The 3 Mindset Shifts that Can Boost Your Productivity

Everyone should become their own boss at some point in their life.

Christopher D. Connors
Feb 9 · 5 min read
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

Every great stride in productivity, performance and planning comes from what we learn and put into action from others. None of us are given all the answers. We have to figure that out. We do so from teachers, mentors, coaches and partners.

Even now, in a virtual environment for the past year, what we learn and pick up from others informs our ability to get the most out of ourselves. You can call it a chicken-and-egg relationship, but the fact is happiness feeds productivity; and vice versa.

A fascinating analysis from Harvard Business Review details Dr. Emma Seppala’s findings in studying workplace happiness and productivity. She writes:

“A positive work climate also leads to a positive workplace culture which, again, boosts commitment, engagement, and performance. Happier employees make for not only a more congenial workplace but for improved customer service. As a consequence, a happy and caring culture at work not only improves employee well-being and productivity but also improved client health outcomes and satisfaction.”

This happiness she speaks of comes directly from empathy, values and a willingness of leaders to build positive relationships. We can take this model and apply it to our personal lives, relationships and in entrepreneurship. Kindness, Respect, Positive Attitude all lead to building lasting relationships with others.

This mindset attracts like-minded people to help us become more productive and successful.

It’s also a winning strategy for boosting your productivity. So many of us wander around looking for the magic elixir or formula for how to become more productive. There are no secrets and certainly no shortcuts. It begins with discipline, confidence and a strong competitive desire — with yourself — to continue refining and building your mindset toward your peak potential.

I’ve highlighted three important mindset shifts to help you increase self-awareness and how you want to impact the world around you. Your productivity will run directly proportionate to your ability to build a positive relationship with your peers, but also through encouragement and enrichment for yourself.

1. We’re Able to Produce and Do More than We Think

The saying “mind over matter” is real. Our willpower is so strong, yet we only get to know and realize this once we begin to tap into it. Our ability to overcome pain, loss, disadvantages and adversity is largely controlled in the power of our minds! But remember this — the other side of this coin is thinking you can do too much, in too short of a period of time.

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This great Bill Gates quote exemplifies this:

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

In other words, while we are strong beyond measure, we often fall into a trap of overestimating our short-term plans and underestimating the “long game.”

This is why I believe so strongly in the power of a five-year plan. Once you put things in writing and commit to a realistic plan, you can truly do anything within reason of your talents and natural abilities.

You’re only ever limited by your attitude and your work ethic. If you’re willing to stay positive and work hard, you will always produce more than you ever thought possible. And through this ethos, you’ll attract more people who will help you continue building toward your biggest goals.

2. Time is Your Most Valuable Commodity

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” — Steve Jobs

Well, there you go! Look, I can tell you. Your friends and colleagues can tell you. And heck, one of the greatest innovators ever can tell you. But you’ll only truly understand this truth through your experience. I’ve personally found the best way to learn just how valuable time really is, is to strike things out on your own in an endeavor where you are dependent solely on yourself for success.

I believe everyone should become their own boss at some point in their life. If nothing else, it causes you to become resourceful and take ownership like you never have before. Once you are doing this for something you believe in and have passion for, you’re on a road toward success and fulfillment. And as you keep traveling, you’ll find just how much you value you time. Because you are both the manager and delivery specialist for your time.

Ask any entrepreneur and they’ll tell you — “My time is valuable.” So, be shrewd with placing things on your schedule. The Princeton University McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning says,

“Be brutally realistic, not idealistic when making your schedule. Creating a schedule you can’t actually keep is setting yourself up for frustration.”

3. Values & Structure will Sustain You Through Life

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” — Roy E. Disney

Values. Goals. Determining your Why and personal definition of success. These things provide structure for your life! Values are what give your life definition and serve as the foundation for every move you make.

As I wrote in The Value of You, we all need a framework of reference that helps with making decisions, finding opportunities and building great relationships.

Values are the key to beginning on the path you want to take. Find that structure you crave. Find your values and know they lead to the truth. Once you know your true path, it’s so much easier to be productive and to attract the people you want to share your journey with.

In fact, creating a mindset that incorporates all three things will truly put you on the road to living a life on your terms.

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