Graph shows relationship between self awareness and productivity at work
The importance of self awareness cannot be underestimated. Self awareness is an absolute must for anyone wanting to know how to be more productive at work.
Being focussed on yourself is usually construed as being narcissistic and vain, and perhaps this often is the case, but this negative view of self reflection blinds us to the genuine positive power and psychological importance of self awareness. In learning how to be more productive at work, we need to recognise the importance of self awareness. We need to know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, where we’re wasting time and so on. It’s only by being truly self aware that we can ever really hope to be more successful. After all, you can’t get from A to B if you don’t know where A is.
The Importance of Self Awareness
Anyone who is into personal development will likely know that we often set goals and spend a great deal of time imagining what it would be like to achieve them, but we don’t focus enough on the actual steps we are taking towards achieving those goals. For instance, we say we want to lose weight, and spend a lot of time thinking about losing eight and saying that we’re going to eat healthy every day and go to the gym three times a week, but we fail to correctly monitor what we are actually doing.
The Importance of Self Awareness in Motivation
One of the most obvious reasons we fail to monitor what we’re actually doing is that we don’t want to be aware of the fact that actually we’ve only spent a half an hour at the gym this week, or that even though we said we’d eat healthy every day, we actually ate a Double Whopper on Saturday. We don’t want to feel disappointed in ourselves, yet psychological research reveals that we actually need to feel that pain of disappointment in order to change our behaviour. In other words, the importance of self awareness is that is allows us to realise that actually, no, we didn’t do that great this time around. That disappointment then motivates us to achieve more next time.
And so, the key to how to be more productive at work is often found in realising that you haven’t been amazingly productive at work up to now.
Of course, that’s not to say we should focus on negativity, but we should at least be responsible enough to face the facts of our actions.
The Importance of Self Awareness: Finding a Healthy Balance
If you want to know how to be more productive at work, you need to find balance. You need:
A balanced sense of goals (i.e we need to set goals that are not too grandiose as to be impossible nor too easy to be significant, but ones that are worth achieving and can be achieved),
A balanced view of ourselves (an honest view, not biased or self critical be simply openly and honestly observant)
We need to monitor what we’re actually doing (so that we don’t just focus on our goals themselves, but the little steps, right here and right now, that lead up the mountain).
So we have three key tick boxes. Consider whether these statements, or tick-boxes, are true for you:
I have goals that are worth achieving and that can realistically be achieved
I have an honest view of myself that is neither aggrandising nor self critical
I am monitoring what I am actually doing on a day to day basis, rather than just what I should be doing or what I would ideally like to be doing.
These are three of the most important rules. Keeping them in balance will go a long way to helping you get on and stay on the happy, healthy, positive track. The importance of self awareness cannot be underestimated. Be sure to make use of these self awareness tips!
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Paul M Harrison is a meditation teacher with more than ten years of experience. He also writes as a lifestyle journalist and author. The author of more than five books, you can find his works on his Amazon Author Page Contact him via Twitter or Facebook