If you’ve ever watched a sporting competition and marveled at the discipline of elite athletes, individuals who work hard each and every day to ensure their bodies can move faster and longer than their competitors, you have to recognize they live differently than others.
In business, have you ever been surrounded by highly effective individuals, who put in 10-12 hour days and are highly successful and wonder what you would need to change in order to function at that level?
Think about Newton’s First Law of Motion which states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force. In other words, once you start moving, you stay moving.
Being productive in your life operates on that principal. Saeed Al Mutafiq, Chairman at Rise recently wrote that “Living your life to the fullest, both personally and professionally is about developing a mindset. For me there are 48 hours in a day. My own built-in alarm wakes me at 6:30 a.m. From that moment my mind is in overdrive thinking about the day ahead.“ He writes about looking ahead, not procrastinating and making time of the essence.
In other words, being more productive doesn’t mean ingesting more caffeine or making long to do lists, it really is about reworking your mindset.
Productivity expert Tony Wong shared his insights on what he does during his work week to be more productive.
Take More Breaks. Plowing through your workload doesn’t make you more productive. Your body and brain give you signals that it’s time to take a break. That’s why you probably won't see a highly productive person eating lunch at their desk. They recognize when it’s time to refresh. Get up, take a walk, meditate – you get the idea. Move away from the work for a short period of time to help your brain recharge.
Don’t start your day with email. The digital age we live in means we’re never not connected to work. It’s become an addiction to check email every few minutes on whatever device is closest. Stop. Use your mornings for yourself. Work out, eat breakfast, read the paper, talk to your kids. This will help give you the fuel you need, both mentally and physically to start your day.
Another great way to be more productive – Stop Saying Yes to Everyone and Everything. I watch this happen particularly with people who are just starting their careers. They raise their hands for everything to get noticed. They want to be the superstar. The problem is, you can’t do everything really well and, if you’re raising your hand for those special projects or favors, when do you concentrate on your actual job? Make good choices when you’re taking on extra projects so that you can focus on what really needs to get done.
Ultimately being more productive means having more self-discipline like those elite athletes we mentioned previously. Just a note, so you don’t beat yourself up, you can’t get more self-discipline, it’s not like flipping a switch – today I will start to be more disciplined.
Discipline is really about developing better routines. Talk to a world-class athlete and they will tell you they have been doing the same routine since they were kids. Practicing, eating well, exercising are all engrained behaviors. So think about developing new routines and it may help you be more productive.
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