities.

Stress, which is another enemy of productivity, will do its part to distract you off the right course to be followed, and the work will keep on increasing. To be highly productive at work, you need to beat stress.

This can best be done by not delaying getting things done as required. Overcome the procrastinator mindset with a will to do things now. The more you practice not to delay tasks at work, the more productive and efficient you will become.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. Identify Wastage of Time and Resolve It

If a specific task at hand that can be done in a few minutes is taking too long to finish, you’re wasting too much time. Either the method or way you are following is incorrect, or you are not doing your part to simplify the task.

The modern age is full of hi-tech products that have made things easier for everyone. No matter what kind of work you do or which industry you belong to, you can get help with advanced technology.

Let’s say you do a data-entry job wherein you need to manually enter data of each product in some retail store into a computer system. Just picking up each product one by one, then looking at its details and entering them into the system is not tough, but a redundant task that kills time. To speed up the process, you can make use of barcodes and barcode readers.

Similarly, if you are an accountant and have accounting software installed in your computer, you can make use of cloud technology to get the benefits of remote data accessibility, data security, and many others.

If you feel your precious time is getting wasted in doing a specific task at work, identify the cause and then act on it.

4. Take Good Care of Your Health

At the basis of your work-productivity lies your good health. No sick person can be found working in his most productive form. You can only do great work and be highly productive if you have maintained good health.

Some people believe taking care of their health is a difficult task, but it is not. With a few simple daily habits followed for health maintenance, you can strive towards working at your best form always.

If you feel your health does not support your desire to work productively, just do two things – consume a healthy diet as much as possible and do physical exercises regularly. These two small changes in your lifestyle can help you become more productive.

5. Keep the Phone on Silent When Focusing on Work

Smartphones have become a part of our lives, like food, clothing, or shelter. We feel like we can’t live without our cell phones.

It is true that using advanced phones has made a lot of things easier in our personal and professional lives. We should embrace and use this form of technology, but only to a certain limit.

It is when people become addicted to using their smartphones that they feel they do not have much time to do the work productively. Whether it is scrolling through social media, waiting for text messages, or staying on long phone calls, everything works best when it is done within certain limits.

So, if you feel your smartphone takes up most of your time even when you are at work, make a habit of keeping it silent when you are focusing on critical tasks. Use it to your advantages, but don’t be addicted to it.

“My mind is constantly going. For me to completely relax, I gotta get rid of my cell phone.” – Kenny Chesney

6. Wake Up Early

Ultimately, a lot of people desire to have some more hours every day to do their work and maintain a healthy work-life balance. But not all of them are willing to do the simplest thing – which is to wake up early.

Think of it this way, if you wake up earlier than you usually do, you get a few extra hours which you would have otherwise spent sleeping more than required. You can utilize this time by reaching the workplace on or before time. If you want extra hours in your everyday life, start developing the habit of waking up early.

Being productive at work is not just a one-time act, but a habit you should follow during your entire work-life. By following these useful tips, you can easily improve your productivity, while also getting the secondary benefits of good health, work-life balance, and success.

Share with us one productivity habit you’ve implemented into your life! Comment below!

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13 Jun

Highly successful people have tasted failure more than success. Whether its Nikola Tesla or Michael Jordan, everyone had his/her fair share of failures before rising to the pinnacle of success. Yet, most people I know are averse to the idea of failure.

When ambition fuels your desires, you become so conscious about avoiding failure that you forget to learn how to cope with it when you actually experience it. So, when you come face-to-face with adversity, it often overwhelms you.

This brings us to the question, how can you train yourself to overcome these difficulties and use them to your advantage? Here’s how:

1. Acceptance is important to overcome failure

When the going gets tough, one of the most frustrating things you may get to hear is “stay positive.” The idea of positive thinking has been misconstrued, misused, and abused continuously. Contrary to popular belief, positive thinking has nothing to do with smiling and being happy with everything that happens to you all the time. Anyone who preaches that is either lying or crazy.

Use positive thinking to learn, grow, and evolve from the experiences we gather in life. Positive thinking simply means that if you are faced with a setback, you work hard to overcome the challenges. When you experience hardships, it is alright to feel upset and disappointed. Our objective, however, is not to stay down.

2. Be honest with yourself

The most crucial part of dealing with a failure involves pausing for a couple of minutes and pondering over what happened. You need to be completely honest with yourself on why it happened.

It is easy to pull out the Smartphone, turn on the laptop or find other forms of distraction. Most people would do anything to distract themselves and keep their eyes shut to the mistakes they have made.

However, if you don’t confront, you don’t learn. And if you don’t learn, then you are setting yourself up for failure again. Albert Einstein famously stated that it was insane to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different outcome. If you don’t derive a lesson out of mistakes and failures in life, then you are doomed to keep repeating them, whether you realise it or not.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

3. Don’t beat yourself up over a temporary setback

When you have experienced a setback, many of you may succumb to the feeling that you’ll always keep failing. It is easy to convince yourself that you are indeed a failure. Don’t let such destructive ideas or thoughts creep into your head. Instead, keep reminding yourself that just because you failed today, it doesn’t mean you’d fail the next time as well.

It is also important that you treat your failure as a passing phase. When you keep moving forward, focus on the right things, and keep learning. Perceiving the setback as a temporary phase rather than something permanent is vital to developing an optimistic attitude in life.

