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It seems intuitive that people who have more high-quality self esteem are more productive because not having this should lead to depression. Apathy, of course, being a component of depression. So, I thought this would be a great place to ask.

I had some ideas, but none of them are concrete in evidence; however, some of my reading has described this as an easy-to-accomplish task. Specifically, I'm wondering what behaviors lead to higher appreciation of self.

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closed as off-topic by Rory Alsop Feb 22 '14 at 17:46

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about Personal Productivity as per the faq – Rory Alsop Feb 22 '14 at 17:46
@RoryAlsop On-topic: "fighting procrastination by getting energetic and motivated". Proven effective, too. – Wolfpack'08 Feb 24 '14 at 3:01
You say "it seems intuitive", the problem is that we want facts here. To quote this article "Job performance in adults is sometimes related to self-esteem, although the correlations vary widely, and the direction of causality has not been established." It may well be that being productive leads to a higher self-esteem. – THelper Mar 5 '14 at 8:26

Simple things help

  • look in the mirror each day, even if it's just for a second
  • get outside! best is to be outside at noon
  • do something small but makes you happy for 15 minutes (cleaning up helps me)
  • when facing a big task, just start think 'I'll do this for just 15 minutes', and before you know it, it might feel good to keep working on it, and you might finish the whole task
  • meet people, have a list of people you'de like to keep in contact with. Try to contact them at least once every 6 weeks. It gives enough distance, but does keep you in their loop, and in each-others lives!
  • talk to strangers! especially when down/depressed it is important to to always have a human connection.
  • slowly try to change bad habits, just work on 1 bad habits. Find a realistic approach to deal with itm and take the time. Sometimes it can take up to 2 months or more to make it stick.

Hope this helps, Good luck!

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Self-Esteem I find is highly related to willpower. Whatever is the root of your tendancy to have low self-esteem, you can decide to turn it around in a few steps: 1 - define a challenge you want to take up. Not to easy, not too difficult. Something you would be very proud to have accomplished (ex. losing 5 kg in 2 months, running a marathon, changing job, start a new sport activity, join a club, be promoted...). 2 - Now, you have to understand that if you want it, you can get it. It is all about willpower. Declare it to a few friends, ask for their support to help you achieve this goal, and be serious about it. Prove yourself that you are in control, and what you want in life, you can get it. Basically, "nothing is impossible for a willing heart". 3 - Once you have achieved this goal (friends' support is key, but you can use many motivational tools, platforms etc... also to help), you will feel very proud, and the success will only be thanks to you, wanting something and working to get it. No excuses, just you. After that, you should feel very proud and feel you are capable of everything. People will admire you, and you will regain confidence and self esteem I am sure (+ build a real life story that is yours).

Hope this will help.

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