Building a Productive Mindset

Check your routines and build a mindset to get more done, and you’ll achieve more every day.

By Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA

Would you like to get even more done each day? With just a little bit of forethought, there are two ways to build a productive mindset into your daily routine:

  1. Always Be Ready. When time opens up in your schedule, such as a cancelled meeting, you suddenly have time to handle other opportunities. For example, carry notecards, envelopes, and stamps with you. “Found” time can be used to write a “thank you” or “I noticed” card sharing appreciation with someone you work with. You also could use that time to update your “to-do” list and make some calls that needed to be made anyhow. When you let go of what you can’t control—such as the fact you’re suddenly dining alone—and look at what you can control, you’ve taken a huge step in getting your day back on track.
  2. Slow Down. Sometimes we get so caught up in what’s happening in the moment we forget to breathe deeply. When unanticipated situations crop up, stress is a natural reaction. However, remembering to breathe deeply can calm the hectic moments and allow you to re-focus on where you want this day to go. This reflective pause helps you experience improved concentration and an increase in energy. Relaxed bodies also have greater self-confidence—just what you need when things seem to be spinning out of control. Pause. Reflect. Refocus.

Being productive means you’re doing what you said you’d do, in the time you promised. Check your routines and build a mindset to get more done, and you’ll achieve more every day.

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Lorri Freifeld
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.