People don’t have time anymore. If you try to make an appointment, they open their agenda and all you see is coloured blocks taking up all possible time slots up to three weeks in the future. If you try to agree upon a deadline, they sigh and say they don’t know when they can do it. If you’re unlucky, they will try to re-arrange their agenda and three hours later come back that it should be possible now. And still, you can be pretty sure that they will contact you a little later to do the same with your newly stated agreement. These people stress out but only get moving when the deadline has passed. But they’re so nice and kind to assure you that they added your questions or task to their never-ending to do lists.
It’s frustrating, not only for you, it’s also for them. Setting priorities, committing to deadlines, reserving time to handle unexpected things, … It almost seems that these people don’t want to have time. In my opinion, people grew a societal conscious that busy-ness is acceptable and appropriate behaviour… It became a strategy for people that want to feel important but in fact have little self-control and respect.
This kind of fake productivity kills more than you think apart from the fact that it annoys most of us. So let’s help them a bit.
There is a simple life hack that helps people to get their things done. It requires a little planning, some focus and most importantly no excuses. It’s called ‘Eat That Frog’, introduced by Brian Tracy
. It focusses on doing stuff and the energy one gets out of it.
- Firstly map what do you want/need to do? Use the important/unimportant metric to set priorities. And most importantly set the hardest task on top (eat that frog first and you will get energy. If you don’t, it will drain you).
- Secondly, make it actionable. What needs to happen to achieve that goal? Do you prefer to take small steps (split up) or a big leap (block enough time) to finish a task at once?
- Thirdly; Set deadlines for everything but don’t overload your planning with this type of work alone. Plan time for varia, relaxation, social connections, …
- And lastly; just do it.
Run it through at the end of every day. In your sleep your mind does halve of the work so it takes less long when actually executing tasks with focus.
It helps if you look at it with three goggles; With the first goggles you focus on the next day solely. With the second one you focus on the next week upto ten days. With the third one, you look at your long term goals and planning.
Feedback is welcome. Feel free to share this with all procrastinators and fake productivity people you know. And if you’re not one, just like it 😉
Yesterday I had the idea during a bachelor party in which almost everyone had the same problem after 4-5 hours of intensive smartphone use; (almost) no battery.
Since i attended some events lately where I wanted to tweet, post pictures to my instagram or just check-in, I now pay attention to put myself in airplane mode and only put on data when I want it. The problem yesterday is that the airplane mode makes yourself pretty unreachable…
So the idea is a smartphone life hack: Create a default profile in which you can switch, just as easy as to and from airplane mode, but have text and voice active.
The main advantage is that you could be reached at all times. Another advantage is that you are more focussed on enjoying the event and handling your ‘online sharing urge’ stuff in a time-boxed way (I, for instance, did open my data connection every hour so I was not totally offline and did respond to most of the comments)