🌼Stop Making Excuses Use These 5 Simple One-Minute Productivity Hacks Instead
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You know productivity isn’t hard, the internet makes it complicated.
Here are 5 one-minute productivity habits you need.
1. Scheduled time for creative pursuits
I have 2 hours in the morning and 1 hour after work for side hustle endeavours.
It sounds crazy but it’s not. I started writing by scheduling 20 minutes a day to write on the internet. When I started out I had no idea what I was doing. I was a mess.
Today I have clear times for my part-time creator pursuits.
If you want to find time to create on the side, you need to make time. That means getting up earlier or skipping an episode of your favourite Netflix crime thriller.
Habit 1: find time.
2. Flex for the days I want to stay in bed
Rules are made to be broken.
Most people get stuck here. They set a goal, miss it and think it’s game over. They throw in the towel completely because they’ve ruined their streak and they know they can’t get it back.
Remember this productivity thing is about getting better in the macro, not the micro. Think big picture (2 years) not small (1 week). If you miss a day, get up late or whatever it doesn’t matter. There I said it. One day is nothing.
51 bad weeks out of 52 is a problem. 1 day in 18 days is the reality of life.
Habit 2: Stop worrying about the small stuff, if you stay in bed one day, forgive yourself and move on.
3. Podcasts during travel time
Motivation is your biggest productivity killer. Left alone in your own thoughts you start to doubt yourself. You could never make this work, little old you, you don’t know a thing about creating online.
I used to have these thoughts all the time. Then I changed things.
I started listening to podcasts during my travel time. It’s not all about learning. It’s about surrounding yourself with people that are just like you and that are doing the things you want to.
Habit 3: Build your environment to motivate yourself.
4. Leaning into discomfort
Yesterday I was scared about a meeting. This is a silly habit that I’ve developed over the last few months that is really getting me down recently.
It’s wasting so much of my time worrying. Here’s what I do instead.
Recognise that I’m feeling worried.
Write down all the reasons why.
Ask myself if anything like that has ever happened before (the answer is always no).
Ask myself even if it did happen, would it be the end of the world (the answer is definitely no now).
Then I move on with my life.
Habit 4: explore your discomfort.
5. Allow bad feelings to sink
I used to think if I woke up in a bad mood, that was game over. There was no way to recover. For me, the day was over before it’d even begun.
The same was true if I was part way through a new creative project and feelings of uncertainty would creep over me. That maybe I was doing the wrong thing, I should change tact because I didn’t see the results.
I would give in to these feelings for a long time and let them derail my day.
Now I let those feelings bubble to the surface but then sink back down. It happened to me today. I’m starting a new project, it’s day 10. I said I’d commit to this thing for 3 months. Now I’m looking at this thing and thinking I’ve done something wrong.
That I need to start over.
Instead of giving in to those feelings I let them surface and watch them sink back down.
Habit 5: feel the bad feelings.
Contributed by Eve Arnold
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