How to Instantly Kill Laziness and Boost Blogging Productivity

By Bamboo Forest

Something terrible happened.

I got lazy and stopped attending to my daily writing and reading duties as an online entrepreneur.

On one of my blogs I haven’t written a single post since December 2nd.

To say I’ve dropped the ball is a massive understatement.

What the hell do you do when you have a few sites going that have tons of potential and are even gaining momentum, but suddenly, a mad scientist injects you with the lazy bug?

Do you just sit there and watch it all go down?

If you want to ensure your online properties have any hope for the future you can’t allow yourself to be sucked down the whirlpool of complacency and indifference. Doing so is guaranteed to make anything you’ve worked hard on go absolutely nowhere.

But that’s NOT what we’re in the game for, right? We’re not doing this for our health. Let’s be honest here, we’re writing post after post, reading books and blogs and all the rest of it so that we can gains tons of readers and make the bloody mula.

You with me on this?

Laziness can hit anyone

We may enjoy what we do. But that’s not enough. Let me tell you something… the lazy bug can infect any and all people regardless of passion. And if you let it, it can destroy your dreams.

I wish I could say this laziness and complacency that overcame me was a result of my busy schedule, but the reality is, it was due to my lack of will.

To be perfectly honest, I hit rock bottom. Not on drugs or alcohol mind you. But on incessantly watching YouTube videos, reading tweets, and in general, wasting time like my life depended on it.

Hopefully you’ll never get as bad as I was. And luckily there’s a technique that can get you out of laziness and into productivity even if you haven’t reached rock bottom.

Overcome resistance to work with this technique

The solution to inertia is putting yourself in jail.

Not the kind of jail you go to when you steal a Twix bar from the local 7-Eleven, of course.

What I’m talking about is called the ‘jail of productivity’. This jail, my friend, will guarantee that you get serious work done.

And the best part is, it won’t let you out until you’ve actually accomplished something.

All you need to do to put yourself in the jail of productivity is simply set a timer and work non-stop until it sounds. This technique permits no excuses and leaves you with nothing in its wake except hardcore productivity.

How setting a timer saved me from laziness

Realizing I was letting days go by without getting much work done, I committed myself to setting a timer every day and working non-stop until it sounded.

By doing the above, I eliminated all outs available to me. I couldn’t watch another YouTube video, I was on the clock! I couldn’t check twitter; that’s not allowed while the timer’s running.

Using a timer took me from rock bottom laziness to becoming a diligent worker.

I began my laziness recovery program with setting a timer and reading important blogs for 20 minutes each day and writing 30 minutes each day. The timer guaranteed I got 50 minutes of focused work in every day. That may seem small to you, but it’s a testimony that I’m on my way to full and complete recovery from my laziness addiction.

Why setting a timer is the best way to get you to work

If you’re in the planning stage of getting to work, this can last for hours. “Preparation” can consist of watching YouTube videos, reading the news, eating, TV, almost anything.

But we all know the truth… the “preparation stage” to getting to work is nothing more than procrastination disguised as necessity.

Setting a timer, on the other hand, kills preparation. Setting a timer gets you right to work!

It also makes the work you do concrete. If you merely say you’re going to work on something, you have no idea how much time you’ll be investing into working. When work time is undertermined, your mind gets discouraged because it begins wondering how long and dreadful it’ll end up being which leads to procrastination.

But when you set a timer, committed to working for an allotted time, you’ve created a time frame that’s absolutely concrete. There’s a glorious light at the end of the tunnel which continuously entices you toward completion of your goal.

Where to find an effective online timer

I’ve actually created an online timer called Tick Tock Timer.

It’s specifically designed to kill your procrastination and get you to work without all the nonsense.

I know it’s ironic that the very creator of a tool to beat procrastination fell into a whirlpool of non-productivity.

But it just goes to show you, any tool at your disposal, no matter how effective, is useless when you’re not using it.

