You’re a busy person with a long “to-do” list to maintain every day. You’ve been working nonstop from morning to evening, and before you know it, the clock strikes 5 and you realize you’ve only checked off three items on your extensive list of responsibilities for the day.
How in the world did that happen!?
I’m sure many of you have had similar experiences at some point in your lives. And believe me when I tell you that your failure to accomplish your assigned tasks or meet your goals does not make you a lazy person. It has nothing to do with laziness.
It’s all because of your MINDSET.
Why Mindset is important?
Your mindset plays a critical role in how you cope with challenges. Your mind is the core of your every action and the consequent decisions. Research shows that mindsets play a significant role in determining life’s outcomes. By understanding, adjusting and shifting your mindset, you can become healthier, more productive and become more resilient to life’s challenges.
Observe the people around you. The most successful individuals in your life may not have everything sorted out, but they appear to manage their time and work well. What are they doing differently?
The secret behind their wins and successes is primarily their “Mindset”. It’s the mindset that separates the best from the crowd. And in this case, the secret is the “Productivity mindset”.
What is a Productivity Mindset?
Most people want to be as productive as they can be. They try to do as much as possible in the time available. However, there is a difference between “being busy” and “being productive”. You can work from day to night and still not be considered productive if you don’t complete your tasks. Having a productivity mindset means that you have a clear vision, you’re focused on your goals, and that you are using all of your own resources to attain those goals in an organized manner through proper prioritization.
So, how can you develop a productivity mindset in yourself? A good place to start would be to research and understand what characteristics of a productivity mindset you need to instill in yourself in order to improve your productivity.
5 attributes of a highly productive mindset
- Clear Vision: Procrastination often stems from not being able to envision what the end result looks like. This uncertainty might make it difficult to figure out what steps need to be taken to complete a task, which can discourage you from completing it. Always have a picture of what you’re trying to achieve in your mind . That vision will guide you and assist you in being more productive throughout the day. Visualization is an excellent approach to keep on track with your vision.
- Focusing on one thing at a time: I know, I know! The modern world swears by the importance of multitasking, yet trust me when I say that multitasking hurts rather than increasing total productivity. You’re not really doing two things at once. Rather, you’re hopping from one task to the next, neither of which is getting the full, uninterrupted attention it requires. Concentrating on one task at a time can enhance your productivity significantly. You’ll see you’ll get more tasks done in a day when you take on one task at a time.
- Being Active not busy: When you’re continuously busy but don’t get much done, it’s a sign that you don’t have an effective productivity management system in place. When you have a Productivity Mindset, you have a clear vision and laser focus. This allows you to be quick, efficient without being busy. It means that you’re active, not just a busy bee.
- Getting a Routine: You must have already let out a yawn at the word “routine” given how boring and uninspiring it sounds. But, creating a routine is monumental to creating an effective organizing system which in turn would boost your productivity.
This routine, however, does not have to be boring and rigid, with no space for flexibility. Each person has a unique ritual and routine, therefore you are free to build the routine anyway you like as long as it allows you to awaken your brain, motivate you, and give you a clear sense of your vision.
- Being Mindful: Being mindful can also help you develop a productive mindset. Being totally aware of each moment might help you achieve mental clarity and calmness. Live in the present. When you find your attention wandering in three different directions thinking about other commitments, it means that you have a productivity system in place that is set to fail.
Be focused and intentional about what you want to achieve. Every task you complete should contribute to your overall goal. If not, become more conscious of the goal you’re aiming for and what has to be done to get there.
So, next time you find yourself struggling to get things done and being more productive, consider evaluating your mindset. Productivity mindset is essential for determining what you want to achieve, deciding on your priorities and organizing accordingly. It may take some time to embrace and apply all the characteristics stated above, but the benefits are well worth the effort.
If you wish to embrace the productivity mindset by embracing the traits, there are a number of mind hacks, tactics, tools, and techniques that can assist you. Want to learn more? Check out my “Mind Training” program–a holistic mindset training program designed to improve all aspects of human life, which also includes productivity improvement.