Hypnosis is the art of subconscious suggestion, and has many things to teach on productivity.
Are you trying to be more productive? Then you may want to consider using the principles of hypnosis to improve your productivity.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the art of concentration and associating thoughts with them. It has been known for centuries that people who are able to concentrate longer tend to do better in life. This is because they are able to think about what they need to accomplish instead of worrying about everything else. The same thing applies if you want to become more productive, then you should try this technique! Hypnotic Suggestion (also called suggestion) is a form of mental influence which involves the use of suggestions as opposed to commands or threats.
Hypnotic suggestion is often used by magicians to cause their audience to perform tricks. In some cases, hypnotists will even make their subjects believe that something bad is going to happen if they don’t follow through with an order. Hypnosis can be used for everyday improvement as well. One channel for this is hypnotherapy, which has been effective in helping people quit smoking and improve their diets. Another channel is the application of hypnosis to increase productivity. You could also apply this technique to boost your confidence levels, which would lead to greater success in all areas of your life.
Applying Principles of Hypnosis to Productivity: Association
The first step is to find out how much time you spend thinking about things such as work, family, school, etc., and then determine how long it takes you to get distracted from these thoughts by external stimuli such as television or other media.This represents the natural amount of time that your brain stays focused on a topic. You can then set an alarm for approximately this amount of time and focus on your main topic of work for at least this time. After the time expires *and* you feel your mind wandering, just take a 5 minute break and set your focus alarm again.
The next step is to start associating productivity with the better outcome you want. For example, if you want to become more productive, then you should start thinking about how much better you will feel when you are more productive. If your dream is to be a top musician, or a top student, then associate being a top musician or student with work. When you start work, thinking that you’re taking the steps to that emotionally rewarding goal. The more you think about it, the more your mind will start to make the connection that productivity is related to feeling good. This will give you a positive reinforcement to keep working.
The third step is to associate lack of focus with the opposite of your desired outcome. For example, if you want to be a top musician, then associate being unfocused with being a worthless slob that can’t do anything right. If you want to be a top student, then associate being unfocused with being a dumb idiot that doesn’t know anything. It might sound harsh, but take whatever your greatest fears are about being unproductive, your most negative emotional words for it, and keep repeating them to yourself whenever you get distracted. This will condition your mind to have a negative reaction to being unfocused. Another application of the association principle is to breaks.
You want to associate breaks with productivity as well. The bad system is to associate wanting to take a break with something that is self-addictive, like video games. Chances are, if you start playing video games for 5 minutes, you’ll continue to want to play video games more and more. However, if you associate taking breaks with activities that bring you back to work, that will be productive. Associate breaks with planning your day, meditation, or a calming walk outside. These activities are self limiting, and will actually improve your future work.
Associate breaks with another type of work you can do that is less intense: for example if you’re studying for a hard math final, you can instead take a break by doing chores. This will prevent burnout, and will actually make you more productive in the long run. The final step is to associate productivity with positive emotions. This is a very simple process, but it takes time and energy.
Whenever you are productive, take a moment to congratulate yourself for your hard work. When you take a break or a rest from work, congratulate yourself for your decision to take a break and revitalize yourself. When you finish a task, congratulate yourself for your success. Take a moment to smile and feel good about yourself whenever you can.
Principles of Hypnosis: Focus
Now, let’s move on to the focus principle of hypnosis to be more productive. One important key to be productive is to be focused on a single task a time. At the start of the hour, write down what you’ll focus on, and then set an artificial deadline for yourself to finish that task by a certain time. Focus on a single goal that you want to achieve by that time.
Once you’ve finished that task, then you can move on to the next task. The final principle of focus is to record your productive hours on a daily basis so that you know whether you’re actually being productive or not. By having a regular (but not overwhelming) reminder of your productivity, you can make sure that you’re on the right track to success.
Some Other Productivity Tips
Some other tips for productivity include:
1. Create a to-do list.
2. Create a list of distractions that you’ll avoid during work time.
3. Create a reward system for yourself.
4. Work in regular intervals and take breaks in between.
5. Have a clean and organized workspace.
6. Take care of your health: eat, drink, sleep, and exercise.
7. Have a clean and organized home.
8. Have a regular sleeping schedule.
9. Listen to calm, non-lyrical, music while working.
10. Have a friend that will hold you accountable for your goals (and vice versa).
Empowered with this advice, go forth and get your best work done!