In a recent newsletter I mentioned how I sometimes roll a die to decide which section of my project to work on. When you pick a section at random it’s hard to take the work too seriously or otherwise get perfectionist.
Reader Nathan wrote in with another great randomizing technique from Viviane Schwarz: bingo cages (a.k.a., wheels).
Another reason these techniques work is that they get you out of the realm of abstract thought and into something concrete that’s right in front of you. (Abstraction can be tiring.) And they inject some fun and color into the process, which always helps.
I know some of you clever ones are thinking, “Why bother with all that old - fashioned stuff? I’ll just use a random number generator app on my phone!” No! You don’t want your phone, and its many distractions, anywhere near you while you’re working. (Plus you lose the whole concrete / color / fun thing.)