The 3-minute hack that helps increase productivity
A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a book called Thank and Grow Rich by Pam Grout. In this book, Pam talks about the 30-day experiment of gratitude. I had no idea that gratitude can have such a profound effect on my mood, profit, and productivity.
I tried it out. For thirty days, as soon as I’d wake up, I would write down three things that I’m grateful for.
The first thing I noticed was that it put me in a way better mood. I would actually feel the joy flow into me when I was writing down those three things. It’s kinda hard to describe the feeling – you’d have to try it for yourself.
The second thing I noticed was my increased creativity and productivity. I had a lot of energy and most of it, at the time, was spent in the ice rink – I was learning how to skate and do ice hockey stuff.
But, on the days when I wasn’t in the rink, I could easily dedicate my hours to my business and creating new products.
Let’s look at how gratitude can impact your productivity.
HOW GRATITUDE IMPACTS OUR MIND
In the beginning of my journey on learning about mindset, one of the first teachings I encountered was Abraham-Hicks. This “duo” is really famous in the Law of Attraction community.
But, what’s relevant right now is the way they have introduced our emotional scale. The idea behind it is that, you can always choose to feel better. But you can’t just jump straight into joy. You need to take baby steps.
That’s where the emotional guidance scale comes in. Here’s what it looks like:
- Joy / Appreciation / Empowered / Freedom / Love
- Positive Expectation/Belief
From the book “Ask and It is Given”, pg. 114
When you feel an emotion, you are somewhere on this scale. If you want to feel better, you just need to choose to experience the next emotion that is above it.
As you can see, appreciation is at the top of it. Abraham-Hicks say that appreciation and gratitude are not the same things, but, for the simplicity, let’s assume that they are, indeed, the same feelings.
Gratitude is at the very top of the scale. Right now, imagine what your life would feel like if you experienced all or some of these emotions – joy, gratitude, empowerment, freedom, love.
Pretty good, yeah?
Well, do you think that your productivity would also increase if you felt all or some of these emotions? I think so. That’s what happened to me during the experiment. That’s what happens to a lot of people.
Everything, not just productivity, falls into place and starts flowing naturally.
YOUR MOOD IMPACTS YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
If you would feel gratitude and love and joy every day, being productive in your business would be easy-peasy, wouldn’t you agree?
For me personally, it’s sometimes hard to disassociate myself from bad emotions that I have experienced. It’s hard for me to focus on work if I am not in the right headspace.
That’s why I start my morning with a mindset practice. Not every morning it’s gratitude. I have conditioned myself to be grateful for what I have throughout the day.
You need to prime your day with a solid morning routine.
THE PRACTICE OF GRATITUDE
While people like Tony Robbins and Oprah have elaborate morning routines to get their mindset ready for the day, there’s not need for you to do the same.
Your morning mindset routine can be as simple as having a gratitude journal. Or, just writing down 3 things that you’re grateful for on a random napkin.
Try this for 30 days – I guarantee that you’ll see a difference in your mood, creativity, productivity, AND, quite possibly, profit.
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Hi! I’m Cornelia.