Is productivity linked to wellness?

Ever wonder if being productive can make you feel happier?

I don't know about happier, as the concept of happiness is so subjective. Yet doing things that makes you feel productive can be linked to feelings of greater control over one's life, which in turn can be linked to greater life satisfaction.

Personally, I identify as a Type A personality (stay tuned for a post on Type A and Type B personalities), and I am known for my high levels of productivity and organization. Another key to wellness is knowing your strengths, and productivity is one of mine.

Everyone's experiences are different but I believe that productivity is linked to a greater overall wellness, and for me personally, happiness. Now I'm sure that there is a wealth of research to back this up, but finding references to this did not make my to-do list today. For some, productivity and the gratification of crossing something off one's daily to-do list, can provide a sense of control to one's life. The concept of control is something I believe many of us naturally try to achieve, whether consciously or unconsciously. Don't think this is true for you? That's okay, browse the tips below to see how you can help your productivity and wellness.

With this post I want to review some easy-to-integrate tips to help you improve your productivity and feel accomplished in whatever you do, and however you choose to do it.

Tip #1: Know your strengths and rock them, every day.

So I thought this would be a useful post topic. What does your daily routine look like? What can you do to maximize your time and productivity?

Now when I say maximize your time and productivity I am not only talking about work tasks or amount of time studying, this can be applied to absolutely everything. If you want to spend the day working on your top five hobbies, these tips can help you do that. Whatever your plans for the day, this can help you make the most of them. You probably have seen a lot of these tips before but the key is to learn to combine them ALL into your daily routine to have the best impact.

Rise and Shine. My most productive days are the ones where I am up by 7am latest. If you are not a morning person but want to check off more items on your daily to-do list, try it out. At first it is hard to get in the habit of getting up early, especially if you stay up late the night before. After about a week your sleep schedule will readjust and you’ll be good to go!

Tip #2: Splash cold water on your face as soon as you get out of bed, brush your teeth and have a cup of your favourite morning bevy.

Write it down. Whether you put it down in your smartphone or write it in your agenda like me (I’m an old soul), have a physical recording of what you have to get done in a day’s time, in a week and in a month. We always think that we can rely on our memory, but according to Murphy’s Law, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Plus there’s something powerful about crossing a task off your list.

Write it down – in order. Prioritizing is a must. The most important part of putting things in order or creating a to-do list is to rank the tasks based on their completion date. You should look at your tasks on a month level, week level and then daily level. This way you know exactly when things need to get done and you give yourself enough time to do them.

Tip #3: If you don’t have an agenda (either physical or an app), get one.

Switch it up. This one might be a little harder to maintain for most but I find this to be one of my most useful tactics. Whether you are studying or doing your own thing, instead of taking breaks during one task, switch to another task as your break.

For example, you are working on an excel spreadsheet and need a break so you’d switch to other work or anything else you need to do for the day (dishes, laundry, job application etc).

Reward yourself. I am not talking about the traditional positive reinforcement reward like watching Netflix, indulging on a glass of wine or taking the night off. Reward yourself with another task, but a fun one. From your priority list determine which task is the most fun to complete and do that one at the end of the day.

For example, you need to update the website for your association or practice guitar for an upcoming event. When you reward yourself with another task, another something to be crossed off that list, you will feel even more accomplished and motivated for the following day.

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