productivity

The Number 1 Productivity Tool

What’s the one productivity tool nobody can live without?

Self-Love.

Didn’t guess that, did you?

Well, it’s easy: if you dislike yourself, everything is more difficult. Working, eating, exercising, having relationships and even tackling your enormous to-do list drains you because most of your energy is needed to hate upon the person you are.

However, once you are in tune with yourself and crazy about your gorgeousness, you can breeze through everything.

Believe me, I know. I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum and the self-loving side looks a billion times more promising, hopeful and productive. Your mind is less cluttered, you have more energy, more lust for life and are generally a much happier person.

Once you know that you’re enough just the way you are, nothing can shake you. You’ll open your eyes and just know that no matter what gets done today, you’re fine, perfect even.

So, how can you love yourself more without it taking away sacred time from your busy schedule?

1. Get up earlier to make special time for yourself.

Yes, I hear you groaning and see you rolling your eyes. And I feel for you. I hate getting up early, hate it. But I’m doing it because I know that the early bird catches the fish and the self-love feast.

I get up at 5.30 to mediate and do Yoga. That’s a sacred ritual and it helps me to fall in love with myself deeper and deeper every single day, get perspective on life and start the day off just right.

After all, there’s no better way to start your day than by showering yourself with love, right?

2. Reinvest your time

We all waste time, be it in front of the TV, gossiping, reading silly and self-destructive magazines or mindlessly surfing the web. I know I do it all the time, especially that freakin’ Vogue is basically glued to my hand.

However, if you’re yearning for more self-love/productivity, reduce this time and replace it with some kick-ass self-care tools.

Write, paint, dance, take baths, massage yourself, do DIY face masks or simply take a much needed and well-deserved nap.

You’ll soon see that everything feels lighter and work seems easier, less stressful than before.

3. Learn to say No

Learn to say no to others more often and say yes to yourself. You don’t have to be a guest on every party, you can choose your events. Don’t overcommit yourself and instead focus on what’s important: your balance, your health and you!

Saying no isn’t easy and it takes some practice, especially if you’re a notorious people pleaser like myself. But the rewards are plenty and once you’ve started, you won’t want to stop.

 4. Simplify

Your self-care practice doesn’t have to be complex and chunky, especially if you lead an insanely busy life and who doesn’t, right?

Simplify your practice as much as possible and integrate it in your daily routine. Repeat mantras and positive affirmations while taking a shower, stretch and relieve anxiety while commuting to work, unplug on weekends to clear your mind, journal while waiting for a client or in between taking your kids from one class to the next, dance your heart out in your living room or take a brisk walk instead of driving to the nearest gym.

The simpler your self-care routine the more likely it is that you’ll stick to it.

What’s the one productivity tool nobody can live without?

Self-Love.

Didn’t guess that, did you?

Well, it’s easy: if you dislike yourself, everything is more difficult. Working, eating, exercising, having relationships and even tackling your enormous to-do list drains you because most of your energy is needed to hate upon the person you are.

 

However, once you are in tune with yourself and crazy about your gorgeousness, you can breeze through everything.

 

Believe me, I know. I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum and the self-loving side looks a billion times more promising, hopeful and productive. Your mind is less cluttered, you have more energy, more lust for life and are generally a much happier person.

 

Once you know that you’re enough just the way you are, nothing can shake you. You’ll open your eyes and just know that no matter what gets done today, you’re fine, perfect even.

 

So, how can you love yourself more without it taking away sacred time from your busy schedule?

 

1. Get up earlier to make special time for yourself.

 

Yes, I hear you groaning and see you rolling your eyes. And I feel for you. I hate getting up early, hate it. But I’m doing it because I know that the early bird catches the fish and the self-love feast.

 

I get up at 5.30 to mediate and do Yoga. That’s a sacred ritual and it helps me to fall in love with myself deeper and deeper every single day, get perspective on life and start the day off just right.

 

After all, there’s no better way to start your day than by showering yourself with love, right?

 

2. Reinvest your time

 

We all waste time, be it in front of the TV, gossiping, reading silly and self-destructive magazines or mindlessly surfing the web. I know I do it all the time, especially that freakin’ Vogue is basically glued to my hand.

 

However, if you’re yearning for more self-love/productivity, reduce this time and replace it with some kick-ass self-care tools.

 

Write, paint, dance, take baths, massage yourself, do DIY face masks or simply take a much needed and well-deserved nap.

 

You’ll soon see that everything feels lighter and work seems easier, less stressful than before.

 

3. Learn to say No

Learn to say no to others more often and say yes to yourself. You don’t have to be a guest on every party, you can choose your events. Don’t overcommit yourself and instead focus on what’s important: your balance, your health and you!

Saying no isn’t easy and it takes some practice, especially if you’re a notorious people pleaser like myself. But the rewards are plenty and once you’ve started, you won’t want to stop.

 4. Simplify

Your self-care practice doesn’t have to be complex and chunky, especially if you lead an insanely busy life and who doesn’t, right?

Simplify your practice as much as possible and integrate it in your daily routine. Repeat mantras and positive affirmations while taking a shower, stretch and relieve anxiety while commuting to work, unplug on weekends to clear your mind, journal while waiting for a client or in between taking your kids from one class to the next, dance your heart out in your living room or take a brisk walk instead of driving to the nearest gym.

