How “Attention Hacking” Can Boost Your Productivity

The Simple Method For Being Productive That You’ve Never Heard Of

Imagine you’re driving to work and your car suddenly breaks down. Lucky for you, another driver pulls over to help you out. He pops open the hood, works some magic, and voila - your car is up and running. You’re still going to have to take it to a mechanic at some point, but for now you will at least be able to make it to work on time.

The lesson here is that you can’t always solve a problem right away, but short-term solutions can often do the trick. And when the issue is a lack of focus and getting things done, your short-term solutions are called “attention hacks.”

Attention hacking helps you relearn how to focus and the first one involves tackling that nasty b*tch called procrastination.

If you’ve ever cleaned your entire apartment instead of working, then you know exactly who that b*tch is. But what you might not realize is that you’re likely putting off the work in order to avoid unpleasant feelings. And this will just leave you with less time to accomplish the work which will only intensify those negative feelings when you finally get around to it.

So in order to avoid procrastinating, you need to alter your perception of what needs to be done. Rather than focusing on the negative aspects, consider what you will gain from completing these tasks. For example, maybe you don’t enjoy exercising but if you remind yourself how good you look and feel afterwards, then you’ll be able to get through it.

And once you’ve mastered this ability to overcome procrastination, you can take practical steps to making your work easier to complete.

Begin by scheduling your most important tasks for when your mind is sharpest—in the morning. Studies show that the brain shrinks as the day passes, only returning to its full size after a good night’s sleep. So start your day with the most difficult tasks and save the smaller stuff for later.

Also, don’t forget to stay away from your phone during work time. Research shows that every time you simply check your phone, you increase the amount of time required to finish a task by 25 percent. That’s f*cked.

Now this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t take any breaks. In fact, working in short bursts with planned breaks is actually quite helpful. So use the Pomodoro technique, which breaks work into 25-minute bursts separated by 5-minute breaks. And make sure that these breaks energize you. Do something that makes you feel good like stretching, a quick walk, or calling a good friend for a quick chat.

Hope you enjoyed the read.

Much Love,

The Venice Beach Rat