Often, we believe that we can be productive only at work because it requires our time, skills and energy. Here are 7 proven ways to be productive every day even when you are not at work.
Stop dwelling on the past
The irony of life is that it is the painful memories that stop us from moving on. But how long will you hold on to that pain and suffer. It’s a new year and a new day; it is a choice we make to either hold on or move on. Everything that has happened so far, both good and bad, cannot be changed. The best thing to do right now is to accept the fact and release the past. Let it go because unless you let go of your past, the present is going to look like your past too. In a wink, another day, week, month and year will pass by. Do you really want to waste another year because of the pain you are feeling. Find out How to Make Peace with Your Past and move on.
Start living every moment
There is no perfect time or moment. Make the best of what you have when you can. Time is not in our hands, and it is precious. We can neither buy it nor do anything to earn it. If we don’t use it well now, we will never get this time again. I learnt this lesson the hard way. I am known for procrastinating. There were many things I wanted to do in the last few years. I always thought if I wait for the right moment, right people or right situation, I will be able to do it better. To my disappointment, those right moments, people or situations never came, and there are many things left undone.
Socialise with different people
How many people in your friend circle belong to a different state or country, have a different belief system or have completely different interests? Sticking to one group of people is not enough if you really want to live a productive life. Until I joined a few Bloggers’ groups in Face book last month, I never knew the vastness of ideas and interests people have. Every blogger has a different content, interest and style. It’s a nice feeling to be belong to big groups that have people from various countries. Socialising is good because either you learn from people or they learn from you.
Strategise before you implement
Strategise or plan your days. I admire people who are organised because they are organised not only at work but also at home and everywhere else. Most of these people have a balanced personal and professional lives. There are many things we can do without planning ahead. Nevertheless, planning ahead and working on the needed areas will help us give our best. Have you ever heard a sermon that was delivered without any planning or preparation? The outcome of such a sermon would be confusion. I believe strategising can keep one calm even under high pressure.
Scale up your scores
Are you stuck in the same level when it comes to skills, talents, knowledge, etc.? I have quite a few skills and talents, but I have been in the same level for a few years now. I believe it’s time I did something about it and moved to the next level. The saying ‘Jack of all trades; master of none’ applies to me perfectly. If you are in the same boat, it’s time we moved out of our comfort zones to learn and grow to the next level. By the way, there is no bar to stop us from improving ourselves in any area as long as it benefits both us and the people or community around us.
Seize every opportunity
What kind of opportunities are you looking for? Are you looking for a job, wanting to take a risk, desiring to make a change, longing to showcase your skills at work, etc.? All these are good and necessary. However, I want to say that if you want to be productive, seize every opportunity to be grateful for the simple things, generous with time and money, non-judgemental in your thoughts and actions and forgiving towards others and yourself. These simple, positive attitudes enable one to appreciate life in every way.
Show random acts of kindness
Kindness is a free gift that we give to those in need. Even the smallest of things we do for people fall under this category. Every day gives us A Second Chance to be kind to someone in some way. It may be in a public transport that you are travelling in, at the signal, while walking down the road, while shopping in a mall or at a grocery store, and then some. The list can be endless because the opportunities are many. Showing kindness is a great way to keep humanity intact.