The simpler your self-care routine the more likely it is that you’ll stick to it.

5. Get Perspective

If your self-love batteries are empty and you’re void inside, how can you possibly run on all engines? You can’t and once you fully understand this fact, it’ll be a given that spending time with yourself is not a waste or a silly concern, but a necessity for your own and everyone else’s wellbeing.

Self-care doesn’t take away time from your life, it creates it.

Give self-love and self-care a chance and I promise that your productivity will go through the roof.

Which self-care tools do you have?

Anne-Sophie Reinhardt is an anorexia survivor, self-love ambassador,  body image expert and the owner of aMINDmedia. She’s the author of The Ultimate Guide to a Healthy Body Image and empowers you to achieve a healthier and more successful life by returning to your true purpose and values.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your self-love batteries are empty and you’re void inside, how can you possibly run on all engines? You can’t and once you fully understand this fact, it’ll be a given that spending time with yourself is not a waste or a silly concern, but a necessity for your own and everyone else’s wellbeing.

 

Self-care doesn’t take away time from your life, it creates it.

 

Give self-love and self-care a chance and I promise that your productivity will go through the roof.

 

Which self-care tools do you have?

 

 

Anne-Sophie Reinhardt is an anorexia survivor, self-love ambassador,  body image expert and the owner of aMINDmedia. She’s the author of The Ultimate Guide to a Healthy Body Image and empowers you to achieve a healthier and more successful life by returning to your true purpose and values.

 

  • Surendra Shukla

    Looks like there is repetition of a section. But I like point 1 and 2. I only take 5 hours sleep every day but now I have strated investing my free time in useful activities. One being the new blog I am writing.

    • http://aMINDmedia.com/ Anne-Sophie

      5 hours? Wow, that’s efficient. lol How cool that you’re writing a new blog. What’s it about?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000169522811 Daniel Dogeanu

    Nice post! Indeed I wasn’t expecting that. By the way, it looks that someone or something  jumbled your post. 

    • http://aMINDmedia.com/ Anne-Sophie

      Thanks, Daniel. Glad you enjoyed it. 

  • http://www.everythingaboutmotivation.com/ Petra Botekova

    Nice post!
    It really makes sense what you´re suggesting. Self-love is important and life
    can be much easier when practicing it every single day. It´s also important to
    spend some time each day doing things you really love. As you said, watching TV
    or surfing the web is just a waste of time and should be replaced with
    something meaningful which will boost us with new energy. Thanks for sharing
    your wonderful advice with us!

    • http://aMINDmedia.com/ Anne-Sophie

      Thanks for your comment, Petra. You’re so right, doing something you love every single day is extremely important and is a surefire way to happiness. I just read an article saying that if you do little things that make you happy on a daily basis, you’ll overall be a lot less stressed than if you keep waiting for the perfect surge of luck to come around. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ali-Agha/100002867806097 Ali Agha

    WOW.. !!! ABsolutely brilliant article i read in a long time..!!!
    I totally agree with you.. i too, am a victim of this thing as i dont appreciate myself enough.. Always struggling with work.. Not TRUSTING my own self.. Thats also a part of it.. However, i am striving for improvement and this article will surely help me.. THANKS ALOT !!

    • http://aMINDmedia.com/ Anne-Sophie

      Ali, I think you’re on a good path. Realizing that something’s not right and then actively pursuing a better road is the best thing you can do for yourself. Wishing you lots of luck. 

  • http://www.2knowmyself.com/ Farouk

    getting up earlier has always worked for me
    i just feel i have more time and that’s why i waste less time 

    • http://aMINDmedia.com/ Anne-Sophie

      I totally agree, Farouk. I’ve only recently started getting up super early, but it’s so helpful in my overall productivity. Like you said, you somehow waste less time. 

  • coxandrew

    Such great advice. I’m currently working on forming many similar habits through Leo Babauta’s Sea Change Challenge on ZenHabits.

    It would be awesome if you could fix the formatting on this post so I can send it to as many people as I know :)

  • http://twitter.com/AoneWakatsuki 碧音(あおね)

    Point 2 and 3 are what I’m trying to do now. I used to be the kind of person putting efforts on all activities, even on those I don’t like to do. Now I know how to live with self-love, and reject to do things I really don’t have interest to do at all. I become more productive in the areas I truly love and I’m happy about that :) Thanks for the post!

    • http://aMINDmedia.com/ Anne-Sophie

      Wow, that’s a huge step to take and shows that you’re clearly growing as a person! Way to go! :)

  • http://twitter.com/andreanordstrom Andrea Nordstrom

    Love this post. I have long known that I should get up earlier (at least a half hour before my kids) so that I can meditate or at least be showered and ready to face the day before the onslaught of service in action (aka getting the kids everything they need)  – but I never seem to do it. Always try to get me-time at night when kids are in bed, but then I am too tired to think clearly. I will definitely make a point of it this week! Thanks for sharing Anne Sophie – love your posts. 

    • http://aMINDmedia.com/ Anne-Sophie

      Yup, it’s not easy to start a new habit, even if we know that it’ll ultimately improve our life. I hope you can make it work this week, Andrea. 

  • Drladd

    Great article!  Is it ok if I put it on my blog as long as I credit you???

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