We are busy, all of the time it seems, and we’re all being asked to do more with increasingly less time and resources. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could somehow just snap our fingers and get it all done?
Being more productive, and getting more accomplished each day requires more than wishful thinking. Productivity is like any other good habit, it’s a skill that each of us can develop with enough practice. Over time, adopting the following five traits will help you to get more accomplished each day.
Increase Your Focus. It’s easy to get caught up thinking and obsessing about things we can’t control or to become distracted by all of the other, more enjoyable things that there are to do with our time other than our work. Taking our eyes off of our primary goals and objectives, however, wastes time. You’ll get more done each day if you actively look for ways to eliminate interruptions and distractions while you work. As you focus on the tasks at hand, don’t be afraid to ask others for help, and consider delegating tasks that are better suited to others.
Increase Your Effectiveness by Managing Your Energy and Eliminating Negativity. A lot of us not only waste time when we should be focusing on our work but, we also manage our energy unwisely a well. We can increase our ability to get more done by taking steps to better manage and enhance our energy levels. This means adopting practices that boost our physical and mental health, such as increasing our nutrition, getting enough rest and taking the time to exercise. We can also boost our energy levels and morale by avoiding negative situations or people that sap our energy and instead choosing to surround ourselves with people that inspire and encourage us and build our energy.
Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Stop Letting Doubts Hold You Back. Are you so afraid or failing, or being embarrassed that you are your own worst enemy? Do you let false, self-limiting beliefs hold you back from taking risks and putting forth your best effort? If your mind is full of visions of obstacles and what can go wrong, regain your focus and reclaim your life by changing the channel on negative self-talk and doubts. Focus on what can go right about a given situation and what steps you need to take to achieve your objectives. Practice visualising how you will feel and what will happen when things go well, and keep pressing forward towards your goals!
Leave the Past in the Past. Learn from Your Mistakes, but Then Move On. Each of us has made mistakes and has failed at something. Rather than wasting time and energy remaining trapped in the past, resolve to learn from the experience and quickly move on. Continuing to mull over in your mind all of the mistakes and errors that you have made will not help you. When you make a mistake, ask yourself what you have learned from the experience, what you would change in the future, what steps you need to take to improve your performance and then move on and allow the experience to become part of the foundation that is paving the path to your future.
Keep Growing. As we get older and past hurts, mistakes and errors pile up, it can be tempting to stick with what we know and what is familiar to us and get stuck in the rut of established routines and outdated ways of thinking and doing things. If we want to maintain our effectiveness and increase our productivity, however, we must seek ways to continue to grow. We can encourage new growth within ourselves by remaining open to new experiences and ways of thinking and finding ways to improve and develop new skills. Pursuing growth and development not only improves our productivity and effectiveness, but it also builds our passion for living and the joy we obtain from our lives!