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Being productive yourself is certainly a good thing, but having those around you get things done can be equally helpful in your pursuits. Not only that, but helping others reach their goals is just the right thing to do. So here are 10 tips to help you be a positive influence on the lives you come in contact with.
1: Only mention tasks when they can be accomplished.
If you tell someone, “Don’t forget you still need to do _____.” at a time when the task cannot be accomplished, you will just be reminding them of something that needs to get done, but can’t. But if you say the same thing at a time when it CAN, you can then follow it by some encouragement to go ahead and get it out of the way. Now they’re left with incentive to accomplish the task and move on.
2: Start their task for them.
The fact is, starting a task is usually the hardest part. By beginning the process of whatever needs to get done and then tactfully handing it over to the other person, you can help them build some momentum. This usually works best when you also have other tasks to do yourself. This way, when you hand it over, you can get to work on what YOU need to do. This will help the other person feel less like you are just dumping work on them and then ‘going off to play’.
Now this could be border line obnoxious if done in the wrong way or at the wrong time. But when executed properly it can be a great way to encourage results. The key is to be subtle about it and make a smooth transition when passing it off to the other party.
3: Give them praise when they get things done.
We all love to be praised. We want to know we are doing a good job. This not only makes us feel good, but it encourages more positive results in the future. (We should be doing this anyway with no strings attached as I am not a fan of manipulation. It just also happens to work well with productivity.)
4: Pull your own weight.
None of this will be affective if you are not getting your own things done. There’s nothing worse than a hypocritical ‘preacher’. If you want the other party to accomplish their goals and hope to positively affect them in this area, LEAD BY EXAMPLE!
5: NEVER NAG!
There’s a fine line between encouraging someone to do something and nagging them because they won’t do it. Treat the other person with respect if you ever want them to listen to your words.
6: Pick your battles.
Sometimes it’s better to just let it go. Nobodies perfect and none of us ‘get everything done’, all the time. Make sure the tasks you are dealing with are those worth the potential friction.
7: Help them simplify.
We all know that clutter and over complication can make every task seem like an uphill battle. Look for areas like these in the life of the person in question and find ways to help them ‘remedy’ the situation. Maybe the first task you should work with them on is that of simplifying?
8: Give them incentives.
Lack of motivation is usually the culprit to an unproductive day. Help the other person see the benefits of accomplishing their goals so they will have some drive to work with. Be creative as you help paint a picture in their heads of the positive results that will follow a finished task.
9: Ask them to help YOU stay on task.
Sometimes the most motivating activity you can partake in is that of helping another person accomplish their goals. Ask for help and let that person benefit from this positive experience.
10: Let them fail and don’t help them pick up the pieces.
In the end, we are only responsible for our OWN productivity. We should never try to control another human being or make them become something they’re not. It is life experience that is the greatest teacher. Failure can work wonders for an individuals’ maturity.
The learning experience that comes from fixing the messes we’ve made in life are essential for our growth. So make sure you’re not getting in the way of this natural process by being overprotective and always softening the blows.