Week of Productivity

I know, I know.  Just a single week dedicated to productivity?  In case you are wondering, I am aware that whole sections of the world wide web are dedicated to increasing productivity.  But, The Happy Homunculus is about improving all aspects of our thinking - we don't want to spend too much time on a single subject, do we?  That being said, I'm beginning to suspect that we will definitely have to revisit procrastination and productivity again in the future, so stay tuned!

Albeit brief, I hope this week's Daily Mind Games were useful in your battle against self-defeating procrastination.  It's always motivating to look back and see what we've accomplished, so here is the entire Week of Productivity in review:

Week of Productivity

Day 1: Too Easy - No such thing.
Day 2: Divide and Conquer - Or, break it up and win?
Day 3: High Contrast - Compare and contrast.
Day 4: Worst Case Scenario - Get busy, or else...
Day 5: Solitary Confinement - Escape distractions.
Day 6: Distraction-Free Zone - Clean your desk.

Just a reminder, all of these challenges were inspired by the book The Procrastination Equation.  If you want more ideas for defeating the impulses that lead to procrastination, check out the book.

It is not clear what the monkeys
are trying to remember. 
Next week is going to be really fun.  I recently read an another amazing book, this one with a more quirky title: Moonwalking with Einstein.  The memorable title is no accident - the book chronicles the journey of one intrepid journalist as he explores the secrets of the world-wide competitive memory circuit.  The book examines human memory from all angles, both scientific and otherwise, and should be enjoyable for both the empiricist and theorist in all of us :)   If you want to get a taste of the book, check out this article from the New York Times written by the author, Joshua Foer.  Really great read.

Too excited to wait for the Week of Memory to begin?  Check out this video for a sneak-peak of what we'll be up to in the days to come...

Finally, can't get enough metacognition?  Here is some further reading from other blogs, that you might enjoy:

Further Reading

1. How can you reduce stress?
2. The secret ingredient of motivation?
3. Dealing with drudgery...
4. Still stressed? Here's another tip.

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