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How to be Realistically Productive in Life: A Curated Guide Part#2

In the previous part, we established two aspects of productivity: Spiritual and Practical Realist. In this, we will explore briefly the lazy-kinds and the mood-dependants.

Now, it is rather common in today’s generation to relate to these categories more than the previous two.


The amount of distractions available at one’s fingertip is insane. Though not much can be done about that, we can try to balance the distractions to our individual capacities instead.


Lazy-kind:

You might either be a self-proclaimed slacker, who is mostly lazy and is productive sometimes, or you might be in one of those momentary lazy spells that you would like to manage more efficiently and such.




1. MAKE YOUR BED. EVERYDAY.

2. LIST CONSCIOUSLY

3. SET DEADLINES, IF NECESSARY.

4. DECIDE YOUR START

5. START.


Okay, so let me explain them further.

For supposed slackers, let me remind you that you have it in you to accomplish all penned down tasks and you already know that. I am a victim of lazy spells myself and I have come to understand my pattern to an extent.

How to go about it:


Make your bed. It is might seem silly but there is a huge psychological benefit to it, especially because making your bed will always be the first task of the day, not to mention the satisfaction of coming back to a made bed despite a terrible day.

It is important you make it as soon as you get up; the tiny achievement leads to a positive interaction with your willpower and gives one a good feeling for the other tasks in line.

When you complete the first successfully you are more likely to go the second.


Here's what the former U.S, Naval Admiral, William H. McRaven had to say about it:

'If you want to change the world start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day; it will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. And by the end of the day the one task completed will have turned to many tasks completed.

Listing down would be the easiest of all tasks and I have a feeling you already love the listing down aspect and might even be a pro at the planning that follows.

But, it is putting in efforts to complete the task that’s your challenge.

Do this, write down six time-consuming tasks and pick only the top three of them to complete. If minor tasks, write down seven and do five of them.


Now there two ways to go about picking your tasks, if you are the ones who would get motivated with the number of tasks you finish, then start with the easier ones.

If you are the opposite, then start with a major task.

If you are indecisive, then keep switching the pattern.

REMEMBER ONLY THREE MAJOR AND FIVE MINOR. Start from there.


Setting deadlines usually do motivate any kind of person; set realistic ones if you are at it, always start slow, and increase a number or two after a few weeks of continually following this schedule.


I would like to believe that none of us stop a happening activity midway and laze around.

It’s only after a certain amount of frustrating minutes or hours does one get distracted from it.


So, when it gets too frustrating set an alarm time and take calculated breaks, drag your ass back after that alarm rings, or the subconscious mind feeding helps too, it somehow makes the situation so that you don’t have any other possibility than to get up.

Just start a task, think of it in small parts.

Jeff Bullas, among Forbes 50 online marketing influencer and blogger refers to it as the 2-minute rule and says

'If something can be done in two minutes, just do it. If something takes more than two minutes, then start it...Once you take an action on any 2-minute task, you will feel better equipped to work on even bigger tasks because of the sense of momentum you’ve built. That’s the reason why the 2-minute rule is so effective.'

Mood-dependents:


You’re highly driven by your moods, and it is in a way of utmost importance for your productivity because you can’t be forced otherwise.




1. LEARN TO CHOOSE WISELY

2. SHORTLIST YOUR STRATEGIES from above or the previous part etc.

3. LIST DOWN

4. SOLID DEADLINES (SCHEDULING)

5. BECOME YOUR OWN BOSS FOR A WHILE

6. TAKE CALCULATED BREAKS

7. START SOMEWHERE

8. FINISHING IS THE ONLY EXCUSE


Your best advantage is that your moods and emotions are strong and controllable if you take over the wheels.


And as for the willpower that has taken a backseat which leading to this can be brought in front to help become your comparatively productive self. You then become one of the most productive people.


Choose your strategies wisely with respect to the current mood status.


Construct solid deadlines around your list and plan, you’re strict planning can help you overcome this barrier to a large extent.


It also comprises the fifth step: you become your boss, demanding projects on deadlines, from yourself.


It happens to be that people in this category mostly work better with deadlines and sometimes pressure.


Take breaks that don’t completely divert you.


Keep distractive gadgets, books, etc. aside and make it a point to get up only after having finished the task at hand. ONLY AFTER FINISHING.


Here is a shortlist of the regular, common, basic tips given out for increased productivity.


1. List it: You can’t achieve much, with peace of mind, without listing down. The most basic tip.

2. Plan intricately only if you can keep up.

3. Give yourselves a good boost in the morning. Everything goes much better when that’s sorted.

4. Pick one task, break it down, and start!

5. Keep distractions away.

6. Take breaks and go easy on yourself for any slip-up. It happens to the best of us, start again the next hour or day.

7. Find your pattern, journal it.

8. Reward yourself.

9. Your environment plays a huge role. Build the right atmosphere.

10. There is no alternative to effort, grow steadily. CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY TO ANYTHING DONE RIGHT, SUCCESSFULLY.


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The last part of this series is composed of productivity strategies practiced by some of the world's most highly efficient and successful peoples. They have evolved strategies taught to businessmen and top leaders. It is effective, simple and actionable. And I am sure you would find it beneficial. But, but, please don’t just read. Pick one of these strategies and follow it up! Reading is fun, so is thinking and planning but actions aren’t as much. But you gotta do what you gotta do. Go now, pick!

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