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5 Kick Ass Productivity Tips – How To Get Your Butt Off The Couch

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Do you have problem getting off your couch and taking action?

If you do, do not worry too much about it because most people do. Everyone have his or her own down time. By down time, I mean slumps when you are just not productive at all (spending hours in front of your TV, remember?).

I decided to write this article as this is what I am experiencing right now. My recent vacation at Taiwan broke my momentum for my exercise regime. This can easily slide into a few weeks of inaction but I will share with you the methods that I used to get myself into taking action again.

5 Kick Ass Productivity Tips That Will Help You Take Massive Action Now

1. Start Small To Help Build Your Momentum

When you find it hard to get started in any of your tasks, start small or break down your tasks. The problem with inaction is due to how the negative impression of the tasks we portray in our mind. If we see a task as overwhelming and boring, most likely we will not get around doing it.

If you are able to make a task appear smaller as it is (definitely possible and it is easy to do so), getting off your couch to get into action will be a much more pleasant experience.

Let us look at an example. Let say if you want to start a diet plan or exercise regime. However, the problem is you have already failed countless of times trying to exercise consistently. Some people may just think they are not suited for exercising and give up before even trying.

They are definitely capable of exercising consistently but they just do not have the right strategies and mindset to do it effortlessly. One of the key is to start small.

Most people are overly enthusiastic when they have a new idea they want to implement. It may be a new exercise routine or writing a new book. Nevertheless, when you start something new with a high level of enthusiasm, most likely you will bite off more than you could chew. This is a problem. Your own enthusiasm will kill your own plan prematurely (or you).

Most people find it hard to start small when they are overly enthusiastic over their new plans. They want to achieve the impossible of exercising 6 days a week (hitting the gym everyday) when they can hardly perform 10 pushups. What do you think will happen to the poor chap when he tries to exercise 6 days a week? Most probably, he will fail badly and he will think that he just isn’t a gym person. This will deal a huge blow to his self-belief and he/she may be reluctant to start exercising again.

When you have a new plan to improve any areas of your life, start small. You may be highly enthusiastic but you will need to build up momentum to help you make it into a sustainable activity. You will not lose weight overnight if you try to bench press 200 lbs immediately. However, losing weight gradually is much more easier when you exercise consistently for 10 minutes a day and build up from there. Start small, create momentum and let it roll. Think long-term.

2. Bring People Into Your Plan

I have talked about how having your own mastermind group and accountability partners can help you be more productive. If you still do not have one, you should start to look for it now. Some good places to start are MeetUp.com and Steve Pavlina’s Forum

A mastermind group can help you to stay positive and focus throughout the journey of pursuing your goals. It can also help to serve as an accountability group to help you stay accountable to your actions.

Starting a blog would be a good idea too. I use this blog to share my goals and challenges with you. Sharing my personal goals and challenges with you can help me to stay accountable and further motivates me into taking action.

You can also tell your new goals or plan to your family and friends. Find those whom you know will not laugh at your goals and plans for personal development. Tell them about what you want to achieve and the steps you will take to achieve it. Do not be surprised by how much more you can accomplished when you have an accountability partner or a mastermind group.

3. Tracking Your Progress

If you do not know how much you had progressed, you will not be motivated to continue. If you try to write a book and you complete one page every single day, you will be more motivated to keep on writing. For any plan that you have, you need to track the numbers.

If you want to lose weight, track your fat percentages or your weight. If you want to save money now, track your spending and savings in your bank account every month. Seeing your progress is a great motivation.

You can capture your progress in a physical note book, apps like Secret Diary on the iPhone (any journal apps), Google Docs, create a blog or online journal at Blogger or Penzu.

4. Create Habits To Tackle Your Tasks Effortlessly

It is hard to act on something that is new to you. Just like it is hard to start exercising if you haven’t exercised in a while. To ensure that you can perform whatever tasks with the least amount of effort, you need to cultivate a habit. You will need to refer back to point number 1 again; start small.

