Life, lifestyle

4 Simple Steps To Becoming More Productive. 

I’m writing this from my heart because for a long time,  I struggled with unproductivity.

It happens to everybody. You start out your day with a mental note to accomplish a couple of things and at the end of the day,  you realize the only thing you’ve accomplished is getting through the day( which is not a bad thing, but sometimes,  work needs to be done). 

I have compiled a short list of four incredibly simple tips that have helped me become more productive /less unproductive. They may not all suit you and that’s okay, but regardless, they’re all worth a shot. 

1. Have a good night sleep. 

It’s no rocket science. If you don’t sleep well, you’re going to feel drowsy, tired and even act grumpy throughout the next day. The problem with not getting enough sleep is that you spend all your free time trying to ‘rest’or ‘take a nap’ to recover from the previous night’s sleeplessness that there is no time left for anything else. In the event that you do take a nap, you tend to over sleep and lose important day hours because of this. Getting a goodnight sleep is the first step to having a productive day and the national sleep foundation recommends 7-9  hours of sleep everyday. 

2. Clear your space. 

I’m gonna sweep the dirts away

Wosh wosh wosh 

Excerpt from a nursery rhyme my mother taught me  

Only recently, I discovered that I accomplished more if my room was well organized. In fact, science says that the state of your room reflects your mental health. Therefore a scattered room represents a frantic mind while an organized room represents a calm and healthy mind. When I clear my room, first I feel like a superhero. I stand in the middle of the room for a few minutes and just admire the work that I’ve done because there, in that moment, I feel like I can take on whatever challenges life throws at me( I know I seem like an exaggerating flamingo but if you ever saw my room in its disorganized state, you would understand that arranging it is equivalent to saving the world).  Secondly, an arranged room does not allow for those tiny irritating distractions like a bug or a leaking Satchet of water.  Clear your space and this includes your room, your office, your bag,  your desk and watch yourself become more productive.

3. Set Daily Goals. 

Also known as To do lists. Also known as my favorite! I’m a sicker for to- do lists and I’m always making them. I write about it, I brag about it, I even tweet about it. A to -do list is like an annoying alarm that just won’t go off, but you know the best part about said alarm clock? It wakes you up! And that is the plan! To-do lists are a constant reminders of what you ought to achieve by the end of that day and even though it never goes off and keeps staring at you from the pages of your journal or wherever you write it,  it keeps you on your feet and that’s the plan! I recommend writing these tasks somewhere you’ll always have access to like a desk jotter or your journal. Sometimes I write them on my whatsapp status (excluding personal tasks) because I need the pressure of being held accountable. Different strokes for different folks. 

  A to-do list is dynamic. While setting daily goals, you must understand that there will be other goals you may have to achieve during the course of that day but were not included in your list at the beginning of the day. For example,  if you’re a doctor and your goals for the day included 

1. Go to work

2. Have meeting with Mr A

 3. Cook dinner 

4. Order new shoes

and by noon,  your boss asks you to read up on colonoscopy  and present this information to him the next day, you do it. First because you want to keep your job and second because it becomes a new item on your list! 

Here’s a picture of what my to do list for a day looks like. 

4. Reward yourself. 

The best part. I’ve come to understand that humans are motivated by the reward system. For example, we go to school so that we can be rewarded with a good job and good money in the future. We make relationships so we can be rewarded with love and companionship. We obey the law so that we can be rewarded with freedom and peace. We accomplish our goals so that we can be rewarded with satisfaction. That’s how it works. Actions beget rewards and rewards beget more actions. 

 But apart from the natural reward system, I encourage you to start your own reward foundation where you’re the sole benefactor and benefactee (I promise to research if this is an actual word). You don’t have to achieve every item on your list to reward yourself, you just have to achieve something. For example, on the day before I typed this post, this is what my to-do list looked like
1. Practice Yoga 

2. Complete registration 

3. Finish blog post 

4. Read novel 

5. Make playlist 

6 Go to class

By noon,  I had managed to go to class and complete the registration (which had been proving very difficult in the past). It didn’t matter that I had ticked only 2 out of 6 items on my list, I was overjoyed and rewarded myself with 5 episodes of Boston Legal and coconut chips( maybe too much but you get the point). 

Productivity is underrated. I believe in getting things done and making every moment count. Do you? How do you manage to stay productive? Was my list helpful? Let me know in the comment box below. 

