Take a moment to think about how productive you are in a single day? After all, there are 1,440 minutes in a day. Do you use your minutes wisely?
Let’s take a moment to reflect on a typical day. First, there is sleep. Even if you don’t get much, everyone sleeps. Then, there is usually work of some kind for 8 or so hours. If you’re like me, you also have school. Then throughout the day there is commuting, eating, getting ready and unready, family time, and more.
With all that listed out, how productive do you think you typically are?
I know for me I didn’t always use to be productive. In fact, I used to come home from work and watch reality TV until bedtime. It wasn’t until I started a business that I actually developed some sort of productive structure for myself.
Now, the more I delve into my life as an entrepreneur and learn from all the greats, the more I realize how important and valuable it is to establish a productive mindset. After all, productivity begins with a decision you make for yourself. The only person who can force you to be productive is you.
With that said, here is how to create a successful and productive mindset.
1. Have a clear vision right from the start
What is it that you want? Are you working on a side hustle? Are you trying to get through school? Do you want more meaningful relationships? Do you want to be more intentional with your mornings and evenings? Are your trying to get a promotion?
There are many angles to take when developing a successful and productive mindset. Decide what it is you want so that you can have a clear vision from the start.
Once you know what you want, figure out why it’s important to you. If you want to have a productive mindset so that you can build a side hustle, write down why that side hustle is important to you. This way, if it ever gets difficult or you start to slip into unproductivity, you can remind yourself why it’s important and use that as motivation to get back into the swing of things.
2. Motivation and persistence is the key
Stay motivated regardless of what life throws at you. Having a successful and productive mindset requires extreme motivation to keep on going.
Things are guaranteed to get tough. Life will always get in the way. Random events will pop up, you might get sick, people cancel, schedules change last minute, it’s guaranteed that life will not always go to plan.
If you’re the type of person who gets easily derailed by change it’s time to prepare yourself to stay motivated regardless of life’s mishaps.
Being persistent every single day will help you overcome the mountains that get in your way. If you have made up your mind to always be productive no matter what, persistence and motivation will help guide you through the good and bad days.
3. Develop a routine
Productivity needs a routine and a productive mindset needs consistency.
Have you ever heard about how the most successful people always wake up at a certain time, always workout at a certain time, always eat at a certain time, always check their email at a certain time, and so on? That’s because they realize the importance of having a routine.
Some people tend to shudder at the word routine because it takes the ‘fun’ out of things. If you’re the type of person who loves to be free-spirited and go with the flow of things, this might be difficult for you.
But, the truth is that a productive mindset needs a routine in order to stay productive.
A solid routine tends to start in the morning so to learn how to create a good morning routine, check out this post: Simple and Productive Morning Routine for the Full-Time Person
4. Learn how to use free time
A productive mindset is all about how you use your free time. If by chance you happen upon some free time in a day, don’t use it watching reality tv like I used to. Instead, use that free time to get stuff done and work towards your goal.
Free time, although rare, is an amazing opportunity to get ahead or to work on something you’ve been putting off.
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5. Develop positivity
Your attitude is a huge defining factor in your positive mindset. If you have a negative attitude full of ‘I can’t do it’ thoughts, then you likely won’t succeed.
However, if you fill your mind with positive thoughts full of possibility and encouragement, then you will achieve.
Since being productive and keeping with a routine doesn’t always happen because of the madness of life, staying positive will help keep you motivated with your goals.
6. Balance, balance, balance
You can’t possibly have a productive mindset without balance. We have a lot going on at all times. Work, school, family, finances, travel, relationships, friends, social life… there needs to be some balance so that you can do all those things and still actively work towards your goals.
I personally struggle with proper balance. After going to work and school all day, I tend to want to come home and work on my blog and do homework. That means my personal relationships tend to struggle.
I’ve solved this problem by dedicating the week to my work and using the weekend to spend time with my loved ones whether it be traveling, hanging out, or just catching up. At times I don’t always succeed at this because I’ll fall behind on homework or a project I’m working on and need to use the weekend to finish. However, since becoming more intentional about my life balance and my productive mindset, things have improved tremendously.
Don’t waste time being unorganized. You have a ton of things going all the time. Get organized so that you can be productive.
Having a productive mindset, a routine, balance, and motivation is just the start of success. If you aren’t organized, none of that other stuff really matters because you’ll end up wasting so much time trying to figure out what to work on.
To help with this, I’ve created what I call an entrepreneur planner to help with daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly organization/goals. To get your free copy, simply click the button below.
8. Value what’s important
Just because you are dedicated to having a productive mindset does not mean you should forget what is important to you.
Family, friends, health, sleep, exercise, finances, drinking water, relaxing and learning are just a few things that should remain important in your life regardless of how busy you get.
When establishing your productive mindset, don’t get so focused on the end goal that you forget the bigger picture. We need to constantly nurture all the little aspects that make up who we are and the life we live. That should never be neglected just because we have goals.
9. Prioritize your tasks
Eat the frog. If you aren’t sure what that means, it’s a quote by Mark Twain that says, “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”
The idea behind this is that if you dedicate each morning to doing your hardest task first, you can continue with your day knowing that your toughest task is done and over with.
The same goes for prioritizing your tasks. When developing a productive mindset, it is counterproductive to avoid or procrastinate on the tasks that you don’t want to work on. Instead, always plan to get those difficult tasks over with first.
From there, make sure you are organized with a list of tasks that you need to complete each day in order to consider it a day well spent.
I like to break down my tasks based on my monthly goals. If each month I establish three achievable goals, I will then figure out what tasks I need to accomplish in order to reach those goals.
Once I know my tasks, I can work on adjusting my productive mindset around what I must achieve.
10. Celebrate small accomplishments
I am completely guilty of always feeling like I’m not getting a single thing done. The truth is, I accomplish something almost every day.
I know I’m not the only one guilty of this. Instead of always being hard on ourselves, we need to celebrate the things we do achieve, no matter how small.
Sometimes I have to completely stop what I am doing and take a moment to verbalize all the things I accomplished that week or month. Often, I’m surprised at how much I’ve achieved. I encourage you to do the same. It is extremely gratifying and motivating.