A Motivated Mindset Can Double Your Productivity
A Sneak Preview of the “Motivated Mindset”
During week five of my course, we focus on different ways to create a motivated mindset within yourself. Learners are guided to create the ideal mindset with which to approach tasks – both the enjoyable and excruciating ones. This includes ways to utilize the natural breaks in your attention and having fun practicing ways to change the context of those unappealing tasks.
This post offers a preview of the Motivated Mindset module in my course. I hope you find it helpful.
Just as we setup interventions for your triggers in a previous post, you can create ways to make your averted tasks more fun by utilizing a personal Enjoyment Plan for those Disliked Tasks. Below is part of the template that learners get in my program.
Goals vs. Intentions
Many people confuse goals and intentions. A goal is something outside of yourself that you aim to achieve. An intention is the way you go about pursuing your goal. If your goal is the target, your intention is how you hold your bow. Your intentions toward your goals are an important determination in whether you reach them or not.
Willpower is a finite resource. Therefore, the more we can assist it with positive strategies and habits, the more willpower we will have when we need it. Some habits are easier to develop than others. There are some habits that will never succeed, such as me waking at 4:30 to exercise.
Examine Your Habits
If your habits aren’t sticking, it’s a good idea to look into whether you’re really on-board with them. Ask yourself how the desired habit fits into your life and whether you’re willing to change your life to accommodate it. For example, I’m not willing to go to bed at 8 PM in order to get up at 4:30 AM to fit in a workout before I start my day. However, I would be willing to get up 15 minutes earlier to take a quick run around the block to get my blood flowing.
You might be able to reach your broader goal by evaluating both the “what” and the “how.” Perhaps a morning routine that contributes to your productivity, such as an exercise program to keep you fit will work better with a different habit. Or maybe an adjustment to your intended habit will make the difference.
If you’ve determined that your intended habit fits you well, but it’s still not sticking, then look at the broader purpose of the habit and determine if other, perhaps easier or more suitable habits could deliver the same result. Also examine whether the new habit fits into your schedule and how you might tweak either one to make it work.
Positive Habit Development
Habit development can be assisted by documentation or journaling. Just as logging your procrastination re-directs your focus and makes a game with your rewards, you create a motivated mindset with habit formation. My course offers the New Habit Adoption Log to encouraged learners to game-ify their positive habits.
The best way to anchor all of your progress in place is to make a commitment. Commitment can be a tricky thing. As with all of the other strategies, in order to be the most effective, it has to fit you like a glove. Too large of a commitment can leave you discouraged. A commitment that is too small can leave you bored and undermine your progress. Look for balance in your commitment and write it down. Remember that as you progress, your commitment needs to adjust as well.
To successfully make any major personal change, especially in the area of procrastination, you need:
- Tactics and strategies that are a close fit to you and your life situation (see previous post)
- Documentation and accountability (link to blog)
- Flexibility to adjust and change as you and your circumstances change
- Commitment to your goals.
If you need help with any of this to take charge of your procrastination, check out my course, Transform Your Procrastination. Or comment below with your questions. I will reply directly to you.
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