Ideas for being productive

2 years, 5 months ago

I’m looking for things to spend my free time on to be productive. I’ve been really lazy in the past but I think I’m starting to get out of that mindset, and want to start doing something I really enjoy. So far that has consisted of browsing the internet or playing video games, but of course that doesn’t go far. I’d like to start some sort of business, or start producing something that I can hopefully make some sort of living off of. I enjoy smoking a lot, so I could maybe carve pipes or design hookahs, but I’m not the most artistic and I’m not sure how to get started with that.

September 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm

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Profile photo of Dan Dan (@danfontaine) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

Training your body, practicing abstinence from various things you tend to overindulge in, meditating, dancing by yourself, diary writing, creative writing, making up characters, learning, pushing the boundaries of comfort in social interactions with anyone and everyone.. so many things.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

I’m working hard on doing a lot of that. I started a 30 day challenge today and I’m already feeling better than I have in a while. Separate from that though I’m wanting to develop some skills or specialty. Once I get enough money I’m thinking of buying a woodcarving kit and make some artistic pipes and carvings. Other than that I can’t really think of much I can produce on a college student’s budget. I’d like to get a job but I don’t have the best schedule for that.

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Profile photo of splork splork (@splork) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

KingTut, sorry to hijack your post, but I also wouldn’t mind suggestions/ideas on HOW to become more productive. There are so many things out there, but where do you start? And how do you then sit down and focus on that particular topic? I used to be able to sit and study/read some article or book for 3-4hrs uninterrupted while at university, but since graduating it seems my ability to focus has deteriorated quite significantly… I seem to go through short phases/bursts of interest and then go back to my new-old-habits of arbing around on the net and being absolutely non-productive.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

@splork, Don’t be sorry, it’s what discussions are all about.

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Profile photo of Alice B Alice B (@bronzefish) 2 years, 5 months ago ago

A few things that I’ve done lately to inspire myself a little more: Changing my stumbleupon interests to include crafts and a few other things, it gets me thinking about getting up and making things. Whatever it is that you want to do more of, set it up to give you inspiration when you’re browsing and not expecting it.
I’ve changed my reddit subscriptions so that it will bring up posts and pictures that will motivate me to work out ect.
I’ve started taking note of whats happening around the house, so that I’m aware of chores that need to be done when I’m bored with browsing. Getting the house clean or cooking an awesome meal can get me off the computer for an hour or two, the house is cleaner now, my diets improved and I save money on food. The internet and your computer are resources, you just have to set them up to inspire you when your not planning on being inspired, like a little reminder that there’s other shit to do than browse.

I know that’s not saying specific things that you can go out and do, what I’m trying to share with you is the tricks I’ve found have helped me to break the lazy mindset and inspire myself to get up and do productive things :) Does anyone else have any tricks that work for them? As for ideas on things that you can do, look at things that have interested you in the past that you might not have had the confidence to do at the time. I’m quite keen to take up archery or fencing and to learn Spanish, I just don’t know where to start.

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