📌Get Things Done📌(9) Journaling

成年後所看的成功學書本能堆出一座山吧。總括來說成功的鐵三角是:規劃、執行、檢討,而確保這三者緊密聯繫的工具就是看起來很平凡但其價值取決於其用家的筆記本。

一疊潔白而紋理整齊,暗示無限可能的紙張,配上或甜美花俏,或高雅幹練的硬皮封套,筆記本就是有魅力教我們在還有存貨的情況下再買一本。

不過,筆記本收藏家,不一定是筆記本活用家,事實上,大多數的筆記本只寫了頭三數頁,便淪為家中的雞肋。為甚麼呢?因為大家都有一個繆誤,就是筆記本一定要是漂漂亮亮的,所以只在規劃的時候用到它,忽略了它在執行和檢討計劃時的功效。

一般人只會在筆記本寫下年度目標或當天任務,用法跟行事曆沒兩樣,成功者則懂得在筆記本記錄工作進度,以及過程中的身理和心理狀態。作息時間、飲食內容、運動時間、點子、外來的知識,都是成功者喜歡記錄的項目。

記下這些珍貴的資料,等於擁有一本「自我觀察筆記本」,讓你審視每個行動及其結果,細心研究哪些該部留、哪些該修改、哪些該捨棄。

不過,在擴展筆記本的用途之前,先養成隨身帶備筆記本的習慣吧。很多人沒執行的任務其實都是被遺忘的願望。寫下的志向,必需經常翻閱,大腦才不會忘掉,所以筆記本應放在伸手可及的位置。

This is the end of the Get Things Done series. I hope you have enjoyed it and hopefully found some ideas useful. Thanks for reading till the end. You deserve to be a winner!

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📌Get Things Done📌(8) Replicate Your Success

Review your life and recall any achievements regardless of its scale, because success, big or small, is made up of the same thing: passion, practice and persistence.

If you have kept your promise and accomplished a task singlehandedly even for one time, you can apply the same effort to another task.

In my notebook, I write down anecdotes like choosing a greek salad over a frappuccino at the coffee shop so as to remind myself my capability to make conscious choices.

最近,房間一隅擺了個紙袋,一個剪裁、紙質、版面都很簡潔的紙袋,我用它來盛載空瓶子。看著它變滿,也彷彿看到自己為保養所付出的努力,並提醒自己,要把這份努力套用於生命中其他事務上。

📌Get Things Done📌(7) But, Take a Break

When a rubber band loses elasticity, it loses its functionality. Men are likewise. There are motivational books or speakers trying to convince people not to take breaks, (and in that particular book that I’ve read, it refers to cigarette breaks) since the time can be massive when accumulated. I think those breaks are necessary escapes though.

It seems (or actually is, if you are referring to that particular moment when they smoke, or take other kinds of breaks) like people who are taking a few minutes off their work are not being productive, but in the long run, those breaks keep the production going because they may quit doing whatever they are supposed to do when they are overstressed.

Personally, daydreaming on the bus or the train is one of my favourite kinds of breaks. I prefer taking a bus just because it takes longer to reach the destination and so more time for me to wonder. Sure it is much faster to take the subway as it isn’t affected by any traffic jam, but by the same token, it allows me less “me time” to think as wildly as I like. For the record, my most brilliant creative ideas came to me while I was on the bus.

沒有彈性的橡根,便失去它的本能,人也是一樣。花盡心思填滿每分每秒,一點閒暇也不顧,日子會過得很繃緊,長此下去會影響健康,難以實行長遠計劃。

跟地鐵比較,還是喜歡巴士。跟沒有街燈的地底路相比,穿插於地面上的車水馬龍的確花更多時間,但在搖晃的巴士上,能孕育不少新奇想法啊!

發呆也是具生產潛力的浪費。只拿著成本效益這條算式做人,或會錯失美妙的機緣。

📌Get Things Done📌(6) Insist

觀察及研究成功人士一段時間,發現他們跟一般人沒甚麼兩樣,都有不能妥協和固執的地方,分別在於,他們會自覺地於有助目標的事情上固執,也就是所謂的「擇善固執」。

時尚界的Anna Wintour在fashion week runway show被拍到拿著傳統手機,文學界的村上春樹則在書上透露每天跑步的習慣。成功人士背後不一定有位不離不棄的伴侶,但一定有一些他們離不開的行為。

當一般人在東忙西忙,漫無目的毫無章法地四處投放能量的時候,成功人士就算用較少的精神也能做出更偉大的事業,為甚麼?

一滴水和一池湖,力量不同但本質一樣,其差異在於【累積】。

所有的創造都需要累積:字堆積成書;音堆積成歌;墨堆積成畫;步堆積成舞……

Rome isn’t built in one day. 其實不止羅馬,世上所有物理性的存在也不是一天建成的。

那些過節時隨口說出祝賀語,其實出於不勞而獲的心態。想來年過得快樂,今年就要下功夫了。不快樂,不是祝福不靈驗,而是平日有沒有用心打點生活。

就到值得努力的方向,就請不畏風雨好好堅持。

某些缺乏天資的人在追求理想的過程或許不夠順遂,但只要你接受手中原石的樣貌並堅持打磨,時間會幫助你製造出一片光滑的玉石。

📌Get Things Done📌(5) Pair It With The Right Music

We all have days when we are less vibrant and need some external forces.

The one thing that I know can immediately boost my energy level is coffee, but I am very aware of what depletion it does to my energy storage.

Besides, any substance that goes into your body just add workload to your organs and we don’t want that especially when you are weak-minded.

Where do I seek help from when I am so tired that even changing the bedding seems like a unachievable goal?

The music library!

I got this inspiration from my yoga classes, where I find me being more balance and strong if the teacher plays some Indian or Chinese spiritual music compared with those who don’t.

The music thing may not be a big deal to advanced yogi, but for beginners like me, what’s playing at the background can do wonders.

Then I start implementing this solution to my writing projects.

I play the same soothing song whenever I feel like slightly unmotivated or a bit distracted from the business of the day.

Usually I can get into the flow within five to ten minutes.

Even Murakami Haruki, the most reputable contemporary writer in Japan, adopted this trick while he was writing Norwegian Wood in a hotel.

Music is a cool agent. With the right music, one can achieve everything.

📌Get Things Done📌(4) Manipulate Your Subconsciousness

對成功學很熱衷的那段期間,甚麼有關增加效率的書,不論audio或paperback也借來聽買來讀。

雖然領受不少畢生受用的自我管理竅門,但回想有些理論實在不敢恭維。

最不靠譜的是跟從一個甚麼人體時間表去活動,在現今事務繁忙資訊爆炸的時代是不可取的,因為ad hoc的私事與公事實在太多。

再說,有意識地改變行為,需要動用意志力,而意志力是有限的,會被消耗掉,最終輸給潛意識。

內心的欲望模糊的話,是難以靠紀律實行時間規劃。

中國古人云:「法在淺中求」其實,只要鎖定一個目標,時刻想著它,your subconscious will take care of itself.

If you have a clear goal and you want it badly enough, your behaviours will act accordingly and rearrange your priorities likewise.

When we reach out for that bar of chocolate, it’s because we subconsciously associate chocolate with happiness. It takes so much discipline (will power) for someone who wants to fit in a bikini to say no to the chocolate bar.

But if we remove such an association, and tell our subconscious mind that looking hot will bring more happiness than having a sugar rush, we won’t even have to fight the thought of the sweetness because it’s not what you want.

Instead of taming the monkey-like mind of yours to follow your ideal way of living, how about letting your subconsciousness do it on an auto mode for you?

Gather some pictures of your ideal self and put it somewhere you look at every day. (And I know you know it, yes, it’s a vision board. You heard of it a million times, but have you ever made one? Was it within your sight?)

Besides feeding your subconscious mind with visual inputs, give it some audio stimulation. Play interviews of your idols while you are getting ready in the morning or in the subway. If you want to move into a better apartment, invest a small perfume diffuser so that you are reminded the atmosphere of a luxurious room. Just be creative with how you want to be then your subconscious mind will do what you have to do.

I guess this is the logic behind Jim Rohn’s saying, “Motivation is what gets your started, habit is what keeps you going.” All those time management seminars and the timetables you make are for the mind to get motivated. But it’s the hidden messages you give your subconsciousness (e.g. What do I aspire to be? How badly do I aspire to become this person? Am I capable of achieving my dream?) that determines whether you will ignore the promises you’ve made and just watch another episode of popular dramas or you will kick your ass to get up and get things done.

Being mindful is a beautiful thing and is certainly the key to success. Anyone who is a someone has excellent self discipline. But for those who haven’t developed a strong mind just yet, manipulating the subconsciousness is an easy way out. (And I think the protagonist in the movie Inception adopts this trick.)

📌Get Things Done📌(3) Make It Easy

I was fat and poor when I was in high school for very simple reasons: there were multiple convenience stores and boutiques from my way home to the train station. Every day I walked past them, it required so much will power to fight against the thought of picking up a bag of chocolate or trying on a cute dress. And I am sure you know there is a daily quota for using the willpower. It’s impossible not to be tempted when the stores wave at me each time I go to school and go back home. It’s easier to look at them than to not look at them.

It’s human nature to choose the easy way out and we can do nothing to change about it. But the good news is we can use this weakness we all share at our advantage. Make it easy to do what we want to achieve! In my case, this means making sure a notebook and a pen are with me wherever I go so that recording my thoughts is easy for me. By the same token, make whatever you loathe yourself doing difficult to do. Say you don’t want to overspend, set a lower credit card limit and carry less cash with you so that you are forced to go through more steps to purchase that over-priced fashion item that you probably can’t afford in the first place.