4. Focus on nurturing and improving yourself

Failures don’t discriminate, and it comes to everyone at some point. The trick lies in learning to deal with it and what you do about it that makes all the difference. In many cases, failure happens because a person wasn’t prepared, didn’t invest time on planning or was ill-equipped. It can also be because Lady Luck decided not to shower her favours.

Except for the last one, the rest of the issues can be fixed. Prepare a list of all the things that you think resulted in your failure. Start working on them one at a time. Do everything in your capacity to rectify, improve, resolve, and develop.

5. Find inspiration and support in abundance

Interacting with someone close can be more helpful than you think. You can also learn from people who have been through similar situations and have achieved what you hope to. Gain insights on how they managed to sail through the setbacks or low-points before and during the moment of success.

Or you can gain the motivation or enthusiasm by listening to someone else from an audiobook or podcast for maybe 30-60 minutes. It doesn’t have to be focused on your current setbacks.  Change your mood and mindset back towards optimism again.

6. Adopt a constructive approach and learn from the adverse situation

Consider it as valuable feedback and take home something you can implement in the process of overcoming your failure. The following are some of the questions you need to ask yourself:

  • What is the lesson for me?
  • How can I rectify myself to avoid making the same mistake and do better next time?
  • What can I do to enjoy guaranteed success?

You don’t need to rush through the process. Some of the answers may be immediate, while others might take an hour, a day or even a week to pop up. The significant thing is to start thinking about the situation from this perspective. Also, you need to be constructive about things rather than getting stuck with denial, negativity and apathy.

7. Stop mulling over and move on

Processing the situation and accepting it is the ideal way to deal with failures. Any individual who has experienced failures will know that it is quite easy to stay stuck in the loop of similar thoughts. In fact, this may go around and around for weeks or even months.

Now, in order to be free from this trap, the one habit that might help you is the set of questions like the ones shared above. You can also create a rough plan for how you wish to move forward from here. So, take some time to sit down and write them down.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

8. Purge out all the negativity

Another impactful way to handle the emotional meltdown and the thoughts that emerge from experiencing failure is to purge out all the negativity. In order to let everything out, you need to confide in someone close to you. There are two ways to go about it: Engaging in a conversation with someone will allow you to see it from a different perspective. The person you talk to can assist you in grounding yourself in reality again and motivate you to look for a way forward.

Or you can simply vent about it while the other person who is listening can sort things out for you. He/she can help you accept what happened and boost your spirit by instilling a sense of hope.

The significant thing to remember is that while you can’t stop obstacles from appearing in life, you can devise smart ways to handle them. If you persevere, you can easily discover opportunities that have been waiting for you on the other side. Now, as you become more efficient at dealing with the failures, you will allow yourself to see the positive side in even the toughest of scenarios.

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11 Jun

Every human being has been given the same twenty-four hours in a day to live their life to the fullest. Time is no less than a gift for us all, yet if you ask people around you about their opinion of time, you will hear them say that they have less time than they need. They may even tell you they have more to work on than the number of hours in a day.

Forget others, and think of your life. Do you also think this way? You work hard to make the most of your time, and focus with the utmost attention to achieve higher productivity. Still, you may not feel satisfied with what you do or deliver at the end of the day.

Improving your productivity at work simply means doing more than you have done before. It can be related to learning new skills, reading about the work-related processes, or attending seminars to add knowledge.

Other than allowing others to gauge your productivity, it is better that you do it yourself regularly and improve. Simply put, there are two ways to get more work done – either work more hours or do the smart work, not just hard work.

Working more hours than normal is possible, but to a certain extent only. You can’t add a twenty-fifth hour in a day. However, it is possible for you to do smart work. It is more about managing your time most effectively.

Here are 6 simple tips to increase your productivity at work:

1. Create a List of Tasks as Per Priority

When you start your work day, it’s important to figure out what you need to do before you leave for the day. Improvement in work productivity can be defined as your ability to do the work you have been assigned on time or even before the expected time.

You can achieve this by creating a list of tasks to be done in a day in the order of their priority. Start your day by creating this list and if possible, assign a time-period to each of the tasks in which you expect to complete it.

Then, pick up the tasks one by one, and work on them. Having that list in mind will prevent you from feeling distracted at work. The less you waste your time on the least important activities, the more you get to focus on the job. As a result, you will see an improvement in your productivity.

2. Don’t Procrastinate

Believe it or not, procrastination is one of the main enemies of work productivity. If you delay getting a specific task done or putting it aside for some other time, you are shouldering yourself with more work to be done in the time ahead.

Now, when you reach that time and look at the workload already built up, it becomes nearly obvious to feel stressed, let alone focus on the current priorities.

Stress, which is another enemy of productivity, will do its part to distract you off the right course to be followed, and the work will keep on increasing. To be highly productive at work, you need to beat stress.

This can best be done by not delaying getting things done as required. Overcome the procrastinator mindset with a will to do things now. The more you practice not to delay tasks at work, the more productive and efficient you will become.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. Identify Wastage of Time and Resolve It

If a specific task at hand that can be done in a few minutes is taking too long to finish, you’re wasting too much time. Either the method or way you are following is incorrect, or you are not doing your part to simplify the task.

The modern age is full of hi-tech products that have made things easier for everyone. No matter what kind of work you do or which industry you belong to, you can get help with advanced technology.

