The point is, I need to put systems in place in order for me to accomplish all I want to accomplish in this life.
Like my #10B410 system (the morning routine I shared with you a while back), it’s all a carefully planned out system to make sure I don’t procrastinate my life away. I hear it’s common for creative people to procrastinate. But that feels like an excuse to me so I could keep procrastinating and not call myself a lazy bum.
I came across a very entertaining blog post about procrastination. Author Tim Urban has become one of my favorite bloggers. I absolutely love his silly sketches. He perfectly brought to life an “instant gratification monkey” that has taken up residence in my brain – check out his blog to see what I’m talking about. His Wait But Why pieces are pretty long, but worth it if you’re kinda’ nerdy-intellectual-like-the-research-and-data like me. Check it out if you have time…or if you’re just procrastinating and want a fun read 😉
I forget where or when I first heard about it, but I’ve started working with it more this year and I love it. You basically set a timer for 25 minutes and start on your most pressing task of the day, the one you HAVE to finish no matter what. At the end of the 25 minute “POM” you take a 5 minute break then start another POM after that. For most procrastinators, it’s the “starting” that’s hard, once you actually start working it usually feels pretty great and you just keep going. POMs seem to take the hard part of starting out of the equation for me.
I don’t actually set a timer for 25 minutes, but I do write down the time I started working a POM (a specific task). Unless I get interrupted, I almost always go way past 25 minutes. And, I’m always glad I just started. Once I start, I can easily get on a roll and into a flow state.
I’ve got some additional organizational productivity tools I’ve created to help me prioritize POMs and also track and measure my productivity over time as well. If you’re interested, I’d be happy to share them with you! Just drop me a note at my digital marketing company website and let me know you’re into POMs 😉
What are some of your favorite productivity tools and techniques? I’d love to hear from you!