10 Tips On How To Become A Happier, Healthier and More Productive Person
Happiness, health and productivity are often intertwined. If you’re productive, you’re happy. If you’re healthy, it’s often because you’re productive. And if you’re happy, it’s because you’re healthy.
Productivity is one of the things many of us strive for, but it isn’t always easy. We want to be more productive, but often unlocking the key to the door is difficult, because we always seem to have the wrong key.
So to help you boost your happiness, health and productivity levels, let’s take a look at 10 top tips on how to become a happier, healthier and more productive person today.
1. Get More Sleep!
Is it really possible to be productive over a sustained period of time after just 5 hours of sleep each and every night? We’re not so sure it is!
One of the reasons successful entrepreneurs are super-productive is because they work hard, but they sleep even harder. Sleep is hugely important, and if you’re not getting enough zzz’s at night, you can be sure that you will end up feeling the pinch at some point the next day.
And usually the pinch hits you at the moment when you really need to be alert.
2. Maintain A Good Diet
Junk food isn’t just bad for your body, it’s also bad for your mental and emotional health. See, junk food is packed with bad fats and unnecessary sugars. Eventually, these fats will find their way to your brain. And what happens then? You become tired, turgid, depressed.
The endgame is a loss of productivity.
Moreover, eating better just naturally makes you feel good. You know you’re eating the right things and ignoring the junk, and this in itself is enough to give you a boost.
Voluntary work is a great way of giving something back to the community, and it can lead to feelings of happiness and gratefulness.
We’re not suggesting that you should do voluntary work for selfish reasons, but being a volunteer can encourage feelings that are known as “helper’s high.” Because you are helping those less fortunate than you, you are feeling pretty amazingly happy. And the best thing? They will appreciate what you are doing for them!
4. Read More
In 2015, not enough of us read. It’s not so much that we’ve fallen out of love with reading; it’s more that we just haven’t given reading a proper chance.
Warren Buffet, that magnificent investor, said: “The more you learn, the more you earn.”
A great way to boost productivity is to read more and enlarge your knowledge. Furthermore, reading is a mental exercise that gets your brain ticking, and reading is also a joy that can make you happy.
5. Surround Yourself With Happy People
If you’re feeling down, take a look at the people you hang around with. Are they sourpusses who don’t know how to enjoy themselves? Are they pessimists who always look at the dark side of laugh? If so, it’s time to start surrounding yourself with livelier people.
You don’t need to discard your old friends, but how about expanding your network, so that you share a positive vibe with like-minded people? Doing this can make you feel more positive and you will thrive on their energy and can-do attitude. Positive, happy and productive people will motivate you to be more productive and happy.
6. Give Yourself Rewards
No one can live a sustained life of health and productivity without a suitable rewards system. A life of action without reward cuts out happiness. To make sure that you’re healthy, productive and happy, you could give yourself a rewards system.
For example, if your goal tomorrow is to cycle 20 miles, why not allow yourself an ice cream at the end of it all? This rewards system will help to motivate you, and it will also mean that cycling is not simply going to leave you out of breath, exhausted, weary and thinking: “I wish I hadn’t done that.”
7. Work Out
Working out is one of the things many of us are afraid of. It demands a lot of our bodies, and it can even demand a fair amount of our time.
But only if you let it out. Working out can be done at any time, and it can be done anywhere. For example, if you’ve got 20 minutes to spare before you head off to work in the morning, why not do a little stretching exercise?
You don’t have to go to the gym to work out. Indeed, working out from home increases your productivity, because you’re cutting out the time it takes to get to the gym.
If you take life way too seriously, it will eventually get on top of you. You will be sullen, and you’ll be doing the accounts on Christmas Day, when everyone else is having fun.
We’re not telling you to laugh simply so that you won’t take life so seriously. We’re telling you to laugh because it releases endorphins in your brain, which relieves stress and helps to maintain happiness. Laughter is infectious, and it does make you feel better about things.
And when you feel better, you become more productive.
9. Spend Time With Your Family
The productive and successful people have to realise that family is important. You can’t spend your life working without seeing your friends and family. Being around them and sharing moments with them helps you to relax and wind down, and it improves your happiness and overall wellbeing. Be productive, but make sure to take some time out to see those who matter around you. They can help to give you a boost and put things in perspective.
10. Take A Break
If you never take a break from dieting and working, you can suffer total burnout. And when you suffer burnout, you surely aren’t going to be productive for quite some time.
To make sure this doesn’t happen, it’s imperative that you take a break now and then. Having a break means that you get to recharge your batteries and return to your tasks with a fresh mind and fresh ideas. Without a break, your work will become monotonous, and you’ll struggle to maintain that high level of productivity.