Building Purpose-Driven Content

Now, I would normally call what I’m about to do with today’s content — a reblog. Namely, because I’m getting ready to provide you with an entire blog post within this blog post, but I’m not going to call today’s content a reblog. Not this time. I have a brand-new title and I’m considering this current article to be a brand-new post, in theory.

The year-old post (inserted within today’s blog post) is simply my way of providing supporting documentation, confirming that I’m right on track with my thought processes for creating content these days, especially the content that’s going to morph into another self-published book.

So, without further ado, I’m going to have you read the article (highlighted below), entitled “Productivity Tuesday: Mismatch Pairs That Get the Job Done” (published on 2/25/20), and then I’ll briefly go into today’s fresh content at the end of this post.

Productivity Tuesday: Mismatch Pairs That Get the Job Done

If you’ve read any of my past thoughts about procrastination, then you know that I don’t view this form of inactivity in a positive light. I mean . . . productivity is about GETTING THINGS DONE, not putting things off. And, I personally struggle with procrastination on a daily basis, which is why this productivity series is so incredibly important to me. It makes me more accountable to complete those tasks that are so easy to put off; and hopefully, it’s providing some valuable take-aways for you as well.

I’m somewhat changing my viewpoint on how antagonistic procrastination really is. In looking at it this way, procrastination wouldn’t have any steam if we didn’t continuously fuel its fire so much. It does what it’s meant to do and we, unfortunately, assist it in its efforts.

But, here’s the thing. I’m looking at procrastination as that irritating sidekick that’s inevitably going to be there and slow you down at times; but it’s quite possible to lessen its hindrance to your mission if you learn to accept its presence and silence its distracting nature. After all, there’s a reason you procrastinate in the first place. Obviously, there’s something that you just don’t want to do — something that’s downright undesirable, and it’s giving you negative vibes.

So, this is what I’ve decided to do.

I’ve decided to mix the dreaded undertakings, the tasks I don’t want to do, put off consistently, and refuse to enjoy for whatever reason, and make them more palatable by pairing them up with the things I do like to do and thoroughly enjoy.

This kind of reminds me of when my daughter, Toodlez, would wear mismatch socks on purpose. I thought it looked odd at first, but I got used to it over time and kind of grew to think the mismatch style was actually creative and unique (until I realized that it was somewhat of a fad that both children and grown-ups were doing). Anyway, the mismatch worked out for her. It was definitely a different way to protect her feet and keep them warm, but the mismatch pair did its job nonetheless.

See the strategy here? Mix and match mismatches until you concoct a system that can possibly work toward getting things done (especially those undesirable tasks that you routinely avoid and that cause you to function in your less productive version of yourself).

So, I’m going to give you a list of tasks that aren’t as enjoyable for me and then tasks that are enjoyable for me.

The Undesirables

  • Eating raw kale or garlic
  • Doing dishes, laundry, or cleaning bathrooms
  • Driving in my car while tired
  • Exercising
  • Getting over a cold or headache

The Desirables

  • Listening to a podcast that educates me
  • Listening to motivational music that keeps me on the move or finding a partner
  • Mixing in fruits and fruit juices to add some sweetness
  • Binge-watching a favorite Netflix series to catch up on
  • Listening to a YouTube episode that’s entertaining

To give you a little insight as to how I see this system (of mixing an undesirable task with a desirable one) working, check out 5 Mismatch Pairs that Get the Job Done:

  1. I’ll put eating raw kale or garlic with mixing in fruits and fruit juices to add some sweetness. Now, I’m all for healthy eating. And, I firmly believe that kale and garlic are some of the most beneficial foods out there. I highly recommend consuming them on a regular basis. However, I absolutely can not down either one as a stand-alone. And that’s when the fruits and fruit juices come in to play. I can easily drink raw kale and garlic as blended items in my green drinks and eat them chopped or torn as additions to salads with yummy homemade vinaigrettes and dressings.
  2. I’ll put cleaning chores around the house with listening to an educational podcast. Why? Well, when doing mundane tasks like dishes, laundry, and disinfecting bathrooms, it helps to stimulate the old brain cells to keep me motivated in pressing my way through to the completion of such routine and less enjoyable tasks.
  3. I’ll put driving in my car while tired with listening to a YouTube episode that’s entertaining. Now, I can’t watch the episode while I’m driving; but if the video’s audio is entertaining enough, it’ll allow me to imagine in my mind what I’m not seeing and hopefully provide me the momentum to make a tiring drive more manageable. CAUTION: if you get easily distracted while driving, this may not be the best strategy for you. Music might be a better and safer way to keep your momentum going.
  4. I’ll put exercising with listening to motivational music that’ll keep me on the move. I haven’t yet trained my brain to enjoy exercising yet. I know it’s something that I need to do for my health, but that doesn’t make it any more enjoyable to me at this point in my life. So, I’ve opted to use two tactics to make the workout perform its intended purpose while not seeming so drawn out. And, those tactics involve music that makes you move and/or having a workout partner providing visual and verbal encouragement. Time flies when you have fun music and company to go along with the activity at hand.
  5. And, I’ll end by putting getting over a cold or headache with binge-watching a favorite Netflix series. When you don’t feel good and all you can do is lay down, you might as well get entertained. I suggest not watching anything too heavy when you’re sick. Maybe something that’ll make you laugh instead of cry or give you anxiety because of the suspense/thriller effect. After all, you’re already not feeling well.

If you’ve noticed, my mismatch pairs are all solutions for getting less enjoyable tasks (for me personally, anyway) done by adding some enjoyable activities to the mix. What you’re doing by using this strategy is actually genius when you think about it. Not only are you getting things done that you’ve been putting off, but you’re actually multi-tasking. You’re being productive. And, there you go.

Okay, did you just read this entire post from beginning to end? I truly hope you did, because its whole theme, in a nutshell, is what I’m aspiring to do with the DOM Build-a-Book Project I’m currently working on. It’s also what I seek to do with the reading-writing incentive bundles (with journal covers, journal pages, bookmarks, and doorknob hangers) that I provide on my Etsy shop.

Speaking of reading and writing, some children just don’t have a natural inclination (or liking) for reading and writing skills development. Such skills work may actually be a pain point or an “undesirable” so to speak. Nevertheless, such skills are necessary to cultivate in the young learner. So, what to do? What to do?

My suggestion is to find strategies to help mitigate the sour taste of unsavory tasks for the young learner and to make those tasks more “palatable”, as I like to repeatedly say. 

It’s so funny, but it just surprisingly dawned on me yesterday that what I’m basically trying to do with this new book project and with the reading and writing tools I provide on Etsy is to make learning (or doing work tasks) more enjoyable — fun even by pairing opposites (undesirables with desirables). It’s all about the incentives, my friend. Put the right systems in place to get an individual incentivized to do challenging work and you have a recipe for increased cooperation, productivity, and successful completion of the task(s) at hand.

The relevance and meaningfulness of my purpose-driven content is coming into fruition, folks. I think my professional mission in life is blossoming/blooming/building as the months press on.

blossoming

Now, I just need to hone in on the “close to perfect” balance of an undesirable task paired with a desirable task to get our children ready to take on reading, writing, and any other challenging activities or skills development that will create personal and educational successes in their lives. And, I’ll need some help from you to determine that delicate balance. (More information on your role is soon to come).

Sound like a plan? 

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