Let’s say you do a data-entry job wherein you need to manually enter data of each product in some retail store into a computer system. Just picking up each product one by one, then looking at its details and entering them into the system is not tough, but a redundant task that kills time. To speed up the process, you can make use of barcodes and barcode readers.

Similarly, if you are an accountant and have accounting software installed in your computer, you can make use of cloud technology to get the benefits of remote data accessibility, data security, and many others.

If you feel your precious time is getting wasted in doing a specific task at work, identify the cause and then act on it.

4. Take Good Care of Your Health

At the basis of your work-productivity lies your good health. No sick person can be found working in his most productive form. You can only do great work and be highly productive if you have maintained good health.

Some people believe taking care of their health is a difficult task, but it is not. With a few simple daily habits followed for health maintenance, you can strive towards working at your best form always.

If you feel your health does not support your desire to work productively, just do two things – consume a healthy diet as much as possible and do physical exercises regularly. These two small changes in your lifestyle can help you become more productive.

5. Keep the Phone on Silent When Focusing on Work

Smartphones have become a part of our lives, like food, clothing, or shelter. We feel like we can’t live without our cell phones.

It is true that using advanced phones has made a lot of things easier in our personal and professional lives. We should embrace and use this form of technology, but only to a certain limit.

It is when people become addicted to using their smartphones that they feel they do not have much time to do the work productively. Whether it is scrolling through social media, waiting for text messages, or staying on long phone calls, everything works best when it is done within certain limits.

So, if you feel your smartphone takes up most of your time even when you are at work, make a habit of keeping it silent when you are focusing on critical tasks. Use it to your advantages, but don’t be addicted to it.

“My mind is constantly going. For me to completely relax, I gotta get rid of my cell phone.” – Kenny Chesney

6. Wake Up Early

Ultimately, a lot of people desire to have some more hours every day to do their work and maintain a healthy work-life balance. But not all of them are willing to do the simplest thing – which is to wake up early.

Think of it this way, if you wake up earlier than you usually do, you get a few extra hours which you would have otherwise spent sleeping more than required. You can utilize this time by reaching the workplace on or before time. If you want extra hours in your everyday life, start developing the habit of waking up early.

Being productive at work is not just a one-time act, but a habit you should follow during your entire work-life. By following these useful tips, you can easily improve your productivity, while also getting the secondary benefits of good health, work-life balance, and success.

Share with us one productivity habit you’ve implemented into your life! Comment below!

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11 Jun

The moves I’ve made in my career from the military, to the mining industry, to running a multinational business in Latin America, aren’t linear. It’s not every day an ex-Australian military officer finds their niche in Latin American business.

Graduating from Australia’s Royal Military College and Defense Force Academy, I served as a commissioned officer in the Australian Army for nearly 11 years, completing operational tours to Central Asia and the Middle East.

The transition from various Army engineering and infantry roles through to managing a team of legal and financial executives was neither quick nor painless. But, as I entered the company formation process, I found my military service played a significant role in shaping my entrepreneurial fitness. The skills I developed in the Australian Defense Force supported me through several commercial iterations more than once.

Here are some of the key connections I drew between core military values and those I apply to the boardroom environment:

1. Be calculated and decisive

Unsurprisingly, a crucial requisite of military functionality is working quickly and effectively under pressure. This rings especially true for the strategic planners of operations: the commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

My military role made tough demands on me to decide on the best course of action for myself and my team. When deployed overseas, making the wrong decision or not making a decision fast enough could mean failing our mission, and putting people in danger.

In business, it’s vital to understand, analyze and communicate the risks involved in the options laid out before you at various stages. Making offers to clients, moving into a new market, investing large amounts of money into projects. And decisions need to be made based on this analysis before these opportunities pass by.

I can confidently draw on my experiences in service to act fast and capitalize on opportunities as they become available, and make tough decisions in high-pressure situations.

“You cannot make progress without making decisions.” – Jim Rohn

2. Resilience is key

Resilience is fundamental to success in any military career. In training and on operations, one soldier’s spiralling morale could put an entire section in danger. Military personnel are vetted for their adaptability and mental strength from day one, using tried-and-true techniques to push people to their limits.

Having a high level of resilience allows you to cope when things don’t go to plan in business. Investments might not show returns as quickly as hoped, a competitor snatches up an important client, or a difficult situation arises between staff that needs careful management.

I can confidently draw on military-learned techniques to support my own and others’ resilience in the office. Being able to maintain a high level of morale among teams fosters productivity and a willingness to ‘soldier on’ in challenging situations.

3. Leadership and cooperation

People in leadership positions are those that others turn to for advice and support. As a leader, you have to be prepared to make tough decisions that others can’t or won’t. A high-performing team has a courageous, empowering, and communicative leader at its helm.

This is as true in the military as it is in business. Building the right team and driving them to success is both challenging and rewarding – whether the outcome is securing a key logistical foothold to allow aid and other supplies to travel into a war-torn area, or seeing a newly-opened office secure its first major client.

4. Discipline

Not every soldier has an easy time appreciating the ubiquity of drills in their military workplace, nor their role in underpinning the success of a smooth operation. But a lack of discipline is tantamount to putting oneself and others at risk. Ignoring lawful orders, or not applying proper first-aid to a fellow soldier, are a couple of examples of this.

