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Seven Ways Super-Productive People Stay Motivated

Seven Ways Super-Productive People Stay Motivated

It takes discipline and self-awareness to remain motivated day after day, yet super-productive people work towards their goals daily, regardless of the obstacles they face. It’s not as if successful people do not meet challenging situations every now and then. It is just that they’ve learned to embrace them and deal with them accordingly. While it is so easy to procrastinate and make excuses, to attain success you have to learn to push the bar to get those things you desire.

It’s time to get yourself on the right path. Here are seven things super-productive people do to stay focused and motivated.

They plan.

Super-productive people understand the importance of proper planning. When you know the direction your day will take, it is easier to be confident about it and be organized, which makes it easier to accomplish goals. Proper planning allows you to prioritize your task and focus on the more important activities. Eventually you do not have a cluttered day but one that is more purposeful and rewarding.

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They engage in positive self-discussion.

You should always try to maintain a positive attitude, and a good tool for doing so is to begin each day with some positive self-talk. Tell yourself things like, “I will have a great day” or “I am an excellent and happy person.” When you leave home with a positive mindset, you’re much more likely to accomplish your goals for the day.

They read and listen to motivational stories.

Listening to negative tales can be depressing. Super-productive people prepare themselves for the day by consuming inspiring stories. This keeps them motivated to become go-getters.

Adam Force founder of Changecreatormag says he reads through Best Quotes of the Day before he sets out on his day’s tasks. Inspiring narratives and quotes help keep super-productive people open to new ideas and developments. It’s up to you to find stories and storytellers who fuel your passion.

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They have a support group of positive people.

There is a reason why successful minds seek other successful minds. Think of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, or Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. When you hang out with someone who shares your goals, their energy rubs off on you. Super-productive people usually seek out support groups of like-minded, positive acquaintances, and often reach out to members of their networks.

They take breaks.

People assume great achievements require running on little sleep, but it has been scientifically proven that taking naps helps maintain motivation and mental energy. When you can give the body the needed breaks it deserves, it becomes a vehicle for success.

They track their progress.

It is so easy to charge through life without taking the chance to stop and analyze one’s present situation, and how past decisions have led to it. Super-productive people take time to pause and reflect on what has happened to them and what they have accomplished. They learn from their mistakes as well as their successes.

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Tracking your progress can keep you motivated. Taking time to celebrate your successes will help prepare you for the next challenge. While not hitting your goals can be a motivation killer, it is up to you to assess what went wrong if you aren’t meeting your self-expectations.

They follow their passions.

People who pursue their passions know that utilizing strong emotions is the best motivator available. It’s up to you to find an activity that fuels your passion.

Conclusion

It takes time and effort to build healthy habits that will lead to success. The principles of productivity and excelling toward your goals remain the same regardless of your profession or commitments. Be obsessed with your mission and attain more productivity.

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Last Updated on June 18, 2019

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Making Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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