Let’s be honest with each other here.
You’re not actually supposedto be on YouTube right now.
Now you probably have some huge assignment that’s
staring at you from your desk right now,
but the thought of doing any work
on that assignment right now is the last thing on your mind
because you have literally no motivation to do it.
如果你也有这种感觉 好吧 你不是一个人
And if you’re feeling that way, well you’re not alone.
I feel that way all the time.
And despite all the years I have put into productivity
research and all the videos you see on this channel,
at least once a week I run into a
situation where I have to do something
and I have basicallyno motivation to do it.
So this is a pretty common problem.
And despite those immortalwords from Shia LaBeouf
constantly ringing in our heads…
– Just do it!
– A lot of us continually deal with it.
Now within the realm of productivity,
there are both long term fixes and short term fixes.
And for a problem like this, a problem of motivation,
long term fixes would be things like building better self discipline or
building strong habits or creating a better study space.
But today I wanna focuson the short term fixes.
If you have something thatyou need to get done today,
but you’re feeling completely unmotivated,
what can you do?
Well today I’m gon na go through a
four step process that I go through every single
time that I’m feeling this way.
And through personalexperience over several years,
I have learned that doingthese things really does help,
even if my brain tells me that,
this time I really am having an off day.
This time it’s not going to work.
When I actually take the time and put
in the effort to put these things into practice,
they really do help.
And the first one on the list is to simply
go outside and go for a walk.
This is probably the simplestpractice on the list.
But it’s also the one that my brain always tries to convince itself
that it doesn’t need to do.
Because when I have a lot of work to do,
the thought of getting up from my desk and going outside,
seems like a huge waste of time.
But every single time that I do it, when
I’m feeling unmotivated or I’m dealing with brain fog,
it always helps to raise my motivation levels
and clear my head.
Now I could send you allsorts of scientific evidence
about why this is true.
For instance, Dr.
John Ratey’s book,”Spark,”
goes into all sorts ofdetail about how exercise
raises your cognitiveabilities after you do it.
And there are also studiesthat show that Vitamin D,
which you get primarily through sunlight exposure, can help with symptoms of fatigue.
And there’s also the Japaneseconcept of Shinrin-Yoku,
or forest bathing, which asserts that exposure to nature,
you know forests and trees like this,
can have all sorts of health benefits.
But the main thing I want to share
here is my personal experience with this practice.
Because my ability to focus is always
100 % of the time improved when I choose to go for a walk.
Or to be more accurate,
whenever I choose to go outside and do any kind of exercise.
Could be playing basketballor skateboarding.
The reason I chose to focus on walking here is that it’s easy.
You don’t need any equipment.
You don’t need a basketball.
You don’t need a bike.
And you can even do it if it’s cold.
As they say in Norway,
there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.
Now let’s go back to the studio.
So once you’ve gone out and finished
that walk and you brought your mental energy up just a little bit,
the next thing on the list to do is to decide
on one specific task to work on.
If you have a to do list with multiple items
on it, put it away.
You need to commit to a single task
and you don’t want that to do list to
be a temptation to jump to something else once it gets difficult.
It’s all about committing.
Imagine a hamster ball withthree different hamsters in it.
If all those hamsters are trying
to go their own little separate direction,
then that hamster ballis going to go nowhere.
But if they all decideto go in one direction,
well they’re probably going to trip all over each other
because hamster balls were not designed for multiple hamsters, but
luckily your brain is not a hamster ball.
And when you decide on onespecific direction to go in
and you commit to it, you make progress.
Now you can make thiscommitment purely mental.
But I also find that it sometimes works to
pull out a scrap of paper and write down
the task that you decide to work on,
so that way it can be
sitting next to you on your desk
and constantly remindingyou if you start to forget.
And if you want an electronic solution,
there’s also a chrome extension called momentum,
which basically replacesyour new tab screen
with a cool wallpaper and it
lets you decide on one singular focus
that you can type in and then set.
Alright onto step three in the process.
Once you’ve decided on that one task
you’re going to work on, the
next step is to clear to neutral.
This means to clear up your work space, your desk,
and your desktop on your computer, and setting that
space back to a state where it’s prepped for that
single task you decided to work on and nothing else.