If you’ve contracted the lazy bug, putting yourself in the jail of productivity (setting a timer) just might be the solution.

Give it a try.

About the Author: Bamboo Forest created Tick Tock Timer, an online timer that helps you stop procrastinating, get to work, and stay focused.



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32 Responses to “How to Instantly Kill Laziness and Boost Blogging Productivity”

  • Jay Gould

    Such an inspiring article.

    I recently overcame the same problem, I opened a blog and ended up giving up on it within a month or 2, despite to 500+ daily uniques I was getting.

    I’m tempted to start blogging once more, to increase my traffic to other sites and for my own enjoyment!

  • HP van Duuren

    ‘It’s not alway’s easy to keep track of time
    and to be productive…,’

    Finding the time to do things can sometimes be a struggle. As far as I understand from author Stephen Covey to ‘Have Time’ you need to aim to spend the most of your time on tasks at a time that they are (not yet) urgent. So I do like to buy ink for my computer printer at a time that it isn’t (yet) urgent, so that I don’t have to create an urgent situation when I want to print an important letter and discover that there is no ink left in my printer!

    ‘Otherwise it would be like putting out fires all the time
    without getting anything done…,’

    I do think that using an Egg-Timer can also be very helpful not only for focussing attention on a specific time to do work, but also to put attention on a specific time to Relax and take Breaks. That way
    – because of becoming tired – not having to make mistakes that create extra work, or highly unwanted new – urgent – tasks. Than an Egg-Timer can be handy to help take enough time to frequently take a little time to Relax and Re-charge.

    ‘As mentioned in a previous comment,
    I usually get my best ideas
    when I am Relaxed….,’

    For example on my Writers Lifestyle Blog I once even wrote a post about taking (Coffee) Breaks and, while Relaxing and taking an actual Coffee Break, I got the idea to actually (pre) sell Coffee Makers and Espresso Machines on that Blog.

    All the Best,
    To your Happy – Blogging – Inspiration,
    HP

  • Craig Carrel

    My struggle has been to “find the time” to blog. As a small business owner I had a great start in 2010 but by the 4th quarter had stopped blogging. We have been very busy and it is difficult to find enough time when more pressing matters that bring in real dollars now come up. I know have to make it a priority and I am trying to be more consistent in 2011.

    I will try the timer to help focus my time.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Yes, please do!

      Remember, you don’t have to write an hour a day.

      Instead, you could squeeze in 10 minutes of truly focused writing, every day… and by doing so possibly get one to two quality posts published.

      If the time you invest writing is small, but highly focused and consistent, then you’re well on your way to making things happen.

  • Toby

    Absolutely great post – love your style of writing by the way. Lazy we’ll we’ve all been there. A timer great idea – I find when Im sitting writing etc I have to shut down email otherwise ….. yep you know what i mean
    thanks for the shout – great

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Thanks for the good words.

  • Carolee a.ka. Blogging Biz Mom

    A timer is a great idea….time flies super fast when you’re on Facebook, Youtube, twiiter & such 🙂

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Time really does FLY when you’re dilly dallying on the net!

  • HP van Duuren

    Using an Egg-Timer is all about getting Focused….,

    An other Tool for keeping Focused that I – alway’s – use is a WhiteBoard. With a WhiteBoard when I happen to look away from my computer screen I will see the Goals that I wrote on my Board. Last year Christmas I even wrote about the importance of a Whiteboard on my Blog using a catchy ‘White Christmas’ title 🙂

    All the Best,
    To your Happy – Blogging – Inspiration,
    HP

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      A WhiteBoard can be very powerful for all kinds of goals. I agree. Thanks for sharing.

  • Astreil

    As a homeschool mother, I absolutely could not live without my timer. I tend to spend too much time wasting time and too much time working without any time off. Using a timer has helped me tremendously, but it’s an ongoing process. I’ll try your timer.

  • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

    If you’re doing research for a blog post, for example, that’s good planning.

    If your planning consists of making a sandwich, that’s probably procrastination 🙂

  • Vivek Parmar

    Recently got strucked in same situation and unable to have any strength to blog anymore. But taking a break and realizing my potential i’m able to get soon and started working on my blog

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      You know… sometimes taking a long break *is* the solution.

      That said, once you start running a successful blog and are making money from it–a break is no longer an option.

      Though, you could have other people write for you. But once you’re successful, it’s worth keeping it that way.

      Then again, once you’re successful, it’s way easier to find the motivation as well.

  • Paul Odtaa

    The timer looks good. Another useful one for the Windows desktop is Focusbooster, which encourages the Pomodoro technique -ie you focus hard on a project in short concentrated bursts.

    I’ve found it very useful in speeding up my writing and the five minute breaks away from the computer is good practice.

    Tick tock timer could be used for this technique.

    There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:

    decide on the task to be done
    set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
    work on the task until the timer rings; record the task status
    take a short break (5 minutes)
    every four “pomodoros” take a longer break (15-20 minutes)

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      I’m glad you brought this technique up.

      Thank you for sharing.

      This is a good technique and is useful for some people.

      But, generally, I try to champion the most simple use of the timer when it comes to productivity. If people want to go ahead and concentrate in short bursts, then I recommend it.

      I have a feeling, though, most people just want to get one or two chunks in.

      That’s interesting, taking a longer break each time. I never knew that about the pomodoros technique.

  • Matt Giovanisci

    I absolutely love this line, “the “preparation stage” to getting to work is nothing more than procrastination disguised as necessity.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Steven Zeegers

    When I read the newsletter, I just HAD to reply. The situation you’ve described… yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing up to this point – and for a very long time now.

    Now, I’m not a “professional” blogger nor am I intending to become one, but I used to write for a few blogs regularly. But at some point, instead of “writing” I’ve just started to slack off. Reading tweets, visiting websites… and after an hour or more, I realized I hadn’t done what I had wanted to do (blog) and wasted another evening.

    I’m going to try this suggestion. Like you said, not knowing “how long something will take” is a problem for me to. I always said “I’ll do some “work”, and then do something fun”, but before I even started I thought “I’m going to have to work too long, it’s going to be boring” and I just started wasting time instead. Maybe this’ll help me get some work done AND free up some wasted time I could spend on the fun aspects of life 🙂

  • Louise Mason

    Hee hee this is definitely me, although i think it applies to most people, by the time i’ve checked my hotmail, twitter, facebook and blog stats there’s rarely any time left to sit and write a blog post!
    I don’t think a kitchen timer would work for me, i would get hungry! but will try out your little timer tool!

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      We can relate!

      But, I’m getting my act together. And it sounds like you are too 🙂

      Yeah, a kitchen timer would make me starting thinking about freshly baked cupcakes.

  • Madeleine Kolb

    “But we all know the truth… the “preparation stage” to getting to work is nothing more than procrastination disguised as necessity.”

    This is so true. The tricky part is when the line blurs betwen actual, useful work and so-called preparation. And if you’re really doing preparation, you’re often only one click away from procrastination.

    I need to try the timer.

  • Togrul

    Thanks for sharing.

    In fact I’m already using a timer on my mobile and it really yields great results.

    But I’ll give your program a try.

    Cheers,
    Togrul

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Glad to hear you’re having success using a timer to boost your focus and productivity!

  • Cindy Bidar

    Timers are a great tool for staying focused. I use one to get my posts in draft form or to outline an article for a client. But like anything else, it does take practice to make it work. The first time I used one, I kept wandering off task, and would find myself surfing the Internet when the timer went off. I found that starting with a short time frame – like five minutes – really helped. Then I was able to gradually increase the time I could stay focused.

    Thanks for the Tick Tock Timer ap. So handy to have it sit right in my browser, since that’s where I am most of the time anyway!

