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If you feel psychologically unable to do anything, here are 4 secrets that increase your productivity unprecedentedly.

Jul 11, 2021
If you feel psychologically unable to do anything, here are 4 secrets that increase your productivity unprecedentedly.

If you feel psychologically unable to do anything, here are 4 secrets that increase your productivity unprecedentedly.

 

1- Determine your production cycle

We all have different production procedures, and different production hours. Some of us are night people, others are morning people. As a result, we feel lively at different times. Not realizing this fact is the real reason why we are not productive or less productive.

Since my childhood, everyone has suggested that studying more effectively than those early hours. I’ve never experienced that. I always felt lazy and sleepy while staying awake until late at night. I thought I was wrong and strange not to feel productive like everyone else.

That’s why we need to learn when we’re active and when we’re not.

Research published at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) also indicates:

Our cognitive ability varies throughout the day. Most people are much worse at processing new information, planning for the future, eliminating distractions as the day progresses.”

With this advice in mind, priority was given to high-energy tasks such as planning and writing early in the morning while keeping trivial tasks at the end of the day. Most of my writing and creativity work takes place between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Surprisingly, I was able to get things done less hard. Understanding my productivity cycles simply helped me take advantage of my effectiveness.

 

2- Marketing

 

How is productivity related to marketing?

I thought about the same thing until I read a book entitled “Give and Take” by Adam Grant.

The author suggests that the best way to complete a task is to leave it incomplete, which is strange? I thought so, too.

But the author supported his claim in the book with research that says:

“We have a better memory of unfinished tasks rather than full tasks. Complex tasks are often better handled at the back of our minds, and this often applies to creative tasks.”

The brain always needs some time to think and find better ways to finish the job. This means that we have to leave incomplete tasks to our brains to do a better job when we get back to them later. But we speed things up and give up the quality aspect.

 

3- Make a mini-list of tasks that can be performed in 15 minutes

 

We all have extensive to-do lists, which we can never complete. If we notice closely, we’ll find that some tasks are small enough to complete. Even so, they remain on our to-do list forever.

Sometimes, we procrastinate (by following productivity advice #2), but we fail miserably. Why not?

Since we don’t prioritize tasks that need to be stalled, besides, we don’t differentiate between small and large tasks that make us less productive.

Carson Tate, psychologist and author of “Simply Working”, explains:

“Fight the attraction of procrastination and do the work in small parts of your day by creating and using a 15-minute list. This list is also what you go to when you feel the audacity of procrastination. You can complete a task quickly, giving you a simple boost of energy, helping you move on to work on a more difficult or complex project. “

Therefore, I have prepared a list of small, doable tasks (which I can do in less than 15 minutes or so):

Call an old friend.
Send emails.
Reply to WhatsApp messages.
Planning a dinner party.
Buy friend’s birthday gifts.

When I set up this mini-list, I realized that I could do it at any time during the day. I completed some of these tasks as I stood in a grocery queue and navigated public transport.

Try this productivity advice, and you’ll be surprised to see your tasks get rid of them without allocating any extra time to them.

 

4- Find out why you’re on a mission

 

Most of the time, we lose interest and motivation because we forget the motivation behind our mission. As a result, our productivity decreases dramatically. Regardless of the rewards associated with them, we consider it a trivial task.

Charles Dohigg points out that we must remind ourselves of the “reason” to be more productive.

We must ask ourselves so much, “Why did this mission start in the first place?”

As a result of this little self-talk, we’ll be able to look at the bigger picture. Reminding ourselves of “motivation”, smaller tasks are linked to our projects or meaningful aspirations.

I have tried these scientifically supported productivity matters and have seen a dramatic increase in the efficiency of my work. Each of them helped me get things done without worrying or exhausting. I hope they do the same for you too.

 

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