How to Start Every Day with a Productive Mindset

Everybody is talking about increasing productivity, reaching a productive mindset and improving their business results these days. As a matter of facts, productivity is one of the biz buzzwords of the 21st century. However, it’s easier said than done, because being productive means having or not having a certain set of habits.

While nobody is born with business-enhancing routines, some of us manage to develop them more successfully than others. We’ve been there and we know that adjusting your head to a productive mindset can take some time. That’s why we’d like to instruct you how to do that and jump on the bandwagon of productive workers.

The same beginning of every work day

One of the key prerequisites for a productive mindset is teaching your brain to start every work day the same way. This set of established routines will give both your mind and your body a jump start every new morning you leave for work.

Here are some useful activities you can do as you get out of your bed:

  • Stretching and workout – A post-wakeup workout will invigorate your body and energize your mind. Just take it easy and set a goal to work out for 5-10 minutes every morning. Such small steps will immerse you into physical exercise, making it an inevitable part of your morning ritual.
  • Grab a healthy morning snack – You need powerful fuel early in the morning if you want to kick start your work day. So, abandon pastry made with white flour and artificial sweets and opt for wholegrain and whole wheat products. They’ll give you more energy for a busy morning. Additionally, grab a handful of almonds or any other nuts. Finally, go for a fresh fruit juice.
  • Get under the shower – Just a 1-minute shower will remove the drowsiness from the sleep and prepare you for the business challenges of the new day.

Check your daily tasks on the go

Now that you’ve reached your work temperature and left for work, it’s time for some practical preps for your daily business tasks. If you commute to work on the means of public transportation, you can use your tablet or mobile phone to check and revise your to-do notes.

As opposed to that, if you drive your car to work, you can record your daily plan using voice-recording apps and listen to them in the car. Of course, you can do the same even if you go to work by bus or train.

Also, it would be even better if you go to work by bike. On the one hand, you’ll improve your physical shape, which is extremely important for a productive mindset. On the other, you’ll make significant savings, as well.

However, if you want to make your mind more productive, avoid making plans for that very day on the go. What you can do is analyze your day as you’re traveling home from work. It’s the perfect time to sum up your results and create a to-do list for the next day.

Deal with difficult things first

When you get to your office full of energy and motivation, you should initially tackle the most demanding tasks. The list of task priorities could be done in one of the ways explained in the previous paragraph.

Simply put, if you deal with the most difficult ones before lunch, you’ll solve them when your energy is on the highest level during the day.

After lunch, you can deal with the tasks of medium complexity.

As your work day is coming closer to an end, make sure that you work on less challenging tasks and projects.

When you get used to such a routine, your mind will know what to expect from you in every part of the day. As a result, you’ll manage to optimize your productivity and work performance throughout every single day.

Reduce the use of social media

Your concentration and productivity will decrease if you spend too much time using social media at work. Therefore, the wisest thing to do is to stay out of social media and distracting online channels during the work hours. If you have a strong need to check online networks, you can do that during your breaks.

However, if you’re still having problems to stop using those media, you can install some restrictive apps. They’ll stop you from visiting social media, streaming channels, and other Web-based distractors. Although it sounds a bit harsh, it’s a practical way to turn your day into a productive unit of time.

Stick with your hobbies

If you want to improve the operability of your mind, you need to establish a set of rewards. This goal can be simply achieved if every completed business goal is followed by doing something you like. For instance, having a hobby is a great way to let off some steam. Moreover, a hobby can boost productivity and improve your mental state.

The great thing about hobby is that you don’t have to achieve any special goals. Instead of that, you can simply do what you like, as much as you like it. That way, if you’re an artistic soul, you can turn to sculpture or painting. On the other hand, people who have an ear for music can form an amateur band.

Likewise, sports activities will make you feel better and get ready for a new work day.

Also, what matters here is the timetable. For instance, having rehearsals or sports games on Wednesdays and Sundays will help you get through the work week.

Connect and hang out with similar people

Successful businesspeople rely both on internal and external motivation. So, if you want to join the club of extraordinary entrepreneurs, you should follow your intuition. But you should also surround yourself with people of equal or higher business range. It’s hard to believe that Michael Jordan would become such a great player if he kept playing basketball on the local courts of Brooklyn.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with – Jim Rohn

Logically, if you want to become Air Jordan in your field of work, expose yourself to other top-notch professionals. Connecting through social media is one of the most efficient ways to work on your networking (but remember – not during the work hours).

Also, join the association that gathers professionals from your niche. It will open room for new contacts and business collaborations. As you keep learning new tricks of the trade, your mind will get inspiration to step out the comfort zone. This is crucial if you want to generate better professional results.

Get your accounts in order

No matter how hard you work and try to improve your skills, your finances might not follow suit. If your income doesn’t grow proportionally with your workload, it’s time to get your accounts in order. Otherwise, your desire to keep developing in business will wane.

What you should do first is eradicate any debt from your business. Working your head off just to cover your basic expenses and interest rates is pointless. So, it’s clever to first get rid of the most expensive loans. While it might require some austerity measures in your private expenditure and business investments it’s a justified long-term strategy.

Moreover, put aside a certain amount of money before you pay your overhead expenses. This sum should form your personal savings. Over a course of time, knowing that you’re saving some assets will push you forward, towards new goals and increased efficiency.

Set your work rates

Talking about motivation and productivity without mentioning your income is incomplete. In some cases, you might work on a project only because it’s inspirational and imaginative. Nevertheless, other projects will neither be attractive nor ground-breaking, but you’ll still accept them. Why is this so? Well, this is something that “pays the bills”, as we often say.

Now, if you have to take part in the projects that don’t inspire you, you should at least set proper work rates for that purpose. In that case, it’s important to make a comprehensive project estimate. If you plan and schedule the entire project in advance, you’ll give yourself a plenty of time to finish the job properly.

Also, when talking about charging people for your work, apply hourly rates for short-term projects. On the contrary, in long-term collaborations, you should offer the price for the entire project.

All these little details will help you stay motivated and productive throughout the work process.

Handpick your projects

The last stop on this road to a productive mindset is the procedure of choosing your business projects. When you’re at the beginning of your career, you’ll be more than happy to accept every project. However, if you follow the same pattern for years, you’ll regress in both professional and financial terms.

Therefore, you need to keep developing as a business professional. Because of that, it’s crucial that you gradually reduce the number of projects you participate in. In combination with the aforementioned tips for setting the work rates, you’ll be able to work less and make more money. Nevertheless, it will take time and committed work to get there.

Eventually, you’ll be able to put down offers for dull projects and handpick only the projects that inspire you. And when you start your day highly motivated to work, you’ll cultivate an inspired and productive mind.

Conclusion

Becoming a productive businessperson is more a gradual ascent than a smooth slide. Nevertheless, everybody can improve their work output and develop a productive mindset. You’ll improve your habits much faster if you think about your work day for a while and compare it to the one described in this article. The tactics analyzed here will help you add some new elements to your own work day and improve your productivity.

Mark Thomasson
Mark is a biz-dev hero at Invoicebus - a simple invoicing service that gets your invoices paid faster. He passionately blogs on topics that help small biz owners succeed in their business. He is also a lifelong learner who practices mindfulness and enjoys long walks in nature more than anything else.
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