The ultimate guide to purposeful productivity (your mental health will thank you)

The ultimate guide to purposeful productivity (your mental health will thank you)

Happiness is just about accomplishment and being productive.

But, productivity can contribute to a sense of achievement and then, satisfaction which is a form of happiness.

In addition, productivity can enhance a sense of control which is not just good for happiness but also, mental health …

via Fast Company by Gwen Moran

Have you ever looked at another person’s daily accomplishments and thought, “How do they do it”? By the time most are pouring a second cup of coffee in the morning, some super-achievers have gone for a 5-mile run, hit inbox zero, and nailed the rough draft of that report due next week. Oh, and they figured out the day’s Wordle, too.

After more than a decade of writing and practicing productivity techniques, I’ve learned that these folks generally do know more about how to get more done. And you can adopt those practices, too.

But, why would you?

Getting more done in less time can mean that you have more free time to do the things you love with the people you love. Or, it can create space to fill with more work that could have a detrimental effect on your mental and physical health. I learned this the hard way last year.

Don’t make the same mistakes. Instead, practice purposeful productivity, which requires a more intentional approach to tasks and to-dos. By combining prioritization techniques and efficiency hacks, you can take back your time and use it more wisely. Here are the tips that work.


When you are clear about the things that are most important to you in life, you have a touchstone that can help you stay focused. To thrive, we need to shift our thinking from rewards and incentives to values and purpose, says personal empowerment expert Susan Fowler, author of Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work . . . and What Does: The New Science of Leading, Energizing, and EngagingAs she previously told Fast Company, the key to realizing that purpose lies in what she calls “MVP”: mindfulness, values, and purpose. Reprioritizing your life based on those values and your purpose can give you the resolve you need when it’s otherwise tempting to waste time or say “yes” to a nonessential task.

As personal development coach Kate Hanley put it in another Fast Company report, as you’re making decisions about your day-to-day life, think about yourself 20 years from now. Will your future self appreciate the way you’re spending your time now?

“It can also be helpful to frame a choice in terms of choosing your regrets. What would you regret more, saying yes to this opportunity, or saying no?” she said…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE