What Is Most Difficult About Becoming More Productive
Becoming more productive is a journey; you never really arrive at any destination per se. You strive to make continual steps forward; but sometimes, you take a few steps back.
In many ways, it’s not an easy journey. You know you can do far more, but you don’t seem to be able to shift gear. You have big goals, but they’re not moving as fast as you wished them to. If only you could get more things done.
Like many things in life, the process of becoming more productive is simple to understand but hard to implement. I mean it’s simple to understand the mechanics of the process; set clear goals, plan, execute, collaborate, etc.
But moving from comprehension to action is hard. It’s hard for this simple reason: it requires that you grow, as in change your mindset, habits, and actions. And changing is hard.
To become more productive, you must become more. You must become someone new. You must change. You must grow.
What is most difficult about becoming more productive isn’t knowing what to do; it’s doing what you know. It’s getting “yourself” to do the things you already know you should be doing.
You already know what must get done. The challenge is to get yourself to do it.
Thus, if you’re serious about becoming more productive, study yourself to determine what sets you in motion: what pushes you to get things done.
If you’re not sure, you can reflect on the areas where you struggle: Do you struggle to set goals? Do you lack focus and fall for every distraction? Are you disorganized? Do you struggle to plan your work? Do you struggle to execute your plan?
If you identify the obstacles that hinder your progress, you can target them and address them. Identifying your areas of weakness can help you bring to light areas where you must grow.
Now the question becomes: What helps you grow best? What conditions make it easier for you to improve your ways?
Some people need accountability, and thus, must work with others. Some people need to establish routines (i.e. repeat some activities every day). Some people need to set powerful incentives. For many people, it’s a combination of all of the above.
What is it for you? What helps you grow?
Becoming more productive is a journey of self-discovery (i.e. you must know what helps you produce) and self-mastery (i.e. you must get yourself to do the work). As I said, the journey isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. Don’t stop.