You are not your mind.
I am grateful for knowing this, as this is one of those cornerstone beliefs that gives me power.
The power to do as I wish and use my mind as a weapon to crush my goals.
Are you feeling lazy?
It’s your mind that’s avoiding effort.
Do you find something difficult?
Your mind doesn’t know where to start.
As Einstein famously said: “I’m not a genius. I’m just passionately curious.”
Obviously, few have been so passionately curious as Einstein, yet even curiosity and passion are two products of the mind.
You have the power to manipulate your emotions.
Call it self-control, willpower, raw mental strength or the power to make your mind your bitch.
Do you want to know how to manipulate your mind into doing what needs to be done?
Here are six ways to trick your mind into being more productive:
Regardless of what you’re working on, it won’t always be fun.
Unfortunately, some people are doing things that they don’t like at all.
One way to hack your productivity is to “force” yourself to see the bright side of your work (the tiny details that are worth liking).
It might be the fact that you get to know more about a certain aspect related to work, that is either fun or useful for yourself in the future.
For example, somebody having to write a report about a country may find the act of researching and writing a bit boring. The fun part of this activity is that he would get to know more about the country for his own general knowledge.
Small acts of appreciation towards one’s work provides the necessary natural boost in motivation that helps in getting the job done faster.
A lot of times, when starting your work routine, you don’t know exactly where to start.
A successful workday is when you’ve accomplished what you have planned for that day.
However, the goal that you’ve set may sound broad, which is why it’s a good idea to split up what needs to be done in small, actionable steps.
If your work concerns writing, then this practice will prove incredibly useful. Scribbling down your thoughts will give you something to work on and organize in the later steps of the process.
One of the reasons why coffee is one of the most popular beverages in offices is because it refreshes your mind and gets it ready for work.
Getting in the zone is certainly easier after your brain is chemically ready for it.
As you’ve probably noticed, Nootrodelic promotes the use of nootropics for cognitive enhancement and productivity.
Some are proven to enhance productivity and help you accomplish more during a workday.
Modafinil (sold as Modalert, Modvigil, Artvigil and Waklert) is incredibly useful when it comes to productivity because of its boost in motivation levels and vigilance.
Phenibut is also great because of its elimination of the “mental noise”, making it easier to focus on tasks.
After you’ve finished an incredibly difficult task, have a candy bar, a cigarette, or anything else to reward you for the great work that you’ve done.
Do this after a long day’s productive work as well.
This will condition your brain into experiencing pleasure each time you’ve been productive, so that you’ll be more inclined to get started on work.
This will also help you enter a flow state easier. If you don’t already know, a “flow state” is a mental state of extreme concentration and enjoyment of work, in which your attention is fixed on the task at hand.
Sometimes, if you just focus on work and forget to talk to people or spend time with them, your productivity may go down.
That’s because we, as humans, are social animals that need to be in contact with other human beings.
Of course, it may be counterproductive to spend to much time talking, so you’ll have to find the right balance.
If you’re in an office, try to use five or ten minutes every hour to disconnect from your work and talk with your colleagues.
Perfectionism does sound good in theory, and some people may even be proud perfectionists.
However, when this cause you to focus the bulk of your time on details and neglect important aspects of your work, perfectionism isn’t quite a good idea.
There may be parts that aren’t as well-knitted as you would like to.
In this case, an “if it’s good enough, then it will do” type of attitude will best suit your end goals.
Alas, being productive isn’t quite part of our natural instincts because we are lazy and inclined to comfort by nature.
Overcoming laziness and being productive are challenges that we must face in our day-to-day lives.
Successfully managing them sets the best apart from the rest, and this is something definitely worth fighting for.
Can you think of any other ways in which you can trick your mind into being more productive?
Share your wisdom in the comments below!