When people talk about productivity, they mostly approach it from a scientific perspective, and not a psychological angle.
Yet the psychology that underpins your ability to produce is equally as important.
Recently I was booked to fly from Gold Coast to Cairns, via Sydney. The loop was necessary because of a lack of direct flights. I arrived at the airport at 5am for a 6am first leg only to be told that the flight had been delayed because of strong winds. Departure time was changed to 8:30, which, unfortunately, meant I would miss my connection. As it turned out I got home at 9pm that night and spent quite a few hours in the lounges at the Gold Coast and Sydney airports.
So… what’s this got to do with productivity.
Productivity is about focus and attention. As we give attention to the right things, we make progress. Yet when things don’t go the way we planned, how much attention and emotion does that steal from us?
Most people (based on my observations) get caught up in the negative emotions for things like the flight delays; worrying and giving attention to things that they ultimately cannot influence in any way.
Productivity on the other hand comes from giving attention to the things we can influence and control.
So, these are the reminders I give myself: