Have you ever felt like you are trying so hard to get your life together but it’s not just working? Do you feel something demands your focus and attention but you are not giving it all it takes? Don’t you worry? We all fight battles every day and one thing for sure, we will always overcome. So, over the weekend I came up with five helpful tips to help you stay productive and effective as you run your daily activities.

Be it at school, at the office, as a business owner, blogger, or entrepreneur, these practical tips on how to stay productive everyday will help you become super productive at what you do.

Create a To-Do List

I keep a small notebook where I journal everything I want to do during the week. I make sure the book is always by my side, as this forms part of my morning rituals to map out what is important for me to do that day. So, I write everything I want to do or get done down (to-do list) and track what I was able to do and also use it as a guide to evaluating my performance at the end of the day. I will advise you to get every one of your ideas down on paper, plan it out and schedule it. This is where having a planner comes in to help because it makes your work and even life completely easy.

Do something every day that you are passionate about

Your job is what you are hired to do, your work is what you are gifted to do. If you spend your entire life working on something you are not passionate about, how do you expect to stay productive? I know you still need your job but make sure as you are working tirelessly to fulfill someone else’s dream, you are also doing something about yours daily. If not you will end up unfulfilled and frustrated in the end.

Listen to an inspiring message, podcast, or TED talk.

TED talks are one of the best ways I pick myself up on a down day. They entertain, enlighten, uplift, and inform you in eighteen minutes or less. I also read my bible, a chapter, a verse, or two can help me go a long way during the day 25 Bible verses Every Believer Should know. Needless I say the Bible is one of the most inspirational books on this earth. The Bible character I love so much is David, Daniel, and Ruth. David is just everything, he gives me a lot of positive and energetic vibes.

My best friend and I were discussing him yesterday and how much he inspires us in the book of Psalm. Audio messages and Podcasts are good ones as well, I make sure I listen to them for one or two days, they inspire me and teach me something new every day.

Surround yourself with genuine and positive people

The ones who can help you stay on track with your goals, your own very people who will inspire you and motivate you to be better. People that can support you, hold you accountable, and help you not only get yourself together but most importantly, keep yourself and life together.

I think this is one of the best ways of staying productive daily, it will make you happy, content, strong, and fully ready to take on the world. I found out that relationships do really matter and the kind of people you interact with on a daily basis affects one’s productivity level.

So, you need to really guard your heart and rent no space for fake people. Even if where you are at the moment doesn’t give you the opportunity to stay around people that matter in your life, please try to stay in touch and connected to them. There are several ways of doing that, technology has made life so much easy for us.

Eat Right and Rest Well

A lot of people knockdown during the day not just because they are tired but because they are hungry. Imagine working your ass off the entire day without eating something or relaxing a little bit, you give your system nothing to work with so it may as well end up collapsing or not functioning appropriately. I know this sounds totally off for some people but if you are not fasting or performing any food ritual, please why should you choose to suffer your body system.

Yeah, you may think I probably don’t understand how busy your day is, and you are trying to tell me you don’t have enough time to eat or rest well. I have been there before and I have learned better, that’s why I’m sharing these tips with you. Nobody gets enough time, you just have to understand your body needs you if you really want to stay productive. And if you don’t take proper care of it, you will pay and suffer for it later. I once didn’t have time for food, aside from my busy schedule at work, I didn’t like eating.

But I later discovered how fragile life was when I collapsed last year just because my blood level was low as a result of not eating well. I soon found out what worked for me and how to balance my health system with the work I do. This led me to become a vegetarian this year and I have literally seen changes. Being vegan helped me combine eating healthy with my not-so-pleasant eating habit.

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