Improving Your Productivity Using Behavioral Science By A BCBA

Improving Your Productivity Using Behavioral Science By A BCBA


hi I’m Kate Harrison a board certified
behavior analyst with Brett DiNovi and associates are you behavior analyst do
you ever have difficulty staying on task or finding motivation to get some of the
not very exciting or menial tasks of our job done well this video is for you
behavior analysis does not discriminate I often hear behavior analyst colleagues
and friends say you know I can’t use behavior analysis on myself but you’re
wrong we might not be able to do formal interventions on ourselves but we can
reach into our ABA toolbox and pull out some of our resources to increase our
own motivation and productivity so in this video I’m going to be offering you
four tips to increase your own productivity with behavior analytic
strategies tip number one this is grandma’s law the Premack principle take
a look at what you do in your free time when you’re not working what are you
doing are you playing with your dog are you cooking are you organizing are you
taking a gym class well according to Cooper and colleagues the Premack
principle states that making the opportunity to engage in a behavior that
occurs at a relatively high rate during baseline contingent on a low frequency
behavior so sync the annoying tasks that you put off for days and days and days
that you have to get done so for example if you constantly are finding yourself
playing tug-of-war with your dog I’ve the due date for your report gets closer
and closer consider this first I will complete this portion of the report then
I will play fetch with my dog tip number two behavioral momentum
ever hear of high P sequence this is when you’re presented with a series of
simple easy-to-follow high probability demands prior to being presented with a
more challenging demand while we typically think of using behavioral
momentum to increase compliance with our clients let’s try it with ourselves so
for example when I wake up in the morning I usually read it to-do lists
out for all of the things that I need to get done that day or that week
over some mornings are tougher than others and I might have more annoying
tasks than I usually do so I can either continue to put those
tasks off and continue to move them to the next to do list or I have been known
to use a little book behavioral momentum when I write my to-do list so if you
take a look at my list in the morning you might find some silly tasks such as
make a coffee or take a shower or walk the dog on my to-do list ahead of some
of the other things that are a little bit not as much fun for me like clear
out the email INBOX put the dishes away crossing off the easy high-probability
behaviour is easy it feels good it feels like I’m getting in the groove and have
a sense of momentum for my day remember these are different for
everyone so pay really close attention to your own individual high probability
and low probability behavior so that you can really set up your to-do list and
your scheduled for that day in a way that makes the most sense for you tip
number three non conditioned reinforcement this one is my favorite
non-contingent reinforcement is an antecedent strategy in which reinforcing
stimuli are delivered or accessed on a fixed interval completely independent of
any target behavior raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself mindlessly
scrolling through social media and if you didn’t raise your hand I don’t
believe you we are all guilty of this and with access to our phones and social
media at all hours of the day it can be a huge hindrance to our productivity try
using some non-contingent reinforcement next time you have a project due for
example if you know your attention span is really limited to 30 minutes max set
a timer and get to work when the timer goes off regardless of how much work
you’ve completed give yourself a break this will make it less likely for you to
need to engage in these off task behaviors when it’s time to work and has
the potential to increase your work productivity during that time my last
tip tip number four is pull in some act act is acceptance and commitment therapy
discover your why in act we talked about values and committing to actions
may not necessarily be the things that you really want to be doing but engaging
them aligns with what is really truly important to you in the grand scheme of
things so take a step back and think of your wife or wire in the field and why
you do what you do everyone’s why is different and I encourage you to
identify what your Y is so that you can find yourself a way to get through some
of the annoying tedious tasks that’s it those are my four behavioral tips and
tricks to being more productive and finding motivation to get annoying
things done if you liked this video leave a comment below let us know what
your tips and tricks are whether they’re behavioral or not behavioral and please
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