Nick Bussola

Nick Bussola

08-10-2022

12:51

How to never be lazy again for the rest of your life 😱 30 techniques from 10 of the most groundbreaking productivity books such as Atomic Habits by James Clear:

🚸 Disclaimer! You will find some techniques contradict each other. This is because there isn't such a thing as the perfect tool. The best technique is always the technique that works for you. So I encourage you to experiment with them all. Ready? Let's go! 👇

1 ⭐️ Lower the cost of starting any task Make the task look easier and you'll be more likely to begin. Do so by decreasing the effort needed at one time. Spread the effort over multiple occasions. E.g. Prepare your running gear the night before.

2 ⭐️ Make the activity rewarding When there aren't rewards in exchange for your effort, your mind pushes against it. Tweak this by making any task rewarding. Attach a small reward to the completion. Decide in advance your reward for the activity and write it down next to it

3 ⭐️ Batch activities together Individual activities will take individual effort. Put them together to create routines and save energy. Group up activities by time and location. ➜ E.g. Drink tea on the couch + Read 10 pages. ➜ E.g. Brush your teeth at 8 am + Do 10 pushups.

4 ⭐️ Write your goals in the present tense The Present tense triggers Cognitive Dissonance. Your mind perceives it as an instruction and does its best to make it true. ➜ E.g. I am financially free. I make 5K a month ✅ ➜ I will be financially free. I will make 5K a month ❌

5 ⭐️ Timebox your activities Split your day into small 30-minute boxes. This will allow you to know precisely what you spend your time with. Decide how many boxes each activity requires and assign them accordingly. Block them down in your calendar for better clarity.

6 ⭐️ Leave your phone in another room while working. Focus is for us today what fire was for cavemen millennia ago. Don't compromise it. Leave your phone in another room. Start with 1 hour then build your way up consistently. If you don't see it, it can't harm you.

7 ⭐️ Use Deep Work Instead of 8 straight hours of disrupted work, aim for smaller blocks of uninterrupted deep work. Start with 30-minute deep work chunks of consistent effort. Stay monk-like focused for the whole time. build your way up to 90-120 minutes as you get better.

8 ⭐️ Use the 5-minute rule Trick your brain instead of fighting against it. With any tedious activities, never aim for completion. Your formal goal should always be to endure for no more than 5 minutes. Once you get to that point, you'll most likely keep going well beyond it.

9 ⭐️ Use the 2-minute rule Be considerate with big activities, and merciless with small ones. If any task takes less than 2 minutes to accomplish, knock it off instantly without too much fuss. Keep note of all the quick tasks you do to have a blueprint for the future.

10 ⭐️ Theme your days Don't attack different subject activities on the same day. Switching back and forth will exhaust your focus and time. Theme your days instead. Each day should have its own theme. ➜ E.g. Monday project Y, Tuesday project Z, Wednesday project X.

11 ⭐️ Manage your energy not your time Time never changes, but your energy goes up and down during the day. Figure out your energy levels at each section of your day. Do this by taking notes for a 7-day trial Then match each task to the right amount of energy it requires.

12 ⭐️ Borrow motivation from easy tasks Motivation comes from execution, not the other way around. Do small things to charge yourself up for big ones. E.g. Make your bed in the morning. Block down 30 minutes and get some baby tasks done first. Then attack the heavy lifts.

13 ⭐️ Plan in advance You don't get things done by making decisions every day. You do it by deciding once and sticking to the plan thereafter. Block down 20 minutes each weekend. Decide the plan and how you want each day to unfold. Then forget about it and just get it done.

14 ⭐️ Attach instant gratification to a task Make a task immediately gratifying. It will 3X your chance to get it done. The gratification should be tangible and come right upon beginning the task. An example would be putting on new shiny running shoes right before running.

15 ⭐️ Break it down Your brain is engineered to pursue only projects that make sense. If a project looks too complex it will naturally procrastinate. Break it down into smaller steps and assign each step to each day. If you still procrastinate, break it down further.

16 ⭐️ Start with challenges. If your goal is to do it once only, you won't do it again. Make it clear from the beginning that it's not a one-off commitment. Agree with yourself to a 30-day challenge. The challenge will tell your mind that it's not time to procrastinate yet.

17 ⭐️ Track your progress. Track your progress and check it regularly. Write it down in 3/4 easy bullet points in a journal. Dopamine is triggered when you see results and makes you feel good. The anticipation of it will be stronger than your desire to procrastinate.

18 ⭐️ Use a stopwatch. Start a digital stopwatch when you begin working. Make sure the rushing seconds are clearly visible and the item is right next to you. Your goal should be to finish as early as possible. In the following days, try to beat yourself.

19 ⭐️ Create a ritual You can't expect to trigger hard work like a switch. You've got to encourage it with rituals. Create your own ritual you follow before each intense work session. Go for a walk, drink a glass of water, do some meditation, 15 to 20 minutes before starting.

20 ⭐️ Set minimum viable goals Aim for the moon and you'll never get there. You should compromise if you want to get things done. Instead of "complete X project" write down "start X project". Begin with progress in mind, not completion.

21 ⭐️ Eat that frog If the first task you tackle is also the most annoying, getting it done will boost your motivation tremendously. Break down your work for the week. Find out the ugliest and most difficult tasks. Schedule them 1st thing in the morning, every day once a day.

22 ⭐️ Be Accountable Procrastination is a single player. Team up with a friend to outnumber it. Ask someone to keep you accountable for a project you have. Decide on the terms of the agreement in advance. make sure neither of you ever breaks them for the time agreed.

23 ⭐️ Tweak the environment around you External factors trigger internal reactions. If you're in the kitchen you'll get hungry. In the bedroom, you'll get sleepy. Make your work environment conducive to hard work. Wear work clothes, make it formal, change location.

24 ⭐️ Reset your focus Procrastination is evil. Sometimes you just can't move forward. In those cases refocusing for 5 minutes is far better than keeping pushing it for 30+ Leave the task. Go for a walk away from your desk. Walk 5-10 minutes, no more. Go back and crack on.

25 ⭐️Exercise meta awareness Set up a 30-minute-timer when you work. Each time it goes off, check in with your mind. Are you thinking of work or is your mind wandering? If it wanders, re-focus again. Keep training and eventually increase the timer to 1h.

26 ⭐️ Make the process enjoyable Mix enjoyable activities with unwanted ones to get them done. If you like walking in the park, go running there the next time. If you like podcasts, listen to them while doing the dishes. If you like sitting on the sofa, start reading on it.

27 ⭐️ Use the Keystone habit The keystone habit is a rewarding activity you do every day that triggers willpower. Get that one done first to make everything else fall into place. If your keystone is exercising, do it early in the day to trigger momentum with other tasks.

28 ⭐️ Make the task impossible to miss. Relying on willpower isn't always efficient. Make things happen "by accident". Place your gym bag in front of the entrance to make sure you stumble upon it. If you come across the task accidentally, you'll be more likely to begin.

29 ⭐️ Make it public We're social creatures and rarely accept failing in front of others. Make a promise to complete a task on social media. If you don't use it don't worry, you won't need to check it ever again. The fact of making it public will be enough to keep you going.

30 ⭐️ Write clear plans. Execution has little to do with procrastination. Laziness comes from a lack of clarity. Make clearer plans. Block down some time every weekend. Check your goals, prioritize them and schedule 1 important activity each day of the next week.

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