Like most people, I feel better if I’m productive. But the first step you need to take to get there i.e. getting off your ass is more often than not the most difficult part.
What I’ve found helpful: make things easy for yourself and make a habit out of what you need to do. It seems obvious but it does help a good deal when you’ve got a routine going. It makes you feel more energetic.
I’ve been trying to do a few things to get my life a bit more organized, be more productive, and just feel better in general. Here are some of the things I’m trying to do more and how I trick myself into doing it more:
Sleep better - by reducing screen time before bed —> read instead of watching Youtube videos or going on Instagram.
Be more active - by getting a yoga studio membership (I’ve paid for it, now I have no option but to do it - so now i wake up early every morning to practice yoga. Well, maybe except for weekends.
Be more productive - by making time slots. Do this at this time, do that after you’re done with this, blablabla.
Stress less - by writing down what I have to do. Plan ahead.
Spend less energy thinking about mundane stuff - by eating more or less the same thing most weekdays. Not that eating is mundane (cooking is! Lol). Maybe this particular example is not for everyone, but it does help save time and I like keeping things simple. Weekends are a different story.
If you make things easy for yourself, and make a routine out of it, you don’t have to go looking for that willpower. I first heard this on a Podcast featuring Gretchen Rubin (who wrote The Happiness Project which I’m reading right now, and yes, it’s a good book).
So there you go. Today’s mantra: make things easy.