Can You Use Nootropics to Get More Done in Less Time?

Can You Use Nootropics to Get More Done in Less Time?

If you work a typical 9-5 then you are going to be fixed to working for those specific hours. This means there’s no benefit to working faster and then sitting around with nothing to do for hours.

But if you have managed to set up your own business, or if you have discussed flexi-hours with your employers, then working faster means freeing up more time to get home and spend with your kids or doing the things you love!

In these scenarios then, productivity tools help you to earn back your time. And this is one reason that more and more people are now looking into ‘nootropics’ or ‘smart drugs’ to give them the edge. Should you?

What Nootropics Are and How They Work

So let’s start by looking at exactly what a nootropic is and how it works. What’s important to recognize right away is that nothing can make you ‘smarter’ as such because that is a very vague term that is almost impossible to define.

Rather then, nootropics can give you a slight cognitive boost in particular areas like focus, memory or even creativity.

And there are two separate ways that nootropics can work to do this. In the majority of cases, nootropics work by increasing the production of one or more neurotransmitters. These are the chemicals in the brain that help neurons to communicate with one another and that can trigger changes to our physiology and our mental state.

For example, if you have more dopamine in your brain then you will become more focussed and more driven. This is likely to also increase norepinephrine which triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response. GABA helps us to relax by suppressing synaptic transmissions and this can also make us more creative – though it is sedative too. Serotonin puts us in a good mood but eventually converts to melatonin and makes us sleepy. Cortisol is the stress hormone and makes us hungry. Orexin is another sleep-regulating neurotransmitter. Glutamate and acetylcholine are both excitatory neurotransmitters that increase brain activity.

Generally, these nootropics that work by increasing neurotransmitters will focus on excitatory neurotransmitters and thus help to make you more alert, less tired and more focused. These include modafinil, Piracetam, Ritalin and even caffeine.

But there are many problems with these kinds of drugs as they can cause adaptations in the brain leading to potential addiction and making us groggy when not using them. Likewise, it’s not possible to raise one neurotransmitter without altering levels of many more. Ultimately, the brain is too delicate and too complex for us to tinker with it in this way.

The Other Type of Nootropic

But the other types of nootropics work differently – by providing the brain with more energy (vinpocetine, creatine, CoQ10) or by providing it with the raw nutrients needed for healthy operation (omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin B6, zinc). These types of nootropic really do trigger widespread cognitive improvement in a safe and measurable way. However, the results are relatively mild and take a while to appear – so it’s not going to turn you into a productivity king over night!

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

 

 

 

 

happinessIf I Knew Then What I Know Now

I was recently thinking about the concept of success.

I am not referencing the kind of success defined by how many material things you have acquired, the balance of your bank account, the number of diploma’s on the wall, or degree’s behind your name.

The question that came to mind was what has to happen for someone to feel they are having a successful relationship with you. This may include your relationship with a customer, the relationship of a doctor and patient, or relationships with your family, spouse, or other loved ones.

I was once told that a patient will tell you what is wrong with them if you just take the time to listen.  

The concept of listening can be invaluable in determining the direction our lives may take.

What do people really need to consider their time with you a success?

I suspect the responses could fill many pages if a poll was taken. Everyone may have multiple points that they consider vital for a relationship of any kind to florish.

In my opinion the most critical steps anyone must take to make a relationship a success can be reduced to the following four points:

1. Listen-pay attention to what the other person is telling you. Don’t just hear them, listen to what they are really saying. We should spend most of our time with another just listening. Only then do you have the permission to give your opinion about the issues presented.
God gave us the gift of two ears and a mouth so use them appropriately. Take the time to crawl into someone else’s world and find out what makes them who they are.

 

2. Compassion- show a sincere interest in anothers problems, desires, wants, and needs. Let them know you care and have their best interest at heart. Give them confidence that you will do what you can to help them achieve what they want or relieve their suffering.

 

3. Empathy- take the time to listen and understand where the other person is coming from. Why they feel the way they do. What has happened in their life that created the thoughts and idea’s that make them who they are, today. What trials and tribulations have influenced how this person responds to different situations.

 

4. Trust- if you want to have the optimal relationship, of any kind, you have to develop trust. The other individual involved needs to feel secure in revealing themselves to you. This all starts with just listening, understanding their situation and demonstrating a sincere interest in helping them find a solution to their problems or obtaining something they desire.

Let the other person know they are safe with you and nothing will come between you. That you are a team and together you will find a solution to their problems and concerns.

