Working in a productive work environment is important. Your work environment will determine your energy level and your motivation. When you work in a productive environment, you tend to accomplish more and you will take more action, and vice versa. So how do you create a productive work environment?
Working environment is important to me. I work from home and if the environment is not empowering, I tend to slack off and procrastinate.
I believe that working in a great surrounding is what everyone wants. Who wants to work in a lousy, distracting, and energy-sucking place anyway, right?
Your environment plays an important role in both your work life and personal life.
When your work environment is conducive, you will take more action, feel productive and able to get more done.
The same goes for your personal life. You tend to feel more confident and satisfy because the environment is supportive.
You will be in a positive state more often than a negative one. This is why creating a good environment is important.
And here are 3 tactics that I found to be very powerful when it comes to creating a productive work environment.
I used these tactics myself and I believe they will benefit you too.
1. Creating The Trigger
If you are someone who procrastinates often and always feel no motivation to work, this will be a great tactic to overcome your problem.
Find out what trigger your motivation. Do you know that everyone’s hot button is different?
Some people procrastinate when they see their couch, they want to lie and sleep on it. The couch is their trigger for procrastination.
Some people when they get into their office and they see the sales charts and graphic designs on the wall, they feel inspired and motivated instantly.
So what triggers you into taking action and feeling motivated?
For most people, when they think about their dreams and what they want to accomplish in the future, they feel motivated and they want to take action.
The thoughts act as the trigger.
This is why I suggest you to consciously think about your goals and your dreams. It is what successful people do and it is what separates the extraordinary from the ordinary.
Well, what triggers you? What makes you feel motivated and wanted to take action?
You can create the trigger so that whenever you step into your workplace, you feel motivated and productive instantly.
For me, I use music to boost my motivation and make my workday productive. Usually, I start to write articles from 9am to 11am.
I have to admit, sometimes it is difficult to find the motivation to write. And I will do is that I will play some of my favorite music to boost my energy.
I used fast-paced music to motivate myself into writing articles. Even when I’m typing this right now, the music is playing.
What about you? What can you do to trigger and switch on your motivation and be productive? What is your hot button?
Find out your trigger and incorporate it into your workplace. Make your workday productive and get more done from now on.
2. Finding The Accountability Factor
If you have been reading personal development books you will know that accountability is one of the keys that determine why people do what they do.
When the accountability is there, you will take action because you feel responsible and committed.
If you read the Wall Street Journal best-selling book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, you will discover that accountability is one of the disciplines for taking action.
People fail to take action because there is no or lack of accountability. When you are accountable for something, you will do it.
Think about it, did you ever procrastinate or delay on your work? Of course you did, but why do you do that?
The answer is simple, because you don’t feel accountable and there is no commitment from your side.
And when you are not accountable or committed to your work, you will only do it when it is convenient.
This is why as high as 92% people who set goals fail to reach them. They say they want to be a millionaire, they want to build a successful business, and they want to have the slim and fit body, but sadly, they don’t feel accountable for it.
So how do you create accountability in your workplace?
Here’s how Leo Babauta, the guy behind the ZenHabits blog creates his motivation and accountability:
When I wanted to run my first marathon, I started writing a column about it in my local daily newspaper. The entire island of Guam (pop. 160K) knew about my goal. I couldn’t back down, and even though my motivation came and went, I stuck with it and completed it. Now, you don’t have to commit to your goal in your daily newspaper, but you can do it with friends and family and co-workers, and you can do it on your blog if you have one. And hold yourself accountable — don’t just commit once, but commit to giving progress updates to everyone every week or so.
Leo Babauta used public commitment to create the accountability and commitment, what about you?
For instance, you can use the same technique and create the accountability in your workplace with your colleagues.
For example, if you want to wake up early, just date someone for breakfast. When you know someone is waiting for you, most likely, you will never be late or oversleep.
If you think that this is not enough, try to make the rule whoever arrives late has to pay the bill. This will make the accountability even stronger.
Try to be creative and hold yourself accountable for what you want to achieve in life.
Make a public commitment to your goals. Share with people who will support you and tell them your dreams.
Put yourself in a position where you cannot retreat. When you are in the “do or die” situation, you will most likely make it.
This explains why most successful people gone through tremendous difficulties before they accomplish the amazing results in life.
It is perfectly alright to make yourself feel uncomfortable. In fact, that’s the point; you want to put yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable NOT to take action.
Try to make a bet with your friend. Say, if you fail to take action, you will give him $20. Now, do you think you have more commitment to take action?
So create the accountability and make yourself committed to taking action.
Make it so that whenever you get into your workplace, you feel accountable and that you want to take action.
This is why a short meeting in the morning works great because it boosts everyone’s morale and energy to go for more.
This is also why having a supporting group of colleagues and motivating office culture are important. They will shape your career life.
3. Building The Habit
Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what gets you going.
You cannot depend on motivation all the time. Motivation is needed when you first started, but as time goes by, you need to build productive habits to keep things going.
If you rely on motivation alone, what do you think will happen when you don’t feel motivated? That’s right, you will procrastinate and put things off. You feel tired and you don’t feel like doing anything.
So motivation is good to kick start your day, the rest, you should make it into your habits.
The idea of creating a productive habit does not sound fancy, but it is utmost important if you want to live a successful life.
Your habits will determine your destiny. Here’s my favorite quote:
“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Think about it, how much motivation do you need when it comes to brushing your teeth every morning?
Well, most people brush their teeth automatically without even thinking about how to do it. It has become their habits that they brush their teeth unconsciously.
When an act becomes your habit, you will do it unconsciously, without much effort. The same goes for driving. You don’t have to think much about how to turn the steering or pressing the pedal, you just drive, through habits.
This is why it is important to develop productive habits that will get you going.
The question now becomes how can you develop good habits?
Here is an easy and simple way how you can do it. It is called habit stacking.
Basically, habit stacking suggested that we incorporate our new habits before or after a trigger or old habit.
Reading habit: Before I eat my breakfast, I will spend 15 minutes reading.
Active goal setting habit: After I brush my teeth, I will write down my top 10 goals.
Exercise habit: Before I take a shower in the morning, I will do 20 pushups.
Writing habit: After I eat my breakfast, I will spend an hour into writing an article.
Start-work habit: Before I check emails, I will work on my most important task of the day.
Planning habit: Before I sleep each night, I will write down the top 5 tasks I need to accomplish the next day.
It is simple, just insert a new habit before/after an old habit.
This habit stacking tactic is powerful because you are leveraging on your old habits to insert a new habit into the cycle.
Whenever you perform the old habit, it triggers you to do the new habit.
Do this right now. What new habit do you want to build? Do you want to read for 30 minutes a day? Do you want to do 30 pushups or jogging for an hour? Do you want to write 1,000 words each day?
Use the habit stacking to develop your new habit for your workplace.
What is the most important work you need to get done each day? If you are in sales, cold calling or meeting clients will be your most important task, so make it your habit.
Before you switch on your computer in the office, call 10 clients. Or, after you have made your coffee in the office, arrange appointments with 3 clients.
You know what to do. And you just have to do it. Use this habit stacking tactic to transform your workplace and start to be productive.
These are the 3 tactics that anyone can use to boost their motivation, create the productivity, and develop the habits to getting things done.
If you think that these tactics are useful to you, implement them straight away. Find a way to create the trigger for motivation, build the accountability and turn it into your habits. Make your workplace productive.
You don’t want to just read this article. You want to get something out from here. So be serious about the success you want and apply what you have learned.
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