These days our lives are busier than ever, we work more than ever, got more stressed and exhausted than ever too. Still, we couldn’t get the things done completely.
In fact, it doesn’t have to be that way, really.
Then what is the problem? – the problem is that we are overloaded with information and tasks, and we try to get everything done instead of just the most essential things.
And although it can be hard to give up all the busy-ness that we’ve grown accustomed to, but if we can focus and get the important things done, change will have tremendous benefits on our sanity, our stress levels, our happiness, and yes, our productivity.
Productivity is not a question of hours. Sometimes, a day where you have worked only 3 or 4 hours may be much more productive than one where you have tried to work for 8 hours.
Lack of concentration is one of the greatest enemies of productivity. Constant – and often inefficient – meetings, colleagues who interrupt always, phone calls and distractions of all kinds decrease our yield and make us waste a lot of time and energy, not only at work, but at any activity we undertake.
There are some great points in this article. I like the point about the intervals. If more people can focus on the length span of attention and how to work with it, productivity, creativity and so forth would be off the charts.
However, since everyone is different, thus, from the point of individual level – EVERYONE needs to try their best to make the things happen, to enjoy their work more, and to become more productive.
* Work backwards from goals to milestones to tasks. Writing “launch company website” at the top of your to-do list is a sure way to make sure you never get it done. Break down the work into smaller and smaller chunks until you have specific tasks that can be accomplished in a few hours or less: Sketch a wire frame, outline an introduction for the homepage video, etc. That’s how you set goals and actually succeed in crossing them off your list.
* Work on your own agenda. Don’t let something else set your day. Most people go right to their emails and start freaking out. You will end up at inbox-zero, but carry out nothing. After you wake up, drink water so you rehydrated, eat a good breakfast to replenish your glucose, then set prioritized goals for the rest of your day.
* Work in 60 to 90 minute intervals. Your brain uses up more glucose than any other bodily activity. Typically you will have spent most of it after 60-90 minutes. (That’s why you feel so burned out after super long meetings.) So take a break: Get up, go for a walk, have a snack, do something completely different to recharge. And yes, that means you need an extra hour for breaks, not including lunch, so if you’re required to get eight hours of work done each day, plan to be there for 9.5-10 hours.