One popular method of organizing items that need to be done is the “Kanban board” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanban_board) (e.g. the web site Trello).
Conceptually, this resembles a to-do list with categories as columns. Each item to be done a single sticky note (Figure 1).
Unfortunately, it’s often hard to get motivated to do items on a to-do list, especially if there is no appealing inherent reward.
In order to fix this procrastination-promoting scenario, we simply use clear tape to affix a pice of candy to each to each sticky note (Figure 2).
When a person completes a task, they are allowed to eat the piece of candy that is taped to the task’s card.
For especially time-consuming tasks (e.g. “file taxes”), one could imagine taping several dozen small chocolates to the note in order to provide sufficient motivation.
PROS: Allows even the most unrepentant procrastinator to get motivated to accomplish a task.
CONS: May have negative health consequences for people who are especially productive, thus reducing their overall productivity. A paradox indeed.
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