entrepreneur, Pleasure, Productivity, Uncategorized, Work

Pleasure Centeredness and Productivity

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The Wikipedia free encyclopaedia defined pleasure as s a broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking for . It includes more specific mental states such as happiness, entertainment, enjoyment, ecstasy, and euphoria.

The experience of pleasure is subjective and different individuals will experience different kinds and amounts of pleasure in the same situation. Many pleasurable experiences are associated with satisfying basic biological drives, such as eating, exercise, hygiene, and sex. The appreciation of cultural artifacts and activities such as art, music, dancing and literature is often pleasurable.

Pleasure can foster productivity or become damaging to it depending on the types of pleasure one seek and the duration. Some forms of  innocent harmless  pleasures in moderation  including humor can provide relaxation for the body and mind and foster family bonding and other relationships while some forms such excessive drinking can damage health and also foster breaking of relationships and loss of lives.

vacationToday’s world encourages instant gratification and it is available everywhere as never before: television stations operating twenty-four hours for every single day  of the year; every form of movies, both on televisions and online are now available. Internet sites with different forms of video games for  entertainment are also major influence in increasing people’s expectations. They graphically portray what other people had and can do in living the life of ease and fun.

Little is portrayed on these media of the impacts of these activities on the inner person, productivity and relationships.According to Stephen Covey, “The pleasure centered person soon get bored with each succeeding level of pleasures and fun and constantly cry for more and more excitement with bigger ‘high’, resulting in too many vacations  and undisciplined  pleasures”.  When one starts  to constantly indulge in excessive pleasure, life  gradually starts  wasting .

The negative effects of excessive pleasure-seeking include reduction of  the  productive capacity of the individual  and  most of their talents to remain undeveloped; the mind and spirit become lazy and the heart becomes unfulfilled.

The pleasure centered person, therefore, become insecure, loses confidence and start  avoid real work. And gradually it will impact on their income, relationships and may even break them up if unchecked.

humor.pngA good dose of labor is needed by every entrepreneur for becoming and also remaining successful while internment non offensive pleasure enables him to refresh his mind and body. It is should be done very wisely. Humor is one form of pleasurable activity that naturally provides harmless fun.   Humor and other positive emotions foster greater mental flexibility (creativity). Non-aggressive humor can even increase feelings of being eager to work. When we hear or see something funny we feel a desire to tell someone about it and laugh together. Laughter is contagious, even when we do not understand its cause.On laughing together we feel identified with others (cohesion effect)and  when shared, laughter  has the effect of bringing people together or closing distances, or even of reducing conflict; it helps us to relate to others in a more relaxed manner, it helps us to deal with our fear of making a fool of ourselves (to avoid being laughed at, it is better to laugh at ourselves, so that humor acts as a remedy for shyness), it can help us to find solutions to the problems of every-day life, and  reduces feelings of frustration we encounter  when going about our daily chores.

 

 

 

 

 

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasure

Stephen R. Covey, 7 Habit of highly effective people, Simon & Schuster,UK

http://www.psychologyinspain.com/content/full/2011/15002.pdf

actions, distractions, entrepreneur, life style, Productivity, social media, Uncategorized, Work

How to deal with with distractions

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Life is such that we strive from our early days to become  successful  and many of us have invested  thousands of hours  in to various work and talents to improve our lives and financial conditions. But the  Newtons third law  of motion which states  that “actions and reaction are equal and opposite” does not automatically apply to success as in physics. As we travel along  our life-cycle, it becomes clear that it is not all the quantity of  energy we invested actually resulted in increased profitability or productivity as some percentage of them  were  invested in things we did not plan or things that interrupted what we planned.

Definition of Distraction

The Oxford dictionary defined distraction as a thing that prevents someone from concentrating on something else.

Causes of distractions

Lack of discipline

Disciplined  culture is great tool to fight distraction. Ensuring that we are disciplined to start and finish our work go a long way to reduce distractions and enables us to follow through on  rules we set to achieve our desired goals . Lack of discipline on the other hand makes us veer  off the tangent  and leads to incomplete or poorly finished works that will ultimately reduce our productivity.

Lack of Planning and prioritization

An African proverb states that , “ you should  look for your  missing  black goat in the daylight or it will be too late in the night when the color of the goat will blend with the color of the  night “

Lack of planning and prioritization makes us to start working on our low valued goals first instead of concentrating on our most valuable goals that will make most impact on our  bottom lines .

Learning to perform  the more arduous tasks first,  ensures that  we have maximum return on our energy and frees up time for less important tasks later, therefore ,minimizing the distraction that would have stoppedthe important tasks in the first place.planning

 

Environment

The surroundings or conditions in which a person, lives or operates can be a source of distraction.

Those that work in crowded areas need to increase their concentration and focus to avoid distractions more than those that work in closed offices. It is therefore, very important to work in environment that will enhance  our productivity or develop ourselves to be able to tune out the distractions where we have little or no choice  in order to maintain our level of productivity

Tiredness

When we have exhausted our energy but could not have proper rest and sleep before engaging on new projects, we are bound to be distracted as we will be weary and wishing  for sleep or rest.

Consequently, for us to perform well, we have to observe proper rest and sleep to be alert and maintain focus and so overcome distractions.

