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How to boost productivity when you’re all over the place

As someone who sometimes wishes a day would last longer than 24 hours, I have to continually keep finding ways of maximizing my time during the day.

Thing is, I’m an entrepreneur and an artist. I’ve got my business, Boston Mobile Dance Studio where I also teach, I have my band the Beantown and I’m the founder of the BeanTown Lockers.

Additionally, I’m a proud father of 3 awesome little munchkins. So, all in all, using my time productively during the day is crucial for me. I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.

I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.

First of all, I’m going to guide you through the tactics and habits that I use to boost productivity and make my day more productive.

But let me tell you something before going further. The biggest change I’ve experienced in my productivity is after reading the book “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod.

Getting up early in the morning and implementing my Miracle Morning routine has helped me organize my day better. It’s helped me clear my mind and find clarity for the rest of the day and the upcoming tasks.

Don’t sit down all the time

When working at my desk, I don’t sit down. I’ve placed my laptop on a high desk shelf so that I’m standing while working in front of the screen. I’ve found that this helps me keep my energy flow moving and the strain on my back is minimized.

Define time blocks of working

Some people find that working in 90-minute blocks makes them most productive. After these 90 minutes, you should take a 15-minute break. But this brake needs to be something useful, not surfing the web, scrolling through Facebook or something not so useful.

These 15 minutes should be used for a useful activity such as going for a walk, doing some exercise, meditating or having a healthy snack.

I usually work in 2-hour blocks during which I time myself. I time every 10 minutes in which I drink 30 sips of water.

Hydrating with water is crucial for the whole body and for the brain. It also helps in reducing stress, keeping the body balanced and energized. I also make 10-minute breaks to do some exercises such as neck rolls, push ups, etc.

You can always try the Pomodoro Technique to boost productivity, which has been proven as very effective.

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Pomodoro Technique for boosting productivity

Having a healthy sleep pattern

It’s important to have a healthy sleep pattern. Sleep is crucial for the brain. Lack of sleep causes lowered concentration levels, increases stress, and causes burn out.

Although it may not be possible to go to bed early in some situations, I try to make it my goal to go to bed by 11 pm. This way I can get enough sleep to be able to get up at 4:00 am.

When I gig with my band, I get home very late so I don’t go to bed before 2 am, in these cases I sleep in unless it’s necessary to get up early. I also try to take power naps during the day if I didn’t get enough sleep during the night.

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Sleep well and boost productivity

Balancing work and life

I’m a family man. So even though I have a day full of projects and responsibilities, I do my best to take time off. I spend my evenings with my family, I take time off to go out with my wife and my kids. I love going to the movies because it really helps me detach from the fast paced and sometimes very stressful work situations. Spending simple moments with my wife, laughing and joking around helps me remember that life should be enjoyed and not taken so seriously.

Balancing work and life is really important for boosting productivity. Failing to balance these two will not only cause decreased productivity, but it will also eventually cause burnout.

Continuous learning

As someone with many roles and responsibilities, I’ve truly experienced the importance of learning. You should never believe that you’ve learned everything you need to know.

Failing to develop and expand your knowledge and skills will make you unproductive in all areas of your life. There’s always something to learn.

For me, I’m always looking to learn more as an entrepreneur and as an artist. I love listening to audio books, especially while driving my car. I drive a lot, so I try to use this time constructively.

I love the way Brian Tracy puts it:

The second part of continuous learning is for you to listen to audio programs in your car. Audio learning has been described as the most important advance in education since the invention of the printing press.

Boost productivity by listening to music

Music can enhance all areas of our work and life. But it’s important to choose this music carefully.

Different genres and frequencies have different effects on the brain. Energetic and fast music with fast beats or lyrics should be avoided during mental activities.

As a performer and a natural introvert, being too hyped up tires me emotionally and mentally. So, I prefer to listen to classical music during mental work, it helps me relax and focus.

Whereas during active work such as rehearsals, dance classes and workouts I listen to energetic music. This helps me maintain my energy, motivation, and creativity.

And that would be that from me, my dear friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed this read and that it will help you boost your productivity.

Try some of these things and tell me how it goes, I’d love to hear your opinions.

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What are the most valuable benefits of dance and movement for children?

From what my experience has shown me, dancing has a number of benefits for the growth and development of a child. In all aspects; emotional, intellectual, psychological and physical. Dancing brings about great improvements if a child is encouraged to express through dance and movement. And this doesn’t mean you should expect your child to become a pro dancer, but rather think of it as a more fun approach to bringing up your kids.

In the life of an individual

As a professional performer and movement coach, I’ve had the possibility to discover the amazing changes dancing can have on the life of an individual, over and over again. As many of you may know, if you read my inspirational story of dance, dancing has changed my life. As an introvert, I’ve always had a difficulty with expressing how I feel, what I think, what I like and don’t like, and so on. I don’t even like to be in big crowds. But dance has changed that for me. When I discovered dance, at the age of 9, things really started to change for me, for good. Today, people find it hard to believe that I’m actually quite a shy person on the inside. But it was dance that helped me overcome my limits and fears. That’s what I want to discuss with you today…

So, let’s take a look at some of the most valuable benefits dance and movement have on our children.

