#3: You have a hard time moving on.

80% of the population goes through life experiencing feelings and emotions at what seems to be a balanced and somewhat ordinary level. For the other 20% though, feelings aren’t that easily handled nor explained.

Have you ever wondered; why do I feel things much more intensely than others? Why am I such a deep thinker? Why am I easily overwhelmed? If so, chances are that you are very intuitive and self-aware, emotionally intelligent, extremely empathetic and passionate.

Fortunately, you don’t need to worry. That just means that you might be an HSP — Highly Sensitive Person. To put it simply…


Why you should stop scrolling too.

In the era of me, my cell phone, and I, social media plays a huge role in people’s lives. We can’t seem to get enough of Instagram stories, Twitter mentions, new TikTok dances and endless scrolling.

The last couple of months I had been feeling stuck and anxious, lacking creativity and motivation in many aspects of life. So I decided to take a break from social media hoping that the stress and mental noise would go away and I would be filled with energy and enthusiasm.

That is why in March, I started my journey — or should I say…


#2: you wait until the last minute.

Many people consider they are trapped, unable to move forward and live life without feeling like nothing ever goes the way they planned. But most people are not aware that they are self-sabotaging themselves and standing in the way of their own happiness and success.

Self-sabotage refers to behaviours or thought patterns that hold you back and prevent you from doing what you aspire to do; and it can take a huge toll on your relationships, health and career.

Life will put countless obstacles in your way, but none will be as significant as the ones you create for yourself.


Waking up this early doesn’t make you more productive.

In the world of personal development, waking up at 5 A.M. every morning is a trend that has been going around for some time now. Many high-achieving CEOs and lifestyle gurus claim that waking up before the Sun does, marks the difference between those who succeed and those who fail.

And to be honest, when I think of a productive, boss-like morning routine, the first thought that comes to mind is waking up pretty damn early every day.

Research says that it takes 66 days to build a new habit — and what better habit to start in 2021 than…


#3: Mental health is as important as physical health

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a hell of a year. From a global pandemic hitting us out of nowhere to recurring lockdowns, and the rise of major social movements — it’s a year that won’t be easily forgotten.

My plans for 2020 went out of the window quite early in the year, which gave me plenty of time to reevaluate and analyze every single aspect of my life, which in turn allowed me to learn a lot about myself and what I want. Because it’s always during the worst times and experiences when we learn the most.

So…


It’s all about decluttering.

At the start of the new year, we all succumb to our deepest darkest desire to buy ten different planners and notebooks, hoping that this year we will finally be productive and keep organized.

Yes, it is that time of the year when companies try to convince you that their product is the best in the market because it will help you tackle all your tasks, events and boost your productivity. But the truth is that there is no such thing as the perfect organization method.

Creating a system that flawlessly works for everyone is impossible because we all have…


If you don’t value your time, nobody else will

By 2021, 42% of America’s workforce will be freelance. That means that the market will become 10x more competitive, as more people will opt for freelancing rather than working a corporate job.

So it’s no surprise that a significant percentage of those freelancers will price themselves at a low end — making zero to little profit — or even offer to work for nothing to try and stand out in the crowd. However, in my five years of freelancing, I have learned a valuable lesson: never work for free.

It doesn’t matter what industry you work in; at some point…


#4: You feel like you are losing control of your emotions.

We live in a society that prides itself in being productive, achieving unrealistic goals and working hard. So it’s no surprise that many people feel like they have nothing left to give after a long day, no matter how much rest they get.

Emotional exhaustion is a state of feeling emotionally worn-out and drained as a result of accumulated stress from your personal or work life — or a combination of both.

Nowadays, mental health is more important than ever, so if you aren’t sure if you are emotionally exhausted, look closely into your life for these nine habits that…


I failed, but it completely changed my mindset

According to the EPA, the average American person generates about 4.45 pounds of waste a day. That’s 220 million tons of trash each year — just in the U.S, which is equivalent to burying more than 82,000 football fields six feet deep in compacted garbage.

On a worldwide scale, we generate 2.6 trillion pounds of trash per year. And every second, the U.S throws away 694 plastic bottles, adding up to 60 million a day.

A couple of years ago, I read an article about a woman that managed to fit a year’s worth of waste in a mason jar…


Lessons that business school doesn’t teach you.

Being an entrepreneur myself, and an international business and marketing student, I have received hundreds of different pieces of advice throughout my education. What actions and strategies I should follow if I want to be successful, and who I need to surround myself with to win. However, most of my textbooks — and professors for that matter — lack direction and inspiration.

That’s why I usually turn to TED for my daily dose of motivation and entertaining discussions.

With well over 2000 videos by many industry-leading specialists, TED is one of the best sites to go to for coverage about…

Lara Hayes

International business and marketing student. Organization and productivity enthusiast. Welcome to my 2 a.m. thoughts and sometimes unpopular opinions.

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