10 TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE A PRODUCTIVE LIFE

As Benjamin Franklin has said: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Lack of productivity can be somewhat comfortable and easy, but keep in mind its disadvantages. After all they say that behind every successful woman there’s a woman herself. Below are 10 tips on how to have a productive day, and why not to say, life.

  1. Get a head start
    Simply wake up earlier than you would. This applies especially to people who have more freedom to have a lie in every day. Simple logic says that the earlier you wake, the more you have time to get stuff done. Try waking earlier and make morning the time with yourself, who knows maybe you’ll fall in love with it.
  2. Plan your day, your week, your life
    One of the simplest ways to keep yourself disciplined and aware of the tasks you ought to do is to list up all the tasks. Make your to-do list the night before so that you could get hands on as soon as you wake up.
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  3. Mornings for work, evenings to relax
    Use your morning energy to tackle the tasks you have to get done. Starting your day productive will set the get-things-done mentality for the whole day
  4. Do things before their deadline
    Force yourself if you must, but get things done before you have to. This can be an essay, article, project or a simple house-hold chore. Leaving things on the last minute can be rather stressful and seldom will it end successfully. In addition, it will leave you more time to polish your work in order to create something perfect.
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  5. Stay active
    Now this is one of the easiest tips, which we often tend to forget to remind ourselves. This simply means asking yourself: “Is what I’m doing at the moment helping me with my goals?” If the answer is yes, then keep going. If the answer is no, then pull yourself together and do things that help you achieve what you desire, whether it is finishing your book, graduating university or getting a desirable job. Forget about Candy Crush Saga, 9GAG and other distracting activities.
  6. Write a not-to-do list
    Now we spoke about the list telling us what to do. But it is easy for the things you shouldn’t do to slip your mind, thus it’s important to remind yourself what not to do. To do that write down things you shouldn’t do: scrolling through news feed in Facebook, checking Tumblr too often. This will subconsciously discipline you.
  7. Get fit
    Lean body will give you more energy and make you feel more confident in what you do. In addition, staying active will strengthen your discipline, which is essential to stay productive throughout your life.
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  8. Drink more water
    Lack of hydration will make your body feel exhausted and you might struggle with getting things done. Doctors say that you should drink 8 cups of water per day in order for your body to stay hydrated and ready to tackle your tasks.
  9. Keep your room/workplace tidy
    This is important for many reasons. Firstly, it is easier to find your things when in need. Wasting half an hour on finding your, for example, internet banking codes is simply throwing away precious time. Secondly, having a clean work area gives you a sense of control and, thus boosting  your creativity.
  10. Have a routine
    The word ‘routine’ tends to have a bad impression. However, I find routine to be quite beneficial as it helps you to organise your day and week better. Knowing that you must wake up at 9 every day, go for a morning jog, have a splendid breakfast and then tackle your first responsibility creates a pattern than will turn into an habit, a beneficial habit.

Following these tips will guarantee you a more productive life, however remember that the most important motivation comes within, so try to find it. Also, being productive requires a certain amount of discipline and strict planning, but it does not mean you should give up your leisure. Late Saturday mornings are the best, it only needs to be in balance.

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What smoking does to your body

As every life-loving girl, I love Sex and The City, and I adore Carrie. Although her sense of style didn’t quite fascinate me every time, her kick-ass character was what charmed me. At first I didn’t quite understand Aidan when he broke up with Carrie for her nasty habit. So what? It doesn’t make him any less fascinating, does it? Well, couple of days later as I hugged my aunt, who has been a heavy smoker for at least twenty-five years I finally understood Aidan and his approach. You may find someone interesting, but smoking can be a hell of a turn-off.

I used to believe that when you don’t buy a pack you’re not a smoker, you’re a social smoker and there isn’t anything wrong with being social, is there? It was lately, when I realized that even smoking couple of cigarettes at a party was a crucial beginning of all of my problems. In addition to this icky smell in my hair it could take over my life without me even noticing. Thus, I decided that it’s time to give it up completely and dedicate myself to something beneficial instead, for instance yoga or meditation.

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Now, in case you didn’t know all this before, let me tell you more about what smoking does to your body and slap some sense into you to give it up or never-ever take it up in the first place.

My aunt, she had gray hair that we’re so thin that you could see her pink skin glowing through. As the toxins in cigarettes damage your DNA your hair won’t be as strong and shiny as they used to be. In fact, men who smoke are twice as likely to go bald as men who are non-smokers.

Smokers tend to have a wrinkly face and as smoking harms your blood supply that keeps your skin tissue looking healthy they usually look 1.4 years older. Well, in case you have nothing better to do with your money than invest it into anti-aging creams and procedures or you just enjoy aging go ahead, smoke it out!

