The problem with most productivity systems is the absence of mindfulness. It’s all about getting things done, versus asking yourself why and how best to get things done. But there’s no point getting something done if you damage your mental health in the process. There’s also no point getting something done if this was not the right thing to spend your energy on in the first place. 

Mindframing is a method that’s mindful of the way we think, feel, and work. Instead of blindly cranking tasks, it’s about creating growth loops with constant feedback so you can be mindful of the way you achieve your goals. Mindframing is about continuous learning, personal growth, and mindful productivity. It’s about being the best you can while acknowledging the inherent flaws of your humanity.

This is a short guide covering all the articles about mindframing so you can explore the concepts in order and apply them to your own mindful productivity routine.

Mindframing method and PARI system

1. Overview

First, you want to read this short overview of mindframing, covering its origins and general principles. This was the very first article published about the mindframing method. If you want to explore the research behind it, you can also read the mindframing paper, which explores the science of personal growth outside the school and work environments, and how makers can use mindframing to manage their personal growth.

2. Key mindframes

Central to mindframing are three key mindframes which you need to master in order to implement mindful productivity principles.

  • Growth mindset. Read this article to learn about the two mindsets shaping your work and life, how to identify your mindset triggers, the principles of neuroplasticity and how to foster a growth mindset.
  • Metacognition. Then, read this one to learn about the tools and methods you can use to “think about thinking”, the second major mindframe you need to master. You will learn how to regulate your metacognition through planning, monitoring, and evaluating your creative and intellectual work.
  • Self-authorship. Finally, read this to learn how you can create a coherent belief system and how you can shape your identity. This article includes a list of activities to develop your self-authorship.

Once you have learned about the key mindframes of the mindframing method, you can move onto using an integrated system which uses all three of them.

3. PARI system

PARI stands for Pact, Act, React, Impact. It’s a simple system to use the three key mindframes and turn goals into growth loops. This article is a complete overview of the PARI system, which focuses on long-term goals, achieved through repeatable activities.

4. Applications

By now, you should be familiar with the concepts of the mindframing method and the logic behind the PARI system. If you want to explore ways to apply mindframing in your daily work, you can read additional articles exploring some of the applications of mindraming.

Mindframing is extremely flexible and can be used for anything from writing essays, learning how to code, or becoming a better runner. Please do let me know if you accomplish anything that makes you proud using mindframing.


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Mindframing handbook and PARI system