So lately I’ve been thinking of ways to be more productive as well as just happier. I’ve noticed that I tend to complain when I’m getting up early in the morning and throughout the day simply because I’m a bit tired. Other times I complain when I’m feeling overwhelmed with being in school full time while working full time. I’ve been thinking of ways to minimize my complaining. I’ve started a gratitude journal, and since then I haven’t really seen much of a change. So I underwent an experiment where I made a conscious effort to not complain the entire day. When we complain, it really doesn’t make a difference. It doesn’t change anything. Instead of complaining I decided to see if I could change the circumstances. If I was tired, I’d go to asleep earlier. If I was rushing in the morning, I’d try to wake up earlier to give myself more time. If I was stressed, I’d find activities to help me relax. You get the picture.
No complaining makes for a more productive and enjoyable day. Instead of just thinking and talking about things I didn’t like, I started to think of ways that I could change them. I made a plan that was realistic and feasible for me, and I stuck with it. I had been overwhelmed with school assignments lately, so instead of complaining about how I’ve been procrastinating on my homework, I bought a planner and I wrote out assignments that I needed to complete for each day of the week. This way I had little to do each day, but by the end of the week, all my homework would be completed.
Many times, I especially find myself complaining about how little time I have. I don’t have time to cook, work out, write, and the list never ends. Once I stopped complaining about how much little time I had, I started to figure out how much time I did have. I made a list of the top 5 things that are the most important to me right now, and how much of each activity I could fit in each day. Once we determine our priorities, it becomes easier to focus on them. I then began planning how much I could realistically fit into my schedule each day.
Complaining is not only negative, but it is counterproductive. From my experience, the more I complained, the less I got accomplished, and the worse I felt. Once I began to substitute my complaining with actions and solutions, I became more productive, and I felt happier. Life doesn’t always have to be perfectly planned out, and many times it’s not. Creating daily plans that center around activities that are a priority can help with decreasing procrastination and increasing our levels of productivity. Shifting our focus from complaining to creating a strategy to solve our problems can have such a positive impact. Do you find yourself complaining a lot? What are your tips on minimizing complaining and becoming more productive? Leave a comment and let me know!