5 instant productivity boosters and a big, fat secret
By reading this article, you hereby accept the following terms and guidelines: the productivity boosters contained find herein will be of no value to you whatsoever. Unless you make them be.
- Close your e-mail client. So you won’t be tempted to work on other people’s priorities.
- Set your phone to silent. So you won’t be interrupted, but remain available in case of emergency.
- Switch off your colleagues. If you can’t find the off switch, put on some headphones or go find a quiet place.
- Shut down your Internet connection. So you won’t be distracted.
- Do something important and difficult. So what comes next will feel like true progress, and easier.
Of course, you likely knew this already – I just put it into words for you, or at the very least reminded you of it. In fact, these tips are next to useless – albeit concisely written and to the point, if I may say so myself.
I promised you a secret, though, and here it is: you, along with most everyone else reading this list, will agree with its logic – and then fail utterly to implement its advice, just as I myself suffer intermittent lapses in judgement.
Unless, that is, you can locate the hidden switch in your mind.
As you’re well aware, there’s a clear difference between reading and doing – or between watching and partaking, if you will. Exactly where that difference lies, however, varies from individual to individual.
In my case, it resides within a memory frozen in time from an early summer’s day at the age of 17, scrambling down a pier at full throttle towards a lunge that would land me in water nowhere near warm enough for comfort – all to impress a girl.
Every time I need to do something difficult, I reach for that memory and the feeling contained within of reaching outside my comfort zone in hopes of making an impact. When I push past that threshold, I know I’m headed in the right direction.
I got the girl, by the way.
Will you get yours?