I think next week I’ll double the amount of the things done and below I’ll tell you why.
Motivating with a stick
Using task management systems for personal productivity largely was guilt building exercise for me: I just add notes when I’m excited but I can’t do things and afterwards I totally forget what was so exciting about the thing I’m willing to do. So there’s no surprise I’m always nervous about reviewing my todo list (:
Homework: ask 10 people about their plans for the quarter, 2 will tell you something concrete other than “None”, interview them after the quarter, see more sad faces around.
Travelers probably have better chances of keeping their smile intact: for me it’s been easier to tell “In 3 month I’ll be in …”, book a ticket and then my airline will do everything to make sure. Done – I’ve got something accomplished!
The stick sticks!
Another problem is that ill-defined tasks seem to stay there for ages. For example I’m tasked with legally getting myself driving rights. In Ukraine that means 2+ months of wasted time.
That’s probably one of the reasons I don’t have Premium account with Trello (although they’re totally awesome). Staring at a bunch of text saying about things I haven’t done or I’m supposed to do during next few months is a super frustrating experience for me
I would not write a post just to complain. I seem to have discovered a solution to part of my pains.
The idea is to have a super sexy image celebrating the results of my work
- More task items done means more images reminding me of pleasant emotions
- No need for other people to evaluate that to release another dose of endorphin (and my experience says that autonomy drives productivity improvements)
- I guess I will end up doing nothing but moving pictures back and forth thus evolving to finally get myself a Pinterest account
Image: I’ve figured out a workaroundish way of attaching the rear view mirror to my bicycle helmet so I’m ready to open another endorphin flood gates
If you’re using emotions to get a bump in productivity – inject more of them into your blood stream with your task list.
(I’m already imaging myself asking my colleagues to smile for me so that I can attach that to a task tracking fixing a problem!)
Have fun, build stuff and drink responsibly – California is in drought!