When it comes to getting more done and being more productive, state of mind is absolutely key.
We need to be able to focus on our goals and stay inspired enough to take the steps necessary to accomplish them and that’s the only chance we have of completing challenges and getting to where we want to be.
But in order to do this, we often have to fight our impulses and our instincts.
That means we have to force ourselves to get up and to work, even when we’re feeling tired and just want relax.
We must remain motivated and focused on work; even when facing the temptation to go home early and watch our favorite show.
This is what many of us think of as mental discipline: the ability to force ourselves to do that which we don’t want to do. To take our ‘medicine’ as it were and thereby keep progressing forward.
But it might not actually be the most effective method!
Because as it happens, being at constant war with yourself is not conducive to great productivity!
So instead of doing that, how about working with your gut instead?
Understanding Your Energy Flow
A lot of us pay too much attention to time management. We act under the assumption that if we have time to do something, then we can or should do it.
In reality though, our ability to complete work is much more related to our energy or state of being. If you don’t have the energy or inspiration necessary to focus or to work, then your work will be sub-par or need to be corrected at a later time.
As it happens, our energy levels come on in waves and are largely out of our control.
For example, first thing in the morning many of us struggle with something called ‘sleep inertia’. This means our brains are still groggy from the night’s sleep and we aren’t as productive.
Likewise, we tend to be less efficient right after lunch or dinner. An influx of carbohydrates breaks down and releases tryptophan that is then converted into serotonin. Finally, our body converts the serotonin into melatonin, which makes us groggy/sleepy!
We’re all likely to be tired during the “afternoon slump” too and of course some days are worse than others depending on what we did the day before, or what the weather is like outside.
So instead of forcing yourself to change to meet your schedule, how about switching up your schedule so that you’re doing the most important work when you’re the most awake?
You’ll start to notice that you’ll be doing more of what you enjoy. Plus, you will get everything done quicker and more efficiently when operating from a peak state.
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