Happiness is the outcome of being productive or you can say; productivity is a state of being happy. It is so interlinked that if you understand it completely, it has the capability to transform your life. It did mine. It is only 6 months that I am doing the things I always wanted to do. Reading, writing, working productive, traveling and many more things. Previously, I wanted to do but I was not doing them and it all happened due to some of the things I started doing regularly. Following are those things that made me sane, loved, happy and productive.
Living the Relationships: There is nothing more satisfying than having good relationships. If your relationships are healthy, chances are that you will work on your work effectively. And, if they are not. Chances are that you can’t even work. So, if you have bad relationships, work on them. As you work on them, you will learn some of the best lessons of life which can work wonders in your work life.
Reading 2 Hours daily: This one truly transformed me. Truly, this is the only habit that did everything. I have the target of reading 52 books in 2013 and I’ve already read 12. And, it is only because of some of the books that today I am doing the things, the way I wanted to do. I’ve read novels, self-empowering, business, finance and I am trying to read as many genre as I can. I am becoming an avid reader and I always wanted to be. Previously, I thought I don’t have time. Today, I’ve immense of time that I am doing numerous things daily without getting exhausted. In fact, the only time I am not doing anything is when I am sleeping. Reading gives you knowledge and knowledge is the basis of a productive being.
Putting Things On Evernote: Like many geeks, I am also a huge fan of Evernote. In fact, I can’t imagine my life without it. It was always there on my laptop but never really used it effectively. After reading the GTD by David Allen, I started writing the things on it randomly. Soon, I started managing notes that made me create notebooks and today I have 7 seven notebooks that keep all of my things from my radio show, music notes, blogging, personal stuff, finances and many things more. My mind feels uncluttered and clear. It is a magic if you surrender to it. I really thank the developers of Evernote for creating it. This is in fact the best way you can use technology.
Writing Gratitude List: Now you may say, this is bit spiritual but I believe it is the one thing that keeps me happy all the time. Gratitude list is a list where I write 10 things that I am grateful for everyday. Recently, it was International Women’s day so I wrote 10 women in my life I am truly grateful for and as I started writing I realised how many women in different forms have helped in so many places. I was truly feeling blessed. Writing it daily makes you realise how beautiful your life already is.
If you really want to know the complete story behind gratitude list, I highly recommend reading THE MAGIC by Rhonda Byrne.
20 Minutes of on the Spot Jogging: This one is simple but magical. Nothing in the world can give you happiness if you are not healthy. In fact, health is the first step towards productivity because it can’t happen if you don’t have energy for the whole day. If you want to be productive, start doing healthy things. And, the first thing should be 20 minutes of on-the-spot jogging. 20 Minutes is minimum, rest depends on yourself. I lost 2 Kilograms by doing jogging and not eating the junk food and trust me I feel so nice, light and healthy.
Listening to Podcasts: There are tons of things you can do regularly while listening to a podcast. Like exercising, bathing or traveling. I recommend you start listening to the podcasts, today there are tons of awesome podcasts on tons of topics. If you want to be productive or live a life with passion, I highly recommend the podcast of Michael Hyatt.I am listening to him since January and I think he is the best one to follow right now. I also listen to a podcast called, Beyond The To-Do List but I guess they are repeating stuff. iTunes is the best way to listen to them but I’ve heard there are tons of other medium too like Soundcloud or Zune. Medium is very important in podcasting and that is why I recommend iTunes. It is available on windows too.
Entertainment: Now this one is a reward. Reward yourself when you do the things you wanted to do. Currently, I am watching all the movies that were nominated in Oscars. I have watched, Life of Pi, Brave, Silver Linings Playbook and looking forward to Argo, Lincoln and Lès Miserables(I heard they sing dialogues in it,weird?). I love movies so I watch them as a reward. You can do something else if you want but I feel entertainment is important in life, it makes you enjoy life.
What makes you productive? I would love to know about your tips. Please share.