Some conversations with others are filled with conflict and quickly spiral out of control. If you find someone is attacking you for what you say or stand for it is time to take a deeper look at what is creating the hostility. Frequently hostility arises out of poorly understood intentions.

They may not feel you have their best interest at heart.

You need to find out what the deeper commitment is that is driving this person to push you. If you take the time to stop and say “I think I am not understanding where you are coming from or why you feel the way you do” it will give them the oppurtunity to explain. Finding common commitments will make you both more at ease and allow you to ressolve differences and move forward. This will result in a more productive and rewarding relationship.

Most conflicts in life and relationships arise out of someone having unfullfilled expectations, unressolved intentions, or undelivered communication with another.

Get your cards out on the table. Let people know up front what they can and cannot expect from you.

If you want to move forward in your own life, keep the debri cleared out of your way.

If you have something on your mind or someone has done something that is eating at you bring it up to the one involved.

Let them know you want to get this out in the open, and all you want them to do is listen. This will help you clear your mind and allow you to continue moving forward with a more rewarding life.

If you do nothing else, do the following:

Actively listen
Show compassion, be generous
Understand to be understood
Crawl into their world
Find anothers commitment to words, recognize common commitments
Build trust one conversation at a time

If you make these steps a part of you daily life, in dealing with others, you will change the outcome and quality of your life.

Starting today, listen to what another is try to tell you, take the time to understand, offer to help find a solution, and build trust.

Follow the above with all of your heart and people will do anything they can for you.

You have to give something before you can expect anything in return.

Then you will never have to say……….if only I knew then.

 

Brand Yourself as a Trendsetter

Brand Yourself as a Trendsetter

You can literally drive down the street in any town in America and see those successful businesses who became trendsetters in their niche. Some, like Starbucks, have even gone further and make it a “culture” of followers.

McDonald’s speedy food service reinvented the fast food market. Like those highly successful entrepreneurs who saw a vision and acted on it, you need to do the same in your online niche.

Looking into the future, making predictions and creating products based on your research and instinct into the future of the niche can boost your credibility and make you hot in your niche

But only if you’re willing to expose your ideas without hesitation, fail forward and take risks with your branding. Examine the needs and wants of your target audience. It’s important that you know what pleases your customers and what they long for in new products and ideas.

Keeping a close eye on what they’re saying in posts and blogs and what they’re offering on their sites can be a good way of getting the insight you need to look into the future. If they’re complaining a lot, take it and run with it – be the solution they’ve been waiting for all along.

Decide on a trendsetting product. Based on your research and instincts, create a product which is unique and one based on your customers’ ambitions and interest. Try to have an ear to the ground and do something before everyone else jumps on that bandwagon.

Then, deliver it in a way that covers all bases. Podcasts, forums, blogs, paid advertisements and launches with JVs and affiliates are all great ways to get the word out.

Update your sites and products. If you’ve been offering the same old stuff in the same old ways for too long, your sales likely show it. Take an idea someone else is doing and turn it upside down. Do it different – better.

Respond to change. You may not see it coming, but when you realize the market is changing, change with it. Not responding to change will leave you in the dust and you may never catch up.

Your business is ever-changing and evolving and keeping up with the latest trends is part of the fun and excitement of keeping it all fresh.

Don’t look at it as a chore. Welcome it as a change of pace to keep you excited about things.

Make a firm commitment to establish yourself in the niche and then set goals that will get you there.

Rising to the top of your niche and becoming a trendsetter who can see the future and help others get there is an imperative step in becoming a true authority figure in your niche.

Develop the best product and best marketing strategies out there and continue to update as the trends dictate. It’s a never-ending process.

As other marketers get bored, lazy, or sloppy – you’ll be beating them hand over fist because you have that go getter attitude that makes you hungry for success!

Blueprint For Developing A Success Mindset

Blueprint For Developing A Success Mindset

1. Assess your skills
Make a mental list or jot down on paper what your best qualities are. It’s important to be honest with yourself about this. You need to know these things, not only so you’ll feel confident but also so you can plan when tasks are required that don’t cater to your skills. If you’re not sure where to start, ask a trusted friend who knows you well to suggest what they think your strongest points are.

2. Be prepared and get organized
Good organization is so important. If you’re struggling to find papers or information you need, it can start a day off badly and tear down your confidence.  Establish structures and systems for every aspect of your business, starting today with the very first steps.

3. Keep a positive state of mind
Remember, you can have your dream life.  You can have the business you’ve always wanted.

