‘Sound of Metal’ star Riz Ahmed: 10 productivity habits

Productivity apps he makes use of

“A lot of productivity is about conserving all these productivity instruments, like Slack, Whats­App, and Brainbox, at arm’s size. I take advantage of Freedom, an online blocker that stops you from going surfing. It shuts me out after 8 or 9 p.m. till midday [the next day].”


His relationship with social media

“I don’t examine my accounts. Something that must be posted I ship to my assistant, and he or she posts it for me. [Social media is] a crucial evil as a result of it’s the approach that so many of us are linked. It’s how we are able to shine a light-weight on good causes and make a social impression. [But] we’re all addicts in restoration at this level and we have to create safeguards.”

Trick for sustaining dwelling/work separation

“I take advantage of a cellphone secure—a timed kitchen secure you should purchase on Amazon for $30—to place my cellphone in in a single day. I lock it in at 8 p.m., and I’m not getting it again until 2 p.m. the following day. The times I try this, I really feel freest psychologically. After I actually need to enter lockdown mode, I additionally take away Safari from my cellphone and provides my spouse or a pal or member of the family the ScreenTime passcode so I can’t simply re-download it—or Instagram or Twitter. I don’t have entry to that passcode even now.”

Definition of productivity proper now

“Lots of us have been trapped in a form of unsustainable workaholism. Attending to the highest of that capitalist mountain didn’t save us from the pandemic. Individualistic ambition is proscribed. It may get in the best way of [the kind of thinking] we want extra of proper now, which is a community-oriented considering.”

Greatest behavior

“I don’t let a lot slide.”

Worst behavior

“I’m fairly good at beating myself up over issues. I’m making an attempt to be higher at giving myself a break. Taking holidays and never feeling responsible about it’s half of productivity. Nearly each vacation I’ve taken has been with another person or a gaggle of individuals. [And] they must spend a very long time convincing me to affix them.”

One factor he’s achieved this 12 months to attempt to enhance himself

“I began cooking. Earlier than [the pandemic], I used to be making an attempt to throw as many components as attainable right into a NutriBullet and throw them down my neck on the best way to do one thing. Cooking was one thing I didn’t take time to do. Nonetheless, you undoubtedly need to keep away from consuming [any] meal that I’ve cooked should you can.”

Very last thing he does at evening

“Journaling at all times makes me really feel higher. I’ll do it 4 or 5 days every week. It’s a approach of processing what I’ve skilled and understanding how I really feel about it. I believe you must [use] pen and paper since you write slower than you suppose. It’s a approach of forcing your self to take a seat with every thought. There’s one thing cathartic about placing (*10*) onto the web page. That’s what began driving me to jot down lyrics.”


Time he goes to mattress

“Ideally, 10 p.m., however in actuality it’s nearer to midnight.”