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5 Reasons Why Your Wandering Mind Is Harming Your Productivity

5 Reasons Why Your Wandering Mind Is Harming Your Productivity

Do you constantly find that your mind goes for a little wander, a little walk around the place? Then you will be quite happy to find out that the way it works in your mind can be adjusted with relative ease. A wandering mind is not a permanent problem and can be associated, most of the time, with something that is going on in your life at this moment in time.

To avoid this from occurring and seeing how you feel when dealing with it, you should consider the following five reasons why your mind may be wandering and what could be behind that;

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Money Troubles

The main one that we find is money troubles. When your business is struggling or you barely have enough to live comfortably, you can find that any task you undertake just reminds you of that money problem.

Escaping that is tough work and will usually be a challenge too far for some, but if you really do concentrate on the project you can find that the money worries can escape your mind and let you be productive enough to maybe actually earn some money!

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Relationship Issues

A lot of us have problems at home or with the people we love in terms of arguments and debates – sometimes, even over money as mentioned above. This dominates your thoughts and what-if scenarios appear like wildfire; you need to prepare for this and get yourself into a mentality whereby it becomes less daunting to think about.

It will take a bit of time and a bit of patience, sure, but doing so will let you feel a lot more comfortable in your own mind and allow you to just relax and chill out a little bit instead.

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Dedicated Problems

Are you struggling to stay dedicated or committed to something? Then the worried of the consequences of staying in or walking away can become a permanent train of thought. If you are struggling to stay committed to something, or someone, it can be a real time consuming thing to think about and worry over. Look into this as soon as you can as you need to find a reason why these commitment problems are so big for you, and how you can get around those problems – this is one that you need to answer yourself, though, no answers exist that you can simply use as a template solution!

Illness

If you are loaded with an illness like a cold or even something more serious it can harm productivity massively. You’ll always be spinning your wehels, so to speak, and will find it hard to get yourself going and up for whatever it is that you need to deal with. It’s best to take the time needed to look around and see hwat the problems might be in your mind, so that you can start adjusting and improving your mentality to fit with the illness until you are healthy again.

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Life Changes

Going through any big change in life – a new relationship, moving house, losing/changing jobs – can all leave you with a mind that simply cannot sit at peace. If you find yourself in this position whereby you don’t know where to start and where to end, you need to look at the root causes and try find a solution to them. If you cannot be productive as your mind cannot focus you need to take the time needed to find that reason why and also come up with the best possible solution for that problem as quickly as you can.

Take the time that you need to make these adjustments in your mind as they will be very important to helping you handle these life changes. Life changes are big things and can leave you unsure of what you are doing and even who you are at times – just take a deep breath and look at the problem. Imagine that someone else was in this situation; what advice would you give them? This will help you come up with a genuine conclusion that you will actually feel like trusting and going alongside as you start to move forward.

Take the time needed to really understand your position, as a failure to do so can have you blaming things that have nothing to do with your issues, leaving you in a perpetual cycle of never getting anything done or succeeding at your life, always destined to fall behind and fail.

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Last Updated on April 6, 2020

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

Let me guess.

You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading an article about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back.

Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed, however, here are some productivity tips you need to start getting work done:

First, you need to acknowledge that procrastinating is an unhealthy habit. Not only you’re prioritizing unimportant things, basically, nothing gets done. Still unsure if you’re a procrastinator? Check out this article: Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)

Second, your commitment to change is very important. You should be physically, emotionally, and mentally determined to change this habit. If not, then you’ll just succumb to the tempting lure of doing other things rather than your tasks or chores.

Here are sthe best productivity hacks to improve productivity and keep yourself from procrastinating at work:

1. Give (10+2)*5 a Try

Let’s start with a classic but very effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann,[1] author of 43Folders.com. Don’t worry. This is not a complicated Mathematical formula you need to solve.

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The (10+2)*5 simply means 10 minutes work + 2 minutes break multiplied by 5, completing 1 hour. It is crucial to stick with the time limits and not skipping work and break schedules. The point of this is for you to create a jam-packed routine of work and break schedules. The result? You will eventually skip your break schedules.