4. Re-program yourself
Sometimes the only thing getting in our way is ourselves. Your frame of mind has a lot to do with the way you see things and how you get things done.  When you have bad moment, and they will happen, it is how you handle these down moments that sets the tone for your business.  If you can turn a setback into an opportunity or a learning moment, you’re golden.

5. Visualize and achieve
The most important thing about positive thinking, is seeing yourself achieving your goal. You know you can do it, so start by telling yourself that. You are your best motivator, so act as if. Visualize yourself succeeding as an online marketer and you will start to believe. Visualize by imagining or seeing a picture of what you want in your mind. Believing in yourself is the best thing you can do to get closer to your dream.

How To Stay Strong When Times Are Hard

How To Stay Strong When Times Are Hard

1. Stay optimistic

Before you begin your business venture write a list of reasons you have to be optimistic that it will work.  Include the advantages you have over your competitors and anything that sets you apart from them. Make sure you have more than one item on your list, or you will be left with nothing if that particular reason falls through.

Whenever things go wrong and you are tempted to give up, reread your list and remind yourself why your business is going to be successful.

2. Maintain your enthusiasm

You might find yourself working long into the night, doing difficult or mundane tasks that don’t fit at all with your idea of being a successful entrepreneur.  Before you start to think about giving up, try to attach a positive meaningful outcome to the task in hand.  Think of every task you do as a step towards a successful business.

Take the example of nursing mothers. To hear them talking about the pain, frustration and exhaustion of breastfeeding, people may wonder why they bother.  Well the answer is they know that that tiresome task will give their child a happy, healthy start in life, and what could be more meaningful than that?

3. Establish your integrity

Throughout the process of setting up your own business, you will undoubtedly come across ways in which you can make a quick profit or take a few short cuts that you are not sure are entirely ethical.

Discovering elements of corruption or deceit in your field can be disheartening at best, and a deal breaker at worst.  As long as you make a personal commitment to doing the right thing, you shouldn’t give up just because you come across dishonesty amongst the people you work with.  Before you make any decision, ask yourself three questions:

* Is it legal?
* Is it fair to everybody affected?
* How will I feel about myself if I do it?

Answering these questions will allow you to retain the integrity of your business and yourself personally.

4. Have courage

When you need to make a decision that involves taking risks, it can be tempting to play it safe, or to quit while you are ahead.  Having the courage to take calculated risks is an essential part of moving on with your business.

The best way to find the courage to take a risk is to imagine the worst case scenario, and plan how you would deal with it.  Suddenly all other scenarios will seem much less scary. Risks seem much worse when you try to ignore them or don’t identify what they are.

5. Apply patience

When you experience setbacks and delays, it is easy to overreact and take issues personally.  Impulsive responses to problems you encounter are rarely positive, so take some time to assess the situation before you react.  Here are some things to remember when your business encounters problems:

* There is nothing you can do about delays that are not your fault.  Try to build time into your plans for possible delays, but if you have not done so you will just have to alter your plans.

* Take time to think before you respond to an issue.  Write a draft e-mail if you wish, or write down how you would like to respond.  Then take a half hour break, go for a walk or get something to eat.  The chances are that when you return you will want to react in a much milder way.

* You will probably have to wait some time for your business to start achieving good results.  Set your targets high but your expectations low for the first few months.

6. Stay calm

Eliminating stress and worry from your business life is never easy, but there are ways to avoid it.

Try to tackle the task you are dreading most at the beginning of the day.  This will prevent you worrying about them for the rest of the day, and will give you a positive lift as you feel you have achieved something.

Learn to recognize your own particular signs of stress.  Do your muscles become tense? Do you get a stiff neck or shoulders?  Employ relaxation techniques and take a short break as soon as you begin to notice these symptoms of stress.
7. Remain focused

As your business begins to take off, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the tasks ahead of you.  The key is to focus on one priority at a time.  Make sure you finish one task before you start on another.  Empty your mind of thought that do not relate to that task.  Write these thoughts down if you are worried you will forget them by the time you need them.

8. Remind yourself of your belief

Belief is a crucial part of positive thinking, and it helps to remind yourself what you believe in when you are tempted to give up on your business venture.  Your beliefs can take a variety of forms:

* Belief in your own ability
* Belief in the quality of your business plan
* Belief in your original business idea
* Belief in the lifestyle that your business can give you
* Belief that your dreams can come true
* Belief that there is more to life than a monthly paycheck

They say a year in the Internet business is like a dog year…equivalent to seven years in a regular person’s life. In other words, it’s evolving fast and faster.
-Vinton Cerf

Staying on your toes is imperative to succeeding in internet business.  The final section of this report will look at motivating yourself to work from home, something that most people have to do when they start their own online business.
I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.
-Zig Ziglar

Motivating yourself to work from home

Kids are fighting, pets are hungry, your phone is ringing, the house is dirty and you still have work to do.

