5 Habits That Affect Your Attitude and Your Productivity

habits productivity Feb 27, 2021
5 Habits That Affect Your Attitude and Your Productivity

There are a lot of moving parts to become a more productive person.

In this article, I share five of them.

What you won’t find on this list are excuses, complaining, blaming, laziness, or bright shiny object syndrome.

Implementing each of these habits into your life will dramatically make you a more productive person.

Let’s go…

PEOPLE YOU HANG AROUND

The late Charlie “Tremendous” Jones used to say, “In five years, you’ll be the same person you are today except for the books you read and the people you meet.”

People called Charlie “Tremendous” because he called everyone else tremendous. (Source) How awesome is that?

I’ve never met Mr. Jones, but when people ask me how I’m doing, lately I’ve been replying “tremendous” because 1) it’s different, and 2) as a tip of the hat to Charlie.

You are being influenced, positively or negatively, by everyone you meet.

It’s important to set yourself up to be influenced more by positive and edifying people than those that are not.

Let’s get practical.

  • Write out a list of everyone you interact with regularly.
  • Next to each name, write “positive”/“edifying”/”tremendous” or “negative.”

Next, create a plan on how you can spend more time with those who are positively influencing you and less (or no) time with those who are not.

It’s important you remove or distance yourself from those who are not cheering you on. Who is not speaking encouragement into your life?

It doesn’t matter if these people are:

  • Family members
  • Lifelong friends
  • Co-workers

If they are not for you, then they’re against you. Yeah, that’s harsh, but the truth nonetheless.

WATCH WHAT YOU’RE CONSUMING

How much time are you spending scrolling through social media?

More importantly, who are you following?

How do these people and their posts make you feel? Do they excite you to do something remarkable? Or do they piss you off?

DO THIS:

  • Unfollow people who are negative. If they or what they post don’t encourage you, release them out of your life.
  • Follow people who are encouraging and cheering you on. Those who are helping you become the best version of you.

QUALITY OF YOUR SLEEP

Neuroscience has done plenty of research to determine we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.

The emphasis is on EVERY.

Your body wants consistency.

In other words, going to bed at the same time EVERY night and arising at the same time EVERY morning.

But then there’s this: four hours of quality sleep is better than eight hours of tossing and turning.

Set yourself up for sleep success.

  • Sleep in a dark, cool room.
  • No electronics the last hour before lights out.
  • No arguing or other stressful activities before bed.
  • Read a print book or magazine to wind down.
  • Journal your thoughts. Don’t let them bang around your brain all night. It’ll negatively affect your sleep.
  • Write down 3–5 things you’re grateful for.
  • As you put your head down on the pillow, begin thinking of everything you’re thankful for. What better way to drift off to sleep.

STRESSORS IN YOUR LIFE

How productive are you when you’re stressed?

Happy, positive people are far more productive than those who are stressed and negative.

Winnie the Pooh’s and Tigger’s are more productive than Eeyores.

According to this article, the top 10 stressors include:

  1. Death of a loved one
  2. Separation/divorce
  3. Getting married
  4. Starting a new job
  5. The workplace
  6. Financial problems
  7. Moving to a new home
  8. Chronic illness or injury
  9. Retirement
  10. Transitioning to adulthood

But there are plenty of other events that don’t rise to the level that the aforementioned events do.

  • Your Internet going out or even slowing down
  • Dropping your cell phone (even if it isn’t damaged)
  • Your power going out
  • Getting a speeding ticket
  • Your car not starting
  • The weather
  • Your computer crashes before you saved your work
  • Filing your taxes
  • Your fast-running dog gets out the front door

Stress is part of life. We can’t eliminate it, but we can learn how to deal with it. Here are some ways:

  1. Breathe. Literally, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
  2. Get your thoughts together. What do you need to do next? Who do you need to call?
  3. Prioritize. How significant is the stressor? Losing your child is far different than you dropping your cell phone. Put things into perspective.
  4. Think about all that’s going well. This is one thing many people skip. No matter how big the stressor (and, like you, I’ve been dealt some significant blows), you’re still here.
  5. Like my 84-year-old Aunt Rori, who served our country in the US Army, always says, “it is what it is.” You can’t change what happened, but you can change what you do going forward.

YOUR VISION

The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, King James Version).

Do you have a vision?

What do you want to do with your life in the next:

  • 24 hours?
  • 3 days?
  • week?
  • month?
  • quarter?
  • year?
  • 3 years?
  • 5 years?
  • 10 years?

Don’t create and keep the vision in your head.

Instead, gift your current and future self-time to sit down someplace that is quiet and as distraction-free as possible and brainstorm.

Let nothing hold you back.

Dream big.

Then bigger.

Then even more significant than that!

Will you accomplish all of your dreams just because you wrote them down?

I wish that were so, but here's what I know from Brian Tracy, “less than 3 percent of Americans have written goals, and less than 1 percent review and rewrite their goals daily.”

So, create your vision.

Not in an app.

On paper.

Then, get to work.

YOUR TURN

How would you rate your level of productivity right now? Be honest. Give yourself a score that’s greater than a zero but less than a ten (I believe no one is a zero or a ten). Write it down.

Next question: how happy are you with your score? Again, write this number down somewhere like your journal.

Finally, what are you going to do to improve your rating? Everyone can improve their rating.

Now, go and do.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Thank you for reading it.

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