Humans like to think we’re a clever lot. Yet those magnificent, mighty brains that allow us to split the atom and touch the moon are the same stupid brains that can’t start an assignment until the day before it’s due.
We evolved from primitive creatures, but we never quite shed ourselves of their legacy. You know the clever, rational part of your brain you think of as your human consciousness? Let’s call him Albert. He lives in your brain alongside an impulsive baby reptile called Rex:
A fantastic Quora post. Key takeaways:
- Set time aside each day for your basic needs: eating, sleeping, and having some fun. That way your brain won’t want to do those things instead of getting to work.
- Build up discipline: easy ways to do this are setting a public goal for yourself (“I’m going to have ten articles up today everybody!”) or work on a team – the fear of embarrassing yourself in front of others is a pretty powerful motivator.
- Get yourself pumped. If you have music that gets you in the mood to be productive, by all means listen to it. (I recommend almost anything by Hans Zimmer).
- Make yourself start. If you can get that first line on the page, your brain won’t work as hard against doing more.