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 with 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 smart.
Maybe that’s why you’re reading this guide; you don’t want just a few tips about living a healthy 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.
But before we begin, I thought it might be a good thing to put some old ideas to rest.
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. So let’s begin by understanding what productivity is and isn’t.
Simply, productivity is producing. Not managing your time.
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.
What’s your outcome?
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. And life is always expressing what’s within us.
Reflection gives us the power to be productive and create effective results, which in turn brings balance in life.
Below are the things I recommend you practice if you ever want to master being productive and use that productivity to create a 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!
So let’s get down to brass tacks.
Track your goal
One of the most important reasons why we do what we do is because we want to achieve certain outcomes in a lifetime.
However, if your goal doesn’t have enough clarity, it might lead to more delay and procrastination.
Take a moment to reflect on your goals. what are they?
Now ask yourself the following questions.
“Is this goal or activity something I’m passionate about, enjoy doing, feel proud of, and would I do it, regardless of money, recognition, and power?
Will this goal or activity lead to a useful outcome for me?
Do I have all the resources I need to successfully accomplish this goal or activity? And if not am I prepared to seek out the skills or training I need?”
If you don’t have a fairly strong ‘yes’ to the questions above, then it’s likely you will not feel committed or excited about the goal you’re about to pursue or are pursuing, which can make you become less productive.
So what if you don’t have a strong yes to 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.
Become a morning person
This might be one of the most life-changing experiences you will ever have. 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 works for me and I recommend you give it a try.
Get 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.
If you continue to do this, your output will be tremendous and it will speedily pave your way to a successful life.
Reflect on your health
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.
Do you practice any of the following?
Exercise every day, Eating four or five times every day, drinking 4-5 liters of water daily, sleeping more and taking enough rest?
If not, how can you start practicing the the things mentioned above?
If you can keep to the ideas listed above, you will start living a balanced life.
This means to always empty your mind of negative thoughts and release more calmness in your life.
Every day for the next seven days, blockout 30 minutes and find a silent place to be alone. If not 30, try with something smaller.
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 am in charge of what I feel today and I can achieve anything I set my mind to.”
You can create your own list and formula and see how charged you will become.
So if you’re ready to be more productive and create that balanced life, start flexing your mental muscles today and prepare to be amazed at the results.