How To Be More Productive Without Adding More Stress

5 Techniques That Will Make You Better at What You Do

As we get busier and busier and seemingly have more things to do, it’s becoming more difficult to stay focused and be productive.

We have more opportunities now that ever before, which is both a positive and negative. On the positive side, we have a better chance of creating the lifestyle we want by taking advantage of the opportunities available to us.

On the negative side, having more opportunities can make us indecisive, feel like we have more to do than we can handle, and also cause us to feel like we’re not making progress or taking advantage of the opportunities available to us.

Once our capacity to deal with things is reached, unless we have a strong mindset, we can easily become overwhelmed, stressed and not perform as well as we know we can.

What we want is the right balance between taking care of our priorities and taking advantage of the opportunities available to us without adding more stress to our lives.

Habits of productive people

Over the years, as I’ve become more aware of what I do best and what I should be doing more of, I reduced or even eliminated things from my life that I felt were no longer serving me. This includes:

  • Being extremely selective about who I spend time with.
  • Getting rid of activities that did not serve me like watching certain sports or television programs.
  • Setting goals that are more meaningful instead of focusing only on achievement.

We always have choices as to what we should do and what we shouldn’t be doing. It’s up to us to continue challenging ourselves to be better at what we do, without compromising our overall lifestyle.

5 Ways to Become More Productive Without Additional Stress

  1. Be aware of your limiting mindsets. There are some limiting mindsets we must become aware of and address if we want to be more productive. These include:
    ⁃ I don’t have enough hours in the day.
    ⁃ I just cannot stay focused.
    ⁃ I have too much on my plate.
    ⁃ I don’t control my priorities or my time.
  2. Do less low-value activities and more high-value activities. This is about doing less things and focusing on the important things. The more low-value activities we can identify and delegate or outsource, the more time we’ll free up to do what we are best at, that are our highest-value activities.
  3. Give more focus to your energy levels. The better our energy levels, the better our ability to focus. We can really focus at a high level for four hours only before we start losing focus. Therefore, it’s important that we keep ourselves fresh by taking breaks more often, eating the right foods and staying hydrated throughout our work day.
  4. Avoid meetings and emails in the first hour. Our ability to focus and our mental energy is at its peak in the morning, especially if we’ve had a good night’s rest. We should use the first hour or even two hours to focus on our most important work, rather than using up valuable energy dealing with other people’s agendas.
  5. Pay attention to the energy of others. Other people can have a significant effect on our energy levels if we allow them to. This is why we have to be more conscious of the types of conversations we engage in. If we want to produce at a high level, we have to eliminate negative or unproductive conversations, and focus more on what we need to get done.

Being more productive does not mean we have to generate more stress in our lives. As we start paying more attention to the small things we can control each day, we’ll find ourselves focusing more on what we can do best and less on things that are beyond our control. If we don’t, the expectations on us and the opportunities we have can result in additional stress in our lives.

Action Step: Pay attention this week to things you say to yourself as you deal with the things you have to do. Do you have any of the limiting mindsets mentioned above? If you do, start changing those mindsets by focusing on the opposite things. If necessary, ask for help from a mentor or coach to overcome them.

Question: What is another way we can be more productive with generating additional stress?

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