How to be productive: Tool#2 SPRINT

I’m procrastinating. Why? Maybe work is boring, perhaps fear of the unknown.

According to Malcolm Goldsmith, although we are motivated by happiness and we have a pot of gold I mind at the end of the rainbow, our brain does not process the same way.

Seth Godin explains that we have 3 brains and the oldest part of our brain, the reptilian brain tends to maintain balance and is rigid and compulsive. This is necessary for our ancestors to avoid unfamiliar places and being eaten in the jungle but it explains why we tend to favour inertia.

Photo taken from Facebook of prime minister Lee at the #Ilightmarinabay# 2016.

Best way to overcome your fear of creativity, brainstorming … might be to sprint.

“Let’s take 30 minutes to come up with ten business ideas.”.   

[For me, take 30 mins to come up with the first draft. Mark 6 assignments today. Then stop. ]

When we sprint, all the internal negative dialogue falls away and we focus on going as fast as we possibly can. When you’re sprinting, you don’t feel the sore knee. You just run.

But you can’t sprint forever. The brevity of the event is a key part of why it works to keep the resistance at bay.

From Seth Godin’s “Linchpin – Are you Indispensable”

All art is a series of recoveries from the first line. The hardest thing to do is to put down the first line. But you must. – Artist Nathan Olivera quoted by Roger von Oech in “A Whack on the side of the Head“.



Its like a karate chop that breaks through the wooden boards, it takes speed, focus and practice.

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