Episode 76
Get More Done With This Little-Known Secret
In this episode, Jessie and Angela chat about a little-known secret to getting more done: Body Doubling. Body doubling is where you work simultaneously with someone else, even when you aren’t doing the same thing. Research shows us that we’re more productive when we can be productive with others. Listen in as they chat about their own experiences with Body Doubling and how you can implement the tactic as well.

Transcript

Jessie

Hey, y’all today we are going to chat about one little-known secret that helps you get more done.

Jessie

All right? So today we’re talking about this little-known secret that helps you get more done and it’s a concept called body doubling. So let us explain body doubling is when you’re doing something with someone else present. You don’t actually have to be doing the same thing. It’s just literally you’re both at least 2 people together being productive in their own ways.

Angela

Right? You hear about this concept quite a bit in like neurodivergent communities talking about ADHD things like that where they will say it’s easier for me to do this thing like it’s easier for me to wash the dishes if someone else is wiping down the stove or cleaning up the table or if someone is folding laundry I feel like I can go do this other thing. So it’s you’re not working together on the same project or trying to get the same thing done. You’re just sort of working independently next to each other.

Jessie

Yeah, and this can definitely work for business and personal. But I want to talk about business for a minute so I feel like in the beginning when. We were just starting our businesses and me personally I was struggling to get up in the morning I found my accountability partners including Angela and we started getting up super early together and it didn’t matter that we were working on other things. Even if we were working in silence just the fact that we are all working together at first I thought oh this is just accountability like it’s accountability I have people waiting on me to get out of bed to start the Zoom room so that we can sit and work together. But when I heard about this concept of body doubling I was like. Maybe this is it maybe I was able to be more productive because I was sitting around other people who were also trying to be productive and so we could all just be productive together.

Angela

Yeah, I actually have a bit of a story for this. My husband started working four days a week from home before the pandemic started and of course, once the pandemic started they were like everybody stay home all the time congratulations you work from home now. So for 2 years, he worked from home. We work in different rooms I work in the living room. His office is in our bedroom because we have a tiny house but we’re you know within earshot of each other we holler back and forth. We see each other as we walk down the hallway and a few months ago

they called him back in they said we need you to come into the office for one day we’re swapping out computers. Whatever so he went in and I had the least productive day I have had in like two and a half years I didn’t realize how much of what I got done was due to the fact that I knew he was in the bedroom working and when he wasn’t there and it was just me trying to get stuff done. My brain could not focus on what I was trying to get done and that’s kind of what we’re talking about except in a little bit more physical form. Where we were body doubling without even really realizing it and he said the same thing he was like I went I sat at this desk there wasn’t anybody around me and I had a really hard time focusing because there was nobody else there that was also working. So it’s you know I hadn’t really considered it but that was definitely something that affected my productivity that day and we’re starting to see more and more people try to find that sort of connection in virtual spaces.

Jessie

Yeah, it’s just crazy how that works too because just even around the home I feel like if I know my you know Husband’s doing a chore like maybe he’s outside mowing the lawn like I want to be inside cleaning or it’s just easier to be productive when you know that somebody else is being productive too.

Angela

Yes, yeah, absolutely and I’ve noticed more and more course creators,  content creators, and coaches starting to offer things like virtual co-working sessions. So I can tell this is a thing that people are starting to realize and try to implement so we wanted to share it today because personally I’ve done a few co-working sessions Jesse and I co-work sometimes especially like on non-podcast days. And it’s really really really made a big difference and a big impact in how much stuff I get done because I know somebody else is like right there being productive.

Jessie

Yeah, and you don’t always have to be like on Zoom together or something like that like sometimes Angela and I will just be messaging each other a little more than usual like we’re having a conversation on messenger. Even though we know we’re both working so we know we’re both sitting there working and it can help us both be productive and accountable even though we’re not actually with each other or we’re seeing each other or anything like that.

Angela

Yeah, and it gives you the chance to check in with each other to say you know sometimes I’ll tell Jesse, okay I really have to get this page built, and then a little while later I’ll get a message from Jesse did you get that page built.

Jessie

Or sometimes it’s the end of the day and it’s like don’t tell me, you’re still working So it’s kind of the opposite like okay now you got to stop.

Angela

Um, yeah, it’s time to stop working now. Yeah yeah, just having that accountability having that presence knowing that someone else is also being productive in the same sort of space that you’re in. Um, it really does make a surprising impact.

Jessie

Yeah, I really just feel like it’s crazy how well it works on your mental state of just being able to be more productive when you know that somebody else is also being productive even if they’re not related. Like what you guys are doing at all.

Angela

Right? And there are a few ways you can kind of go about getting that. Um, there are virtual co-working spaces you can meet up with friends on Zoom, you can connect on messenger, and just hey I’m trying to be really productive this hour hey how’s it going? You can take your computer go to like a physical co-working space I’ve heard a lot of people say that they really enjoy doing that just because it helps them focus and stay more productive. They’re in a different environment and they’re surrounded by people that are also working and not you know, interrupting them or whatever. So there are a lot of different ways to go about finding that sort of body doubling space.

Jessie

Yeah, and so I will say for a full list from us on different ways you can implement body doubling head on over to marketingmomspodcast.com and sign up for your next steps.

About The Hosts

Co-host of the Marketing Moms podcast, Jessie is also the owner of Valle Media, LLC, a company that helps small businesses with their digital marketing strategies, sales funnel conversions, and tech training. She began her business in 2016 after becoming a mom and deciding she wanted to work from home to spend time raising her two children.

As well as being the co-host of the Marketing Moms Podcast, Angela is also the owner of Technical Geekery, LLC, a service business that provides development and support for businesses using the WordPress and Shopify Platforms. She started her business journey in 2014 and Technical Geekery was founded in 2017. 

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