Thrive while you work simply to do less and get more.
The blogs in this series enjoy a sweet sense of irony. We will be taking the time to provide you with (what we think is) great insight into how to save you time and be a little more productive by referring to the works of Arianna Huffington, Shaa Wasmund, Tony Crabbe, Carson Tate and Corinne Sweet and some really great bloggers. However, that’s what we do here at DataRapt, our time invested in our product offering aims to enable you to do less, live more and thrive. While taking the time to read these little entries your positive procrastination could actually make you somewhat productive.
Isn’t that what’s happening here? You’re probably about to start following up on that customer support email, convert that marketing lead, finish off your books for the day or even put the kids to bed. But there’s this blog and could there be anything more interesting and important than reading this blog right this very second? You could be daydreaming out the window or playing candy crush but instead you’ve decided to devote your attention to a piece of writing on how to be more productive.
I read a blog post the other day about this concept and it really stuck. The concept goes a little like this – it’s human nature to put things off and ‘get back to that later’ but there’s a fine line between being lazy and being productive in other aspects of your life. The positive procrastinator may put something off but end up completing a magnitude of other tasks (cleaning out your cupboard and washing your two dogs still counts!) and then finish off that very important piece of work, of the highest quality at the last minute.
‘Last minute work that is high quality, huh?’
– You’re probably thinking but in fact, people are motivated by deadlines and can produce high-quality, creative work through intense sustained periods of concentration. Just for the record, we’re not in any way suggesting this as a long-term work habit, but rather to assure you that you will be okay if you’ve been putting off those big tasks and not ‘slaying the dragon’ or ‘eating the frog’ like society tells us to.
A 5-step productivity hack.
According to HAN-GWON LUNG, contributer to Are You a ‘Positive’ Procrastinator or Just Plain Lazy? – http://ow.ly/SqYH3042VPH
“Charles M. Schwab paid productivity consultant Ivy Lee what today would equate to $400,000 to teach his executives this five-step productivity hack:
1. At the end of each workday, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish the next day. Do not write down more than six tasks.
2. Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance
3. When you arrive the next day, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second one
4. Approach the rest of your life in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day
5. Repeat this process every working day.”
Now obviously writing this list, prioritising it and making a routine out of it seems rather time consuming. The real return of your time invested will be how much time it will end up saving you eventually and how undeniably productive it will make you (trust me, I’ve tried and here I am, finally nailing down and writing this blog series!)
Where do you go from here? Ideally, you should start writing your priority list. Perhaps start with the task you were trying to finish before reading this blog post.
Some days you just can’t and that’s okay.
If you really just need some time out and cannot bring yourself to tick off the first item off your list or even start writing it, try this tip from the Mindfulness Journal by Connie Sweet:
When you find your focus waning, find a window with a view and try this exercise.
Stand or sit comfortably near a window and look outside. Do you see street or sky? Look up and down so you can see both. Identify the fastest moving object in your vision. Consider everything moving in your eye line while you are still.
Breathe in and out, and be aware of how you are sitting or standing, bend your knees slightly.
Appreciate this moment”
We’d love to hear your best anti-procrastination tips or what you would like to see in this series. Drop us a comment below!