Be a producer, not a consumer
This is one I really need to concentrate on. In your daily routine, are you just passively consuming (reading twitter, facebook, reddit etc) or producing (working on your projects, sending emails, interacting with people)?
A balance needs to be struck between the two. If you start your day with with a ‘producer’ mindset, it’s often easier to get things done for a solid stretch of time, rather than just check up on what happened the previous night on Facebook, or clicking through memes on Reddit. Starting the day like this means consuming feels more like a waste of time, rather than the small and often pointless dopamine fix when you’re avoiding work.
Funnily enough, I was actually linked to this through a news website, and it was originally posted on Reddit….but there you go – the cycle has to start somewhere!