Do you want to know how to really become productive?
Fine, I’ll show you exactly what to do. No more stress, no more time-management issues.
You might think I exaggerate but listen to me: The best way to be productive is to work on your mindset. Keep reading and I’ll teach you how to do that.
Forget about doing more:
Productivity isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting the right things done.
You don’t want to be productive to work day in and day out, finishing task after task. You want to be productive to perform at your very best and get better results from your work consistently for weeks, months and years.
Your first action step is to internalize this. I also recommend stopping using productivity tips that don’t work for you. Not all of us need to wake up at 5:00 AM or use the Pomodoro technique. Whatever you’re doing, make sure it’s worth your time.
Build your productivity foundation:
I want you to be brutally honest.
When was the last time you downloaded a productivity app and your life didn’t change?
One month ago? One week ago? Today? You need to understand that apps are not so important. Sure, some of them are great. But first, start to become more productive by working on yourself.
I’ll give you 3 powerful tips to do this.
Tip #1:Get enough sleep:
You already know you need 8 hours of sleep each night. But how many times you rest so much?
If you’re like most people, you probably see sleep as a weakness. After all, sleep is a waste of time, right?
But I understand why you think this way. I used to sleep 5-6 hours/night. And like you, I did this to have more time for the things I wanted. But I was efficient? No. The truth is, I was tired all the time.
After I started to sleep 8 hours, I realized that even I had less time I can finish my work faster and I make things better. That’s why I suggest you do the same.
Tip #2:Take care of your body:
How often do you go to the gym?
If you live a sedentary lifestyle it will be impossible for you to be productive. It’s not a good idea to ignore your health for work. You’ll be bored and stressed all the time.
On the other hand, exercise can have a positive impact on many aspects of your life. You won’t just have more energy but you’ll also become happier.
Both of these things will reflect in your results. So, make sure you workout 3 times/week.
From my experience, it’s near impossible to have productive days without a morning and an evening routine.
During the morning routine, you wash your face, do some push-ups and meditate for 10 minutes. You can also read or learn a new skill or do something else for 30 minutes.
During the evening routine, you get ready for tomorrow. You create your to-do list. You put your clothes near your bed. You cook your meals. You do whatever else you need to do to minimize decisions and time-wasters for the next day.
Routines save a ton of time. Use them and you’ll live more organized.
Aim for done over perfect:
When you’re a perfectionist, you have high expectations from yourself. And this leads to many problems.
- You waste more time preparing for work instead of doing the work
- You overthink everything to make sure you don’t miss any detail
- You procrastinate because you hate the idea of not being able to perform the best
And so on. Have you done all of these already? Then you need to stop. From now, instead of doing everything perfectly, aim to do everything on time.
Give yourself deadlines.
Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’re wrong. The best way to become good at something is practice. Maybe you don’t like this idea. But that’s the way life works.
Everybody makes mistakes. Get over it.
Stop searching for motivation:
Let me guess.
You believe you don’t work hard on your goals and projects because you’re not motivated enough.
Well, you’re wrong. Motivation is a limited resource. Most days you won’t be motivated to do anything. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be always productive. You can if you think in systems.
Here’s what I mean: Let’s say you want to read more. You can be motivated a week or two to do that. But then, what’s going to happen? Exactly, you’ll stop.
What if you’d use a system? You can set an alarm clock to remember you of doing this. Also, you can buy a book and put it in an easy-to-reach place, like the nightstand.
So, each time you’ll hear the alarm and you’ll be near the bed, it’ll be a no brainer for you to start reading. And when you finish, reward yourself. Watch an episode of your favorite tv show on Netflix.
Want another system?
Let’s say you want to publish a book. You can write 1,000 words every morning at 8:00 AM. To make sure it’s easy to start, you can put a notebook near your laptop for research. And you can reward yourself with a healthy breakfast after you’re done.
Ok, you get the idea.
Notice I didn’t talk just about habits. I also talked about a good environment and a reward.
Systems are made to guarantee your success. So, create as many of them as you can. If you do this, most of your time-management problems will be solved.
Change the way you talk:
Please stop with negative self-talk.
Each time you say something like ’’I’m such a lazy person’’ or ‘’I never finish things on time’’ you keep sabotaging yourself.
Why would you do that? There’s nothing wrong with you. Stop beating yourself up. Instead, start to appreciate yourself more.
Believe me, you’re good enough to accomplish your goals and finish your projects. You just need a new approach for that.
Know your limits:
It’s important to know you can’t become productive overnight.
However, if you apply these tips, you should see a change in your life after a short period of time.
The most important thing to know is your limits. Don’t go ‘’all in’’ to be productive. Take it easy. Otherwise, you’ll become overwhelmed and return to your old habits. You don’t want that.
You can become more productive if you work on your mindset.
Forget about motivation. And stop to search for apps. Start to think differently. That’s the key to get more results.
Before you go, tell me this: Which of these tips did you find the most useful?
Do you know any other tip for a productive mindset?
Leave a comment.