As you’re beginning a task, it’s not likely you give much thought to the significance of what led up to your productivity. Often times, it’s the pure stress of a deadline that eventually leads up to last-minute work, such as writing a term paper.

Of course, a good night’s rest coupled with a nice cup of coffee would be a much better lead-in. But not everyone is a morning or coffee person, so transitioning into a productive day can be a tricky process with a lot of trial and error attached.

In the past, I’ve discussed confronting your weaknesses in order to reduce procrastination. And in order to be productive, you have to play to your strengths.

You to need to discover your “Productivity Catalyst,” as Joshua Gross calls it.

Think about what you do on your average day, even the mundane things. Before getting down to business, what do you do? If it’s not coffee, is it a relaxing shower? A good run?

I’ve found that in order to accomplish important tasks, I need to rid myself of the nagging thoughts associated with “lesser” tasks. Those often end up having to do with simple household chores. Essentially, I procrastinate for the sake of productivity and end up stressed because I can’t do two things at once.

Once those small tasks are completed, I’m free from nagging thoughts and my mind is allowed to focus on the important task, leading to more efficiency and better quality.

What’s the catalyst for your own productivity? Share it in the comments below.

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