Hi, I’m Chelsea from The Financial Diet.
And this week I’m going to be talking to you guys about laziness.
如今 谈到工作 理财
Now, when it comes to work or you know
organizing your finances or just generally sort of becoming
a competent, a capable adult,
laziness and procrastination are really the two things
that will stop even the hardest-working most intelligent person
from getting it together.
Now I would consider myself someone who is a very hard worker.
When it comes to things like you know deadlines
projects, savings goal things like that
I can, if I have a very tangible goal in mind,
I am usually very good about reaching it.
But the problem for me comes in the day to day.
Whether it’s, you know, my everyday tasks
that I don’t really like, like e-mail stuff,
or keeping really close track of a budget things like that.
I am really bad at, because I just get lazy
about the things that I don’t like to do.
So for all the things that I have to get done,
but which don’t have like a firm deadline
that someone else is imposing on it,
I’ve come up with a few strategies to battle my own laziness
that maybe you can learn from.
So the first one is a little bit controversial.
So I’ll get that one out of the way right away.
And that is Intermittent Fasting.
If you don’t know what it is,
Intermittent Fasting is a way of eating
where essencially you limit the window of time in which you eat,
to a smaller portion of the day or sometimes the week.
In my case that means I generally eat
between 2:00-3:00p.m. in the afternoon and around 9:00p.m. in the evening.
I’ll eat a small lunch and a big dinner.
And I don’t generally eat a breakfast in the morning.
Up untill that lunch hour I’ll just drink coffee
and a lot of water and sometimes tea.
But no food untill generally around 2:00.
And what I’ve noticed and what a lot of people have noticed
including some scientists who studied in the Intermittent Fasting
is that during morning fasting period,
I am a lot more productive, I am a lot more clear-headed,
I have a lot more energy to complete tasks.
And I generally just work better. I can combat
this somewhat by keeping my lunch meals small,
but even with a very light lunch I find myself getting kind of
lethargic and tired and more foggy
after I’ve eaten because you know I’m digesting
and I’ve sort of want to take a nap and all of that.
So all of my best work generally gets done in the morning.
And what that means is I have that 9:00am-2:00pm period
to get the vast majority of my most difficult work done,
and then from about 2:00pm to the end of the day
I generally do things that a lot less mentally demanding.
Now intermittent fasting might not be for you,
but if it is something that you think you could try,
I found that in addition to all its dietary benefits,
there are a ton of benefits to your productivity.
So my second strategy for combating laziness is Wall Charts.
So in the TFD Office we have a very large chalkboard
and we also just got a large dry erase board,
specifically for a big project we are about to start.
And I always find what I think that the team finds as well that
when we have big sort of overwhelming projects
that can feel hard to start and hard to complete,
it’s much easier to have something visually out
in front of you that allows you to kind of
break it into smaller parts and complete it bit by bit.
and just make it more manageable.
Personally, I am very prone to forgeting
the little details of the things when there is a big project.
And if you can visuallize it in a very literal way,
it really helps remind you on a day-to-day basis
of all the mini things that you have to
take care of inside the bigger thing.
Plus, if do it right, your wall charts can be a cute piece of decor.
So my third strategy for combating laziness is Excessive Calendar Reminders.
If you were to look at my Google calendar,
you would probably think I’m insane.
I have an incredible amount of reminders
for everyday for things really big like
像工作会议 截止日期 但是很多小事
work meetings, deadlines but all the way down to like
water this plant or text this person or
mail you know this invitation or whatever.
And it might seem a little excessive but for me it is so helpful.
For a long time, I thought that calendars
and reminders should really be about the bigger thing
and usually about work things.
But I found that if you use it to control
all aspects of your life and to really keep everything in line.
Not only does it mean you forget things less,
but it also makes the work aspect much easier.
Because you are not constantly at work worried about
that thing at home that you might have forgotten to do.
In general the idea that helped me is to stop separating so much.
The things I have to do for work and the things I have to do at home.
