National Conscience Month
National Conscience Month

Use Your Conscience to Become More Productive

People who try to multitask actually get less done, are more stressed out, and perform worse than those who focus on a single task. You can increase your productivity by giving complete attention to just one task at a time. Let your Conscience guide you toward work habits that increase your productivity, creativity and satisfaction.

Try these simple experiments:

Start Small: If you are having difficulty starting or completing a project, ask your Conscience if you are taking on too much too soon. Try giving your full attention to one small step in the process. For example, if you need to clean the bathroom, bring out your supplies and start with just the sink. Taking a small step will build your will power and help guide you toward completion.

Monotask: Focus on one task for 15 minutes. No email, no phone calls, no internet. If you find it difficult to stay focused, ask your Conscience if breaking down this challenge into smaller chunks of time (5 or 10 minutes) is kinder to yourself. Over time, slowly work yourself up to 45 minutes (90 minutes max).

Take A Break: It may sound counterintuitive, but taking regularly scheduled breaks actually increases your productivity. Ask your Conscience if a mindful walk would be helpful to incorporate into your daily routine.

Try Your Best: Good enough can be better than perfection. If you find yourself lingering on a task, ask your Conscience whether it’s time to take it off your plate. You can always come back to it later if it needs adjustment.

Review: As you finish each experiment, reflect on how you feel. Did you accomplish more or less than you expected? Are you pleased with the choices you made or do you feel regrets? Regardless of the outcome, congratulate yourself on doing the experiment. You’re building confidence in your ability to make choices that will lead you to a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.