That’s it, I gave away my productivity secret in the first two words…that’s how you do it, simply start working.
If you’re still reading further hoping to understand the science or research behind this productivity solution, you won’t find it here. You also won’t find any step-by-step directions, rather only my reasoning why this has always worked for ME.
We all have those days when nothing seems to move forward, and the engine simply doesn’t turn. If this is because you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, well then, this isn’t the post for it. If you are looking for real productivity tips from experts, check out all of Knowmail’s productivity tips with a few also added to the bottom for easy access.
For those that DO have their task list ready and know exactly what needs to be done and when, yet cannot get started…then my productivity sauce is exactly for you: Start Working!
You cannot deny it, but once we get those keys clicking, tasks started, and begin moving efficiently through our inbox…our wheels and gears begin moving on their own. As long as these wheels keep moving, momentum is on our side and before we know it, task one is completed, task two has begun, and task 3 is right around the corner…a productive day in progress.
I can probably find some in-depth research to prove this, but it isn’t needed, it is simply that task execution is addictive; you get one done, you want another done, and another and so one.
In the beginning, It may be difficult to get momentum going, but once it has started, you have to actually work to slow it down, and if you actually support it, then it picks up and starts driving you forward…and forward.
There have been so many times where I couldn’t get moving; everything was in place for me to get going: my tasks were listed by priority, all required tools were in place, a healthy breakfast and a well-rested sleep behind me, as well as a supporting team available…but I wasn’t really getting anything done. At those times, you know you aren’t being productive, yet you lie to yourself that you are putting all ducks in a row, improving your plan forward as to be as productive as possible…bull!
We check our feeds, look into our personal email, yet wrap all this around the façade that we are improving our plan forward, so when we DO start working, we will be much more efficient. I agree that we do need to optimize our process, but not at the cost of getting things done. First, we need to keep the momentum going at work, and during our daily, weekly or monthly times where we look at ways to improve, we consider our process as a whole.
So while I mentioned there aren’t any steps for action, I realize that some may look for ways to get over that first hump: the ‘start working from the get-go’. There is an easy way for this: check your list, pick the item that will be the quickest to finish and do it right away; not in a minute or after you re-prioritize your list but right now! Get that task checked off and move to the next that is of a lower hurdle (time or difficulty) and just keep going. If you feel that you daze back into social zombie mode…close your eyes and pick the next task to do (not to consider to do but to truly do).
Do you have other practical methods in getting over a productivity slump and break the non-productive chain?
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