2. Use Red and Blue More Often

Clean your desk and remove things that might distract you. According to a Science Daily study[2] about which colors improve brain performance, red was found out to increase attention to details while blue sparks creativity. Surrounding your workplace with these colors not only benefits your brain, it’s also pleasing to the eye.

3. Create a Break Agenda

List all the things you want to do on your break, be it surfing the web, checking your emails, snack time, taking selfies, Facebook/Twitter—everything.

Like the (10+2)*5 hack, squeeze these in between work time but the difference is you schedule these activities for ONLY 20 minutes. Eventually, you’ll take your break minutes wisely. You’re finishing tasks while sidetracking to doing the things you enjoy.

4. Set a Timetable for Your Tasks

Like any other habits, procrastinating is a tough wall to break. Replace this habit with another habit. When you’re assigned a task, set a timetable for each step. Let’s say you have a big research task. Here’s a sample timetable:

9:00 – 9:10 am – Set up all your tools, browser tabs, emails, coffee, etc..
9:10 – 10:00 am – Internet research
10:00 – 10:45 am – Look through existing files
10:45 – 11:00 am – Break time!
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Outline the research report

Deadlines are the best hack for getting things done. Setting a specific time to finish a task creates time pressure even if the deadline has passed.

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5. Take It Outside!

Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin the comfy vibe of your home. If you need to work on a stressful project, do it in a library or coffee shop. You’ll never finish it anyway. Your cozy sofa and toasty bed will just lure you into napping yourself to doom.

6. Become Productively Lazy

Instead of finding all sorts of ways to unproductively procrastinate, use your habit to look for shortcuts and new ways to finish your tasks. Staple multiple papers at a time or master the 3-second t-shirt folding technique. A strong drive combined with laziness sometimes bring out the productive and creative side you never knew you have!

7. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’

It could be your colleague, your supervisor, or your significant other, anyone who has the unforgiving guts to reprimand you when you procrastinate. You could go the extra mile by paying up unfinished tasks or times you open your Facebook or watch a funny cat video on YouTube. Let’s see how five bucks every time you procrastinate will change you.

8. Consider a Gadget-Free Desk

According to a study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, average users check on their phones 150 times per day and having your phone just an elbow away just creates sizzle to this habit.[3]

Removing mobile devices and gadgets allows you to focus on your work without the constant interruption from notifications, calls, and text messages. It eliminates the very distracting ambiance and the urge to unlock your phone just because.

9. Prepping the Night

Before hitting the sack to oblivion, prepare everything you’ll need the next day. This will probably take you 15 minutes tops, saving you more time for coffee in the morning.

Spin class at am? Pack up your gym clothes, shoes, socks, etc. or better, create a checklist so you don’t miss anything. You can also prep your food into containers and just grab one before leaving.

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10. Do a 7-Minute Workout in the Morning

Exercising is proven to increase productivity and stimulate release of endorphin or “Happy Hormones”.

Take a jog outdoors and get warmed up for the day. Don’t feel like running outside? Hop on a treadmilli. It’s a great investment and there are a lot of ways you can use a treadmill like endurance running and metabolism training. On a budget? Here’s a 7 minute, no-equipment needed workout you can do at home:

11. Set-up Mini Tasks

If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make?

Spend 15 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.

12. Create an Inspirational Board or Reminder

I found these mini desk chalkboards from Etsy you can use to write motivating quotes.

Or you know what? Simply write “Do it now!” and stare at it for 10 seconds every time you feel like dropping by on Reddit.

13. Redecorate Your Room

Redecorating my room motivates me to maintain that ‘new’ look for some time until I get use to it and eventually stop. So I redecorate again and again, it became a monthly habit really. Here are some DIY ideas you can do to any room without spending much.

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14. Ready Your Nibbles

You know that trip to the pantry? It’s just seconds away but it took you several minutes just to get your fruit snacks in the fridge. Before starting a task, prepare your nibbles on your desk to avoid zoning out and losing yourself on the way to the pantry.

Bonus productivity hacks you can do at home:

15. Schedule Your Chores

Write down your chores in a weekly basis with matching day and time when you should be doing these.

For the artsy folks, you can create fun chore charts like these or simply stick the list somewhere visibly annoying e.g. mirrors, doors, TV. The trick is listing as many chores as you can for the week and including unfinished chores the following week. Who likes seeing a long list of chores first thing in the morning?

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