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How to accomplish nothing and still feel exhausted

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How to accomplish nothing and still feel exhausted
People ask me all the time: how do you manage to be constantly burnt out while also accomplishing very little? It's not easy. It takes years of concerted effort. You have to build up habits, to the point where the line between work and time-wasting is essentially blurred. It takes...

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How to burn yourself out

How to burn yourself out

It is easy to constantly be burnt out while also accomplishing very little.

It takes years of practice. You have to build up habits where the line between work and time-wasting is practically blurred. You have to lack self-awareness and refrain from reflecting on your own shortcomings.

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Constant multitasking

Multitasking is a proven method for getting little done. It wastes time by slowing your progress down on every individual task.

  • On your computer, fill every pixel of space with as many windows and tabs, all related to different tasks. Then switch between those tabs and tasks as often as possible.
  • Use notifications to pull you away from your focus. Use it on as many applications and services as possible.

Focusing on one task may make you actually complete it. It might give you the momentum to accomplishing another task. This can be avoided by multitasking.

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Never making a plan

A direct way to exhaust yourself:

  • You start your day with a general, vague sense of your priorities.
  • To prevent yourself from making progress, you don't write your tasks down anywhere. Then you can remember a particular task while busy with another, briefly panic, and doing it all over a few minutes later.
  • You don't make a list or schedule a time for any task. This could make the list of tasks feel manageable, and might also lead you to start one task at a time. You want to feel vaguely overwhelmed at all times.

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Not taking real breaks

To help you get nothing done while feeling exhausted, don't take breaks during unplanned work. Keep struggling.

Do tasks that don't directly accomplish anything. Email and Slack are great for this because neither are directly productive or relaxing. Check Twitter or read the news to get a general sense of anger or anxiety.

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Not exercising

One study suggests that working out improves both productivity and satisfaction.

Staying in your chair and moving as little as possible is a sure way to feel exhausted at the end of the day.

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Taking on additional tasks simultaneously can destroy up to 80% of your productive time:

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  • Juggling two tasks at a time = 40% of your productive time for each and 20% lost to context switching.
  • Juggling three tasks at a time = 20% of your productive time for each and 40% lost to context switching.

A schedule for sustained attention

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  • Advanced planning so you can prioritize meaningful work.
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