Many believe that because we all have the same 24 hours in the day, it’s up to you how you want to use them. If you view your days from this perspective, it can be pretty inspirational and motivational.
It’s impossible to refute that we each have 24 hours per day. However, it is possible to debate that only some people’s day looks and feels the same. This means your ability to produce will fall within the specific timeframes available to you.
How do you align within yourself to increase your production regardless of your unique commitments and challenges? You align within yourself by getting to know yourself better; through this process, you can improve your productivity.
Remember, everyone, including you, is on their journey and path of self-discovery. The more you can focus on yourself and not get caught up in comparing yourself to others, the more productive you’ll be.
In today’s video, I give you three hacks that you can use to help you get aligned and be more productive.
Okay, the first hack to make you more productive is to stay present; the world is moving faster than ever before times are changing more quickly than ever before. Social media provides you with more distractions than ever before. The more you practice staying present, the better you become.
You always have two perspectives as you move through your days. One is abundance. And the other is fear. Abundance resides in the present because you’re only focused on the task at hand and not distracted by the happenings of your past or the upcoming events in your future.
Focusing on the past and future keeps you in perpetual fear and feeds into feelings of depression, anxiety, and overwhelm. This is how most people relate to the world. And it makes sense because so many distractions encourage fearful living.
If you tend to live in the past and often say things like “I should have done this” or “I should have done that.” Remember, “should-ing” on yourself can get messy; you can’t change what’s already happened. Everything that’s happened is for your learning and growth.
If you feel overwhelmed and anxious about the future, practice a straightforward 3-4-5 breathing exercise. Breathe in for three. Hold for four, and breathe out for five. This is one example of reducing stress, aligning your nervous system, and bringing you back to the present moment.
Choose Your Words Wisely
More than anything else, the words you choose and the energy behind your words determine your productivity and start shaping your future. Did you know that 80% of the average person’s thoughts per day are negative? This makes it very easy to fall into negative patterns and belief systems.
Often your word choices are indicative of your negative belief systems.
I shouldn’t have done that is a lack of self-worth.
Speaking is hard for me is a lack of confidence.
They have money; why can I is a scarcity mindset?
My relationships always fail is a practice of self-loathing.
As you become a better listener and more familiar with your negative belief systems, you can replace them with positive reframes that become catalysts for your growth.
I shouldn’t have done that……I learned from that.
Speaking is hard for me……Speaking is a welcomed challenge.
They have money; why can I……..They inspire me.
My relationships always fail……My relationships have taught me a lot.
Like anything else, the more you practice reframing your negative belief systems, the better you become at it. And remember that your results always start at the tip of your tongue.
GET INTO YOUR BODY
Saying things like I’m so busy is not only a terrible habit and distraction; it’s a response that comes from your head and doesn’t tap into how you’re feeling in your body. We, as human beings, desire heartfelt connection.
So rather than saying, I’m so busy, consider sharing how you feel, meaning, share how your busy schedule causes you to feel a certain way, feel confused, I feel overwhelmed, I feel exhausted, or any other emotion that you may be experiencing.
By saying, I feel confused you get out of your head, tap into your emotional body and allow yourself to work towards a solution. Getting out of your head and into your body lets you prioritize your days. Yes, it would be best if you had your brain to prioritize, but you must be clear. It would be best to first clear yourself of negative energy, which starts in your body.
Plus, it helps you eliminate the noise and the fog that typically occupies your brain and is often full of excuses. It’s easy for me to say Hey, get out of your head and into your body. But it’s another thing to do it. So how do you do it?
Taking time for breathing exercises is a great place to start. You can also practice meditation, daily walks, and perhaps more intense exercise like running or lifting weights. I like to get in the water and go surfing. These examples help you declutter your mind, activate your life force, and live a more embodied life.
If you’re an executive or business leader and want more support in these areas, I offer individual coaching; check it out here.
We also support companies and teams to get aligned through our Art Of Masterful Communication group coaching program.