One of the most difficult things in life to endure is knowing that you could be better than what you are but not knowing the way to make it happen. It’s one thing to be blissfully ignorant of your potential and to not know any better. However, if you know for a fact that you have more potential than what you’re showing in the moment, then it can be absolute mental torture.
This website was created after helping a number of my friends learn how to be more productive through a combination of simple, straightforward science and a type of mindfulness that isn’t really talked about much.
Learning How to Motivate Yourself
Imagine how much material you were taught in school growing up that you can’t remember at all. What if they spent some of that time teaching you things that really affect your happiness and productivity? What if they taught you how to stop procrastinating and how to get yourself motivated so that you actually want to do the things that will help you to reach your potential?
I don’t know why they don’t teach these types of things in school, and there’s not much we can do about that. However, what we can do is show you how to do these things now in the present so that you can get more out of the rest of your life. Consider the following simple points that a whole lot of people identify with:
- It’s easy to know what to do, but it’s difficult to actually get yourself to do it.
- You know that there has to be a way to reach more of your potential.
- All of the advice that you get sounds great on paper but doesn’t actually translate to real-world results.
- There doesn’t seem to be a sure for procrastination; it feels like something inside of you is broken.
- You feel anxious and depressed about your problems with getting things done.
I picked out these five statements because they are the most common things that I have heard from the people I’ve worked with. I’m primarily driven by helping people, and I think that is the reason why I was put on this Earth. With that having been said, I’ve been able to help a lot of people with these types of issues, and if you want to follow along with what I have to say, I think I can probably help you too.
Does Anyone Know How to Be Productive When You Aren’t Feeling It?
The main issue that everyone I’ve helped has dealt with is that they have things they want to get done but aren’t able to for some reason that isn’t a lack of skill. A lot of people mistakenly think this is a lack of motivation, but that isn’t it either. If they weren’t motivated, then they wouldn’t want to do these things in the first place. What’s missing is something else.
Some people have called this the Intention-Action Gap:
We are rational and responsible in terms of our intentions and commitments made to others, but not to ourselves. The same lack of action often happens with other intentions to self, including: saving for retirement, flossing our teeth, watching less TV, eating less salt, watching our caloric intake . . . You know this list.
What’s so interesting about this is that the same people who report these types of motivational problems also have no problem becoming motivated all of a sudden when they have an opportunity to help someone else. As the quote above notes, this is generally an issue that only centers around doing things for ourselves.
You may have times when you are “feeling it” and feel like you know how to motivate yourself just by being alive, but it’s not something you have conscious control over. My goal is to give you the tools to learn how to turn that switch on whenever you want to.
Practicing Mindfulness in a Different Way
I’ll be the first person to say that mindfulness has turned into this huge buzzword that gets thrown around like synergy and whatever else some corporate group has decided will sound great to stockholders. We’re not talking about the same thing here that these types have tried to pass off as effective leadership to keep stock prices up.
Mindfulness is simply noticing what you’re doing instead of going on auto-pilot.
I almost want to come up with a different word for it because of all of the baggage that comes from it with today’s self-help and corporate-level industries, but we’re going to stay true to the actual meaning of the word.
The whole point of this type of mindfulness is to put your brain in a mode where it taps into everything it already knows about how to be productive. Your mind already has the tools that you need, and you can see that when you have those moments or periods of time when you feel like you really have everything together and are getting things done left, right and center.
We want to tap into those tools that you already have and teach you how to access them at will instead of relying on them to kick into gear on their own.
Conscious vs. Unconscious: How to Be More Productive the Easy Way
Procrastination is the fundamental issue that is behind most of these types of problems that people have. If you were able to flip a switch and stop procrastinating right now, then it’s obvious that your entire life would change dramatically. That switch concept is our goal with the materials that I have put together here based on real case studies that I’ve performed with friends and other people I’ve met who wanted some real help that they weren’t able to find on their own.
The first place to start is by understanding these simple, fundamental differences between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind:
|Conscious Mind||Unconscious Mind|
|Mode of Operation||Intentional||Auto-Pilot|
|Speed of Operation||Medium-Fast||Incredibly Fast|
|Level of Foresight||High||Medium-Low|
|Level of Strategic Planning||High||Low|
What we want you to see from this table is that the unconscious mind is faster than the conscious mind, but the conscious mind is smarter when it comes to setting objectives and meeting them. Along these lines, procrastination is when the unconscious mind takes over things that the conscious mind should be dealing with instead.
Using This to Learn How to Stop Procrastinating
The method that I have used with dozens of people, many who suffered from things like ADHD (both types and combined types), anxiety and depression centers around practicing mindfulness in the way I described above to just give your mind a little kick so that it moves out of the unconscious mode and back into the conscious mode. This takes back control from your unconscious and puts things back under conscious control when you’re in the middle of procrastinating.
In effect, you develop a simple “switch” to turn procrastination off and to get back to being productive and doing the things that will actually make you happy in the long run.
How to Get Started
To get started, work through the materials that we’ve outlined in the sidebar, starting with the introductory series. You can also view our various blog posts for science-based discussions of some of the other types of things that hold people back from doing their best. We discuss things like how multitasking doesn’t actually exist and how doing more than one thing at a time can drop your effective IQ by 10 points.
It’s really interesting stuff, and it’s all geared towards actually working instead of just being a bunch of stuff that sounds good but that does not work for real people in the real world.
I love my friends, and I love the people I have helped. That’s why it’s so important to me that the things I talk about actually produce results, and that’s why it’s so important to me that they produce results without a ton of stress, aggravation or other negative emotions that will keep you from being able to sustain these changes over the long term.