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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. Sustainable Lifestyle: 4 Green Habits To Adopt In The New Year

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    No doubt, the majority of us aspire to live a sustainable lifestyle, but how many of us actually manage to lead a sustainable life. Since working with SaveMoneyCutCarbon, I have become more conscious about how we live and how this contributes to CO2 emissions. Before you learn how to adopt green habits to adopt to make yourself healthy, you know what sustainable living is all about. You can lead a sustainable life by protecting your natural environment and ecological health, and you can lead a sustainable life by making conscious choices to preserve the planet's future. In doing so, you don't need to compromise your lifestyle. All you need to know that when you lead a sustainable life, it will make your life easier, and it will surely make you happy. It was found that there is a link between the sustainability of your life ahead and quality of life. Are you planning to adopt a sustainable lifestyle for the New Year, then you don't need to worry as we have got your back by offering some tips which will help you in achieving your goal?

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    1. Produce minimum waste - Surely, it is one of the everyday things that you must have heard frequently, but you need to know that it is easy to say but challenging to practice. Above all, minimizing waste is not something impossible; you can indeed reduce your waste. All you need to do is start here and ensure you think about everything you are doing. Of course, the things that waste varies from situation to situation. When it comes to producing minimum waste, then you can be as passionate as you want to be. Additionally, you can keep a tab on your goals and processes. For example, when you choose to buy multipurpose furniture, it will not only minimize the wastage of money and space, but it will also help you in creating your garden. 

    1. Choose where you live carefully - The sad reality today is that cities not only have the most extraordinary developments but at the same time, they are dirty, polluted, and have no forest. While some cities are the complete opposite as they feature both unique architecture and green space. The only secret is that they have efficient public transport systems and choose where you live consciously.

    1. Don’t travel; instead, meet online - Thanks to brilliant technological developments, we can have everything today at our fingertips, so why not take advantage of this. We all know that taking time away is essential but now we can all take time off closer to your home and explore new places. The technological advances are helpful when it comes to working. You can organize virtual meetings instead of traveling to work meetings or conferences. Even if you avoid only half of the physical meetings, you can still contribute to living a sustainable lifestyle. 

    1. Save water- There are no second thoughts to this saying as we have heard these phrases a number of times. It is because water conservation is one of the most critical components of a sustainable lifestyle. It is something which you can do regularly, and it is going to have a significant impact if all of us start doing it. Simply taking less baths and shorter showers are just one small way to make a bigger impact.

    If you lead a sustainable life, this will hopefully also become habit and second nature for our children too, which ultimately will encourage them to lead a similar life for generations to come.

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  2. 7 insane work from home productivity hacks

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    The year is coming to end and never in recent history, have we all collectively worked from home for this long. But now employees are finding a little delight in this new work approach.  

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    Among its innumerable benefits – zero commuting time and working in your most comfortable clothes, it still poses some challenges. One of them being a lack of productivity.

    So if you fall asleep in the middle of your work, or take frequent breaks, here are 11 insane work from home productivity hacks for you.

    1. Desk over the bed

    While working from your bed might provide you with great comfort. But with it, comes the ordeal of battling the temptation of a deep slumber. And most often, we succumb and fall back to sleep.

    Therefore it is important to set up a desk or workstation for yourself. Maintaining a straight and firm posture as you sit would further help you concentrate more.

    Additionally, you can take a 2-5 minute walk to chase away the slumber if it knocks you on your desk.

    2. Make a plan/ schedule 

    If you used to plan your day when you worked in the office, what’s stopping you now? It’s important to keep in mind that only your work location and timings have changed but the professional obligations remain as it is.

    Therefore, set targets for the day, set proper mealtime, and rest time, and don’t take too many breaks, this is all you need to stay productive.

    3. Don’t assume too many changes. 

    Work from home essentially comes with the perk of flexibility. However, being so flexible that you wake up at 11 isn’t a go-to approach if you want to boost your productivity. The reason being, your mind would so much be at leisure that you’d feel lazy when you start working.

