We feel that time is precious, and we shouldn't waste it. We often try and fill the void with carefully-planned tasks. But turning down the volume on life can be extremely beneficial. We fight against boredom, distraction and procrastination all the time, but that doesn't mean you should get rid of them completely.
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When you really have to get things done, all you need to do is get started. If you're struggling, focus on something small. Even an answered email, short report finished, or another small win is all it takes to build a little momentum to tackle the big stuff.
We've all had the experience of wanting to get a project done but putting it off for later. Sometimes we wait because we just don't care enough about the project, but other times we care a lot — and still end up doing something else. I, for one, end up cleaning my house when I have a lot of papers to grade, even though I know I need to grade them.
It's always fascinating to read how successful people get things done. Celebrated author Raymond Chandler battled with motivational issues like everyone else. But then he set himself two clear choices: write, or do nothing else.
Procrastination usually causes problems, but we have a hard time confronting them. Our future self has a much better sense of why things go wrong. That's partly because the you in the present ignores the consequences of procrastinating.
In the last week Pokemon GO fever has swept Australia, causing Pokefans all over the world to take to the streets, drain their phone batteries and their data and generally get more exercise than they will have had in years. The game is also a huge time-sink, however — and considering how many Pokemon-attracting lures are being placed around office buildings, it's one that's happening in work hours.
Before I became an entrepreneur, I went to business school. While studying for my MBA, there was one lesson that I learned which has proved to be useful over and over again in my life. Essentially, doing your least favourite tasks first and front-loading the 'pain' can make you happier in the long run.