Apparently smokers suffer from different gum diseases and oral cancer. More than 30,000 to 40,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year making it sixth most common cancer. Smoking also evokes tooth loss, and nicotine – well it quite obviously stains your teeth. So that beautiful Colgate smile – you can say goodbye to it.

In addition to oral cancer, smoking also causes lung and skin cancer. Well, to be honest, it causes all kinds of cancers you can think of. People who smoke are three times more likely to have a cancer compared to people who don’t smoke.

As it is with your teeth, nicotine also colours your fingers and nails. And let me tell you: this ugly yellow colour is definitely not in for this season! I suggest you to go for darker colours this winter.

We’ve all had sleepless nights that result in swollen eyes with bags under them. Well, if you’re a smoker, good news! You can now get the same “baggy” look without having a sleepless night! It is thought that nightly nicotine withdrawal is what makes smokers look exhausted and all that stress is actually what causes those mystical bags.

As smoking narrows your blood vessels it makes it hard for your body to heal your wounds and scars, causing your scars to look bigger and redder. In addition your skin will lose its elasticity and strength as toxins from cigarettes damage fibres and connecting tissues. This means that the stretch marks you may or may not have will look even worse and it is impossible to get rid of them.

Now having spoken about how smoking harms your appearance let’s move on to your health risks:

Apparently smokers suffer from different gum diseases and oral cancer. More than 30,000 to 40,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year making it sixth most common cancer. Smoking also evokes tooth loss and nicotine, well it quite obviously stains your teeth. So that beautiful Colgate smile – you can say goodbye to it.

In addition to oral cancer, smoking also causes lung and skin cancer. Well, to be honest, it causes all kinds of cancers you can think of. People who smoke are three times more likely to have a cancer compared to people who don’t smoke.

Fun fact, everybody: Smoking increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Yes, some people say that smoking makes you thinner and I know people who have taken up smoking just to lose some extra pounds. While it suppresses your appetite and fastens your metabolism you also won’t enjoy food as much. Simply because your taste buds won’t work effectively enough so you might as well skip that bag of chips, you won’t feel the taste anyway!

On the other hand, you shouldn’t think it will help you reach that swimsuit body. Smokers are often obese and they do have more visceral fat which surrounds your internal organs. Out of 16-24-year-olds, smoking girls are the most overweight.

To be honest with you, I haven’t seen many athletes who smoke. These two things are like ketchup and ice-cream – they just don’t go together. Firstly, smoking harms your lungs, you are more likely to develop Emphysema and Chronic Bronhitis that allows you to do less physical activities, if any at all. Secondly, they’re usually health-conscious enough to know how much it really harms your body!

And last but not the least, stress and I can’t stress it enough – it’s a myth! Contrary to beliefs that smoking relieves stress, smokers have higher level of stress than non-smokers. The feeling of relief when smoking, occurs because they return to normal unstressed state.

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Total-Body Summer Tone Workout

Although, it’s autumn and weather is getting colder every day, this is still my favourite workout routine. Enjoy!

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“When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down around you.”

Lemony Snicket

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How to plan your meals

BREAKFAST
Follow the famous proverb: “Eat your breakfast, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy” So enjoy your breakfast like a king. Focus on carbohydrates, as they give you energy to put up with the morning, even when it’s not one of your greatest. Don’t feel bad for drinking juice, enjoy it, it’s allowed in the morning!

Great options are:

  • Oatmeal – prefer wholemeal, as there’s more fiber that will keep you full longer
  • Cereal – Obviously don’t go for Cptn Crunch, prefer whole wheat cereal with semi-skimmed milk
  • Whole wheat toast – top it up with hummus, cucumber, tomatoes or whatever you prefer
  • Fruit – Lots of healthy carbohydrates plus they’re delicious

LUNCH
Lunch should be filling as well. Remember to fill half of your plate with veggies, and other half grains and meat. There’s another great tip: Eat your veggies first! This will fill you up faster and you may not always finish your grains. However, don’t sweat because of your protein as long as they’re lean. Go for fish, chicken or turkey, as these are low on unhealthy fats, but high on protein.

Some ideas:

  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Lots of green veggies
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Cauliflower

DINNER

Now I know that omelette is usually described as the perfect breakfast food, however you should focus on proteins in the end of the day. My perfect dinner is Omelette and salad, low on carbs, high on protein. However, try not to eat at least 3 hours before going to bed as you won’t have the chance to use consumed calories. Unless, of course, you’re coming from the gym, in that case, enjoy your post-workout meal

SNACK

Aim for two to three snacks throughout the day. These should be preferably something small such as, nuts, almonds, fruits, veggies.

WATER

Do not forget to consume enough water. Aim for 8 glasses per day.

 

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