Gentle Productivity to Combat Procrastination
Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate, and make sure you know exactly what it is what you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed – Paulo Coehlo
Procrastination can keep us from being as productive as we all think we should be, especially since there is a popularity of the so-called “Hustle Culture” It asks of us even during a pandemic, how much we have achieved, or created or caught up upon, during our time “at home” or “off”. But this is destructive, and actually even counter-productive, as overworking ourselves, or trying to multi-task as much as possible, only leads to less quality of work, and eventually total burn out and even more procrastination.
However, there is a more gentle way to approach to optimizing your productivity, by connecting yourself to the activities of the day, via the meaningful, powerful direction of focus. And I do not mean a goal minded focus, but rather a purpose and meaning-centered focus on activities.
What is Meaning-Centered Focus?
Do you know why you are taking action?
Being truly and deeply aware during an active session of productivity, and the reason why this action is so important, allows you to connect to your drive and connects you to your values and overall mission. Instead of thoughtless movement, your productive time will now take on a more meaningful sense.
Of course, as you are going to tell me, you are already aware that you do not take action without a reason, but when do we really connect with the deep meaning and reason at that moment? I bet that this happens a lot less than you may realize.
What you stay focused on will grow – Roy T. Bennett
Pour joy into your action
Approach action with the attitude of joyfulness, an expectation of feeling good about the activity, and a clear intent to find fun in what you are about to do. Combined with a mission centered focus, the intent of joy will allow your creativity to flow, and keep your mind away from any potential negative association you may have with working on your task. So instead of thinking about how you do not want to write that presentation, you could intend to have fun, to think positive about the process, and enjoy your ability to create it, to the fullest. This can be applied to just about any activity, such as doing the dishes or writing a book.
If you practice a deliberate and intentional, peaceful mindful productivity, you will learn to associate the feelings of passion, purpose and joyful peace with actions that need to be carried out, and are therefore building the habits (via Neuroplasticity) of being gently and lovingly productive, while staying true to your values, and missions.