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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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  1. 7 habits of self-disciplined women

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    We always wish to live the life of our dreams, happy and peaceful. However, as we grow up, we realise that life isn’t as easy as it always seemed to be. Whether you’re working full-time or having your own business, it’s difficult to always stay motivated and lively.

    What I have noticed most while reading the biographies of highly successful women is that they are always so self-disciplined. These women faced struggles and every difficulty like we do but what kept them moving was their self-discipline and strong determination.

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    Self-discipline is quoted as the ability to make yourself do something you know you should do even when you don’t feel like doing.

    I have also learned that self-discipline is a skill and not something that we are born with. Thus, it’s always possible to develop this skill with certain habits. The self-disciplined women tasted success because they had certain rituals that they daily followed.

    Here are the 7 habits of the women who practice self-discipline:

    1. They take baby steps

    The highly successful women aren’t scared of big goals because they know what to do next. We all set some or other goals in the beginning of the year but fail when we reach halfway. This is not because our goals are too big, it’s because we never churned them into smaller steps.

    Self-disciplined women know their daily, weekly, and monthly goals and aren’t scared of taking one step at a time.

    2. They prioritize their work

    With the long To-Do list, it’s normal to get overwhelmed and leave the work halfway. So instead of having any to-do list, prepare a priority list that will help you deal with the most important goals first.

    Write three most urgent tasks to do instead of filling up the whole page of the to-do list and overwhelm yourself.

    3. They know when to say ‘No’

    Doing everything by yourself and considering it as the traits of superwomen will just make things worse for you. Learn to say ‘no’ when things get too much for you to consume. It’s okay to take a step back and prioritize yourself.

    Disciplined women are always goal-oriented and they don’t take crap from anyone.

    4. They love deadlines

    These disciplined women already know when they need to accomplish certain goals and they’re always moving forward having a deadline in their mind.

    When you have the end date to do certain work, it becomes easier to plan out the roadmap around it and crush that task.

    5. They practice self-care

    I always had this idea that self-disciplined women make themselves do things against their wishes, even when they don’t feel like doing it.

    However, this is so not true. Self-disciplined women love practicing self-care and they indeed prioritize themselves above every task.

    6. They love routines

    This is again something that will help you to develop a proper plan and structure for the day. Disciplined women don’t wake up randomly wondering what to do next. Their routine is always planned and structured to avoid any fuss.

    7. They always finish

    We all take up new projects and work super excitingly but just as we reach half-way, our excitement is busted into the air.

    Self-disciplined women take their work seriously and they know how to finish the task they started.

    I really hope that these tips will also help you develop a disciplined mindset and achieve your goals.

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  2. How to live a balanced life

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    We are constantly on the go, always moving from one thing to another. Trying to keep up with work, family, social, health, hobbies and more. This can often feel overwhelming, chaotic and stressful like you are doing so many things, but none of them well. That is why it is important to find the right work-life balance for you and your family. 

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    Balance is all about feeling centred, it is about feeling that your heart and mind are not being pulled too hard in either direction. It’s about feeling in control of your life, grounded, calm, clear-headed, and motivated. 

    Balance is important to implement into your life, it creates harmony, peace and satisfaction. It helps us to be motivated as well as more attentive, productive and successful in what we do.

    Take care of and nurture yourself.

    Your health plays a large role in the quality of our life and work. We are more motivated and far more productive and healthy when we eat well, get enough sleep and do physical activity. Burning the candle at both ends catches up with us in the end, resulting in burn out.

    Limit screen time and instead. work in an activity or a ritual each morning or evening that is just for you, may it be a cup of coffee in the morning before you start your day, 15 minutes of yoga before bed, a lunchtime work or an evening bath.

    The space you come to relax and rejuvenate is vital in helping you to live a balanced life. When it’s disorganised, chaotic and not feeling very homely it’s hard, to feel at ease. Make your home a sanctuary, a place to come home and unwind. With the bedroom being the heart of the home when it comes to relaxation, to make sure you have all things comfort, The Dozy Owl has got you covered.

