Don’t Be Fooled By Your Mind Again… Get Things Done.
I’ve shared a simple productivity tip a few days ago at the conference in London. It’s called Do It Now.
All you need to do is to put up a sign Do It Now! above your desk or PC and every time you consider postponing your task, the sign will remind you that you should do it now.
You’ll find that if you just deal with everything that comes at you (emails, to do list, …) immediately, you’ll become very productive.
But soon there were more and more ideas shared on Facebook on which books can help you improve your productivity even more.
But my feeling is that it’s just another trick of our mind. Here’s why…
If you’re an adult, you have two conflicting parts in your mind: the childish mind and the adult mind.
The childish mind (also called the inner child) is a pure child. It craves attention, approval, looks for instant gratification (does not think about long term consequences) and is very manipulative.
Ever seen a 8 year old boy / girl manipulate his parents or even more common, his grandparents? 😉
They are consciously acting – perhaps trying to be cute, perhaps being annoying – basically testing various behaviours in order to achieve whatever they want at the moment. And in most cases they win – because grandparents especially cannot resist their charms. 😉
Well, that manipulative inner child is still inside of you and it hates work, it hates dull tasks and is simply looking to have as much fun as possible and discover interesting new things.
The adult part of you things logically and is thinking long term. It’s willing to do what needs to be done in order to get the result it planned.
These two parts of you are fighting for your attention all the time.
Each wants to get what it wants – the difference is this though: the childish part is manipulative and the adult part is not. That’s why the childish part can only be controlled if the adult part is smart enough to see through its tricks.
Here’s the trick the inner child just wanted to play on you: we’re talking about productivity and getting things done. The inner child hates work and therefore suggests reading more books.
“Yeah, that will keep us occupied, we’ll discover something new again (the inner child also craves novelty!) and we won’t have to work!”
You just fell for its latest trick. 😉
“How to avoid working and not feel too guilty about it? Well, lets read a book. Surely, that sounds like working, right? “
I don’t think you need another book.
Imagine this scenario: bad guys kidnap your most loved person and their demand is simple – as soon as you complete everything on your to-do list for the day, they will return your most beloved person back to you.
If you really imagine this clearly, you know that you’d be totally focused on the task at hand and wouldn’t be distracted by anything around you.
You’d turn off TV, Ipad, your phone, close the email client and get to work. You’d do anything to get your love back.
You wouldn’t need any productivity book to get things done very efficiently.
If you agree with the above thinking, then know that when you were considering getting another book about productivity, you were fooled by your childish mind. 😉
Don’t be fooled again. The childish mind needs to get what it wants too – but that should be when we DON’T work. (You need to have time for that too – but it comes AFTER work!)
Watch an action movie, play a game of Tetris, enjoy a game of tennis and have fun with kids.
But when it comes to your freedom, you need to be head of the family. The adult you needs to take control and make things happen…