Simple Productivity Task Of The Day: Move Something Out Of Its Place

by Randy Murray on December 13, 2011

Productivity, getting things done, is often about momentum. I find that I accomplish more after I’ve already accomplished something else. I feel great and want to do more.

After you break the inertia of doing little or nothing, accomplishing something starts the ball rolling, and once started, it may be hard to slow you down.

Today’s SPTOTD uses a bit of psychology. It may work better if you have a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder. In fact, it’s about creating disorder so you can fix it and break free from non-productive inertia.

Try this: take something from where it belongs and put it somewhere it clearly doesn’t belong. Put it somewhere where it will get in your way.

Then leave it there for as long as you can stand it. Return to your task and try not to think about it. Ignore the out of place thing. Don’t look at where it belongs or the thing itself. Don’t think of elephants.

And let the tension build.

Then, when you can’t stand it any longer, put it back where it belongs. After you do that immediately return to your task. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that you have just a bit of momentum. It may lead you into completing something, finishing something, even a small task.

And that may lead to getting something big accomplished. Or a lot of little things. One thing leads to another.

All because one thing was out of place, then returned.

Try it and let me know how it works for you.

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