The highs and lows of gambling can be quite a fix. One minute you’re up and the next minute you’re down. The rush you feel when you get that big hit is exhilarating! You think you have a winning machine so you raise the bet. The first couple of hits you lose, but you’re sure the next one will be the big one. You keep hitting that button – wishing for that big hit. Now you’re down. It feels depressing. You’re not ahead anymore. You lose all the money you came with but you want to keep playing. You’re sure this machine will pay out soon so you go to the nearest ATM machine. Now you’re spending your bill money but you’re sure you will win it back….and more. Does this sound familiar? This is an indication that you probably have a gambling addiction.
Once you have realized that you do indeed have a gambling addiction you need to admit – at least to yourself. Now what do you do about it? How can you rid yourself of this burning desire to run to the slots every time you have money? As a former gambling addict I found the answer. The need to gamble was buried deep within my soul. I had voids that I was trying to fill. Gambling will allow you to fill those voids temporarily. It is only while in the act of gambling that you may feel that those voids are being filled. Gambling will only provide you with a false sense of completeness. You need to dig deep to determine why you have these voids, and then learn how to fill them with good things. The more satisfying you create your life, the less will be your need for this addiction.
So, how do you create a satisfying life? How do you get there? From my experience, you get there one day at a time. You have do good things for yourself every day. You have to give yourself credit when you pay a bill instead of blowing the money on gambling. Following are 4 things I incorporated into my life on a regular basis that allowed me to become whole, completely content and gambling-free: PG Slot
Often what distracts professionals is that they have not deliberately (and strategically) set aside time where they make plans to be uninterrupted (also known as not distracted). When you put into practice the suggestions in this article, you are intentionally setting aside time is for the express purpose of accomplishing whatever key tasks you have determined need to handled – whether these tasks are in one of your professional roles or in your personal roles. It doesn’t matter. You need productivity slots in all parts of your life.
Brief note: You are the only one who knows how much time you need overall for project completions. You also know how much time is reasonable for you based on your work style, job or family roles, and method of working. Here are a few scenarios to implement or modify:
- Devote 30 minutes every single day to writing; set a timer and do not allow yourself to do anything except write for the entire 30 minutes.
- Schedule 1 hour of uninterrupted time at a regular time each day and during that time, only work on whatever your highest priority task is. Put a sign on your door.
- Have ‘productivity hours’ as I call them. At the top of the hour, turn off your email and work on whatever needs your focused attention. It could be finishing a budget, proofreading an article you’re ready to submit, grading papers that need to be returned to your students tomorrow (or today!), putting away all the materials you brought back from a recent professional trip, or whatever else you decide. Set a timer to go off at 50 minutes past the hour. At that time, check your email, go to the bathroom, get a drink of water or refresh your other beverage of choice. Then, at the top of the hour, start all over again, if at all possible. When you see how much you can accomplish in these focused bursts (without the distraction of email), you are motivated to put these into place more often.
- Planfully designate time daily to do nothing but make and return phone calls, particularly if you have quite a few messages each day to return and/or if making outgoing calls is a regular part of your professional responsibility. It’s often best to set aside phone calling time during a period before the traditional lunch hour and a period just before the end of the traditional work day. It helps keep everyone more focused. You can also record a message on your outgoing voice mail that lets callers know that you return phone calls twice a day and that they can expect to hear back from you during one of the next couple of phone times you have set aside.
- Block time in your calendar/planner marked as ‘project progress.’ You can do this at regular times each day, for specific periods of time each week, or scattered throughout the week depending on what else is scheduled – but making sure to schedule a pre-determined period of time each week.
Whether one of these scenarios works or if you need something completely different, figure it out and start getting productivity slots into place starting TOMORROW! Please – for your sake and others’…
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