Productivity Mindset: 5 Ways to Trick Your Mind into Being More Productive 83

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There are times in your personal development process when progress just doesn’t seem to happen no matter what new strategy you try.

That’s when you need to work on your mindset and literally trick your mind into believing you’re being productive. Once it believes you, it will make you get things done in no time and without any effort. Here are 5 ways to do that today:

Developing a Productivity Mindset

1. Just do something.

One action immediately leads to another. Taking the first step, however, seems to be the hard part.

That’s why you should start super small. Just get out of bed, or leave your apartment. Throw away the junk food. Do a research related to something you want to achieve. Buy a membership for the gym. And so on.

Doing this itself will make it easier for you to take the next step.

2. Affirmations.

When you’re stuck, you’ll have to give that one a try.

A few times throughout the day repeat to yourself that you’re good at time management, get things done and are being productive.

For maximum effect, say it out loud while looking in the mirror. That’s the so-called mirror technique and it’s a powerful exercise many successful people have tried. Repeat it long enough, and soon or later your mind will believe you.

3. See the bigger picture.

Let’s say you’re being lazy, while there’s a ton of stuff to get done. Your mind will start coming up with excuses as to why you shouldn’t start now, but you’ll stop it and will focus on the big picture instead.

Think of the effect not doing anything right now will have on you later. In the evening, for example, you’ll feel a bit upset and disappointed for not completing your to-do list. You’ll feel weak and will have lost the battle with procrastination one more time. Tomorrow you’ll be left behind and will have to work twice as much.

Imagining all this will remind you of how smarter it is to just get things done right away. And compared to the possible negative outcomes, taking action immediately doesn’t feel that bad.

4. Get a motivation boost.

Have a clear vision of your goal. Imagine reaching it. Feel good about it now. Visualize the picture in details.
That should inspire you to take action now and will become your driving force.

5. Surround yourself with productive people.

If you’re always around lazy people, you won’t get anything done. As even if you do one thing, you’ll feel accomplished, while in reality it will be nothing.

So avoid such company. Instead, look for energetic and motivated individuals, who are always working on something, completing tasks and being active.

So what will you do today to build a productivity mindset?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.