Mindset is everything.
Your mindset affects how you react to situations, what you believe in, how you conduct yourself with friends, family and colleagues and most importantly if you’re in business it affects how much you achieve. Do you also know how mindset affects your productivity?
We are all products of our upbringing and therefore all have patterns of behaviour that may be holding us back from achieving what we want. It depends on the person how much those old patterns of behaviour affect our day to day lives and it also depends what you want to achieve.
This post will focus on how our mindset holds us back from being productive. If you are a business owner and a mum then your time is most likely limited. A success mindset and thinking big will help you achieve your goals even if you have limited time.
Read on to discover the 6 ways that I believe your mindset affects your productivity.
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Motivation is great when you have it but it can quickly diminish often leaving us with a sense of failure for not being able to keep up the motivation for whatever task it was for. One of the ways to install motivation for the long term is to know our core values. If we are values driven then the motivation we have for tasks comes from a much deeper place. For example, if one of your core values that live by is to be fit and healthy then your motivation to exercise and eat well is more likely to stick around.
Think about this for your business. If you had financial security for your family on your values list then earning more money will be a motivator to complete tasks. If your motivation is high then it follows that your productivity will be high. Just be careful that you are being productive on the right tasks!
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I’m talking about the ability to bounce back when things don’t go your way. How many times have you tried something new in your business only for it to fail and then you feel like throwing in the towel. It happens. In fact failure is a huge part of growth. How we react to things not going our way can be the difference between success and failure. By seeing failure as a lesson we are more likely to bounce back with a ‘brush yourself off and try again’ attitude and therefore keep achieving goals.
Our attitude greatly affects how much we achieve everyday. The power of positive thinking is immense. The way we tackle challenging jobs, boring tasks or new tasks that require some learning before they can be achieved will 100% affect our productivity on a daily basis. Think about your attitude towards certain tasks and always try to see the positive.
4. Self Belief
One of the biggest productivity suckers is a lack of self belief. If you have doubt in your mind or feelings of inadequacy, it’s likely that you will procrastinate. Procrastination is just a habit that tries to keep us in our safe place when we attempt something we’re not familiar with. Those uncomfortable feelings that come up are ones that we generally want to run away from.
If you experience imposter syndrome then your self belief is likely to be low and therefore your output will be low.
Increase your self belief by listing your positive personality traits and then list what you are good at in terms of your life, work and family. Ask your family and friends what you are good at. Stay in your lane when it comes to your business to stop any comparison with others. Lastly, unfollow people on social platforms if they give you feelings of inadequacy.
Are you able to visualise your future? Do you imagine yourself living a certain lifestyle or having certain things? If you have a clear vision of what your life or business will be like, you are far more likely to achieve your goals. Be mindful though that just setting goals does not necessarily guarantee that they are reached. It is a good idea to start with the end in mind. How do you want your life to look? Where do you see your business in 10 or 15 years. Laying out your vision and regularly revisiting it will provide you with motivation to hit your goals.
We’ve all heard of work life balance. I mean isn’t finding the perfect balance the big dream? Energy is an essential ingredient for productivity. If you are aware of the need to preserve your energy and implement self care into your routine then your output will improve. Burnout is no good for anyone. Too much work, stress or pressure will only lead to a reduction in productivity in the long run. Ensure there is balance in your life and your business will thank you for it.
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Hopefully this post has helped you understand your how your mindset affects your productivity. As i said at the beginning, mindset is everything. If i can give you any advice to improve your business then it is to work on your mindset. It will be hugely beneficial in the long run.
If you are interested in exploring this further then a great book to read as a starting point is Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi. Check out his website here.