All my life I have waited for the next day to become get things done and to be more productive.
- I will avoid browsing YouTube from tomorrow
- I am not going to play games from next weekend (this I actually implemented, yay!)
- I will save time by learning typing from tomorrow
- and, so on..
The problem, as you may have guessed it, was the “tomorrow” never came.
We have a saying in Hindi that roughly translates to –
Do tomorrow’s work today. Do today’s work now.
This sounds so easy and obvious, but isn’t. I successfully managed to push things to the morrow that never existed.
The underlying problem is the human mind.
The mind is interested in what is being experienced **now ** more than what comes later. It doesn’t care about the future, not the next moment, and not the catastrophe you will unleash by watching the Wonder Woman make overshadow both Batman and Superman in one go.
So, this one day I applied the many ideas that brilliant people before me have kindly provided. I stopped waiting for the next day. I simply started doing stuff in the **now** (yes, the ‘now’ has really beautiful stars adjacent to it).
Take this blog for example. I could bury my head all day into productivity, technology and related topics, but not write a word about it. I did this over weeks and always woke up feeling lousy the subsequent day because of the wasted opportunities.
There are also a few “smaller” things that you continue to do but are dangerous in the larger realm of things. These things have the ability to give you the sense of satisfaction for accomplishing nothing – checking Facebook updates, double checking that you have read all latest blog posts in your feedly list, and act of making sure your Inbox is clean every five minutes.
I am not saying all things you do (especially the part where you eat food and play games) are not important.
You have to just prioritize the tasks on the table and refocus.
When I decided to change, I started pounding down my thoughts without a care for the world. I just open the editor and started writing now. (so, good luck reading this post)
The act of “doing things now” is not alien, but there is a part of you that is always persuaded to do the task later. This guy wants you to while away time now – eat fried foods, binge watch your favourite shows on NetFlix, play a game for 12 hours straight, and other such glorious things.
What you do to trigger the “love for the productive now” is pretty simple – you pick up the minute of the minutest stuff that needs to get done.
This may refer to –
- read the first paragraph of the book that you always wanted to read to get to your next million
- write the first paragraph of your next blog post
- commit the first few lines of your latest program
Once you are through the first step, magic takes over.
You will just not stop at the first paragraph or the first few lines. You know in your veins that what you are doing is what you enjoy now, today and later in your life. All you have to do is continue translating that thought into action.
What do you think? Will starting with the minute tasks work to get on the plane of productivity nirvana?