When you go to work, do you really want to be there? For a lot of people, the answer is no. The reason they are there is for the paycheck and the paycheck alone. The problem with feeling this way is not at all conducive to a productive day.
I’m not going to go into what you should do to make your specific situation better because each situation is so different. What I will talk about here is why a change in attitude can really increase your productivity.
More than a paycheck
When you start to look at what you get out of your job, you might be able to see it as more than just a paycheck. When you started working at the company or started freelancing, there were reasons you chose to work where you work. Was the schedule better for spending time with your family? Did it allow you to telecommute and save money on your daily travel? Whatever the case is, there was a good reason to start there vs. somewhere else.
If things have changed with you or your employer since you started there, see if you can rekindle or create some reasons why your job is more than just the money it provides.
When you are taking your job more seriously, you will have better focus. Having your eyes on the prize might be what you are lacking. Having a reason to be there will help you stay focused on task because you want to, not because you are afraid to get fired.
Instead of finding ways to slack off, you might even find yourself looking for ways to contribute more. A lot of people get stuck in a routine and it can be hard to break free from it. The key to forming a habit is to stick with it no matter what. Change your routine a little at a time and you might notice a big increase in your output.
Personally, this is where I tend to lack. I get into a routine that allows for distraction and I let it happen because I am not always interested in the project I am working on. Whether it is talking too much with co-workers or wandering on the web when I should be researching a topic to write about. Conditioning myself to stop slacking off when I see myself doing it is a huge help.
Taking your job seriously can really improve your consistency too. You’ll find your productivity and quality of work increasing because you care. You might create a system to make your work flow a little better and have better results too.
When the work you are putting out is better quality and has less errors, you will feel better about yourself. When you feel like you are doing a good job, you will take more pride in your work and be more consistent. It’s a circle. If you break the circle, all of the parts suffer.
Everything here is going to help you get more accomplished while you are at your 9-5 or while freelancing. Being productive is really a state of mind. Sure, tools can help somewhat, but the real factor is how motivated you are to actually do the work. The more you feel underwhelmed or forced to do the work, the more you will put it off. To be productive, you need to have a goal in mind and start checking off things on your way to reaching that goal.
by Trevor Dobrygoski