These 3 Basic Truths Will Significantly Boost Your Productivity

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Productivity can be summarised in one word “FOCUS.” This is a simple and easy-to-member way of what being productive is all about. If you want to increase your productivity, you need to increase your focus.

Today given all the distractions around us, including social medias, and the need to achieve a work-life balance, it seems impossible to get enough time to accomplish more tasks during the day and being productive as we would like to. Most of the time self-doubt and our feelings stop us from doing what we know we should be doing to achieve more during the day and in life.

Here are three basic truths back by science that can help you significantly increase your productivity and get the most out of your days.

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You will never feel like doing it

There are two kinds of people in life: those who say I am going to feel like it before I do it and those who say I am going to do it and I will feel like it. The truth is when it comes to doing what you should do, in most cases, you will never feel like it. That is why we always have the tendency to procrastinate the tasks we know we should complete and end up not doing them.

According to neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, it is our feelings that decide for us 95% of the time. You feel before you think. You feel before you act. Damasio investigated the role emotions play in our decision-making process. He studied people with damage in the part of the brain that were not able to feel emotions. He discovered that they all had something peculiar in common: they could not make decisions.

The truth is we often make decisions based on our feelings and not logic. So, taking actions is the number one secret to win the battle against your feelings and get more out of the day. Attack the most important tasks whether you feel like it or not. Remember Nike’s slogan “Just Do It.”

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It’s not big moves that define our lives, it’s the smallest ones

In her book “The 5 Second Rule”, Mel Robbins explains how it takes only five seconds to change your life. The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal you must countdown 5-4-3-2-1 and physically move or your brain will stop you.

Mel Robbins explains that our brain has been designed to protect us. There is a five seconds window between the instinct, the urge, the should, and before the brand stops the idea. If you don’t act immediately within those 5 seconds, you will lose the battle against your feelings.

Pushing yourself to take simple actions creates a chain reaction in your confidence and your productivity. By pushing yourself to take the simple steps of moving your life forward, you create momentum and experience a sense of freedom and power that’s hard to accurately describe.

The moment you realise that in most cases our feelings will never be in alignment with what’s is best for us, you can start using the 5 Second Rule as a tool to beat your feelings and brain.

I strongly recommend the book to anyone who wants to learn how to use the 5 Second Rule to master the skills of self-control, increase productivity and get what he wants in life.

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Focus on the 24-hours day 

The truth is we all have 24 hours a day. This is a brick by brick approach you can use as a trigger to increase your productivity and end procrastination. You can use this approach to stop putting off doing what you know is good for you and refuse to decide to deliberately do it tomorrow

The habit of procrastination is the biggest productivity killer. We procrastinate on priority activity because we feel like we can do it anytime later or tomorrow. According to Dr. Neil Fiore, in his best-selling book “The Now Habit,” procrastination is rewarding – it gives us temporary relief from the stresses in our lives, even though it may generate even bigger problems later on.

Focusing on the 24-hours you have every day will help you to track how you spend every hour each day and decide to use every hour more efficiently.

In conclusion, you cannot manage time. Time is out of your control. However, you can increase your productivity and get more out of the day by choosing to use simple techniques that can improve the quality of your life. Though these techniques have helped many people to become more productive, they require self-discipline and commitment to bring the desired outcome in one’s life.

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