When you start small (example; start by exercising 10 minutes per day), it is almost impossible for you to skip doing something this easy. If you fail to exercise for 10 minutes a day, cut back and start at 5 minutes a day (Its just 10 minutes!). Make a task so easy to accomplish so that it will be hard for you to miss it.

Keep working on your task everyday (for 21 days) and try to turn it into a habit. It takes around 21 days to create a new habit.

When you cultivated a new habit, you do not need to use much willpower to force yourself into action. Taking action will be much more easier from now on.

5. Reward Yourself

Everybody loves to pamper himself or herself. Find a reward for yourself when you kept up with your tasks. It may be something that you enjoy doing or small gifts that you like. If you wrote 10 pages of your new book, celebrate your mini milestone with a small reward that you like. Just be sure not to be counter intuitive in choosing your rewards. You do not want to reward yourself with chocolates right after each workout that you had completed.

Be frugal with your mini rewards and make yourself earn it. I sometimes reward myself with my favorite food or go for a small shopping trip when I reached my mini milestone for my goals.

These are my 5 productivity tips that can help you get your ass off the couch and get the essentials done. How about you? What do you do to help motivate yourself to get off the couch and start taking action? I look forward to your comments below.

Vincent
Taking Small Steps


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12 Responses to “5 Kick Ass Productivity Tips – How To Get Your Butt Off The Couch”

  1. Vincent, can I check with you what template you are using for your pop-up (for signing up for your free ebook)? I was looking in aweber but I couldn’t really find the template… thanks!
    Yee Shun Jian´s last blog post ..No Time For Regrets!

  2. A lot of people feel overwhelmed by big tasks, thus it becomes harder to get started. So, like you said, starting small is a great idea.
    Nea | Self Improvement Saga´s last blog post ..Do You Love and Value Yourself Unconditionally

  3. Wow. It’s great to be able to see an interview on a local successful internet marketer. I’m looking forward to it.

    Anyway, I think we all must remember the first tip you have shared here as I have also heard Leo Babauta from ZenHabits mentioned this great tip too. Always start small and make it as simple as possible.

    Cheers
    Javier
    Journey to Success´s last blog post ..The Importance of Health

  4. Hi Vincent, great tips!!!

    I just made the decision to come out of retirement so these tips are definitely helpful… especially the first one. Many times, we get stuck because we feel overwhelmed by the task at hand. By starting small and building the momentum, we get to accomplish things we never thought possible!

    If you’re still keen on interviewing me, drop me a mail. I apologize that I had been too busy enjoying life but now I’m going to concentrate on expanding my online business =)
    Yee Shun Jian | RichGrad.com´s last blog post ..No Time For Regrets!

  5. These are some great tips – thanks a lot. For me, getting started with something new is always relatively easy. However, to continue, to keep on going and to create momentum is the complicated part for me. If I don’t see immediate success, I lose my motivation and I give up. That’s why it’s so important for me to keep some kind of diary (I usually use a simple Word document), where I not daily- or bi-weekly progress. When I look back what I accomplished the previous week, it is much easier for me “to get off the couch” and to get stuff done.
    Bob @ Cat Diseases´s last blog post ..Is Your Cat Vomiting or Throwing Up Frequently

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for dropping by! You had mentioned a very good point. Keeping a diary to track your progress is a great way to sustain your motivation.

  6. Credit Girl says:

    My favorite tip is the start small to build your momentum. Sometimes when I get a bit too lazy to go to the gym, I’ll just take a walk after dinner as my break from the usual gym routine. I also then make my family and my dogs go as well so it certainly becomes more fun.
    Credit Girl´s last blog post ..What You Didnt Know About Wall Street Reform

    • Vincent says:

      Starting small is definitely a great way to build up momentum. I noticed that you put u a display gravatar photo. You look great!

      Regards,
      Vincent