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Jacksper
09-20-16, 01:04 PM
Time to stop dreaming about how much work you could do, and let's start actually doing it! In this thread I want to gather a group of people who want to work on the goal of increasing their productivity at work or school, and who want to support each other.

I have made a list of tasks that you can do to get you started (feel free to follow this or do it your own way ;))":

1. Set the goal to increase your productivity
2. Believe that you can do it.
3. Write down your dream about how productive you want to be (in the faaar future)
4. Decide that, in order to get there, you need to first take the first step. Set the goal to increase your productivity by a modest amount (5-10%) in the coming month.
5. (a) Identify the changes that you can make to get there, most importantly changes in your habits (but perhaps also in your mindset or environment). Add as many things as you like, however, it doesn't have to be an exhaustive list, you can come back to it later (so don't overthink it, and try not to get discouraged by the length of this list; there is always something to improve in life and that is fine, you don't have to do everything (in fact you can't) and you can take your time) (b) order this list by how much of an effect each of the changes will have (from big to small; you could write down an estimate in terms of percentage and/or rated 1 to 5, 1 being a smallest step forward, 5 being the largest step forward) (c) make another version of the list that you made in step 5a, now ordered by how much effort that you think each takes (you can rate them 1 to 5, 1 being easiest, 5 being hardest).
6. Now pick one change from this list and make a realistic strategy to make it.
7. Start working on it and don't stop until it is second nature.
8. Keep us posted. Reward yourself for little steps forward (you could decide your rewards in advance).
9. When you are done (after a few weeks or months), celebrate (!!!) and go back to step 5.

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Let's start... after mentally going through the first steps, I have arrived at step 5 and I have made the list of changes that I can make to boost my productivity, I have analyzed these and I have picked the one that I think has the best impact/effort ratio. It's actually two combined: I will use the pomodoro technique every day (doing a minimum of 2 pomorodi) and tracking my progress in an app (*takes a break from typing this post to find and download a suitable app* *done*).

I will be really generous, and reward myself with 1 euro per pomodoro that I do (I may decrease that amount when I do many dozens of pomodori per week to keep it affordable). I can use that money to buy things like sports gear, electronics and stuff for my house.

Let's get started right now!

I welcome everyone to join! I will support you, let's do this together! :)

Jacksper
09-23-16, 02:26 PM
Wednesday: 2 pomodori
Thursday: 2 pomodori
Friday: 12 pomodori
Total: 18 pomodori (= 18 euro)

This week I decided to spend all of my pomodoro time on learning Android programming (which is part of the larger goal of learning Java programming). I had a conference on Wednesday & Thursday, so it was challenging to squeeze out some time for self-study, but I am glad that I managed to do it. I push myself to do it, even on those days, because I want to maintain continuity in my work and self-study.

Now that I have actually completed some pomodori, I am starting to like the fact that I reward myself with money that I can spend on things. I have already dreaming of what I could buy if I keep on saving! So, you see, this rewards system is really motivating! :)

Btw, while I am working on my productivity (the topic of this thread), I am also working on another goal: cutting out unnecessary expenses; things that costs me money, but that aren't really worth it. I already quit smoking, I cut out fast food and some other small things. I already have some ideas for further savings to make. This helps me afford the rewards I give myself.