The importance of a productivity mindset is sometimes undervalued in our lives and work environment, which is unfortunate, given how crucial it may be for career advancement. When the circumstances allow, a productive person has an innate understanding of where their significant investments should be spent and what they should avoid. This kind of knowledge can define a career’s defining moment. It doesn’t make any difference assuming you are a representative or independently employed; productivity will assist you with accomplishing objectives that you would have, in any case, never imagined. 

The most crucial step in progressing in work is cultivating a productive mindset. The realization that many people with extraordinary abilities are ineffective in their jobs led to the promotion of a productivity viewpoint. Despite having all the skills necessary to excel, some people fail to see results. People who fear failure also tend to worry about their friends and family. They wonder how those closest to them might react to their failure, even if they are usually very supportive. If any of this sounds like you, the fear of failure could be what’s causing your procrastination problem.

  1. The fear of succeeding!

Some people are scared of failing, and others are scared of succeeding. That might not sound rational, yet it happens frequently, and the most ambitious people can be affected in this way. But, of course, there are times when you want to achieve something so much it physically hurts, and when that happens, you will find all sorts of reasons why things won’t work out as you want them to.

Perhaps you find yourself believing that even while you strive to be the best you possibly can at your job, if you are too good, maybe your boss, your colleagues, and everyone who knows you are going to expect even more from you, and you won’t be able to deliver. Then you could find yourself worrying about how you will manage to top your personal best performance and continue to improve consistently. You may feel there is only so much one person can achieve, but that’s just true. Your fear may be limiting you, and a shift in mindset is key!

Another problem arises when you believe that even more responsibilities will fall on you if you become too successful.  Then your work/life balance could be badly compromised. Maybe you fear success will intrudSo e too deeply into your personal life, and other people will learn more about the real you behind the professional persona.  Not everyone is able to cope with that.

  1. You are a perfectionist.

An adage goes like this: ‘If a job is worth doing at all, then it’s worth doing well.’ Like most old sayings, there’s more than an element of truth. The trouble is that some people take the wisdom behind the saying to, and if they don’t think they can do it perfectly, they; will often put off doing it indefinitely.  That can be a sensible strategy in some ways since putting a little distance between yourself and a project causing you headaches will mean you can return to it later with fresh ideas and renewed motivation. The problems start when ‘later’ never comes. That’s procrastination, and it’s probably because you’re a perfectionist. If that’s the case, maybe you should learn to train yourself to set your expectations of yourself at a more realistic and achievable level.

Productivity isn’t about efficiency. It’s about adequacy. If you desire to be useful, you need to deal with your psychological state and know your cutoff points. You can’t be useful on the off chance that you don’t deal with yourself first. Subsequently, the first concern ought to be developing a productivity mindset. We all know that productivity can be impacted by both outside and inside factors, which sometimes makes it hard to keep a decent productivity mindset. It is critical to understand that productivity is an outlook instead of a number or an achievement. Productivity is tied in with finding what works for you, not what others have found to work. 

t their occupation, they produce work of average quality or can generate brilliant work.

Procrastination: Productivity Killer

Procrastination is not a problem with time management or a planning issue. Procrastinators know what they should be doing, but the problem is initiating that task and staying with the task until it is completed. Procrastination is the art of putting off. 

Remember that procrastinators are made, not born, so you can do something about it.  It’s a learned behavior, and it can be unlearned. In the same way, organization is a learned behavior, so you need to replace the ‘bad’ learned behavior – procrastination – with the ‘good’ learned behavior – organization.

If you don’t do this, you are storing up future stress for yourself, which may negatively affect all aspects of your life – work, family, relationships, and even your health.  For example, there’s an old saying that ‘Procrastination is the thief of time,’ and if you are a procrastinator, you are stealing time from yourself – time that could be much more productive if you could only kick the procrastination habit.

There are main reasons for procrastination, and all of them are emotional rather than physical. Once you can identify your particular reason – or combination of reasons – you’re well on  your way to shifting your mindset and dealing with your procrastination problem.

  1. The fear of failure

Some people procrastinate because they fear they will fail, which is the most understandable of the reason. The fear of failure can often be pinpointed in how you approach various tasks and initiatives. For example, you probably don’t subscribe to the ‘I didn’t fail; I just found many ways that didn’t work mindset. You probably believe it’s better to avoid doing anything that could go wrong.  That will keep you from success.


  • Dr. Tomi Mitchell

    M.D | Leadership Coach| Wellness & Productivity Coach

    Dr. Tomi Mitchell Holistic Wellness Strategies

    Dr. Tomi Mitchell, MD, empowers executives, lawyers, doctors, business owners, and other leaders to eliminate burnout and increase workplace productivity and relationships.  She uses her three-step framework, Embrace, Evaluate & Energize, to empower her clients to have clarity. 

    As a public speaker and trainer, she brings energy to the crowd, captures their attention, and gives them clear, actionable steps to apply immediately to their life. Dr. Tomi Mitchell believes in getting to the root causes of life's challenges, instead of taking a temporary BandAid approach to life. She is a writer, with a book coming out in Summer 2023. She is also the host of The Mental Health & Wellness Show.  To learn more about her framework, check out the following link: Learn More.