To me, commercial discipline means being professional always, even in stressful or frustrating situations. Maintain integrity in everything you do, and don’t cut corners. Carrying out proper legal and financial procedures means staying compliant under local law, and avoiding complications with authorities.

Staying committed to an objective and refusing to drop standards enables you to build a credible reputation for your business that clients hold in high regard.

“We don’t have to be smarter than the rest, we have to be more disciplined than the rest.” – Warren Buffett

5. Cultural awareness

Finally, but no less importantly, showing respect for cultural customs in business is essential for cultivating strong professional relationships. Being aware of your cultural background, and sensitive to those of others, will help build social connections, and make you more relatable to others.

Foreign militaries operating in troubled parts of the world understand that building trust with local individuals and communities is imperative. Without that trust, moving around becomes difficult and more dangerous. To gain trust, soldiers must show respect for people’s culture and way of life.

The same is true in business. A small hiccup such as not shaking hands, or giving an air-kiss to a new acquaintance here in Latin America could start an entire working relationship off on the wrong foot. Cultural sensitivity shows a willingness to embrace people and their society. Never underestimate the significance people place on this element when evaluating your suitability as a professional partner.

It’s no secret that commercial success requires passion, hard work, and dedication. Don’t be afraid to call upon your own and others’ previous experiences to find solutions to problems or forge ahead with complex projects. For military personnel considering testing out their business acumen, be confident that your years of service to your country have also set you up for success in the world of business.

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11 Jun

Every human being has been given the same twenty-four hours in a day to live their life to the fullest. Time is no less than a gift for us all, yet if you ask people around you about their opinion of time, you will hear them say that they have less time than they need. They may even tell you they have more to work on than the number of hours in a day.

Forget others, and think of your life. Do you also think this way? You work hard to make the most of your time, and focus with the utmost attention to achieve higher productivity. Still, you may not feel satisfied with what you do or deliver at the end of the day.

Improving your productivity at work simply means doing more than you have done before. It can be related to learning new skills, reading about the work-related processes, or attending seminars to add knowledge.

Other than allowing others to gauge your productivity, it is better that you do it yourself regularly and improve. Simply put, there are two ways to get more work done – either work more hours or do the smart work, not just hard work.

Working more hours than normal is possible, but to a certain extent only. You can’t add a twenty-fifth hour in a day. However, it is possible for you to do smart work. It is more about managing your time most effectively.

Here are 6 simple tips to increase your productivity at work:

1. Create a List of Tasks as Per Priority

When you start your work day, it’s important to figure out what you need to do before you leave for the day. Improvement in work productivity can be defined as your ability to do the work you have been assigned on time or even before the expected time.

You can achieve this by creating a list of tasks to be done in a day in the order of their priority. Start your day by creating this list and if possible, assign a time-period to each of the tasks in which you expect to complete it.

Then, pick up the tasks one by one, and work on them. Having that list in mind will prevent you from feeling distracted at work. The less you waste your time on the least important activities, the more you get to focus on the job. As a result, you will see an improvement in your productivity.

2. Don’t Procrastinate

Believe it or not, procrastination is one of the main enemies of work productivity. If you delay getting a specific task done or putting it aside for some other time, you are shouldering yourself with more work to be done in the time ahead.

Now, when you reach that time and look at the workload already built up, it becomes nearly obvious to feel stressed, let alone focus on the current priorities.

Stress, which is another enemy of productivity, will do its part to distract you off the right course to be followed, and the work will keep on increasing. To be highly productive at work, you need to beat stress.

This can best be done by not delaying getting things done as required. Overcome the procrastinator mindset with a will to do things now. The more you practice not to delay tasks at work, the more productive and efficient you will become.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. Identify Wastage of Time and Resolve It

If a specific task at hand that can be done in a few minutes is taking too long to finish, you’re wasting too much time. Either the method or way you are following is incorrect, or you are not doing your part to simplify the task.

The modern age is full of hi-tech products that have made things easier for everyone. No matter what kind of work you do or which industry you belong to, you can get help with advanced technology.

Let’s say you do a data-entry job wherein you need to manually enter data of each product in some retail store into a computer system. Just picking up each product one by one, then looking at its details and entering them into the system is not tough, but a redundant task that kills time. To speed up the process, you can make use of barcodes and barcode readers.

Similarly, if you are an accountant and have accounting software installed in your computer, you can make use of cloud technology to get the benefits of remote data accessibility, data security, and many others.

If you feel your precious time is getting wasted in doing a specific task at work, identify the cause and then act on it.

4. Take Good Care of Your Health

At the basis of your work-productivity lies your good health. No sick person can be found working in his most productive form. You can only do great work and be highly productive if you have maintained good health.

Some people believe taking care of their health is a difficult task, but it is not. With a few simple daily habits followed for health maintenance, you can strive towards working at your best form always.

If you feel your health does not support your desire to work productively, just do two things – consume a healthy diet as much as possible and do physical exercises regularly. These two small changes in your lifestyle can help you become more productive.

5. Keep the Phone on Silent When Focusing on Work

Smartphones have become a part of our lives, like food, clothing, or shelter. We feel like we can’t live without our cell phones.

It is true that using advanced phones has made a lot of things easier in our personal and professional lives. We should embrace and use this form of technology, but only to a certain limit.

