Life Balance: Cultivate These 5 Habits to Become More Productive Each Day

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Cultivate These 5 Habits to Become More Productive Each Day

Write Lists, Set Goals, Meditate, Exercise, and Be Accountable

by J.M. Troppello

For most of my life, I have tried to be productive. Every now and then I get lazy and procrastinate. But mainly I feel a need to always do something to improve my life and be productive. Through the years, I’ve learned that I needed to balance out that ‘need’ for productivity with peace, calm, and relaxation.

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer

The following four habits have helped me to cultivate more productivity in my life while living in balance with mindfulness.

1. Write Lists

I love lists. I write out a menu each Sunday night for the rest of the week, so I know what we’re having for dinner. That helps me to know if I need to take meat out of the freezer to defrost etc. I write out our shopping list and then input our weekly order into the Instacart app for pickup from our local grocery store. I write a to-do list the night before so I can be more productive the next day.

Maybe you’re not a list person. However, they’ve helped me stay more organized and productive.

2. Set Goals

A big factor in being more productive is knowing where you want to go. You need to have objectives in mind to know if you’ve actually made progress. Even if you’re not a list person, consider writing down your immediate, short-term, and long-term goals. You can write them in a journal, a small notebook that you keep with you, in a document on your computer, or on a goal tracking app.

Writing down your goals will help you stay more focused. You’ll be able to see your priorities more clearly. Tracking goals that you’ve accomplished will encourage you to keep going on to bigger and better things.

3. Meditate

Take time for focused mindfulness each day. I usually like to take this time when I first wake up. It helps me center on my faith and what’s truly important to me in life.

“To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Practicing mindfulness throughout the day can help you to maintain a clearer mindset. It can enable you to have a more positive perspective. All that will lead you to increased productivity.

4. Exercise

I have not exercised regularly throughout my entire life. In my younger years, I had a very good metabolism. I was able to eat whatever I wanted and never gained a lot of weight. I did normal exercise like walking during my lunch hour and getting outdoors and being active on the weekends.

However, now that I’m older, my metabolism is not good at all. I’ve gained weight. I started to exercise in recent years. One of my favorite workout apps is the FitOn app. I love that they have so many free workouts, without commercials or ads. The trainers are very encouraging. This app has helped me be more accountable in my daily workouts since it tracks my workouts and calories burned.

Since I’ve been exercising more, there has been more ‘pep in my step’ and I feel more productive during the day. I know that working out has been benefiting my body, soul, and spirit.

5. Be Accountable

Accountability is a powerful factor in being more productive each day. I have several accountability partners in my life. These family members and friends have helped me immensely through encouragement and support in my journey toward better health and wellness.

If you don’t have anyone that you can count on in that way, there are various apps that can help you. This article shares helpful information about 13 apps that can keep you more accountable as you reach for your goals. Some of those apps include Asana, Goals Wizard, My Fitness Pal, Masterminds App, and Money Manager.

Cultivate More Productivity Daily

“Make no mistake about it. Bad habits are called ‘bad’ for a reason. They kill our productivity and creativity. They slow us down. They hold us back from achieving our goals. And they’re detrimental to our health.” – John Rampton

  • Write lists

  • Set goals

  • Meditate

  • Exercise

  • Be Accountable

Each person is different. The way I like to cultivate productivity could be different than you’d nurture it in your life. These tips are meant to show 5 ways in which I’ve increased productivity in my life. Hopefully, they can inspire you to find your own pathway toward increased productivity.

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About the Author

JM Troppello in Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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