In the world of organizing and productivity, a body double is not the movie-style version of a body double where someone else does the things that the actor can’t or won’t do (in ‘real life’ it would be considered delegating a task).
When it comes to organizing and productivity, a body double is someone who provides a physical presence when you need to initiate, execute, and complete a task. The body double’s presence is a reminder that you have to focus on the task you wish to complete.
Examples of when you/your child might be more productive having a body double:
Sometimes children don’t want to be alone when they are doing their homework, but they don’t want your help either. What they do want is to know that there is someone around should they need help. For many college students, heading off to the library to be surrounded by other studying students provides them with the encouragement to get their own work done.
- Summer camp applications or tax forms
Confession time… completing summer camp applications and filling out tax forms is not on my top ten list of favorite things I love doing. However, when I have my husband sitting and working in the same room, I feel encouraged to get the work done. It doesn’t make the job any more fun or exciting, but I definitely become more task oriented.
A workout buddy is a great solution for anyone wanting to reach their exercise goals.When you know there is someone who is relying on you to show up and participate, you are accountable for your actions and more likely to do what you had planned to do.
Who is the best body double for you?
Questions to ask:
- Do I want the body double be a friend, family member, or someone I hire?
- Do I want the body double to check in and keep track of my progress?
- Do I want the body double to help with the task? For example, I pay the bills and the body double files the paperwork.
- What would I NOT want the person to do or say when they are my body double?
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