Here’s the one big mindset shift that made the biggest difference when I was learning how to be more productive:
To get more done, it’s never about your to-do list.
…Or I should say, it’s never about ticking everything off on that list.
This was the one huge mindset shift that made a difference in how I create BIG results with ease.
You see I was one of those people who was always busy.
It was almost a thing to pride to talk about how busy I was.
But there were never tangible results to show for all the “busyness”.
It wasn’t until I got to understand that it’s not about how much you do, it’s more about what you CHOOSE to do and when
…that’s when the magic ride began for me.
This simple insight is what has allowed me to create content for some of my online courses in 3 days. ( no kidding)
It is what has helped me shift 25 pounds with ease and so much more.
I teach more on this in the clarity lab but for now…
Here’s how to be more productive in the next 60 minutes so you get more done whilst doing less.
On that to-do list of yours, there are always things that I like to call the “BIG ROCKS”
They are the things that if and when you shift them, can and will leave a big hole in your to-do list.
Doing them makes the others things on there almost irrelevant.
These big rocks are things that should ALWAYS have your attention.
They are the things that create momentum.
And when you get them done, they help you leap frog a great distance and show results fast.
You can apply this premise to anything you want to learn how to be more productive about.
A clear example of this is with weight loss.
For me, whilst working out is great, massive shifts and results came when learned how to make friends with food first.
It wasn’t about all the gimmicks I had on my weight loss to-do list.
You know what i’m talking about right?
We all have our list and rituals when we start that journey to being healthy.
But using the premise of shifting big rocks made me understand that:
If I wanted to stay the course on this long journey, I had to see results FAST.
And to get fast results, I had to get comfortable with food in every way.
Willpower and motivation wasn’t enough.
I had to learn how to eat properly.
Learning about nutrition and not depending on a food list from a diet plan was vital.
That was my big rock.
With that done, the rest came with ease.
What are you trying to get productive about in the next 60 minutes?
What is your big rock?
Identify it and you’ll get more done.
Further Reading: One Big Thing: A simple Way To Do More By Planning Less
A majority of people create unnecessary resistance for themselves.
They work against what comes naturally.
But if you’re serious about how to get more productive, you have to learn to work with yourself better and not the other way around.
If what you’re trying to shift requires concentration and you concentrate better in the mornings…
…Is there any point scheduling that activity in the afternoon or at night?
It’s all about value and giving yourself more of it.
That’s why I say problems with productivity are usually value problems.
Whatever you’re trying to more productive with, you have to give it and yourself more value by finding your path of least resistance.
Don’t complicate things more than you need to.
So what does shifting your big rock require?
What is the easiest way to get there?
When you’re not working from a place of least resistance and adding value…
You’ll not engage as best as you can and you’ll not bring value as best as you can.
Most importantly, you’ll not enjoy the process as well as you can.
And here’s what I know for sure:
“When it comes to getting more done and being more productive, time passes quickly when you’re engaged and enjoying the process as best as you can.”
Results come quicker when things don’t feel like you’re pushing a boulder up a hill.
Further Reading: We’re wired to take the path of least resistance
I know it’s a bit of a cop out but sometimes it’s not about being productive.
Sometimes it’s more about understanding the process better.
Majority of us under-estimate what it takes to create the results we want.
We’re so eager to “do stuff” and take action.
But creating and bringing things into the world requires your understanding of the creative process.
It also requires your understanding that it will take time.
Productivity hacks can cut that time down, but it will still take time.
Most of us misunderstand this simple fact. So we push harder and do more than we need to.
Sometimes, it’s not about doing but about waiting.
When you learn to relax into your process rather than try to “hustle it”…
You’ll find that you get more done in a short space of time by doing less.
As I say to some of my clients:
“it’s like trying to have a baby in one month”
No matter what you do, you’ll never be able to give birth to a baby in one month.
Because there are set patterns to things you want to create and sometimes TIME is the one thing required.
The same goes for weight loss.
You’ll never shift 100 pounds in 30 days no matter how “productive” you want to be about it.
That’s not the pattern, so there’s no point in changing diet plans and doing a lot of stuff to make it happen in 30 days.
You’ll only frustrate and exhaust yourself.
But when you take the creative process and time into consideration…
You’ll shift a lot more weight in a shorter period of time than you expected.
Whatever you’re trying to get more productive about, understand its process.
Once you’re clear on that, you can start showing up to it and being productive …
But without the mental drama and stress of unrealistic expectations.
Doing less to get more done is not as complicated as we like to think.
It’s not the unicorn that we believe it is.
People do it every single day and create amazing results in the process.
All it requires is that you to let go of the faulty “hustle hard” thinking to become more strategic with the actions you take.
Once you do, you’ll find that you’ll do less and get more done in a short space of time on a regular basis.
I’m Elizabeth Archibong. A Nigerian girl obsessed setting the rules on fire to create life and results from a place of ease and a path of least resistance. I teach people how to see themselves more simply and accurately. So that they can create and get more of the things that they want.