Does the name Pavlov ring a bell? 9 tips to being more productive

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For those that don't know who Pavlov was, he rand a bell every time before he would dogs (this was a psychology experiment). After doing for a while, the dogs started to salivate at the sound of a bell. What this proved was how powerful linking things can be for the mind, and there are ways that you can take advantage of these associations.

By figuring out your own patterns, you can literally triple your productivity just by following a routine that maximizes when you are in a working mindset. Just to give you some ideas, here's what helps me:

1. Taking a shower. If I take a shower in the morning, I just feel a lot more energized and get more done. This one is pretty easy, so it obviously is done every day.

2. Shave: Even though I work from home, if I take the time to make sure that I'm clean shaven it puts me in a 'work' mindset. This is probably because I was a chef for 9 years, and had to shave for work twice a day.

3. Get dressed: Can I work in my pajamas? Of course. However ,I've noticed that I get much more done if I take the time to actually get dressed.

4. Eat: I can't work hungry. Ever. SO I eat pretty much constantly throughout the day.

5. Drink: Similarly, I drink Diet Coke pretty much non stop. For most people this would be coffee, but to each their own.

6. No TV: If the TV is on, I'm going to watch it, so i make sure to be in a room with no TV. This one tip would triple most IMers productivity, so leave the TV off!

7. Music: I work better with music on. Some people need total quiet, it is whatever works best for you.

8. Candles: this I did intentionally. Every time that I sat down to work, I'd like a candle on my desk. It was kind of a signal to me that it was time to work. Now whenver I don't feel like working (but need to get stuff done), I just light a candle. As strange as it may sound, I'm usually instantly put in a working mindset.

9. Know what you're doing: I write a todo list every morning with how logn each item will take. It keeps me honest. This way, I can't give myself a 14 hour todo list and then feel defeated at the end of the day.

So what do you do? What helps you get into a more productive mindset?
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  • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
    Number 9 is priceless. I usually like to make my list before bed, so I know what I have to do tomorrow when I wake up. Both ways work, though.
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    • Profile picture of the author ArticlePrince
      Originally Posted by Clintoc View Post

      Number 9 is priceless. I usually like to make my list before bed, so I know what I have to do tomorrow when I wake up. Both ways work, though.
      That's how I like to do it, but we're in the middle of moving. I'm up so late now by the time I go to start making tomorrow's list I'm dead to the world :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author neodarth
    Take short brakes along the day... when I first started full time online... it was that full time, I sat in front of my computer and didn't stop until the job is done even if that took me 24 hours in a day.

    Now I force myself to stop every hour and take short brakes away from the computer, this has help me a lot.
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    • Profile picture of the author ArticlePrince
      Originally Posted by neodarth View Post

      Take short brakes along the day... when I first started full time online... it was that full time, I sat in front of my computer and didn't stop until the job is done even if that took me 24 hours in a day.

      Now I force myself to stop every hour and take short brakes away from the computer, this has help me a lot.
      Trues story, I forgot about that. I HATE working on the computer, I'm nto a sitting person. If I don't get up for at least 10 minutes an hour, I go crazy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Morgan
    Originally Posted by ArticlePrince View Post


    1. Taking a shower. If I take a shower in the morning, I just feel a lot more energized and get more done. This one is pretty easy, so it obviously is done every day.
    Before 1. I drink a pint of water, which circulates around me by the time I am out of the shower, and alerts me.

    Originally Posted by ArticlePrince View Post

    5. Drink: Similarly, I drink Diet Coke pretty much non stop. For most people this would be coffee, but to each their own.
    Mine is tea.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobsstuff
    Sean,
    An interesting analogy, me and Pavlov's dog. I think it applies to my lack of productivity lately: Recliner - sit and doze. Computer - read WF etc (not working). Friend in view - chat for a while. No friend in view - find friend to chat with.

    I wonder if we condition ourselves to lose productivity. Maybe I'll grab a beer and think about this for a while..........OOOPS! There I go again

    Today I am going to evaluate the things that trigger me to procrastinate and see if I have created "conditioned responses" that need to be reconditioned.

    I have been looking for some answers lately and this post has me thinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Sleep.

    I program myself for the next day before I go to bed - so that when I wake up my subsconscious is has already thought about what I want/need to do and how to get it done.

