Here's That Scientific Secret to Productivity You Were Looking For
The secret to getting things done in an efficient manner, though, is pretty simple: Just get started. Instead of spending precious time thinking about how hard the task is going to be or how long it’s going to take you, put those thoughts aside and just do it already.
Why? There is a construct of the mind called the Zeigarnik Effect, and it causes us to finish what we’ve started. If we initiate a task and leave it hanging, we become uncomfortable and can’t stop thinking about it. In other words, it’s our own built-in nagging system (yay!).
Watch this AsapSCIENCE video to learn more about the science behind productivity as well as more tips on how to attain it (and how to pronounce Zeigarnik). And when you’re done, get started on that project you’ve been putting off.
About The Author
Abby is a reporting and evaluation manager at an employee wellness company in Washington, DC. In addition to calculating the health risks for different companies, she also manages and contributes articles to her local gym’s blog. When she’s not crunching numbers or posting content, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the perfect café, or zipping through the city on her new bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.