Productive thinking is somewhat of an automatic thought process; or this is what most people believe. Your actions are directed by your thought process. So, if you want to become more productive, it helps to understand how productive people think. Even if this way of thinking doesn’t come naturally to you, you can adopt these principles and apply them to your own work life.
Productive Thinking – Where to Begin
People who are the most productive are clear about their priorities. They know some things are more important than others and they’re able to attack the most important things first.
If this isn’t your usual habit, start each day by making a list of tasks and placing them in order of priority. This will help you to get the most important things done first and even help you to eliminate tasks that really aren’t necessary.
Understanding priorities also makes it easy to delegate tasks and avoid things taking your attention away from reaching your goals.
Plan for success
Productive people generally make a plan. They may schedule their next day at the end of the current work day. This makes it easy to jump right into work the next day without having to take time to decide what’s next on the list. One of the key elements I recommend to my clients regarding their ‘to-do’ lists and daily task plan is whatever doesn’t get done or completed today, move it immediately to the top of the list for tomorrow.
Eliminate time wasters
There are many things throughout the day threatening to take away from your productivity. Productive people know how to put those time-wasters on the back burner and stick to the important work.
It could be social media, chatty coworkers, emails, text messages, phone calls, or reading online news preventing you from getting business done. Set those things aside and schedule a specific time when you’ll allow yourself to participate in those things.
A great tip is to put your phone on “Do-Not-Disturb” or “Focus”. This will quiet your notifications and allow you uninterrupted time to stay focused.
Next Level Productivity
People who are productive are happy to take responsibility for both their successes and their failures. Rather than looking to point the finger at someone else, they make sure to stay accountable for their work.
Learn from mistakes
When you’re working to be more productive, it helps to understand your mistakes are your tools for learning. Productive people are aware they will make mistakes. But they look to learn from them instead of letting the mistakes throw them off course or cause them to quit.
Productive people also know it’s important to have the right tools to do the job. Translation? Having a high quality computer, the proper software and even the right desk setup will empower you to better focus and improve your productivity. When you have what you need in your workspace, it helps you to get more done; be more efficient with your time as well.
Think about your own productivity levels. Where can you make changes in your mindset to become more productive? Are there tools you’ve not embraced because you’ve been fearful of the learning curve? Or maybe taking responsibility has been difficult for you with both how transparent you are to yourself as well as other. Begin by making small changes. These can and will lead to big results for you and your business.
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