This is off-topic, but I thought I’d share with you a little nugget of wisdom I found today. I’m one those habitual procrastinators that will always find a way to put something off until I absolutely have to do it – and if I don’t have to do it, then there’s a good chance it’ll never get done!
It’s not like I haven’t read all of the productivity and time management books, but nothing ever seems to stick, you know? But after reading ‘Thirteen Tricks to Motivate Yourself‘ on Lifehack.org, I found one tip that really stood out:
Go for Five – Start working for five minutes. Often that little push will be enough to get you going.
This one is perfect for me, as it’s usually getting started that’s the hardest part. Once I get on that bike, though, it’s non-stop ride to the finish line. This is what productivity gurus refer to as ‘flow’: that state of consciousness when you’re truly absorbed in a task.
One of the commenters to the Lifehack.org post helpfully suggested that setting a kitchen timer or other such device for 5 minutes is a great way to get started. That way, the task doesn’t seem so insurmountable. All you have to do is promise yourself five minutes of doing the task, and then you can stop. If you’re anything like me, that’ll be all you need to get the entire task finished!
Now, if you don’t mind, I’ve got five minutes of cleaning to do!