Does becoming more productive seem like an impossible task for you? It could be that you’re missing a few key pieces.
Does it seem that productivity belongs to the few super successful people who appear to have it all together? If you’ve ever looked at someone and thought “How does she do it all?”, let me tell you, it’s not in her drinking water.
Drinking water’s part of the story, but it’s a small piece in a much bigger picture.
What productive people know
Here’s the thing. Being more productive isn’t about how many items you can knock off your to-do list in a day. It isn’t about being in every committee meeting, cooking every meal from scratch and rocking the baby to sleep while you update your CV.
After studying productivity for years, I’ve discovered some things that productive people all know and do. They’re not hard. And if you begin to implement these things in your life, you’ll become more productive too.
1. Being productive is holistic
Being productive is more than having an effective task management system. Sure, having an organised to do list is great. But our to-do lists are only a small slice of the pie. Productivity is a lifestyle. You need to have a productive lifestyle from the ground up. That means, having productive habits with your mind and body as well as your actions.
Having a well-oiled task management system will only get you so far if you haven’t got a productive mindset and you aren’t physically able to handle your tasks.
There’s little point oiling the task management cog when the rest of the machine is rusty and falling apart.Productivity is a lifestyle.Click To Tweet
2. It all starts with your mind
Any change you want in your life starts in your mind. Martin Luther King famously said, “I have a dream.” And the whole idea behind the movie Inception is that a single thought or idea, once it’s taken root, has the ability to change the course of your life.
It all starts with your mind. Our brains are powerful and hold the key to unlocking new behaviours and changing the paths of our futures.
If you want a different future, you need to change your actions, and that all starts with your mind. What are you focusing on? Which fears are you allowing to hold you back? What do you believe in the core of your being? What future are you envisioning for yourself?
A single thought or idea, once it’s taken root, has the ability to change the course of your life.Click To Tweet
3. Manage your energy
Once you’ve got your mind focused on your goal, you need to be able to handle the job of acting on your goals each day. In short, your body needs to be physically able to handle the demands of your life. If your reality is running the kids around to various activities, holding down a job, cooking the meals and cleaning the house – that’s the truth of what’s really going on in your life. Can your body handle the truth?
4. Habits hold power
The last point you need to know is that your habits are more powerful than you realise. Aristotle once said that “We are the sum of our actions, and therefore our habits make all the difference.”.
We’re all creatures of habit. We do the same things more often than not. We go through the same routines day in and day out. Trust me. Even as someone who would proudly proclaim that I never woke up at the same time because I was a creative artist, I still had routines. I just never acknowledged them.
And that’s the thing. The habits we don’t acknowledge or even think about are the most powerful. They’re the ones that are defining our lives. What habits and routines do you have in your life? How are they defining your future?
The actions you repeatedly do (or don’t do) are crucial to giving you a different future.
You can be more productive. Make a decision today to focus on your goals, take care of your body and determine the habits that will get you there.