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The Exhaustion Cure

by Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro
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situations. Simply being around some people makes you tired, and others are brusque and irritable. It may be necessary to adjust your own attitudes to deal effectively with others' personality quirks.

5. Choose to be an optimist. Assuming all your basic needs are met, happiness is a choice. It's said that pessimists forget to laugh, and optimists laugh to forget. Keep things in perspective. Remember: things can always be worse!

6. Count your blessings. Don't show the world an ungrateful spirit. Stop complaining about what you don't have and start counting all the things you do have. Counting your blessing can be an instant energy boost.

7. Cultivate patience with people. Others' differences can sour your attitude, draining your energy. Realize we're all different, and force yourself to find just one thing you like about someone who's annoying you.

8. Don't bother overanalyzing people. There's not always an ulterior motive behind what people do, so don't waste time and precious energy by playing psychoanalyst to those who annoy you. Sometimes a cigar's just a cigar.

Instead of being a "de-energizer" who sucks the life right out of others, learn how to lift their spirits and give them joy. Being negative really takes extra energy -- energy you could otherwise be channeling into your favorite pursuits.

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Laura Stack (www.TheProductivityPro.com) is a personal productivity expert, author and professional speaker who helps busy workers Leave the Office Earlier® with Maximum Results in Minimum Time™. She is the president of The Productivity Pro®, a time management training firm specializing in productivity improvement in high-stress organizations. She is the bestselling author of The Exhaustion Cure (2008), Find More Time (2006) and Leave the Office Earlier (2004). Visit TheProductivityPro.com for more information.

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@ 10:39pm ET on July 19, 2012

To add to your list, I would recommend "just do it" attitude as well. Many times, I read people over analyzing a situation, trying to ramp themselves up to the task, then trying to perform that specific task (like they are an Olympic athlete and they are shooting for Gold) . Let's face it, there are many tasks in life that must be done (regardless how we really feel about them). For example, washing our hands / face several times as day, combing one's hair, brushing one's teeth, picking / wearing clothes. For these tasks, we don't think about doing these things... We simply "do it", then continue life...

Eating properly and doing daily exercise is a simple "just do it" task as well. I don't think about it, I don't ramp myself up to it, and I don't put my feelings into it either. If I must take the dog for a walk after dinner, then I do it. If I must walk up 3 flights of stairs instead of taking the elevator, I simply do it. If I park further away from work or store to make myself walk further, I simply do it. And if I must do 75 raised calves while brushing my teeth before bed time, I simply do it as well. Eating properly while forced into fast food drive is a "just do it" properly task as well. For example, order chicken wraps without any sauce and chase it down with a bottle of clear water. Thus, getting good mixture of all food groups. And, getting healthy fluids as well. It isn't a perfect meal (compared to salad, no dressing with unbreaded chicken chunks) but it's pretty darn close. Much better than burger, fries and coke. Just "do it" with better food items choices and continue living life.

It's like when I swim across our lake and back again - which is 2-3 hour round trip. Some folks watch me "do the distance" and they cannot believe a 48 year old swims that distance without stopping. For me, I don't think about it, I "just do it". Life should be like that. Make good choices (food items, avoid stress, better exercise. better sleeping, etc. etc.) without thinking about it. "Just do it" as well...

Hope this item helps as well...

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