Why Is Productivity SO Hard?! (And What You Can Do About It)
August 31, 2018
Honestly, why is productivity so hard? And what can you do about it?
I listen to Tony Robbins' podcast, and his productivity one was the inspiration for me writing this post.
Hopefully you get some nuggets out of this that you can apply to your own life.
We as human beings run off of habits, and these habits create certain patterns of behaviour.
Once these habits and patterns emerge over and over, they, quite literally, get wired into your brain thanks to your neurotransmitters.
Productivity entails the completion of tasks, which might be the ones you are excited to do, or not. But no matter what the emotions are saying, they've got to get done!
This is where procrastination comes into play. The reason why this happens is...
It's A LOT Easier To Prolong These Tasks, And Your Mind Makes A Justification As To Why It's Okay To Do So.
Let's break it down
If you finish a task that you're supposed to do, you...
Relieve pressure and anxiety
Are more inclined to get more done
Feel good about rewarding yourself, because you earned it
On the opposite spectrum, if you don't finish a task that you know has to get done....
Your reward comes much, much faster (people LOVE fast rewards)
This reward comes much faster, which is easier than getting a reward slower
So What Can We Do To CHANGE This Situation?
Firstly, you have to find out why you're last minute, what's your motivation?
- Is it because there's always stuff to do and you're backlogged?
- Is it because you thrive under pressure?
Both of these need a habit change, because that's what it comes down to.
If you are always backlogged with other tasks and are forced to do things last minute, then you need to prioritize tasks AND manage your time so you can complete them in a timely manner.
If you are one to thrive under pressure, you can create fake deadlines for yourself.
These require refocusing, re-aligning yourself, and re-amping your mojo to get things done!
As a closing note, I'd like to invite you to try a different way of thinking.
Next time you are completing a task, ask yourself questions like...
What would happen If I don't finish this now?
What's the feeling I get if I DO finish this task now?
Do I have other things lined up? If so, will it impede my flow if I don't finish this task now?
What do I have to gain if I complete this task now?
(Notice how I said gain, and not lose. We are re-framing your mind and how you think about this)
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