Are you looking to get things done at home, work, and school?
Do you want to be a more productive person every single day of the week?
An important part of being productive is keeping a positive and realistic mindset.
It certainly helps to have a stash of positive statements in your back pocket, especially when you’re feeling less than inspired, or overwhelmed by your daily routine.
In this post, I offer three things to remember if you want to be a more productive person.
Refer to these three gems the next time you need a productivity pick-me-up or a practical reality check!
“I can say ‘no’ to personal and professional events and functions.”
Do you accept invitations on autopilot? That is, do you say “yes” to personal and professional events and functions without first consulting your schedule or goals?
It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of blindly accepting invitations, especially when invitations are being your way in rapid succession.
Fortunately, you don’t have to perpetuate this vicious cycle. Remember: you always have a choice when it comes to invitations. You can choose to accept an invitation, or you can choose to decline it. You are never, ever, obligated to say “yes” to an invitation. It’s just an invitation, not a do or die situation!
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a more extreme approach… What would happen if you said “yes” to every social or professional invitation, event, or function you received in your life? How much time would you have in your life for yourself? That’s quite a thought-provoking question, now isn’t it?
Take the time you need to evaluate invitations. Don’t be afraid to decline an invitation, if need be.
“I can use my energy to complain about a task…or to complete it.”
Years ago, when I was a college student, I decided to run a simple experiment. For one week, instead of complaining about doing my homework or studying, I would just sit down and work.
It was a challenging seven days. I had to constantly watch and monitor my thoughts and actions, and course corrected myself daily. But the result was pure gold: my school tasks were completed in record time, plus, I felt more relaxed and less stressed.
Now, granted, this wasn’t the most original of productivity experiments. However, it taught me a lot about how much energy I automatically expended complaining…instead of taking action.
And that’s exactly the point I want to you to consider in your own life. How much mental and physical energy are you expending when it comes to procrastinating? What would happen if you took that delicious, pure energy, and put it towards your work? What would you accomplish? More importantly, how would you feel?
The next time you feel yourself getting ready to complain about a task, try this: stop yourself in your mental tracks, count to ten, and just do what needs to be done. The task will be over before you know it.
“It’s okay if my day doesn’t go as planned.”
Okay, so your meticulously scheduled day went completely off track by 9:15 a.m, thanks to your kitchen sink unexpectedly springing a massive leak, or a staffing emergency at work that requires you to take over a colleague’s assignment for the whole day. These can definitely be frustrating experiences, but let’s face it, things happen.
Part of being a productive person and good time manager is coming to terms with the ways of the world. It’s all about accepting of the ebb and flow of life.
Somedays, you’ll be able to check off every item off your to-do list. Other days, it will be a massive struggle to complete even a single task.
What’s the secret to riding through those bumpy, trying, and 100% frustrating times? The solution is to simply go with the flow. Accept that for that brief moment time, you’ll have to deal with the issue at hand.
The experience itself might not be all roses and sunshine, but it won’t be as stressful as constantly resisting and pushing against your situation, to no avail.
Do what you can, when you can. If today was a complete wash, remember that you can always pick up where you left off tomorrow.
How about you? Which of these statements are you going to keep in mind when it comes to getting things done at work, home, or school? Why? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!