    Know Your Prioritises

    Balance is about knowing when to say no, it does not mean doing everything on your to-do list in one day. Look at what is important, what is necessary and what can be put off to later. Set your boundaries and manage expectations.

    Writing a list of your goals is a great way to manage the balance in your life, you may be in the process of building a career, studying, starting a family or buying a house. Work out what stage of life you are at and try not to bite off more than you can chew. It is best to focus your energy on a few milestones at once, so that you do them well and can move onto the next.

    Be Organised

    Being organised and planning ahead is a great way to bring balance into your life. Whether it is daily, weekly or monthly, create a to-do list or a planner for upcoming appointments, exams, meetings, holidays and milestones. In doing this you’ll be able to see if you are allowing enough time for hobbies, family time, social life, work and relaxation.

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  3. Mindful Social Media Practices That Will Make You Happier

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    Social media is an indispensable part of our everyday life (especially ours). So much so that it often takes the shape of an addictive habit of unnecessary scrolling. This leads to nothing but complete detachment from the needful. Social media needs to be social and interactive but not necessarily ALL of the time. 

    The following tips are some small practices to lessen if not eliminate a complete addiction or dependancy.

    Mindful Social Media Practices

    Learn to log out

    The most important aspect of anything is self-control. In order to derive the best outcome out of any action, one must practice self-control This largely applies in case of social media usage too. One must learn to make use of this technological boon in limits. Out there is a world that is constantly evolving to increase our intake of social media content but in order to derive the bet out of it, one must know when to exit. This is exactly why there is a button to log out of the virtual world. This is the first way to mindfully use social media.

    Mind filtering

    In many self-help books, the researchers have quoted one of their crucial findings under the tag of mind filtering. It is one’s own choice to take in things, opinions, judgments that are continuously fed to the commoners via social media. This is a crucial way of going on with the use of social media. In a world where every information good and bad is out in a virtual world, it is difficult to limit the usage of this. But like every question has an answer even this toxic habit of constant social media engagement has a solution.  Just pause for a moment and think that are all the things that came on your feed too important to ponder about or not. Go for this mindful elimination of toxicity.

    Have no-gadget hours 

    This is a crucial way of inculcating mindfulness in everyday life. As years have passed our daily lives have gotten more gadget based. This has untimely invited stress, anxiety, and other issues. Most importantly it has disrupted our natural mindfulness. In order to tackle such a situation, it is extremely important to have absolutely no-gadget hours. This is very helpful in being mindful for the major part of the day. 

    Practice unplugging

    Make some time every day to unplug from everything. Do not talk, or do anything, just be silent. Keep quiet and spend time with yourself. Just observe the way the mind works, the energy flows, and the thoughts channelize themselves. This is a major step towards achieving mindfulness and focus. This is one of the most understated yet profound ways to align oneself with the positive vibrations and channelize one’s energy in that path. This is what determines one’s good mental health and a calm state of mind.

    Unfollow the unnecessary

    The most underused button in social media is perhaps the “unfollow’ button. But this wonder option is a magical way to cut off all the junk and unnecessary content from one’s media feed. This is what one must regularly do in order to eliminate the toxicity of social media. This is the key to eliminating all the cons that social media serves on a platter. Needless to say, this is a major stepping stone towards mindful usage of social media. So just like in real life, surround yourself with the necessary and needed things in social media as well. 

    So learn to use technology just as a tool. Humans have created this blissful thing towards a better-connected world, let it not become a bane to their very own existence here.

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  4. How to get motivated when you feel stuck

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    Ever felt like giving up on things you planned for months because nothing seems to work out or that you’re simply in no mood to do anything? It’s okay, we’ve all been there. If you feel this way and need motivation but can’t find any, this article is for you.

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    Lack of motivation can be because of multiple reasons, and every reason requires a distinct solution. This article focuses on all possible reasons to provide you an effective solution. 

    1. You’ve been doing things for far too long

    It’s normal to feel demotivated if you have been doing some things from quite some time that it starts to bore you. You feel less interested and hence plan on dropping everything. You must remember, feeling demotivated is not a good reason to give up on your plans and dreams.

