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.
Does this scenario seem familiar?
You sit at your desk, ready to do some work. You try and get focused for the task at hand, knowing that it’s due in the next few days. You boot up the computer and mouse over to “Word (or Excel, etc.)” and try to forcefully create a document.
But nothing comes.
The cursor blinks away, yet you can’t get any words or numbers on the screen, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
What about this slightly different scenario:
Let’s say do get something written down, maybe a couple hundred words and you feel good about it. And then all of a sudden you get a text, it’s your good friend asking to hang out after work. You quickly reply and then get back to work.
But you can’t get back to work because you’ve already lost your momentum, you’ve lost your flow.
Does this seem familiar? Is starting your work and/or staying there a problem for you?
It doesn’t have to be, you can get in the state that lets the work flow from you effortlessly.
Let me show you how.
Have you ever started a goal only to find yourself giving up a week later?
I’m sure at some point we all have, and we also come up with the same excuses as well:
- We’re tired (from work, lack of sleep, etc.)
- We’re low on time
- We’re not informed enough to take action
- We’re waiting for the “perfect” time start
I’m sure you can relate to at least a few of those excuses (I know I can), and honestly they can be valid sometimes. But becoming successful in life means breaking through the excuses and working anyway, it’s just REALLY hard to do sometimes. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can defeat the everyday excuses we all make, it just takes a little bit of know how.
Did you know that your productivity is hampered by over-thinking? Even when we know we should be doing something productive, it doesn’t take much be swayed to do something easier and/or more fun. But we can take steps to help prevent us from thinking too much when we should be taking action.
Learn the keys to decisive action taking
How many times have you sat down ready to work on something important only to have one of the following happen:
- You don’t know where to start
- You’re tired
- You’re kids are too loud
- You’re hungry
- You didn’t do (something) first, and you ALWAYS do it first
We’ve all been there, experiencing the many reasons preventing us from taking decisive action. After all, who among us hasn’t felt tired and put off important tasks till we were “more rested?” And of course, the chances of getting to that important task later are pretty small, am I right? But there’s a way to not be held back by these factors, and all it takes is that you read the following 4 tips to increase your decisiveness.
What if I told that you that you are using your task lists ineffectively?
Would that surprise you? Lots of people use task lists every day, but I’d wager plenty of them are going about it the wrong way. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that they don’t even complete their task lists most of the time.
Are you one of them?
Well you don’t have to be. With a few simple tweaks to how you approach your task lists, we can make it so you finish your task lists each and every time.
Maximizing your task list productivity
Here’s what it probably looks like when you set out to complete a task list:
- You take out a piece of paper
- You write down 5+ things you want done
- You write those tasks in vague terms (e.g. find a babysitter, look for a new suit)
- You do them in random order, with no prioritization
- You add new tasks as they arrive
- You don’t finish the list, and still have important things to do on it
Lots of people tackle their tasks lists just like this, even though it’s ineffective. But we can move this past this ineffectiveness by using 5 tips that’ll improve your task list usage and maximize your productivity.