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  • Writer's pictureHai Xiang

Finding Your Productive Mindsets

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

1. Lengthen your horizon.

  • Instead of focusing what you have to achieve in the next 2 weeks, focusing on what you have to do in the next 2 months or even years.

  • Block time for these scheduled tasks, ask a friend to remind you to do these when time approaches.

2. Stop perfectionism.

  • Perfectionism affects mood and morale if the goal is not completely achieved, but mistakes are inevitably made, this is human nature.

  • Don't set goal of perfection, as goal of completion will just pass the line of “what will function right”, the rest are to be improved next time, but not now.

3. Avoid Least Value Activities.

  • Idea of prioritisation: quantify the things you will have to do by values, then set a cut-off line. Those below the line should be cluttered and deal with together.

  • Those High Value Activities should be prioritised.

  • Delegate or offload Least Value Activities.

4. Make peace with the truth of time.

  • Time is limited within a day, don't try to compete with time and cram 25 hours into 24 hours > this leads to disappointment.

  • This allows you to rethink what is truly important and prioritise your time management.

  • Our brains are built in linear way. Focus on one thing at a time.

5. Develop buffer time for unexpected.

  • Don't be unprepared for annoyance or surprise, when it does happen, it interrupts your schedules.

  • Accept the fact that these frustration moments do happen and willingly accept them when they do occur.

  • Do not try to imagine yourself using every minutes down the road, allocate times that simply you are not that productive and goofing off.

6. Develop a Perhaps List.

  • Jot down ideas or things you want to do but won’t come up to your daily schedule that soon.

  • Review the list regularly and ask yourself: (1) whether these things have been done already; (2) Are you ready to act (if not, then let it sits on the List till next review); (3) does this thing adds tremendously to your value.

7. Repetition to hone a skill.

8. Identify your core values/things you believe in, then align your daily task to that value, so to build spontaneous and sustainable motivation.

"Over the past two decades, due to globalisation and cultural transmission, children no long form cohesive and identical life experiences, which results in them diversely identifying themselves."

9. Make clear of what you can and cannot control.

  • Ignore things you cannot control and stop letting it impacting you for long.

  • Hold on to what you can control: like not to be impacted by a negative feeling and the actions to choose to get rid of the negative energy.

  • Focus on actions to change, instead of letting that negativity hounds you.

10. Regain the power of doing nothing

  • Block time in your day for just doing nothing > not even scrolling your phone.

  • These moments help you sort thoughts and realize the things you didn’t pay attention to, which is a great opportunity of discovery.

  • Cut off from constant stimulation reduces anxiety and gains sense of control in your life.


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