- Selim's Notes
- Day 19: The Unseen Forces that Fuels Productivity:
Day 19: The Unseen Forces that Fuels Productivity:
Discipline Over Motivation and the Power of Focus
Looking to boost productivity? Here's a secret: It's all about discipline, not motivation.🔑
It's easy to think that the world's most productive people are also the ones who are constantly driven, motivated, and inspired. But, after years of working in the humanitarian field, I can confidently tell you that this is not the case.
The truth is, motivation comes and goes. Some days you’ll feel ready to take on the world; other days, you’ll want to do nothing at all. And that’s perfectly okay! The secret is discipline!
Discipline is what keeps you moving even on those not-so-great days. It’s what pushes you forward when your motivation tank runs empty.
Building discipline takes time and practice, but trust me; it pays off.
Remember: It’s discipline, not motivation, that makes us productive.
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
― Jim Rohn
Have you ever noticed how it takes longer to complete tasks when we're constantly interrupted?😓
One of the biggest productivity killers I've noticed over the years has been constant interruptions. In today's hyper-connected world, we are continuously bombarded with calls, messages, and notifications that break our flow of work.
Studies show that after an interruption, it takes an astounding 23 minutes on average for us to return to our original task. That's a lot of wasted time!
As one of my favorite authors Ryan Holiday, wrote in his book;
“In a world of distraction, focusing is a superpower.”
So my advice? Start carving out uninterrupted blocks of time for your tasks - even if it's just an hour or two per day. Turn off your phone notifications or set them to Do Not Disturb mode during these periods.
You can also use the “Pomodoro Technique”. Ever heard of it? It segments your work into 25-minute 'Pomodoros' (the Italian word for 'tomatoes').
Each Pomodoro is separated by a 5-minute break. After four Pomodoros, take a longer break of 15-30 minutes. Why is it effective? It's a timer for disciplined work AND rest. It creates a rhythm that can significantly amp up productivity and reduce the chances of burnout.
There you have it - a tangible secret to add to your productivity arsenal!I guarantee this will greatly increase your overall productivity and make those hours far more rewarding!
So, what's your secret productivity weapon? Share it in the comments and help drive the productivity of this community!
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