The end of the year is near, and what a wild one it’s been over here at Positive Routines. It was our first full year up and running, and we thought we’d celebrate by sharing our most popular blog posts of 2018 with you.
How did we determine what our most popular blog posts are, you ask? Easy. We didn’t. We let you show us the way. The below posts are all about the topics, tools, and tips that readers kept coming back to over the year. Maybe these are among your top reads or maybe you’ll find some new ones that you missed.
Whatever the case, we hope you enjoy reading our most popular blog posts this year, and we’re so excited to keep giving you informative and inspiring content to live your most vibrant, meaningful, soul-expanding life.
Our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts, According to You
We can’t give too much away right at the beginning, so let’s count down our top blog posts in order of popularity. Besides, a little suspense is good for us. (Don’t quote us on that; we haven’t checked the research.)
In spot number ten, we have an article that focuses on something most of us struggle with—wasting time. Whether it’s on Instagram, group chats, or a new series we just must binge watch, we can’t seem to focus for the life of us. And hey, that’s not totally our fault either. Distractions are literally everywhere. That’s why this article is so helpful. It gives you a foolproof strategy to cut through your own BS excuses and take advantage of the time you have.
Following a similar theme, next on our list of most popular blog posts is a step-by-step guide on how to find—and keep—your focus in the morning. Even if you’re not a morning person (guilty), your brain usually hits its stride somewhere in the a.m. hours, so that’s a critical time to dig into deep, gritty work.
When it comes to tools, mood-trackers are among the most useful. They can give you critical insight into what lifts your mood, what knocks it down, and when you need to make adjustments that benefit your overall well-being. No little thing, right? The apps on this list cover everything from simple mood trackers to sleep quality and more. As science has taught us, you can’t change what you don’t know. And you don’t know what you don’t track.
Our most popular blog posts of 2018 wouldn’t be complete without a little friendly competition, and apparently, you agree. With all the planners on the market, it can be tough to figure out what features, layouts, and aesthetic work for you. That’s why we broke down two of the top planner options into easy-to-compare categories. It’s not about what one is better; it’s about what one is better for you.
One not-so-surprising theme in our most popular blog posts? Productivity. And we’re all about approaching it from as many angles as possible. Here, we talk through one of the most important things you can do to supercharge your productivity—prioritization. And of course, we don’t do it alone.
We provide some science-backed systems to prioritization that can help you make your workload about your most important tasks. Once you do that, your days are easier and you’re more effective. It’s worth a read.
Most of us could use a better start to our days, even if that means rising a few minutes earlier to get the ball rolling. These morning routine tips give you science-backed ways to make mornings just a little easier. And when we say a little easier, we don’t mean you’re getting up with the birds. You’re just taking advantage of the time you do have, even if there’s not much of it.
Confession: We’re still working on winning the procrastination game ourselves. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some good tips to get you there. This comprehensive four-step system will start you off on the right track, and it does so without judgment, which means you can let go of the guilt already. You’ll be making moves on your most important tasks before you know it.
The number three spot on our most popular blog posts this year goes to a list of apps that help you maximize both your time and your workout. And what’s not to love about that? These 7 fitness apps focus specifically on high-intensity interval training, so your workout is quick and dirty. And did we mention effective? Waste less time figuring out what workout to do and fit fitness into your life no matter how busy it is. No wonder readers loved it.
One thing we learned from our most popular blog posts? You’re wild about lists of apps and tools that help make things like productivity, happiness, and health way easier. And our number two post on the list is no exception. Meditation comes with so many science-backed benefits, but like most things in life, just knowing that it can help doesn’t make it easier to accomplish. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools that can get you there.
These 11 meditation apps cover a range of features, prices, skill levels, and audiences, so there’s an app on here that will work for everyone. Promise.
We’re not surprised that our number one ranked blog post this year is about two things readers love—tools + productivity. Our list approaches productivity from a few perspectives from habit-building to distractions to reflection. Besides, we know that productivity is different for everyone, and that’s why the apps we feature are so far-reaching. You might want just one to tackle your specific productivity problem or you might add a few to your list.
Whatever you decide, you’re taking an active step in protecting your work, time, and energy this year. And we couldn’t be prouder.
Your turn: Which of our most popular blog posts was your favorite? Have one that didn’t make the list? Give us all the details below.
Author: Chelsey Taylor
Chelsey likes words, especially adjectives, and has been perfecting her perfectionism since infancy. She’s an endorphin-gatherer, top-knot connoisseur, and content manager at Panda Planner.