There has never been a time in human history where our species has lived the way we live in today's digital society.

And although advances in technology have been of huge benefit to the way we live, there are no shortage of obstacles. Unfortunately, at times, we pack our days full with things that negatively impact our ability to deal with stress, and ultimately affect how happy we are.

Stress often accumulates because we put others, or day-to-day tasks that may not have huge importance, ahead of things like reading a book for 20 minutes, doing some exercise, or even sitting on the front porch with own thoughts for 10 minutes.

These things may not seem conducive to productivity but it’s all about perception. Taking time for yourself will keep you charged full of energy, focused and happy - all of which is conducive to productivity.

Identify things you need:

Everyone has different needs and different ways of relaxing or centring themselves. The key is to identify the things you need. Often they are creative or physical and are a change from your day-to-day tasks.

It doesn’t need to be for a long period of time. For example it could be 20 minutes of exercise, 30 minutes of reading or it might need to be 1 day a week working on your garage project. Everyone is different but the key is to identify the thing you enjoy and then add it to your day/week.

The task:

Grab a piece of paper and write down three things you enjoy doing - they may be things you used to do or have always wanted to do. Endeavour to implement 1 or 2 of them and make them an important part of your week. They can be scheduled in to wherever they best fit but make sure you make the time.