Tips on how to be more productive

Give up.
Procrastinate.
Work less.
Get rejected.
Do an impossible task.

Is your brain hurting? Is there a typo in the headline? These sound more like a ideas for how to get canned. But this article raises some great points.

I’ve been watching some interesting videos on YouTube around how thought processes and the brain works (I highly recommend checking out the BBC show “Horizons” for great programs on intelligence and how to make better decisions … and more, of course). At first I was thinking that this kind of list is more about “tricking the brain” or using reverse psychology. And in one way you can look at it like that. However, what I find more interesting is the concept that, according to some brain-mapping experiments, when one is faced with a choice, the amygdala seems active. This is the area of the brain that deals with emotions. So for me, it is about understanding how my emotions work rather than purposefully playing mind games on myself.

And that is what I like about this list below. It is not about trying to convince yourself that your to-do list is manageable, it is more about how to better manage yourself, your thoughts, and even your emotions.

Image10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work
by Leo Widrich, Buffer

We’ve all heard what makes us more productive. To be more productive, get: Better sleep, better food, better work environment, etc. And I think these tips are amazing and a great focus to have. Heck, we even wrote about most of these and the science behind it here on the Buffer blog.

And yet, today, I thought of changing it up dramatically. It goes nicely with Tim Ferriss’ moto: “To do the impossible, you need to ignore the popular.”

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A Change Will Do You Good

It’s been raining for a few days in Ottawa, just after the beginning of summer. It doesn’t help that I’m trying to write four different major documents for work and I’m a little stressed about the writer’s block I seem to be suffering. But I came across this list, and I think I’m going to try a few. It won’t be all 60, but I’m hoping the ones I do pick will be the pebbles I need to make enough ripples to change the tide. It’s either that or just count the days to my next vacation. Sometimes that does the trick, but since I don’t know when that will be, and that is too much like living for the destination, I think I’ll take my chances with a few of these following journey tips.

60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days
Written by Marelisa
From the blog: The Best Article Every Day

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is take small steps, and take them consistently, for a period of 100 days.

Below you’ll find 60 small ways to improve all areas of your life in the next 100 days.

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