If time were money, almost everyone would go bankrupt.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a legend in your industry or a grizzled veteran, every day you wake up to more tasks than you could ever accomplish.
You want to do everything that matters to you. You have more ideas than you could ever create. Most of all? You want to be fulfilled both at home and work.
But something keeps getting in your way: there just seems to be too much to do and too little time to do it and it bothers you because you’re smarter than that.
Maybe that’s why you’re reading this guide; you don’t want just a few tips about living a healthy, balanced life, you want to learn how to do it right.
What’s the secret, you wonder? How do you accomplish every task and still have enough time for your family and a few hours to enjoy life?
Wise questions and the answers may very well change your life. They certainly changed mine.
Here’s my struggle.
I’m used to procrastinating a lot. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I simply can’t get anything done before I start to feel like collapsing. Sure, I know the right things to do, but the crucial problem is, I just can’t get myself to do them.
Then I start to reflect on my goal, thinking about friends and family that will be disappointed if I don’t start taking responsibility to fulfill my potential. So, I began learning how to put things right, by studying several physiology books and honestly, that changed my life.
Ever since then, I’ve gone from a foremost procrastinator to someone who has learned to accelerate his business in just a few weeks, write posts that change people’s lives, build my success coaching program, and have people recommending me to other clients.
For example, here’s one of the emails a client wrote to me:
How did I get so much done in such a relatively short time? Did I just get lucky? No, the truth is actually boring:
I found out my ‘why.’ That’s it. Nothing more.
And today I want to ask you the same question? What is your ‘why’? What are the reasons you do the things you do? Are the goal and activity relevant to your future Identity?
What about the level of your competence, do you feel capable and confident that you can understand, perform in, and master your world?
If your answer to all this is yes, you might as well close this post now and do other things instead. (Maybe watch a movie?)
What’s that you say? No? Well, I’ve got you covered and it all starts now. If you want to create a healthy, balanced life and generate efficient outcomes, the following life elements, which we will get into shortly, are the things you should study carefully and master in your life.
But before we begin, let make a few things clear, shall we?
The Mistake Most People Make About Productivity.
Most people tend to mistake productivity for time management. They say, study time management and manage your time effectively and you’ll be productive.
But that’s not true, productivity is not about time management. How can I be certain about that? Because first, you must understand what productivity is.
What productivity really is.
Simply, productivity is producing. Ask any successful people and they will tell you that they measure the level of their productivity with their daily outcome. In a real sense, the result they achieve from each task they get done.
Because you see, most people study time management, learn to do things faster, fall into bed exhausted, and wake up to do it all over again and yet they get no results.
I want you to take a moment and reflect on the result you’re getting out of each task you accomplish every day. Give yourself a rating on a scale from 1 to 10, what is your outcome?
The human drive for competence is what makes us want to understand, succeed, and master every area of our life. This gives us the power to be productive and produce and effective result.
Below are the things I recommend you practice and frankly, you will master being productive and creating a healthy, balanced life. If you stay committed to each one of them, you’ll increase your productivity 10X and accelerate your growth. And if you stay committed to all of them? Hell, you might just make history in record time!
What to know what they are? Well, let’s get started.
1. Track Your Goal
One of the most important reasons why we do what we do is because we want to achieve certain outcomes in our lifetime. Think about it, you’re not just hunched over your desk working day and night because you like it; you are certainly expecting something in return, perhaps you want to achieve a goal.
However, if your goal doesn’t have enough clarity, it might lead to more delay and procrastination.
For example, the reason I started my ‘success coaching program’ is because I want to help people find their path and achieve their dream goal. In exchange, I can get paid to care for my family and make a huge impact in my community.
So most of the time when I find myself going astray, I often reflect on this to keep me on the right path.
Take a moment to reflect on your goals. What are they?
Done with that? Now ask yourself the following question?
- Is this goal or activity something you’re passionate about, enjoy doing, feel proud about, and would do it, regardless of money, recognition, and power?
- Will this goal or activity lead to a useful outcome for you?
- Is this goal or activity worth losing other things you find important? Can you do it without costing too much of your time and energy needed elsewhere?
