Productivity Tips That Actually Work

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Productivity is first and foremost – a state of mind.

Productivity is important – it’s what employers look for and it’s a habit that keeps you moving to get things done. Yours truly had productivity issues because of a toxic habit that messed up my life: procrastination. No matter how many articles I read or how many tricks I tried to do, nothing seemed to work. I just kept procrastinating and doing things last minute, and that doesn’t translate well when you’re adulting.

Overwhelmed with work and always stressed with deadlines, I realized that I was never realistically going to accomplish anything, and one day, something clicked. I paid attention to how I felt: I always felt guilty. When I did get things done on time, I was actually able to enjoy my hobbies and not always feel like there’s something that I need to do. So I changed my outlook and my productivity levels started to improve as much as I was willing to change. That was my motivation. I hope these tips will help you too, as they truly have for me.

Productivity Starts with Stopping Procrastination

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Procrastination is a total buzzkill and a joy-sucker. You know you have something to do and you know that it needs to get done, but you just don’t want to do it right now. The particular task that you’re putting is a negative association in your mind, and it’s making you feel bad, guilty, or just irritated because it’s at the back of your mind no matter what you do.

I stopped procrastinating when I decided I wanted to really be happier, which meant stopping time-wasting habits like Facebook on the spot, and not opening the platform until I finished what I needed to finish. If I had to write something, I’d open the document. If I needed to reorganize a messy room, I started with the real easy stuff first, like picking up obvious things and putting them in their place.

I immediately stopped feeling bad, and you will too – I promise. As it turns out, my reasoning wasn’t too far off; researchers found that to change procrastination, you need to regulate your emotions better.

Productivity Means Giving A Damn About Yourself

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It doesn’t matter whether you have the best motivational speaker coaching you or if you’re the most intelligent person in the planet – if you don’t want to change for the better, you won’t. And you have to be pretty serious, intense, even angry about it. The desire to change is one thing, but the internal power to actually make that change and learn how to is very different.

Have you given up on yourself or have you become too used to the way you are that you don’t see a point in change? That mindset will hurt you in the long run. It’s impossible for things to change the same if an action is taken, remember that. All you have to do is change one small thing – just one. It’ll start to make a difference, and the more you change, the more your life will.

Productivity Happens When You Stop Lying To Yourself

Productivity simply means measuring good results based on your input through seeing the output. You know what’s holding you back from being a productive person even if you don’t want to admit it yourself.

Perhaps you never finished that college degree. Perhaps your spouse is not supportive of your goals. Perhaps you’re in the wrong job. Maybe you’re too embarrassed to put yourself out there because you’re shy. Whatever the case, and whatever is holding you back is also hard to admit to yourself before you admit it to others. But once you do that, really dig deep and find the root cause that’s holding you back, you’ll want to start fixing that, and that’s what inspires change and your output will be positive as a result.

Productivity Means Stopping Bad Habits

I used to think my memory was so amazing, that I’d always remember anything I needed to. Then I got in trouble for it, because I’m a human and I forgot. I had to learn it the hard way, that I will most likely mess up. Fortunately, this resulted in a desire to change my habit of thinking that my memory was superior and that I’m a special snowflake, because that’s not how things go. And like I mentioned above, that forced me to stop lying to myself.

I had to learn how to make a list and use a calendar – whether I liked it or not. Then I began to procrastinate until I remembered that I was going to stay like this for the rest of my life if I don’t change, and that I was being really stubborn about this. So I began to write down what I had, and immediately it felt good because I’m not worried anymore – I know what I need to do to get done, and I can break it down the way I want. I learned how to dominate my time, and not let my time dominate me.

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It’s not easy to be productive but it becomes a habit when you know what your faults are and change the way you think. Whatever you want to be more productive in, it’s important that you change your mindset and face your personality barriers that are keeping you from doing better. Because you deserve better.

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6 Responses

  1. Terra Dawn says:

    Great post!! Procrastination has always been one of my weak points…something I need to work on. 🙂

  2. Amber Young says:

    I am the world’s biggest procrastinator. Although it’s worked well with me (for some reason, I write my best work when I’m in a rush), I need to stop the habit anyway. Great tips!

    • Hiba Boutari says:

      I completely get it. When you’re in a rush, you have to do what you have to do – stat! With me, it was more that nagging feeling that did not allow me to enjoy anything once I knew I had to do something. That guilt I was talking about. Thank you so much for your comment!

  3. Corina Ramos says:

    This is a great post Hiba. I am the queen of procrastination. The funny thing is, I keep a list of things to do and have a calendar…I just haven’t found the missing link. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    Cori

    • Hiba Boutari says:

      Thank you so much Corina! I used to be in the same boat, but I got so tired of my attitude and realized that this was getting me nowhere. It’s not easy… give yourself credit for actually being organized!!!

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