Forget Time Management; Productivity Comes Down to Mind Management

May 17, 2016

5:00 pm

There are several ways to approach the issue of increasing productivity. With new studies, tactics, and think pieces being published on the topic, it can be hard to decipher what will be most effective for you.

In his Medium post, David Kadavy writes that “productivity is less about time management and more about mind management.” What he means is that, for him, increasing productivity goes beyond just incorporating more breaks into his workday and blocking time-wasting behaviors; productivity begins with increasing how mindful he is about managing his thoughts.

Essential Questions for Tackling Mind Management

Mind management includes prioritizing your workload and adjusting accordingly. In his piece, Kadavy focuses on three key questions for those looking to explore mind management for the first time:

  • What kind of work do you need to do right now?
  • What kind of mental state are you in right now?
  • Is there something you can do to adjust your mental state?

These questions are key for the success of mind management because they allow you to figure out what your personal work habits are like, and what needs to be improved. He adds that “the goal of mind management is to align your mental state with work that needs to be done, while also allowing your mind to do the work that it wants to do.”

How Mind Management Can Help You

Mind management can be adapted in a variety of ways. While some people may be more receptive to incorporating more exercise or meditation into their routines to increase productivity and mind management, others may gravitate more to jumping straight into work… but with a plan. Mind management focuses on prioritization to maximize effectiveness.

Instead of having to dedicate several hours to a task because you’re fighting mental blocks, understanding how your mind works will help you create a plan to work around it. Your work habits can be an effective tool in helping you reach success in work, but the key is knowing how to properly utilize them.

Mind management can be an effective strategy to helping you kick your productivity up a notch. If you’re struggling with being effective during your workday, give this strategy a try.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.