On The Challenge of Staying Productive

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Good week, everyone! And also: HELP! I’m cracking my brain here.

I’m on the move again, onto my next location where I can hopefully base myself for two or three months. Somewhere where I can fill myself  with calmness and a routine, where I can focus, work and relax, where I can hang out with like-minded people and friends for more than a week. As soon as I know where that will be, I’ll share it with you.


I’ve been missing routine and a base lately. Yes, it happens! Mostly when you’ve been travelling for several months and not having your own place every time. Can get tricky. But this post is not about travel issues but about productivity issues. Stick with me.

I’m also working towards my plan of becoming a morning person, not because I have to wake up to go to a job, but because I choose to wake up and create a job for myself. On this quest, I’m struggling at times but clearly noticing some improvements on my body who’s naturally seeking its inner routine as I keep trying and trying, like those days when I exercise and I feel sleepy by 8:00 pm and waking up with sun the next day at around 5:00 or 6:00 am. The days I don’t exercise, I don’t feel this two natural urges. Interesting to see. Getting there! 
 
As I do this, I’m researching things and writing about them. Today, I want to explore productivity apps, on health, fitness, and work. On how we all approve, allow and love technology for giving us the kick we need when it comes to staying on track. Bless technology and all techies out there!

The thing is I find it hard to stick to these productivity apps.

I’ve tried a few and I just can’t stick to them so far. Little paper notes around the house seems more engaging and energising to my brain than apps. But I know they work for so many people out there so I’m curious:
 
WHICH HEALTH & PRODUCTIVITY APPS DO YOU USE?
WHY DO YOU LIKE THEM?
 
Everyone gives advice such as:
  • Stay focused!
  • Set priorities
  • Live healthy
  • Organise
  • Take a break
But these all appear so dull to me! They don’t really help or teach anything in my humble opinion. Mostly because, even though it’s okay to do the whole stay productive and become your best at all times, I also believe (and I’m convinced) we need times to stop on being productive – if this means only work to you.

Productivity is a wide range of things beyond just work.

Yes, it’s about being able to stay focused, which can also include staying focused on your mind, on calming down at times, on engaging with your exercise session, on not trying to multitask and be a super-human. And this precisely, is one big part of productivity that so many of us miss at times, if not always.

Maybe we need to redefine our own term of productivity in the first place, so we can actually start doing and tracking what works for us and just us. 

I’m a woman, but sometimes I think I have the mindset of a man when they say men can only focus on one thing at a time. Well, me too. And I want to keep it that way. I want to be able to focus on one thing and only that. I want to enjoy it and give myself to it even if it will just take 20 minutes of my time, or maybe an hour, whether it’s about work time, family time, or me time.

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I’d love to hear about it as I’m writing an article on this topic, and your feedback will be of massive help. I’m doing my homework and searching all the web for the latest and most recommended productivity apps, but it’s not the same as getting real feedback from real people trying to become healthier. Real fighters, I salute you.

Love, Dr. Mariana

Mariana Calleja MD


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