What Stops You From Being Productive?

Lots of shit gets in our way when we are trying to be productive. Most of these are easy to spot and tend to boil down to being distracted from our goals. We want to get shit done, but the baby demanding attention and the laundry looking at you like "I know you see me". The grocery shopping can't wait. The car needs an oil change. A whole damn pandemic disrupts the world.

And we get tired, we get stressed TF out and then everything seems like too much to do, so we don't do a damn thing. We go roll a blunt and watch Netflix.

Not much can be done about the daily duties. Those things exist and we have to come to terms with the fact that just as certain as death and taxes, there will always be shit to distract us from the things that we want to do.

But there is hope.

There's a little secret to being productive, and you don't need to buy a book to learn it. You don't need to attend a seminar, buy that course, or pay a mean girl a bag to uncover this secret.

The "secret" is that we actually do have enough time to get shit done. And we even have enough time left over to kick off our shoes, relax our feet, and roll up our blunts.

The secret is that we only think we don't have enough time to get shit done because we don't actually know how much shit we need to get done!

Most people keep their task list in their head. And here's our problem: our minds just aren't very good at keeping lists of things to do. We very quickly perceive that we have too much shit to do, so we become discouraged and say fuck it.

The easiest way to get control over your own productivity is to start, and use, a simple to-do list. Yeah, lil baby. You really gotta stop overthinking shit. Keeping it simple is the key. Many people keep to-do lists that don't help them because they turn into clusters of damn sticky notes, just as cluttered as the lists we try to keep in our minds.

What good is a list that looks just as daunting as you already feel?

To keep a to-do list functional, you need to get rid of items when they are done. Don't just cross that shit out; that just adds clutter and adds to the perception that you have too much shit to deal with. If you are using paper (which I advise), then re-write your to-do list every night, leaving out the things that are done, so you have a nice, clean list the next day to work from. Ain't nothing worse than you feeling defeated at 9am cause that to-do list got you fucked up.

Once you get into the habit of keeping a clean to-do list, you'll find that it's not overwhelming AF to get shit done. The reason is simple: you'll be able to just look at your list to know what you need to do. Tackle that shit and remove it. Cause how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Before you know it, you'll be in control of your own productivity.

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