Handbook for Life: 15 Tips for A More Efficient and Productive You

A handbook for life – this is something I have been craving to pen for some time. Have you ever seen any handbook that can work as a guide to every single individual? Of course not. Primarily, here we have enlisted a few tips that can help many people in life. Most of them are common-sense tips that we usually overlook. This handy little guide can work as a reminder. Don’t say you don’t have time to change or adopt a new habit. Becoming more productive and efficient, of course, means you have more time.   

How to use this handbook?

This isn’t a step-by-step guide. And you don’t have to adopt all the tips mentioned below. Assuredly not all at once. That would be overwhelming. To adopt these tips effectively, you can consider these tips: 

  • Choose: You can pick and choose the tips that will be most valuable to you. Of course, not every tip will be suitable for every person. These tips can work as a reminder of something that you have been desiring to do.    
  • Not in any order: There is no specific order to adopt these tips.
  • Not all at once: You can’t adopt all the tips at once. Choose one tip to adopt first, and then do them one at a particular time. It is hard to implement a cluster of variations at once.  
  • Experiment: Remember, life is an experiment. So, try out a tip. If it doesn’t work out, don’t lose hope, and try another one.
  • None are surefire: But most of them assure you to bring happiness in life.  

15 Tips for Happiness and Productivity

What makes you happier? Getting things done—getting the right things done, feeling productive, feeling like you are growing and learning, feeling that your efforts have value—all these things make you happier. Though becoming more productive, it asks for a few changes.

Here are 15 tips that can make you more productive, more efficient, and ultimately, much happier.

1.Try rising early

Well, we‘ll admit the fact that it may not be for you. It is not for everyone. But, overall, it can bring an incredible change in your life. It can bring a positive start to your day, and you will get sufficient time for exercise, writing, and any other activity you like to do. You don’t have to make drastic changes, rather start slowly. Just try to wake up 15 to 20 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this routine, and then cut back another 20 minutes. You can do this gradually until you get to your goal time.

2. Exercise first thing in the morning

This one must be your daily habit. Exercise is not a practice to lose weight only, in fact, it can make you feel much better. You will enjoy this meditation time. As a matter of fact, exercise can improve your mood for more than 12 hours after work out. All you need to do is: set a time, send yourself a reminder, start small, progress, make it pleasurable, and try not to skip a day. Be smarter. Be less stressed. 

3. Find your passion

This one is the most essential tip. You can find something you love to do, and consequently, your life will become immensely improved. You will love your work, and this passion will make you more productive, procrastinate less, and ultimately be less hassle. You will produce something you are satisfied with, and this gratification will make you happy.

4. Get organized

Well, you could live your life pleasingly rumpled, searching for stuff, enjoying the quest. But, trust the fact that life will be more enjoyable if you live an organized life. All you need is to have a system, designate specific spots for your every item on your countertop, or desk, or table. Get a filing system, label, pay attention to transitions, evaluate, and make it a habit.

5. Do less

This one is both happiness and productivity bug. Doing less will make you more contented as your life won’t be so frenzied. This way, you will get enough time to do things that make you happy. Mainly, if you focus on the essential tasks, the significant ones that will give you the most return, you will actually be more productive. You will have a short to-do list, but you will be more effective.

6. Practice Patience  

If you are short-tempered, these tips can help you to become more patient. Once you have developed this skill, your life will become much stable. And, this stability will make you much happier.

7. Think positive

Another indispensable tip on this list. Positive thinking is one of the single best changes you can make in your life. This change will lead to many other positive tips. This skill actually makes everything else on this list possible.

8. Simplify your finances

Spend less and reduce your bills. Cut down on the number of accounts and your credit cards. Streamlining your finances will reduce your stress. For this, you will need to control your flash spending, evaluate your expense, invest in your future, and try to avoid debt. You can work to make your finances automagical. By reducing this financial stress, you can focus on other important things in life. This way, you can be more productive and relaxed.    

9. Simplify your life

If you simplify your life, you will have less stuff, and less to do. This way, you can focus on your goals and enjoy your life to the fullest. De-clutter. Simplify your commitments. Simplify your work. Simplify your rooms.

10. Accept what you have

The issue with many of us is that we think we will be happy when we achieve a certain goal, for instance, when we get a certain job or get our dream car. Unluckily, it takes a while to achieve a certain target, and when we get there, we might have a new destination in mind. Rather, we should try to be happy with where we are, with who we are, and what we have. Comparison is the most significant factor here. Instead of comparing with others what you have, compare yourself with those who have less. You will realize that you are truly blessed. Certainly, this satisfaction can lead to more happiness in life.  

11. Empty your inbox and clear your desk

This simple habit is immensely rewarding. To do at first, you might have to spend more time. But, once you have cleared your inbox and cleaned your desk, it doesn’t take time to empty them from then on. Having a clean desk will give you extraordinary satisfaction. With this pleasure, your productivity will definitely increase.    

12. Plan your big tasks

Give purpose to your day. A to-do list with 15 or 20 items is not only overwhelming, but it is also depressing. So prune your to-do list. You can add three important things in your daily to-do list and make these things a priority. Start small. To increase your productivity, you can use the same formula for your week plan. Pick out the most important tasks you would like to complete this week, and schedule accordingly.

13. Set long-term goals

You must set long-term goals. Of these goals, you can pick one to accomplish within a particular time span, and focus on that entirely. You can subdivide your long-term goals to your medium-term goals. Choose one task at a time, focus on it, complete it, and then move to the next one.

14. Review goals

To increase productivity, setting goals is significant, but the fundamental key to turning them into reality is reviewing them and preparing action plans to achieve them. You can review goals weekly or at least monthly.

15. Maintain focus

If you want to achieve your goals, you have to maintain your focus on them. Again, all you need is to focus on one task at a time. You can give constant goal reminders to yourself so that you don’t lose the focus. However, to do it, you need to find a way to keep a laser-sharp focus to achieve your goals.