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5 Techniques to Have a Productive Day Everyday

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February 20th, 2013

It’s a spanking new year of the Snake, and a lazy start it better not be. If you have no time to read the full text, here are the five pointers in English and Chinese:

1. Well-begun is half-done 好的开始就是成功的一半
2. Spend more time in the shower 洗澡慢的好
3. Eat a proper breakfast 早饭要吃好
4. Stay away from negatives — thoughts, people and actions 远离负能量思绪、人群、举止
5. Do what makes you happy, and be proud for it 做让你开心并自豪的事情

– KL

 

Here’s a repost of the article from workawesome.com (really awesome tips about work-life balance everyday, you gotta subscribe to it) by Lior Levin, on 20 February, 2013.:

5 Techniques to Have a Productive Day Everyday

 
Have a Productive Day
No matter who you are, what you do and where you live, you will have challenges, obstacles, glories, triumphs and failures along the course of life. Life is a roller coaster ride, nothing is smooth and certain and one important thing is to learn your own psychology or your way of looking at things.The key thing many of us tend to forget is that life is not just about winning or losing but it is more important to live the moment, cherish it and enjoy each day to its fullest. Your job, your responsibilities, priorities, challenges, deadlines are just the details — what matters more is whether the soul is at peace and enjoying the journey as life moves along.So how do you make each day productive? Make each day count and achieve little or great things that matter? How do you plan a productivity mindset and do your best to ensure that your day goes as planned?

Here are 5 ways how to have a productive day:

1. Well-begun is half-done

Wake up early, probably just after sunrise. I know many of you are night owls, who prefer working late until night and wake up late. But scientifically, this is not at all a good practice and drains your overall productivity to a great extent. Many studies reveal that morning birds are more creative, energetic and motivated than night owls because the human body and mind can resonate more energy if it aligns itself to the cycle of Sun – the supreme source of energy in our solar system.

Right after waking up, drink 2 full glasses of water. Avoid caffeine, 2 full glasses of fresh cold water in one shot and take a deep breath.

Next, help yourself with some exercise. If you can, go outdoors for a brisk walk or jog for some time. If you have time constraints, do it for 15 minutes but don’t avoid it altogether. A little exercise in the morning is great for your nervous system and it actually helps you recharge the muscle between your ears.

2. Spend more time in the shower

Unlike ladies, men have this tendency to finish the shower as quickly as possible. Shower is that time of the day when you are completely alone, no one to disturb you and your body receives a cool breeze of water from top to bottom. It cleans your body, you can feel the energy and remain calm at the same time.

While you have your shower, think of all the good things you have and think of the things and events you are grateful for. Think of all your achievements and feel good about it. Feeling good is the first step towards doing good.

3. Eat a proper breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal for the entire day; it is that time of the day when your body needs energy and nutrients after a long time. A balanced and healthy breakfast makes available all the energy, vitamins and minerals your body can use as an ignition for the rest of the day.

Many people have a habit of rushing through their breakfasts, munching snacks, coffee and letting it go as sophomorically as possible. Later in the afternoon, they wonder why their body slumps, why they feel sleepy after lunch and why the daily commute to office is so tiring. This is because you did not give your body the fuel it needs, how can the mind be at peace when your body is deprived? A healthy mind first needs a healthy body and ignoring your breakfast is not a productive habit.

4. Stay away from negatives — thoughts, people and actions

Now that your day has started, the next thing to do is control the inflow and outflow of thoughts. Thoughts shape our action and action shapes our future, so you have to be careful of what you think.

Have a meeting or a PowerPoint presentation you are tensed about? Don’t let fear creep in — the more you are tensed and feel bad about it, the more negatives you will attract and they just might spoil your productivity. Have a swollen nose? Do not complain, get over it and focus on something else.

Every action you take in the morning radiates a frequency in your world, so if you radiate negative thoughts and actions, you will find it difficult to be productive and positive. Even your spoken words should bring positive energy.

For example, instead of saying “Don’t close the door that way”, say “Close the door slowly”. The first sentence has a “Don’t” which radiates negative energy. The second one is more constructive and gives a positive direction.

Likewise, avoid people who sound complaining and condemning; stay away from people and gossip stations that discuss negative thoughts, events or actions.

5. Do what makes you happy, and be proud for it

Ask yourself: “What are the things I love to do at work? What is the most exciting thing that you like to do every day, without thinking of the result? Do it. Remember, we are what we repeatedly do.

Most people are not proud of their work and they keep wondering why they aren’t happy. If you don’t like what you’re doing for a living, why do it anyway? Go do something worthwhile, which makes you happy and proud.

Remember, productivity is a state of mind, your mind must lift itself to that zone, which is impossible if you’re not proud of who you are and not happy of what you do.

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