5 Essential mindsets for mastering productivity

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Ever wonder how a little tweak to your mindset can lead to remarkable productivity levels?

You might be surprised at how much things can change when you’re in the right state of mind, and sometimes it’s the difference between a productive day and a day spent watching television.


Having a productive mindset


Have you ever sat down to work but felt restricted by your mindset? When I say mindset, I mean thoughts like these:

    • I didn’t do great work yesterday, so won’t today be just like it?
    • I can already tell that the work is going to be tough/boring…
    • I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this…
    • I can never get my work just perfect, so what’s the point..?


Can you relate to those thoughts in some way? We all can, and it’s because no matter what kind of career you have, no matter how much you love what you do, some days will be harder than the rest.

(And for people who don’t love or even like what they do, the problem is far worse).

The ability to work through these tough spots is what makes a person productive (and in general, successful).

This makes it extremely important to be able to dive into a work session with the right mindset, so you aren’t derailed by a hard bump in the road.

And luckily for you, that’s what you’ll learn how to do here.



The 5 mindsets for mastering productivity

Let’s go over each mindset so you know which is best for you. We’re all unique after all, so really think about which mindset applies to you personally, so you can get the best results.


1. A bad day’s work is better than a no day’s work



On the days where you just don’t feel that great (maybe when you’re tired or can’t think straight), it can be extremely tempting to just zone out and get nothing done that day.

Subconsciously your brain clocks out, and you’re stuck with the lingering idea that “the work I produce will be crappy anyway, why bother?”

But here’s the thing – you don’t need to always produce good work.

In fact, being able to always produce good work is impossible. Everybody has their off days (or even off weeks), so it’s mostly about accepting the fact that your work will be subpar, moving on, and doing the work anyway.

If you can do that, if you can remember to use this mindset, then you won’t be held back by a little tiredness or mental fogginess.


2. It’s okay if I don’t meet my goal, as long as I sit here and get something done I’ll be ahead of where I was yesterday



Having goals is a good thing, I don’t think anybody can dispute that. But sometimes people forget that goals don’t always need to be met, sometimes they simply serve as something to aim your efforts at.

Whenever we set goals and don’t accomplish them, it kills our productivity. Why? Because it’s a blow to our ego. A bruised ego leads to thoughts like “I couldn’t even achieve my goals for the last few days, what’s the point in working?”

But if you can realize – and accept – that goals are mere markers and not something you 100% need to accomplish, then you’ll finally be able to maintain your productivity.


3. I just need to do good enough today, because good enough is astronomically better than nothing at all



“Perfection is the enemy of success,” ever read something like that online? It’s a variation of a quote that I think applies here. Perfection is something that use to be a big problem for me personally, and it was an attitude shift that saved me from it.

But let me tell you, it was tough! But over time I was able to realize that perfection is an impossible concept, one that everybody subjectively creates. This means there’s no true way to achieve perfection, no matter how hard you work.

So before I’d start working I’d tell myself that I just need to do good enough. If I can just finish what I start, then I’d be successful. And you know what? It worked.

So if you personally struggle with perfection, then it’s important that you start using this mindset right away.


4. I just need to get this one very important thing done, everything else is just nice to do



This is a way to put your work not only into perspective of what’s really important, but also to break down any mental blocks stemming from large amounts of work.

How does it help with mental blocks? Because doing one important task feels easier than doing 10 not-so-important tasks. It’s really more of a psychological trick than anything else, but guess what – it works.

So if you feel like you’re being overwhelmed with your tasks, then just say you’ll do only the most important thing and be done with it.


5. I’ll only work for 5 minutes minimum, then I can stop if I want



Sometimes the the hardest part of being productive is just starting the work. Unfortunately, almost every reason behind procrastination can cause a person to not want to start working.

(Which is even more unfortunate as simply starting to work is usually enough to be productive).

What can you do about this? Diminish the perceived effort behind getting to work. For instance, knowing you’re about to work for an hour feels hard. But knowing you’re about to work for 5 minutes?

By comparison, it’s muuuuch easier, right? It’s a psychological breath of fresh air knowing how much easier it’ll be, and this may be just what you need to get started working.

Give this mindset a shot if the idea of working for an extended amount of time scares you.


Over to you

What mindset do you have when you start a work session? Leave a comment below with your answer. We’d love to hear it 🙂


Photo credits: Sean MacEntee, jacqueminv, David Chico Pham, Rhonimc, christyburginscross and numb3r via Flickr.

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