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10 crazy productivity tips that actually work

crayJust give up. No, really. That’s just one of the 10 controversial tips that Leo Widrich provides in this post from Buffer. According to him, giving up means embracing your fear or dislike of the thing you need to do—but doing it anyway. Don’t ignore that you don’t want to do the laborious task ahead of you, as you’ll then make it far too large to overcome.

Another tip is to “procrastinate with structure”: allowing yourself a chance to step away from an important task will make it less “big” a task, as you know you’ll have a break coming up. He also brings up the idea of not saying “great job” but instead “you tried really hard on that.” It seems goofy, but the shift in focus from the overall task to the effort can fundamentally change the way people understand work, and make them more likely to focus in on the work at hand rather than the overall effort. 

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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