What kind of time and productivity language do you use?
Back in December, I was on Amanda Dennelly’s AHmazing podcast, One Simple Shift.
Be sure to take a listen to our episode: it’s about how you can shift from just being “busy” to truly productive. That includes #truthbombs about the real reasons you’re not taking action on the things that will get you the results you want.
You’ll discover how you think and speak about time and productivity can keep you from moving forward and getting you those results, and what you can do about it.
Amanda’s a mindset coach, and her work and podcast revolve around the idea that what we think, determines our feelings, which determines our actions, which determines our results. And so it is with productivity:
How you think about and perceive time, effects your relationship with and feelings towards time and the time you feel you have, which determines how you spend that time (in other words: the actions you take), which determines the results get (such as what you’ve accomplished or achieved with your time).
Let’s look at a specific example of this:
If you often find yourself thinking or saying “I’m so busy, I have no time, there’s never enough time…”, that headspace creates a feeling of lack or being a victim to time (feelings like stress, resignation, defeat, wanting to give up or like you’re at the mercy of time).
From that kind of place it’s unlikely you’ll take action because you’ve given up your control or you don’t believe you even have control of your time, and what you do with it and how you spend it. Action can look like trying to find solutions, ideas or new and better ways of doing things or even starting something in the first place.
Where there’s no action, there will be no results. Or at least not your desired results. And you’re left wondering where the time went, how could it be 4pm already, and what did you actually do for the last 8 hours. You have nothing meaningful to show for it.
I want to expand on this idea for you today. Here are some of the common limiting thoughts we have around time and productivity, along with productive alternatives 😉
Limiting Thought
> Busy bragging: “I’m so busy”, “I have no time” or “There’s never enough time.”
Productive Alternative
> “How am I going to invest my time today?”
> “What am I choosing to do with my time?”
> When others ask how you are, talk about a specific project you’re working on that excites you.
> When asking others how they are, dig deeper with “What are you excited about right now?”, “What are your challenges today?” or “Tell me about something awesome you’re working on!”
Limiting Thought
> “I’m trying to ___________.”
Productive Alternative
> “I’m creating ___________.”
> “I will ___________.”
> This could be applied to anything…new products, an email funnel, writing a blog post, even clients (yes, you create your clients).
Limiting Thought
> “I don’t know where/how to start.”
Productive Alternative
> Remind yourself that you are already full of knowledge and wisdom, and that most answers are already within you.
> Then get curious: “What one thing can I do now?”, “What’s the first small step I can take?”, “What information do I need and where can I get it?”
Limiting Thought
> “I can’t ___________.”
Productive Alternative
> “I’m capable of anything.”
> “How can I ___________?”
Limiting Thought
> FOMO (fear of missing out) and trying to do all the things.
Productive Alternative
> JOMO (joy of missing out). Celebrate not having to do something and taking the pressure off yourself.
These productive alternatives are based on facts, desires, optimism and curiosity, instead of complaints, wishing and defeat. These new thought patterns will open your mind and shift you to a productive perspective. Enjoy the ride!
Listen to my interview with Amanda here, for even deeper insights into the language of productivity!


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