Think Tank Thursday: Why Productive People Are Happier People

Brian Tracy says don't confuse being busy with being productive-there are distinct differences.

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Brian Tracy, chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and motivation of individuals and businesses, says the facts are undeniable: Productive people are generally happier people. Luckily for us, he has a few tips to help us achieve that goal-if it’s not, make it one-of being more productive!

“Happiness and productivity are linked. If life is getting you down, you may need to be more productive. All-too-often people think that busyness is the cause of their stress, when in reality, being more productive may be the answer you’re looking for.

Here are six reasons why the more productive you are, the happier you’ll be.

1. Make To-Do Lists

There are a lot of reasons why being more productive will boost your mood. The more you accomplish, the better you will feel about yourself. There is a real freedom in checking off tasks on a to-do list. It makes you feel like you are accomplishing something in life-and you are! Whether the tasks you set are big or small doesn’t matter.

The key is finishing what you set out to do.

Biologically, scratching something off of a to-do list sends a signal to your brain to release a certain amount of dopamine, a natural mood enhancer, into your system.

2.  Set Goals

Second, setting long-term goals and working toward them can give your self-esteem a real boost.

Plus, it gives you something to look forward to. When you have a purpose, you have a reason to jump out of bed in the morning. When you have something to strive for, you will feel more energized and ready to tackle what the day holds.

This will make you feel more centered and ready to meet the challenges of life.

3. Remove Clutter

Next, clutter can make you miserable. The typical American home holds 300,000 items. We simply don’t need most of that stuff, and it is driving us crazy.

From cleaning, sorting and maneuvering around all those belongings, the stuff in your home and office can make you feel trapped. And that can make you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and downright unhappy.

So why does a cluttered home or office make you feel so bad?

Here is what scientists have discovered about unneeded clutter.

Clutter has these negative effects on your life:

  • Clutter overstimulates your nervous system.
  • Clutter causes all of your senses to work overtime; which can be taxing.
  • Clutter refocuses our attention on things that don’t matter.
  • Clutter creates feelings of guilt and embarrassment.
  • Clutter is frustrating and it makes relaxing impossible.

Organizing your space can initiate mental clarity and lead you to a more productive lifestyle.

Strip away the stuff and you can strip away those negative feelings.

4. Exercise

Be productive by exercising. Exercise gives you more energy and when you use that energy to accomplish your goals, you will feel better about your life.

Taking just 20 minutes every day to exercise can strengthen your body, clear your head, and boost your immune system. Plus, exercise releases mood-enhancing hormones into the body.

But, exercising your body isn’t all you can do to improve your mood. Keep your mind busy too! When you are busy working on a project, you have less time to dwell on negative thoughts and feelings.

Staying busy helps you concentrate on what is good.

5. Manage Your Time

Always have something to do. Having nothing to do to occupy your time can be a bit discouraging.

The more productive your day, the more motivated you will be to get things done and you will manage your time better. Remember, you don’t have to accomplish great things. Simply having something to do is enough.

6. Find Purpose In Your Productivity

Sixth, always have a purpose. Productivity is vital when it comes being happy. But don’t confuse being productive with being busy.

Simply adding more to do to your daily task list can create more stress and frustration in your life, making you miserable.

Being busy means doing more and more things, while being productive means doing something with purpose. Always strive for accomplishing something rather than simply doing more.

True happiness can only be attained when you discover your passions and work toward attaining your goals.

What is it you really want out of life? Do you want to lead a successful life? Once you figure that out, you will have the energy you need to make your dreams a reality.”

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Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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