It is when people become addicted to using their smartphones that they feel they do not have much time to do the work productively. Whether it is scrolling through social media, waiting for text messages, or staying on long phone calls, everything works best when it is done within certain limits.

So, if you feel your smartphone takes up most of your time even when you are at work, make a habit of keeping it silent when you are focusing on critical tasks. Use it to your advantages, but don’t be addicted to it.

“My mind is constantly going. For me to completely relax, I gotta get rid of my cell phone.” – Kenny Chesney

6. Wake Up Early

Ultimately, a lot of people desire to have some more hours every day to do their work and maintain a healthy work-life balance. But not all of them are willing to do the simplest thing – which is to wake up early.

Think of it this way, if you wake up earlier than you usually do, you get a few extra hours which you would have otherwise spent sleeping more than required. You can utilize this time by reaching the workplace on or before time. If you want extra hours in your everyday life, start developing the habit of waking up early.

Being productive at work is not just a one-time act, but a habit you should follow during your entire work-life. By following these useful tips, you can easily improve your productivity, while also getting the secondary benefits of good health, work-life balance, and success.

Share with us one productivity habit you’ve implemented into your life! Comment below!

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10 Jun

Every human being has been given the same twenty-four hours in a day to live their life to the fullest. Time is no less than a gift for us all, yet if you ask people around you about their opinion of time, you will hear them say that they have less time than they need. They may even tell you they have more to work on than the number of hours in a day.

Forget others, and think of your life. Do you also think this way? You work hard to make the most of your time, and focus with the utmost attention to achieve higher productivity. Still, you may not feel satisfied with what you do or deliver at the end of the day.

Improving your productivity at work simply means doing more than you have done before. It can be related to learning new skills, reading about the work-related processes, or attending seminars to add knowledge.

Other than allowing others to gauge your productivity, it is better that you do it yourself regularly and improve. Simply put, there are two ways to get more work done – either work more hours or do the smart work, not just hard work.

Working more hours than normal is possible, but to a certain extent only. You can’t add a twenty-fifth hour in a day. However, it is possible for you to do smart work. It is more about managing your time most effectively.

Here are 6 simple tips to increase your productivity at work:

1. Create a List of Tasks as Per Priority

When you start your work day, it’s important to figure out what you need to do before you leave for the day. Improvement in work productivity can be defined as your ability to do the work you have been assigned on time or even before the expected time.

You can achieve this by creating a list of tasks to be done in a day in the order of their priority. Start your day by creating this list and if possible, assign a time-period to each of the tasks in which you expect to complete it.

Then, pick up the tasks one by one, and work on them. Having that list in mind will prevent you from feeling distracted at work. The less you waste your time on the least important activities, the more you get to focus on the job. As a result, you will see an improvement in your productivity.

2. Don’t Procrastinate

Believe it or not, procrastination is one of the main enemies of work productivity. If you delay getting a specific task done or putting it aside for some other time, you are shouldering yourself with more work to be done in the time ahead.

Now, when you reach that time and look at the workload already built up, it becomes nearly obvious to feel stressed, let alone focus on the current priorities.

Stress, which is another enemy of productivity, will do its part to distract you off the right course to be followed, and the work will keep on increasing. To be highly productive at work, you need to beat stress.

This can best be done by not delaying getting things done as required. Overcome the procrastinator mindset with a will to do things now. The more you practice not to delay tasks at work, the more productive and efficient you will become.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. Identify Wastage of Time and Resolve It

If a specific task at hand that can be done in a few minutes is taking too long to finish, you’re wasting too much time. Either the method or way you are following is incorrect, or you are not doing your part to simplify the task.

The modern age is full of hi-tech products that have made things easier for everyone. No matter what kind of work you do or which industry you belong to, you can get help with advanced technology.

Let’s say you do a data-entry job wherein you need to manually enter data of each product in some retail store into a computer system. Just picking up each product one by one, then looking at its details and entering them into the system is not tough, but a redundant task that kills time. To speed up the process, you can make use of barcodes and barcode readers.

Similarly, if you are an accountant and have accounting software installed in your computer, you can make use of cloud technology to get the benefits of remote data accessibility, data security, and many others.

If you feel your precious time is getting wasted in doing a specific task at work, identify the cause and then act on it.

4. Take Good Care of Your Health

At the basis of your work-productivity lies your good health. No sick person can be found working in his most productive form. You can only do great work and be highly productive if you have maintained good health.

Some people believe taking care of their health is a difficult task, but it is not. With a few simple daily habits followed for health maintenance, you can strive towards working at your best form always.

If you feel your health does not support your desire to work productively, just do two things – consume a healthy diet as much as possible and do physical exercises regularly. These two small changes in your lifestyle can help you become more productive.

5. Keep the Phone on Silent When Focusing on Work

Smartphones have become a part of our lives, like food, clothing, or shelter. We feel like we can’t live without our cell phones.

It is true that using advanced phones has made a lot of things easier in our personal and professional lives. We should embrace and use this form of technology, but only to a certain limit.

It is when people become addicted to using their smartphones that they feel they do not have much time to do the work productively. Whether it is scrolling through social media, waiting for text messages, or staying on long phone calls, everything works best when it is done within certain limits.

So, if you feel your smartphone takes up most of your time even when you are at work, make a habit of keeping it silent when you are focusing on critical tasks. Use it to your advantages, but don’t be addicted to it.

