Week 19 – Increase Productivity

Is it possible to become 30% more productive with a little extra effort?

This is the possible outcome from a presentation done by Shawn Achor and if you click the link you can see what he says for yourself.

His talk is great fun to watch and I have seen it many times before but only recently experienced what he says for myself. Near the end he talks about 5 things that we can all do you raise our happiness and in turn our productivity.

  1. Write down 3 things each day that we are grateful for.
  2. Journal a positive experience from the last 24 hours each day.
  3. Exercise.
  4. Meditation.
  5. Random acts of kindness.
The power is in doing these consistently for at least 21 days so that they become habit and the results can then become part of you.
The science is there and the 5 steps can be part of our daily routine if we wish to feel the change so why did I not embrace this back when I first heard it? I believe that my conscious mind did not take this on board as I was living a different plan and following a different path. Now things have changed for me and instead of seeing change in others and thinking that I can never change I now know that change in others is proof that I can change and in doing so help as many people along the way as I can.
Why do we need to become happy?
Have you ever had a major goal which you have achieved? It may be a new job, new car, promotion, marriage, new home, etc. During the process of achieving this goal we believed it would change our lives and we could then be happy. Now after the goal has been achieved did it really change your happiness in the long term or have you now moved the goal?
We must give ourselves permission to be happy now and enjoy the journey, if we are not enjoying the process then maybe we are on the wrong journey. We have so much riding on this as it is our life, its not a dress rehearsal and it wont last forever. Waiting for a certain thing before we are happy is a perilous game and the science proves that it is slowing our productivity too.
I remember Dr Wayne Dyer saying ‘There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way’ and I now fully understand what he meant.
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4 thoughts on “Week 19 – Increase Productivity

  1. Debbie Daniels

    I think we are all looking for that happiness. As humans, we always think that “something” will bring us happiness – that new car, that new house, that new relationship, that new job. After we get it, we are no more happy than when we started. We have to find happiness from within and only then will we truly be happy! I know I’ve wasted a lot of my life looking for that happiness and then I finally found it within. What bliss!

  2. Jonathan Davis

    That is one great presentation, isn’t it!? Like you, Steven, I had seen it before but it held so much more for me since going through the Master Keys. If we lead life with happiness, we can’t go wrong!

  3. Thomas

    I love this presentation. Like you, I am puzzled as to why I didn’t do these things before,,, just the promise of becoming more productive should have been enough. Not to mention becoming happy! The answer of course is fear and addiction. We are blessed that we are learning to use the tools to overcome both!

  4. Rob Dunn

    I agree with Thomas…we ARE blessed to finally be learning that everything Shawn says is right and that we can put it into its proper context and go out and execute!


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