And just make it the things I have to do.
Because that just makes everything sort of go smoother
and makes sure everything’s prioritized and taken care of.
And there is no reason you can’t manage your life
with as much attention to detail as you manage your job.
You might think that sounds a little Type-A
but honestly it makes life way easier.
No.4 is Telling Other People My Plans
Now this is the specially pertinent for work.
But I find that if I have a task to do
I don’t have a particular deadline for it,
but I know it needs to get done
and I know that I need to impose a deadline because I don’t want to do it.
I’ll tell someone at work about it to make sure they can check in on me
and keep me accountable.
So a perfect example of that is the other day I had a task to do
with our accountant for TFD that is just
the exact kind of thing that I hate doing
and will find any reason to put off,
even though it takes like 15 minutes.
And so I asked my partner Lauren and I was like,
“Can you check in with me tomorrow at the end of the day
about this task to make sure I have done it?”
Lauren behold the next day like 5:00pm she’s like,
“嘿 你干完那个你讨厌的活儿了吗？” 然后我说“还没哎”
“Hey, did you do this boring task?” And I was like, “absolutly didn’t.”
And I took 15 minutes right then and did it on the spot.
And thank goodness, that I had someone there to remind me
and to hold me accountable, because if not I would put it off to another day.
And I think the point there is to accept that sometimes there are just tasks
that you are not gonna want to do
and that doesn’t mean that you’re you know incompetent or not a hard worker
or whatever, it just means that you’re human
and sometimes you need a little push.
And there is no shame in asking for it.
NO.5 is Forcing Myself to Sleep.
So I’m someone who’s always been a night owl.
I used to love doing the bulk of my work between like midnight to 2:00am,
but now I work a schedule that’s pretty you know
9:00 to 6:30 ish very much like a lot of us.
And I find if I really don’t force myself to get to sleep
at a pretty early hour for me, which was like
maybe 11:00 or so. I’m useless the next day.
When I first moved to New York I got a prescription for ambien to help me with that,
but I really didn’t like it and I stopped taking it pretty quickly
And I didn’t really take anything else for a long time after that.
And so for a long time after that I went
sort of cold turkey and I said to myself,
“okay, I am gonna force myself to get on a morning person schedule
with no help” and that meant that
if I went you know five nights in a row
getting to sleep at the right time and then one night messed up
it would take me weeks to get back on the good sleep cycle.
But sometime around the end of last year
I sort of realized that I was going to have to meet somewhere in the middle
and I wasn’t gonna necessarily beyond ambien but I also
wasn’t going to be totally cold turkey.
And so what I started doing was on an evening where I felt
like I was really not able to get to sleep and I was about to mess up my schedule,
I just take some over-the-counter sleep aids to
help me kind of force myself to sleep
and to stay on the schedule so I don’t lose
all the progress I’ve been making and maintaining that good sleep schedule.
And getting a good night each night
is crucial to combating you know my tendency to put things off
and be a little lazy and procrastinate
because I feel clear-headed and full of energy.
So my last one is Speed-Running Through Tedious Tasks.
基本上 如果有那种很无聊 重复性很强
Essentially anytime there’s a task that’s tedious and repetitive
but needs to get done. I will put it off forever.
So what I’ve started doing with some of those things like
you know clearing out my inbox or filling out forms or whatever.
I’ve started speed running them. I time myself
and see how quickly I can get down as much as I can get down.
And sometimes I’ll even have little like prizes for myself if I beat my time.
A great example is on a Friday afternoon,
if I have a ton of unread emails to sort through
I’ll see how long it will take me to get 50 of them done.
And if I do it in a certain amount of time
then I’ll take myself out for you know a nice cocktail
and maybe some snacks at happy hour.
I find that setting a time limit and even setting a little prize for myself
if I fall within that makes my brain turn the task into a game
and that makes me not want to put it off anymore.
So those are just a few of my anti-laziness strategies.
If you have a really good one that we should all know about.
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