“My mind is constantly going. For me to completely relax, I gotta get rid of my cell phone.” – Kenny Chesney

6. Wake Up Early

Ultimately, a lot of people desire to have some more hours every day to do their work and maintain a healthy work-life balance. But not all of them are willing to do the simplest thing – which is to wake up early.

Think of it this way, if you wake up earlier than you usually do, you get a few extra hours which you would have otherwise spent sleeping more than required. You can utilize this time by reaching the workplace on or before time. If you want extra hours in your everyday life, start developing the habit of waking up early.

Being productive at work is not just a one-time act, but a habit you should follow during your entire work-life. By following these useful tips, you can easily improve your productivity, while also getting the secondary benefits of good health, work-life balance, and success.

Share with us one productivity habit you’ve implemented into your life! Comment below!

Credit: Source link

10 Jun

Every human being has been given the same twenty-four hours in a day to live their life to the fullest. Time is no less than a gift for us all, yet if you ask people around you about their opinion of time, you will hear them say that they have less time than they need. They may even tell you they have more to work on than the number of hours in a day.

Forget others, and think of your life. Do you also think this way? You work hard to make the most of your time, and focus with the utmost attention to achieve higher productivity. Still, you may not feel satisfied with what you do or deliver at the end of the day.

Improving your productivity at work simply means doing more than you have done before. It can be related to learning new skills, reading about the work-related processes, or attending seminars to add knowledge.

Other than allowing others to gauge your productivity, it is better that you do it yourself regularly and improve. Simply put, there are two ways to get more work done – either work more hours or do the smart work, not just hard work.

Working more hours than normal is possible, but to a certain extent only. You can’t add a twenty-fifth hour in a day. However, it is possible for you to do smart work. It is more about managing your time most effectively.

Here are 6 simple tips to increase your productivity at work:

1. Create a List of Tasks as Per Priority

When you start your work day, it’s important to figure out what you need to do before you leave for the day. Improvement in work productivity can be defined as your ability to do the work you have been assigned on time or even before the expected time.

You can achieve this by creating a list of tasks to be done in a day in the order of their priority. Start your day by creating this list and if possible, assign a time-period to each of the tasks in which you expect to complete it.

Then, pick up the tasks one by one, and work on them. Having that list in mind will prevent you from feeling distracted at work. The less you waste your time on the least important activities, the more you get to focus on the job. As a result, you will see an improvement in your productivity.

2. Don’t Procrastinate

Believe it or not, procrastination is one of the main enemies of work productivity. If you delay getting a specific task done or putting it aside for some other time, you are shouldering yourself with more work to be done in the time ahead.

Now, when you reach that time and look at the workload already built up, it becomes nearly obvious to feel stressed, let alone focus on the current priorities.

Stress, which is another enemy of productivity, will do its part to distract you off the right course to be followed, and the work will keep on increasing. To be highly productive at work, you need to beat stress.

This can best be done by not delaying getting things done as required. Overcome the procrastinator mindset with a will to do things now. The more you practice not to delay tasks at work, the more productive and efficient you will become.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. Identify Wastage of Time and Resolve It

If a specific task at hand that can be done in a few minutes is taking too long to finish, you’re wasting too much time. Either the method or way you are following is incorrect, or you are not doing your part to simplify the task.

The modern age is full of hi-tech products that have made things easier for everyone. No matter what kind of work you do or which industry you belong to, you can get help with advanced technology.

Let’s say you do a data-entry job wherein you need to manually enter data of each product in some retail store into a computer system. Just picking up each product one by one, then looking at its details and entering them into the system is not tough, but a redundant task that kills time. To speed up the process, you can make use of barcodes and barcode readers.

Similarly, if you are an accountant and have accounting software installed in your computer, you can make use of cloud technology to get the benefits of remote data accessibility, data security, and many others.

If you feel your precious time is getting wasted in doing a specific task at work, identify the cause and then act on it.

4. Take Good Care of Your Health

At the basis of your work-productivity lies your good health. No sick person can be found working in his most productive form. You can only do great work and be highly productive if you have maintained good health.

Some people believe taking care of their health is a difficult task, but it is not. With a few simple daily habits followed for health maintenance, you can strive towards working at your best form always.

If you feel your health does not support your desire to work productively, just do two things – consume a healthy diet as much as possible and do physical exercises regularly. These two small changes in your lifestyle can help you become more productive.

5. Keep the Phone on Silent When Focusing on Work

Smartphones have become a part of our lives, like food, clothing, or shelter. We feel like we can’t live without our cell phones.

It is true that using advanced phones has made a lot of things easier in our personal and professional lives. We should embrace and use this form of technology, but only to a certain limit.

It is when people become addicted to using their smartphones that they feel they do not have much time to do the work productively. Whether it is scrolling through social media, waiting for text messages, or staying on long phone calls, everything works best when it is done within certain limits.

So, if you feel your smartphone takes up most of your time even when you are at work, make a habit of keeping it silent when you are focusing on critical tasks. Use it to your advantages, but don’t be addicted to it.

“My mind is constantly going. For me to completely relax, I gotta get rid of my cell phone.” – Kenny Chesney

6. Wake Up Early

Ultimately, a lot of people desire to have some more hours every day to do their work and maintain a healthy work-life balance. But not all of them are willing to do the simplest thing – which is to wake up early.

