3 Easy & Realistic Ways To Be More Productive in 2018

New year, new you. 

There's no time like the present to get what you want. Here are three ways to make 2018 the most productive year yet.


1. Learn to say "no"

Time is the most valuable asset you have, so invest your time into things that make you happy. Whether it's getting drinks after work with coworkers when you'd rather be at home reading, or ending a toxic relationship, learn to say "no" to the things in your life that bring your grief.


2. Set goals

This seems like a no-brainer. However, how you set your goals can influence their achievability. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound [1]. Write down your goal and establish the path to take in order to achieve your goal. The purpose of setting goals, whether they're for the day or for the next five years, is to improve your life and make it better. So don't worry about setting outlandish and crazy goals like "curing cancer" or "creating a multibillion dollar business."

I dedicate a page in my bullet journal every month to establishing 3-5 goals for myself that encompass the areas in my life that bear the greatest amount of significance. At the end of every month, I spend a few minutes reflecting on the goals, whether or not I've achieved them, and what I can do to make my goal more attainable.


3. Exercise

There's no point in getting what you want when your body won't be able to enjoy it when you get there.

The Center for Disease Control recommends all adults avoid extended periods of inactivity [2]. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity that is spread throughout the week and last for at least 10 minutes. Incorporating cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine has an endless list of benefits, from boosting your mood to clearing your skin [3].

If want to incorporate more cardio into your routine but don't know where to start, try the Nike+ Run Club app. The app creates a personalized exercise plan that accommodates for your busy lifestyle and athletic ability. 



[1]  Personal Goal Setting: Planning to Live Your Life Your Way - MindTools

[2]  Current Physical Activity Guidelines - The Center for Disease Control

[3] From Head to Toe: The Benefits of a Cardio Workout (Infographic) - Cleveland Clinic


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by Michelle Choi

Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Seoul Search.
Lactose intolerant, loves mac & cheese and recently started running as her main form of exercise (but who knows how long that will last).