Help your child develop and promote their creativity through dance

I think this is the core of the most valuable benefits of dancing and moving for everyone, especially kids. Which explains why Boston Mobile Dance Studio’s culture is based on the “Move Creatively” philosophy. Creativity promotes intellect, self-motivation, expression and communication. Enrolling your child into regular dance or movement classes will encourage your child to nurture and express their creativity. Not only that, by encouraging them to express their creativity, you’re also helping them discover themselves, their strengths and potentials.

Why not try our Creative Movement Classes for ages 3 to 9 in Roslindale… they’re FREE

Regular dance classes can help your child become more disciplined

Ever wonder how you can help your child learn to focus more, rather than just letting go and letting the laziness take over? Dancing is the best way to teach children to focus and discipline through a more fun and energetic way. During our dance classes, we create fun choreographies for kids which they enjoy and want to learn. This way they’re having fun, and in a more indirect way, they’re improving their memory, focus, and discipline. With time this will expand to other areas of their lives, and will serve them in the long run.

Improve overall physical well-being, posture, and stamina

I’ve learned that it is best to enroll kids to dance classes at an early age, around the age of 2 1/2. This way, as they are going through the most crucial moments of development, dancing is allowing them to develop in a healthier way, by improving strength, stamina, and flexibility. Dance and movement also correct the posture and improve balance, so if your child is having problems with poor posture or problems with the spinal cord, consider enrolling them into a movement discipline such as Yoga.

Your child will become more self-confident

Dancing is a social activity, meaning you somehow need to socialize with the rest of the participants. Like I said at the beginning, I myself am an introvert. But with dance I’ve built my self-esteem and self-confidence which has made it easier for me to communicate with others and to overcome the fear of being among a lot of people, standing in front of everyone performing and believing in my qualities. Of course, you need to respect your child’s character, but you should also keep in mind that your child needs you to help them believe in themselves and be self-confident.

Expressing emotions easier rather than keeping them in

From an early age, kids will endure tornados of feelings and emotions. Being so young, they aren’t always able to pinpoint what they are feeling, let alone to express it in an adequate manner. This often results in either extreme tantrums or the pulling back and closing in. Neither of these is good, because if left aside, they can cause difficulties and even severe psychological problems in the future. Through various forms of dance, we encourage kids to express their inner feelings and thoughts allowing them to channel their emotions in a healthier manner.

Teens need emotional support and a way to channel their emotions. Why not enroll them to Hip-Hop classes for teens…

And always remember, encourage do not pressure

Kids need to be encouraged to do things, to participate in activities, to overcome their fears and difficulties. But we must never pressure them to do things that they don’t want to do or when they don’t feel ready to do it. We need to respect their feelings and moods, they will move forward when they are ready only if we encourage and empathize.

Encourage your kids to be creative through dance… have them try our new Youth Hip-Hop Classes ages 5 to 12 in Arlington

Any thoughts on Dance for kids?

Does your child dance? What would you like to help your child with through dance and movement? Share your thoughts with us. Any questions? Just write them in the comments below and We’ll be happy to give you the answers you need.

Dance and Creative Movement is an activity that helps children develop creativity in many different aspects. Check out Dance for youth classes at BMDS.

Dancing makes you healthy and happy, 20 reasons to party dance infographic

You probably hear us say this a lot, but really; Anyone can dance, especially party dance! As a team of creatives and dancers, we stay strong in our faith in dance and movement. And this is not just our passion that drives us, it’s the deeply rooted belief that is based on real life situations and proof, that show how dancing and moving is beneficial for the overall health and well-being of each and every individual.

Consider this…

Those who dance at parties, and those who don’t

Take a look at the people that you know, and put them in these two groups; the ones that dance at parties and then the ones that don’t, like or want to dance (you might be one of them).

Now consider the energy and emotions these two different types of people reflect most often.

It becomes clear, doesn’t it? People that refuse to dance at parties are much more rigid, closed, and don’t really reflect much positivity. In fact, you’ll often see them rolling their eyes or laughing at someone else that’s dancing their heads off and having fun. That’s because they don’t feel good in their own skin, they aren’t free to be who they really are, and thus it is impossible for them to feel happy and satisfied.

Ok, this was just me trying to make a point, but I’m sure you know that already, don’t you?

Anyhow, we’ve decided to make an infographic list for you; the 20 reasons why moving and dancing is so good for you. Dancing is such a healthy activity and it is deeply rooted into the human native code. This is exactly why it has a number of benefits for our overall well-being.

So here are the 20 reasons to Party Dance

  Party Dance Infographic Benefits of party dance