It seems that most of us are quite busy nowadays. There are so many things we want to accomplish, yet so little time. This is what makes it crucial for us to perfect our organizational skills, in order to maximize the time we have at our disposal. It can be quite disappointing to have a lot of things on your mind and, nevertheless, fail to accomplish them because of lack of productivity, motivation, perseverance, so on and so forth.
But if you took the time to think about it, you would realize that your mindset is what matters the most when it comes to productivity. However, how would you define a productive mindset? Or, better said, which are the fundamental elements of a productive mindset? We would like to outline them in the following paragraphs.
We could definitely argue that motivation is an irreplaceable part of productivity. In truth, you cannot attain a high level of productivity without motivation. Motivation actually represents the fuel that enables us to accomplish our goals and targets.
But how is it that you find your motivation? It can be difficult to do this, especially if you’ve gotten used to embracing a negative outlook. But motivation allows you to look beyond the effort you direct for accomplishing your goals and anticipating the satisfaction associated with achieving them. If you don’t think of this, it will be nearly impossible to maintain a productive mindset.
To that end, take the time to answer the following question: what drives you towards success? What is it that makes you work hard? After doing that, you should hold these elements in mind so that you can work towards bettering yourself.
Moving on, persistence represents another key element that is interlinked with productivity. Without being persistent in your approach, you will less likely reach your goals. This applies in all domains; for example, a defense attorney ought to be persistent in order to have a winning case. Without a persistent outlook, one is less likely to attain success in this view.
At the same time, we could say that persistence allows you to overcome setbacks. Since setbacks are part of our lives, we might be tempted to give up on us due to setbacks. But, persistence enables us to learn from these experiences and use them to our advantage.
Furthermore, a productive mindset wouldn’t be possible without self-confidence. When you are confident in your own capabilities and skills, you know that you are capable of doing what you’ve set your mind to do. Many times, we fail to reach our highest potential because we lack self-confidence; we think little of our own capabilities, which prevent us from attaining greatness.
Nonetheless, when we change our viewpoint regarding our own capabilities, things differ. To that end, take the time to analyze your skills and capabilities and determine what you can accomplish with them.
We could say that self-confidence is associated with a positive attitude. To be frank, it is quite challenging, if not impossible, to achieve difficult things without having a positive outlook. In truth, it is a negative outlook that deters us most of the time to do what we are capable of doing. Statistically speaking, positive work cultures have a higher productivity level than others.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that we can eliminate negativity from our lives altogether. To that end, we will experience negative thoughts every now and then, but we shouldn’t allow them to rule over us and possess our mindset. On a final note, each and one of us should strive to remain positive to promote productivity.
Moreover, focusing on more than one thing at the same time can feel overwhelming. At first glance, you might think that multitasking allows you to stay on top of things, doing a lot of things at the same time, but that is only a false impression. Research actually points that multitasking restricts productivity.
This is why you should make a habit out of focusing exclusively on one single thing. Afterward, you will realize that your productivity level will notably enhance.
Each of us attains a high level of productivity when we have a specific rhythm or routine that we customize depending on our needs. This is why we cannot say that there are given aspects that apply in all case scenarios. We are different, which is why we work at different rhythms and we have different routines.
To conclude, these are the key elements of a productive mindset. Of course, there may be other ingredients worth noting, but we outlined the ones we think to be vital. If you have anything else you’d like to add to this list, feel free to include your suggestions in the comment section below!
Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books–written by men–barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.