Lies. Uncovering the Falsehoods that Hold Us Back.

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Sometimes we hear things that we buy into, even though we shouldn’t. They may sound right on the surface, so we take them as fact. But in actuality, they are the furthest thing from truth.

Today we’d like to unpack 8 falsehoods that can lead you astray if you listen to them. Read on for thoughts that may trip you up in your quest for productivity and the actual truths that should replace them in your thoughts.

The 8 Lies That Hold Us Back

1. I should surround myself with positive and like-minded people. This concept makes a lot of sense on the surface. After all, spending all our time around a bunch of naysayers doesn’t sound too appealing. But on the other end of the spectrum, it’s also not beneficial to spend all your time around people that are either misleadingly optimistic or of the same mindset as you. By doing so, you may be missing out on considering other ways to think about or approach and do things. Surrounding yourself with those that think differently than you can help you to consider weaknesses you may not have otherwise thought of and come up with stronger solutions.

2. There’s a hack for that. Sometimes we hear approaches to being productive being described as a “hack.” In fact, we may think that if only we do <insert productivity hack here>, we’ll get access to a magic pill of sorts to help us achieve our goals. In truth, there are no short cuts in achievement and in life. No changes can happen overnight. To the contrary, those that set out to achieve big things learn first-hand that making changes is hard work. And to make these changes effectively, we don’t need a “hack,” but instead, we need to establish a structure for ourselves that enables us to create strategies to approach our goals, one piece at a time.

3. You have to get up early to be successful. This lie can take a couple of forms from sayings as well-known as “the early bird gets the worm” or hearing about those people who declare their success is due to their lack of needing sleep. However, we all DO need sleep. It’s a scientific fact that when we are “on” for too long, we can suffer serious detrimental physical and mental effects. And these issues can negatively impact our productivity. And when it comes down to it, the time we set our alarm for each morning doesn’t matter. What does matter, however, is to know when we get out of bed each day what we need to do and why we’re doing it.

4. I’m an excellent multitasker. Multitasking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. All too often it’s touted as a skill of the highly accomplished. We often feel more effective when we multitask, even if it isn’t actually the case. Remember the term switch tasking? That’s the accurate portrayal of what multitasking is. We have to stop what we’re doing and switch to another task instead of doing two things at one time. And what this means is we actually lose time when we multitask – we don’t gain it.

5. I have to work all the time. All too often, we believe we need to stay on task constantly. Taking a break? Not in our vocabulary. We work hard and aim to power through our tiredness. But this isn’t the best way. In truth, we all need breaks. When we focus and concentrate, our brains and bodies require breaks to help us recharge our energy. Try taking short 10–15-minute breaks and discover what a difference they make to your own productivity and output.

6. If I’m not the most organized person, I can’t be productive. There are a lot of productivity tips written about the importance of being organized. Don’t get us wrong, being organized is a great trait. But being organized doesn’t equate to being productive. If getting yourself organized is only an excuse to put off doing a task – it’s not productive. And if you spend too much time putting together a system to get organized versus actually working on the task at hand, that’s not helpful either.

7. If I’m under time pressure, I’m more efficient. This lie is about procrastination. We all know someone – maybe it’s ourselves – who feel they work better under pressure. And if this is you, don’t beat yourself up over it. It’s not a character flaw. But while, procrastination decreases the work load for that particular day, it increases the work load for the next day. And over time, putting off work to create an environment where you are forced to get things done under pressure can backfire, because it also accrues stress over time. And the accumulation of stress over time can decrease your productivity.

8. I can’t get motivated. If you tend to think of motivation as reason to do something, you’re not alone. This is an all-too-common lie we tell ourselves: that we have to get motivated to be productive. However, motivation is a result of our activities, not a reason to get started. The truth of the matter is that when we start to do an activity, we feel good and that encourages us to keep going. One suggestion? Don’t wait until you feel 100% ready to get started. When you’re contemplating pursuing a goal or activity, get started. That will be the motivation you need to be productive.

When all is said and done, we can accomplish so much when we don’t get caught up in mistruths about productivity that we hear. When we know our purpose and then go about achieving our goals with a sense of purpose – our productivity can be unmatched. What lies do you get hung up on that can keep you from going after your goals?

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