A surefire method I know I can break myself out of a productivity rut is to find some way to get third party pressure or reinforcement. Having someone or something help prod me along or complete a portion of the work is sometimes exactly what’s needed.
Some of the examples of third party pressure or reinforcement I’ve used include public deadlines, working directly with someone else, hiring someone else to work with me on a project, working in a more open environment where people see what I’m working on, and telling people I really respect about what I’m doing. I love this example too of hiring someone to really watch how the person was working.
Using a third party has also been incredibly impactful in areas where I need to get something done that might not be exactly what I love doing or am best at. I’ve used sites like upwork and fiverr to find people who love doing the part of the work I might not. Sure, I do plenty of things that I’d love to smarter source, but having the knowledge of how to and following through on getting at least some things done in alternate ways really helps maximize my productivity.
When I set out to work on something I try to think through how it can most successfully get done. Many times that involves finding ways to incorporate various forms of third party help. What’s the thing you’re working on right now that could use the help of someone else?