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The Secret of Highly Productive People

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Getting into Flow
"Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry." (Proverbs 19:15)

There is one characteristic among highly productive people that is so common that you would think that it is common sense. However, in my experience common sense, though once prevalent in our society, is no longer widespread. The characteristic that I’m mentioning is “action orientation”. In other words, they tend to take action towards their dreams, goals, and objectives. This is a truth that is stated plainly in the Bible, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23)

Go To Work
The average person wastes time at the water cooler, surfing the web, and working on low value tasks. The highly productive person, however, thinks, plans, prioritizes, and gets to work. You will know their mindset even from the language that they use. While many people will talk endlessly about “why” something can’t be done, the high achiever will ask “how” something can be done. The presumption for a highly productive person is that they will be successful. The average person is looking for a way to fail, blame someone else, or let off the hook.

Getting into "Flow"
Brian Tracy talks about an awesome mental state that you can enter called “flow”. This is when you work on high value tasks quickly, continuously, and almost effortlessly. It is the highest level of performance and productivity known to man. It is marked by a feeling of elation and clarity. You feel energized, happy, and calm all at the same time, and the results of your effort are superb and accurate.

How do you get into "flow"?
Step 1: Develop a Heightened Sense of Urgency – By cultivating a habit of doing things quickly, you will start to develop a desire to get things going and keep them going until they are completed. Having a sense of urgency is one way to trigger “flow”.

Step 2: Create a "Tendency for Action" – Increasing your sense of urgency is an important first step in changing your tendency from inaction to action. You must stop talking and start doing more often. Here are two quick ways to start creating this tendency. First, when you feel yourself being lazy, say out loud quickly, “Do it NOW!, Do it NOW!, Do it NOW!” You may even want to stand up abruptly or clap your hands. The key is to break your pattern (yes, laziness is a pattern). Second, break down the most important task on your list to the very next physical action that needs to be done and do it immediately. One of the major reasons that people procrastinate is that they feel overwhelmed. If you change your mindset from, “I have so much to do,” to “what is my next action”, you will break your procrastination habit.

So, now that you know the secret, what are you going to do about it?

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