    But, it’s fine if you give yourself an hour more to sleep. For example, if you used to wake up at 7 am to reach the office by 9, (1 hr to get ready + 1 hour to travel). You can cut the commuting time and wake up at 8.

    4. Note and analyse

    One highly dependable method of boosting productivity is to work as if you are experimenting upon yourself.

    In simpler words, note the time you take to complete a task. When the next time you do it, try to complete it much quicker than you did before.

    5. Stay away from distractions

    If there is anything other than laziness and lethargy that can prevent you from being productive, it’s the little distractions you find yourself submitting to.

    What is chiefly meant by distraction in this context is your urge to check your social media every five minutes. Every five minutes you waste this way, eventually piles up to become an hour. I am sure you can do better than that.

    Therefore, if you cannot keep your phone away, turn off the internet while you work to minimize distractions.

    6. Maintain a semi-work attire (Disclaimer: Completely subjective)

    Working from home allows you to work in your most comfortable clothes. For some, it boosts their productivity but for others, it does otherwise. The reason being, it robs them of the work-related, formal, and professional vibe they need to be productive.

    Hence, consider wearing a combination of clothes that are both formal and comfortable.

    For example, Top – formal shirts, Bottom – Loose formal pants. Skip the heels.

    7. Make use of writing pads

    Whether it is school or work, noting things down has always had the upper hand. The reason being, it helps you to be structured and systematic.

    So if there’s something you feel you should note down, feel free to grab a paper and get down to writing.

    Lastly,

    If you think work from home is a challenge, it is not. In fact, this is what these hacks are for, to help you through this change. Just think that there is a change in the situation and you are working like before.

    How do you conquer a lack of productivity while working from home? Or do you love it?

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  3. The Rise of Social Media Communities

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    Nowadays, most businesses regardless of size, depends in some way upon social media to promote their business online. As a result, the rise of social media communities are growing rapidly. From the year 2017, to the year 2019, a massive number of people are joining online communities that remain ultimately beneficial for your business.

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    Here are some facts regarding the social media communities that is worth knowing if you plan to operate online.

    The rate of increment of social media

    In recent trends, the growth of social media is increasing day by day. Most of the business houses are creating their own groups or joining social media groups in order to promote their business online or reaching to their customers. As a result, the growth of the communities are being observed. In the year of 2017, the growth rate was 72%, in the year 2018, it increased by 74% and in the year 2019, it becomes 76% which is an identifiable growth of communities in social media.

    How social media communities can help your business?

    While joining a social media community, a brand can become beneficial in several ways. Here is the list of benefits that you can get from the social media communities.

    Helps to build Brand

    First of all, it helps to create the brand value of a product. While using social media communities, you can promote your product in the online communities. As a result, the product will be reached by most of the people at a time and people will discuss your product and brand there. As a result, the growth of your product will be increased. People who will buy these products from you, will give their feedback to the group, which will ultimately increase the brand value of the product organically. So, in one word, it can be said that building brands organically, is the most effective advantage that you can get from the business.

    Increases trustworthiness

    If you serve a genuine product or quality products to your customer, you can be able to get positive feedback from your customers. In the group, they will give you positive feedback regarding the product and the trustworthiness of the product can be increased. People will learn about the products and will become eager to use it. In one way, it will increase the sales, on the other hand, it will increase the trustworthiness of the product.

    Helps to connect more people

    In social media groups, there is a scope to connect more people online. Keep options in your group, so that the people of the group can add more participants. By doing this, you will be able to increase the participants of your group. So, whenever you are launching any product in that community, you will be able to reach the product to a large number of communities. These social media groups work as a connection builder among the people, so if you also want to increase the brand value of your business, or want to connect more people, you can join the online community also. 

    Finally and maybe most importantly the whole thing is being done organically, you don't have to pay much to get this advantage from the business. Social media thrives on being sociable, so don't "dump" content and run, engage, chat and create a conversation!

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  4. 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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