The One “Tool” You Must Master to Boost Your Personal Productivity

Productivity is about doing. It’s about taking action. It’s about getting the right things done. Of course, this supposes that you know what these “right things” are.

If you take the time to analyze your patterns, you’ll realize that you usually know what’s the right thing to do: you know which task your focus should be on.

For example, you know you should work on your report; you know you should study for your exam; you know you should make calls to clients; you know you should work on your book proposal; etc.

In many cases, it’s not that you don’t know what to do. You know. But it’s getting yourself to take action that’s a little more challenging. You know what to do, but you procrastinate. I don’t need to tell you that procrastination is the prime enemy of productivity. Beat procrastination and you don’t have to worry about productivity; your productivity will skyrocket.

Thus, to a great extent, productivity is about self-mastery. It’s about gaining control over your impulses, which often lead you to squander your time when you should be focusing on critical tasks. It’s about learning how to get yourself to take action when the time comes, even if you don’t feel like it. It’s about catching yourself when your mind begins to wander and bringing it back to the task at hand.

You’re the instrument for your personal productivity. Therefore, you must become skillful at using “you” to produce. Professionals master the tools of their trade. For instance, if you’re a doctor, you must learn to use the stethoscope effectively. If you’re a woodcutter, you better master the chainsaw. If you’re a professional pianist, you must have mastered the piano.

The one tool you must master to boost your personal productivity is “you.” The more skillful you become at getting yourself to focus on your critical tasks, the more productive you become. The more you learn how to leverage your strengths and minimize your weaknesses to produce your work, the more productive you become. Self-mastery is essential to greater personal productivity.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.