10 Lessons I Learned About Productivity Being a Complete Slob for a Week

10 Lessons I Learned About Productivity Being a Complete Slob for a Week


How do you become a “slob”? For instance by showering twice a week, ordering food, eating at your room, watching TV minimum 2 hours a day… Of course don’t do any workout, don’t shave and spend minimum time with people. It sounds hard getting some energy to be more productive, right? Here we present you with the conclusions and results:

  1. Be Kind to Yourself. If you don’t take it easy on yourself, you will never appreciate the level of productivity output you have. Regardless if the output is relatively high or not that high. You will never be happy at the end of the day. Love yourself, enjoy what you are doing and the results you are getting.
  1. You Still Should Structure Your Time. Structuring your time motivates you and gives a purpose to your life. Sunday afternoon for example is the least happy and productive time. Except if you catch up on sleeping, you may feel really unsatisfied for wasting your time without any plan and structure.
  1. Productive People are Very Good at Managing Attention. Maintaining productive habits require a great deal of attention management. When you are a slob, you are losing the end and constantly eager for immediate reward. Weather it is tasty food, distractions to watch TV or play games, checking email or irrelevant to your current work information. Whatever it is, it makes your attention bounce from one distraction to another.

  1. Relax Every Once in a While. As much as it is important to be productive and disciplined, it is equally important to be able to let the air out and relax. A human is not a robot and pushing too hard won’t make you one. In fact, it may have quite the opposite effect. Being a slob is not contributing to your productivity, health, social life. But, it can teach you to relax, enjoy your time and reward your achievements.
  1. Positive Outlet to Relieve Stress. When you are in a “slob” mode, the stress causes your mind to crave immediate rewards and quick fixes. Apart from disrupting your productivity, such fixes could be very bad for your health and social life in the long term. It is essential that you establish proper habits on how to relieve stress. Good examples are exercise, meditation, walking in the nature, music. Invest in creative, healthy and positive activities.
  1. Indulging Your Desires is Not Self-Love. Try not to forbid anything. Reward yourself with food, watching TV, surfing the net and whatever comes to mind. When you reflect on this behaviour in few days, you will discover that it brings you no other return but mostly immediate enjoyment. Such quick rewards could be also detrimental to your physical and mental health in the long term. Loving yourself is not about indulging all your desires. It is about having respect and compassion for yourself. It is about creating positive outlets for stress and investing time in your prosperity.
  1. Manage the Expectations Other People Have of You. Sometimes people are trapped to think that coworkers and customers rely on them much more than they actually do. It can cause that you cannot ever disconnect from work and engagements. Something that is not good in the long term. The truth is, when people know you are not available, they can find ways to work around you or just skip matters which are not urgent. The world will keep turning if you are away from work. Being able to disconnect from work will reduce your stress and overall workload. It could turn in the end that it is all better for your work.
  1. Negative Habits Compound. The negative effects of bad habits go hand in hand with other negative effects and bad habits. Start eating fast food. Your energy levels spike for the moment and immediate satisfaction is obtained. But you feel tired and craving more junk food. Energy levels fall throughout a week. You may have problems with your skin. Few days not showering and eating well can cause you feel miserable. Not working out drops your self esteem and you miss the boosting post-workout effect. Adopting negative habits might serve as a gateway for a new negative behaviour you may not anticipate at first.
  1. Start Small. Becoming a more productive person is best if you make one small change at a time. The more slobby you become, the more you may desire to become a productive person. But the sad reality is that you will have less focus and power to do the changes required. In order to succeed you will have to gradually increase the effort. You cannot make huge changes. It is easier to spot that when you are a complete slob. But, If you are relatively disciplined and productive person the rule still holds true. You cannot have unrealistic expectations and make giant steps towards much much better. Small changes must persist until they stick and then you can do more changes. Thus, you will have enough willpower to actually do the changes and stick to them.
  1. Find More Sources of Energy. The “being a complete slob” experiment actually removed all positive sources of energy a person could have. This includes removing healthy food, feeling clean, exercise, meeting people. Then you substitute that with short term quick fixes which can further impair your physical and mental health. If you want to improve and get more productive, you must find all the positive sources of energy possible.

Source: http://alifeofproductivity.com/top-10-lessons-learned-productivity-complete-slob-week/