Time Management

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Why you procrastinate

Researchers found four phases we go through to do a job:

  • Inception: Decide to get started
  • Planning: Decide how to complete the task
  • Action: Perform the steps
  • Termination: Define when the work is done

Triggers that lead to procrastination are: Boredom, frustration, difficulty, stressful, ambiguous, unstructured, unrewarding, and meaningless. The first four triggers tend to appear at all stages of doing a task, and the other four can happen after the work has started.

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Time Management

Productivity systems often focus on how to complete your tasks. However, it is just as important to understand why we battle to do the work.

Procrastination triggers are emotional, making it harder to analyse them objectively. Learning about the most common triggers can help to overcome them.

Procrastination is a signal that something is wrong, and you need to change the way you approach a task.

There are three ways to deal with your procrastination triggers.

  1. Consider why you are procrastinating. Often, tasks you don't want to do can be deleted or delegated.
  2. Adapt to your resistance levels. Break the task down into manageable chunks.
  3. Reverse your procrastination triggers. If a task is boring, try to make it more fun. If it is unrewarding, treat yourself after you complete it.
  • Using the Monk Mode Morning Routine, the A.M. time (the time we wake up till noon) is simply spent on doing something deep and meaningful, like writing a book, Yoga, or reading good books.
  • There is no inconsistency in this life hack, and a four to six-hour progress can be made every day in whatever is valuable to us.
  • With the rising ‘flexible work’ routines where most work is done at home using various digital devices, the Monk Mode is picking up great speed.
The Monk Mode Morning

Several accomplished people have adopted the Monk Mode Morning Routine: Not doing anything from the time of waking till noon, just focusing on deep, meaningful work on something valuable.

This means:

  1. No meetings or calls.
  2. No texts, emails or Slack.
  3. No internet(social media or news reading).
  4. No TV.
  • Realize that work-life balance is possible if you want it to happen.
  • Understand that work isn’t the primary orientation of life, just something you do to live better. Your priority shouldn’t be work, but the good life you will lead because of your work and your earnings.
  • Constraints do not stifle productivity but enhance it.
  • One shouldn’t always be busy. Productivity actually means working smarter and faster to free yourself from work and go live your life.
  • Rest is not something done by lazy people. We all are in a dire need of daily rest, restoration and relaxation, which we are completely neglecting.
Most Of Us Are Overworked

The hustle fallacy is a common belief that by working harder, putting in more hours, and grinding throughout the day, we can get ahead of others and find success.

Overworking, which often leads to burnout, bad relationships, health issues and low-quality output is a product of decades-old work cultures across the world, and most of us post-2020 are either workaholics or recovering from it.

  • Set the day aside and make it known to people close to you so that they can support you.
  • Don't stress about it. Wake up, and resist the urge to do stuff.
  • Pay attention. Notice when you have an urge to check your phone or make a call. Depriving yourself of everyday stuff will reveal what you really need.
  • Listen to your heart. Don't just do something, Wait. Ask yourself if this is something you really want to do?
  • Spend some time in silence.
Our schedules are filled to the brim

When we look at our calendar, we often notice that every hour is filled with something - almost as if we don't like being left alone with ourselves with nothing to do.

But our inner lives are in great need of attention. It takes the absence of an agenda to really learn about ourselves. It takes quiet and time.

Once a week, clear your calendar, remove any social obligations, turn off your notifications, let your projects sit idle and make space for what could happen.

You matter without the stuff, the outside approval, without the career, or the friends. It is worth having a "do nothing" day just to be you.

Studies show that our mind performs better when we use written to-do lists. Here are some ways to make them more effective:

  1. List entries should be detailed, having a clear purpose.
  2. Paper and pen lists, preferably in a dairy, work best.
  3. Make the work schedule realistic, factoring in all the time that is wasted gossiping or on social media.
  4. Do not list heavy, unworkable projects(A: Climb Mount Everest) as they would never be done. Break them into small, actionable items.
Why We Love The To-Do List

The To-Do list is almost a sacred technique of organizing your day and eventually your life. They lessen the day’s anxiety, provide a structure to power-through and are written proof of our productivity.

As the Zeigarnik Effect proves, we obsess over unfinished tasks and remember stuff which is incomplete or pending. The To-Do list comes to the rescue and saves us from a lot of stress.

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