No, this is not a religious post…
Remember those WWJD bracelets that were all the rage a few years back? We would wear them to help us make better decisions daily.
The concept is simple. Whenever you’d find yourself in doubt about something, you’d ask yourself: “What would Jesus do?”.
Although I never wore these bands, thinking about them inspired me to implement a simple productivity trick in my life right now. Here’s how it goes.
- Think of the most productive/inspirational person you know of.
- Imagine being in his/her company all day. Act accordingly.
That’s it. Very simple. Imagine your favourite productivity guru flew in to your city and asked to spend the day hanging with you, just watching you go about your day.
Would you try to impress him? Do you think you’d be more productive that day?
For me, the answer is “Hell yeah!”.
But wait a minute, isn’t that what I’m supposed to be doing every day? So why not act as if that person is accompanying me every day? You can imagine several people accompanying you if you want. When you hit the gym, imagine your fitness hero is your partner, so run that extra mile and do that extra rep to impress him.
Imagining that somebody is watching your every move provides real context to your actions. You naturally think differently, act differently, and likely make more positive choices than you would alone.
There are two other things that are giving me a great productivity boost this year, but I’ll leave those for another day (hint: Evernote, accountability partners).