    I sleep well because I've already done my thinking and don't need to lay in bed thinking about what to do tomorrow.

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  • Profile picture of the author HugoG
    I like the first three a lot, cause this completely shifts your mindset even if you are home, never thought of that one.

    The candle is a great visual anchor too.

    Thanks for the advice
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    For those that don't know who Pavlov was...
    He was the guy whose dogs were saying to each other: "Did you notice what an interesting reflex has Pavlov developed? As soon as the bell rings, he's bringing the food..."

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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      He was the guy whose dogs were saying to each other: "Did you notice what an interesting reflex has Pavlov developed? As soon as the bell rings, he's bringing the food..."

      This was all included in the OP. Dog Slobber counting is not so popular these days though.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Bradley
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      He was the guy whose dogs were saying to each other: "Did you notice what an interesting reflex has Pavlov developed? As soon as the bell rings, he's bringing the food..."

      That's funny!
      I'd never thought about it
      from the dog's perspective
      before.
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  • Profile picture of the author Orator
    Originally Posted by ArticlePrince View Post

    For those that don't know who Pavlov was, he rand a bell every time before he would dogs (this was a psychology experiment). After doing for a while, the dogs started to salivate at the sound of a bell. What this proved was how powerful linking things can be for the mind, and there are ways that you can take advantage of these associations.

    By figuring out your own patterns, you can literally triple your productivity just by following a routine that maximizes when you are in a working mindset. Just to give you some ideas, here's what helps me:

    1. Taking a shower. If I take a shower in the morning, I just feel a lot more energized and get more done. This one is pretty easy, so it obviously is done every day.

    2. Shave: Even though I work from home, if I take the time to make sure that I'm clean shaven it puts me in a 'work' mindset. This is probably because I was a chef for 9 years, and had to shave for work twice a day.

    3. Get dressed: Can I work in my pajamas? Of course. However ,I've noticed that I get much more done if I take the time to actually get dressed.

    4. Eat: I can't work hungry. Ever. SO I eat pretty much constantly throughout the day.

    5. Drink: Similarly, I drink Diet Coke pretty much non stop. For most people this would be coffee, but to each their own.

    6. No TV: If the TV is on, I'm going to watch it, so i make sure to be in a room with no TV. This one tip would triple most IMers productivity, so leave the TV off!

    7. Music: I work better with music on. Some people need total quiet, it is whatever works best for you.

    8. Candles: this I did intentionally. Every time that I sat down to work, I'd like a candle on my desk. It was kind of a signal to me that it was time to work. Now whenver I don't feel like working (but need to get stuff done), I just light a candle. As strange as it may sound, I'm usually instantly put in a working mindset.

    9. Know what you're doing: I write a todo list every morning with how logn each item will take. It keeps me honest. This way, I can't give myself a 14 hour todo list and then feel defeated at the end of the day.

    So what do you do? What helps you get into a more productive mindset?
    Diet Coke? Heretic!

    I've gone through the grind of building my sites up, and countless days where clickbank had no sales with the simple power of Coke and Mountain Dew.

    I would like to add one thing to this list that I find is a necessary requirement.

    Exercise It helps me clear my head, and makes me pay the piper for all that aforementioned pop.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul wolfe
    5. Drink: Similarly, I drink Diet Coke pretty much non stop. For most people this would be coffee, but to each their own.
    Dude,

    Cool list and approach - but drinking that **** will kill you. Seriously.
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    • Profile picture of the author 1960Texan
      Originally Posted by paul wolfe View Post

      Dude,

      Cool list and approach - but drinking that (Diet Coke) will kill you. Seriously.
      I'm a Diet Coke fiend myself...if it does kill me at least I'll be wide awake and see it coming!

      I love the candle trick! What a great visual aid to remind you that you're supposed to be working. I may start using that myself.

      Will
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary King
    Follow-up on that to-do list, or refer to it as a completion list.

    There's something empowering about reviewing your day and showing what you've accomplished.
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  • Profile picture of the author adamgoss
    yeah, if your working from home I reckon shaving and cleaning up before starting work defanatly helps! Rather than just give away your personal hygiene and become a cave hobbit. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    A to-do list, a cup of coffee and an open email account makes me more productive. i cant start on a day without a list, it lets me know the what and what not to do throughout the day. Coffee keeps me more concentrated and an open email account lets me see the business emails I have to take care of.
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