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6 Productivity Hacks to Use Every Morning

6 Productivity Hacks to Use Every Morning

According to Business Insider, we are only productive about three days a week. If we were only tired for these three days, perhaps this would be alright. The fact of the matter is, though, that most of us work very hard at least five days a week, only to get about three days’ worth of work done. So what is to be done about this? How are we meant to increase our productivity? The same Business Insider article tells us six things we can do to be more productive each day.

  1. Start your day out calmly. If you begin your day in a good mood, you’re more likely to continue being productive throughout the day.
  2. Avoid checking your email first thing in the morning. Expert Tim Ferriss emphasizes how important it is to avoid reacting. If you react to others, you are essentially saying that they take priority over you. As the adage goes, ¨your failure to plan does not constitute an emergency for me.¨
  3. Examine your tasks and consider how important they are. Eliminate tasks that do not matter, plain and simple.
  4. Get rid of as many distractions as possible. Developing a sort of tunnel vision when it comes to your work will ensure that your time is spend much more productively.
  5. Set your own personal routine and follow it. Creating your own system for completing tasks is essential to productivity. You can get inspired by blogs on productivity, but you’ll do much better when you customize a routine that works for you.
  6. Write your daily to-do list the night before. This does not even need an explanation, does it? Knowing what you need to do before you need to do it is an invaluable part of the productivity toolbox.

How do you increase your productivity? Share below!

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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