Think of it this way, if you wake up earlier than you usually do, you get a few extra hours which you would have otherwise spent sleeping more than required. You can utilize this time by reaching the workplace on or before time. If you want extra hours in your everyday life, start developing the habit of waking up early.

Being productive at work is not just a one-time act, but a habit you should follow during your entire work-life. By following these useful tips, you can easily improve your productivity, while also getting the secondary benefits of good health, work-life balance, and success.

Share with us one productivity habit you’ve implemented into your life! Comment below!

Credit: Source link

10 Jun

Every human being has been given the same twenty-four hours in a day to live their life to the fullest. Time is no less than a gift for us all, yet if you ask people around you about their opinion of time, you will hear them say that they have less time than they need. They may even tell you they have more to work on than the number of hours in a day.

Forget others, and think of your life. Do you also think this way? You work hard to make the most of your time, and focus with the utmost attention to achieve higher productivity. Still, you may not feel satisfied with what you do or deliver at the end of the day.

Improving your productivity at work simply means doing more than you have done before. It can be related to learning new skills, reading about the work-related processes, or attending seminars to add knowledge.

Other than allowing others to gauge your productivity, it is better that you do it yourself regularly and improve. Simply put, there are two ways to get more work done – either work more hours or do the smart work, not just hard work.

Working more hours than normal is possible, but to a certain extent only. You can’t add a twenty-fifth hour in a day. However, it is possible for you to do smart work. It is more about managing your time most effectively.

Here are 6 simple tips to increase your productivity at work:

1. Create a List of Tasks as Per Priority

When you start your work day, it’s important to figure out what you need to do before you leave for the day. Improvement in work productivity can be defined as your ability to do the work you have been assigned on time or even before the expected time.

You can achieve this by creating a list of tasks to be done in a day in the order of their priority. Start your day by creating this list and if possible, assign a time-period to each of the tasks in which you expect to complete it.

Then, pick up the tasks one by one, and work on them. Having that list in mind will prevent you from feeling distracted at work. The less you waste your time on the least important activities, the more you get to focus on the job. As a result, you will see an improvement in your productivity.

2. Don’t Procrastinate

Believe it or not, procrastination is one of the main enemies of work productivity. If you delay getting a specific task done or putting it aside for some other time, you are shouldering yourself with more work to be done in the time ahead.

Now, when you reach that time and look at the workload already built up, it becomes nearly obvious to feel stressed, let alone focus on the current priorities.

Stress, which is another enemy of productivity, will do its part to distract you off the right course to be followed, and the work will keep on increasing. To be highly productive at work, you need to beat stress.

This can best be done by not delaying getting things done as required. Overcome the procrastinator mindset with a will to do things now. The more you practice not to delay tasks at work, the more productive and efficient you will become.

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

3. Identify Wastage of Time and Resolve It

If a specific task at hand that can be done in a few minutes is taking too long to finish, you’re wasting too much time. Either the method or way you are following is incorrect, or you are not doing your part to simplify the task.

The modern age is full of hi-tech products that have made things easier for everyone. No matter what kind of work you do or which industry you belong to, you can get help with advanced technology.

Let’s say you do a data-entry job wherein you need to manually enter data of each product in some retail store into a computer system. Just picking up each product one by one, then looking at its details and entering them into the system is not tough, but a redundant task that kills time. To speed up the process, you can make use of barcodes and barcode readers.

Similarly, if you are an accountant and have accounting software installed in your computer, you can make use of cloud technology to get the benefits of remote data accessibility, data security, and many others.

If you feel your precious time is getting wasted in doing a specific task at work, identify the cause and then act on it.

4. Take Good Care of Your Health

At the basis of your work-productivity lies your good health. No sick person can be found working in his most productive form. You can only do great work and be highly productive if you have maintained good health.

Some people believe taking care of their health is a difficult task, but it is not. With a few simple daily habits followed for health maintenance, you can strive towards working at your best form always.

If you feel your health does not support your desire to work productively, just do two things – consume a healthy diet as much as possible and do physical exercises regularly. These two small changes in your lifestyle can help you become more productive.

5. Keep the Phone on Silent When Focusing on Work

Smartphones have become a part of our lives, like food, clothing, or shelter. We feel like we can’t live without our cell phones.

It is true that using advanced phones has made a lot of things easier in our personal and professional lives. We should embrace and use this form of technology, but only to a certain limit.

It is when people become addicted to using their smartphones that they feel they do not have much time to do the work productively. Whether it is scrolling through social media, waiting for text messages, or staying on long phone calls, everything works best when it is done within certain limits.

So, if you feel your smartphone takes up most of your time even when you are at work, make a habit of keeping it silent when you are focusing on critical tasks. Use it to your advantages, but don’t be addicted to it.

“My mind is constantly going. For me to completely relax, I gotta get rid of my cell phone.” – Kenny Chesney

6. Wake Up Early

Ultimately, a lot of people desire to have some more hours every day to do their work and maintain a healthy work-life balance. But not all of them are willing to do the simplest thing – which is to wake up early.

Think of it this way, if you wake up earlier than you usually do, you get a few extra hours which you would have otherwise spent sleeping more than required. You can utilize this time by reaching the workplace on or before time. If you want extra hours in your everyday life, start developing the habit of waking up early.

