Kill the TV & Kiss… for Productivity! #atozchallenge

a-to-z HEADER [2015] - april

We’re back for K today, and I have two quick tips to help increase your productivity. I couldn’t decide which was more important to me, so I’m giving you both!

Kill the TV

Years ago, I stopped watching TV. The reasons for doing so were many, but high on the list was my lack of discipline. Once I sat down to watch something, I got sucked in. I stayed for the next show… I simply cannot be trusted! It was as bad as the time-suck of social media. So, I switched it off and to my surprise, soon found that habit broken.

It’s easy to get your news online, and if something big is going on, you can be sure it’s trending and people are sharing it where you can see.

Now, with Netflix and on-demand TV, things are very different. I tend to watch more now than I used to since I cut TV out, but it isn’t the same. I use it as a reward for myself. And since it’s available one show at a time, there is a better chance I’ll be able to cut and run before the next episode begins!

When I stopped watching TV, hours were added to my week and my focus was much greater when I sat down to work. I think TV adds mental clutter, and being able to cut that out did wonders for my concentration.

K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Stupid!

Now, I am not name-calling. Promise! This is something I am always thinking about. Whenever I start a project, my mind goes in all the directions, exploring the many ways in which this thing can get done. That’s great when I am plotting a novel, but it’s not usually good for anything practical.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to overthink things, getting lost in the details without really taking action. This is a procrastination tactic and often it’s based in fear. Your subconscious is pushing you to delay, because if you don’t start, you can’t fail!

So, get started on all the things, and keep it simple.

Do you watch more TV than you’d like?

Are you an overthinker?


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