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Use the Chameleon Effect

Use the Chameleon Effect

When you lack motivation, sit next to a focused co-worker you don't know that well. This will help you because:

  • You feed off the other person's concentration: we tend to copy the posture, gestures, facial behaviors of people around us.
  • You'll try to be a good role model: we try to impress the people we know the least.
  • It gets you out of your usual environment.

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Places That Spark Creativity

Similar to Steve Jobs's approach of holding walking meetings to get the creative juices flowing, try to go to an offsite place that inspires you to be creative and focused.

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Reconnect With Your Purpose

When you lack motivation, take some time to visualize the parts of your work that inspire you the most. 

Studies show that having a purpose leads to being happier at work, which leads to being more productive. If you do something you love, you'll have a reservoir of vitality to draw upon when the going gets tough.

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Pre-commit

Do it especially when you know you're going to procrastinate. This means:

  • That you have to decide what you're going to do. Be clear about the timing of your tasks.
  • That you have to plan when and where you're going to do it.

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Follow Through

Make follow-through a core value by developing an image of yourself as someone who follows through:

  • Promote your core value of follow-through to others. It will become much harder to not follow through.
  • Practice following through on all of your small commitments. These small actions build your identity too.

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Find An Accountability Partner

Imagine how you could transform your relationship with your vendors for example (accountant, lawyer, employees, etc.) by becoming accountability partners.

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Close Open Loops

Even if it goes against the most popular time management approaches, consider starting your day with working on tasks that are energy-sucking.

Take advantage of your most productive time of the day and force yourself to delegate it, delete it, or complete it. Once all of these open loops are closed, move on to the most important tasks of the day. 

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Get the Ripple Perspective

When you have a task that you don't enjoy, dedicate a few minutes to write down:

  • How the task fits into the bigger picture.
  • The impact on other people, dependent tasks, and clients.
  • How the task fits into your goals.
  • The long-term worst-case scenario of not completing it (for particularly mundane tasks).

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Work Out Before Hard Decisions

A consistent exercise regimen has a significant positive impact on willpower.

When you have a tough choice to make and execute, go to the gym for 30 minutes in order to get your heart rate up and feel more energized. 

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Take a Daily 15-Minute

Studies show that taking a walk (especially where there's nature involved) helps restore our brain's ability to block distractions because it allows our mind to wander.

Counterintuitively, mental fatigue isn't caused by the exhaustion of the part of our brain that focuses. It is actually caused by the exhaustion of the part that blocks distractions.

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QUESTION: How can I stop being so damn ?

  • Its very important to give yourself permission to fail - remember, guilt is not a productive emotion.
  • Honoring your word — when you commit to doing something, follow through. When you decide to do it, just do it.
  • Start planning your actions and breaking them into manageable chunks which increase your productivity.
  • Get others to keep you accountable — a friend or accountability partner that will call you out if you start backsliding.

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Manage yourself

When you notice information overload (a headache, fatigue, frustration, mood swing), don’t ignore it and don’t panic.

Say to yourself, “I’m in a new job and there is plenty to learn here. It’s okay to feel this way.”

This self-talk helps normalize the situation and makes the emotions easier to handle

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Trim the fat

Multitasking and directing your energy to unimportant tasks and activities will overwhelm and prevent you from being productive.

Focus on your 3 to 5 most urgent tasks on your to-do-list. Focus on one task at a time.

At least one of your Most Important Tasks should be related to your goals.

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