Personal mantras for increased productivity

Personal mantras for increased productivity

by Ashley Tan 26 Feb 2020

There are days when all I want to do is laze around or lay in bed. At the back of my mind, however, I’m fully cognisant of all the tasks that I need to accomplish by the end of the day. It’s extremely challenging trying to snap out of languorous moods like these, but there are a few tips that I like to use to help push myself towards being more driven for increased productivity. Check out this space for five personal mantras that can help drive your daily productivity. 


1. Get an early start to your morning

As the saying goes, “Your morning sets the rest of your day.” While rising early can be a pain, especially when all we want to do is to hit the snooze button and fall back into our cosy beds, it has been proven that the most productive people tend to wake up early in the morning. However, instead of attempting to complete all of your tasks immediately once you’ve awoken, take the time to find your inner peace and connect with yourself. You could either try meditating, or listening to music. As long as this morning ritual helps you feel refreshed and charged, it’s definitely worth waking up early for!


2. Ensure you receive sufficient rest

This mantra may appear to be rather intuitive, but ensuring that we catch an adequate amount of rest is easier said than done. When we force ourselves to complete our work even when we’re feeling tired, our productivity levels actually decrease. So, instead of pushing yourself needlessly, try taking a short power nap. When you awake, you’re more likely to feel energised and ready to go, and this will certainly increase your efficiency and productivity levels.


3. Be realistic and learn to prioritise

Many of us equate productivity to completing a greater number of tasks within a shorter period of time. However, this may not necessarily be true. Instead of creating a long to-do list, try to prioritise by completing the most urgent tasks first. With smaller and more focused tasks, you’ll be better able to manage your time and, consequently, boost your overall productivity. In other words, don’t try to do everything, as you may end up accomplishing nothing.


4. Set small daily goals for yourself

Setting smaller goals every day and achieving them can help us feel encouraged, such that we feel motivated to continue chasing bigger aspirations. At the end of each day, I engage in a mental exercise where I force myself to list three things that I managed to accomplish within the day. This practice usually gives me a greater impetus to work towards completing the remaining tasks for the day, thereby assisting me in maximising my productivity.


5. Capitalise on others’ strengths

When working in teams, it’s important to be okay with delegating work according to others’ strengths such that the task at hand is completed with minimal fuss and maximum efficiency. This helps to quicken the work process while making it enjoyable at the same time, and ultimately increases the productivity of the entire group.


With these mantras in mind, you’ll be able to increase your productivity without getting vexed with yourself or others unnecessarily. After all, a stress-free life truly is a happy life!