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Based on This is how to be productive; 5 new secrets proven by research by Eric Barker at Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Priorities. I don’t have time equals it’s not a priority. Fixed-schedule productivity: Good procrastination means postponing less important tasks. Figure out what time you are done for the day. Plan backward from there to determine what must get done. Context. Environments free of distractions lead to productivity. Find a safe place to hide. Silence gadgets: Use apps that restrict web browsing. Stakes. Your purpose: Figure out why you’re doing this. Be honest with yourself about what you really want. Remember significance and meaning leads to motivation. Rewards are responsible for three-quarters of why you do things. Rewards motivate us to do dull tasks. Mood. Look for ways to life your mood in the morning. Do something quick to get happy. Looking at puppy pics works. Habits. Help your prefrontal cortex stay in charge. 1. Identify the bad habit. 2. Make it inconvenient to do. 3. Use a checklist to form a new habit. Prefrontal cortex might say “Complete the assignment.” Dorsal striatum might say: “Wait, gotta check email and Instagram.” Nucleus accumbens says: “Yes to email and Instagram! No to the assignment!”

Priorities

Saying “I don’t have time” means it’s not a priority for you. Good procrastination means postponing less important tasks, this is called fixed-schedule productivity. Figure out what time you are done for the day. Plan backward from there to determine what must get done.

Context

Environments free of distractions lead to productivity. Find a safe place to hide. Silence gadgets: Use apps that restrict web browsing.

Stakes

Your purpose: Figure out why you’re doing this. Be honest with yourself about what you really want. Remember significance and meaning leads to motivation. Rewards are responsible for three-quarters of why you do things. Rewards motivate us to do dull tasks.

Mood

Look for ways to lift your mood in the morning. Do something quick to get happy. Looking at puppy pics works.

Habits

Your prefrontal cortex might say “Complete the assignment.” While the dorsal striatum says, “Wait, gotta check email and Instagram.” Then the nucleus accumbens says: “Yes to email and Instagram! No to the assignment!”

Help your prefrontal cortex stay in charge.

  1. Identify the bad habit.
  2. Make it inconvenient to do.
  3. Use a checklist to form a new habit.

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This infographic is based on a design by Satoru Hirose, which is in turn based on a blog post by Eric Barker at Barking Up The Wrong Tree.

Barker, E. (2016). This is how to be productive: 5 new secrets proven by research. Barking Up The Wrong Tree. Retrieved from http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2016/07/how-to-be-productive/

Hirose, S. (2016, July 19). Sketchnote #9: This is how to be productive. DoodleUnlimited.com. Retrieved from http://doodleunlimited.com/2016/07/this-is-how-to-be-productive/