How to be productive without eating frogs
Who loves eating frogs? Maybe just a few people do like to eat frogs in reality, and the same is valid for doing the tasks that the metaphor addresses. Usually, we don’t want to do complex or uncomfortable things in the first place although we want to be productive.
Most of us were told to eat the frog because it helps increasing productivity and do the tasks first that we least want to do. This strategy works with rewarding ourselves with the more exciting duties afterwards.
There’s nothing wrong with the method, but for many of us, it isn’t enjoyable or does connect productivity with fun. The challenge that all methods face is the individual person. Sometimes a particular technique works, but after some time, it doesn’t work anymore. We change, and so should our productivity tool kit change, too.
Therefore, instead of just eating the frog, we should search for more fun alternatives and that we like to do. Then, productivity is the result that comes along with the process of doing something we want to work on.
Alternatives for more productive fun
“Why do they always have to have fun and be happy with their duties?” A lot of millennials are very familiar with questions like this. I think the answer is relatively easy – because they have the right to have fun and enjoy their duties or jobs! As a result of their innate right to have fun, they search for productivity tools to be productive and have more fun and joy. The same goes not only for millennials but for all of us. By allowing ourselves to have fun at work or at school, we can be more productive and prevent stress or burn-out at the same time.
Most productivity tools and techniques are constructed very generally, but they work basically. At least productivity methods work for a lot of people but not for all of them. The research on brain types by Dr Daniel Amen showed that every brain works differently, and this fact should be considered when establishing your productivity routine.
I like researching and testing productivity tools and techniques, and I found out that they have many benefits. But I also revealed that such methods cannot take into account individuality. This is why David Allen’s GDT-method works well for many people, but it doesn’t work for me (sorry, David, I really tried…).
For personal success in productivity and effective organisation or time management, you have to adapt the methods for your unique needs.
Unique productivity methods
To be efficient and really productive, you should find your own unique method. Test a lot of tools and techniques, and then customise the practices you like most. Customising helps you to create your own productivity tools and takes your individual approach into consideration. This unique method increases your own productivity and effectiveness in all areas of your life.
Most methods are very general and do not mention your individual needs, which you certainly have. For example, my attention span is relatively short. Most techniques like time-blocking or similar ones do not consider short attention spans. Those methods don’t teach you how to solve the attention issue. Therefore, I created my own time-blocking / time-batching / Pomodoro style weekly planning method. To serve my needs and my mood, I adapt my planning routine from time to time.
Eating the frog was not always the best advice because it created too much pressure for me. When I decided to have more fun with productivity and played around with techniques and tools, I was more productive than ever!
The most efficient way for getting more things done is to be happy and take care of your needs. If you are tired, then adapt your plans for the day. If you are fully energised and feel on top of the world, go out and do something great. Be and stay flexible within your planning and also within your productivity. Then, you will achieve more than you think you can, and you will have fun without being stressed.
Remind yourself that if you love doing what you do, it never has to be work!
Read more about planning here.
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