It is kind of ironic how most of us are struggling to become productive even though we have more time in our hands right now. Our struggle for motivation is pretty much evident even though, previously, we used to complain about the lack of time in our hands.
Motivation is a myth. Habit is the key to progress.
So, here are a few pointers on how to be productive during self-quarantine.
Set up a specific bed time and a time to start the next day
This may look like a very simple and ineffective tool but a schedule is perhaps the most important and one of the powerful part of being productive. Going to bed at specific time at night and waking up at a specific time next morning helps us in balancing our circadian rhythm and makes us more active. That being said, 7 to 9 hours of sleep is necessary for good health and utmost productivity.
This is something I struggle with every single time. And to be honest, I am still struggling. But creating morning and evening routines help in obtaining a semblance of certainty in our life. Routines also keep us grounded. Routines help us in resisting any kind of excuses and thus, help us be productive in the long run.
Use the idea of batching tasks
Task batching is an incredible way of getting things done. This works when you can do similar tasks at once. For instance, while writing blog posts – you can spend a few hours writing multiple posts and then publish it according to your schedule. This is really effective as once we are past the form of resistance to do something, the flow occurs. It is easier to face that resistance once and get done, say, 5 posts, than face it each time you sit down to write a post.
Give yourself a personal deadline – ‘Parkinson’s Law’
Parkinson’s Law states that,
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
This being said, giving yourself a personal deadline provides the initiative to resist procrastination and get things done. Always try to set your personal deadline shorter than the real deadline (if any). However, make sure to be realistic about it.
The Two Minutes Rule
I came across this productivity hack in Ali Abdaal
. He says that if a task takes less than 2 minutes of your time, then do it immediately. The way he explains it further, is with an example of a coffee mug. It takes less than 2 minutes to take an empty mug you have been drinking from and put it in the sink. Thus, do that as soon as it catches your attention.
The Five Seconds Rule
I am going to conclude my blog with Mel Robbins’
famous 5-seconds rule. Nothing I have said above is applicable if you do not just break the resistance and get into that state of flow. In order to break the inertia and build up a momentum, the important thing is to just start. This is where the 5-seconds rule plays a significant role.
When you feel yourself hesitate before doing something that you know you should do, count 5-4-3-2-1-GO and move towards action.
There is a window that exists between the moment you have an instinct to change and your mind killing it. It’s a 5 second window. And it exists for everyone.
If you do not take action on your instinct to change, you will stay stagnant. You will not change.
The 5-seconds rule is effective in setting the momentum for any particular task that we would, otherwise, end up procrastinating on.
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