If you have goals but want to more fully enjoy the process of moving towards them, I invite you to consider four productivity tips that I’ve been using to do just that. It doesn’t have to feel like we’re always racing to get to some other place, procrastinating and frustrated the whole way there. For the sake of our mental health and quality of life, it’s time to stop fighting time. It’s time to start feeding our life’s work the presence it requires; we’ll feel abundant because of it.
“When we allow ourselves to get into the wonder and magnificence of the guidance that is around us and within us, that’s when we truly start living.” – Gabby Bernstein
I’m allowing myself to simplify the way I work. It’s relieving, to say the least.
I’m not offering any “hacks” here, just insights that have been playing out well for me. What seems to work at first has nothing to do with the to-do list, or so it would seem.
My first step to being more productive is to be in the presence of wonder and appreciation.
When I’m feeling sincerely grateful just to be alive and experience all the sensations that come along with that, I’m more open to whatever comes my way. I can greet previously perceived obstacles as detours in a better direction. I can honor my tendency for distraction by being with it without beating myself up for it. I can be here, right now, without needing to get somewhere else.
The gift of full presence is that it brings us into alignment with abundance.
The deeper we go into the present moment, the more abundance we tap into. The more abundant we feel, the more enriching our experiences become. Every experience, including the journey of setting and achieving goals, is tinged with an enoughness, an aliveness.
Already believing that you’re truly rich beyond measure—no number can touch that—you’re in the best state of mind to commit yourself fully to your work.When the quality of our presence is rich and alive, the quality of our work rises and commands presence in the world. tell the world
I suggest you try being completely present first.
Try it, right now: close your eyes, take a deep breath in and exhale everything. Feel yourself here.
Now, I’d love to share the productivity tips that have been helping me create work that matters without me feeling drained, frazzled, or anxious in the process.
Don’t get me wrong: I still have anxious thoughts, but when I put the following advice into practice a calm sureness quickly follows.
There’s a big difference between knowing how and why to do something (even if we know it works) and actually doing it. That’s why I’m sharing these practices with you; I’m holding myself accountable so that I actually practice.
That’s the beauty of the following pieces of heartfelt advice: they’re practices.
4 Productivity Tips for Deeper Presence and Greater Abundance
1. Turn off notifications.
Yeah, I know. It sounds too simple to be important, but I assure you it has changed the way I work and live.
- No text notifications.
- No social media notifications.
- No email notifications.
- No buzzing, ringing, or dinging.
Even better: put your phone on airplane mode unless, for emergency reasons, you can’t do that.
Give yourself (and the task in front of you) the clean, open space of the undisturbed present moment.
2. Meditate before you work.
If I meditate before I sit in my chair to write, everything is easier. Even if it’s only a five-minute meditation, the impact it has on my mental clarity is undeniable. Plus, even though I take a little extra time away from my desk to do this, I typically finish what I set out to do quicker and lose no time at all. Actually, it seems like I gain time (along with some mental health benefits).Meditation is a wonderful way to tap into the energy of abundance, which prevents us from having to rely on outward circumstances for a sense of satisfaction. Click To Tweet
3. Visualize in detail where you’re going.
Though you could use your meditation time to visualize the end-goal, it’s not necessarily the same thing. For me, I find it’s best to meditate first on my breathing, my imagined happy place, or a mantra. Then, after I sit down at my desk to write and before I actually begin writing, I close my eyes and see myself living my dreams as if they’ve already come to fruition.
Visualization practices are extremely effective at transforming my attitude and approach to what’s next.
To make this practice really count, get descriptive and precise about exactly how you would feel and be living if you accomplished everything you wanted to accomplish.
Answering the following questions encourages your visualizations to take on full color in your mind:
- How do you feel?
- How do you behave and what kinds of thoughts do you think?
- How do you speak to yourself and others?
- Where are you?
- Who are you with?
- What are you doing?
- How does it feel to have accomplished these goals?
- What does your life look like?
The visions will gain traction and clarity as you keep practicing. Whether you take two or ten minutes or more each day to devote yourself to them, you’ll start to witness, first in your mind, what’s possible. Visualizing what, who, where, and how you want to be, provides you with the information and inspiration to get there.
You’ll begin to feel like you’re that person, living that dream, and it increases the likelihood that you think, speak, and act, right here and now, like you’re already abundant, connected to that success.“Use visualization skills to keep picturing your ideal outcome and you will start to step into it.” @MarieForleo inspire someone
4. Create visual reminders of your goals.
Once you’re in the mindset to do the work you came here to do, do something to prevent yourself from forgetting why you started or where you’re going.
Create tangible reminders that pull you back from the brink of exhaustion, frustration, or procrastination. In essence: write down your “why” or draw your dream and get it on a sticky note or a piece of paper. Put your reminder someplace you’ll see it often, especially before or during work.
There are a lot of excuses for not doing the things we set our hearts on doing. It’s easy to rationalize taking another break or engaging in busywork that doesn’t really move the needle of progress. When the excuses start to creep in, it’s tremendously helpful to look at your goals.
Visual reminders keep you on track for producing with presence and purpose. On my desk, I have a keepsake from my brother and a picture of my father smiling to remind me why I’m doing what I’m doing. These are powerful reminders that, when I stop to be present with them, transform doubt into determination.
What are your goals and why are you committed?We think we're abundant because we are productive, but we are actually more productive when we feel abundant. tweet this
What’s one of the best and most useful productivity tips you’ve learned?
What’s one goal you’re focusing on right now, and how do you want to feel while you’re progressing towards it?
Please share what works for you (whether it’s something from this list or your own toolkit), your main focus right now, and any stories of success with me in the comments.
When you give, you receive; send these productivity tips to someone who has big dreams to remind them that they’re on the right path. It’s motivating to motivate.
Enter this space. Honor where you are. Visualize where you want to be. Come back here and act like you’re already abundant, and step into your visions.