Overcoming Procrastination Just a Few Minutes at Time. I was having difficulty starting a project.
Something always seemed to be more important. Finally, I took just a few minutes to break the project into manageable steps. While I’ve not yet finished the project, I have begun. What ’s more, I have a sense of restlessness and urgency about completing the project. Actually, I was intentionally appling a principle from Richard Wiseman’s book 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot. One day at a Viennese café . . . According to research lore, in the 1920s a young Russian psychology graduate named Bluma Zeigarnik found herself in a Viennese café, taking tea with her supervisor. Later back at the lab . . . Zeigarnik was curious, and she returned to the laboratory to test an idea. Overcoming Procrastination Just a Few Minutes at Time. Overcoming Procrastination Just a Few Minutes at Time. Overcoming Procrastination Just a Few Minutes at Time. The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time - Tony Schwartz. By Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012 Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work?
It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? The biggest cost — assuming you don’t crash — is to your productivity. But most insidiously, it’s because if you’re always doing something, you’re relentlessly burning down your available reservoir of energy over the course of every day, so you have less available with every passing hour.
I know this from my own experience. The Zen Of Doing. “Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” —Zen proverb In the chaos of the modern world, there is a beauty in simply doing. We’re buffeted wildly by whatever emails, conversations, news, events, demands, that are going on around us. Our minds become a constant deluge of thoughts dwelling in the past, worries of the future, distractions pulling us in every direction. But all of that melts away when we focus on just doing. What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking and Sacred Space. 7 Simple Steps to Extreme Personal Productivity. Last Updated Oct 18, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Increasing personal productivity is big business: Stephen Covey, David Allen, Tony Robbins, 43folders... those and countless others have combined to turn improving individual productivity into a massive industry.
Forget them. If you want to complete a major project, tackle a task you've been putting off, or just knock out a lot of work in a relatively short period of time, there's an easier way. And it's free. Say you need to complete a task you estimate will take, oh, 10 to 12 hours. Tell everyone your plan. An extreme personal productivity day automatically ratchets your limits higher. Jeff Haden is a bestselling ghostwriter and speaker who has ghostwritten four Amazon #1 bestsellers.Related: Photo courtesy flickr user teamstickergiant, CC 2.0 © 2011 CBS Interactive Inc.. The Biggest Time Saving Tip Of All. Last Updated May 31, 2011 8:01 AM EDT Everyone seems to be busy these days.
And so, we're all looking for some life hack that will free up time and make our lives run like well-oiled machines. In the year since my book, 168 Hours (out in paperback today), was published, I've been asked for my fair share of these tips. Should I run my errands in a certain order? Should I file emails a certain way? Well, you can. Because the next week is as much a blank slate as that piece of paper.
Time will pass. Realizing this is the most important time management tip there is: minutes and hours are choices. Realizing this changes how you view time. Of course, none of this means the process is easy. But there's little point in trying to save minutes when you're wasting hours.