End Procrastination & Increase Productivity: The Day Shift Technique.

Whether it's finishing up projects at the last possible minute...

...staying up too late watching netflix, or saying things we'll regret to friends and colleagues, we all have our faults. There are a multitude of solutions to each individual problem, but a simple change in thinking may go some way to fixing them all. Meet "The Day Shift Technique." The Day Shift Technique is a new way of thinking that will give you the motivation to do more, work harder, and be kinder to others among other things. If you've been putting off a project for days, or if you're simply struggling to muster the will to clean the house, this simple change may do wonders. How does it work? Here goes.

Imagine that your life is run in shifts, between yourself and a close friend.

Each shift lasts exactly one day. You will complete one day of your life, and after you go to sleep that night your friend will wake up in your bed the following morning and complete the next day. You will complete the day after that, and so on. Your friend will wake up in your bed, and go about your daily routine, exactly as you always do. Got it? Good. Now here's the difficulty: your friend will only have what you've left them at their disposal. They will also be in the precise condition that you have left for yourself. For example: If you've run out of toothpaste, your friend will have no toothpaste. If you've only had four hours of sleep, your friend will also be too tired to give the next day their all. If you've insulted Betsy in marketing, your friend will have to contend with her tomorrow. If your house is a mess, your friend will either have to clean or suffer through the clutter, et cetera. Now during your day, think to yourself: how will my friend be tomorrow? Will they find the day difficult? What can I do to make things better for them? Think beyond actions, and imagine how they will feel. Is there anything you can do today physically or mentally that will alleviate some of the pressures of their shift tomorrow? Will they be tired, upset, or sore? Might any of that be avoided by an action that you could take tonight?

"...each morning is a gift from the night before"

That's it. The technique is a simple thought exercise, and it can help with almost every aspect of your life. If you find it difficult to keep up the mental charade, try keeping a journal. Every night, record the benefits and disadvantages that were afforded you by the day before. Write down what worked and what didn't, what delighted you and what frustrated you. Take note of ideas and recommendations for future "shifts." Remember that each morning is a gift from the night before, and treat each night with regard to the future.

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