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At the turn of the new year, you probably told yourself that this was the year where you become a proper and productive member of society. How has that worked out so far? Your answer could be anything ranging from Great, thanks! To Well, I’d rather not talk about it.
If that second one hits a little too close to home, don’t worry about it. It takes time to cultivate a productive lifestyle. The early weeks and months are all about getting an idea of what you need to prioritise, and slowly weaning yourself off bad habits that have festered over the years.
If your productivity seems to be a dream at the minute, it could be that other things in your life are affecting it. Making the changes to be more productive is not merely influenced by you, but the circumstances that surround you, also.
We all suffer money troubles at some point. Worrying about them can have a massive effect on our productivity. If you want to join the gym but can’t afford it, then people often opt to just not bother at all, despite the many other exercise options available.
To combat this, consider looking into ways to solve your money issues. This can be through proper budgeting, personal loans, and merely identifying the essentials and cutting out the frivolous spending you have become so accustomed to.
Your home is a place where you would love to be able to relax. But this isn’t always the case. Depending on your situation, it might be that you find it challenging to motivate yourself to complete chores and other necessary activities after getting home after a long day. The sofa always looks so much more inviting, doesn’t it?
Furthermore, if you work from home, it can be difficult to ignore the distractions and procrastination, as well as switching off at the end of the day to relax. Ensuring that you set aside an area for work, independent of the rest of the house is a must for separating your work life from your home life, even if it is the same place.
Our health is something that is often overlooked when considering productivity. Sometimes, it is even used as an excuse not to be productive, even though we rarely take steps to improve our well being.
Making sure that you are in excellent physical and mental health will inspire the productivity laying dormant within, and the more you make an effort, the easier it will come. Eating well, getting enough sleep, and having someone to talk to if you are feeling stressed are just some of the factors that can affect productivity.
It is a vicious cycle where you feel stressed about not working on yourself, but you can’t work on yourself because you are so stressed. Evaluating and identifying what is causing this stress and anxiety is essential towards improving everything in your life.
So even if you haven’t yet hit your productivity goals, have no fear. It might just be you need to reevaluate your surroundings and take steps to balance them first. Doing this will naturally inspire you to be productive and make for a happier 2018 and beyond