It takes discipline to be productive. But even the most disciplined of people need to force their productivity.
If you’re ready to be productive but you find yourself frequently distracted and unable to focus, then you need to make one single change.
You can have all the enthusiasm in the world to get things done. But if you’re in an environment full of distractions, you’ve set yourself up for failure.
Your environment plays a huge part in your success.
Think about it like this:
If you’re trying to avoid snacking, but your home cupboard is full of snacks and sweets. You’re setting yourself up for failure.
And if you’re trying to meet women, but you go to your friend’s house to hang out. There aren’t going to be any women there. You’ve set yourself up for failure again.
If you’re trying to read more books in your free time, but it’s always noisy in your house and you don’t own any books. You’re not going to be able to accomplish your task.
If you’re trying to sit down and get some productive work done, then what do you think you need to do?
You can be at home. But is your cellphone on? Is there a tv in the room? Is there food in the fridge?
Now you can get rid of those factors by turning off your phone, unplugging your tv, and sitting in a different room. But that still might not fix anything.
You could easily turn your phone back on, plug in your tv, and pace into your kitchen.
Although you’re able to disarm these factors to help keep you from straying, you can just as easily put things back the way they were.
So instead, make it so that you can’t control the factors. Change your environment so that it’s already in an optimal state for you to be productive.
Go to the library. Leave your phone in the car. Take your work or study materials. Then be productive.
If you have no access to distractions, then you won’t be distracted.
The library is made for productivity.
Over two hours spent working on a project surrounded by distractions could have easily been done in only one hour spent working in a library.
The best way to force productivity is to be in the proper environment
We all only have so much willpower in a given day. Don’t have it sapped from fighting against the current.
Manage your system for accomplishing your tasks.
It all starts with getting you to the proper environment. Be in the right environment, and you’ll naturally be productive.
Human beings have this crazy obsession to be entertained. We would rather inflict pain on ourselves than sit still doing nothing in a bland room.
Start with your environment. You’ll naturally make something happen.
I can throw you in a room full of people. You’re likely to talk to people at some point.
I can leave you in a gym. You would eventually find yourself on a treadmill or lifting weights.
If I left you at a museum, you’re bound to learn something.
An extra tip, whenever you’re trying to accomplish something – don’t bring your phone
All of the examples mentioned could be cancelled out if you have a cellphone in your hand.
Unless you absolutely need it.
There are too many distractions on a cell phone. Most of which won’t provide you much benefit in the real world.
How to Force Productivity
- Have a task
- Find the appropriate location to work on your task
- Go there
- Work on your task
It can be the difference of getting everything done, and nothing done.