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February 25, 2020
How many times have you told yourself, “I have so much to do and not enough time.”? Have you ever thought that by changing your mind, you could increase your productivity? Studies show that a positive approach to our “To Do” list is a key component to getting more done with better results.
In “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work”, Shawn Achor presents his research on how positive thinking and living have a direct effect on productivity. The results of practicing positivity are staggering:
Many are talking about the benefits of changing your mind when it comes to work. Here are some simple ways to begin thinking differently about all that’s on your list.
Inject Positivity into Your Workspace: Personalize your workspace with the things you love. Pictures of family or favorite places, funny quotes or inspirational sayings are all great ways to infuse good thoughts into your work environment. If running errands is on today’s agenda, tune in to a favorite pod cast while driving and keep boosting positive thoughts.
Give Thanks: Decades of studies show that gratitude has a positive effect on attitude. Begin and end each day with “Three Thanks”. Naming things we are thankful for has an instant impact on the direction of our thoughts. Train your brain to “think in thankfulness”.
Exercise: This doesn’t have to mean joining a gym. If your tasks require a lot of sitting, make time to move. Take stairs, not elevators. Park your car a little further from the entrance. It may seem like this is counter intuitive when there is so much to be done, but studies show that the positive chemicals released from physical activity actually give us an energy boost!
The next time you are tempted to think, “I can’t!” when looking at your calendar, think again. Try some of the methods shared here and look into other resources to help you be a more productive and happy you.
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