The Productivity Project – Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey
6 Factors that Trigger Procrastination
- Unstructured / Ambiguous
- Lacking in Personal Meaning
- Lacking in Intrinsic Reward
If what you’re trying to accomplish / complete is
BORING: try to find a new environment to perform your work at, like a coffee shop.
FRUSTRATING or UNSTRUCTURED: break the task into smaller, more attainable steps.
Find your Biological Prime Time: the hours where your energy and ability to focus are at it’s peak height.
To do this: track your energy levels every hour of the day.
“Our future selves are actually strangers to our current self’s perception”
- brain scans show then when we imagine ourselves in the future, our brains are basically imagining the life of a total stranger
If you’re a fan of To-Do Lists, then you should consider creating a new Waiting-For List; this is where you write down all the things you can’t do at the moment because you are waiting on someone or something.
Use the Rule of 3 to Accomplish More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
- list 3 big targets for the week
- list 3 goals for the day
Make your tasks attractive and rewarding.
Check things off to free up brain power and mental capacity.
- Today we have a knowledge economy.
- Productivity is the gap between knowing and doing
- Parkinson’s Law: Set fake deadlines. Create a fake sense of urgency. You will work on your tasks sooner and with more focus.
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