Being productive at work is not just a one-time act, but a habit you should follow during your entire work-life. By following these useful tips, you can easily improve your productivity, while also getting the secondary benefits of good health, work-life balance, and success.

Share with us one productivity habit you’ve implemented into your life! Comment below!

Credit: Source link

10 Jun

Highly successful people have tasted failure more than success. Whether its Nikola Tesla or Michael Jordan, everyone had his/her fair share of failures before rising to the pinnacle of success. Yet, most people I know are averse to the idea of failure.

When ambition fuels your desires, you become so conscious about avoiding failure that you forget to learn how to cope with it when you actually experience it. So, when you come face-to-face with adversity, it often overwhelms you.

This brings us to the question, how can you train yourself to overcome these difficulties and use them to your advantage? Here’s how:

1. Acceptance is important to overcome failure

When the going gets tough, one of the most frustrating things you may get to hear is “stay positive.” The idea of positive thinking has been misconstrued, misused, and abused continuously. Contrary to popular belief, positive thinking has nothing to do with smiling and being happy with everything that happens to you all the time. Anyone who preaches that is either lying or crazy.

Use positive thinking to learn, grow, and evolve from the experiences we gather in life. Positive thinking simply means that if you are faced with a setback, you work hard to overcome the challenges. When you experience hardships, it is alright to feel upset and disappointed. Our objective, however, is not to stay down.

2. Be honest with yourself

The most crucial part of dealing with a failure involves pausing for a couple of minutes and pondering over what happened. You need to be completely honest with yourself on why it happened.

It is easy to pull out the Smartphone, turn on the laptop or find other forms of distraction. Most people would do anything to distract themselves and keep their eyes shut to the mistakes they have made.

However, if you don’t confront, you don’t learn. And if you don’t learn, then you are setting yourself up for failure again. Albert Einstein famously stated that it was insane to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different outcome. If you don’t derive a lesson out of mistakes and failures in life, then you are doomed to keep repeating them, whether you realise it or not.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

3. Don’t beat yourself up over a temporary setback

When you have experienced a setback, many of you may succumb to the feeling that you’ll always keep failing. It is easy to convince yourself that you are indeed a failure. Don’t let such destructive ideas or thoughts creep into your head. Instead, keep reminding yourself that just because you failed today, it doesn’t mean you’d fail the next time as well.

It is also important that you treat your failure as a passing phase. When you keep moving forward, focus on the right things, and keep learning. Perceiving the setback as a temporary phase rather than something permanent is vital to developing an optimistic attitude in life.

4. Focus on nurturing and improving yourself

Failures don’t discriminate, and it comes to everyone at some point. The trick lies in learning to deal with it and what you do about it that makes all the difference. In many cases, failure happens because a person wasn’t prepared, didn’t invest time on planning or was ill-equipped. It can also be because Lady Luck decided not to shower her favours.

Except for the last one, the rest of the issues can be fixed. Prepare a list of all the things that you think resulted in your failure. Start working on them one at a time. Do everything in your capacity to rectify, improve, resolve, and develop.

5. Find inspiration and support in abundance

Interacting with someone close can be more helpful than you think. You can also learn from people who have been through similar situations and have achieved what you hope to. Gain insights on how they managed to sail through the setbacks or low-points before and during the moment of success.

Or you can gain the motivation or enthusiasm by listening to someone else from an audiobook or podcast for maybe 30-60 minutes. It doesn’t have to be focused on your current setbacks.  Change your mood and mindset back towards optimism again.

6. Adopt a constructive approach and learn from the adverse situation

Consider it as valuable feedback and take home something you can implement in the process of overcoming your failure. The following are some of the questions you need to ask yourself:

  • What is the lesson for me?
  • How can I rectify myself to avoid making the same mistake and do better next time?
  • What can I do to enjoy guaranteed success?

You don’t need to rush through the process. Some of the answers may be immediate, while others might take an hour, a day or even a week to pop up. The significant thing is to start thinking about the situation from this perspective. Also, you need to be constructive about things rather than getting stuck with denial, negativity and apathy.

7. Stop mulling over and move on

Processing the situation and accepting it is the ideal way to deal with failures. Any individual who has experienced failures will know that it is quite easy to stay stuck in the loop of similar thoughts. In fact, this may go around and around for weeks or even months.

Now, in order to be free from this trap, the one habit that might help you is the set of questions like the ones shared above. You can also create a rough plan for how you wish to move forward from here. So, take some time to sit down and write them down.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

8. Purge out all the negativity

Another impactful way to handle the emotional meltdown and the thoughts that emerge from experiencing failure is to purge out all the negativity. In order to let everything out, you need to confide in someone close to you. There are two ways to go about it: Engaging in a conversation with someone will allow you to see it from a different perspective. The person you talk to can assist you in grounding yourself in reality again and motivate you to look for a way forward.

Or you can simply vent about it while the other person who is listening can sort things out for you. He/she can help you accept what happened and boost your spirit by instilling a sense of hope.

The significant thing to remember is that while you can’t stop obstacles from appearing in life, you can devise smart ways to handle them. If you persevere, you can easily discover opportunities that have been waiting for you on the other side. Now, as you become more efficient at dealing with the failures, you will allow yourself to see the positive side in even the toughest of scenarios.

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