So much to do, so little time.
And procrastination just inevitably kicks in,
and it sucks.
It robs us of our goals,
the valuable work we want to tackle, our accomplishments.
Basically, procrastination is a major obstacle in managing our time well,
and time is the only actual currency we naturally have.
We procrastinate because our mind
is wired to enjoy comfort and what’s familiar,
and working brings a lot of negative feelings to the table.
It’s challenging and certain unfamiliar.
Sometimes it even brings some level of physical discomfort too,
and it also makes us doubt our capabilities.
All in all, our brain wants us to
battle these feelings by simply avoiding them,
and that avoidance is what procrastination is all about.
When managing my time in the past,
and trying to conciliate my YouTube channel,
my nine-to-five job,
managing a household
as well as having some semblance of a self-learning routine,
I discovered I was making four big mistakes,
whenever I was managing my time.
The most obvious mistake for me
was failure to recognize my routine needed to change.
I think a lot of people can resonate with this,
because there’s just a fine line
between mindfully stopping a routine or a habit
because it actually does not longer suit you,
and quitting that habit
because it’s just too difficult or just too much work.
And I believe that in the past,
whenever I was changing something in my routine,
I was telling myself I was quitting,
I was not trying hard enough,
I was not going the extra mile.
And whenever that happened,
I can now see that what I should have done
was realize that my routine needed a change,
and that was healthy,
and it was something I should have embraced.
One thing that is nuclear to
defeating procrastination once and for all,
and which is actually a common denominator to
any technique, system or habit
you can start implementing is momentum.
The idea is very simple.
Any task or project becomes easier
once you start working on it.
Okay, so think about this.
You may notice that when you have a pretty lazy day,
it feels even more difficult to do things.
So if you didn’t do anything in the morning,
you may find that it may be actually difficult
to do some basic tasks like clean the dishes,
or going outside for a walk with your dog.
On the other hand, when you’re having a very productive day,
it feels like you’re on a roll.
As you go through these tasks and you accomplish those tasks,
take off those items in your to-do list,
it seems like getting things done
is actually easier than you realized before.
And this is a basic example of what momentum does for you.
It has a lot to do with your confidence
in your own work and energy,
as well as your ability to trust yourself
to actually get things done.
And for a lot of people,
working on the same type of tasks all the time,
while using the same tools, mindset and resources for several hours,
is one of the things that contribute a lot to procrastination,
and it also contributes to that feeling of lack of progress.
That is really unhelpful
when trying to boost your confidence in your work
and momentum in general.
So diversifying the type of tasks, the resources you need,
as well as the level of challenge,
can be a really positive way for you
to diversify the items in your to-do list,
and gain that momentum back.
That feeling that you’re shifting your focus
between different things is new and exciting,
and your brain loves that.
Everyone likes novelty,
and this also applies to a typical work environment.
So if you have any sort of independence,
when managing your agenda and your to-do list,
this is a very good principle to take into account.
You can also diversify by breaking down a task into smaller chunks.
This reduces decision fatigue
and forces you to celebrate small victories,
and it ultra simplifies your workflow
in a way that your brain will love as well.
Ensure the first task is simple.
Cross off the task as you finish it,
and tell yourself that if you want to stop
after that last one is crossed out, you can.
Even if this looks ridiculous, who cares?
This is your planner, this is your phone.
No one needs to see this list or know anything about it.
If creating these tiny microscopic tasks,
actually helps you beat the slump and improve momentum,
why not take advantage of such a small trick?
And the thing is everyone has these tiny microscopic non-negotiable tasks.
There are things you just have to do,
even if you are very low on energy.
So for instance for me,
taking my dog outside in the morning is something that is non-negotiable,
even if I’m feeling sick, under the weather,
or if it’s raining a lot outside like it’s raining right now,
I still have to take my dog outside
because it just has to go.
So I can take advantage of that first action
in order to gain my momentum
for all of the following items on my list.
So if you have five tasks you have to accomplish,
ensure the first one is non-negotiable.
That will inevitably build up momentum,
because you know that whatever happens,
at least that first task will get done.
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So much to do, so little time.