Recently I read an article on Inc.com about how to get your focus back when you start losing steam.
The author suggested three ways to get back your productivity: create daily rituals, take some alone time to replenish your discipline, and get support from others on your goals. I agreed with all those ideas, and wanted to share the ways I’ve found to recharge.
Practical ways to get your productivity back on track
Effective daily rituals – I wholeheartedly agree that having rituals will help reach your goals. But how do you create a new positive ritual? What has worked well for me is to first identify what I want to be doing, and then pick the simplest way I can do it a few times a week. I’ve found it easier to start slowly, but it’s essential to stay consistent. When I first started running, I only ran 10 minutes a day before work. But over time I kept building on that time. Three years later, I’m training for my second marathon.
The power of masterminds – Getting social support is crucial to help you achieve your goals. The best way I’ve found to do that is through Mastermind groups. Whether the group meets in-person or online, you’ll get encouragement from like-minded people who are all working on their own specific goals. The best masterminds for me have been groups with a mix of individuals who are around my level of experience and those well ahead of me. I end up learning from–and helping–others currently dealing with the same issues I am, and seeing what is possible in the future at the same time.
Review where you stand – When your productivity wanes, one of the best ways I’ve found to get reenergized is to take time to think about where I’m heading and how I’m progressing toward that goal. I use a weekly review to see how the week has gone and plan for the one ahead. Once a quarter I also tend to look back at my goals and think about the big picture. I also do a major big-picture review every year on my birthday. Because it’s a special day, it reminds me to step back and review the progress I’ve made in the previous year.