Five Tips For Being Productive when the Passion Just Ain’t There

Five Tips For Being Productive when the Passion Just Ain’t There

This month I’ve been thinking a lot about productivity.  I wanted to write a post about the topic but every time i sat down to write, I felt incredibly reluctant and resistant.  I knew the topic was important, but it just wasn’t one that I emotionally connected to. When I write about courage, resilience, grief, joy, any of these things and I feel genuinely excited. I grab a coffee, open my laptop and get in the zone! But productivity? I found that I couldn’t even start.

Nevertheless, in the process of not wanting to write about productivity, I actually learned something very important about the topic of productivity:

Productivity is fueled by passion

When I think about the days that I am most productive, or the projects where I get things done the most effectively and efficiently, it is always when I am feeling passionate; when I actually want to work on that thing.  We often seek out fancy apps and systems to make us more productive, but I think the answer can at times be a little simpler.  Find passion.  When I am working on something I don’t connect to, I could try every single app and system under the sun, and I still wouldn’t be productive. On the flip side, when I am working on things I love, I actually don’t need any tools or apps at all.  I just get shit done and I get it done well because I actually want to.

As we know, motivation is a huge driver of productivity, and it makes sense that passion is a huge driver of motivation.  So then, what are you passionate about? How can you make your tasks and projects more about these things? If you’re lying on the couch eating potato chips and feeling unproductive because you don’t want to go to the gym, perhaps it’s time to try a dance class or soccer team instead?  We often assume that we need to tick certain boxes without thinking about alternative ways to get to the same outcome.  How can you find a more fun and passionate way to arrive at your destination?

Ok, so right now you’re probably thinking “well that’s great Katie, but what about when I have to do shit that there’s simply no way of sugar coating?”  And yes, I get it, that’s a fair point! We can’t be passionate about everything on our to-do list, and so these are my tips for you.

1)   Get Creative!!

Sometimes we think we can’t find passion in certain thing, but really? So what if your passion is music and your task is our taxes. Can you blast your favorite tunes while doing your taxes? Or reward yourself with a two hour jam session when you’re done? How can you creatively try to link your passions to the stuff you need to get done?

2)   Just get started!

Not tomorrow or next week, today. Just get started! Science has shown that when we think of a task or a project that we have to get …read more
Source: Steven Aitchison