Productivity has a lot to do with our mindset and our focus. I’ve found that it’s the little things in life that make the biggest difference. It is usually a small step taken, a kind word offered, an encouraging thought embraced that’s lead me to tremendous progress in my business and life.
Here’s a process you can use to maximize the progress you make in life and get closer to your life’s goals like becoming happier, healthier and more prosperous.
Making progress requires us to seek some clarity in our life before we make changes we need to make, if you want your life to work better that is. Meditation, affirmations, and journal writing are all powerful ways to create more clarity in your life. Clarity is about understanding, and understanding is vitally important in a healthy self-actualized person.
So let’s get clear on what works for us and what doesn’t work as well. Why? So we can make more progress in the areas that are most productive and reduce the time spent in areas that are not! Let’s start with some life accounting.
I want you to take a moment to make yourself comfortable where you’re sitting and take several long slow deep breaths in and out. It will feel great, go ahead and do so now.
Now if you’re in a safe place to do so, close your eyes and visualize times in your life where you’ve felt you achieved great progress that helped you achieve your goals and feel great about yourself. Allow yourself to enjoy that feeling again, you’re going to experience more and more of it soon!
When Michaelangelo created the statue of David, he said all he had to do is remove all the parts of the marble block that were not David and his work of art would be revealed.
Our happier healthier and more successful or productive life will be similarly revealed when we remove everything that is not really us! We can remove all that does not truly serve our mission in life just as Michaelangelo removed those pieces of marble from his statue.
Ask yourself, what isn’t really bringing me joy and fulfillment in my life? Ask yourself, what activities are creating tension and unhappiness for me? Then make a list of the biggest expenditures of your time that pay the least dividends in results moving you towards your life goals? You know, the things that suck the time out of your life so at the end of the day you say “Wow! where did my time go today?” Time is a precious commodity in our lives, it goes by very quickly! Wouldn’t it be great to make sure we spend or invest it wisely in things that bring us peace and move us towards our life’s goals?
This type of time-sucking low-yield payoff behavior might include hours and hours of social media, watching TV mindlessly, etc… so trust your instincts. You’ll know what they are because they tend to create negativity and tension in your life more than other activities do. I guarantee you you will instinctively know what these time-sucking behaviors are! I just named the big two for me. Social media and watching TV for the most part do not move me closer to my life’s goals. So being aware of this is the first step to progress.
Next, make a list of the tiny steps you could take to make the biggest results that move you further towards your life goals! Get out a pad of paper and pen and start writing. It taps into your subconscious mind more so than writing on your phone or computer.
Ask yourself a question. Ask yourself where have I experienced real progress in my life? Brainstorm it. Journal it. Think about it! Sit in silence, turn off your phone and take some long slow deep breaths. What activities do you do that have created a sense of joy in you?
What activities when you engage in them do you feel like you are really fully alive? What activities have connected you to people and places that created the best memories for you in your life?
Now start writing anything that comes to mind no matter what. You’ll find good clues arise. Write it all, write as much as you can.
I’ll give you some examples of what came up for me. My tiny productive steps include:
- Going for a short mindful walk in nature.
- Meeting new people at groups and meetups.
- Giving out a Happy Card to people.
- Quick naps.
- Listening to my favorite feel good music to energize me.
- Writing posts to share what inspires me.
- Encouraging people.
- Visualizing my goals.
- Doing bookkeeping.
- Cleaning 1 thing/area.
- Emailing a mentor/consultant/partner
- Saying my affirmations several times a day. (Get help with this here!)
Here’s an affirmation I use to help me focus on what’s most important in my life. It’s part of our 31 Affirmations & Incantations For Happiness Program! Try using it now and use it often .