How to be Productive Abroad (5 Habits for a Productive Lifestyle)

How to be Productive Abroad (5 Habits for a Productive Lifestyle)


Stephen Covey from his book seven Habits of
Highly Effective People says that as human beings we have the ability unique
to us to make and break our habits. Okay hi guys so today I’ll be talking about
how to be productive when you are living abroad whether as a language assistant
or a student or even working because the thing is that moving disrupts so many
things in our lives and initially we have to reorganize ourselves, our schedule
especially if we’re in a different time zone. There are so many things but it’s
very important to still be very productive because the truth is that you
have many opportunities when you’re living abroad but you still need to have
several habits in order to be productive wherever you are
so the first habit that I want to talk about that will be helpful for you to
have a productive lifestyle abroad is to be a doer. Why I’m talking about this is
because many of us will have ideas in our minds different things that we want
to do maybe things that we’ve heard different tips that we want to apply to
our lives and yes it’s good to have those ideas it needs to start somewhere
but we need to do them. We can’t just be thinking all the times in our mind it
needs to come out you know practically some way. How many
times have we thought to ourselves you know I need to manage my time more
wisely. I know I have many times if you are having issues with being productive
then I think one of the habits that you need to really establish in your life is
to go and just do the thing that you need to do. Be proactive
get the things done. So the second habit that will help you to have a productive
lifestyle is to be aware of yourself constantly. Be aware of your habits, your
personality, your situation, if you’re living abroad, where? how is it that you moved there?
are you a student are you working for a company? Just be aware. So the thing is
that if you’re taking the initiative to actually you know produce things and to
be effective with your time it’s good and you may be getting different tips
from other people that are experts and that is amazing however they will be
giving you general rules and rules that apply to them and it’s good to extract
what they teach you what you know you’re learning and to apply it to your
personal situation. Now, I heard from Dave Ramsey who I also listened to that you
don’t want to reinvent the wheel and other people have said that by the way
so it’s not just him but I listen to him so yes I’m gonna quote him. You don’t
want to reinvent the wheel especially from an expert someone who’s actually
done what you… what you want to do and done it well but you still need to apply
it to your personal situation in order to be productive because if… we’re just
unique is it’s how it is we’re unique human beings and though things may
work for another person maybe it will work differently for you if you just
apply it to your personal lifestyle so it’s good to always be aware of yourself.
So another good habit that will be helpful for you to establish a
productive lifestyle is to be a person of routine now there are different
situations in our lives that have routines that we can’t control such as
day and night, the different seasons and if something changes with those things
then disasters can happen so even by nature we can really think about that
there is something about this routine thing that really works just having a
particular set of things that you do day in day out, maybe weekly or monthly but
just having you know a guide that you know that you do so you don’t have to
constantly think about what you will do per day you know. The fourth habit that you
need to establish in your life to be more productive is to be a starter and a finisher
it’s easy to start off a task with a lot of Drive and motivation you know with
lots of ideas as to what you’re gonna do but hard to finish especially if it’s a
long term project that you need to do over a process and you’re not gonna get
immediate results. I know that I struggle with this because I will have plenty of
ideas things that I want to do but it’s hard for me to complete them because I
like to see results. I like to see things done and I may get discouraged
for example with this YouTube channel I started it over a year ago with the
aim to be consistent, to consistently upload videos and I’ve had issues with
that because you know it takes a while to see the results of what you’re doing
and there others like me not just with YouTube but with other things that have
long-term process. It’s hard to finish them so I want to encourage you to develop
this habit because it’s really important because the point of being productive is
for you to produce, for you to be effective so you need to be a good
starter and a good finisher. Fifth and last habit and I hope my camera stays to
the end. We’ve heard this a lot, to be good time managers, time management you
know different things in order to take control of your time because the thing
is that your time is precious and limited. The fact that it’s limited makes
it more precious because you don’t have all the time in the world we have other
needs, we need to sleep so that takes out some of our 24 hours already. So it’s
really important to be able to take responsibility for your time to manage
it and there are many methods for you to do I will be going into them right now
but, not in detail, but some of them involves like time blocking and writing
down your priorities for the day there are different methods and you need
to choose what works for you but the underlying habit
is that you are managing your time you are telling it what to do or you’re
telling yourself what to do in the time anyways it’s being managed because if
you don’t manage it it will run away and you don’t want to be losing or wasting
some of the precious times where you could be doing so many great things you
know hey guys so my video ended abruptly while I was filming so I just want to
end it properly and say that I hope that the habits that I gave you are useful
you find them useful and it will be helpful for you to be productive abroad
and even, you know, wherever you are I think they are useful in any life
situation so I hope to see you soon and have a great day

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