Julie Aigner-Clark, founder of Baby Einstein, knows first hand the difficulties of balancing life and family.  “When my company started really growing, I didn’t have any help in my house at all.  I had the upkeep of my daily life, I had a one year old and a three year old, and I had my house. So I had to prioritize.”

What did Aigner-Clark do?  She hired someone to help out around the house.  Imagine how much time you spend every day on household chores?  That’s time you could be spending on realizing your dream of becoming a business owner.

Starting your own business often requires you to set up an office in your house, and online businesses are particularly well suited to working from home.  It can be hard to stay motivated when you don’t have the structure of a day at the office to base your tasks around, so here are some tips to ensure you don’t let all that freedom go to your head:

1. Structure.  Build some structure into your day.  Each evening make a realistic to-do list for the next day and make sure all tasks are accomplished.  Make sure you sign in and sign out each day.  You may return to your computer to do some extra work once you have signed out, but do not answer the phone or check your e-mail during this time.

2. Set goals.  When you plan your day, do so in terms of tasks rather than time.  It is better to set a goal of completing three articles, than a goal of spending two hours on article writing.  If you finish your task early then that is a bonus, you can either get some extra work done or knock off early.

3. Family matters.  Consider the needs of your family; just because you are working they can’t act as if you are not there at all.  Set some rules as to when they can disturb you while you are working and when they can not.  Your son needing transport to the emergency room is of course a good time to interrupt, but if he has kicked his football over next door then he can wait until dinnertime.

4. Regular working hours.  Make sure your neighbors and friends are aware of your working hours and respect them. Many people equate ‘always at home’ with ‘always available’ and if you are not careful you will lose a lot of work hours to drinking coffee and doing favors for well meaning neighbors.

5. Realistic commitments.  Motivate yourself with realistic commitments.  When you first start out with your own business you may not have many actual deadlines, so it is a good idea to set your own.  Committing to a weekly newsletter or daily blog posting can help you to add structure to your working week.  Once you get established the deadlines will begin rolling in so make the most of it.

6. Regular breaks.  Plan regular breaks outside of the house.  Working and living in the same building can give you cabin fever if you are not careful.  Without the enforced lunch break you might get in an office you could find you have been at the computer without a pause for the whole day.  Finding an excuse to get our each day, even if it is just to go the store to buy fresh vegetables for dinner, will save your sanity and keep you from getting obsessed with work.

7. Trial period.  Give yourself a trial period.  Working from home is not for everybody, you may find you prefer the structure and the social aspects of working in an office and that may mean you choose to eventually set up an office away from home.  If you try working from home for say six months, that should be enough time to make sure it is right for you.

One thing may work for others and not for you.  Take your personality and needs into account when you’re setting up your day to day business life.  Some people choose to sleep during part of their day and take care of work in the evening when the house is quiet and the family is asleep.  Obviously that won’t work for everyone.  The point is to find a structure and process that works for you.  This way, when the going gets tough, you have a structure to fall back on.

There’s nothing more challenging or rewarding than being an entrepreneur.  It is a life faced with fantastic dreams and goals and filled with the inevitable disappointments, challenges, and occasional failures.  Successful entrepreneurs press on despite the tough times.  Pressing on, maintaining a positive attitude is the key to achieving real success both as an entrepreneur and in your life.  You know that you have what it takes to reach your dreams.

Take some time to answer the following questions honestly.  This is the beginning of your internet marketing adventure and an extremely important part of getting started on the right foot and in the right frame of mind.
Success Mindset Worksheet:

Now that you’ve worked through this report you may have a different perspective on what you’ve learned.  This is a great place to stop and regroup.  This worksheet is something you can take with you.

1.  Do you have a passion for something? It can be anything from baby food to skateboarding.  Write down 5-10 subjects you’re passionate about.  Rank them in order from one to 10.  One being what you’re most interested in and 10 the least.
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2.  Are you a good planner?  List some aspects of your life where you have to use planning and organization skills.

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3.  Do you have a go get ‘em attitude or do you let minor set backs cause you to give up on your dreams?  Write down at least one occasion where you jumped in with two feet and gave a goal everything you had.

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4.  How much time do you have to devote to your new business?  Write down your current daily schedule to realistically assess how much time you will have each day to conduct business.

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If you’re realizing you might be short on time, what can you do to modify your schedule?
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