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.
10 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.”