We all have been in this situation when we just did not feel like doing anything. The motivation is somewhere else and you keep procrastinating on the same task that you needed to complete a long time ago. It comes with no surprise that when we lack the interest in doing something, or in general feel that there is no point of doing it, eventually it leads us to the point where we wonder and question our lives. We do not get why we could not reach our goal or why our endless actions do not bring us anywhere. So, if you are a person who wants to do a thing, but lack the motivation, keep reading. Today, you are going to discover a few ways of how you can inspire yourself to concur the world again.
In 1915, Albert Einstein presented to the world a blow minded and revolutionary theory of relativity. During the three years, prior to such discovery he fully devoted himself for working on this theory, without getting distracted by anything.
Even though none of us are capable of dedicating three years of our lives working on something in particular, but it’s good to remind that there are people who have such commitment.
This was a little course of the history and now let’s talk about our days. So, today it became popular to do less and have less and produce less and everything should be super less. And because of such mainstream – there are tons of timed management techniques developed for such matter. And today we are going to reveal them to you!
1. Pareto principle or 20/80
Originally, the Pareto Principle referred to the observation that 80% of Italy’s wealth belonged to only 20% of the population.
More generally, the Pareto Principle is the observation (not law) that most things in life are not distributed evenly. It can mean all of the following things:
- 20% of the input creates 80% of the result
- 20% of the workers produce 80% of the result
- 20% of the customers create 80% of the revenue
- 20% of the bugs cause 80% of the crashes
- 20% of the features cause 80% of the usage
- And on and on…
(Better Explained, 2019)
For example, according to this principle, 20% of criminals do 80% of crimes.
If you know how to use this law, not only it is going to help you with your work but also in your daily life. This is a little trick, which is going to predict the results. For instance, if you are a sociable person, so this probably means that you have a lot of friends. Think, who from those friends will be there for you during the difficult times. Probably the odds are that it will be only 20%. It’s better to consider it in mind and build closer relationships with this 20 %, instead of spending time on each and every one.
2. The magic number 3
Many of us love to do lists since they are providing us with some sort of clarity of what we should do during the day. But, we tend to fall into a trap of writing EVERYTHING – starting from waking up at 6 am and at what time we should have lunch. But, we have an alternative approach for you – how about listing only three tasks? That’s right – 3!
This is an amazing alternative for the endless and long to-do lists. Whom we are fooling – since there is no chance that you will have enough hours a day to complete them all. Concentrate on those three main tasks, and if you have some spare time for something else, then you can work on more than three things.
It’s a simple, yet productive habit that will boost your efficiency.
3. Philosophy of doing less
The mantra of doing less is very popular nowadays. Many writers are suggesting different approaches like Mark Lesser the author of “Accomplishing more by Doing less”, which is based on the Buddhist’s ideas.
His manifesto “doing less” starts with criticizing the belief that the limitation of workload makes employers lazy and it negatively affects their productivity. He suggests that when we do or have fewer things to work on, we can enjoy our achievements and the process as well.
Mark Lesser recommends devoting a few minutes during the workday for meditations. Meditations have a positive impact on our body and mind. It calms our body down as well as clears the mind from unnecessary worries.
4. Tomato approach
Tomato principle was suggested by Francesco Cirillo. The technique is called tomato because, initially, the author was using a kitchen timer in a shape of tomato to measure the time.
The main idea of the technique is to work 25 minutes without breaks, but of course, after you have to make a break.
How does it work
1. Look at your to-do list and choose from it the main task
2. Then set up your timer on 25 minutes and start working, without getting distracted, until you hear a signal stop. Each 25 minutes period is called “tomato”.
3. After that take 5 minutes break and set up the timer again
4. After 4 rounds take longer breaks from 15 to 30 mins.
Such technique helps you to work on your priorities and increases concentration.
5. Digital diet
In today’s world, it’s very easy to overwhelm ourselves with the information. The symptoms will be similar to getting sunstroke in the Sahara Desert. For example, the symptoms would be – having difficulties with sleeping, the loss of concentration and slow reactions. Our brain is surrounded with information noise. In a modern world, people always seek the news, even when it is not necessary.
In this case, Timothy Ferris, the author of “ How to work four hours per week without spending time at the office from call to call, live anywhere you want and becoming rich” suggesting people to try a digital diet.
Think if those emails, blogs, newspapers, and magazines are important that much? If it’s necessary to spend so much time consuming the information from there?
Try to consume less info during the week and see how it is going to affect you.