7 Valuable Habits That Can Boost Your Productivity AND Help You Enjoy Your Life More

Seven Valuable Habits That Can Boost Your Productivity AND Help You Enjoy Your Life More

Maintaining high levels of productivity has got to be one of the biggest challenges that we remote workers face. On the one hand, introverted hermits (like myself thrive) on the peace and autonomy that a work-from-home set-up gives us.

Two Sides of Working From Home

The blissful, uninterrupted silence (at least for those of us who don’t have small children or tiny dogs yapping away at our heels at home) can be quite conducive to a sudden burst of productivity that we like to call “flow.”

On the other hand, that same blissful, uninterrupted silence combined with the proximity of your soft, fluffy bed can also be very counterproductive. Even the most conscientious self-starters among us have probably experienced feeling like throwing in the towel rather than soldiering on with the day’s tasks on occasion. 


What to Do?

Enjoying the best of what the remote work lifestyle has to offer can often involve taking on all sorts of side hustles that aren’t dependent on your location. While these can be quite exhilarating, they can also prove quite overwhelming on days when you aren’t exactly functioning optimally. You can check this video for 5 easy ways to eliminate distractions:


But then again, avoiding it can be next to impossible. What you can do is to increase your effectivity as a remote worker without burning yourself out (and thus feeling a lot more fulfilled).

All it takes is cultivating the right set of habits:



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Leave Your Self-doubt at the Door

We all suffer from Imposter Syndrome in varying degrees, and it makes it difficult for some of us to take on challenges for fear that we might not be up to the task, despite evidence to the contrary.

So, stop holding yourself back. As Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, said, lean in to your career in an authentic and honest way. Focus on what needs to be done and what is important rather than doing things perfectly.

That way, you’ll get to build more confidence and perhaps be able to silence that voice in your head that tells you you’re not cut out for things the next time a big opportunity comes along.



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Be More Present in the Moment

Planning for the future is important, but so is being able to just sit still and appreciate everyday miracles, such as the sound of your breathing or even just the ability to taste such diverse flavors in your food.

This, like many other helpful habits, can take time to develop, but training your attention on the present and immersing yourself in your interests can make the process more enjoyable.

Being mindful can also help you become more effective at solving problems too. Rather than beating yourself up over them or agonizing over your shortcomings, focus on finding solutions. Your boss, and your sense of achievement, will thank you for it.



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Don’t Allow Garbage into your Head

We’re all careful not to let our neighbors dump trash into our front lawns. Why shouldn’t we exercise the same amount of caution when it comes to people who try to put you down?

Henry Ford is credited with the aphorism “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you are right,” and decades later, it still rings true. As children, we all start with an unshakable belief in ourselves, but exposure to frustration, disappointment, and especially critical people can reverse that.

Welcome constructive criticism, by all means, but also seek the company of people who will celebrate and support you. Not only is this good for your self-esteem, but brains that are routinely exposed to positive messages also tend to be more intuitive, thus opening the door for heightened creative thinking.



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Nix your To-Do List

Well, sort of.

Instead of creating a long, seemingly endless list of unrelated tasks, pick out a few concrete goals for each week, and then list down the step-by-step actions needed to accomplish every single one of them.

Review your progress at the end of the week, and then cross out all the objectives you’ve already managed to accomplish. This will help you feel like you are gradually getting somewhere and also breaks your bigger goals down into smaller, more manageable steps.



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Break Rules Every Now and Then

At best, you’ll have blazed a trail towards something revolutionary or at the very least, a way to get things done more effectively and efficiently.

At worst, you’ll have one heck of a story to tell your date or your friends.



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Aim High

Cliché as it sounds, aiming high can set you apart from people treading a fixed path or a more predictable life plan. In line with the previous item, take calculated risks to follow your instincts rather than simply doing what is expected of you. Oftentimes, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by the results.

Another bonus? Most people talk themselves out of pursuing so-called “unrealistic” goals for one reason or another, so there’s actually far less competition at the top.



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Get Enough Darn Sleep

You heard me. Thanks to smartphones and social media, too many of us stay up into the wee hours, transfixed by our screens. Sleep deprivation is all too real, and it’s disastrous for both our ability to function properly and our overall mental health.

The benefits of getting a good night’s rest more often are practically endless. Increased alertness and mental acuity are one of them, a calmer, more relaxed feeling is another.

What’s one effective way to getting some quality shut-eye? Put your phone away after you’ve donned pajamas.



By now, you might be thinking, “Really? That’s all there is to it?” The habits listed above sound relatively simple to do, after all. However, bear in mind that these are general guidelines, and that it might take a bit more work on your part to tweak them in a way that would be better suited to your lifestyle.

Nevertheless, the process of self-improvement always proves to be a worthy endeavor, and you may find that developing the right mindset can enrich your life in both professional and personal ways too.


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