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When was the last time you made a new friend? Not just a new acquaintance or buddy at work, but someone really close — the kind of person you would call in an emergency? If you’re “old” like me (past the age of 30), you might notice it’s harder than ever to make those kinds of lifelong friends. Here’s why that is, and why that might not be such a bad thing.
No human on earth escapes the plague of procrastination. We’re all wired to put things off, but we also have the capacity to override that tendency. This weekend, pick one of the many ways to purge yourself of procrastination and start getting things done.
For the past week, I’ve been taking an hour or so at the coffee shop near my office to knock out most of my email and communications. Then when I get back to the office, I stay out of email as much as possible. The experiment has made me realise that shaking up my work environment helps me stay more focused and productive.
Some research says the best way to spark creativity is to walk away and that the best ideas come from those least-expected “aha!” moments. So maybe procrastination isn’t such a bad thing after all. Or is time spent on those cat memes taking its toll? Can procrastinating ever be a source of productivity?
Over the last month, my co-founder [at Zapier], Bryan, has been travelling for a variety of reasons and needed someone to watch his dog, Tuna. His dog is well behaved 99 per cent of the time, and I love dogs, so my wife and I were happy to do it. At first, I thought it would be a little bit of extra work, but I quickly realised that having Tuna around was actually boosting my productivity rather than putting a dent in it.
Do you find yourself apologising constantly because you’re chronically late? Do your friends not even bother to show up until at least 15 minutes after they told you to arrive, knowing they’ll still need to wait for you? Have you missed out on opportunities, had work rejected, or had to pay a great deal of money in ticket change fees because you just couldn’t arrive on time? Do you keep saying you want to break this bad habit but never really seem to change?