Monday, March 18, 2013

The Law of Inertia, or how productivity begets productiveness

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Back in my freelancing days, productivity was like a good hair day: sometimes it just came naturally, while other days it seemed like nothing I could do would move a task toward completion. An odd phenomenon did arise, though. On days I was productive, I was really productive. On days I wasn't, I really really wasn't.

According to Dictionary.com, inertia is defined as the following:
The property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force.
In this case, "matter" = me and "straight line" = productivity.

Why is it so easy to keep moving once you're already grinding away?

Your mind is already moving
Whether it's coffee, exercise or some other type of morning routine, it usually takes a person a little time to get their brain moving in the morning or after lunch. This makes processing information and making good decisions a little slower. But when you're already warmed up, you carry the good mojo on to the next task, making

You get productivity high
How good does it feel to cross items off your list? How about the very last item, the one you've been putting off for so long? So. freakin. good. We crave that good feeling, and it keeps us moving. If you're being physically active while completing your list or laughing it up, it could even be a chemically induced feeling (endorphins...natural chemical, of course).

The operative state, then, would be how you begin your work day (or working session). I find that jumping right in to work, rather than lingering over reading informative (not action-oriented) emails, sets me up for a more productive day. As a freelancer, even taking the time to get dressed in the morning could throw off my rhythm (the best routine I found: jump out of bed, pop in the contacts, brush my teeth, make my coffee and get straight to the computer).

Do you find that the laws of inertia apply to your work habits? What do you do to get off to a good start?

37 comments:

  1. LOVE this post- I completely relate. As a new freelancer, I've been struggling with my schedule- do I push through when I feel unproductive or just take advantage of those super-productive days and not beat myself up about off days? I think kick-starting your day in the way you mentioned is definitely a crucial step :)

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    1. How exciting for you! I don't know what the right answer is to that, either. Usually I feel like whatever CAN get done on off days is good (even if it's not all that much), but I've also been known to take those days and just put my energy elsewhere...a hobby, volunteering or just housekeeping (professionally - administrative stuff - and personally - household stuff).

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  2. I completely understand this feeling. If I can get myself moving and checking things off my to-do list, it's so much easier to keep going and get more stuff done. I often do that same thing: get up, clean myself up, and head right to the computer. I like getting dressed after I've completely some of my most pressing tasks.

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    1. Good to hear I'm not the only one who's more productive in PJs. I wish more people would tell you that when you decide to work from home. :)

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  3. I do tend to get a productivity high. I have the worst time getting started on some projects though, especially when I feel overwhelmed creating the long lists of small things to complete a bunch of big projects at once. I actually find myself most productive for intensive concentration at the end of my workday when it's quieter and no one is around my building.

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    1. I'm the same way! I often hit a productive peak around 4-4:30 in the afternoon. My current workspace is extremely open, so with everyone mulling around all day, it's hard to buckle down. I find earbuds or headphones (even with nothing coming through them) helps a lot.

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