Peace, love and happiness. These three little words are relevant not only during holiday time but for all of the time in all of life, including our work. You may ask how can these ethereal concepts possibly help me with my very real need to buckle down so I can perform concrete work, accomplish tangible goals and be paid actual money?
Well, what’s on the inside of us shows on the outside of us. If we’re angry, sad, upset, annoyed, hostile or freaked out, this not only totally affects how we come across to other people, who may or may not also be miserable, it affects how we handle everything in the world, including our work.
If you’re working for yourself as a freelancer, there certainly is a possibility that a negative attitude and negative behavior could still result in high productivity, successful products, a good clientele and a healthy income. But not very easily, and with a lot of trouble, unhappiness, stress and strife along the way.
If you can change things up a bit inside yourself for the better, being productive will become easier. The path you take to meet your goals will be paved not with anxiety, difficulty and terrible experiences but with calmness, enjoyment and relative ease.
But, you may ask, how can I change things up a bit inside myself for the better?
With peace, love and happiness.
How Peace, Love and Happiness can Increase Your Productivity
Give Peace a Chance – The more peace you have in your life, the more relaxed you will be and the more efficiently you can work. But how can one achieve peace?
Well. That is a big question.
Maybe events throughout your life have led you easily to peace. Maybe events in your life have caused you to struggle hard to find any kind of peace at all.
If you’ve naturally and easily found peace in your life, that is wonderful. Please leave a comment below and let us know how you did it. If you struggle to find peace, keep trying. Many people find peace through religion, through meditation, by letting go of what doesn’t matter, not sweating the small stuff, leaving behind the past and not worrying about the future. Or a combination of the above.
Peace inside yourself can be super hard to achieve. But don’t give up. This inner calm can benefit not only your physical health, your mental health and your emotional health. A sense of peace, whether temporary or permanent, gives you the ability to think clearly and to focus. Peace helps you to to be productive and accomplish more.
(If you’re interested in concrete ways to become more productive, you may want to read my post about 46 products to help you ramp up your productivity.)
Love is the Answer – We all love doing what we love to do. If you love your work, you’re naturally going to want to spend a lot of time doing it. If you love it a lot, you may want to spend more time working than you do engaging in other activities which most people would think are more fun than work.
Even when you adore your work, many things – your kids, beautiful weather, the internet – can still override your attention to it, causing you to lose focus and not be as productive as you would like. A love of your work, though, makes it much easier to return your thoughts and your actions back to your work than it is for people who don’t love, don’t like or even hate what they do for a living.
Figure out how to freelance doing what you love to do. When you love your job, you’ll naturally want to work hard at it, and being productive will be a cinch.
Happiness is the Truth – Everyone wants to be happy. Happiness, however, can be elusive, unfortunately. A lot of advice exists for how to find happiness. This is a good thing because many studies show that happiness has a big impact on physical health.
Happiness also affects your productivity. How?
If you’re happy, you’re likely to have more mental energy for getting things done than if you’re unhappy and struggling just to get by day to day. You can direct this happiness-related energy into productivity and then naturally feel even happier when this increase in productivity helps you to earn a higher income.
You need not throw the switch all the way from your current frame of mind to a state of total peace, love and happiness. That’s a bit much to ask of anyone. But you can’t argue with the fact that possessing even just a bit of these qualities will affect you positively in your work and in your life. Increase the peace, love and happiness inside yourself and you will be able to increase your productivity.