What do you think about when you see theword productivity? Maybe you think about focusing on a single taskmaybe. You visualize a full list of tasks that have already been crossed off ormaybe, getting into a flow at work where time seems to pass you by and you hustlethrough all of your assignments. Whatever productivity means to you, it's somethingthat you can achieve see, productivity, isn't just a course of actionproductivity is a state of mind and I'm gon na give it to you hard a lot.
Ofrecent research says that productivity is correlated with the trait calledconscientiousness. It'S a personality, trait that you can't really change, butthere's, also, research that contradicts this and says that you can push yourboundaries. If you work on it, you can change your brain and I've seen ithappen I've. Seen lazy people change their efficiency, but that's becauseyou're literally changing your brain. Now we can mimic some conscientiousnesshabits and through those habits we can start to rewire our brain to become moreproductive and I'm going to show you those habits. If you can rewire yourbrain to be more productive, you will start writing to-do lists and crossingeverything off of them before you even know, ittip number one is to start in the morning.
Some light tells our brains whento get up and when it's time to wind down, so I suggest setting your alarmclock as the Sun rises and specifically, if you can a little bit earlier to giveyourself time to get things done earlier, have you ever experienced a morning? Whenyou, wake up, feeling, refreshed and you're ready to take on the day only the nextday, you feel groggy and irritable. Well, when we sleep our bodies move throughdifferent cycles. If we wake up at the wrong time in those cycles, we might feeltired and lethargic throughout the entire morningwell a simple way to combat this is by downloading an app something like sleepcycle at night. You give the app a range of time when you'd like to get up andyou place the phone near your bed, based on your sleep cycle.
The app will get youup at a time when you should feel refreshed and ready to take on the dayand trust me. I'Ve tried this before and it usually works. Tip number two is asegmented schedule, so you're up and you're awake and you're ready for theday. Now, what well you need to rewire your brain to think by the hours of theclock from 9:00 to 10:00, You will focus on project a from 10:00 to 11:00 youwill focus on project B from 11:00 to noon. You will focus on project C Irecommend, setting your schedule ahead of time to fit in all of the tasks thatyou'd like to get done for the day, A lot of people nag, and they say I can't workby a schedule I feel constrained. Well then, you're setting up your schedulewrong. You should set it up with stuff that you want to do. You should rewardyourself treat yourself like a worker, thatyou've hired and if you don't reward or pay that worker - and you just give them awhole bunch of stuff to do you'd hate that schedule to a schedule should be ahelpful tool, not a confining jail.
Also, don't forget to add breaks to yourschedules, leave your distractions or miscellaneous tasks to these designatedbreak times, something like an email, a Facebook message or a daydream. Cancompletely derail your entire focus and if your brain knows that it has a breakcoming up in a few minutes, it's more likely to put that distracting thoughtaside until that break, something I highly recommend looking into is thePomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a way to schedule. Two hoursof work with small breaks and long breaks in between it's one of the mosteffective and proven ways to focus on a task at hand for just the right amountof time. Tip number three is productive awareness. Now it can be hard to stopyourself from getting carried away with distracting thoughts. This lack ofawareness is like the number one killer of all productivity. Luckily, it's easy totake control of your awareness and use it to your advantageawareness requires recognizing where you are and what you are doing in thepresent moment kind of, like meditation, take some time to be aware of yoursurroundings right now, what's happening in the room where you're sitting Whatparts of your body are making contact with the chair to the table or computeror the articles of clothing that you're wearing
What do you see? What do you heareven weirder? What do you smell? Have you been reading and digesting thewords in front of you or have you been distracted by other thoughts? If you knowthat you get distracted easily and have trouble staying aware of the presentmoment, I highly recommend meditating or taking a workshop based on mindfulnessthese activities, can help you stay aware of your surroundings and thoughts. Allday long and on the same note, you need to control your environment as much aspossible trying to find a place where distractions won't creep up on. Youpeople won't come up to you and you won't be daydreaming out. The window. Asyou learn to be more aware of all of your thoughts.
You will see distractionscoming from a mile away and hopefully you'll be able to shut them down. Tipnumber four is to hold yourself accountable schedules work because theygive you an idea of what's coming up and they also give you a goal to pursue. Whenyou see that it's 2:30 and you know you have another half hour left to completean assignment. You know that you can ramp up your focus or maybe give yourself alittle bit of slack. Everyone works at different paces and if you want to betruly productive, you have to find the pace that works for you, as you createyour schedule, give yourself some time to make notes throughout the day when didyou feel tired, what helped you focus, maybe what distracted you youprobably Start to notice patterns after a couple days - maybe you always feeltired at 2:30 in the afternoon or maybe you'll feel better on the days that youdo yoga in the morning, I give a more in-depth guide to tracking your naturalproductivity states in my full psychology, a Productivity course Buti'Ll talk a little bit more about it at the end of this video once you start torecognize the times when you feel most productive of the tools that help youyou can start to create a schedule that works for you and makes you moreproductive tip number five is Positive validation: did you accomplish your firsttask of the day in a timely manner? Well, congrats! That'S great that you did thatmake sure you take a moment to cross that task off your list and pat yourselfon, the back metaphorically positive validation can train you and your brainto chase.
Anything including productive habits and a laser beam focus just usebasic conditioning to reward yourself see our brains naturally seek rewardsand. They try to retreat from pain. If you can rewire your brain to frameproductivity as a truly rewarding way to live, your brain will start to craveproductivity and it will look for a day full of accomplishments. Affirmations andpositive validations show your brain that you truly want to cross tasks. Offyour list you want to stay healthy, that you wantto make money or do whatever it is that you actually want to do. For example, whenI've had a really productive day when I've gotten a lot of stuff done. I'Lltake, some friends to a movie or I'll go out to eat at a nice restaurant. I wantto rewire, my brain so that productive day equals fun evening and it's workingtoo, because when I start thinking about what I want to do in the evening for funmy brain automatically looks for things to work on
I know it's kind of weird andit's kind of a difficult feeling to explain, but you should definitely try. Itnumber six is to manifest your productivity. Do you really see yourselfas a productive person? Maybe you don't today is the day to rewire your brainand change, your own attitude. You need to throw out any doubts or memories of lazydays, because today you are a productive person. That'S just who you are get ityou need to continue to manifest positive thoughts and visualize yourselfas, a productive person that you want to be to give you some insight into this Icreated a full to our course on the psychology of belief and within theresearch process. I learned that the best way to be motivated towards something isto, think of that trait. As part of your identity, you might think I'm aproductive person who gets loads of meaningful work done, and you should tellyourself that that would be an affirmation and you need to tellyourself that until you start to believe it, because the sooner you start tobelieve that you're productive. The easier it will be to sit down scheduledyour task for the day and actually get them alldone
I suggest creating a mantra or an affirmation for yourself that sayssomething along the lines of I'm productive, keep this mantra in your backpocket and repeat it every morning Whenever you feel like you're, not beingproductive, and your brain starts to pick up on this mantra, it will rewire Itselfand, You will believe that you can get everything done on your list. See. Ourminds are fascinating. Subjects to study human minds have similar habits. Andcertain habits can trick anyone's mind into becoming more productive. This isthe idea behind the psychology of productivity. It'S an online course thatI created that will help make you a more productive person. If you want to learnmore about the specific tactics and mechanisms that make someone a superproductive industrious person, the psychology of productivity is a provensystem to accomplish more helped. You defeat procrastination and take controlof your day using tactics backed by psychology. You can check out more aboutthe full course and some of the results that past students have had by checkingout the link in the description.