How to Live A Productive Lifestyle

March 20, 2016

"Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them" - David Allen

I feel as though I can say that I am a somewhat productive person. I love being motivated and getting things done because I love feeling accomplished in the end. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate a Netflix night now and then because everyone needs time to destress and do what they love, but too much can result in procrastination and laziness. It takes a while to get out of this habit and I know speaking from experience that trying to get out of the Netflix hook is like trying to get out of the maze in The Maze Runner series, which is why I wanted to share some of the hacks that I've learnt and help me maintaining productivity.

Wake Up Early - This is something I would never have dreamed about doing this time last year, especially on weekends. Saturday mornings were my hibernation mornings, but its ridiculous how much of the day you waste when you're waking up at 11 or 12 in the afternoon. The morning is also the best time to get things done, so try waking up a couple of hours earlier than you normally do if you're in the habit of waking up at noon, and see how much of a difference it makes. Recently, I've been setting my alarm for 8am on a weekend and it has been so beneficial. I feel like I now have a solid sleeping pattern and still get enough sleep even though I'm waking up earlier. It also makes it easier to get up for college on a weekday.

Find Your Passion - I always believe that you shouldn't go searching for your passion to the point where you stress because you cant find it. You should know when you become passionate about something because it will make you want to work for it, but the best possible way to find it is by trying out new things and exploring everything and anything you can. Always do things that make you happy and maybe you will find your passion from that.

Go Outside and Find Inspiration - One of the best sources of inspiration is the outdoors because there is so much to look at, listen to and appreciate. 

Listen To Upbeat Music - I love listening to music but upbeat music gets me so motivated and happy. Recently I've been listening to a lot of Carly Rae Jepsen's new album which I fully recommend to everyone.

Plan Out Your Day in the Morning and Get Organised - You are least likely to get stuff done when you dont actually know what you need to do. I tend to find that I am most likely to do things when I actually write them down.

Have Clean Surroundings - I'm a firm believer of the concept that a cluttered room results in a cluttered mind. I hate having a messy room and feel like I can never focus on what I want to do until I know that my room is tidy.

Watch Motivational YouTube videos - I have two specific YouTubers who never fail to inspire and motivate me no matter what video they post, and their channels are Michelle Reed and Kenzie Elizabeth. Theres something about watching someone else being motivated and organised that makes me want to accomplish my own goals.

Read Motivational Books - As enjoyable as they are, watching TV and YouTube all of the time isn't necessarily good for your mind. Reading is a fantastic way to broaden your horizons. Reading can also help with relaxation and reducing stress so my favourite times to read are either in the morning or before I go to bed.

Simplify Your Life - When you have too much on your plate, its so easy to become stressed out and stop doing things which results in entering the world of Netflix comas. My biggest tips for simplifying your life is to cut away uneccesary things in your life and stop doing things you dont enjoy. Prioritise! Focus on the most important things first. You are most likely to get things done when you actually enjoy doing it. If its not something you enjoy, but is still really important. The best way to stay motivated is to think of how relieved you will be once its over.

Slow Down - Being productive isn't about working 24/7. Always take time to have breaks and refresh.

Eat and Drink Clean - If you are someone who knows that you eat an unhealthy amount junk food on a regular basis, then try to cut down on the proportions you eat and substitute them for something healthier. As delicious as junk food is, eating it too much can contribute to bloating, acne, high blood pressure, fatigue, headaches, and so many more effects on your health.

Envision The Life You Want! - That alone should be enough to motivate you.

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