Life style

Those who are extroverted are more prone to be distracted that introverts. The extrovert finds it difficult to maintain focus for longer period of time than introverts who loves routine work and can enjoy working on a project for longer period of time

Mobile phone

Mobile phone makes it easy to reach out to people and people to reach us anywhere and anytime. This property makes it a tool for distraction as we keep getting e- mails, text messages calls at time we scheduled for other busy tasks. To minimize the distraction, it is advised to switch off the mobile device or put them in silence when doing busy work.

Social media

The total amount of time we spend on social media is on increase and could serve as distractions.

To avoid such distraction, one should set time probably at the end of the day to check on friends and chat with them

 

Reference

 

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/distraction

entrepreneur, Motivational, Uncategorized

The Gap between us and our Vision(Conclusion)

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Our world today is filled with fix it quick solutions . We were always in a hurry because there are always many things we want to accomplish immediately,  as a result of increased volume of information available to us through the various medium around us. The internet age makes new innovations become stale within hours and minutes if now seconds.The irony is that  time remains constant each day-24 hours in which we have to do so much  things we have in our lists.As we are hit by reality based on the unchanging principles that forms the natural laws governing the universe and human existence, we begin to come in conflicts with so many things: our belief systems; the need for personal sustenance and survival through meaningful work; the need for productivity in our various vocations to retain our positions because of brutal competition; the relationship hassles with our spouses, children, friends because of our inability to feel and react to them appropriately ;need for new skills to compete and not be obsolete due to the changing nature of available job openings and cutting edge technologies. Finally,under these unfavorable conditions, we also begin to notice that habits we have picked up along the wayare inhibiting us to learn the required ones.

When faced with these myriads of deep rooted problems, some people will watch their faith broken and literally melting, resulting to cynicism and criticizing everything and every body around them. Some may resolve to seek solace in various vices not congruent to human growth , while other may lower their expectations about life and decide never to look up in the sky and dream again, believing that  the vision they projected for themselves when they were young was a foolish adventure.The question here is, is there a solution? Of course, Yes.  If there is no solution, everybody would have been in the same sorry state.

The answers we seek will never materialize until we awaken to the fact that we are not getting the results that we want. The first thing is to accept that we are not getting  the result we want because we were still blaming all the outside factors except our role.

Accepted that we could not have changed so many of the outside factors since they were not under our control, so forget about them for a while. An Ibo- African proverb says that “you can never boast to hunger until you have a piece of yam in your hands”; translating that when you achieve your primary self victory you can as well influence the world positively.

Therefore, if you find your self in such a situation, you should take responsibilities for your future actions from them all and also unconditionally accept that nothing could be done about the past, a sunk cost.By accepting responsibilities, gives you the first power to be involved in shaping and  running your life you automatically become the CEO of your self . The next should be to review the past activities of  your life and do some weeding-out of the things you no longer want to do . These  unplugging of non desirable activities  will provide you time you need because you will no longer occupy all your time with wastes and unproductive activities that drain your energy too.

Freeing up some time  and quantum of energy will be liberating as that will allow you the opportunity to be more clear headed  and  look at the remaining list of activities and prioritize what should be done firs,t second and so on and the list of what if not done at all like watching television will not be missed  if there is no time left.The fastest way to move after you determine what you will be focusing on is to get enlightenment on those areas, look for people who are already making making it to couch you. Learning through reading books and articles in those direction should be key.Even volunteering your time in worthy causes will also give you opportunity at the earliest  possible time to start test running your new ideas

Reading good books which are repository of knowledge has suffered in our modern times.So many people put all kinds of activities in their daily schedules except reading some  good books.The purpose of education is to make common knowledge available to everyone and everywhere in the world first and to also serve as the platform to for transmission of knowledge from one generation to the other. Therefore, the  pursuit of  continuous learning will continue to broadening our minds in more than a small ways and as we learn, we  see solutions to most of the problems submerged in our conscious minds even for years past.

There is no way you can master all the subjects of your challenges at once to be honest , learning is a life long activity so be prepared to start taking baby steps on changing the way you approach those challenges by taking action. The earliest step could be in changing your perceptions and your habits by stop fueling the previous old habits but focusing on the new ones you want.The initial step will be difficult but with passage of time it becomes easier. All you need is to develop new mind sets and persevere along the way to achieving your set goals.Do not forget to  always measure your self and see how how far you are moving towards becoming the ideal person that you want to be based on  the  vision you have developed. for you to effectively o achieve your vision,you have to keep your head in the cloud but never stop for once to work on the tasks in front of you to realize those goals that will make your vision to come true.

If you keeping learning,building new sets of skills such as good communication skills, interpersonal relationships and maintain the positive attitude and not returning to to the former ways of cynicism and criticism and self loathing, you will discover the silver lining in the challenges you have had past through in the past and see that you can start converting them to success since these challenges actually provides us the basis for discovery of the solutions to our former problems. In fact, most of the innovative products today that hits the market and become a success story like Facebook was discovered by Mike Zukerberg and his team working on solving the issue of making people keep in touch with their friends and love ones, business associates , school reunions from all over the world at a very negligible cost.  When you begin to look for the solutions to these myriads of past problems and actually find them, you could unravel what will make all the time worth your while and can even earn a living through them then you will notice the gap between you and your ideal vision begin to close and if you are consistent over time, they can even merge in a beautiful way to create a superior ideas  that will not only meet and surpass your daily needs but can make of you  an international icon who has the finance, the knowledge and the desire to contribute to the less privileged and put smiles and resources into the hands and sousl of million who are still lost on their way,, thereby making the world a better place than you previously perceived it.

Courage to embrace the changes and learning is what is returned.