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3 tricks to start working despite not feeling like it
So there you have it.

Is it time to go "screw it, let's do it"?

Could a deliberately sloppy start help you move forward?

Or what's the smallest step you can take right now?
productivity  procrastination  psychology  motivation  via:popular 
9 weeks ago by rauschen
Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time - BBC Worklife
Of course, most of us probably won’t have the option of signing up to an ACT course any time soon – and in any case we’re bound to keep putting off looking for one – so how can we go about applying these principles today? “When someone finally recognises that procrastination isn’t a time management problem but is instead an emotion regulation problem, then they are ready to embrace my favourite tip,” says Pychyl.

The next time you’re tempted to procrastinate, “make your focus as simple as ‘What’s the next action – a simple next step – I would take on this task if I were to get started on it now?’”. Doing this, he says, takes your mind off your feelings and onto easily achievable action. “Our research and lived experience show very clearly that once we get started, we’re typically able to keep going. Getting started is everything.”

The overarching goal of ACT is to increase psychological flexibility.
procrastination  psychology  productivity  via:popular 
9 weeks ago by rauschen
Makers, Don't Let Yourself Be Forced Into the 'Manager Schedule' | Inside Nuclino
As Graham elaborates:

Managers' days are “cut into one-hour intervals. You can block off several hours for a single task if you need to, but by default, you change what you’re doing every hour.”

Makers, on the other hand, “generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least. You can’t write or program well in units of an hour. That’s barely enough time to get started.”
productivity  management  work  maker  via:popular 
november 2019 by rauschen
Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management. - The New York Times
E.B. White once wrote: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world.

Often our productivity struggles are caused not by a lack of efficiency, but a lack of motivation. Productivity isn’t a virtue. It’s a means to an end. It’s only virtuous if the end is worthy. If productivity is your goal, you have to rely on willpower to push yourself to get a task done. If you pay attention to why you’re excited about the project and who will benefit from it, you’ll be naturally pulled into it by intrinsic motivation.

Then my colleague Jihae Shin and I ran a study in a Korean department store and found that when employees had a highly interesting task, they actually performed worse on their most boring tasks.

One possible reason is what’s called attention residue: Your mind keeps wandering back to the interesting task, disrupting your focus on the boring task. But in an experiment with Americans watching videos and then doing a dull data entry task, we found support for a different mechanism: contrast effects. A fascinating or funny video makes the data entry task seem even more excruciating, the same way a sweet dessert makes a sour vegetable taste yuckier. So if you’re trying to power through a boring task, do it after a moderately interesting one, and save your most exciting task as a reward for afterward. It’s not about time; it’s about timing.

The stumbling block is that productivity and creativity demand opposite attention management strategies. Productivity is fueled by raising attentional filters to keep unrelated or distracting thoughts out. But creativity is fueled by lowering attentional filters to let those thoughts in.
management  productivity  time  Aufmerksamkeit  attention 
april 2019 by rauschen
How to Get Things Done When You Don't Feel Like It - ACM Queue
According to a study by the American Society of Training and Development,1 people who commit to someone else have a 65 percent chance of accomplishing the goals they set. That number goes up to 95 percent if you commit to a specific accountability appointment with that person.

Scientific studies have shown that talking about feelings out loud actually decreases stress and the bad feelings we're experiencing.
productivity  psychology  programming  gtd  tips  via:popular 
october 2018 by rauschen
Solving My Email Problem
Using several whitelists/blacklists to sort emails to inboxes
email  productivity  inbox  via:popular 
october 2018 by rauschen
Taskwarrior - What's next?
Taskmanager und timetracking Tool für die Kommandozeile
productivity  todo  tools  cli  commandline  tune  tracking  task  via:popular 
may 2018 by rauschen
Slack is the opposite of organizational memory
Slack verhindert kontinuierliches Arbeiten. Da man permanent unterbrochen wird. Auch die Suche nach Sachen ist schwierig.
slack  productivity  office  chat  via:popular 
february 2018 by rauschen
You’re working in the wrong place. – Amar Singh – Medium
Have different rooms for the different situations. In open space it's hard to get to flow and stay there.
see also Eudamonia Machine
productivity  work  collaboration  creativity  business  Eudamonia  Machine  via:popular 
november 2017 by rauschen
Trickle-down workaholism in startups – Signal v. Noise
So don’t tell me that there’s something uniquely demanding about building yet another fucking startup that dwarfs the accomplishments of The Origin of Species or winning five championship rings. It’s bullshit. Extractive, counterproductive bullshit peddled by people who either need a narrative to explain their personal sacrifices and regrets or who are in a position to treat the lives and wellbeing of others like cannon fodder.
culture  work  productivity  business  Arbeit  via:popular 
june 2017 by rauschen

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