Productivity Lessons From Star Wars

Productivity Lessons From Star Wars


Star Wars is an iconic and influential phenomenon in the popular culture. Nothing compares with the trilogy’s impact over children and young people in the 80’s and early 90’s. The magic is here to stay even for the new generations. It is a beautiful space-fairytale with distinct characters and a philosophy behind it. Here are the lessons extracted from Star Wars.

  1. Rest When You Have Nothing to do. The modern life dictates there is no such thing like “nothing to do”. We are anxious, stressed, waiting to go for a run. The competitors are not sleeping, they are going steps ahead, right?  It is good to know – there is nothing wrong to rest and be happy when you don’t have to do anything specific. There are benefits for your productivity in the long run. A rested mind is more agile!
  2. Rid Yourself of Everything You Don’t Need. Obi-Wan lived a simple life in exile for 40 years. This is not an obstacle to live a healthy and meaningful life. Be healthy, enjoy life and share with your love ones, don’t overestimate the material issues. Get rid of the excess stuff, enjoy life and be focused on what you currently do.
  3. Practice Being Good. Most people are not good people. They are black or gray, selfish, competitive, aggressive. Becoming a good person is something developed over years of practice. The final result is for you to be a source of honesty, compassion and admiration.

  4. Prioritize Your Health. Jedis are in great physical health. They fight with swords, jump out of a spaceship and maintain skills to a very advanced age. The spiritual component is tightly bound to good health. If you are sick your ability to do anything is impaired. Your thoughts get affected and distorted. So physical and emotional well-being are imperative for your mentality and motivation.
  5. Be Around Other Jedis. The environment and the people you hang with influence you. It is next to impossible to stay positive, be honest and kind if you are surrounded by naysayers. Avoid people who steal your energy, negative, criminal minded, prone to be aggressive and evil behaviour. Try to create an amiable environment at work! This is a generalization but the truth is: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
  6. Be Open-Minded. Always be ready to accept other’s point of view. It does not mean to change your point of view, but when there are problems with other people try to walk in their shoes. Try to look from a different point of view and you may discover important things. Issues appearance is one way to practice being open-minded.
  7. Trust That Life is Cyclical. Good and bad things happen in cycles. Life comes and goes just like after summer comes autumn and winter and then comes spring. Trust that the efforts and positivity you put in things are accumulating and inevitably would bring results.

Source: http://99u.com/articles/21815/8-things-star-wars-taught-me-about-productivity