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Even with the timer running, you still need some commitment.

      After all, there’s nothing to stop you from watching a funny YouTube video while the timer’s running 😉

      But it really does help one stay focused.

      Starting with less time and working your way up to more time sounds like a good idea.

  • HP van Duuren

    See how – with such a long comment – Quantity
    can mess up Quality…..?

    I thing…, euh…., think I forgot to properly edit it before posting!

    (Oh yeah…., every dis-advantage has it’s advantage ;))

    All the Best,
    To your Happy – Blogging – Inspiration,
    HP

  • HP van Duuren

    Thanks so much for your Post,

    ‘This is definitely a topic that am Insired to write about
    because I thing about it a lot….!’

    I even worked with an Egg-timer myself for a while, infact it even inspired me to create an actual blog where I (pre) sell a Special Funny – Tennisball-Egg Timer – really I am not kidding, you can check it for yourself if you like. (BTW I just did a Search and amazingly enough it still appears to have an actual Nr.1 ranking in the search engines! not that anybody will immediately will think of it as a Search Keyword :))

    Anyway,

    Using an Egg-Timer indeed can give you a lot more Focus, only I wonder if there isn’t also a positive side to Lazyness because when using an Egg-Timer it I don’t alway’s really enjoy working that way. I also frequently read in Blogs about Blogging that Quality is more important than Quantity. In my ongoing study about Successful people I discovered that working hard actually isn’t alway’s a guarantee for success. How about the Successful Business man that with a few Phone Calls and a Handshake sells or buy’s Hotel Chains and makes more than a normal person doesn’t even make in a decade…?

    ‘Also I usually get my best ideas
    when I am Relaxed….,’

    Infact I discovered a Little (e)Book (that I now (pre) sell on my Travel Blog) from a man that actually claims that Success is inversely proportional to hard work. An idea that – at first – really didn’t seem to make any sence at all, only now I actually bought the e-book version and read it and it does seem to make atleast some sence.

    I discovered that there also is an Upside to Laziness, for example when I don’t Post that much on my Blogs for a while it does make my Posts more ->> Exclusive – ! and whenever I Do actually write a New Post it usually is about something that I really feel Inspired to write about.

    Just as this Comment your are reading – right now – for example, wasn’t really hardwork to me, it just popped out easily.

    All the Best,
    To your Happy – Blogging – Inspiration,
    HP

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      Setting a timer to work can be highly effective.

      But I don’t ALWAYS recommend it.

      For example, if you’re on fire with passion and desire, you might end up working all day, anyways. So why impede that with a timer?

      A timer is good when it’s needed. When you’re feeling a little inertia. Or when you want the added structure it provides.

      I agree that smart work is better than hard work. But I think working hard is always going to be a component of success, at least at some stage.

  • Sudeep

    I find motivation with a small walk in the local mall that is across my house. As I walk I find even topics that I need to write which instantly motivates me to work on my blog…
    Thanks for the suggestion of timer… will try to use it.

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      That’s an interesting tactic. That being: Go on a walk for the sake of gathering ideas. Like you’re on a treasure hunt, but instead of searching for gold and silver, you’re looking for ideas that will rock your blog.

  • Michael Martine

    Timers work like magic! Thanks for sharing Tick Tock Timer, too. It’s nice and simple and gets the job done.

    I almost let my entire business get away from me due to a gaming addiction (World of Warcrack, what else?). I worked like a madman to bring it back up to speed and will even exceed my previous best year.

    Even though my motivation was strong, it’s STILL easy to wander online. Before I know it, I’ve spent 20 minutes just looking for the “right” music to listen to just so I can write a post. It’s ridiculous sometimes.

    Timers help a lot. 🙂

    • Bamboo Forest – Tick Tock Timer

      haha…. I feel you. We can relate with our procrastination problems. But now we got Tick Tock, and we gonna bust a serious move!

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