4 Super Simple Tips for a More Productive Attitude
When it comes to getting things done, attitude is everything. If you have a positive, can-do attitude, then you will find it easy to take on new challenges.
However, if a productive attitude continues to elude you, here are 4 tips for kick starting the change you want to see in yourself.
Recognise Your Successes:
It is always nice to be rewarded when we do good work. But many of us have grown used to other people rewarding us and don't often think about rewarding ourselves. When we slip into the habit of looking to other people for validation and for confirmation of our abilities, it is easy to rapidly lose sight of our own sense of self-worth.
It is important that we are able to recognise our own successes, and that we are able to provide ourselves with some kind of validation. If you don't make a conscious effort to do this, then when you feel as if you have done good work, but the person who you normally turn to for validation is not providing comment, it can lead to you second-guessing yourself and writing off perfectly good work as somehow inferior.
Don't be afraid to give yourself a proverbial pat on the back, or to look back at something that you have created with a sense of pride and accomplishment. While you will often have your own objectives and goals that are set for you by your employer, or dictated to you by your clients, it is also vital that you have personal goals and aspirations. Working towards these milestones provides you with considerable motivation and helps to foster a more productive attitude.
Set Yourself Achievable Goals
Setting yourself measurable goals and objectives is beneficial for several reasons. For one thing, it gives you a sense of purpose and direction. If you have clearly defined long-term goals that you want to achieve in your professional life, then you can always be working towards them. Conversely, if you don't have any clear long-term aspirations, then you are going to always be wallowing in the present, and you won't have the same drive or motivation that pushes goal-oriented people towards their objectives.
However, while it is a good idea to set yourself goals to work towards, it is important to understand the difference between a goal and an aspiration. You may ultimately aspire to head up the company that you currently work for, but if you set yourself this as a goal to achieve in the immediate future, you are probably setting yourself up for failure. If your long-term aspiration is to lead a business like the one that you work for, then you need to break this aspiration up into smaller goals that can be achieved in the near-term.
Once you start breaking up your biggest and most aspirational goals into smaller steps, Herculean tasks can suddenly seem much more achievable. This is also good advice for those who feel that they are stagnating in their jobs because they don't know how to progress. If you go to the same job every day and are constantly underworked and uninspired, the simple act of doing your job can rapidly become a Sisyphus errand. But if you take even just an afternoon to think about where you would like to be in 5 years’ time, and what you would need to do if you were serious about getting there, you might realise that it's actually a much more achievable goal than you thought.
Take Pride in Good Work:
We mentioned earlier that you should embrace the good work that you do and use it to boost your confidence. But you don't need to keep your successes internalised. If the work you are doing is something that you are doing as part of a larger team, then sharing your work with them can provide them with motivation. What's more, it will get you and your team discussing good work and considering how you can use that to inform your strategy going forward.
That isn't to say that you should take every single bit of good work that you do and wave it in your co-workers’ faces. You definitely don't want to cross the line from pride into arrogance. But as long as you communicate well with your co-workers and make it clear why you think your work is good and worthy of sharing with the group, it is an excellent way of encouraging the sharing of ideas and the constructive analysis of one another's efforts.
Finally, taking pride in the good work that you do and sharing it with others will encourage them to do the same. When you are part of a team project, especially one where each individual is contributing something different, it might not be obvious to any of you when others in the group are producing good work. For example, if one of you is a graphic designer, but the rest of you have no formal training in graphic design, it is possible that your designer will put out some excellent work that you simply aren't able to appreciate. Perhaps it shows a technical flourish that, while impressive, flies under the radar of the untrained.
By encouraging everyone to be confident in their own sense of pride, you can ultimately end up learning a lot about other people's skillsets.
Learn to Assert Yourself at Work:
There are a number of benefits to being a more assertive person. If you are generally quite passive and introverted, then the thought of asserting yourself suddenly where you haven't before can seem incredibly daunting. Many of those who are learning their assertiveness for the first time can misread assertiveness as aggression or even indignation. If assertiveness does not come naturally to you, then it can be quite a difficult thing to suddenly introduce into your life.
But with that said, there are lots of reasons that being assertive is actually a virtue. For one thing, it is quite literally good for you to be assertive. Research from the Mayo Clinic has shown that people who are assertive experience less stress, anxiety, and anger over the long-term. This is in addition to the short-term confidence boosts that assertiveness provides, which can quickly evolve into a long-term sense of self-esteem.
In both your personal and professional life, being assertive can help you to regain a sense of control and to give yourself the confidence boost that you need to flourish in group environments. If you are someone who has always wanted to be more assertive, but don't really know how to go about it, then you might want to consider finding a nearby assertiveness course.
Being more assertive enables you to be more efficient and productive at work. If you have an idea of how your team can work more efficiently, assertiveness training will give you the tools to both put that idea out there and to defend it if challenged. Remember, assertiveness is not aggression, not if you do it right, anyway.
More productivity means more profitability. It doesn’t matter where you work or what you do, being more productive is always a virtue. The four tips outlined above are all good places to start with improving productivity, and they are things that anyone can do.