I’ve discovered a way that stops me being so lazy. I’m not sure I came up with this myself, as it seems too clever. I feel like I’ve read it somewhere, it’s swished about in my brain for who knows how long and then one day I feel like I’ve had an idea but it’s not really my idea. Who knows? If you do, please let me know so I can pass on the credit.
(The photo of the trees is supposed to represent the tangled woods we wander, trying to find our way in life – I know, I know)
I’ve tried a lot of things to get me to do what needs to be done but they don’t work.
- Habit tracker – fill in all the squares, you wont want to miss a day – didn’t bother me. In fact coloured-in and not coloured-in make a nice pattern
- List – You’ll like crossing things off. It’s on the list, so what? I’ve always got tomorrow, unless I haven’t…
- Threats – If you don’t do what you need to, you can’t do what you want to. No one is going to stop me, especially myself which therein lies the problem.
- Treats – If you get it done, you can have some chocolate. I had the chocolate without getting it done, what you gonna do?
I’m painting a bleak picture of my personality here. It’s not to say I don’t have willpower because I do, just not enough perhaps with certain things. I just always think that I can’t be bothered. Well, no more!! This is where the 15 minute time-slots comes in.
- Duolingo – Italian
- Duolingo – Japanese (I don’t recommend if you’re a beginner because it’s still in beta-mode and some of the Japanese is a bit off.)
- Wanikani – I usually do more than 15 mins but I like kanji
- Japanese TV
- Japanese Pod 101 x4
- Japanese reading
Simply put, I spend 15 minutes on each thing on the above list. Now, I haven’t implemented them all yet, but the ones I have, I have kept up with. 15 minutes doesn’t sound a lot but it’s surprising just how much you can get done. For most of these, it’s 15 minutes more than I was doing.
Do you have any productivity tips that work for you?