To be honest, I feel like I have not been the best in living my life intentionally. It feels like a day to day challenge to be able to live up to the expectation of others. You want to be the successful one but, the more you show that you can succeed in a task, the more people will likely depend on you.
But instead of dwelling in the sad reality of being an employee, encourage everyone to be a better version of themselves everyday. Survive each new day by trying to make the most of it.
Here are the things that I try to accomplish as much as possible, and I hope you can join me in this journey to a more “productive” kind of living.
- Become a morning person.
This first one can be one of the hardest on the list, but it can bring about a significant change as to how you deal with your day. Having a couple of extra hours to have coffee, to do morning devotionals or to work out, will surely make you feel productive and energized throughout the day.
- Plan your day.
It only takes 10-15 minutes to create a to do list and you will be surprised how it can revolutionize your day. I use my bullet journal to list down my plans for the day- my tasks, down to the events or meetings that I have to attend. Try to be as specific as possible in planning your day.
- Stop multitasking.
Focus on what you have to do first. Don’t open too much tabs in your laptop and try to stay away from your phone so you won’t get easily distracted. (Tip: I’m not sure if this will work for you, but use a timer when you are doing a task so you can measure how much time it takes to finish. For me, it helps make me stay focused.)
- Do the difficult tasks first.
Tasks that are considered top priority should be dealt with first, when you still have all the energy to do so (it’s all about energy management!) Plus, accomplishing your biggest tasks first will give you added motivation to achieve more.
- Rest well.
Don’t overdo yourself and listen to your body. If you feel really sleepy then have your much needed rest. If you don’t take care of your body now, then you will suffer the consequences later on.
- Learn to delegate.
There are tasks that you can give to someone else. Don’t be afraid to let others do things for you. Look for help and show gratitude to those who have extended their aid.
Studies suggest the people who exercise are more likely to live happier and better days. It helps in making you productive, plus makes you healthier too!
- Do things with love.
Treat each task as an opportunity to show off your talent and your skills. Expand what you know, develop your skills, and do the things you love the most.
- Set goals.
Set goals for everything and almost anything that you do. Set goals for the things you want to do before 2015 ends; set goals you want to achieve today, next month, next year, 5 years, 10 years or 15 years from now. Setting goals will bring you closer to achieving your dreams.
- Feed your mind, heart, and soul.
Find time each day to feed your mind, your heart, and your soul. Read a book, talk to a friend, and make time to have a morning devotional or an evening bible reading that can give you so much hope and faith for the day and for tomorrow.
I hope that the above list helped you!