In the last post on being more productive, there was a video on The Science of Productivity. The video mentions The Zeigarnik effect. I became curious to learn more about the Zeigarnik effect and started searching on the web.
Here’s what I found out:
The Zeigarnik effect is named after Bluma Zeigarnik, a Lithuanian-born psychologist who first described this effect in her doctoral thesis in the late 1920s.
Through her research and studies, Zeigarnick stated that uncompleted tasks will stay on your mind until you finish them.
The Zeigarnik effect means that you are less likely to procrastinate once you actually start a task. You’re more inclined to finish something if you start it.
The key takeaway from The Zeigarnik effect and its relevance to productivity is that you should do the most important thing when undertaking a project: start. Once you start, your mind and body will do all that it can to finish the project. I can relate to this because when I write 1200 word length articles for Republica, the first thing I do is create a Word document just with the title in mind. This way I feel that the article has started and now I need to work on finishing it. Without even thinking about an article topic in mind, it feels forever for me to get started on that article. So starting is the foremost important part of any important work that you do.
Go Ahead & Get Started.