    How to get motivated back

    When things get boring or you can’t seem to think of anything productive, it’s time to take a break. Sometimes lack of motivation is a signal your mind gives that you need to take a pause. Breathe. Breathe, take rest until you feel you’re ready to get back again. There’s no bad day to take a vacation.

    Vacations have been proved to be an effective way of not only refreshing your mind but to think things through. However, ensure that this pause does not turn into a full stop. Taking a break must not lead to quitting your plans entirely. Get back to them once you feel relaxed. 

    2. You don’t see results 

    Ever had that feeling when you worked like a robot but didn’t get the results you desired? You think you’ve tried enough, maybe harder than the rest but nothing good is happening, so maybe you’re not made for success and should give up.

    Yes, good results can keep you motivated but that doesn’t mean, insufficient results don’t mean tables can’t be turned. You must not let results hinder you. 

    Everyone gets bad results but that is why dreams are not achieved in a day. It doesn’t only take hard work, but a calm mind as well to achieve goals.

    How to get motivated

    Sometimes all you have to do is be patient. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It works differently for everyone. Some have to wait for months before seeing results, some even years. Just wait and do not give up. There are great things waiting for you. Don’t just lose hope yet, they might knock anytime.

    However, if it has been long, you might have to look again at your strategy. Just ask yourselves, are you doing things, right? If you’re uncertain, it’s always a great idea to get help.

    Talk to analysts, your friends, family, or whosoever who has expertise in the field you’re in. Sometimes it takes someone else’s vision to find your faults. 

    3. Lack of motivation as a phase 

    At times, the lack of motivation is a phase that comes and goes like sea waves. It might be relieving as well as stress to tell you that it is inevitable.

    The truth is you cannot always stay motivated. Motivation works like energy, there are days or even moments in the day when you feel lethargic, and other times, energetic.

    To put it in another example, it is like your phone battery. When it gets discharged, you are required to charge it. The question remains, how do you charge it?

    How to become motivated?

    Keep yourself surrounded by reminders.

    Sometimes all you need is a reminder to get back on track and not to give up. Sticking post-its on your closet, on the bed back, on walls is a perfect way to be reminded throughout the day. You can also keep motivational wallpapers on your phone. If you’re a social media addict, which we insist, you must not be. You can follow motivational pages or pages with subjects of your interest.

    Be social, talk to random people or experts

    Just as happiness comes in mysterious ways, motivation can knock your door similarly. When you talk to experts in the area of your interest, you’re motivated to become like them.

    You share stories until you realize if they can, why can’t you. Besides, you don’t always need an expert if you’re not associated with any. Talk to your close friends or family members. If not them, even random strangers after all, sometimes even your close ones fail to understand or motivate you. In such a case, random strangers are at your rescue. Added perk: You’ll be forming contacts and making acquaintances.

    4. You might have your interests elsewhere 

    We hate to break it to you, sometimes lack of motivation can also be because you’re forcing yourself into things you don’t like. You are draining yourself in the wrong place. This is when you need to figure out if that is what you like. Just listen to the voice inside you and you’d know. 

    How to feel motivated? 

    You need someone to tell you, you must follow your passion even if you think it’s too late. It’s never too late if you have years ahead of you. Apart from this, you need the courage to actually pursue your dreams even if it means defying notions and people. Allow us to say it, you’re the proprietor of your life. It is your decision to choose places you want to invest your time, money, and efforts in. 

    Here's for a fact, that life is not all rainbows and diamonds. You fail, you succeed, it’s a cycle. Don’t feel disheartened if things don’t go the way you want them to.

    There’s still nothing that can stop you. Getting motivated is easy, but it’s harder to keep yourself from giving up. But do it, don’t give up just yet, because if you do, remember you lose out all the progress you’ve made.

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    You’re human, don’t crush yourself. You’re magical, there’s no stopping you. I would love to know your tips for getting things done when you feel stuck. Do drop them in the comments below.