Everyday tips to increase your productivity
When faced with a challenge I try to focus on the elements of the challenge that I want to help me move forward from where I am now to where I want to be. Often it can be overwhelming to think of yourself on the other side having successfully achieved something you’ve never attempted before while hearing the voices of doubt tell you every reason why you should give up now and save face, after all if it isn’t broken why fix it? Right…??
When faced with negative self talk it can be almost impossible to convince yourself of your own greatness and ability to achieve. This is why wherever possible I aim to follow some simple pointers to ensure those dark voices of doubt are muted and stay that way!
Make sure when you speak you are heard! Communicate effectively and purposefully and know your intended audience. In order to convince others of your ideas you need to have conviction in them yourself and if you’re still feeling a bit a wobbly about reaching out to new people just rehearse, rehearse, rehearse and if that fails… fake it ‘til you make it!!
Don’t run away
Set a goal and keep making strides towards it, if you need help ASK FOR IT! There is no weakness in knowing when you need to lean on others, however procrastinating because you can’t see the wood for the trees might make you feel weak and incapable of change.
Use your support network… don’t have one yet? Then build one! Chances are there is a forum, community support group, online network, professional advisory service or similar not far from you – check out Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for starters and I can assure you there is a community out there to support your niche area of work.
Sounds obvious but in order to move on from where we are we need to take that first step and move towards your goals! Make the steps manageable and realistic and you won’t set yourself up for failure. However, failing to make those tentative steps could lead to a cycle of self-perpetuated grief and self-doubt.
Keep your friends close
Those who genuinely have your best intentions at heart will always be there to support you. Maintain these positive connections and keep surrounding yourself with people who will motivate you to push yourself to the next level. However in doing this you need to be mindful that not everyone will be as encouraging, some people are only happy when they see defeat in someone else. So be careful who you share your dreams and ideas with!
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” Maya Angelou
Make a decision, trust your own judgement and stick to it!
You’ve got an idea, one that you know you will work for you but yet something is still holding you back. It’s called procrastination! Some people will do everything possible to put off making decisions, whether continually researching or studying to further extend their already extensive knowledge base or constantly seeking external approval or validation means some decisions will forever remain on the ‘To Do List’.
Don’t leave your fate in the hands of someone else, trust yourself to be your best guide and give yourself small achievable goals to complete each day and if you don’t complete them ask yourself why not. Some questions you can ask include:
- What is your motivation?
- Why do I want this?
- What added value will this bring?
Give yourself some time to breathe
This is a real simple one… Take 20 minutes every day for a little techno detox. Be quiet and still (and that means NO phone, social media, TV, children, pets, husbands, wives etc…) and use this time to reflect on the day’s events or to prepare for an upcoming event or presentation…whatever the purpose it really doesn’t matter as long as you take time out for you. If you find yourself thinking you’re too busy to relax then trust me you need to do this more than most!!
Selina Clarke is an experienced professional career supervisor and well-being specialist offering effective 1:1 support for goal setting and career planning. She also provides bespoke massage therapy treatments from the Just Holistic Therapy Rooms in South Croydon. For more information please visit www.selinaclarke.com