by Edward Denegre
The expression “you are your own worst enemy” is something you hear throughout your whole life, in reference to yourself and others. The expression isn’t wrong, most of the time. Everyone has potential and most are held back by self-doubt and saboteur thoughts.
Saboteur thoughts are the voices that say “you wouldn’t be good at that” or “that job would never hire you.” Treat them like a backseat driver telling you to run a red light. Instead of listening to them, do the opposite.
The problem with “you are your own worst enemy” comes from the negative framing of the words. How often do you hear the opposite? “You hold the key to your own success.” Anyone can restrict themselves from working hard and making money. Anyone can also set up routines that increase productivity dramatically or in small bits. Here are some ways to increase your work output:
- Find your best time- Are you more productive in the morning or afternoon? It’s easy for your day to get corrupted by screentime. Once you go on social media, or start watching a show, it’s much more difficult to work as productively the rest of the day. Try and remind yourself the show will still be available later as will your Facebook news feed.
- Set a goal- Don’t tell yourself to work for six hours in a row if you’re not wired like that. A small chunk of time is usually fine as long as it’s proportional to the amount of work you’re doing.
- Don’t overthink- Those saboteur voices in your head will go through a lot of different thoughts to distract you while you should be working. Write a list of concerns and move on.
- Track productivity– What works best? Working alone or around other people? It’s easy to be productive listening to relaxing or classical music. Search for soothing music on Youtube.
- Keep a notepad by your side when not working. If your mind is still on work while you’re doing other things, write down notes and ideas to help get started when it’s time.
What’s your best productivity trick? Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments below!