Wednesday, February 02, 2011

What is a Productive Life?

By Bilboq, via Wikimedia Commons

A Productive Life

You hear about productivity in the workplace all the time, but how does it apply to peoples personal life? Personal productivity can be best described as making dreams come true; being productive is about creating desirable change.
  • What is it that you really want to do?
  • What gives you a rush of happiness every single time?
  • What do you sorely miss when you stop doing it?
To answer the big question, it is helpful to tune out the world for 15 minutes a day and listen to your heart. Listen to yours and yours alone. What makes you happy?

Productive Change

The researchers found that the contrast technique was the most effective in encouraging people to make plans of action and in taking responsibility but only when expectations of success were high. When expectations of solving their interpersonal problem were low, those in the mental contrast condition made fewer plans and took less responsibility. Jeremy Dean- PsyBlog
It isn’t enough to dream, the dreams. The change needs to be grounded in reality. Compare your life, with where it is now and how it will change with your dream. Visualise how the dream will fit in your life, good and bad. Ask yourself:
  • What needs to be done?
  • How will it change my life for the better?
  • How will it complicate my life?
  • What am I willing to sacrifice?
Everything in life is a reflection of the mind. When you develop the mind you change the lens through which you see the world. Movies are filmed with a variety of lenses, each lens offers a different perspective. When looking at life see the world through the eyes of a movie director and make it interesting; choose the lens and angle that makes the world mesmerising.
Nothing in life is permanent, everything changes; being productive is about creating desirable change.


Dreams don't come to life on their own. To be productive means working on your dream. This means time needs to be set aside to make the dream real.
A good workflow removes distraction to re-focus effort on what needs to be done; to make the wish come true. At each moment be aware of exactly what needs doing and why. Keep it simple. Remove distractions. Distractions destroy creation. Keep your vision firmly in your mind. Ask, how is what I do today helping my future?


To be productive you need to be aware that time is a limited resource. In advertising you often hear the line, “For a limited time only.” Guess what? Life is short, time is limited. Use it or lose it.