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How To Clean Your Mental Gutters With Mind-mapping

Running a business doesn’t mean that you have to have it on your brain all the time. Too much work causes a life imbalance, and no matter what living you choose to put your hand to, first and last, you’re still a person with 24 hours in a day who has to sleep, at a minimum, at least seven hours of that to maintain some minimum standard of health. The other seventeen hours, you can choose to fill as you see fit — hopefully in a healthy way.

All work and no rest makes for a sick you, and no business will make up for that. Not only do you have to think about the health of your business, you also have to mind your physical, mental, and emotional health. One very helpful way to attend to all three is to use mind-mapping to help you get out the issues that plague you and address them.

We wrote about mind-mapping years ago in “Mapping For Mental Clarity.” When your mental inbox is over-flowing, mind-mapping essentially helps you clear it out and set a course of action to manage your to-do’s.

Mindmapping can help you:

  • Clear your head by letting you get out everything that’s been weighing heavily on your mind.
  • Generate and capture ideas while brainstorming choices, counter-moves, and possible options.
  • Plot out possible future moves by organizing ideas and passing thoughts that may be the seeds of something good.
  • Plan your actionables so you can get what you want, and get to where you want to go.
  • Plan around a goal and help you plot out the actual steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

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Top 7 Sites For Free High Resolution Images

We are a visually oriented species as a whole. We follow the shiny and we like  pictures  — the good ones speak a thousand words, after all. Couple that with the internet, and you’ll know that images are an important visual support and design element on websites. They can be the focus of an article. As accompaniment, they can help tell a story– and of course, pictures of products are an excellent way to showcase the goods.

The internet is basically a very fast way to communicate, and the better we get at telling our stories and sharing what we aim to be valuable content, the more we build value in our products and offerings.

Photographs are easy to come by for anyone with a smartphone and some free image editing software. But when you’re running your own business, how much time to you have to take photos, pick out okay ones, and pump them up a little before posting them within your article? Try: Not that much.

If you’re the kind to need different kinds  of pictures for your blog, website, e-books, brochures, or even your mind-mapping board, here are seven free stock photo resources for you.

Pexels

  • 50 new high-quality photos are made available daily, and each month adds  some 1,500 hi-res photos from trusted photographers and other sources like Gratisography and Unsplash.
  • Has over  10,000 searchable photos already available online.
  • All photos licensed under  the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose, for personal or commercial use. You can modify, copy and distribute the photos, with no need  for attribution or to  link to the source. Each photo provides source links.

Pexels helps designers, bloggers and everyone looking for an image to find great photos that you can use anywhere for free. If you aspire to take and share your own pictures, you can upload them as well. Continue reading Top 7 Sites For Free High Resolution Images

DIY Self Care With Free Mindfulness Training

We’ve always been about how to work better and work smarter here with the articles on our blogs,  and this is where Dave Potter’s site on mindfulness comes in — as a resource to help you live and work with less stress.

Palousemindfulness houses a collection of carefully selected articles, video links and resources meant to help you learn and practice Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in an 8-week training program that is absolutely free. No email sign-ups, no need to log-in, you can go straight to the source.

Potter, a certified MBSR instructor and a retired psychotherapist, specialized in cases on anxiety, stress and trauma. He created the course  so people without access to formal, class-room MBSR courses can also benefit from the knowledge, saying that learning MBSR helps people with the following:

  • Cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life.
  • Deal with disturbing events with grace and composure.
  • Be fully present and alive in the moment.

Potter describes MBSR as “a blend of meditation, body awareness and yoga: learning through practice and study how your body handles (and can resolve) stress neurologically.”

The 8-week self-guided program uses mindfulness meditation, body sensation awareness (“body scanning”) and simple yoga exercises to help people develop mindfulness. The benefits of starting and practicing regularly include stress reduction and better relaxation.

We get that you’re busy with getting things done, that’s why this self-directed course may be just the right fit for your schedule.  Sure,  it’s presented as an 8 week course, but once you have access to the reading material and print-outs, you can always go at your own pace. Like the site says, the key is consistent, intentional action.

Tailored for people who may not be able to attend live classes, or have schedules that make that  difficult, the training is modeled on the MBSR program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It includes YouTube video links, downloadable PDF’s for print-outs, and practices to guide people on the way. Continue reading DIY Self Care With Free Mindfulness Training

Naptime for the Stressed

Power-napping is not just for cats (as those people lucky enough to support a cat can attest to). Da Vinci did it. Edison did it. Churchill did it. Millions of less-stressed-than-you people do it and managed to keep their lives running smoothly, you can too.

See, it’s not really the difficulty of taking a nap in the middle of your work day as it is getting over the intense urge to Do Something More Productive, and the guilt that comes with laying this urge aside.

Circadian rhythms govern our resting and active periods. Modern life lets us control this (somewhat) with various drugs of choice, the most common of which is caffeine. Napping can bring you back to the rhythms of your body, leading to better performance.

Remember nap-time when you were very young?

Children needed time-outs from the frenetic activity their enormous energy levels could give them, so, boom, nap-time. Adults usually get to control their energy slumps with quick-fixes like coffee, but why not try implementing a small nap in your daily cycle to re-charge yourself?

Some of the following sites were recommended by a JROX resource, MakeUseOf.com. I visited the sites and here’s my take:
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ChangeThis.com

ChangeThis was started in 2004 by a group of friends who wanted to make a difference via “thoughtful, rational, constructive arguments about important issues.” Their goal was, and still is,”to change minds and spread important ideas.”

ChangeThis stores and shares PDF’s of these arguments, called manifestos* on their site, and all of them are available at no charge.

You can subscribe to get a simple update every 2 weeks on the new manifestos that come in. If you have a burning idea you want to share with other people and think that ChangeThis can help you, you can also submit a 300 word proposal explaining why your manifesto is important. They’ll put it to a vote, wait for 30 days, and afterward, the authors of the most popular proposals will be contacted to write their manifestos.

There are hundreds of manifestos on the site, full of ideas and advice from business titans like Tom Peters, best-selling authors Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin, and many more, some of who may not be as well-known, but whose manifestos are just as compelling.
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