Self Improvement Recommendations To Become A More Productive Individual
It’s a running joke in your family that you are late for everything. Members now tell you the wrong time on purpose, knowing that you’ll be anywhere between 15 minutes to 20 late. Every time you show up, they are all smiling that same smile. You know, the one where they’ve been chatting about you and your bad habit. You’re sick of being late, but no matter what you try, you can’t seem to change this bad habit.
Does this sound familiar? There are always ways to grow in life; the human potential is limitless. The first step to take is to decide that you want to change your life actively. By implementing the following self-improvements techniques, you’ll become a more productive individual.
By respecting yourself, you will increase your self-confidence. Don’t cater to others for the sake of being liked. Know the value you bring to each aspect of your life. At work, be confident that you are the right person for the job, and people will respect you. Be selective with friends. Spending time with those who are negative, put you down, or judge you for your passions is a sure way to make you less confident. Reflect on the value those around you bring to your life and then decide whether they are someone you want to continue a relationship with.
Show kindness to those around you
You don’t have to be best friends with everyone you meet. There will be people that you butt heads in both your personal and professional life. Try your best to show kindness and compassion towards them. They may be dealing with something in their own life that is making them act out. Forgiving them and moving on with life will increase your productivity because no longer will you be focusing on a past altercation.
Wake up early or stay up late?
Some of the top CEOs will tell you that by getting up early, they are more productive. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, starts his day at 3:45 am! Does this sound miserable to you? That’s because not everyone is meant to be a morning person. Shawn Stevenson, author, and founder of the Model Health Show discovered that forcing yourself on a sleep schedule foreign to you isn’t the key to being productive. Stevenson says, “Your body clock, or circadian rhythm, governs how your body is in sync with all of life, and when you make a shift in that, there will be residual fallout.” Your body needs sleep to be productive, so it is best to do what works for you. Listen to your body and respect its schedule.
Give yourself a break
Give yourself a little “me” time every once in a while. You don’t need to spend a ton of money flying around the world to enjoy a nice break from your day-to-day life. Taking a day off from work in the middle of the week to recharge or giving yourself a long weekend works just as well. Spend time doing things you usually don’t get to do. Organize activities to do with the family, explore your town, or a long meditation session are some of the many ideas to give yourself a breather. You’ll find that once you’re rejuvenated, you will be a more productive individual when you return to the office.
Reduce TV time and read a book every day
It is liberating to turn off the TV and pick up a book. But a book a day? It sounds impossible with work, family, and activities outside of your professional life. Fascinating enough, the busiest CEOs make time for reading. They say Warren Buffet reads up to 500 pages a day! In a previous article, Best Books on Changing Habits That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals, we listed seven authors who did an amazing job offering advice about habits. They are as followed:
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
- Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
- High-Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
- Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
- Make It Stick by Peter C. Brown, Henry Roediger, Mark McDaniel
If you are on the quest to make self-improvements in your life, pick up one of these books. You can use what you learn from these authors in both your personal and professional life.
If you feel strapped for time and can’t imagine reading all these self-help books, putting their advice to work, and still maintain your day to day schedule, there is one last thing you can do. Take our Personal Productivity course to learn even more ways for how to become a more productive individual. You’ll learn the power of a to-do list, decision-making skills, and many other ways to boost your productivity. Click the link to learn more and sign up today.