These last few weeks have been some of my most productive ever. And it’s all thanks to an ultra simple approach I’ve been taking to getting stuff done. In a nutshell:
1. I schedule my tasks in my calendar for a specific day and a specific time
2. I do exactly what I planned to do, when I planned to do it
- even if I don’t feel like it
- even when I’d rather be doing something (anything) else
This may seem like an unremarkable strategy, but do you actually use it? Do you honour your commitments to yourself? Do you do what you say you’re going to do, exactly when you said you were going to do it?
Or do you procrastinate?
This simple approach arises from my understanding of how our brains work: the part of our brain responsible for planning and doing things ahead of time is not the same as the part of our brain that wants to take over (and do something more fun and interesting) when it’s time to do the task. When you’re aware of both, you can consciously choose the former in favour of the latter.
This is delayed gratification and I’ve decided to add it to my Balance toolkit. It’s the perfect tool for conquering procrastination so you can be more efficient, productive and get out of the office on time.
Tune in to Episode 14 of the Podcast to learn more.