Be happy and productivity will follow. That’s pretty much it. That’s all you need to know if you want to be more productive, fulfilled, or whatever it is that you want in your life.
Okay so that is a pretty cut and dry statement and I know it sounds too simple to be true but... it really is the case. The reason I say this is because, for the first time in years, I really started focusing on myself on a day-to-day basis. With that focus was an intention. An intention to be... intentional.
I wanted to be intentional about each and every aspect of my life this year, and for the most part, I succeeded. The intention to be happy above everything else, and to do the things that I enjoyed most in my life lead me to be the happiest that I may have ever been.
I tangibly remember over the last month or so, smiling, laughing, and singing along to Christmas music for most hours of the day. To be quite frank, this all came while I was being blasted at work and getting up at 4 AM almost every day of the week.
The reason I was able to be so happy was that my high level of intention gave me the ability to do something for myself that I had never done before. I actually implemented self-care into my daily routine and habit tracking.
So really, the #1 lesson I learned in 2021 is the following:
Saving time with productivity is great but the trick is using that extra time for self-care that then leads to more happiness, less mental friction, and therefore more productivity and self-improvement.
Simply forcing myself to journal, meditate, read, and say what I was grateful for every day has made me a happier person. Oftentimes, when I’m talking to not only the everyday person but other people who produce content, they ask me how I do so much.
I know I know, I’m virtue signaling how much content I make. But to be objective I really do a lot in my life on a daily basis. I make a bunch of content, work out, eat healthily, and implement self-care on the daily. Oh and that’s just added onto the fact that I work at a job that isn’t exactly a cakewalk.
If you could have one new years resolution for 2022, I would recommend that you begin with building self-care habits. Being happy is really the only thing that can let you achieve your hopes and dreams. Focus on yourself and what makes you happy and the rest will follow.
Have an awesome week!
❤️ My Weekly Favorites
- 🎙️ Stop Waiting to Demand The Best For Yourself - The Daily Stoic Podcast
- A great episode of The Daily Stoic to end the year
- 📽️ Why you always feel so mentally drained.
- Shoutout to Matt for talking about one of my favorite topics, decision fatigue.
✍️ Quote of the Week
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”- Oscar Wilde