As with any growth and expansion, becoming more productive doesn't happen overnight. It takes consistent investment of time and commitment.
If you want to take yourself to the next level, you must be more productive.
To be more productive isn't always easy -- sometimes we need repeated reminders.
Here are seven powerful phrases that will make you more productive.
Repeat after me:
1. If not now, when?
When procrastination sets in and things start to pile up, it's time to commit to a change. If anything is going to happen, it is up to you. The timing is up to you too, so choose to make it happen now.
2. I will rethink to regroup.
If you're digging yourself into a hole, the first thing to remember -- but sometimes the hardest -- is to stop digging. Look around. Take a breath. Regroup, recalibrate your priorities, and regain control.
3. I will start with what is necessary.
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and before you know it, you may find yourself doing the impossible. Try to start each day with a series of small but necessary tasks to fuel the rest of your morning.
4. I will simplify what is complicated.
It's simplicity of intention that gives us consistent productivity. Many of us overthink and make things more complicated than they need to be. Ask yourself how much you really need to be doing.
5. I will focus on what matters.
Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Stay focused on the actions that will lead toward your successful productive future, and don't let yourself get distracted with busywork.
6. I will make this happen no matter what.
It's always possible to dodge responsibilities, but it's much more difficult to dodge the consequences. It was Winston Churchill who defined success as stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. A river cuts through rocks not because of its power, but because it never gives up, the persistence over time is its power.
7. I will control my mind before my mind controls me.
If your thoughts are filled with negativity, not much can get done. But positivity fuels productivity. Success comes to those who have positive energy. Positivity will not only boost your productivity, it will help you make the best of what you do and how you do it.
The bottom line: When it comes to boosting productivity, if it's really important for you to be willing do whatever it takes and to keep reminding yourself with phrases to make it happen. The time to make that commitment, though, is today.