Productivity Techniques to Support the Love Not Fear Mindset

Productivity Techniques for Love Not Fear Mindset

The pursuit of productivity in today’s fast-paced world is now greater than ever and as a result there are a wide spectrum of established techniques that facilitate reaching our full potential.

But like with most everything we do, even our productivity is very much determined by our mindset. In essence, the two are interdependent: with increased productivity improving our mindset and improving our mindset resulting in increased productivity.

What this means is that applying the “Love Not Fear” mindset to our productivity, which can easily be tackled with a number of techniques, works to reinforce our ability to turn what we may fear into something we choose to love. 

The “Love Not Fear” mindset can be a powerful approach when applied to productivity techniques. Instead of viewing productivity from the angle of pressure, anxiety, or fear of failure, this mindset encourages taking on a positive, inspired and compassionate perspective.

While the “Love Not Fear” alliance is based on the pursuit of making all of our decisions grounded in the emotion of “love”, applying the following productivity techniques is a way to actively practice applying the “love not fear” concept to how we approach what we do.

And just like developing muscle strength, practicing these productivity techniques through the lens of love and not fear will only work to fortify this positive mindset even further.    

Here’s how you can apply the “Love Not Fear” mindset to productivity techniques.

Mindful Planning

Mindful planning technique

Engage in mindful planning by having an emotional “Why?” Ask yourself why your engagements matter and plan your time according to what is most important. It helps if you know your core values, vision and mission and refer to them as your north star in your planning.

Know which are your 10$, 100$ and 1,000$ tasks and plan accordingly and as the saying by entrepreneur and author Derek Sivers goes: “If it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a no!” Set realistic and achievable goals. Break down tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and schedule them with consideration for your energy levels and well-being.

But most importantly, make planning a priority task by setting aside time each evening to plan the day ahead and to schedule the week ahead on Sundays. 

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Eat the Frog

Eat the frog technique

We are all faced with things we have to do but may be less eager to. Yet we know that the earlier we do them the better it will feel. Eating the Frog refers to doing what is most important first and as the saying goes, preferably first thing in the morning.

While it doesn’t necessarily need to be the first thing you do upon waking, it is best to make it the first task that you complete and to make that a habit. Embrace making those hard calls, going to those doctor’s appointments or meeting an encroaching deadline because you love yourself and you know that doing so will make you feel better.  

The Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a method of working in focused intervals with short breaks. The idea is that you set the timer for 25 minutes and then take a break for 5 to 10 minutes and repeat.

This is an effective method to apply to focus sessions because it ensures you will commit yourself undistracted for the allotted time. Knowing you can stop at any time once 25 minutes have passed, makes it much easier to begin taking on challenging tasks.

Another option is to not set a timer at all and to see how long you stay focused and inspired on your own. Either way, it is important to treat focus sessions as a top priority and to schedule them into your day.

The Five-Minute Rule

The Five Minute Rule

The Five-Minute Rule is this: Set a stopwatch for five minutes and devote those five minutes to whatever daunting task you have. Everyone can set aside five minutes to do something no matter how intimidating. And so the point here is to do whatever it is you need to do but don’t want to for just five minutes and then you can stop.

But the chances are, especially if you use a timer vs. a stopwatch, that you will unwittingly stay with the task for even longer. The motivation from what you already achieved will then drive you to do even more and suddenly you will find yourself making progress on a task you were previously procrastinating on.

The Two-Minute Rule

The Two Minute Rule

The Two-Minute Rule is a productivity tip by David Allen from his book “Getting Things Done”. The rule states that if a task takes less than two minutes to complete, you should do it immediately rather than postponing or procrastinating. The idea is to handle quick and straightforward tasks right away to prevent them from piling up and taking more mental space.

By applying the Two-Minute Rule, you can efficiently tackle small tasks and prevent them from ever becoming a source of stress or clutter. This way, you just do it and it gets done, which ensures that minor tasks don’t accumulate into a larger, more overwhelming list.

Love what you do, don’t fear it!

Each of these productivity techniques presents the opportunity to apply the “Love Not Fear” mindset to your work and how and when you get things done. If you have an overwhelming task, then break it down into smaller time increments to feel joy at completing mini-wins along the way.

If something isn’t working, approach adjustments with a mindset of curiosity and growth rather than frustration. See friction as an opportunity to optimize your activities and interactions. 

By applying the “Love Not Fear” mindset to productivity, you create an environment that nurtures well-being, fosters creativity, and encourages sustainable success. This approach helps shift the focus from fear-driven productivity to a more fulfilling and positive work and life experience.

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Leyla Ergil