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The Mindful Entrepreneur

Too Many Minds – Sapping Your Productivity & Creativity

Categories: Productivity

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Something happens when you try and think of behalf of people. When you try and imagine what they’re thinking about you. What you think they expect of you. You begin to get stressed.

Now, I’m not talking about empathy here. Empathy is important and necessary. I’m talking about a scenario like this;

You’ve got a project you’re supposed to be doing for a client, it’s overdue, and you haven’t even started it yet. You’re probably thinking;

“They’re gonna be pissed off”, “How can I explain this delay to them?”, “I need to apologise to them”, etc, etc

These thoughts cloud your mind and actually lead to decrease in your productivity towards the said project. They also stump your creativity, meaning that if you work on the project, you might miss some crucial, time saving ideas.

So what we need to do, is scrap the “Too Many Minds” perspective and focus solely on yours.

So what if the project is late?

There’s absolutely nothing you can do to correc that, so forget it. It could actually be a blessing in disguise, so accept that and go with it.

Never mind what you think the client is thinking. 9 times out of 10, what you think a client is thinking is usually wrong anyway. For all you know, they might secretly be glad of the delay because they have some things they need to finish up.

So, scrap trying to imagine their thoughts, their processes and their perspective. Focus on you.

You’ve got a project. You can start it whenever you want. So, why not just make yourself a coffee (or a tea), sit down and just get started. There’s no need to rush, there’s no need to sap the enjoyment out of it. Enjoy what you’re doing and congratulate yourself for getting started. Things can only go up from here and they will.

If you have a mountain of other projects as well. Do exactly the same, BUT focus only on this project for now. Once it is done, just get started on the next one. The order isn’t important. The only thing that is important is that you have started and you are working towards completion.

Enjoy it.
Congratulate yourself.
Avoid inner negativity or criticism.
Before you know it, you’re done.
Sit back and relax.

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About the author: I’m the Founder of Own the Web (aka. Mindful Marketeer), & I’m passionate about helping good causes, local & small businesses grow by bringing clarity to situations. I do this through my work at Own the Web, whilst practising mindfulness & blogging about it here. Other quick facts also include I’m a vegan, an individualist, equality champion & a mindful free thinker. Connect with me on Twitter or Peter Leigh on Google+.