Perhaps the most fascinating and useful tip in this article is the “productive mood anchor,” first defined by Asian Efficiency. A productive mood anchor is one (or, if you’re lucky, a few) thing that gets you or keeps you in a focused, efficient mental state. Author Kristin Wong identifies english breakfast tea as her productive mood anchor. However, it doesn’t have to be a consumable. Certain songs or music, exercises or movements, scents, or pre-work rituals could serve as your productive mood anchor. To use one, however, you either need to identify what already functions as one, or develop some new habits. Unfortunately, new habit creation is rarely in our wheelhouse. To help you out, here’s an article about easily creating new habits and practices.
Do you have any productive mood anchors right now? We’d love to hear what they are!