Are you planning to change something but thinking it is optional one? Think again. Change is never optional one – It is intentional.
Find a purpose to motivate the change – Any new habit development is a change to the existing routine. How will you inject a change in the routine (Say waking up early, going to gym, reading book)? All these are new habits that you may want to start. You need to be intentional about it. First and foremost you need to find a purpose that motivates you. It may be an external trigger – like alarming results in your last health checkup (or) internal trigger like your thought process. Whenever you think about the purpose, you should say ‘Yes. I have to do this by any means’.
Keep good company – You know useful change is hard & some of them need more moral support other than own will power. Though your intentions are good, distractions are everywhere. Never let someone poison your mind with negative thoughts that spoil your determination. Surround yourself with someone who encourages you & remind you on your goal.
Focus on end results, not on initial setbacks – Setbacks at start is common in any change. If you start seeing them under lens, then it will derail the whole change activity. Focus & refocus on end results that you want to achieve everytime you come across a small setback. This is vital in keeping it going.
Our brain has a lot of magic in it. Till now, science revealed only part of it’s function & everyday new research findings are published. One of the study says – Our brain receives million bits of information in a second but it can process only 50 bits in a second. All received information doesn’t need to be externally fed one – it can be retrieved information from stored.
Having said that, information overload will in turn causes counter productive effect in the brain. Instead of increasing productivity, it causes distraction, results in confusion, less or no progress & causes derailment.
I use the technique of ‘Threes’. It is simple technique to restrict yourself not to go beyond 3 items at any given point.
- I don’t keep more than 3 items in WIP status in my To-do list. If it is more, it is going to be a distraction, creates unnecessary pressure & results in low progress.
- Even an article suggest 15 items, it is not possible for us to take action on more than 3 items, so I choose only top 3 items to review.
- In any book that I read, I note 3 top take away as it is easy to remember them when I think about the book.
- When preparing PPT, don’t use more than 3 points in a slide
Technique of Three de-clutters mind & simplifies life. Try it, you can see a notable change.
You heard lot of tips about procrastination & how to get rid of it. Procrastination is not always bad. It produces good effects if it is used appropriately.
Distractions are one of the major productivity killer. Distraction can be interruption by someone, phone, mail, notifications from apps, mental, physical, etc. Most of the time, distractions are non-urgent & unimportant in nature.
Say, You are in middle of some important activity & you are hearing notification sound from your phone’s Facebook messenger App. This is a typical distraction you can see every few minutes. You can simply say (either loudly or in mind) “Nope. I will look at it later” & put your procrastination in right use. Use these phrases as often to your distraction situations as possible to keep you continue the productive work.
“I will meet you later”
“I can check these mails later”
“I can talk to him later”
I keep simple meaning to Procrastination – postponing something which needs to be done. Many distractions disguise itself as ‘Urgent’ or ‘Important’ or both. The decision is left with us. Just ask one simple question “How about doing this later?” If you get a ‘Yeah’ answer from your mind, then it is not a thing to do now. Go ahead and procrastinate such non-urgent & unimportant activities.
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