Ten Things To Improve Your Productivity
Here are ten things you can do to make your life more productive. Some of these are classic and universal, others may or may not be as convenient or effective for you as they are for me.
Continue reading to discover which ones you find useful and which ones you find have the least value for your lifestyle.
#1 Wake Up Early
Easy for you to say, you haven’t been partying all night!
If you are an early riser, this is a no-brainer. You already know the value of getting up early.
Let’s say that you jump out of bed at 5:00 a.m. This gives you an extra 4 hours before the World wakes-up … at +/- 9:00 a.m. Four (4 hours x’s 365 days) = 1460 hours, divided by 24 hours in a day = 60.83 days. This is 2 extra months of life per year!
Not always a requirement, but an easy answer for everyone who uses the … ” I don’t have the time … excuse.”
These same time periods do not apply to you if you work afternoon or graveyard shifts, but you get the idea. Simply begin earlier in your day, when you are fresh and energized.
Everyone gets 24 hours a day, regardless of whether you are male or female, rich or poor, young or old. Never use the excuse that you don’t have the time.
Reset your priorities and you will always have time to spend where it is needed most.
Clear your mind for this new day. Clearing your mind means to gather your thoughts, breathe deeply and take a moment to realize that a new day has begun. Begin with a few minutes of meditation each day. Five minutes in quiet solitude should be easy to achieve.
Too many people go through life without ever appreciating a sunrise, smelling a flower, or hearing a bird sing. Meditate, or Pray.
Clearing your mind is a very important task to perform after you have awoken your physical body. Awaken your mind. This is an opportunity to spend time with your Creator and yourself.
It is a time to reflect on yesterday as well. Are you happy with what you have accomplished yesterday? You should be, at least in part, otherwise, something in your lifestyle, needs serious re-adjustment.
Find a means to exercise your physical body. You must also have a regular period during your day to exercise. This will introduce you to a routine. All accomplishment is fostered by routine.
Your body needs exercise in the same way your mind needs exercise. If you are not doing any type of physical exercise, this will soon lead to loss of mobility, tight and stiff joints, obesity, and other such ailments that render your life more difficult to bear.
Walking is at the very top of the list when it comes to exercise. It is easy, simple, and very effective. If you don’t exercise, this is the easiest way to begin a physical training routine. It is the least expensive. Just walk to your door, open it, and go! It will never get easier than that.
#4 Cleanse Your Body
After this moderate or intense period of physical exercise, it is time to cleanse your body and prepare yourself to meet the world. Proper hygiene is linked to Good Health.
A clean and well-cared-for body is more attractive and more efficient. When we are well groomed and clean we feel good about our selves and it always gets better from there.
#5 Do Not Skip Breakfast
The worst form of poverty and suffering must be the lack of food in anyone’s daily life. I am very fortunate to have never experienced such destitute.
While there are many examples of breakfasts eaten in different parts of the world, food is also an energy provider. Do not skip this very important meal. If you are not having breakfast now on a regular basis, consider this very important meal.
Start with a small breakfast and soon you will be leaving the house with a full stomach. No, you won’t gain a lot of weight. This satisfied feeling will help you resist all the “junk” food that makes you fat and unhealthy.
Your focus and concentration will improve because you will not have to deal “thoughts of food swimming around in your head” all day long.
Work is what you do to earn a living. Work is the act of applying effort to a task. Work isn’t always pushing “your rock” up a hill like Sisyphus. Work refers to things you must do in exchange for other things, like goods and services.
Learn to apply yourself to a task. Like any effort, begin small and slowly. Add a little more effort and time, every day, and soon you will be applying effort to task with pleasure.
To be productive we must know and understand what we are doing, and we must learn how to perform an extensive array of tasks during the course of a day and in our daily lives. This is learning. Education is about learning.
Whether you are studying in a formal setting or have chosen to study on your own, this is a process that you must continue your entire life. Having great teachers and mentors will always be beneficial to this purpose.
This formal education has to be supplemented with Reading! Lots and lots of reading. Schedule an amount of time, every day, for reading.
This is the food for your mind. This will train your mind to think and find solutions to your problems.
All great readers need and have extensive vocabularies. Learn a new word every day. Then you will begin to understand the texts that you read and learning will be a lot more fun.
#8 Have a Hobby
Hobbies are the “fun” things we do with our time. They are the opposite of what we call work. If you can turn your hobby into work, bonus points for you.
You are now spending the greater part of your day doing something you love. The problem with this concept is that you no longer have any hobbies.
So get out there and find yourself a new hobby.
I have placed the Family near the end of my list only because we usually get home to our families at the end of the day. Parents often work away from the home and children often attend school, and therefore the family unit usually comes together in the late afternoon and early evening.
Learn to value this time period. Children grow up quickly, leave for university or work and yesterday’s precious moments are soon a memory. Take this time to establish control over your life so that you may pass this skill to your children.
Families are comprised of, grandfathers and grandmothers, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles. Families also include the people we work with, the people play with, and the people we pray with.
One of the highest and most noble forms of success in life must include the family. If you are fortunate enough to acquire great sums of money and other such material wealth, you will not be complete unless you can share this with your family.
If you are fortunate enough to have parents, be patient with them, try to understand them, and remember that what they gave you was probably the best they had.
Be grateful for their effort. One day you may become a parent.
# 10 Bedtime and Rest
Bedtime is the final rest period at the end of your day. Rest is the time we require to recuperate. No one can run forever without stopping to rest. No engine can continue to run without stopping to refuel.
Bedtime is not nap-time. It is not the coffee breaks or naps we take throughout the day.
Take a shower, take a bath, find a quiet, dark and comfortable place to sleep for +/- 8 hours. This time will vary for everyone, but it should be regular and sufficient.
All of these activities have served me well to maintain a healthy and sound, body and mind. My family and my spirituality supplement this effort and together, these exercises produce and support an interesting and challenging lifestyle.
This is not to say that I have found the “perfect solution” to all of life’s trials and tribulations, but it is, however, a good routine for me.
Comments, Questions, and Suggestions
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, about these activities, or others that could improve your productivity, please do not hesitate to include them in your comments.