If you want to get things done, you’ll have more luck creating a system for your habits than simply relying on motivation. Next time you’ve kicked arse on a project, whether it’s a research paper, a presentation or any other task, take a minute to think about what worked best so you can come up with a system for future success.
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Fast Company calls it a “success process”, but the idea is the same. Psychologist Leslie Sherlin explains that, when we accomplish something, we often don’t give much thought to how we accomplished it, specifically. Fast Company explains:
Often, after successfully completing an experience, people focus so much on the action that they usually neglect the process that got them to that action. Instead, Sherlin says people should be focusing on the thought process, the strategy, the planning, and all of the other little things along the way that ultimately led them to be successful. Then, they should take the details of that process and apply that same strategy to different domains of their lives.
“Most of the time, we were just happy we finished it, so we just move on,” explains Sherlin. “We need to really think through that success. What caused me to succeed? What state of mind was I in? What was my process?”
It helps to write it all down and maybe even keep a journal about your workflow. You can document specific techniques you may have used, how you felt while you were working, how often you took breaks and so on. When you document your process, pick and choose the methods that worked best and then build a system for your workflow. For more detail, head to Fast Company’s full link below.
How to Unlock Your Secret Productivity Powers [Fast Company]