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Productivity Mindset

clockProductivity and being productive truly is a mindset. Part of it comes from giving your full attention to the task at hand and being focused. You need to know how to achieve that quality of being able to produce good results consistently from your work. And there’s one of the keywords, consistently.

If you aren’t consistent in your daily work habits and maintaining your focus, it’s likely you’ll spend most of the day just spinning your wheels. Productivity is the measure of proficiency. Now that doesn’t mean you have to do everything perfectly, it simply means you need to take actionable steps to get things accomplished. One way to do this is to break down your projects into manageable, daily tasks.

However, unless you decide to have a productive day, every day, it’s unlikely you’ll accomplish much. Productivity, like many other worthwhile things in life, is a mindset. It goes along with a success mindset. Having the right mindset is crucial to any endeavor, especially when it comes to time management and productivity.

Try using daily affirmations. Each morning, before you begin work, you can look in the mirror and repeat affirmations to yourself. Some good ones include:

I am exceptionally productive.
I do my work diligently each day so I have more free time.
I am in control of my time. I make the best use of my time.
I manage my daily tasks with ease.

Spend time working on your confidence. People often hold themselves back because they lack confidence in themselves. Sometimes we hold ourselves back as a way to self-sabotage. Something has been instilled in us that causes us to believe we can’t do a good job or we don’t want to take the responsibility for our actions. Get away from this mindset. You do not have to be perfect to accomplish something, you simply need to start (and finish) your task list. Building your confidence will help you develop a better mindset for getting your work done.

Set goals. If you don’t have goals, it’s hard to decide what is important and critical to work on. You’ll likely end up flitting the day away because you don’t have a goal or an end result in mind. Write down your biggest work related goal and then break it down into smaller milestone goals. This will help you to realize you’re making progress.

Listen to or read something motivational. Get the right mindset on. Follow a busy person on social media, someone who always seems to be uber productive. Let this inspire you to become as productive or even more productive than that person.

Many people get dressed for work, even if they work from home. As you are getting ready (or dressed) for your work day, be sure to put on your most important garment—your mindset.

Make a commitment with yourself. Decide you will be more productive and less distracted and then take steps to make it happen. Part of your mindset and your productivity begins with making a commitment. If you aren’t committed, you’ll waste the time you should be doing business building tasks.


PS: If you enjoyed this tip or would be willing to share some productivity tips of your own, please leave a comment below.


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2 Responses to Productivity Mindset

  1. Joy from vegas vet July 10, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    Positive mindset will always give you the best chances of achieving whatever you set your mind to. Any goal can be achieved with the right attitude. So whether it is to be productive or any goal, simply focus and believe that you can do what it takes to achieve it. Know that you are capable of doing whatever it is that you set your mind to do. I usually write my goals (regardless of whether they are just simple “to do” tasks or long term objectives). When I accomplish something, I make a note and feel a deep sense of satisfaction. It also inspires me to take on the other remaining tasks and keep focused until they,too, are accomplished.

    • helene July 13, 2012 at 7:00 am #

      Hi Joy, you’re absolutely right, the right mindset and the right attitude is key. Thank you for your comment ;)

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