Xoxo. 

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Life

Hypnic Jerks and Bright Realities. 

I’m awake… 

I’ve always believed that sleep is a compulsory waste of time. For this reason, I’m almost always awake, filling my bed time with music, books and creative hunts on social media. It sucks that our brains need sleep to function. I only retire to bed when my body screams “bloody murderer!” and every time, I get pissed off that I must respect Mother Nature and Aunt Physiology. 

It’s hard to admit that my bad sleeping habits are born of the fear that creeps into my bones with the night time. My problem is no longer darkness or as they say,  the absence of light. My problem is the relinquish of consciousness and control of my body to the universe and what not. I hate not being in control. 

I managed to convince myself that sleep was only a necessity and anything exceeding 4 hours was a luxury one should not indulge in. Eventually, my sleep adopted a frightful pattern. 

It began with hypnic jerks, was disturbed by nightmares and was ultimately interrupted by laboured breathing. 

HYPNIC JERKS


Do you ever fall asleep and then start to feel like you’re falling down, awakening with a fright? It gets your heart  racing and it’s hard to believe that you weren’t actually falling from your bed. It is called a hypnic jerk and is described as an illusion of falling experienced by a person as they fall asleep. Evolution also proposes that this phenomenon could be nature’s primitive way of alerting an animal that it was actually falling off a tree. 

Understanding that both the illusion and reality of falling is so frightening has led me to conclude that… 

We live most of our lives as a series of hypnic jerks withdrawing ourselves from any situation that is unfavorable. 

A person recently observed that I am ‘too scared of being ridiculed’ and while I agreed completely, the monitors in my head were flashing with the question “Who isn’t ? ” Show me one person who at some point, wasn’t scared of failure or ridicule or uncertainties or the harsh opinions of people or even ‘falling’ in love and I owe that person a date. For this reason that we’re all scared of uncertain and unfavorable situations, we have built a system, similar to a hypnic jerk that forces us to withdraw ourselves from a situation that begins to seem too challenging. 

Smart eh? 

The only fault with this system is that just like a hypnic jerk, we have no idea what was awaiting us. What was at the bottom of that hole? What new things would we have learnt? What dangers would we  face? We’d never know! And it sucks. 

This begs the question. 

what would you do if you weren’t afraid

My answer is not to jump off cliffs or to kiss strangers but boils down to simple things I deny myself. 

If I wasn’t afraid, I wouldn’t have taken that long route last week to avoid a group of guys conversing along the corridor. If I wasn’t afraid, I would run for more political positions. If I wasn’t afraid I would tell the truth everytime I’m asked the question “how are you doing? “. If I wasn’t afraid, I’d dance in public. If I wasn’t afraid, you would have read this post a week earlier. 

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? 

NIGHTMARES

Life can be a nightmare and most times, there’s nothing you can do about it 

This is a sad reality and I so detest it. No matter how much hypnic jerks we employ to pull ourselves out of unfavorable conditions, the nightmares find us. They steal our peace. They haunt us. 

A child may whine and cry and refuse to go to bed because of the fear of having nightmares but he would eventually fall asleep. Mother Nature and Aunt Physiology are quite possessive. 

A man may also whine and cry and fill up his space with distractions like excess alcohol and sex,  refusing to face life because of the fear of overwhelming responsibilities and extremely unfavorable situations such as poverty or death of loved ones. But he would eventually face reality. Life is a bitch! Pardon my French. 

I’ve come to accept that every now and then, life would throw me in sticky and uncomfortable situations which just like my nightmares, I have no control over. And just like we rely on our bodies to wake up, I rely on the universe to bring me out.

Time heals they say. Time heals, I know. 

LABOURED BREATHING.

Breathe lover, Breathe.
There’s nothing deep about this. Breathing hard after a nightmare never takes away the fear and dread. Telling yourself to take steady breadths when faced with difficult situations does nothing to ease your difficulty. But still, it is important to remind yourself to breathe. Why? 

If you’re breathing, then you’re alive. If you’re alive, then there’s still hope. 

You may have had a rough week. You may have lost a loved one. You may be battling with depression. You may be caught in a love triangle. Nightmares that you have no control over. 

You may not have all the answers. But what you do have is your breath, your life and hope. 

Breathe lover, breathe. 


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Xoxo.