Anthony Bourdain talksabout a similar concept
in his book,”Kitchen Confidential.”
He talks about how a chef that he used to
work with went up to one of his line cooks
and ran his hands across the cooks really dirty,
crumb-filled cutting board, put it up to his face and said,
this is what your brain looks like.
Every chef knows thevalue of mise en place.
Did I get that right this time?
– [Offscreen Male] Yep.- Yes!
Which is a French term that essentially means, everything in its place.
When your work area is organized and set up for the taskthat you have decided on,
you are going to work on that task a lot more effectively.
Again remember that hamster ball. Finally,
to actually get yourself
into the process of doing the task,
utilize what I like to call, the low effort hack.
This is a useful little mental hack that I use,
on pretty much, a daily basis.
Because usually when I feelmental resistance to a task,
like researching for a video or writing a video script,
that mental resistance is usually because
of how difficult it isto do the task well.
If I’m writing a video script,
usually I feel resistance writing the next paragraph
because I feel like itneeds to have a word play
or a funny reference.
And when I’m researching, I know that it’s
gon na be difficult to actually find the scientific studies that
will back up what I’m trying to say. But,
and this is where
the whole low effort thing comes in,
what isn’t difficult
is just writing what’s on the top of my mind right now.
If I can’t come up with a joke
or a reference that will make the segment I
‘m writing funnier, that’s fine.
I’ll just write what’s
in my head right now and I’ll come back and make it funnier later.
And it’s the exact same storywhen I’m referencing research.
If I really don’t want to go find the
exact source or that one fact that I’m trying
to reference, then I won’t.
In the script I’ll put in brackets
and all caps, reference that one study
and figure out where it came from,
and then I’ll do that later.
Now doing this means that you’re creating something
that you’re gon na have to come back and fix later on.
But that’s okay.
Remember the blank page is the enemy.
It’s far easier to come
back and fix an imperfect mess later on,
then it is to create something perfect from scratch on the first try.
That imperfect mess gives you hand holds that you can grab onto. Additionally,
another huge benefit of starting
from a place of low effort,
is that sometimes you just need a little bit of
a warm up to get yourself into a place where
you’re really creative and in the zone.
Back when I was a teenager,
my dad had a weight training schedule for me and my brother.
We had to work out atleast three times a week.
And sometimes I’d comedown into the gym with him
然后我就说 爸 今天我想要放松一天
and I’d say, dad today is an off day,
I really just want to go light.
I’m not feeling it.
And I will never forget what he told me on one of those occasions.
He said that sometimes you hit your PRs,
your personal records, on off days.
And I’m actually not making this up, this really did happen.
One of those days I came down to the basement,
我说 爸 今天休息一天吧
I said dad, it’s an off day.
So he had me go through a longer
than normal warm-up period
and on that day, I actually hit a PR.
In fact I think it was actually 225,
which if you’re a weightlifter you know is
two plates on each side of the bar,
and that was one of the mentally,
most difficult PRs for me to hit.
It took me a really long time to get.
So that should serve as an illustration.
Even if you feel like today is an off day,
just use that low effort hack and put some time in.
There is a big difference between your state
of mind before you start working
and your state of mind onceyou’re in the flow state.
Once you’re emersed in your project.
The trick is just getting yourself there.
So one of the things I
‘ve been working on for a while now,
算是幕后的故事吧 就是设计一个全新的网站叫“大学生奇客圈” 你也许在
kind of behind the scenes, is a brand new design for my website, College Info Geek, which is where you may have seen
some of the articles that go along with the videos I make. Though,
I should probably say, we’ve
been working on a new design because I’m
just doing the visual design component of it.
All the actual code that’s gon na run
the site is being written by my friend Martin,
whose also the co-host on my podcast.
And lately he’s been working on…
Martin what are you working on?
– Do you want the one hour version or the five hour version?
I guarantee you will notunderstand either one.
– Fair enough.
Though to be fair to myself,
I did do some of the code that is live
on the site right now.
And back when I was in college, and couldn’t
afford to have anybody on my team, I had to
do all of the coding on my website.
It turns out that learning to code was
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