We've all read articles, listened to podcasts, and watched YouTube videos on how to become more productive. But how many times have we gone back to our ways immediately after doing those?
The internet can be a blessing in disguise. While we might feel unsatisfied, after hours and hours of looking at the screen, if we put our time and efforts into it we can actually find infinite resources to help us grow both in our professional and personal lives. Finding out what works best for us and what doesn't is the key to boost our productivity.
As the title suggests I wanted to talk about our mental strength and how crucial a role it plays for us and how we perform a specific task or our role as a leader in an organization.
It's important we talk about this because almost everyone reading this has had good days and bad days at work. And sometimes these bad days tend to have a snowball effect leaving us sad, unhappy, and unproductive.
When we exercise we get tired after a while. All of us have different capacities when we get tired. What we need to realize is that we also have different mental strengths, and performing the same task over a longer duration will have different outcomes for different people. Factors like motivation, interest, passion, etc play a crucial role in deciding our mental strength just like they do when we work out.
The rise of productivity apps and productivity influencers is very real. In fact, the term productivity porn has seen a steep rise as content creators have taken up the top spot in Spotify podcasts.
There are a plethora of options when it comes to apps that help us increase our productivity. I personally have used multiple apps such as slack, workplace by Facebook, Trello for my team. They are really great at what they do and deliver what they promise.
You can have 100+ of these apps installed on your phone but they won't make us productive unless we follow up with our tasks. Understanding our priorities and what we need to achieve is absolutely crucial. It's also important to understand that we don't have to be productive all the time. It's okay to relax and take a break once in a while.
Here are a few tips to increase your mental stamina:
Starting a book is fun but to follow through it till the end greatly increases our ability to stay focused for a longer period.
I can't stress this enough. A good night's sleep can work wonders for your mental health. Get at least 6 hours of sleep every day and see your productivity shoot up!
Always know when to come off of work and spend some time with yourself and your family members. This can go a long way in reducing stress and improving your overall efficiency.
There are always gonna be days when we feel low, there are going to be days when 24 Hours don't seem enough, there is always going to be someone better than you.
And it's completely ok. Rome wasn't built in a day.
Mental health was, is, and always will be important to your professional success.
Abhyas is the Cofounder of MIT Store and an alumnus of Manipal Institute of Technology.
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