My wife stays home raising our 4 kids. She does her very best to be productive.
I run a company, among other things. I do my very best to be productive.
You _________. You likely do your very best to be productive.
So what to do? How can we all be more productive citizens of this great world of ours?
Allow me to share my thoughts on the matter. And, as always, I’m anxious to hear what you think as well.
1. Get Adequate Sleep
No one really understands why this is… but we humans need to sleep. Our bodies must recover while our souls rest.
To be sure, everyone is different, but if you don’t get adequate sleep on a regular basis I feel confident in guaranteeing you’re not as productive as you could be.
Don’t believe me? Prove me wrong and get at least 8 hours of sleep for 14 nights straight and see what happens.
This is one thing I’ve put off to the side for far too long.
As a countermeasure, I’ve recently started the P90X program and it’s kicking my butt. But I am waking up at 5:15 in the morning and cranking it out in my dimly lit living room.
Recently, I almost puked at the end of a workout (legs and back) but after slugging back my recovery drink and taking a shower I felt like a million bucks – full of energy and ready to take on the day.
Like insufficient sleep, if you don’t exercise you’ll likely feel sluggish throughout the day and, I hate to break it to you, your risk of sickness is much higher than those who do exercise.
3. Eat Well
Next, eating well is extremely important. Like exercise, I was not doing well in this area for a long time. I ate bad foods more than good food and drinking several sugar filled sodas throughout the day was the norm.
Now I’m doing my very best to eat more salads, drink water instead of soda, and since my wife is an organic food fanatic evening meals are always healthy.
As important as exercise and diet are to the body I feel reading is equally important for the health and vitality of your mind.
Since you’re reading this sentence chances are you’re doing well in this area. But this doesn’t mean you can’t do better. If you read for 15 minutes before bed crank it up to 20.
Finally, I’m a man of faith and find spending time in quiet prayer extremely valuable.
It helps me keep perspective while also seeking guidance as I navigate through this thing called life.
If you’re not a person of faith I’d still encourage you to take some time throughout the day to quiet your mind and reflect on the blessings and challenges of your life.
What about you?
So those are 5, albeit not simple, things any person can do to improve their personal productivity.
What do you think of the list? Do you agree with it? Do you do anything I’ve not mentioned in order to increase your personal productivity?