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What do you call it when you skip school or work for a day, to do whatever you want instead?
In America, we call it playing hooky.
In England, we call it skiving.
(Got another word for it?)
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Some of my best, most productive, and enjoyable days have been while playing hooky.
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I think it’s a healthy practice, to occasionally blow off a previous commitment, and do whatever you want instead.
It’s a great reminder that you’re the boss of your life.
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But it’s interesting how productive I am on those days.
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When I think back about the times in my life where I got the most done, created the most, or had a major breakthrough in some aspect of my life, it was often <strong>while I was supposed to be doing something else.</strong>
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For example:
I’d sign up for a three-day conference, show up to registration, decide I don’t want to go, then sit in my hotel room, uninterrupted, and get some great work done for three days.
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This has happened multiple times.
I really should stop signing up for conferences!
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Or…
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Could we use this as an effective productivity technique?
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Sign up for something — a time commitment.
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Put aside the time to do it.
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When the day comes, feel the tension between what you said you would do, and what you really want to do.
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Blow it off, and do what you really want instead.
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Maybe the productivity comes from the fact that the time has already been put aside, so I suddenly have free time to do what I really wanted.
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But I suspect that when I feel that tension between the obligation and desire, it amplifies the difference, and makes it clear to me how badly I want to do this other thing.
Then that amplified desire leads me to be more intense and focused in my actions.
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