Life isn’t supposed to be stress-free by default. But there do exist some smart tactics that we may utilize to avoid stress and lead a productive life.
Danzae Pace once said,
“Stress is the trash of modern life. We all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.”
Here I am sharing with you 13 amazing tips that would help you in leading a productive and stress-free life.
1) Embrace Failures
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
— J.K. Rowling
Fear of failure squashes your will power for pursuing the big dreams.
It hinders your growth and kills your passion. Hence it is the biggest hurdle in the path to success.
All of the successful people that I know – did risk failure at some point in their lives. These include Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Isaac Newton.
You must overcome the fear of failure in order to achieve your goals. Always keep this in your mind that even if you fail, failure itself reaps countless benefits. It helps in building your character, starting again more intelligently, develops resilience and patience.
In short, failing over and over again has been the secret of success for the majority of successful folks out there.
2) Stay Focused on Your Long-term Goals
“You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.”
— Charles C. Noble
Long-term goals give you a solid direction and a sense of greater purpose.
I don’t know of a thing more fulfilling than progressing at something truly meaningful.
Working on something that you truly love and are passionate about leads you toward a productive and stress-free life since putting more effort into something truly meaningful means giving yourself less time to stress about unimportant and meaningless shit.
3) Accept Life as it Is
“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”
— Scott Peck
Once you have accepted the fact that life is not a bed of roses, neither it is full of thorns, life would become much easier and simpler.
4) Plan your Day
“Plan your work for today and everyday, then work your plan.”
Planning your day helps you in accomplishing multiple tasks with sufficiency.
It will help with prioritizing your day-to-day tasks – so you won’t miss out on achieving the important tasks in order to achieve some unimportant one.
At the end of the day, you will be able to adequately analyze what went right and what went wrong and consequently, you will get better at planning your day and prioritizing your tasks.
Planning your day effectively will eventually help you in being productive throughout the day.
5) Learn to Conquer your Distractions
“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.”
— Christopher Columbus
As humans, our mind is naturally wired in a way that it focuses on things that require a prompt response.
A few examples are, replying to a text message, checking out twitter notifications – while delaying things which are much more important like, eating at the right time, preparing for the upcoming college exams, exercising, etc.
In order to be productive, we need to eliminate such distractions and focus on achieving our important goals.
6) Learn to Manage your Time Effectively
“There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most inmportant thing.”
— Brian Tracy
Time is the most important commodity for any existing human. It is rightly said, “Time is not the main thing. It is the only thing”.
In order to stay productive and lead a stress-free life, it is of utmost importance that you manage your time effectively.
Here are a few things you may do to manage your time effectively:
- Set realistic short and long-term goals
- Prioritize your tasks as per the importance
- Make use of effective time management techniques, such as the Pomodoro technique
- Overcome your laziness
- Delegate your tasks to others
- Learn to cope with stress
Read this post to learn more about managing your time effectively.
7) Read Lots of Good Books
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Dr. Seuss
Reading good books is an essential ingredient for success.
Time has proven the fact that most of the successful people to ever exist happened to be avid readers.
The Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett reads over 500 pages a day.
Elon Musk used to read a book a day. He literally taught himself rocket science by reading textbooks. That’s big.
The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg also happens to be an avid reader. In 2015 Mark was reading a new book every two weeks and continues the practice of reading books with zeal.
Books will expand your knowledge, give you new ideas, improve your vocabulary, communication, and memory. They will give you the skill-set required to succeed in life.
Reading vigorously will Increase your IQ and EQ, both and help you in leading a productive and stress-free life.
8) Have a Spiritual Connection with Your Creator
“Verily, in the rememberance of God do hearts find rest.”
— Quran (13:28)
We need some high authority in our lives to whom we can turn to. It can be your personal God, Allah, or Buddha.
Even Tony Robbins recommends some spiritual activity on a regular basis. He recommends reading any of the Holy books for just 15 minutes every day, be it the Holy Quran, Bible, or Geeta.
Spiritual practices like praying do help in reducing stress and eventually lead to increased productivity and consequently, success.
9) Live in the Present
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concenterate mind on the present moment.”
Living in the present moment means you are living happily.
Living in the past means you are either in a sad or regretful state of mind. On the other hand, worrying over the future leads to anxiety.
All these emotions will hinder your growth and keep you stressful enough that you won’t be able to focus on the much important task at hand.
In order to live a stress-free life, it is necessary to live in the present moment.
10) Stay Away from Negative People
“You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people.“
— Joel Osteen
Negative people will drain your energy and bring about an enormous number of stresses in your life.
Stay away from them. That’s all.
11) Keep Your Mind and Body Active
“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”
— Wilhelm Von Humboldt
There is a saying, if you don’t use it, you lose it.
This holds true in regard to the functioning of the mind and body.
In order to live a productive and stress-free life, you must keep your mind and body active.
A good practice to keep your mind active is reading which has been discussed earlier.
Other things that help in keeping both your mind and body active include:
- Balanced diet
- Avoiding smoking, drinking, and other drugs
- Avoiding all sorts of stress
“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
— Miriam Beard
Travelling, sure as hell makes your life productive and eliminates stress from it.
It educates you about different cultures, traditions, languages, and ways of thinking. It leads to the refreshment of the mind and soul.
The best way to truly understand all the benefits is to pack your bags and explore this beautiful world.
13) Love Yourself
“Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.”
— Louise Hay
It is impossible to get acceptance, praise, and love of all around you. It should never impact and reflect on who you truly are.
People, just like bad times, will come and go out of your life. It’s only you who will always be there for yourself. So do care for yourself. It is the best selfish thing you would ever do.
Loving yourself will help in eliminating lots of unnecessary stress caused by expecting ridiculous amounts of love, respect, praise, and approval from others. Self-love will help you in becoming the best version of yourself.
So, Love yourself.
I hope you all found this post to be useful.
Thanks for reading.