- Is the goal or activity leading to a result you can enjoy soon?
- Do you have all the resources you need to successfully accomplish this goal or activity?
If you don’t strongly agree with the questions above, then it’s likely you will not feel committed or excited about the goal you’re going to pursue or are pursuing, which can make you become less productive.
So what if you don’t strongly agree with the questions above; should you quit and not proceed? No! Instead, spend some time reflecting on an area where you find weakness and ask yourself, what can I do to become stronger and gain control in this area?
Because you see, succeeding in life means thinking deeply through every activity before engaging in it and by considering how you can become strong in your area of weakness might just give you the productivity you need.
2. Become a morning person
This might be one of the most life-changing experiences you will ever have. Research has proven that the most successful people get their things done early in the morning. And if you ever dream of being super productive, you must adopt the same formula.
Every day we live in uncertainty and we often don’t know what the day will bring in terms of challenges, distractions, state of mind, and much more.
So, getting most of our important tasks done in the morning can help us be productive and produce a better result.
Here’s what I recommend, wake up at 5 am in the morning and get your tasks done. That night you can schedule everything you will be doing the next day so that your mind can reflect on them before you wake up in the morning.
This might not necessarily work for you if you work shift work or night shift, so what do you do if this is happening to you?
Block out your own special hours and find a place of your own to do the things that matter to you. And if there is a day that you’re not working overnight, be sure you are productive and get your important task done in the morning.
If you continue to do this, your output will be tremendous and it will speedily pave your way to a successful life.
3. Reflect on your health
Living a healthy life can give us the amount of energy we need to power through our day.
The bitter truth is most people often don’t care about their health; please oh please, don’t be one of these people.
A person who gains everything and loses his health on the way will end up spending everything he gained on his health. So starting from this moment, resolve with yourself that you’ll focus and do things that will keep you healthy.
I want you to stay true to the following health plan. If you can keep to this plan you will start living a balanced life.
Do 20 minutes of exercise every day: you can accomplish this either by doing some stretching, a cardio workout or go for a walk. Whatever you’re comfortable with, make sure you do up to 20 minutes of exercise daily.
Eat four or five times every day: though this might sound crazy, eating four or five times a day can be heavenly and will often make our body more active and fresh. You want to make sure you don’t eat too much during each meal and make sure you eat more green food to neutralize the level of sugar in your body. I recommend you try the 5:5:5 diet, designed by UK nutritionist Angela Dowden, although you might not find it to be convenient for you; it never hurts to try.
No drinks except water: yes, you heard that right, no other drinks. No coffee, no alcohol. Green tea is acceptable if you find it hard abstaining from caffeine. You can add some Kale smoothies if that’s your thing but if you drink only water, your body will stay hydrated and It will help you achieve the best healthy, balanced lifestyle possible. You should drink as much water as possible; start drinking water now and see how healthy you’ll become.
Sleep more: make sure you get seven to nine hours of sleep every day. Doing this will get your body into proper shape and keep you fit. Remember, you can’t cheat nature, so I recommend trying this and see the tremendous results you’ll get.
Give yourself enough periods of rest: do you schedule up to nineteen minutes of rest time when you do a task? If you are not practicing this, you’ll create a stress level over ten for yourself. However, taking nineteen to twenty-five minutes of rest time will help you refresh your brain and boost your energy to complete whatever you’re trying to get done. Always take between nineteen to twenty-five minutes rest period during a task and see how charged you’ll become to do more.
4. Practice Mindfulness
This means to always empty your mind of negative thoughts and release more calmness in your life. Every day for the next seven days, block out 30 minutes and find a silent place to be alone.
During that time, empty your thoughts by becoming aware of them without judging them. Whenever a thought pops in, always remember to keep your mind in the present no matter what.
Once you clear your mind of negative thoughts, start filling it with some positive affirmation, think of things you think you can’t do and affirm to yourself that you can do them.
Here’s one that has worked perfectly for me: I can do all things through Christ, who empowers me. You can adopt the same formula or create your own, do this daily and see how charged you will become.
Sound good enough? I thought so. Start flexing your muscles today and see how productive you’ll become
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