These 3 Basic Truths Will Significantly Boost Your Productivity
Productivity can be summarised in one word “FOCUS.” This is the easiest way to remember what being productive is all about. 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. Our feelings most of the time stop us from doing what we know we should be doing to achieve more during a day.
Here are three basic truths back by science that can help you significantly increase your productivity and get the most out of your days.
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.
According to neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, it is our feelings that decide for us 95% of the time. You feel before you think and 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 feelings and not logic. Therefore, taking actions is the number one secret to win the battle against your feelings and get more out of the day.
My advice, attack the most important tasks whether you feel like it or not. Remember Nike’s slogan “Just Do It.”
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 only takes five seconds to change your life. The moment you have an instinct to act, 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 only a five seconds window between the instinct, the urge, the should, and before the brain 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. That is how 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 feelings will never be in alignment with what’s is best for you, you can start using the 5 Second Rule as a tool to beat your feelings.
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 and increase productivity.
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 essential daily tasks and decide to deliberately accomplish them today and not 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 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.