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How to Overcome Paralyzed Productivity

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
Have you ever been sitting at your desk and just staring at your computer screen, but doing nothing? Don’t worry; I think that happens to all of us at one time or another. One of the reasons that this happens to us is a result of what I call “Paralyzed Productivity”. Paralyzed Productivity is when you want to be productive, and when you’re ready to be productive, but you just can’t seem to move forward. So, why does this happen to us?

One of the most common causes of Paralyzed Productivity stems from a feeling of being overwhelmed. For example, sometimes we have so many things on our plate, we just can’t decide what to take a bite out of first. So, instead of working on something, we’ll work on nothing. Or, we’ll work on something that is totally different than what we should be working on. Sound familiar?

So, how do we overcome being paralyzed and instead become productive? There are two approaches that you can take. If you’re feeling like you don’t really want to be productive, but you know that you need to be, then I recommend just getting started with something / ANYTHING. Check out my recent article “Need a Productivity Boost? Start With the Little Things First.” The concept here is that a little action will lead to more action, which will lead to even more action. Just getting started is the key.

However, if you find yourself really wanting to work, but just not knowing where to start, then I suggest following these six simple steps:

1. Write down a SHORT list of a few items that you know that you MUST get done today.
• I suggest limiting this list to only three or four key items. You can always add to your list later.

2. Assign a priority to each of your items.
• (1 = Most important, 2 = Next most important, etc)

3. Set a specific and reasonable time limit to accomplish the first (most important) item on your list.
• Racing against the clock will increase your sense of urgency.

4. Remove all potential distractions so that you have complete focus on your task.
• This step is so important that I’ve written a separate article just on this topic. Check out “Struggling With Productivity? Remove the Distractions”.

5. Get started! Go to work and don’t stop until your first task has been completed.

6. Continue working on your next most important task.
• Go back to steps 3-5 and keep going!

Remember, the most important key to being productive is always to just get started. Again, action will lead to more action, which will lead to more action! Give these six steps for increasing your productivity a try and see if it doesn’t make a difference in the outcome of your day. You can do it!

About the Author:

Brian Osher is a certified Life Coach and motivational blogger, specializing in personal productivity, life balance, and limitless transition. He is a natural motivator and has a passion for helping others make meaningful strides in their lives. Brian is a Christian, devoted husband, and the proud daddy of two and is living in Southern California. His motivational blog, “Gaining Ground” offers Life Coach tips, tools, and techniques, as well as a healthy dose of purposeful motivation that will help you to move forward in your life.

To learn more about Brian, or to sign-up for a free (no obligation) coaching session, and to find out how he can help you grow in any desired area of your life, please visit or e-mail him at

How to Overcome Paralyzed Productivity

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