Practical Tips for Productive Living

We have one life to live. One life to make a difference. One life to leave a legacy for this world. One life to learn to care about things that truly matters. One life to build lasting relationships. One life to make the most of.

How do you live your life?

This blog is dedicated to helping you learn to live a life that will leave a mark in this world, a life that goes beyond just “existing” day to day, a life that you will want others to remember.

Every blog post offers insightful, helpful, and simple advice on how to live our life productively and to the fullest.

There is practical tips on:

Things to stop caring about today

Challenges to take to help you grow as a person

Universal skills you need to succeed in anything

Ways to make your life more simple

Simple truths smart people forget

Life enhancing things you can do in less than 30 minutes a day

Happy habits you should start doing now

Life lessons people learn too late

…and so much more!

Here is a quick snapshot of a few sections from different blogs posts with helpful advice for today. 🙂 Make sure to check it out. There’s much wisdom to be gleaned from these posts.

Blessings!Anna… 

While you are complaining about all the little problems in your life, somebody is desperately fighting for their right to live. You own every minute that you pass through, and it is up to you to make the best use of each one of them. Because someday, suddenly, there will be no more minutes. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/08/27/9-reasons-its-time-to-move-on/

If you are trapped between your dreams and what other people think is right for you, always travel the route that makes you happy – unless you want everybody to be happy, except you. And whatever you do, don’t chase the money. Catch up to the ideas and activities that make you come alive. Go for the things of greater value – the things money can’t buy – and use them to create a life worth living. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/09/10/10-things-i-wish-i-knew-10-years-ago/

The biggest obstacle that stops people from achieving their dreams is the feeling that they are not good enough. Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. You are good enough! Don’t let life discourage you. Success is often closer than it seems. With enough determination and drive, anything is possible in time. Everyone who got to where they are had to begin from where they were, just like you. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/06/20/10-ways-to-change-your-life-at-any-age/

As you look back on your life, you will often realize that many of the times you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were in fact being redirected to something better. You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen. Because sometimes the truths you can’t change, end up changing you and helping you grow. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/07/20/12-tough-truths-that-help-you-grow/

If you aren’t being yourself, you aren’t truly living – you’re merely existing. Remember, trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are. Embrace that individual inside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/04/26/you-should-be-able-to-say-about-yourself/

Today is a new day. Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny. It doesn’t matter what you did or where you were; it matters where you are and what you’re doing now. Never give up on yourself, and never abandon your values and dreams. As long as you feel pain, you’re still alive. As long as you make mistakes, you’re still human. And as long as you keep trying, there’s still hope. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/06/29/12-choices-winners-make-every-day/

There are fake people, and those who are true friends. There are people who take the heart out of you, and those who put it back. You have a choice of who to spend time with. True friends have an honest heart, and will go out of their way to help you when you need it most. Stick with the people who never let you down and keep their promises. You can’t fake that. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/10/11/10-timeless-lessons/

If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough. If you are thankful for what you do have, you will end up having even more. Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul. Abundance is not about how much you have, it’s how you feel about what you have. When you take things for granted, your happiness gets taken away. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/07/20/12-tough-truths-that-help-you-grow/

‘Alone’ doesn’t always mean lonely, and ‘relationship’ doesn’t always mean happy. Being alone will never cause as much loneliness as the wrong relationship. If things don’t feel right, take a break and spend some time with number one – you. Find yourself first. Appreciate your own worth. And next time you’re in a relationship that’s sinking, you’ll be prepared to swim to safety. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/09/17/10-lies-you-were-tricked-into-believing/

Sometimes we do things that are permanently foolish simply because we are temporarily upset or excited. Although emotional ‘gut instincts’ are effective in certain fleeting situations, when it comes to generating long-term, sustained growth in any area of life, emotional decisions often lead a person astray. Decisions driven by heavy emotion typically contain minimal amounts of conscious thought and are primarily based on momentary feelings instead of mindful awareness. The best advice here is simple: Don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence. Slow down and think things through before you make any life-changing decisions. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/01/22/12-things-successful-people-do-differently/

Live by choice, not by chance. Make changes, not excuses. Be motivated, not manipulated. Work to excel, not compete. Choose to listen to your inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else. It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/02/16/10-good-reminders-for-stressful-times/
Be patient and tough, someday this pain will be useful to you. Those with the strength to succeed in the long run are the ones who lay a firm foundation of growth with the bricks that life has thrown at them. So don’t be afraid to fall apart for a little while. Because when it happens, the situation will open an opportunity for you to grow and rebuild yourself into the brilliant person you are capable of being. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/08/06/12-rules-for-being-a-human-being/
The principle part of faith is patience. When we walk by faith there will be times when we hear and see nothing, and are tempted to aggravate a situation in the best effort to make things happen faster. We are tempted to sway from being faithful and patient, and attempt to create more options for ourselves, without pausing long enough to notice what is. A faithful mind requires a patient will. Things will not always seem to move fast enough in your life, but they are usually moving as fast as they should be. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/11/14/15-reasons-to-run-for-your-life/
Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. Just because today is painful doesn’t mean tomorrow won’t be great. You just got to get there. The best things usually happen when you least expect it. So try to smile in the mean time. Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don’t have. – via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/04/05/keep-you-motivated-after-a-mistake/
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4 thoughts on “Practical Tips for Productive Living

  1. That last picture is so true. I guess I should take the time to find out how people really are, not just automatically say “How are you?” and move on to a topic like weather or the price of hay. I guess it’s time for me to hear all the small grey words underlining that desperate, untrue “Fine.” Thanks for the thoughts, Anna.

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    • I think that’s such a common “phrase” these days if you say you’re doing anything but “fine” that would pretty abnormal. Some people are really doing fine, others not so much. But the only way we can know (and be there for them if that is the case) is to take the time to ask about their life, to show that we care, and to get past “how are you?”

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  2. It’s funny–with a mental illness I often feel like I’m the one that is “fighting to survive” in the first photo…but at the same time I really relate to the photo about hand over your heart. Knowing that God has a purpose for me still being here has saved me more times than I can count. I love that physical reminder of your heart beating.

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    • I totally agree with you. Often times when I have hard days I wonder what the point of my life even is and if God really wants me here on earth but then I always remember… as long as I’m alive, as long as my heart is beating, as long as I have breath in my lungs God has a purpose for me no matter how I may feel at that moment. 🙂

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