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Being productive isn't about accomplishing more, but instead, it is about investing your time and attention in a strategic way to value-add your life, career, and relationships. One thing that you may fail to consider is the reason and motivation that drives you.
Often, your desire to be productive is based on a belief that it is what society expects from you, or because you think that you are being overloaded with a workload that you don't feel you can handle.
You might feel a desire to be more productive to impress your coworkers, or to seem like you are busy. While these reasons are valid, they are all external reasons. Other external reasons may include material things, money, or fame.
While money can be a legitimate motivator for many people, it is essential for you to consider whether or not there is something else that is driving you.
If your reason for wishing to be more productive is a shallow one that doesn't serve a higher purpose in your life, there is a good chance that it will just cease to motivate you down the line allowing your productivity to fall by the wayside quickly.
You need to take the time to consider what is driving your desire for productivity. If you need money to support your family, then the love you have for your family, a strong sense of duty, and sheer determination might be your driving factors. Or, perhaps you have found yourself in poverty, and your drive is the desire to improve your situation and yourself.
You need to determine what drives you on a deeper level and understand why you are working so hard. It is essential that you make sure that you know what you are striving to achieve. Only you know what drives you. Only you know what will make you wake up early and work hard. Only you know why you need to be more productive.
It doesn’t matter what you tell other people. It doesn’t even matter if it is true or not. You may tell people what they expect to hear, but it may not be your real reason. It does matter what you tell yourself.
You always want to be honest with yourself because your productivity will fall as quickly as it has risen. Continue to remind yourself why you are working so hard, and keep it in your heart and in your mind. If you can do this, then you are already half-way there.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic pill that you can take to fix your lack of productivity. It will take time and hard work to change how you work and before you see a permanent boost in your productivity.
Chapter 1 – Step One: Understanding Productivity and Finding Your Why
When you talk about productivity, you probably think it has to do with a company’s ability to produce a certain number of products and services during a single day. Or, you may think about the cost of the resources that went into the creating of those products and you gauge whether or not the company is productive and profitable. However, there is also your own productivity. How would you gauge whether or not you are a productive member of your community?
Being productive is about being able to deliver on both your professional and personal fronts because a complete and successful person is someone that is productive at home and at work.
Being productive is also a personal view because everyone has their own ideas regarding how productive they are throughout their day. You might think that if you managed to do all the tasks you've assigned yourself on a given day, that you were extremely productive. Or, you might think that since you managed to get a lot of work done within a short time that you have a productive day.
Then, there are those people who equate productivity with success and money. They might think they are productive because they have an expensive car or a large house. While others might think they’ve been productive because they’ve been able to accomplish activities that have made a difference in others’ lives, or in the conservation of the planet.
Ultimately, being productive is about being able to complete particular tasks on a given day that will help you attain the goals you’ve set for yourself in life. Each job that you get done successfully should take you one step closer to your goals.
This is what being productive is all about. Productivity also involves discovering your why and choosing the goals that are close to your heart and prioritizing them above others.
Finding Your Why
When it comes to becoming more productive, you have to be able to find your why. Your why is what gets you out of bed in the mornings, it’s the reason why you work hard at the office, and it is why you spend the extra hours studying. It is your motivation, your drive, and your reason for wanting to get things done.
Everyone's why is different, but it is essential that you find out what yours is and keep it close to your heart. Before you can begin to become more productive, you need to make sure that you have discovered your why, and that you put it into practice.