Productivity and Persuasion
One of the bonuses of learning to persuade is that we have the ability to work our skills on ourselves. When we apply self-persuasion, we can naturally accomplish anything we set our minds to.
However, we must set the stage for productivity and there are a number of things we can do to increase our capacity to achieve. These are simple, practical, and sometimes elusive activities and mindsets that come easily for some and are more of a challenge for others. With persistence, comes progress. I promise.
One of the most passive and pleasurable (though sometimes hard to attain from a time management standpoint) is getting enough sleep. Our brains recharge us as we sleep allowing our bodies to cleanse, repair, and rejuvenate on a deep cellular level.
In terms of maximizing your productivity, think about your own internal rhythms and when you get the most done. Are you an ‘early to bed, early to rise’ full of energy in the mornings type of person? If so, try adding ten or twenty minutes to your morning by going to sleep a little earlier. Conversely, if you’re a night owl, determine when you are at your peak in terms of getting things done.
These next two ideas may seem time consuming, but the energy you will get from them will help you incredibly in all aspects of your life. Proper nutrition and exercise. UGH!! I know, it’s hard to eat right, junk food tastes good, it’s too difficult to exercise, it takes way too much time. I know, I know. I used to think exactly the same way, but the myriad benefits you will gain from incorporating these into your life will more than make up for the effort and time you invest.
As creatures of habit, we do the next step instinctually. Creating a routine helps with both starting a new, healthy habit and eliminating an old, unhelpful habit. Success comes about as a result of your intention. We’ve all been in ruts and know that they have a negative frame attached to them. I’m not suggesting we all get ourselves in ruts where we can’t see the forest through the tress. I am suggesting that we learn to do certain things without thinking–like taking your vitamins or starting the day out with a light and sound session, or working on your universes or expressing gratitude for the good things that come to you. These are all routines that have a positive impact on us.
And lastly, creating stress free situations and environments is crucial. Even if your work requires a certain amount of stress, if you’re constantly under deadlines you have got to make sure there are places in your life when you can simply decompress. Sleep is not enough when it comes to decompressing either, so there has to be a hobby or meditative state or prayer or quiet time or time in nature, playing golf, playing cards with the grandkids… whatever pleases you–in order to unwind.
Incorporating these five steps into your life will boost your productivity, not to mention your health, well being, and peace of mind.
Kenrick E. Cleveland